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    Review: 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey' Is An Inspirational Doc About The Man Behind The Muppet

    Suddenly, it’s a good time to be a Muppet again. After a few decades of sub-par films, co-writers (and massive Muppet fans) Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller appear to be bringing some of the magic back with “The Muppets,” their attempt to revive creator Jim Henson's beloved characters for a new generation of kids. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens has assembled a massive exhibit to the fuzzy creatures and their creator called “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” which includes drawings, storyboards, props, and a puppet making workshop as well as screenings of the films. “Sesame Street” has been plugging along steadily on PBS since it’s debut in 1969 but some recent high profile guest stars like Katy Perry have really put the show back into the public consciousness. And now we have director Constance Marks and her feel-good documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey” about Kevin Clash, the man who brought Elmo to life.

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    Vices Versus Virtues - Representations Of Iconic Black Figures On Screen (Survey)

    Watched The Black Power Mixtape again recently which led me to further research on Stokely Carmichael, aka Kwame Ture (he's featured heavily enough in the movie)...

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    Watch: Clark Gregg Kicks Ass In Marvel Short 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer'

    Marvel Head Kevin Feige Says He Hopes ‘Dr. Strange’ Will Be Part Of Company’s “Phase 2” PlanThe one constant in the uneven world of Marvel universe films so far -- aside from the omnipresent Samuel L. Jackson -- has been Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson. Playing the character almost with a knowing wink to audience as if to acknowledge how silly these comic book movies kind of are, he's been consistently enjoyable even if the movies he's in don't always deliver. As has been talked about for a while, Marvel is continuing to build the on screen universe this time with short films that will make appearances on the DVD/BluRay releases of the movies (the first was "The Consultant" on the "Thor" DVD). And the second short, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer," boasts a title that is almost as long as the actual movie itself.

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    RECAP: THE WALKING DEAD, Season 2, Episode 1: "What Lies Ahead"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: AMC's zombie series returns for season two tonight, already more powerful than the long-running comic it's based on. This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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    Marlon Wayans Returns To Network TV With New ABC Sitcom About Sibling Cops

    Deadline.com is reporting that actor/comedian Marlon Wayans is planning to make a return to the small screen in a new situational comedy for ABC Studios. Wayans wrote, will executive produce, and will star in the hybrid single/multi-camera comedy, which is in development at the network.

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    RECAP: DEXTER, Season 6, Episode 3: "Smokey and the Bandit"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This recap contains spoilers for "Dexter" season six, episode three; read at your own risk.

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    Short Starts: Watch John Hawkes Go Nuts in a Very Strange 1988 Butthole Surfers Film by Alex Winter

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early performance by John Hawkes, star of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which opens in limited release this Friday.

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    Review: 'Sing Your Song' A Fascinating Look At The Activist Life Of Harry Belafonte

    In the pop culture sphere, it's been a while since Harry Belafonte has made a mark musically or on the big screen. His last album came out more than two decades ago, 1988's Paradise in Gazankulu while his last film role was a small appearance in Emilio Estevez's "Bobby" a few years back. But don't think that at 84 years old, Belafonte is merely basking in the rewards of his undeniable entertainment legacy in his twilight years. A tireless activist, "Sing Your Song" is straightforward, and fascinating look at his career at the front of the civil rights movment, striving to end hunger in Ethiopia, looking to find ways to curb inner city violence all within his journey as a musician and actor. Though produced by his daughter Gina Belafonte, the film directed by Susanne Rostock is a balanced, honest look at the life of a man whose success only fueled his work for humanist causes even more.

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    Editor's Note...

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    HBO's "The Tuskegee Airmen" With Laurence Fishburne Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD

    On the heels of the Blu-ray DVD release of The Josephine Baker Story from HBO Home Entertainment also comes news that the cable network's 1995 film The Tuskegee Airmen is also coming out the same day as the Baker film, on blu-ray DVD, January 17, 2012. No doubt HBO also timed the release to coincide with the release of Red Tails in January 2012.

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