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    "The Fresh Prince With No Hair"

    Sing it with me:

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    Review: 'The Robber' Is A Relentless, Character-Based Thriller

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 New York Film Festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Condoleezza Rice's "30 Rock" Appearance

    As previously revealed in an interview with Tiny Fey, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to make a cameo appearance on NBC's hit comedy show 30 Rock; and that cameo appearance happened last night! If you didn't catch it, here's her 1 1/2 minute bit; how did she do?

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors: Zeitgeist's BCNY Breaks Records

    Bill Cunningham New York broke all house records at Film Forum and we’re still playing in 3 theatres in Manhattan. We’ve already opened in 30 cities and it’s doing well everywhere. Our rollout will be in over 200 cities. BCNY appeals to people who love fashion because it’s so much fun to watch and it’s crossing over because audiences are moved and inspired by Bill’s simplicity and humility and passion for his work. He’s a beacon in these cynical times!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive: Actress Aunjanue Ellis and Director Russell Costanzo Discuss "The Tested"

    Nominated for a 2011 AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) in the category of “Best Diaspora Feature”, The Tested has evolved from a solid short, which aired on BET in 2006, into a gripping feature film. Set in NYC, the story follows the intersecting lives of Julian Varone, a police officer (Armando Riesco), and Darraylynn and Dre Warren, the mother and brother of the young man Julian hastily killed. The story examines the themes of remorse, atonement, and redemption in a highly emotional look at the clashing of closely existing worlds.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Run for Your Life: Benjamin Heisenberg's "The Robber"

    The protagonist of the Austrian film The Robber, the based-on-a-true-story first feature by Benjamin Heisenberg (yes, of those Heisenbergs), does two things, and pretty much two things only: he runs long distances and he robs banks. The nearest thing to a straight explanation we get for why Johann Rettenberger (Andreas Lust) so compulsively does the latter—with a latex mask, a shotgun, and an empty gym bag, and sometimes using a radio-blasting stolen car as a getaway vehicle, but just as often relying on his own two feet—comes when he gets home from a particularly long day of marathon training and sticking up strip-mall bank branches. He downloads the information from the heart monitor that has been strapped to his chest to his computer; an enormous spike appears right in the middle of the graph. Johann, an ex-con with no occupation (he tells his parole officer he’s unable to find work that fits around his training schedule), is nonetheless too compulsive and reckless for his robberies to just be about the money; the heart-rate graph confirms the robbing as a pure adrenaline rush, a physical addiction, a way of bringing his body up against its absolute limit. He also appears to enjoy flouting social conventions of less consequence (he bypasses a post-movie traffic jam by driving right through the middle of a small park), so we can surmise that he likely carries out his transgressive behavior without a hint of guilt. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of The Robber.

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  • The Playlist
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Adds 'Cry Macho' To List Of Potential Projects

    Hollywood wants Arnie (whether the rest of us do or not remains to be seen) and the former Governator (who turned that moniker into an animated series) has his pick of projects. A new "Terminator" film is currently out at the studios looking for a buyer, and earlier in the year, he was linked to Ji-Woon Kim’s “Last Stand” and Antoine Fuqua’s “The Tomb” as possible new projects. Well, you can add one more.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Win Big Prizes at Tribeca Film Festival

    Lisa Aschan's Swedish film She Monkeys (which I missed and desperately want to see) won the best narrative at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was written by Josefine Adolfsson and Lisa Aschan.

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    Review: Takashi Miike's Samurai Picture '13 Assassins' Is His Most Entertaining & Accessible

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 Vancouver Film Festival

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    Dwayne Johnson To Produce & Star In Biopic About Black Country Music Legend Charley Pride

    Dwayne Johnson's acting career has pretty much vacillated between two opposite poles: his skull cracking ways that you can check out this weekend in "Fast Five" and his softer, more family friendly persona that he's displayed in films like "The Tooth Fairy" and "The Game Plan." But we have to admit, this news threw us for a loop and actually, is a pretty big gear change for the muscle heavy star and we're kind of rooting for him to nail it.

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