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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominees Announced ("Pariah," "Gun Hill Road," Others Make The Cut)

    Congrats to Dee Rees on being nominated in the Breakthrough Director category for her much-buzzed about feature film debut, Pariah. Although I was surprised that the star of that film, Adepero Oduye, wasn't nominated in the Breakthrough Actor category.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    "Martha Marcy May Marlene" plus an interview with director Sean Durkin

    Like Jeff Nichols’s Take Shelter—its only real rival for the title of Fall’s Best American Film—Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene concludes on a shot that’s either totally declarative or sneakily ambiguous. In both cases, it’s up to the viewer to decide whether the filmmaker has placed all of his cards on the table or is still holding a couple close to the vest. The comparisons between the two films don’t end there, either. While largely dissimilar in terms of style and subject matter, Take Shelter and Martha Marcy May Marlene are movies that warily examine gender roles—flipped mirror images of characters looking for a way out to find themselves ever more tightly constricted. Read Adam Nayman's review

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Comments on the Age Discrimination Suit Filed Against IMDB

    At first when I read about the lawsuit, I didn't really take it seriously. Everybody's birth dates are on imdb. I go on imdb practically every day in order to find out how old people are. I like to look at see the age differences between male and female actors playing opposite each other, and I always like to look at the ages of women who play the mothers of other actors because you know that most times the women are never old enough to have given birth to the actor or actress she is supposed to be the mother of. My latest check was for the age difference -- 11 years -- between Dana Delaney and Joanna Cassidy who play daughter and mother on the ABC show Body of Proof.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    UK Docudrama "Dreams of a Life" Gets A New Release Date!

    Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life, starring Zawe Ashton is getting its UK release date pushed forward to December 16th. The move is due in part to its successful premiere and public screenings at this year's London Film Festival.We first brought the story to Shadow And Act readers in May and most recently earlier this month. For those of you who may have missed our past write-ups about the film and the grim true story it's based upon, check out this brief synopsis and clip...

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  • The Playlist
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    And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

    Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statue circuit.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Vote For The Gotham Audience Award

    Six of the seven competitive categories at 21st Gotham Independent Film Award had their nominations announced this morning check out the full list of nominees here), but you can help them come up with the seventh: The Audience Award.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 3 Of New Sci-Fi/Thriller Web Series "Osiris"

    Here's episode #3 of Donnie Leapheart's 10-episode sci-fi/action/thriller web series titled Osiris.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Margin Call' A Compelling 24-Hour Slice Of The Start Of The Economic Collapse

    The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Aiming For February/March 2012 Start On 'Akira,' Garrett Hedlund Frontrunner To Star

    After some minor drama, which saw long-attached helmer Albert Hughes bail on the gestating "Akira" remake this spring, the project came back to the life in the middle of the summer when "Unknown" and "Orphan" director Jaume Collet-Serra came aboard. Things then went quiet on the project, but once again, it has come roaring back to life as Variety reports that a late February/early March 2012 production start is being eyed, and moreover, the leading man may have been found.

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger's Music Drama At HBO Now Moving Forward

    Given the five thousand things Martin Scorsese is doing at any given moment, we kind of forgot about this project, a music drama with his long time Rolling Stones bud Mick Jagger, that was set up last summer over at HBO. Penned by "Boardwalk Empire" (on which Scorsese serves as executive producer) and "The Sopranos" writer Terence Winter, it was first announced under the working title "History Of Music," and was initially envisioned by Jagger as a feature film that followed two friends who work in the music industry across 40 years. William Monahan had actually penned a script over at Paramount where it was going under the title "The Long Play" that Scorsese was eyeing to direct. But now that it's over at the cable channel, it has changed focus, though it's no less exciting.

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