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    New Photos & Poster For 'Ginger & Rosa' Starring Elle Fanning

    There are few young actresses right now who are on quite the same trajectory as Elle Fanning. With directors like Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Tony Scott and Alejandro González Iñárritu already on her impressive CV, we can only imagine an Academy Award nomination isn't too far away. Her work just seems to be getting better and better, and her latest turn in Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" may be her best yet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sam Pollard, Melissa Haizlip Teaming For 'Mr. SOUL!: Ellis Haizlip & The Birth Of Black Power TV'

    The short story goes... In 1968, they asked him to produce the first "black Tonight Show." Instead, he started a revolution by bringing the real black experience to the national stage... SOUL! was one of the most controversial, successful and socially significant black-produced TV shows in US history.

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    The Essentials: 5 Great Films Based On Stephen King Novels

    Stephen King is, all of a sudden, a hot property again. One of the major forces in popular literature of the past forty-odd years, it's been a few years since the last major King adaptation, but a wealth of projects from the director are on their way in the next few years.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: 2012-2013 Fall TV Created by Women

    Fall TV season has arrived. As we excitedly dive into a fresh season, what is the state of female participation in creative content? I gathered a list of new shows and looked at their creative teams, noting the number of women that serve as show creators, writers, directors, or producers. And gosh, the results were depressing.

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    'Killing Them Softly' Soundtrack Features The Velvet Underground, Nico & More

    While the trailer for "Killing Them Softly" may feature Johnny Cash, the movie itself goes for a different musical angle all together. Andrew Dominik's searing and scathing film takes a select batch of tunes ranging from pop standards to rock 'n' roll classics and uses them distinctly, powerfully and usually ironically to help spin his tale of a heist gone wrong in a crumbling America.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    This Week in Black Television - 64th Primetime Emmy Awards: Who Will Win?

    This Sunday September 23 is the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and the competition this year is pretty fierce but also pretty devoid of Black faces, a shame really as The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has expanded the amount of nominees in recent years.  Still, while we focus on Black television we’re TV lovers here period so from the actual list (I made some predictions months ago right before the noms were released - http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/this-week-in-black-television-wholl-get-an-emmy-award-nomination-and-who-else-should) I’ll pare down who I think will take the trophy this year from the major categories (and others I just dig) with some emphasis on the ones with Black faces like Don Cheadle.  PLEASE share with me who you think will win in the comments section following my picks.  I’ll also be live tweeting during the Awards so follow me at @MediaManWatch and share Emmy musings along with me. 

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    'Game Of Thrones' Director Brian Kirk To Helm Remake Of Icelandic Thriller 'Jar City'

    “Game of Thrones” directors aren’t doing too badly for themselves of late. After the runaway success of the first two seasons of the show, their names are tossed into the ring for a lot of high-profile projects and Alan Taylor went one better by landing the gig for “Thor: The Dark World.” Established television director Brian Kirk (“Luck,” “Luther,” “Great Expectations”) was also talked about in relation to that job, and while it didn't pan out, it looks like he’s now got his reward.

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    5 Netflix Streaming Discoveries This Week For You To Watch This Weekend (9/21)

    A feature I started last week... recapping... Netflix now has about twice as many streaming subscribers than DVD subscribers, according to a company financial statement during the first half of this year, it means more of you continue to sign up for Netflix streaming accounts, specifically.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Will the Success of "Obama's America" Translate to "Atlas Shrugged" Sequel?

    If a bad documentary, full of conjecture and manipulation, attacking President Barack Obama, can make more than $30 million at the box office, does it mean that a bad narrative film attacking President Barack Obama's domestic policies--i.e. the second installment of the "Atlas Shrugged" trilogy--will be able to follow suit? If you remember, last year, the first adaptation of the Ayn Rand book was released with much media speculation surrounding it--I interviewed the producers for the Wall Street Journal Online--but then the film flamed out at the box office in its second weekend, dropping a considerable 47.8% even after adding 166 theaters.

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    Review: 'War Of The Buttons' Feels Like An Early '90s Miramax Reject

    It’s World War II, and France faces a hostile Nazi occupation. You wouldn’t know it from the children, however, as “War of the Buttons” uses the war as a macro-micro contrast with the tale of a group of youths protecting their territory from a group of would-be mini-hooligans. The troops may be coping with casualties on all sides, and regular French citizens deal with day-to-day bullying by Gestapo strongmen attempting to suss out Jewish citizens in hiding, but none seem aware of the War of the Buttons.

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