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    Will Black Folk Complain If Viola Davis Wins An Oscar?

    So according to industry insiders and Oscar procrastinators, there are three actresses right now who are, for sure, a lock to get an Oscar nomination for Best Actress next year -. Michelle Williams for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, Meryl Streep for her performance as Margret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (though advance reviews for the film have not been good, calling it "dull" and a total softball whitewash job about one of the most divisive politicans in recent British history), and Viola Davis for The Help. And what people are saying is that it's Davis' Oscar to lose; that you can bet the farm she's going to get it, not only for her performance, but also because she's been in the busniess for a long time, doing consistently solid work, and has paid her dues.

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    Thoughts On Tyler Perry's New TV Series "For Better Or Worse?" Plus Watch 45-Minute Convo w/ Cast & Crew

    It debuted on TBS on Friday, the 25th, just after Thanksgiving; anybody watch? I didn't, so no comments from me on Tyler Perry's new TV series For Better Or Worse which is based on his Why Did I Get Married? films (at first plays), and follows the ups-and-downs of married life for Marcus and Angela, characters who originated in the features.

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    Kenya's "Silicon Savannah" On Becoming An Animation Powerhouse

    Variety gives Kenyan animators in Kenya some shine...

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    Watch "Kinyarwanda" CNN Profile + Links To Opening Weekend Release Theaters

    AFFRM's second release, will make its theatrical debut on 9 screens in 7 cities. Opening weekend release cities and links to theaters below; CNN profile underneath.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Some Articles to Ponder

    Here are some articles worth a look before the work takes over again tomorrow-

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 5 Of New Sci-Fi/Thriller Web Series "Osiris"

    Here's episode #5 of Donnie Leapheart's 10-episode sci-fi/action/thriller web series titled Osiris.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fox Sneaks We Bought A Zoo; Early Reviews

    With theatrical box office more important than ever, the studios have gone back to a tried-and-true method of building word-of-mouth for movies they believe in--sneak previews. Disney has sneaked "War Horse" twice now, and Paramount threw "Young Adult" into key markets as well. Saturday, Twentieth Century Fox booked Cameron Crowe's bid to escape movie jail, "We Bought a Zoo," on 800 screens nationwide in advance of its December 23 release. I checked out the movie at L.A.'s Arclight.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" Thanksgiving Weekend At The Box Office; "Tower Heist" Fizzles; "The Help" Still In The Top 20

    Despite all the wonderful buzz around The Muppets, it couldn't trump the box office behemoth that is the Twilight saga, which stayed on top on the charts this week, taking in another $42 million (in its second week), bringing its cume to a whopping $221+ million. Throw in the $152+ million it's made overseas, and Breaking Dawn Part 1 has grossed over $374 million across the globe... and I still haven't seen a single installment from the uber-successfull franchise; Not a single minute; I just can't bring myself to watch any of them, even for free. But my dollars obviously aren't having any effect; this is one of the highest grossing franchises in film history. 

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    Listen Now! If You Missed The S&A Live Podcast Show

    The S&A crew is off today, due to the holiday, but if you missed our fabulous show from last week, here's your chance to check it out! It's a beautiful Sunday and you've already had your fourth plate of Thanksgiving leftovers so why not enjoy some film chit-chat?! So what did we talk about? Two heavyweights...Steve McQueen and Tyler Perry.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Breaking Dawn Gobbles Thanksgiving Holiday Box Office, Muppets Leads Family Film Glut, Hugo Stumbles

    The Thanksgiving holiday weekend offered a rich groaning board for mainstream and specialty audiences alike as more films pushed into the award season fray. Holdover "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part One" and new Disney musical "The Muppets" dominated the weekend, while "The Descendants" proved a powerful word-of-mouth hit for Fox Searchlight. On the downside, Martin Scorsese's $150-170 million 3-D period family film "Hugo" needed much bigger opening numbers to make back its production and marketing costs.

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