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    Review: 'Sing Your Song' A Fascinating Look At The Activist Life Of Harry Belafonte

    In the pop culture sphere, it's been a while since Harry Belafonte has made a mark musically or on the big screen. His last album came out more than two decades ago, 1988's Paradise in Gazankulu while his last film role was a small appearance in Emilio Estevez's "Bobby" a few years back. But don't think that at 84 years old, Belafonte is merely basking in the rewards of his undeniable entertainment legacy in his twilight years. A tireless activist, "Sing Your Song" is straightforward, and fascinating look at his career at the front of the civil rights movment, striving to end hunger in Ethiopia, looking to find ways to curb inner city violence all within his journey as a musician and actor. Though produced by his daughter Gina Belafonte, the film directed by Susanne Rostock is a balanced, honest look at the life of a man whose success only fueled his work for humanist causes even more.

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    Editor's Note...

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    HBO's "The Tuskegee Airmen" With Laurence Fishburne Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD

    On the heels of the Blu-ray DVD release of The Josephine Baker Story from HBO Home Entertainment also comes news that the cable network's 1995 film The Tuskegee Airmen is also coming out the same day as the Baker film, on blu-ray DVD, January 17, 2012. No doubt HBO also timed the release to coincide with the release of Red Tails in January 2012.

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    Keanu Reeves' Directorial Debut ‘Man Of Tai Chi’ Will Start Shooting At The End Of The Year

    For the seven of you holding out for "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 3" -- sorry dudes.

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    Bryan Singer Says Death Of 'Excalibur' Has Allowed Him To Focus On Developing 'Battlestar Galactica'

    As you might remember, at one point both Guy Ritchie and Bryan Singer were chasing remakes of John Boorman's "Excalibur" over at Warner Bros, however during the summer, both projects were quietly killed by the studio. But speaking with SFX (via Punch Drunk Critics) Singer reveals that it was actually David Dobkin's recently announced, and much more prepared "Arthur & Lancelot" that stalled out "Excalibur," and moreover, he's returning to big sci-fi project he signed on for years ago, that we figured was on a distant backburner.

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    NYFF: George Clooney & Alexander Payne Discuss The Notions Of Forgiveness In ‘The Descendants'

    Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster & The Entire Cast Of Payne’s New Dramedy Talk Film At New York Film FestivalThe New York Film Festival went out with a bang on its last day, Sunday, October 16. Not only did George Clooney make a surprise visit to the press conference of Alexander Payne’s new comedic drama, "The Descendants,” but the entire cast came out to support the film including two newcomer leads, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, but also Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Nick Krause.

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    NYFF: Jafar Panahi's "This Is Not a Film"

    Jafar Panahi is in danger of being reduced to a cause. Arrested in 2010 on nebulous charges that he was engaged in making a propaganda film attacking the Iranian government, Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and received a 20-year ban from directing or writing any new movies. Panahi’s arrest galvanized the international film community, eliciting petitions and symbolic acts of protest (Panahi was made an honorary member of the 2010 Cannes jury, and an empty chair was reserved for him at the festival). Lost in all of this advocacy, however, are Panahi’s movies themselves. If he deserves to be called one of the world’s great filmmakers—and he surely does—it is on the basis of his extraordinary oeuvre, not because of the oppressive actions of an autocratic regime.

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    Aaron Eckhart To Play Beach Boys Member Dennis Wilson In Biopic 'The Drummer'

    At the end of last year, director Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin -- the duo behind the 2008 wine world comedy “Bottle Shock” -- announced they had begun development on two music centered movies. The first was an untitled film about the early days of American punk rock centered around the famed club CBGBs, while the other was “The Drummer: The Story of Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys," which should be fairly self explanatory. The plan was for the CBGBs to go in front of the cameras first over the summer, but as things usually go in Hollywood, plans change and it now looks like the latter movie will gear up instead.

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    The “Queen Hussy” Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue 4

    With each new week we try to bring a new piece of content, and staying true to that mantra (this week) we've started the "Meet the Characters" series.

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    Watch: 'Hostel 3' Trailer Features Gratuitous Ass Shots & A Wheel Of Misfortune

    The "Hostel" franchise was never any great piece of cinematic art. It basically just got a bunch of attractive young people together and then tortured them all for our cinematic "pleasure." But as low rent as the series has been so far, the upcoming direct-to-DVD sequel is far more shallow and lame-brained than even we would have expected.

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