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  • Shadow and Act
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    Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress & Aisha Hinds to Star in BET Original Undercover Cop Drama "Gun Hill"

    The Bet Networks annoucement was just released today. Gun Hill, written and directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood, will star Larenz Tate, Tawny Cypress (Heroes, Rescue Me) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood, Hawthorne).

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  • Caryn James
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    Eddie Murphy Hosts The Oscars? Shrug. First Let's Fire All the Writers

    Critics are already turning cartwheels wondering whether Eddie Murphy will be a good Oscar host, but the truth is: the host won’t make any difference until the producers sweep away the stale, vaudevillian writing that makes the show feel like a relic from the Bob Hope era in the 21st century.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Raindance Film Festival Selection "Soka Afrika"

    Here's a film we briefly touched on at the old S&A site. Called Soka Afrika, the documentary takes a look at the popular sport of football (soccer) via the contrasting tales of two boys. It will screen at the Raindance Film Festival in the UK on October 9th.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lars Von Trier Can't Stop Talking About Nazis; Isn't Sure 'The Five Obstructions' Will Happen

    Before Lars Von Trier left Cannes this spring, banned from ever attending again due to his unfortunate comments during the "Melancholia" press conference, the director made waves for a much more positive reason. It was announced that he was teaming with Martin Scorsese to do another version of "The Five Obstructions" with reports indicating it would shoot in early 2012.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mobutu Sese Seko Died Today… Watch "Mobutu, King of Zaire"

    Today in history... September 7, 1997... Congo/Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, died in exile in Morocco, from prostate cancer.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For Short Film "Paris Peripherique"

    Paris Peripherique is a new short film which made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner this year and will make it's U.S. premiere at the Harlem International Film Festival starting today through September 11

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: Surprise Film 'People Mountain People Sea' Is A Hard, Unsatisfying Journey

    The surprise film at a festival always has a tricky time living up to the sky-high expectations. Everyone brings in their own hopes and dreams, however unrealistic they may be, and the finished product has to be pretty special not to underwhelm -- witness the near-riotous reaction at the London Film Festival a couple of years ago when the surprise turned out to be not "Where The Wild Things Are," as widely-rumored, but instead Michael Moore's "Sicko." The reaction is slightly different at Venice, thanks to a reputation that the selectors hold back the most miserable, grueling film for the secret slot, so much so that most audience members are delighted if the film turns out to be anything other than footage of a close family member being slowly murdered.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Four Years and Counting

    This week is the 4th birthday of Women and Hollywood. It's been an amazingly great year for me and for the blog. But none of my success would be possible without all the people who take the time to read the site. So I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, suggestions, grammar and spelling corrections, guest posts, transcriptions, research and everything else this great and growing community does to help spread the word.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Dirty Dozen

    One of Robert Aldrich’s most subversive (and financially most successful) films is his 1967 color and wide-screen World War II saga of legalized criminality, THE DIRTY DOZEN (available on DVD). Aldrich had first dealt with this war eleven years earlier in his violently gripping cult picture, Attack! (1956), which featured the brilliant Lee Marvin in a strong supporting role. In The Dirty Dozen, Marvin takes the lead, playing--with his usual restrained gusto--a maverick major who recruits twelve condemned soldier-misfits for a suicidal mission behind enemy lines; if they survive, they’ll be reprieved.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For Darryl Roberts' Sequel To His "America The Beautiful" Doc

    In case you haven't heard of the 2007 documentary America The Beautiful, conceived and directed by filmmaker Darryl Roberts , it just happens that it's one of the most financially successful, self distributed documentaries in recent years.

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