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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Captain America' Promises To Be The Savior Of Summer Comic Movies

    It's been a bit of an uneven summer so far for comic book movies. "Thor" was a near campy, somewhat enjoyable romp that made tolerable popcorn entertainment but didn't exactly have us hankering for a sequel, either. "X-Men: First Class" had the scope and stakes not regularly seen in a comic movie, and buoyed by strong performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, it certainly elevated the genre but was not without some hard to ignore issues. And the less said about the godawful "Green Lantern," the better. So, can "Captain America: The First Avenger" top off the comic book summer with a bang? The newest trailer suggests the answer is: yes.

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    Watch Now: Tessa Thompson in Web Series "Blue Belle"

    Starring Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls) as its title character, Blue Belle is based on the true story of a woman living two lives – one as a high school teacher during the week in Santa Barbara, and the other working weekends in Las Vegas as a "lady of the night".

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    $10K Web Series Screenplay Contest Deadline | June 30th

    The Rockstone Foundation is currently accepting submissions for its Web Series Screenplay Contest, which is sponsored by Black Women's Entertainment Network and promises a guaranteed production deal for its grand prize winner.

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    Brazilian Cinema Showcase Returns to MoMA in July

    The Museum of Modern Art announced today the return of Premiere Brazil!, an annual survey of Brazilian cinema running July 14-27, 2011, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

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    Was "Roots" Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies

    Sergio's post earlier today (Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?), reminded me of an editorial/survey I posted on the old Shadow And Act site, back in the fall of 2009, titled Was Roots Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies. I reposted it below, since a lot of you weren't readers of the site at the time, as a companion piece to Sergio's, looking at the matter from a different angle. The title should give you some clues as to what my approach was.

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    First Look At Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux & Virginie Ledoyen In 'Farewell, My Queen'

    A film we've been keeping an eye on is Benoit Jacquot‘s "Farewell, My Queen." Admittedly, some of it is for purely superficial reasons -- our hounddog baying and tailwagging for the trio of lead actresses Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen might be a tad uncouth -- but it's also a period flick tackling none other than Marie Antoinette, a subject always good for big screen cinema.

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    Watch Trailer For "Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary"

    From Artemus Jenkins and acclaimed tattoo artist Miya Bailey comes the documentary film, Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary. Ah, a topic close to my heart! From their kickstarter page:

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    Sofia Vergara Drops Out Of Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

    It has now been two full years since Lee Daniels premiered "Precious" at Sundance where it quickly became the film sensation of 2009, coming into the Oscars with six nominations and walking away with two wins for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Since then, Daniels has attached himself to a lot of movies -- "Anna In The Tropics," "Nights of Cabiria," "The Scottsboro Boys," and most notably "Selma" (which fell apart) -- without any managing to get in front of cameras. Now, another gestating film, "The Paperboy," has lost one of its lead actresses.

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    James McAvoy Wants To Get In A 'Trance' For Danny Boyle

    Update: Fox Searchlight has corrected Variety's story telling us James McAvoy is up for a different role than the one Michael Fassbender was circling. There is no word yet on whether or not Fassbender is still involved in the picture, but fingers crossed the duo reteam for Boyle's film.

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    UK Broadcasters Respond To Claims Of Black Actors Leaving For Opportunities In The USA

    4 responses to last week's post about the so-called UK talent drain, as black British actors flee to the USA in search of believed to be better opportunities to work... if you missed the discussion click HERE & HERE to catch up...

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