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  • Shadow and Act
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    Michael Rapaport Unapologetic About Tribe Called Quest Doc; Done Appeasing Q-Tip; "You're No Jay-Z"

    The film opens next week, but Q-Tip has thus far continued to stand by his decision to not support it, and hasn't done any publicity for it either, leaving that up to his partners in crime, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, who have all gotten behind director Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, an homage to the group that he loves so much, A Tribe Called Quest.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Radford Signs On To Direct 'Castro's Daughter'

    Michael Radford, best known for his work on the Italian-language hit "Il Postino" in the late '90s, has signed on to direct "Castro's Daughter." Though Radford has been chasing that success with middling results over the last 15 years -- please see "Flawless" or "The Merchant of Venice" for evidence -- the pedigree behind his next effort shows promise with Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Crash") and Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prizer-winning author of "Anna in the Tropics") penning the script.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview "Monkey Gang," A Gangsta Rap Mockumentary - Advanced Screening This Sunday In NYC

    Courtesy of Urban Daily: "“Monkey Gang: The Mockumentary” a hip-hop comedy that parodies negativity in Gangsta Rap and Hip Hop culture."

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Beth B "Who Says An Old Punk Can't Learn New Tricks?"

    I moved to NYC in the early 80's with dreams of making films that would change the world. To prime my path, I was prepared to serve first. There were two internships I wanted. Having grown up listening to Alan Lomax's Southern Journey records, he was one. He didn't hire me. The Super-8 No Wave film thing was taking the city by storm -- or at least the East Village. I turned my sights to working for Beth B, one of the key figures in the "Cinema Of Transgression". I got the interview... but not the gig. Although I have had to watch from afar, I have kept track of Beth and her work, and have always found it inspiring and uncompromising. How Beth navigates the challenge of giving her work form while leading her life and not being lead is both a marvel and a mantra. As Beth points out in her post today, it is not easy, it is a struggle, but the rewards prove the choice's righteousness time and time again.

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  • The Playlist
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    Phil Claydon Director of ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’ Hired For 'Miserable Excuse For a Hero'

    Director jail – the purgatorial netherworld that keeps a good filmmaker trapped in paralysis for years at a time after their last film loudly flopped -- is a funny thing. Some end up there literally: Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof were famously imprisoned last year, while John McTiernan and Roger Avary haven’t seen their careers exactly set alight thanks to real-life brushes with the law. Most of the time, though, you wait years for a misunderstood British ‘auteur’ to resurface – Lynne Ramsay finally re-emerged at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – and several come along at once. No, we’re not talking about a new project from the talented Jonathan Glazer. It’s one from Phil Claydon, who Deadline reports has been tapped to helm a new project, “Miserable Excuse For a Hero,” an adaptation of the book by Bob Powers with the longer title, “You Are a Miserable Excuse For a Hero”. While usually the news that a smaller British director who hasn’t landed a gig in two years has finally got a project off the ground would be news for celebration, Claydon’s last film was called “Lesbian Vampire Killers,” a cinematic abomination that still makes this writer wake up screaming in the middle of the night in a cold flop sweat and pining for his blanky. The director hasn't made a film since.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bryan Cranston Has The Best Agent In Hollywood, Now Joins 'Gangster Squad'

    Come Christmas time, we hope Bryan Cranston gets something really nice for his agent because the actor has been lining up one solid film after another. Just yesterday, Cranston boarded Ben Affleck's "Argo" and barely twenty-four hours have passed and now he's on another high-profile project.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Diablo Cody to Make Her Directing Debut

    Academy Award winning writer Diablo Cody will make her directing debut on her own script Lamb of God. Her longtime collaborator Mason Novick will produce. It seems that the movie is being fast tracked since casting is beginning right away.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Official 2011 Selections Release (Who's Going?)

    It's about a week away, running from July 6th through the 9th, in Miami, FL. I'll be there for the duration, so maybe I'll see some of you there as well! Look for the brotha in the purple Zoot suit, and Stacey Adams alligator print lace-ups :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Disney Get The (Matter)Horn For Another Theme Park Movie 'The Hill'

    Plus We Pitch Five More Disney Ride MoviesWhen your much-mocked idea to turn a 40-year-old theme park ride into a movie turns out to be the start of a franchise that's grossed $3 billion worldwide, it becomes tempting to repeat the success. So, despite the underwhelming early attempts like "The Haunted Mansion" and "The Country Bears," "Pirates of the Caribbean" being Disney's new crown jewel has caused them to put all kinds of ride-based pictures in development.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland is seeking U.S. Films in Post

    A few of us have been working on a project which I think should be of great interest for U.S. filmmakers to connect internationally at a time when U.S. box office represents about 30% of the total market. And this November 15-20, 2011 when the festival takes place, I have the honor to be on the jury! Find out more on their website.

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