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  • Shadow and Act
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    BBC Presents - African Perspective: 'Lipstick Evangelists'

    Here's a story idea here worth exploring, for all you filmmakers, whether you work in scripted or documentary filmmaking.

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  • The Playlist
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    Superhero Rumor Of The Day: Warner Bros. Wants Armie Hammer To Play Batman In 'Justice League' (Again)

    Get out the old bag of salt, and set skepticism phasers to stun, as yet another rumor for a comic book movie that is likely three years away has popped up. And no, we're not talking about "The Avengers 2."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Smiley' An Internet Age Horror Film That's Not Quite Worth Booting Up

    Thirty minutes into Michael Gallagher’s “Smiley,” we were ready to turn off the film, but in the interest of reviewing the movie, we persisted. It was an arduous journey, a deceptively tolerable horror flick that briefly flirts with an interesting idea or two and then casts them aside for cheap scares, with leaden philosophical discussions interspersed throughout in an attempt to elevate the trappings of the film. We soldiered on, but just remember, dear reader, that you have the option of permanently delaying the watching of this film.

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    A Critic Experiences the Filmmaker's Side of a Press Tour

    C. Robert Cargill, longtime critic for Ain't It Cool News, has a new movie opening this week. Here what it was like for him to experience a junket from the other side of the microphone.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 10 Reasons to Love Emma Thompson

    Having previously examined the downside of being of a star actress, it seemed time for a corrective tonic. Not that I feel any A-list actress particularly needs to be acclaimed a heroine. Actors traditionally receive the lion’s share of attention, at the expense of others equally deserving, and it is within this column’s aspirations to address that inequality. But actors are always going to be famous, and their personal lives and opinions under the radar far more than their less well- publicised colleagues. Given this, it seems fair to wish that more of our stars were like Emma Thompson. Here are ten reasons why.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    From The Front-lines - Best Practices When Emailing Us About Your Projects: Part 1

    As these come to me, I'll post "Best Practices" entries for filmmakers primarily, who contact us with information about their projects, especially those who are doing so for the first time - a daily occurence, and sometimes en masse.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Personal Interview With 'Elza' Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre

    We’ve certainly been profiling filmmaker Mariette Monpierre’s touching and beautiful feature film debut, Elza, for some time now and which makes its theatrical premiere soon at the New York City MIST Harlem Cinema, through Autonomous Entertainment and will hopefully expand to other cities after that.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    All Hail Iceland and Belgium

    And while we're on the subject of gay rights... I spent the past week in Iceland, where the Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, is the world's first openly lesbian head of government. Since then, I've learned that Belgium is run by openly gay Prime Minister Elio de Rupo, making it the first country in the world to have an openly gay person as long term national leader (Johanna Sigurdardottir serves under a president). As Elio di Rupo said when he first came out, "I'm gay. So what?". But at the same time, it's a significant first which I can't see being replicated in the UK or US any time soon - and having previously not been aware of either, it felt like trivia worth sharing. Read more on their Wikipedia pages here and here.  

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Watch Sally Field drop an f-bomb and make you cry

    You'd be forgiven for not knowing that Sally Field had a gay son - she's never spoken about it before, presumably because it's none of anyone's business.

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  • The Playlist
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    Nicolas Winding Refn Says There Will Be No 'Drive' Sequel, But Driver Might Spinoff Into Another Movie

    What's the difference between a sequel and spinoff? Sometimes it's just semantics. And while some may be clamoring for Ryan Gosling to put on the scorpion jacket and bust out a toothpick once again to play the enigmatic Driver, Nicolas Winding Refn has closed the door on a sequel...but not on the character reappearing on the big screen. Huh? We'll let him explain.

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