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  • Shadow and Act
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    Also New On DVD: Acclaimed Egyptian Ripped-From-The-Headlines Drama "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story"

    Courtesy of AfricanDiasporaDVD.com, where you can exclusively purchase a copy on DVD of the award-winning drama Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (also known as Ehky ya Scheherazade in Arabic), the "bold and brave" (according to Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'Nancy, Please' Showcases The Worst Nightmare Of The Timid Grad Student

    We've all known people like Nancy. The title character of Andrew Semans' "Nancy, Please" is a real pill, dark eyes, slumped shoulders, and an eternal pout. There's always drama in Nancy's life, and she's always expressing it physically. She's always impetuous, always difficult, and frequently nasty, as if lashing out not against a single person but the world at large. In spite of it all, her punk sneer and angular sensuality is also sharp like a knife, tight like a fist. And for young potential PhD Paul, she is an out-and-out boogeyman.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Revisiting "New Jack City" 21 Years Later; How Well Does It Hold Up?

    Sergio's post just beneath this one, announcing the Blu-ray release of New Jack City got me thinking... now there's a movie that just doesn't hold up 21 years later! Although some would say that it didn't "hold up" during the year of its release! 

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  • The Playlist
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    Marilyn Manson Confirmed As Star Of Quentin Dupieux's Cannes Short Film 'Wrong Cops'

    Well, in some alternate Quentin Dupieux universe, full of non-sequiturs and ironic detachment, this completely makes sense. Fresh off news of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight line-up earlier today, which listed Dupieux's short film "Wrong Cops" alongside many other exciting offerings, it seems the director found fit to reveal his star on Twitter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Owen Wilson Will Possess A Special Set Of Skills In Action-Thriller 'The Coup'

    There was a moment, near the start of the '00s, when Owen Wilson was more often seen running away from an explosion than heading up dog-oriented family flicks and romantic comedies, using that familiar drawl to mask a film's flaws. The end results were never that mind-blowing (see: “Shanghai Knights,” “Behind Enemy Lines”), but there was a unique, unassuming presence to his action roles that remained interesting, and now it seems Wilson is curious to dive back into genre waters once again.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Wolfe Takes US Rights to SXSW's 'Gayby'

    "Gayby" has gone to Wolfe Releasing for US distribution. The comedy, written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, premiered at SXSW and won audience and jury prizes at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The story, based on Lisecki's 2010 short film of the same name (that screened at over a hundred festivals), is about a gay man and a straight woman who decide to have a baby together. Wolfe's Maria Lynn says, “'Gayby' is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years." Wolfe will release the film theatrically later this year in collaboration with The Film Collaborative; a DVD/VOD release will follow in 2013. A full synopsis is below:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Gleeks Mob Chris Colfer's "Struck By Lightning" Apple Store Talk

    Sunday afternoon, on the heels of the successful premiere of his screenwriting debut "Struck By Lightning," Chris Colfer hit the 14th Street Apple Store for an Apple Talk. The Tribeca Film Festival was hit with an orgiastic explosion of Gleek fandom. Teenage girls came out with forceful freakage, shrieking with joy over a boy they really, really, really stand no chance with. The six other notables on the panel shared exactly none of Chris's spotlight, but let's be serious. Who really wants to deal with five hundred screeching girls everywhere they go? I only sat in the audience surrounded by it, and I can only imagine how exhausting this must be for poor Chris. Whenever any of the other panel members made even the slighest reference to him or Glee, the Gleek Chorus responded with deafening Awws and Oohs. The girls cried, brought him gifts and pestered security for hugs. And this is not to mention the blatant repeated violation of the flash photography rules. The panel filled out with actors Polly Bergen, Roberto Acuire, Carter Jenkins, Allie Grant, and director Brian Dannelly. Aside from the hubbub, the panel did provide plenty of insight into the making of Tribeca's biggest surprise hit.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Promised Land' Officially Starts Production, Oil Drilling Plotline Detailed

    As "Promised Land" has been moving along, gathering up financing, a director and a cast, the actual plot details have been kept mostly under wraps, with only vague allusions to a Capra-esque tale about two rivals in a small town. In the last few weeks, the filmmakers behind the Kickstarter-funded documentary "FrackNation" posited that the film written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski was going to be an anti-fracking movie (fracking is essentially the process by which water and chemicals are blasted to separate rock layers to extract gas and oil). But of course, the documentarians are making a movie that purports to tell the "truth" about the controversial nature of fracking, so they had an agenda of their own to push, and besides their word, there was no indication that "Promised Land" was going to tackle that topic.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "New Jack City" And "Shaft" Coming Out On Blu-Ray In August

    Warner Home Video has been pretty aggressive lately, regularly announcing many older titles, some stretching as far back as the 70's, that they are releasing soon on Blu-Ray. This, despite the fact that some experts are saying the format doesn't have much longer in this world.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In the Works: 'Iron Man 3' Wants Chastain; Carano for 'Fast & Furious 6'; Lin Takes 'Chinglish'

    If "Iron Man 3" lands Jessica Chastain despite scheduling issues, the third installment of the Marvel franchise is that much closer to making up for its weak second act. The "Three of Life" star is in talks to play a sexy-smart doctor.

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