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    Danny Glover, Barry Levinson, Bob Balaban & More Join Stephen Frears’ 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'

    The Stephen Frears-directed “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” has had no shortage of casting updates since things got underway back in February, with future “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” star Benjamin Walker joining the fold as Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who supported Ali and even wrote briefs that would help to maintain the boxer's status as a conscientious objector of the war, all in this tale of Ali’s trial following his arrest for anti-Vietnam sentiments and behaviour when drafted to serve in the war.

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    Transmedia Hollywood 3: Rethinking Creative Relations

    Transmedia Hollywood is a conference, in its third year, which I used to work on. It is a joint venture between UCLA’s producer’s Program Chair Prof. Denise Mann and legendary scholar and now USC professor Henry Jenkins. It was intended as an offshoot of MIT’s Futures of Entertainment Conference with the added bonus of being in a city with access to some of the leading industry professionals. With the purpose of creating a dialogue between cutting edge storytellers and the scholars that study them, this conference puts professionals on panels with scholars to talk about the most pressing issues of labor, funding, style, platforms, and all things media/narrative in a convergent culture. In my first two years working on the conference I was a conference coordinator and curated a panel on the ARG as a storytelling mechanism and its role in branding/advertising and the following year (2011) a panel on theme park design and world-building, emphasizing the role of setting in narrative. Although I am no longer formally working on this conference, because I graduated with my M.A. from UCLA and am therefore no longer Prof. Mann’s research assistant, I still attend and write about it.

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    Review: 'Monsieur Lazhar' A Meek & Restrained Crowd Pleaser

    When "A Separation" won the Academy Award for best foreign language film last month, I was thrilled -- Asghar Farhadi's splendid domestic drama is one of the best things I've seen in the past few years. But it also came as a genuine surprise, because I was convinced the Canadian film "Monsieur Lazhar" was going to win. Gentle and understated, Philippe Falardeau's film is a classy crowd-pleaser, the kind of mild effort that makes people shake their heads imagining what awfulness would be done to it in an American remake. It is also nothing to write home about, though it features a strong turn from Mohamed Saïd Fellag, who plays the title character, and some very good child performances.

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    Criticwire Picks: 'Cabin in the Woods' Tops a Busy Weekend

    At least among members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "The Cabin in the Woods" is one of the best reviewed movies so far this year. The only catch is that most critics don't want to spoil it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hollywood & The Ministry Of "Silly Accents"

    So... maybe we should all just agree that, just as an article I read on the Guardian UK's site said: "unless one casts Indians to play Indians (unlike Alec Guinness in A Passage to India, 1984), Danes to play Danes (instead of accent-prone Meryl Streep's Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, 1985), Irishmen to play Irishmen (to avoid the many begorrah horrors) etc, most accents [in movies] border on caricature," and thus we should just accept that fact, instead of griping every time an actor's/actress's attempt at an unfamiliar accent fails?!

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    New Pics From 'Prometheus' Deepen The Mystery

    Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the "Prometheus" marketing campaign thus far is that it has managed to be both breathlessly exciting with some of the best cut trailers of the year, but also relatively still deeply mysterious. While the broad strokes of the story are known, just where they will lead is anyone's guess. In an era that now counts teasers for trailers (the worst), motion posters and other novelties as ways to get audience attention, "Prometheus" remains fresh because its approach is almost old school, relying simply on images and trailers to do the work. And now a few more have arrived that deepen the mystery.

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    Shadow & Act's 5 Tips On Writing No-Budget/Low-Budget Feature Screenplays

    Back (or rather black) by popular demand...

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    Emily Watson, Anna Friel & Lena Headey Will Fall In Love With POWs In 'The Poisoners'

    From one WWI-set period flick to another, it looks as if Emily Watson is moving from “War Horse” to something set in the same era, but with far less of the treacle from Steven Spielberg’s sentimental war picture.

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    Black Film exhibit & events at The Cultural Portal: Reclaiming Our Image NOW through June in Houston

    For all you filmmakers and enthusiasts in the Houston area, there is an exciting Black film event happening during the next few months courtesy of Our Image Film and Arts. They are doing an "exhibit" at Project Row Houses (in which art projects are presented in historic shotgun houses on Holman St. in Houston’s Third Ward) where they have their own house that will be "open to audiences" through June with special short film screenings this Saturday, April 14.

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    Critics Who Hate 'The Cabin in the Woods' Love to Spoil 'The Cabin in the Woods'

    If you're checking out "Cabin in the Woods" reviews and you're hoping not to be spoiled, you better hope the critic you're reading liked the movie.

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