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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tyler Perry's Open Letter To Penn State Victim

    One day in the year 2026 there will be a entire week during which Tyler Perry will NOT be mentioned on Shadow and Act. We're constantly getting comments from readers on why we do. Simple. The fact is that as long as he makes news we have to cover it, so here is this week's first item.

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  • The Playlist
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    R.I.P. 'Women In Love' & 'Tommy' Director Ken Russell (1927-2011)

    Sad news to start off the post-Thanksgiving week, with reports emerging this morning that Ken Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of "Women In Love," "Tommy," and "Altered States," among many others, and one of the true mavericks of British cinema, has passed at the age of 84. Russell was known for his big, bold, brash, and freqently controversial pictures, including a number of classics of horror cinema, and while the last few decades saw him fall out of favor, he remained a totally unique filmmaker.

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    RECAP: The man’s world of BOARDWALK EMPIRE

    On one hand, yes, oh my God, oh the humanity, poor Angela Darmody (Aleksa Palladino), rest her soul; what a ghastly exit. Philadelphia gangster/butcher Manny Horvitz (William Forsythe) avenged a botched assassination attempt by Angela’s husband, Jimmy (Michael Pitt), by invading the Darmodys’ seaside house and putting Angela and her girlfriend down like livestock. It was obscenely dark, and I mean that as a compliment. Violence that’s supposed to mean something — to feel “real” and hurt the spectator — can’t be clean, abstract or comic bookish. It needs to have that ’70s movie nastiness, and this killing definitely had it. It reminded me of the murder spree that ended Boys Don’t Cry, with the bodies on the floor and the bloodstains on the wall. Horrifying.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Addictive British Mysteries—dvd reviews

    I love a good mystery and this DVD set includes a number of stories I’ve never seen. While we are all familiar with the adventures of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solving characters, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, the real “find” here is 'Tommy & Tuppence, Partners In Crime'.

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  • Caryn James
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    Angelina Jolie Smartly Promotes "Blood and Honey" on 60 Minutes

    If you missed Bob Simon's exceeeeeedingly polite interview with Angelina Jolie on 60 Minutes, watch it here. All week CBS had been teasing the piece with a snippet in which Jolie recalled her wild, "dark" days and said she was lucky she hadn't died. Did Simon press her on that? He very courteously asked her to be more specific and she declined. OK. On one side is lurid TMZ, on the other courtly 60 Minutes, in between is a real interview we'll never get. Still, there's a reason to watch. 

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: Spielberg Talks War Horse at New York Screening

    Steven Spielberg and Mark Harris

    DreamWorks put Steven Spielberg onstage in New York with moderator Mark Harris at an advance screening of "War Horse" on Sunday, which was simulcast live via satellite at preview screenings in nine other cities--Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta-- and streamed at MSN.com. Adapted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis from Michael Morpurgo's bestselling children's novel and the hit London and New York stage play, "War Horse" opens in theatres on Christmas Day. Spielberg read the book first, which was told from the POV of the horse Joey and gave him the "spine of the narrative," he said, while the play had "spectacular puppetry" and made him see the material's "emotional potential." A script is a "living organism," he said, which  under his watch undergoes constant revisions before and during shooting.

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  • Shadow and Act
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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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  • Shadow and Act
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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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  • Shadow and Act
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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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  • Shadow and Act
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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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