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  • Shadow and Act
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    The 2011 ABFF Honors Awards Winners

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Friday, the co-founder and director of the American Black Film Festival earlier this morning, in a enlightening conversation; the topic of black film festivals is almost always something of a tinderbox, with criticism after criticism being leveled at these festivals from filmmakers and audiences alike, whether fairly or not.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Picton Picturefest In Pictures, Part 1

    This will be a post in 3 parts... The first batch all care of the great talents of Ian Lefebvre:

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  • The Playlist
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    Josh Brolin Rumored For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' That Will Draw On Original Manga For Adaptation

    That's funny. We were just chatting around The Playlist water color about who might take the lead role in Spike Lee's adaptation of "Oldboy" and while our immediate thought was that this might go out to some of the hot young thesps around town (i.e. Michael Fassbender) we were quickly reminded that the movie is called "Oldboy" for a reason -- it deals with a man who is suddenly freed after being being held captive in a hotel room for fifteen years (and there are some other elements that we won't spoil for those who haven't seen the film that also skew to an older actor). Well, just as we were pulling together our list of possible candidates Twitch reports that none other than Josh Brolin is topping Mandate Pictures' wish list of actors to take on the lead role in the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Kevin Hart's "Laugh At My Pain" + Fall Theatrical Release Planned

    Kevin Hart's 90-city concert tour, said to be one of the most successful in history, with over $15 million in ticket sales, is now a feature-length film with a theatrical release schedule planned.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Google+ Update: 20 Million Users Projected by This Weekend, User Tips, Will It Survive?

    Will Google+ take off? According to this report from Paul Allen, Google+ will reach 10 million users today--thanks to the increasingly popular invitation button--and 20 million by this weekend. Google+ turns two weeks old today (here's Wired's must-read history), and Allen's statistics give evidence that there is in fact a demand for Google+, despite Facebook already having 750 million users. Moreover, Google is not doomed even if this social-networking attempt fails. Google+ has posted this message (pictured) for those not adequately connected to receive an invite.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions

    For the second year, Barnard College will present the Athena Film Festival from February 9-12, 2012. The fest aims to "expand the definition of what it means to be a female leader, highlighting the many ways that women can and do make a difference," and will feature top tier features, Oscar nominated films, documentaries and shorts, of which there are US and whorl premieres.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Announces Creative Producing Lab & Summit Participants

    The Sundance Institute announces the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, to be held July 18-24 in Sundance, Utah. The nine projects (five features, four documentaries) chosen for 2011 labs will receive grants and ongoing support for a year, and will be joined by indie film leaders immediately following the lab for the Summit. Sundance's Keri Putnam says the "Creative Producing initiatives are a unique combination of intensive focus on the producers’ individual projects and larger discussions with industry leaders about the state of the independent film community and where it’s headed,..[and] an opportunity for producers to explore and develop their projects in a forward-thinking, supportive community." Below are details on each of the chosen projects:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Josh Brolin Reportedly Tops List Of Actors To Star In Spike Lee's "Oldboy" Adaptation

    The folks at Twitch, who broke the initial story about Spike Lee's involvement in the US adaptation of Oldboy, just revealed that Josh Brolin is the production and financing company's (Mandate Pictures') top choice to star as the lead character in Spike Lee's direction of the Japanese manga made popular by Park Chan-wook's 2003 award-winning film.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Office' Star B.J. Novak Joins Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

    Over the seven seasons of "The Office" no character has gone through as many transitions as Ryan Howard, played by the show's co-executive producer, writer and actor B.J. Novak. Starting off as a temp who quickly became known as the Fire Guy, he improbably landed a corporate job at the head office of Dunder-Mufflin where he quickly sent a good chunk of his paycheck up his nose. After bottoming out, he re-teamed with Michael in his fledgling Michael Scott Paper Company before they both returned to their old jobs in Scranton. But Ryan once again changed into an annoying, Americana loving, hipster douchebag who is also the founder of WUHPF. And in all of this of course, is his on-again, off-again volatile relationship with Kelly. Novak hasn't made too many steps into feature films except for small parts in films like "Knocked Up" and more memorably in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," but he's set for another appearance in one of next year's big comedies.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    First Look: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

    Warner Bros. has released the teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, it's dark, sinister, architectural, graphic, and very Inception.

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