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  • Shadow and Act
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    New Season Of TV One's Acclaimed "Unsung" Series Premieres Tonight With Vesta Williams Portrait

    A brand new season of TV One's acclaimed series Unsung (maybe one of the best programs in their lineup) debuts tonight with Vesta Williams as its focus.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Upside Down' With Jim Sturgess & Kirsten Dunst Promises Gravity Defying Romance

    For a while now, folks have been anticipating "Upside Down" based on its stars -- Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst -- and its high-minded premise: a futuristic story following Adam (Jim Sturgess) a seemingly ordinary guy who is holding on to the memory of Eve (Dunst), a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent place with its own gravity. Well, after a long wait (production started nearly two years ago) the first trailer has arrived and it's...uneven to say the least.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    January 2012 Black Cinema Calendar Outlook ("Red Tails," Sundance Film Festival Lead The Charge)

    And we're off... the first month of film releases for the new year 2012, and what can we expect where *black cinema* is concerned?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office Update: 'Mission Impossible' and 'Sherlock Holmes' Sequels Top New Year's Weekend

    With the four-day New Year's Weekend grosses tallied, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” continued to stake the top two spots.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    The Top 7 Overlooked American Indies of 2011

    One more list as we leave 2011.... From Filmmaker Magazine's blog, I've included a list of my favorite Overlooked Independent Films from 2011 that I've crossposted here. While the world doesn’t need another list of the best films of the year, after considering my own recent lists, I realized there were a handful of movies -- excellent independent work that has largely flown under the radar -- that even I initially overlooked. So here are seven bold American low-budget movies from 2011 that may have been forgotten in theatrical release, but should make for essential home viewing in 2012.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Women to Blog About: Kelley Green, Gloria Feldman, Laurie Woodrow, Valerie Holt-Sapienza et al

    There is a little known niche in the international film business of buying and selling that is inhabited by a handful of professionals called Buyers' Reps. They acquire films on behalf of a slate of distributors. There are surely other women in this unique and difficult niche service group who are not named below, and I ask forgiveness if I have not included them here. The job of buying for distributors around the world involves so many interpersonal skills, the buyers (distributors) interacting with the sellers (international sales agents), reading scripts, watching films, negotiating deals, making everyone happy in a business which is notoriously unhappy for one reason or another (usually economic) takes a heavy toll. These women are survivors and they have been plying their trade for a generation and not without a struggle. There are men in this fields as well, Gordon Steel who invented the niche, Darius Kapfer, Andre Boissier, and others, and in tribute, two who died so prematurely - Steve Hirsch and Richard Glasser, so beloved by everyone that it still hurts to remember. As new distributors survey the wide array of sellers and product, they need to consider the services of these veterans who have maintained strong relationships in the business of buying and selling for a generation already.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Don Cheadle Gives Some Perspective On Using The Word "Gangster" Regarding President Obama

    One of the great things about Twitter is when celebrities or public figures get into hot water with their words and/or actions, it affords them the opportunity to quickly, and effectively, clean up any misunderstandings which was the case for Don Cheadle recently.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New 'Skyfall' Website 007.com Hints at Details of Fiennes Role

    Check out 007.com, official website of the upcoming James Bond film, “Skyfall,” with its slick countdown: as of Monday there are just 297 days, 6 hours, and 12 minutes left until the November 9 premiere.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ten Things We Learned From Our Comments Section In 2011

    Now's the time when we turn the tables to show a little appreciation for our readers and commenters. Yes, we do what we do because we love writing about film, but getting feedback from our readers makes it all the more fun. And sometimes terrifying. It's not a one-way street, you see; we learn as much from you lot as you do from us, and in among the many creative ways you find to call us shitheads, there's plenty of insight, wit, and, as you'll see below, batshit crazy conspiracy theories. Below; ten things we learned from our comments across 2011. 1. There's No Such Thing As Over-Sharing When It Comes To The "Fast & Furious" Franchise. From "Kristina" on this post about Justin Lin's possible attachment to "Terminator 5." "Woooo! Freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait for Fast and Furious 6! Fast Five was absolutely breathtaking! Oh, God, the only thing that’s going through my head to describe that movie, it’s like sex with an orgasm at the end of it! Whereas the first four movies were like you have sex but you never get the orgasm. A lot of stopping and starting but… oh, I wish I hadn’t said that."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Front-Runner Streep to Accept Berlinale's Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Berlinale's honorary lifetime achievement award, the Golden Bear, will be given to "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep on February 14. The Berlin fest's Dieter Kosslick calls Streep "a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles."

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