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  • Shadow and Act
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    August Wilson On Blackness...

    Interesting conversation between August Wilson and Bill Moyers from 1988 (thanks Bev Smith for the link); Wilson's name is one that's come up a number of times on S&A. His controversial I Want A Black Director op-ed from about 20 years ago immediately comes to mind. I think I've shared that here two or three times, given the subject matter and our interests.

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  • The Playlist
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    Duh: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Returning For 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

    Sienna Guillory Won't Be BackWe may not understand the love the "Resident Evil" franchise has, but money doesn't lie. Now four films strong, each entry in the series has made more than the last (not unlike the "Final Destination" franchise) with last year's 3D effort "Resident Evil: Afterlife" taking in nearly $300 million worldwide, pretty much doubling the $147 million haul of "Resident Evil: Extinction." That's the kind of numbers that makes studio executives tingle. Anyway, it wasn't much of a surprise that a sequel was greenlit and stamped with a 2012 release date last fall, and this bit of news is even less of a stunner.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cultural Appropriation Isn't Limited To The Kiddies...

    Really? No, really? I wasn't going to, but I couldn't help myself:

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  • The Playlist
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    Keanu Reeves Lining Up Financing For His Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi'

    "...but what I really want to do is direct" is a phrase is commonly tossed around by actors in Hollywood but few of them ever make the leap. It's a big transition to go from being in front of the camera to being behind, commanding an entire project from start to finish; a daunting task that can overwhelm even the most powerful players in the industry. But as folks like Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, George Clooney and more have shown, the leap can be made and done very successfully, which is why we'll be keeping an eye on Keanu Reeves.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Ed Burns On Learning To Love To Engage With The Crowd

    I have truly enjoyed my collaborations with writer/director/actor Ed Burns. We started working together on his first film and did the next two together. Although we didn't make a movie together after that, our get together share-sessions over beers have always been both fun and informative. It's been truly inspiring for me, to see how he keeps learning -- and having fun doing it.In both watching, working and hanging out with Ed, you quickly see that he really enjoys and respects people. He knows everyone's name quickly on his shoots and never forgets he too was once a production assistant who never knew if he'd have a shot at making his own movies. It is not a surprise that he has not only embraced social media, but found excellent ways to integrate it into his creative process. I reached out and asked him to share a little bit of how he learned not just to love the crowd, but to embrace them as a community that he is but one part of.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Conan React As James Franco Talks About Grandma and Porn

    James Franco, man of many projects, was talking about his youthful, amateurish attempt to make a sex tape, when a mention of Grandma sent Conan over the edge.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Welcome To Heartbreak; Full Trailer for Sundance Hit 'Like Crazy' Lands

    Arriving barely a week after the teaser trailer, a full-length spot has arrived for Sundance hit "Like Crazy." The long-distance romantic drama stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence and it struck a nerve with audiences at Park City earlier this year, taking home the Grand Jury Prize for director Drake Doremus and Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones. This writer saw the film back in January and thought it was easily one of the best of the fest. The film was mostly improvised and manages to capture that suffocating feeling of being in a long-distance relationship delivering a few moments that are truly crushing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro Says PG-13 Is The Refuge Of Cowards

    How The Weinsteins Messed With 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More From The Filmmakers On The Horror RemakeOn Monday night, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center hosted a screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” as part of their Film Comment Selects series. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV film about a young couple being pursued by malevolent creatures in a spooky old house they’ve inherited. The new version swaps in Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as interior decorators renovating an old house and gives Pearce’s character an 11-year-old daughter, Bailee Madison (“Brothers”), who ends up the subject of most of the torment.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dakota Johnson & Nicholas Braun To Star In Chris Nelson's High School Comedy 'Gay Dude'

    Rising thesps Dakota Johnson and Nicholas Braun are set to lead Chris Nelson's upcoming high-school comedy "Gay Dude" with Hunter Cope and Dreama Walker ("The Sitter") rounding out the cast.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Paul Rudd Presents 'Our Idiot Brother: The Hangover, Borat'

    There is probably no better (or controversial) marketer or movie hustler in the business than Harvey Weinstein. The man is capable of spinning almost anything into buzz about his movies (see last year's NC-17 rating of "Blue Valentine" which he promptly turned into a rallying point around the film), and putting Harvey into the awards season with a project to shill is like putting together peanut butter and chocolate. It's a no-brainer. And while movies that come out during the rest of the year may not get the full Harvey Weinstein treatment, if they can turn a modest profit and live a long life on DVD and digital, the honcho is more than happy. But that said, we don't think we've ever seen him personally get involved in promoting a film like has here.

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