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  • Shadow and Act
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    4 New Images From Sony's "Sparkle" Remake

    No trailer yet, though I'm sure one is brewing currently and will drop any day now; in the meantime, here are 4 new still images from Sony Pictures' Sparkle remake, which stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, and Mike Epps, shepherded by Salim and Mara Brock Akil (with original music composed by R. Kelly).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' Takes The Duplass Bros Mainstream For Their Best Film Yet

    As surreal as it is to see a micro-budget Duplass Brothers film start with the stars and mountainous terrain of the Paramount logo, in many ways that contradiction and clash sets the tone for their new comedy "Jeff Who Lives at Home." Strange things are afoot in the cosmos as Jeff (played with affable confusion and large-framed, good-hearted charm by Jason Segel) is trying to keep his eyes open for what the universe might be telling him, in terms of his destiny and purpose. Also, his mom Sharon (Susan Sarandon) would like it if he could get his ass off the couch in her basement and go to Home Depot to get wood glue to fix a broken pantry door slat …

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Broadcaster ITV1 To Celebrate The Life & Career Of Lionel Richie In 90-Minute Special

    The career of singer, song writer Lionel Richie will be feted in an entertainment special commissioned by ITV1 Studios - the UK broadcaster.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shooting Underway For South African Thriller "Layla Fourie" Starring Brit Rayna Campbell

    Currently shooting on location in Johannesburg, South Africa is Pia Marais’ Layla Fourie - a thriller that centers on a young single mother in whose life becomes entangled in lies, fear and suspicion after taking a job administering polygraph tests, and she soon becomes a suspect herself.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW '12: Richard Linklater & Matthew McConaughey Talk Revisiting Wooderson In Prospective 'Dazed And Confused' Sorta-Sequel

    "Dazed and Confused"

    Despite his status as something of an indie auteur, Richard Linklater is reassuringly populist in his thinking about movies, particularly when it comes to sequels. In 2004 he produced a sequel to “Before Sunrise” entitled “Before Sunset,” and after “School of Rock” became a runaway success, he and star Jack Black have spent years trying to mount a follow-up. But when it comes to his much-beloved “Dazed and Confused,” Linklater hasn’t explored that possibility as actively, although in interviews not long ago he mentioned the possibility of a second installment – well, sort of.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Cat In The Hat' Will Get Animated Courtesy Of The Team Behind 'The Lorax'

    "The Lorax": $132m domestic gross (to date). "Horton Hears a Who!": $297m worldwide gross. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas": $345m worldwide gross. Dr Seuss adaptations are a cinematic brand that audiences respond to. Or to put it another way: When Hollywood studios adapt Dr. Seuss books, it's pretty much certain they'll make them big bucks. Even the dreadful live-action "The Cat in the Hat" starring Mike Myers earned more than $100m domestic, so don't be surprised to hear about a "Green Eggs and Ham" movie in the works, sooner rather than later.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Is "The Hunger Games" Anti-Capitalist Cinema for the 99%? Or Anti-Gov't Agit-Prop?

    While I'm loathe to promote a pop cultural event such as "The Hunger Games," it'll be interesting to see where the culture wars take positions on the new teen fantasy franchise, which according to early reviews, is going to be seen by lots and lots and lots of people. I'm not familiar with the books, and my only interest in the film is its politics, not its entertainment value, but the very premise suggests an attack on much of what our infantile culture worships: reality TV, celebrity, fame and material wealth. And sure, this baby is all about making money for studio Lionsgate and the other investors in the film, but I do believe it is possible--though rare--for a corporate film to have its capitalistic cake and choke on it, too. See "V For Vendetta" or "FIght Club."

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    Review: 'Delicacy' Delves Into A Memory That Can't Be Forgotten With A Face That Everyone Loves

    At the start of "Delicacy", we meet two lovers, Nathalie (Audrey Tatou) and Francois (Pio Marmai). They are at play, re-creating the memories of their first encounter at a smoky French restaurant, where he gambled as to what she would order, making his move when she proved his thoughts correct. It's the image Francois already had of his future paramour, and, "Delicacy" argues, the one that mattered the greatest. What is love if not a permanent feeling for a temporary state?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    African Cinema Is In Spotlight As New York African Film Festival Returns April 11 to 17

    I remember salivating over last year's eclectic lineup, and I'm certainly looking forward to this year's offerings which include several titles we've covered here on S&A like Andy Okoroafor's Relentless (photo above of the director and star Nneka) and South African noir How To Steal 2 Million.

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    Video: Reel Soul on "Blaxploitation"

    “We must rid ourselves of the habit, now that we are in the thick of the fight, of minimizing the actions of our fathers or of feigning incomprehension when considering their silence and passivity.  They fought as well as they could, with the arms they possessed then.”

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