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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tribeca Film Acquires North American Rights To "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" For VOD/Theatrical Release

    The story goes... While filming a documentary on racism in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African American waiter and his family. More than 40 years later, Frank's son Raymond (director of City Island) returns to the site of his father's film to examine the repercussions of their fateful encounter.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sean Penn to Receive Peace Summit Award for Work In Haiti, Thrilled to Represent it to Youth & Women of The World

    When twenty Nobel Peace Laureates meet in Chicago for their twelfth World Summit, they will award Sean Penn with the annual Peace Summit Award in recognition of his work as founder and CEO of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which aids the victims of the 2010 earthquake, as well as for his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kenneth Branagh to Receive San Francisco Fest's Founder's Directing Award

    Kenneth Branagh, who was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn" and directed Marvel's "Thor," will be honored with the San Francisco International Film Festival's Founder's Directing Award...

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Citadel' Is A Sometimes Scary, Sometimes Silly Entry In the Hoodie Horror Sub-Genre

    Over the last few years an interesting subgenre has developed in British horror – dubbed "hoodie horror" by the press and named after the young, urban kids who wear hooded sweatshirts – these films were set primarily in England's low income housing "estates" and played up the fears of "Broken Britain," a term coined by conservative newspaper The Sun, to describe the country's perceived social and moral bankruptcy. Everything from the Michael Caine revenge thriller "Harry Brown" to last year's gleeful South by Southwest smash "Attack the Block" have used elements of this subgenre. "Citadel," which just won the Midnight award at South by Southwest, further explores the fears and anxieties of urban Britain (and Ireland), and the results are sometimes scary, sometimes silly, and always politically questionable.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then: Katharine Hepburn, Consummate Comedienne

    Early in "The Philadelphia Story," Cary Grant's society playboy arrives for his ex-wife's wedding. When he comes across her in the drawing room, they take up a little two-step. He advances, she retreats; he thrusts, she parries. If you want to understand the genius of Katharine Hepburn, this is the place to start.

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  • The Playlist
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    10 Reasons Why '21 Jump Street' Exceeded Expectations

    On paper, "21 Jump Street" was not an enticing proposition. A reboot of a 1980s TV series with a ludicrous premise -- fresh-faced cops go undercover as high school students. Produced by Neal Moritz, a man whose last attempt at an action-comedy reboot of a famous property was the dreadful "The Green Hornet." Directed by two first-time live-action feature directors. Written by the man behind "Project X." And starring Jonah Hill, coming off a terrible R-rated comedy flop, in "The Sitter," and Channing Tatum, a man whose previous turns weren't so much performed as whittled out of wood. 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Focus Features Africa First Alum Dyana Gaye's Feature Debut ("Des Etoiles") Short-Listed For Cannes L'Atelier

    A project I've been tracking since it first showed up on my radar last fall... a brief catch-up...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Exclusive: Mad Men - Set Me Free

    In this remix musical, the women of Mad Men get together to sing the 1966 Diana Ross hit, Keep Me Hanging On. A metaphor for both the rigid gender roles of the time and the much anticipated season of Mad Men, the mash up is an example of the ongoing connection between remix culture and new media driving TV engagement. By isolating key moments in the series where women took a stand and spoke up for themselves despite personal and social pressures, Mad Men: Keep Me Hanging On is an empowering look at the lives of these female characters as they negotiate their next steps in their lives and of course, their jobs.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Acclaimed Doc "Louder Than A Bomb" Gets DVD Release Date (The World's Largest High-School Poetry Slam)

    An acclaimed feature doc we covered quite a bit last year, which went onto a limited stateside theatrical rollout over the summer, an thend a television premiere as an OWN Documentary Club release, will now be released on DVD for the rest of you to see.

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  • The Playlist
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    Halle Berry To Star In Brad Anderson's Call Center Thriller 'The Hive'

    So has Halle Berry been struck with the Oscar curse, or just been making mostly bad choices? Ever since winning for "Monster's Ball" a decade ago, she did the franchise thing in "Die Another Day" and the 'X-Men' trilogy of films and between those, she lined up a string of stinkers including "Catwoman," "Gothika" and "Perfect Strangers." Her attempted return to Oscar a couple of years ago, "Frankie & Alice," barely got a release and while "Things We Lost In The Fire" was a brief return to something substantial, this spring she toplines the dreadful looking shark movie "Dark Tide." So a thriller that takes place in a call center? That's right up her alley these days it seems.

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