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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview/Trailer For "Fear of A Black Republican" (Where Are All The Black Republicans)

    Check out this preview trailer for an upcoming independent documentary feature film directed by Kevin J. Williams, titled Fear of A Black Republican, which asks why there aren't many Black Republicans, and how that fact influences/affects the current 2-party political system in the USA.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Cinema Verite' Reveals The Not So Surprising Truth Behind Reality TV

    Directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are no strangers to tackling everyday characters and people who are caught within somewhat unreal circumstances. There was Harvey Pekar in "American Splendor" whose own eccentricity made him a star; Kevin Kline's Henry Harrison in "The Extra Man" who as an escort for wealthy widows was an eye-opener for Paul Dano's Louis Ives and even Annie Braddock in "The Nanny Diaries" finds herself in the strange world of the well-heeled in New York City. Thus, with "Cinema Verite," the directors find themselves firmly -- if somewhat a little too comfortably -- in their wheelhouse. The film goes behind-the-scenes of the legendary and groundbreaking PBS documentary "An American Family" which chronicled the Loud brood, largely at their ugliest and most dramatic. Airing in 1973, the 12-part series was both a hit with ten million viewers and a scandal for tarnishing the wholesome image of the typical middle class American family.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The Full Beastie Boys Short Film 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'

    Okay, so we got our broadcast time zones mixed up, but the Beastie Boys star-studded short film debuted late last night on Comedy Central and as expected, it has leaked to the web.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Denzel Washington Circling Druggie Pilot Actioner "Flight" With Robert Zemeckis Directing

    Denzel Washington is reportedly "loosely attached" to star in an action drama titled Flight, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis (in negotiations), from a screenplay written by John Gatins (who was once attached to direct).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    If You Missed It... Listen To The Shadow & Act Livecast Season 2, Episode 3

    If you missed tonight's episode, you can listen to the entire hour now, via the player below. Cynthia hosted this episode, and she was joined by Sergio, Monique and Stephanie, and they discussed the following topics:

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Poster For Tribeca World Narrative Competition Film 'Patang (The Kite)'

    Yesterday was the kick off for the 2011 iteration of New York's Tribeca Film Festival. Started by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, the festival has grown steadily ever since its inauguration and has hosted films not just bred in New York, but all over the world. There's a wealth of promising films playing this year and we'll have film coverage shortly, but for now we bring you the poster for Prashant Bhargava's World Narrative Competition entry "Patang (The Kite)." Set during the kite festival in Uttarayan, the story follows a family of six as their estranged son, now an adult with his own grown-up daughter, returns with life-changing news.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    NexT Short Film Festival in Bucharest Romania

    I just returned from the NexT International (Short) Film Festival (April 6th-10, 2011) in Bucharest, Romania, a city largely unknown to tourists. Time to take out the history book as this nation is unique. The Runaway (4,000 Euro prize) and Silent River were 2 of my favorite winners as judged by the illustrious jury Marian Masone (Associate Director of Programming, Special Programs and Director of Festivals for the Film Society of Lincoln Center), Christian Guinot (organizer of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival), Anne Garber (executive producer of the short film magazine KurzSchluss for ZDF/Arte), Marie Dubas (former short film producer for Paris-based company Les Films du requin and now founder of Paris-based production company Petit Film with Jean des Forêts, where she develops feature length films), Dana Bunescu, the most sought-after editor and sound designer in the Romanian film industry. Her credits include, among many others, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu by Andrei Ujică, First of All, Felicia by Răzvan Rădulescu and Melissa de Raaf, Love Sick by Tudor Giurgiu, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu, The Great Communist Bank Robbery by Alexandru Solomon.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Gary Busey Endorses Donald Trump For Present

    With friends like these...

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  • Spout
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    Tribeca 2011: Delectable Doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" Will Make You Crave a Bit More

    When you see “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” make sure you've already staked out the nearest sushi place. It doesn’t matter if you’re really in the mood, or even if you dislike raw fish, you’re going to have a pretty strong craving within five minutes, and by the time the lights go up you’ll be ravenous. Director David Gelb, in his feature debut, treats his subject's cuisine like the art form it truly is, and this pristine documentary is at its strongest when showing us richly photographed shots of pink tuna over rice.

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  • The Playlist
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    5 Reasons Why A 'Party Down' Movie Will Never Happen

    First, don't get it wrong. We absolutely loved every second of "Party Down" during it's all too brief run on Starz. If you haven't seen the show, you have no idea what you're missing. Featuring an amazing ensemble of Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Megan Mullally, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr and Lizzy Caplan, the show chronicled the travails of an L.A. based catering company made up of actors and writers hoping to make it big, including one who had already had a brief taste of the spotlight. Created and written by John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd the show was both hilarious and tender, perfectly encapsulating just how hard, surreal and sometimes outright absurd it is to be chasing your dream while working a shit job. Scott toplined the show as Henry, an actor who tasted fame thanks to a beer commercial he'd rather never talk about again. His love interest was Caplan's Casey, a comedienne seemingly stuck in endless auditions. Led by their boss Ron, played to gung-ho perfection by Marino, each episode found the crew at a new theme party and allowed the ensemble -- including the airhead pretty boy Kyle (a hilarious Hansen), the geek Roman (Starr) and the rest of the crew to build out their stories. And the while show is now gone and the cast has moved on, movie talk has begun to creep up.

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