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  • Shadow and Act
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    2012 New Voices in Black Cinema Festival Wrap-Up (+ Photos!)

    This post comes a tad late, but in case you missed NVBC Fest 2012, or would just like to relive a few great cinematic moments, read on ;)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Join The S&A Live Podcast Sunday At 4:00pm/ET! Producer/Actor Datari Turner Chats With Us

    So if you're wondering why you should take time out from your busy, or not so busy, schedule to join the S&A live podcast show this Sunday (4:00pm/ET), I have two words for you...Datari Turner.  The former model-turned-actor/producer is making some big moves in the business and he plans to tell us all about it.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    When ARE They Permitted?

    I'm in Columbia, Missouri for the True/False Film Festival, and ventured out on one of my favourite investigations: Small Town Gay Bar!  This sign on the door, however, caught me offguard. As did the fight that broke out in the parking lot after closing time, and the bouncers screaming at everyone to "GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE PARKING LOT OR THEY'D CALL THE COPS." I just wanted cute Midwestern boys dancing to Rihanna. Instead, I got a gay version of the scary bars I'd stay away from in my home town.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Project X—movie review

    So, is this merely an extreme teenage version of The Hangover, or is it another sign of the end of civilization as we know it? How you feel about Project X will have a lot to do with your age and gender. If I were a hormonally charged 16-year-old boy, I might think it was...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alamo Drafthouse Presents Guy-Centric 'Summer of 1982: The Greatest Summer of Movies... Ever'

    Alamo Drafthouse has programmed an uninspired three-month series of summer blockbusters celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    French President Sarkozy Names Harvey Weinstein Recipient of the 2012 Legion d'Honneur

    Nicolas Sarkozy has named Harvey Weinstein a recipient of the 2012 Légion d'Honneur, in recognition of Weinstein's decades of contribution to international cinema.

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  • Criticwire
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    Do Critics Owe Original Movies Good Reviews?

    We're just one week away from the release of "John Carter," the Disney blockbuster budgeted, according to some reports, in the $250 million range. Most "John Carter" reviews are still to come, but early critical sentiment has been surprisingly positive; Drew McWeeny of HitFix called "Carter" "transporting in exactly the way I want my escapism to be" and Devin Faraci of Badass Digest said that "what it gets right it gets right with wonderful gusto."  Still a couple good notices are a drop in the bucket compared to the deluge of skeptical press, like this video from Bloomberg Business with the headline "Disney’s ‘John Carter’ Fights Martians, Critics" or this article from The Daily Beast that describes the film as a "quarter-billion-dollar movie fiasco."  Much has been made of the film's astronomical budget, rumors of production delays and reshoots, and the decision to change the title from the evocative "John Carter of Mars" to just "John Carter," apparently because Disney's previous Mars picture, "Mars Needs Moms," was a huge flop (by the way: did anyone ever consider "John Carter of Mars Needs Moms" as an alternative?  I think that could have worked).  At this point, whether the finished product turns out good or bad, there's a stink on this movie regardless.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Comedy Break - SXSW Short "Cherry on Top" Spoofs Groupon Discounts

    Amid the contenders at next week's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), here's a short you might find amusing that plays on the discount website Groupon's ever-popular deal-of-the-day.

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  • The Playlist
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    Director Justin Kurzel Talks About The World Of 'The Snowtown Murders' & His Dark Comedy Followup

    Despite taking a short film called “Blue Tongue” to Cannes Critic’s Week in 2005, Australian director Justin Kurzel isn’t a member of the Aussie collective Blue Tongue Films, which includes “Animal Kingdom” writer/director David Michôd and star Joel Edgerton (also of acclaimed MMA drama “Warrior”). Comparisons will be inevitable, however, in that like “Animal Kingdom,” Kurzel’s debut feature is an uncommonly accomplished crime drama about a naive teen corrupted by the poisonous, sociopathic tutelage of a deranged father figure. The two films also share cinematographer Adam Arkapaw who spent time behind the camera for both productions. If there’s a key difference, though, between Kurzel’s film, “The Snowtown Murders,” and Michôd’s "Animal Kingdom," it’s that the former is based on a horrific true story. Specifically, “Snowtown” dramatizes the events of Australia’s notorious Snowtown murders (also called the “Bodies in Barrels murders”), perpetrated by John Justin Bunting and three accomplices, one of whom was teenager James Vlassakis. "Snowtown" is a grim, hard-to-watch chronicle of how Vlassakis was lured into Bunting's world, eventually participating in his brutal, vicious murders.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Hal Hartley’s ‘Meanwhile’ Continues Dogmatic Pursuit Of Philosophical Truths With A Familiar DIY Aesethetic

    ‘90s indie filmmaker Hal Hartley has made 12 feature-length films, but even ask certain-aged cinephiles and they'll only have a limited grasp of who he is and what his peculiar, chatty and philosophically arch lo-fi serio-comedies are actually about. Normally, one could attribute this to ignorance, but being an expert on Hal Hartley is perhaps akin to being a connoisseur of similar promising Gen X '90s indie director Tom DeCillo or Alexandre Rockwell films -- not many of us exist anymore.

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