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  • Shadow and Act
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    Anika Noni Rose Returning To CBS' "The Good Wife"

    She's back! According to TV Line, Anika Noni Rose will reprise her role as Wendy Scott-Carr in an upcoming episode of CBS The Good Wife. In the last season of the show, Anika's character ran up against Peter (played by Chris Noth) for the State's Attorney job.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Comedy Creators Soar This Season on TV

    Something is happening on TV and we need to acknowledge it.

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  • The Playlist
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    VIFF '11: Johnnie To's 'Life Without Principle' An Uneven, All Too Familiar Financial Crisis Drama

    While movies are primarily considered a form of entertainment, they do have the ability to inform, especially to a mass audience. But that’s a slippery slope. All too easily, the audience can be taken right out of the story if things get too didactic. We at the secret Playlist headquarters (which is, naturally, surrounded by a piranha-filled moat where we toss in haters of the movie “Drive”) tend to like our cinema focused more on organic storytelling, not issue-driven diatribes.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "30 Americans" Art Exhibit: Work of Contemporary African American Artists (In D.C. Oct 1-Feb 12)

    The very impressive traveling collection 30 Americans by the Rubell Family Collection in Miami; features the work of some of the most prominent 31 African Americans artists in the last three decades. This exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'The Avengers' Trailer Promises An Exciting Superhero Battle Royale

    We have to admit, the opening moments of this trailer had us worried with the ominous BRAAAAHM sound design and initial footage looking like "Rise Of The Inception Battle For Transformers In Los Angeles" but once it settles in, the first full trailer for "The Avengers" makes it look like the film will deliver the goods.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Ulrich Köhler's "Sleeping Sickness"

    Like Claire Denis’s recent White Material, Ulrich Köhler’s Sleeping Sickness, which earned a Silver Bear for directing at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, is something of a postcolonial Heart of Darkness, a complex and at times allegorical portrait of Europeans living in Africa. On the surface, at least, Köhler’s film appears more grounded in realism than Denis’s delirious terror, focusing on the twinned stories of two doctors: Eddo Velten (Pierre Bokma), who oversees a program to combat African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, in rural Cameroon, and Alex Nzila (Jean-Christophe Folly), the Congo-born Parisian who’s sent to investigate his progress. Köhler is also more explicitly interested in the broader structure of international aid, addressing, and perhaps indicting, an entire system that, while it successfully treats and contains the outbreak of infectious illness, also breeds other types of maladies: corruption, exploitation, and the continued economic and political imbalance between the two regions. Sleeping Sickness, however, refrains from an activist viewpoint and describes instead an entrenched bureaucratic and moral morass that’s as murky as its hippo-infested waters. Read Genevieve Yue's review of Sleeping Sickness.

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  • The Playlist
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    Writer Alex Garland & Director Pete Travis Say Everything Is Fine With 'Dredd'

    Just a few days ago, the forthcoming reboot/new vision on "Dredd" became the subject of some ugly advance word. Reports surfaced that director Pete Travis was effectively being locked out of the editing bay, that reshoots were possibly in the works and most surprising of all, that writer Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later") was leading the charge behind the closed doors to get the film put together and was even going to see a co-director credit for his effort. The news was dispiriting for a film that promised fanboys an R-rated gritty take on the hero, but in a statement to 24 Frames released by Garland and Travis, they say everything is fine, without addressing any of the specifics surrounding the post-production of the movie at all:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Short Film: "The Confessions of Steve McQueen"

    The Confessions of Steve McQueen is an interestingly shot documentary syle video of British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen directed by Alison Chernick of Nowness.com. In it, McQueen discusses the inspiration and themes of his latest sex addiction drama Shame.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Downey Jr. Says Some Elements Of 'Iron Man 2' Were "Dissatisfying And Disappointing"

    There is no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.'s career is marked by two phases: before "Iron Man," and everything else after. Landing the lead role in the Marvel film was the validation of the actor's comeback and forgiveness from Hollywood. He had put his bad-boy ways behind him and proved to everyone he still had the goods in a string of films including "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Zodiac" and "A Scanner Darkly" before Jon Favreau came calling, wanting to place him in a metal suit to fight bad guys. The result of the marriage? Over $585 million in ticket sales worldwide, the birth of a new franchise and RDJ's ascension to the A-list (you can bet the success of "Iron Man" led Warner Bros. to confidently cast him as "Sherlock Holmes"). Now set to receive the 25th American Cinematheque Award, and looking back on his films with the LA Times, RDJ admits what everyone else already knows: "Iron Man 2" didn't live up to its predecessor.

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    SEPTIEN on DVD

    SEPTIEN on DVD

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