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    Was "Roots" Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies

    Sergio's post earlier today (Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?), reminded me of an editorial/survey I posted on the old Shadow And Act site, back in the fall of 2009, titled Was Roots Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies. I reposted it below, since a lot of you weren't readers of the site at the time, as a companion piece to Sergio's, looking at the matter from a different angle. The title should give you some clues as to what my approach was.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux & Virginie Ledoyen In 'Farewell, My Queen'

    A film we've been keeping an eye on is Benoit Jacquot‘s "Farewell, My Queen." Admittedly, some of it is for purely superficial reasons -- our hounddog baying and tailwagging for the trio of lead actresses Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen might be a tad uncouth -- but it's also a period flick tackling none other than Marie Antoinette, a subject always good for big screen cinema.

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    Watch Trailer For "Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary"

    From Artemus Jenkins and acclaimed tattoo artist Miya Bailey comes the documentary film, Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary. Ah, a topic close to my heart! From their kickstarter page:

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    Sofia Vergara Drops Out Of Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

    It has now been two full years since Lee Daniels premiered "Precious" at Sundance where it quickly became the film sensation of 2009, coming into the Oscars with six nominations and walking away with two wins for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Since then, Daniels has attached himself to a lot of movies -- "Anna In The Tropics," "Nights of Cabiria," "The Scottsboro Boys," and most notably "Selma" (which fell apart) -- without any managing to get in front of cameras. Now, another gestating film, "The Paperboy," has lost one of its lead actresses.

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    James McAvoy Wants To Get In A 'Trance' For Danny Boyle

    Update: Fox Searchlight has corrected Variety's story telling us James McAvoy is up for a different role than the one Michael Fassbender was circling. There is no word yet on whether or not Fassbender is still involved in the picture, but fingers crossed the duo reteam for Boyle's film.

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    UK Broadcasters Respond To Claims Of Black Actors Leaving For Opportunities In The USA

    4 responses to last week's post about the so-called UK talent drain, as black British actors flee to the USA in search of believed to be better opportunities to work... if you missed the discussion click HERE & HERE to catch up...

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    First Look At Four Characters From Pixar's 'Brave'

    With "Cars 2" hitting theaters tomorrow, we expect a teaser trailer for Pixar's "Brave" to arrive any moment now, but until then yesterday's poster and these character pics will have to do.

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    'Super 8' Star Joel Courtney Lines Up 'Tom Sawyer' & Indie Flick 'The Healer'

    For all the whizz-bang wonder of J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," none of it would have worked as well as it did if he didn't have a great core of young actors to work with. And while Elle Fanning was predictably great, newcomer Joel Courtney matched her note for note and emerged as a major young talent to keep an eye on. And it appears lots of folks are sitting up and taking notice.

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  • Spout
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    Little People Are Still Big on the Small Screen: "Life's Too Short" Promo Makes Up for "Snow White"

    It seems every cable station has at least one show involving little people these days. Yet these are mostly "real" (as in reality TV) people rather than actors, though Peter Dinklage continues his rise in stature, if you will, with "Game of Thrones." So maybe I shouldn't be too annoyed that Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsmen" has cast Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and other non-little people as its dwarfs. My first response had been to label the casting as equivalent to blackface. Of course it isn't exactly, but I'm one to think there must be enough good little actors at least comparable to the "Time Bandits" gang, to employ more faithfully and respectfully. But I don't even know that there's been any protest from actual dwarfs or other diminutive persons, actors or not. After all, the other "Snow White" movie in the works, the Tarsem-directed one, will feature little people, including some of those reality TV stars (Sebastian Seraceno and Ronald Lee Clark of "Pit Bosses" are among the septet). Also, while major role Hobbits in "The Hobbit" will be portrayed by big people, diminutive Kiwi actors are being cast as extras.

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    Showtime Developing Project That Explores 1970s Music Scene From All Perspectives

    From a Deadline exclusive:

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