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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Star of My Tehran for Sale to Receive 90 Lashes and One Year in Jail

    Marzieh Vafamehr the star of My Tehran for Sale which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009 has received a sentence of 90 lashes and one year in jail for being in the film. She was sentenced Saturday and her lawyer is appealing the sentence.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    London Film Festival 2011 S&A Highlights – "Pariah"

    A simple yet poignant and beautifully told coming of age story that isn’t overly reliant on the obvious Hollywood-style bells and whistles to announce mood and intent and also eschews the fog and mirror antics of many ambitious indie-style films. In Dee Rees' semi-autobiographical gem of a film, Pariah, prose, poetry, beautiful photography, music and believably authentic performances all collude to produce what seems like an effortless yet unobtrusively artful presentation of a universal tale told through the conduit of a marginalised milieu.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 13: "Face Off"

    The dazzling season finale of Breaking Bad eliminates many of Walt's problems while creating new ones. The following recap of Breaking Bad Season 4, Episode 13 contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. By Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play Contributor

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For "Fold Crumple Crush" On Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor El Anatsui

    Courtesy of bombasticelement.org, watch the trailer for Fold Crumple Crush, an illuminating documentary on renowned Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. Directed by Susan Vogel and filmed over three years, the documentary gives an insider's view to Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist. Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Support the Final Funding Push for Festival of the New Black Imagination

    Rob Fields, commonly known from the music/culture blog Bold as Love, recently launched the Festival of the New Black Imagination, an event designed to celebrate ideas springing forth from 21st century urban cultural producers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Is Secret Work-In-Progress Screening At NYFF Tonight, New Featurette Debuts

    Speculation has been rife over the last couple of days among Big Apple-based film fans as to the possible identity of the secret screening that the New York Film Festival added to their program as a last-minute surprise last week. The festival narrowed it down a little, saying that the film was a "work-in-progress" from a "master filmmaker" for a film that would be released before the end of the 2011, so it left only a few contenders. Could it be David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?" Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?" Mike Mitchell's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked?"

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Discovery Communications To Pump $15 Million into OWN "Relaunch"

    They're going to keep trying until someone watches the damn thing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Béla Tarr Confirms At NYFF That He's Retired From Filmmaking

    We can't claim to be massive fans of everything that Béla Tarr's made; his work can be fascinating, but somewhat trying. But when he's firing on all cylinders, as in "Werckmeister Harmonies," the Hungarian director is an incredibly vital voice in cinema, and even when he's not, his films find a way of indelibly printing themselves on your mind. As such, we were disappointed to learn back in 2008, on the announcement of Tarr's latest project, that it was intended to be his last.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo Mystery Movies: Los Angeles Screening Posters, Next Stop Austin

    Alamo Drafthouse presented 6 Mondo Mystery Movies to Los Angeles audiences this past weekend. For these popular series, which regularly sell out, audiences buy tickets and a poster to screenings of films that remain a mystery until the actual event. If you plan to be in Austin, TX, on October 29 you can get tickets to the next Mystery Movie series here starting today. Posters from this past weekend's screenings are below. Screenings included 28 Days Later (poster by Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame with title treatment by Jon Smith), Hellraiser (poster by Florian Bertmer), The Iron Giant (poster by Kevin Tong), Assault on Precinct 13 (poster by Tyler Stout), City of Lost Children (poster by Ken Taylor) and The Mist (poster by Daniel Danger).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Trespass' Is a Hopelessly Uninspired Home Invasion Thriller

    With a speaking voice that often (and unexpectedly) devolves into histrionic yelps and an assortment of goofy, ever-changing hair pieces, Nicolas Cage has become such a creative loose cannon you often want to check in on his latest effort in the off chance that he’s delivered some creative crazy good (“Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans”) instead of the crazy mediocre that seems to be the norm (almost everything else he does).

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