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    Josephine Baker Was Born Today... Watch "The Josephine Baker Story" Starring Lynn Whitfield

    Today in history, June 3rd, 1906... dancer, singer and actress Freda Josephine McDonald (aka Josephine Baker), who gained fame in Paris, France, thanks to her "risque" cabaret and musical hall performances, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: The Drug Kingpin As Academic In 'Mr. Nice'

    Movies, and society as a whole, have struggled with how to portray drug dealers. The default showcase is the bloodthirsty villain, the person who is so one-dimensional as to think he knows what he’s doing is wrong, but does so anyway. But the cinema isn’t afraid to glamorize the profession either, showcasing the supplier as paradigm-busting rock star -- the best cars, the best planes, the best fashion, with a sex partner on each arm. Few opportunities have been taken to redefine the drug dealer as someone with a job, someone who isn’t desperately obsessed with his rise and fall, or the media circus that may relate to his surroundings. Then again, the argument could be that there haven’t been any on-screen kingpins quite like Howard Marks, the renaissance man at the heart of “Mr. Nice.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Liz Garbus, Director of Bobby Fischer Against the World

    Liz Garbus is a prolific documentarian. Her latest film, Bobby Fischer Against the World which premiered at Sundance is a fascinating look at chess champion Bobby Fischer and all his demons, will premiere on HBO this Monday evening kicking off the summer documentary series.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2011 MTV Movie Awards Adds "Best African Movie" Category To Lineup; 4 Films Nominated

    The 2011 20th annual MTV Movie Awards airs live on the network this Sunday, June 5th, hosted by actor/comedian Jason Sudeikis at the Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City, California. And this year, for the very first time in the awards' history, African cinema will be recognized in its own separate category - Best African Movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Is The George Lucas-Produced WWII Film 'Red Tails' Coming In January 2012?

    With production beginning in the spring of 2009, it's now two years since the George Lucas produced WWII film "Red Tails" first started rolling but it now appears to be headed to the finish line. Last week it was revealed that Terrence Blanchard had been hired to score the film and now a release date appears to be on the horizon.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ryan Gosling Is Too Busy To Direct & Star In 'The Idolmaker'

    When you're hot, you're hot and sometimes you gotta make some hard choices and for Ryan Gosling, he'll have to put those plans on directing on hold for now.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Turkey Bowl' Successfully Portrays A Fractured Group Of Friends...And Football!

    As we grow older, a number of unavoidable sad truths smack us square in the face. Many of them are probably things we swore would never happen to us -- and hey, wouldn't you know it, they did. One of these is the deterioration of a group of friends either due to distance, change in interests, or lack of convenience. In terms of mortality and the fragility of life they're not so dire, but there's still something very defeating about losing touch with people that, at one point, we had very substantial bonds with. Even the occasional get-togethers have a lingering "It's not what it used to be" sentiment for somebody, even if it's better to not hold the past up on a pedestal and just enjoy the moment. None of it is easy to shake and its something you can't understand until it's experienced. This heavy, draining thought pervades the film "Turkey Bowl," a cheapie first feature by Kyle Smith that rings with authentic emotion and tense discomfort.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Another Teaser Clip From "The Help" Featuring Viola Davis & Emma Stone

    The marketing campaign for The Help continues with yet another brief clip from the upcoming film adaptation, starring by Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer, amongst several others.

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    Watch Trailer For "Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer" (A Tribute To A Man & His Camera)

    Screening later this month, as part of BAMcinemaFest here in Brooklyn, NY, the world premiere of Charlie Ahearn's documentary on the work, life and times of photographer/"urban life" documenter, Jamel Shabazz, titled Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The 2nd Annual Lilly Awards to Be Handed Out On June 6 in NYC

    This Monday, June 6, the 2nd annual Lilly Awards named for playwright Lillian Hellman will be awarded in NYC. "The Lilly Awards were created to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by women to the American Theatre."

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