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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Dutch Approach To "Jersey Shore"

    Last night I found myself wasting a good chunk of my night glued to a television show that wasn't even in a language I understood: "Oh Oh Cherso," which is essentially the Dutch version of "Jersey Shore."

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    LISA ROSMAN: Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA is a masterpiece

    Lars von Trier is not a brother who provokes a neutral response: there are those who feel he can do no wrong, and then there are naysayers like me. Although I consider Dancer in the Dark one of the best movies of the last decade, I swore I’d never sit through another of his films after suffering through the school-play machinations of Dogville. A guy who so unilaterally criticizes America without ever having stepped foot on its soil deserves a similar boycott, I declared.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Yes, There Are Black People In Your Hunger Games: The Strange Case Of Rue And Cinna"

    And let's not forget Thresh too, right?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Synopsis Revealed For "Mooz-Lum" Director Qasim Basir's Next Project - Drama Titled "Destined"

    His feature film directorial debut (Mooz-Lum) now on home video, after screening all over the world and a successful stateside theatrical run, Qasim Basir has officially begun prepping his next film - a drama titled simply Destined.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Michael Jackson Estate In Talks With Director Ivan Reitman To Produce King Of Pop Biopic

    In my humble opinion, this is absolutely unnecessary... and even if it were, it's too soon; a little too much too soon.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    For Your Consideration... Focus' "Pariah" Oscar Campaign In Motion

    So there I was browsing through The Hollywood Reporter's website and look what I saw, animated at the top of the page... take a look at the banner below.

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    The Winner Of The 3rd Shadow & Act $3,000 Black Filmmaker Challenge Is...

    I'll make this quick, since I promised to have the winner announced on the site today. Busy, busy, busy day for me.

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    Why did so many Nazis get away with murder?

    Simon Weisenthal’s greatest contribution to the world was his dogged pursuit of Nazi criminals who escaped punishment at the end of World War II. His second greatest contribution was his reminder that despite being described as “the Good War” or “a just war,” not enough good was ultimately done, and comparatively little justice was meted out. Some of the most prominent and heinous architects of mass murder simply got on with their lives, and some were the recipients of largesse — jobs, travel assistance, even money and government protection — that was denied to the people who endured their cruelty. And we tend to forget that for every high-ranking sadist or mass murderer who was imprisoned or executed after the war, thousands more who assisted them directly (through action) or indirectly (through silence) were never even called to account.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rie Rasmussen Talks 'The Human Zoo' & Learning From Brian De Palma & Luc Besson

    Model turned director Rie Rasmussen has been doing everything she can in recent years to prove she’s more than just a pretty face. After eye-catching roles in Brian De Palma’s “Femme Fatale” and a starring role in Luc Besson’s “Angel-A,” Rasmussen stepped behind the lens to direct a short film, “The Thinning Herd,” which first caught Quentin Tarantino’s attention.

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    The Chicago Way: Crime Story back on DVD for its 25th Anniversary

    On September 18, 1986, director Michael Mann (Heat) made good on his promising career in TV and film with the debut of his new period cops-and-robbers saga, Crime Story. Not only did Crime Story’s feature-quality production design live up to that of its TV antecedent, Mann’s stylish Miami Vice; Crime Story also fulfilled its aim to present a morally complex world in which it was often difficult to tell those who broke the law from those who upheld it. Set in 1963, the show explores the multiple facets of a young hood’s rise to power in the Chicago Mob through the viewpoints of its three protagonists. Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) is the pompadoured criminal quickly ascending the ranks of the “Outfit.” Lieutenant Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) is the cop in charge of Chicago’s Major Crime Unit (or MCU) who bends the law in the service of justice. And David Abrams (Stephen Lang) is the idealistic young lawyer caught between the two men and their obsessive cat-and-mouse game. Today, a little over 25 years since its premiere, Crime Story: The Complete Series (Image Entertainment) comes out on DVD. At press time, review copies were not made available, so it’s impossible to ascertain if any improvements have been made over the questionable video quality of previous iterations. But this short-lived series, an influential precursor to the well-written serials littered throughout cable this decade (i.e., The Sopranos, Mad Men, Justified, and others), is worth owning despite any potential issues with its digital transfer.

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