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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Sparkle' (The Remake) Coming Out On DVD In November

    It didn't set the box office on fire, but I know it has its defenders; so for those of you who are, you'll be happy to know that the Sparkle remake, which came out this past August, is coming out on standard and blu-ray DVD, through Sony Home Entertainment, on Nov. 30th.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Battlestar Galactica' Star Katee Sackhoff Joins All-Female Riff On 'The Expendables' With Gina Carano

    So that all-female style "The Expendables" is actually becoming a thing. Last month, Gina Carano was the first name on board the movie, and now another actress has joined her, bringing some geek cred to the production.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Criticwire Survey: Films About Filmmaking

    This week in our survey, critics name the best movies about movies in honor of "Argo" and "Seven Psychopaths."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thoughts On Lifetime's Black Cinema Premiere Weekend? ('Carlina White Story' & 'Steel Magnolias')

    Soooo... as noted in a post on Friday, it was a black cinema weekend on the Lifetime channel here in the USA, with 2 original films making their world premieres, headlining the network's Saturday and Sunday primetime schedule: the ripped from the headlines drama Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which aired on Saturday, October 6, at 8/7c; and the all-black Steel Magnolias remake (which aired on Sunday, October 7, at 9/8c).

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  • The Playlist
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    Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Continues To Spin Its Wheels With 'Blue Bell Boy'

    In retrospect, perhaps we’ve been too generous about the slow pace of “Boardwalk Empire” season three. After all, even one of our comrades at IndieWIRE, Anne Thompson, said she was dismayed at HBO’s decision to renew the show for a fourth season considering the molasses like rhythm of season three so far. It’s a wee bit hyperbolic a statement in the scheme of things, but it’s also a valid point: “Boardwalk Empire” has been moving painfully slow and the absence of the conflicted, but charming and handsome Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is still being felt like an ache. While the season could be seen as a mourning of such, everyone, and every plot line, is taking far too long to develop. As patient as we’ve been, we’d like the fog to lift, the metaphorical grieving to stop, and for everyone to move on and move forward.

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese Producing Bahman Ghobadi's Next New York-Set Next Film, '60 Seconds Of Us'

    While Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi has practiced rather unconventional narratives and aesthetics, starting from his 2000 debut “A Time For Drunken Horses” through to his 2009 look into underground Persian rock, “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” his films have nonetheless remained central to Iran's borders. However, following a fruitful early meeting with Martin Scorsese that led to his latest feature “Rhino Season” finding production and release this year ("presented by" the legendary filmmaker no less), it seems Ghobadi's next project will be even more intertwined.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Room 237,' Rodney Ascher's Look Into Obsession & 'The Shining'

    Representing a labyrinthine nightmare both in terms of subject matter and also fair rights usage, Rodney Ascher's documentary “Room 237” delves into “The Shining” and Stanley Kubrick's themes and meanings like never before. Using source material from Mario Bava films to Disney cartoons, everything from set dressing to shot angles in Kubrick's horror classic is analyzed to nail down some sort of truth, and the film's just-released trailer certainly hints at that mystery.

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  • The Playlist
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    Emily Blunt & Ruth Wilson Rumored For Ms. Marvel Role In 'The Avengers 2'

    Emily Blunt

    Despite the fact that “The Avengers 2” doesn’t even have a script and that Marvel hasn’t completely nailed down their Phase 2 plans yet, there are already rumors about the new characters that would appear in the film, and even about who will play them. So grab some salt and take a seat while we talk about stuff that’s not even close to happening.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Watch The Mayor of Reykjavik Fete Dario Argento

    This past weekend in Reykjavik, the mayor of Iceland's capital city Jón Gnarr (on the left in the above photo) handed legendary genre filmmaker Dario Argento the Reykjavik International Film Festival's honorary Golden Puffin award at a ceremony at City Hall. While that may seem like a little unexciting, keep in mind that Gnarr is no ordinary mayor. As depicted in the fantastic 2010 documentary "Gnarr," Mr. Mayor is one of Iceland's best known comedians, and more or less ran for office as a joke.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 3: The Corruption Question

    A good cop and a not so good cop come into a coffee shop. The girl behind the counter happens to be the daughter of a defense lawyer, re-introduces herself to the good cop, and tells him his order is on the house. Do you call that corruption?

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