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  • Shadow and Act
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    Introducing FunkTV & Fried Chicken Cinema, Courtesy Of Regi Allen

    I met Regi Allen, the mastermind behind FunkTV and Fried Chicken Cinema back in April, at the New School conference here in NYC that I was a panelist for. We had a great conversation; Regi shared his enthusiasm for Shadow And Act, as well as his ideas for an alternate black TV network; we talked about our mutual belief in progress through collective action, and much more. His excitement for what could be, was infectious and contagious; And, as we discussed, a day or so after, Regi sent me, via email, a reminder of our conversation, as well as links to his brainchild, FunkTV, requesting that I take a look, offer commentary, and hopefully continue the conversation we started at the conference.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Teaser Trailer Hits For Brit-Com 'The Inbetweeners'

    The path of British comedians and sitcom stars trying to make a break in Hollywood is strewn with corpses. For every “In the Loop” or “Shaun of the Dead”, there’s a “Guest House Paradiso” or “Lesbian Vampire Killers” lurking not far around the corner. The newest chancer is the “The Inbetweeners”, a sitcom that ran for three seasons on UK’s Channel Four to some acclaim and is now making the leap to the big screen later in the summer. The teaser trailer hit on the show’s Facebook page yesterday and though some are already rapturous about it, what appeal the film will have outside of its native country is up for debate.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Susanne Bier's 'The Bald Hairdresser,' Set For August 2012 Release

    UPDATE: Much thanks to commenter tornepl we now have a more quality look at the pics posted below, plus a bonus behind the scenes snap of what appears to be Bier, Brosnan and crew traipsing through the woods. Still no word on an official synopsis, but these stills are looking very nice.

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  • The Playlist
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    '9' Director Shane Acker To Helm Thomas The Tank Engine Film

    Well there's a promising career gone swiftly down the drain, at least from an artist's standpoint. Deadline reports that Shane Acker, whose animated short film "9" was turned into a feature of the same name in 2009, has just signed on to direct a feature film based on the Thomas the Tank Engine toys we all grew up with. HIT Entertainment holds the rights to the toys and has decided to create a story around them for its first feature-length movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Poster Arrives For 'The Three Musketeers;' Which Cast Member Is Humiliated The Most?

    Currently in a tight neck-and-neck race with Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous" to be the stupidest movie of the fall, "The Three Musketeers," which sees "Resident Evil" director Paul W.S. Anderson cunningly reboot Alexandre Dumas' legendary characters for the 21st century by trying to make it look as much like "Resident Evil" as humanly possible, is looming on the release schedule. We've already seen one truly terrible trailer for the film, and now, with the film's October release date coming closer, Summit have released the first one-sheet for the film, via Yahoo.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    WIF's 2011 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards To Be Awarded June 16

    Hotter than hot Melissa McCarthy will host the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on June 16.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Planning To Digitally Alter Ed Helms Tattoo In 'The Hangover Part II' Due To Lawsuit

    DVD Release Planned For DecemberYou can bet Warner Bros. was hoping this issue would go away. Just in time for the film's theatrical release last month, tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the studio for replicating Mike Tyson's tattoo that he designed -- and claims he own's the copyright too -- without his permission. Whitmill sought to have the film barred from release while it was all sorted, and while he lost that battle, he may have won the war.

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  • The Playlist
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    Anyone Got A Time Machine? Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Gets A September 28, 2012 Release Date

    Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous,' Gerald Butler Vehicle 'Playing The Field,' Space Actioner 'Lockout' All Shuffle DatesOf all the films to have gone before the cameras this year, Rian Johnson's "Looper" is one of our most anticipated. It's a mindbending, violent time travel thriller, with the best script to date from the man behind "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom", and features a top-notch cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and more. After a fierce bidding war, the project, now in post-production, was snapped up by FilmDistrict, who'll release the film through their deal with TriStar.

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  • Caryn James
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    Conan’s Website is Sarah Palin’s Classroom

    Conan O’Brien has had a lot of fun with Sarah Palin’s fractured sense of history, from her defense of her dead-wrong telling of the Paul Revere story to the way a Sarah Palin History Channel would imagine the Founding Fathers. And he’s not through trying to educate her. The Conan website has created "The Terrible Twenty: Sarah Palin History Lessons," in which the Conan writers offer Palin’s most important lessons on U.S. history.

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  • Caryn James
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    Book Review, "Fire and Rain": The Beatles Break Up, James Taylor Gets Famous

    Like David Browne, I was a fan of early Simon & Garfunkel. Unlike him, no one teased me in school that it was laughably “old music” in 1970. I also didn’t know that 1970 was such a pivotal year in music until I read Browne’s totally entertaining new book, Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970.

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