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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Writing in Color" With "Justified" Exec Producer, Writer & Co-Star (Video)

    Justified exec producer Graham Yost, writer/co-producer Wendy Calhoun, actress/series regular Erica Tazel talk with WGA, West Committee of Black Writers chair David Wyatt about writing characters of color, and more. Any of you watch the series?

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    L.A. 's Graffiti, Tattoos and Copyright Infringement

    RUN DMC Posing Against GraffitiL.A. does have its drama. The first piece of "street art" commissioned by L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art was erased for being too incendiary and the topic of what is permitted to be brought to the public - be it art, graffiti, tattoos, fiction feature or documentary films -- became widely discussed, a good thing in itself. Now Thierry Guetta, the Los Angeles man whose conversion into graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash was detailed in Exit From the Gift Shop, has lost a major court ruling that could affect how artists' rights are viewed going forward. Federal judge Dean Pregerson ruled that Guetta did not have the right to use Glen E. Friedman's iconic photo of Run DMC and alter it in a piece of his own. The decision might be the beginning of a massive limiting of the fair use defense enjoyed by artists to copyright claims,says The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner. (Thank you Kevin Broderick of L.A. Observed.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Black Hollywood Experience: Our History, Our Future (Video)

    Recorded earlier this year at SAG in Los Angeles. There's a complete version on YouTube, but the recording is amateurish, and the sound isn't very good. This is from SAG, although it's been edited down.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks In 3D Toy Adaptation 'Major Matt Mason'

    HBO Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Planned To Be Effects-Heavy Six Season SeriesThe colossal failure of motion-capture animation "Mars Needs Moms," and the subsequent cancellation by Disney on the planned performance capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," seems to have given Robert Zemeckis, something of a pioneer of the format, pause for thought. The director of mega-hits like "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump" hasn't made a live action picture since 2000's double bill of "What Lies Beneath" and "Cast Away," but recent months have seen him linked to any number of potential projects starring real people, rather than dead-eyed facsimiles, including a remake of "The Wizard of Oz" (not happening, thank God), "The Man of Steel," a sequel to "Roger Rabbit," and long-gestating time travel romance "Replay."

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  • Hope for Film
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    Your Second Chance: New Faces Of NYC Indie Film Video

    We had a packed house at Lincoln Center for our "New Faces Of NYC Indie Film" panel. It was a good conversation. Sure, my game show idea did not work out, but hey, when you have eleven people up on the stage with you, it means you have eleven people not talking and that's hard to keep it lively. Luckily, all eleven people had a lot to say and are clearly a group of passionate and committed filmmakers, making sacrifices for the privilege of making their art. If you didn't get there, now through the miraculous power of the internet, you can give us two hours of your time and see what it is you missed.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

    Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

    Inside the independent film community, Marty Zeidman was known as an innovator who changed the way independent movies were released. The distributor who worked at Miramax, Polygram, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fine Line, Lionsgate, Paramount Classics and Columbia Pictures died at age 63 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from complications due to pancreatitis. He also worked in exhibition for many years as head buyer at Landmark Theatres, and most recently, owned indie distributor Slow Hand Releasing (Innocent Voices, Kids in America and U2: the Concert Movie).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The First Black Men In Outer Space (In The Movies That Is...)

    All the heated discussion we had recently about black images in sci-fi movies bought to my mind recently the first time when a black man first appeared as an astronaut in a sci-fi movie. And you would be right in guessing that it wasn't in an American film.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    N.Y.’s WBAI Supports Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative Films

    Ah, New York, the haven for independent films: Even WBAI 99.5, New York City’s pre-eminent radio station supporting the arts, supports it in a new partnership announced today with The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative program. The Spotlight Initiative integrates public and private support for selected independent films.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rewind: Tarantino, 'X-Men: First Class,' Tom Hanks & More In The Week In Movies, June 5th-June 11th

    It's been a quieter week for The Playlist. In the heart of the summer, without many new releases, it's hard to drum up more than a little "X-Men" chatter. Still, there were no shortage of discussion topics this week, including Will Smith Scientology rumors, the growing cast for "Moonrise Kingdom" and even more "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" talk.

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