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    Watch New Clip From Prison Drama "Screwed" Starring Noel Clarke & James D'Arcy

    We've seen a trailer and poster for Screwed - the British prison drama that stars Mr Noel Clarke and James D’Arcy (Master And Commander), which is an adaptation of a novel called Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, a bestselling work, both acclaimed and controversial, by British ex-prison officer-turned-author Ronnie Thompson (not his real name by the way).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Rejoice And Shout' Attempts To Cover A Century Of Gospel In 2 Hours

    It always seemed like music was the only art where the subject didn't matter. If there's a good beat, a catchy hook, some sort of inventiveness, and/or intensified drive, most don't care what the hell the singer is spewing, even if it's about their specific belief system. Throw a bunch of hard-ass atheists on the dance floor and throw on "Jesus Walks"; see how many stomp their feet and protest (actually, don't, keep reading). There's numerous other examples (how many trendy God-hating teens like Christian-Metalcore band Underoath? Quick answer, too many), but for other mediums, it's not the case. Religious imagery feels too pushy, and while books like the Koran and Old Testament are densely written, good luck finding someone interested in reading it just 'cause.

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    Website For Samuel L Jackson's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Launches

    As well as a look at some artwork for Katori Hall's award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which we've written about a lot on this site, making its Broadway debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson starring as Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Spout
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    "X-Men: First Class" and the Pros and Cons of Today's Ensemble Action Movie

    On my way to the press screening of "X-Men: First Class" this week, I was reading Claude Brodesser-Akner's article on "Blockbuster Economics" in the new issue of New York magazine. It's pretty basic stuff if you know today's film industry in the slightest, but it was appropriate to peruse and think about ahead of and during such an ensemble-dependent action movie. More than a decade ago, in what I'm certain was my first paid assignment as a film critic, I wrote (rather amateurish and naively, I admit) about the death of the traditional action-hero movie star in a piece for READ magazine (r.i.p.) reviewing the first "X-Men" film, "Mission: Impossible II" and "Gone in 60 Seconds." It addressed the rising interest in Hollywood in ensemble-based action movies as opposed to solo vehicles for guys like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and Cruise. Brodesser-Akner now looks similarly at the shift, but more on how money influenced the genre rather than what the protagonistic spread does for the films themselves.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Where Were The Black Actors In the 64th Cannes Film Festival Films?

    So I’m finally in fighting shape to post after fifteen glorious days along the Croisette for the Festival De Cannes, known to you Westerners as the Cannes Film Festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Beautiful Boy' Presents Tragedy As An Acting Exercise

    If you were, or still are, a post-millennial creative-type, there’s a chance you channeled the emotions and experiences of events like the Columbine massacre or 9/11 into some form of art. Very few of these ended up being films, books, or songs where audiences found meaning. Several of these people were wise enough to file that screenplay back in the cabinet, never to speak of our attempts at fake grief ever again.

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    Paramount Picks Up DC Comic 'The Mighty'

    With Disney swooping in and paying $4 billion for Marvel Entertainment and buying out the remaining distribution deal the comic company had with Paramount, it was only a matter of time before the mountain logo company started getting back in the game of comic movies. After all, there's money to be had.

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    "Red Tails" Director, Anthony Hemingway, Reveals Film's Release Date!

    We've long wondered WTF happened to the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails; very little news has surfaced since last year's rumor that Lucas was unhappy with what had been done with the film at that point, and had essentially taking it over from director Anthony Hemingway and writer John Ridley. Although, Lucas' people denied those rumors.

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    Review: 'Submarine’ Is A Smart & Sharp Coming-Of-Age Comedy & A Promising Debut

    One of the best films at this year's Sundance Film Festival was one that actually had its debut at last year’s TIFF. Richard Ayoade’s “Submarine” is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, inventive visual wit and great performances. Adapted by Ayoade from a 2008 coming-of-age novel by Joe Dunthorne, the film follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (a perfectly cast Craig Roberts), a somewhat delusional teenager who believes himself to be a literary genius, (he reads Nietzsche and searches the dictionary for new words), but in actuality is a social outcast who gets bullied at school and doesn’t know how to talk to girls. Oliver develops a crush on classmate Jordana (a wickedly good Yasmin Paige), an emotionally guarded pyromaniac, who initially agrees to go out with him only to make her ex-boyfriend jealous.

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    Watch Full-Length Award-Winning Nigerian Animated Series "Mark Of Uru"

    Mark Of Uru, an award-winning Nigerian animated series we first wrote about in 2009, is now available to watch online in its entirety.

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