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  • Shadow and Act
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    4-Part British Thriller "Top Boy" Starring Ashley Walters Coming To UK Screens In November

    Coming to UK TV screens (Channel 4) in November... a new four-part thriller titled Top Boy, starring Ashley Walters, whose name has come up a bit here on S&A, which usually means we probably should be keeping an eye on him; from the 2009 BBC adaptation of the award winning novel Small Island, in which he starred alongside a host of other shining UK black acting talent, like Naomie Harris and David Oyelowo; to Demons Never Die, the teen horror flick being produced by Idris Elba, girl gang retribution thriller SKET, and Dominic Savage’s dramatic/improvisational BBC serial Love Life, most recently.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paramount Moves Up Mission: Impossible and Tintin Release Dates, Overhauls Studio Structure

    Paramount is making a lot of moves these days. Tweaking its December release schedule, the studio is launching Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise, with previews in IMAX and other select theaters on December 16, 2011, with its wide release still scheduled for December 21. And Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin in 3-D, which was previously set for release on December 23, will now open wide everywhere including IMAX two days earlier, on December 21, 2011. This suggests that Paramount feels the need to build word-of-mouth going into the big holiday weekend.

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  • The Playlist
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    Anthony Mackie Hopes To Play Legendary Olympian Jesse Owens In Film He's Developing

    Says Ruben Fleischer Is The Right Man For 'Gangster Squad' & 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Will Bring Testosterone Back To The Vampire GenreOne glance at Anthony Mackie’s IMDB page should convince you he’s a hard worker. Since breaking out with smaller parts in “8 Mile” and “Million Dollar Baby” the actor has been working almost constantly ever since. In 2011 alone, he has “The Adjustment Bureau,” the upcoming “What’s Your Number,” the TIFF-approved “Ten Year” and the robot boxing movie opening October 7th that’s riding on some positive buzz, “Real Steel.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    All 7 Seasons Of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Coming To HD In 2012 ("Make It So")

    LOS ANGELES – September 28, 2011 – The beloved series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® will be transferred to high-definition for the first time ever and released on Blu-ray™, it was announced today by Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment. All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release on Blu-ray and eventual runs on television and digital platforms both domestically and internationally.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antoine Fuqua Once Again Exits 'Tupac' Biopic, Takes On 'Hunter Killer'

    It has been on again, off again, on again and now, off again for Antoine Fuqua and the forever gestating "Tupac" biopic. Earlier this summer, it was reported that the director was dropping out of directing the movie in favor of doing the Eminem boxing movie "Southpaw." But then, just over a week later, production company Morgan Creek, signed Fuqua to a pay-or-play deal to keep him on the movie and show their commitment to getting the project made. Well, "Southpaw" was dropped by DreamWorks, "Tupac" still hasn't found a lead, and Fuqua is ready to work.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive w/ Bill Duke On "Dark Girls" & Black Film Distribution: "It's Chitlin Time" + More...

    "Alchemy is a science and I think all poor people, including black people, have from time to time in difficult situations become alchemists. Alchemy is the science of turning one substance into another. When we were slaves they threw us bones and we turned it into spare ribs. When we were slaves they threw guts at us and we turned them into chitlins. It's chitlins time."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Minor-Masterpiece Or Bloated Melodrama? 'Margaret' Could Be The Ultimate Argument Starter

    A Point/Counter-Point Review Of Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Delayed Contentious Drama"Margaret" was a film that split those at The Playlist who saw it right down the middle with some of us hailing it as a near masterpiece, while others had some clear issues with Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited, sprawling drama. So, we have two reviews for you here. The first is a positive take from Drew Taylor and the second is a more critical look by the site's editor-in-chief.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Antoine Fuqua 'In Talks' to Direct Submarine Action Thriller "Hunter Killer"

    Antoine Fuqua, who we reported is to direct a feature-length documentary about Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight for Showtime, is in talks to direct Relativity Media's Hunter Killer, which begins production this winter. According to Variety, the film's script, written by John Kolvenbach and Arne Schmidt, is based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Gangster Squad' Targets The Oscars With October 19, 2012 Release Date

    If you had any doubt that period gangster movie starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte was awards season material, well Warner Bros. has made it official, giving the film a plum October 19, 2012 release date. We're sure organizers at TIFF, Telluride and Venice are already working the phones.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Laugh, Don't Cry: Chick Flicks Are Sci-Fi Sub-Genre, Female Stereotypes Still Depressing in Media

    The Office actress-writer Mindy Kaling's "Flick Chicks: A guide to women in the movies" in the The New Yorker takes a humorous look at a depressing subject.

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