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    SIFF 2011 Preview - "Nous, Princesses de Clèves" ("Children of the Princess of Cleves")

    Upon first laying eyes on this, I thought it was more of an examination of the historical dominance of European literature, and suppression, whether intentional or not, of works by and about people of African descent, in junior high as well as high school classrooms, and the long-term effects of that occurrence, explored on a micro-level.

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  • The Playlist
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    Taylor Kitsch Talks 'Bang Bang Club,' Trusting Directors & 'The Bourne Legacy' Role

    Did The Actor Think He Had 'The Bourne Legacy' Role Sewn Up? Or Is He Hinting At Something Else?Taylor Kitsch doesn’t seem to be having any problems shaking his "Friday Night Lights" character Tim Riggins despite playing the high school footballer for five seasons. In fact, with looming tentpole films like "Battleship" and "John Carter of Mars" on the distant horizon, he's practically left that character and show in the dust. His latest film, "The Bang Bang Club," which premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival, finds Kitsch starring alongside Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman as a photojournalist dedicated to covering the atrocities that occurred during the end of apartheid in South Africa. Playing the affected and drug-addicted real-life Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer certainly seemed like a huge departure from lovable bad boy Tim Riggins, but to Kitsch, the role just seems to be another journey of character discovery.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor

    San Francisco International Film Festival 54 Opening Night: Beginners, With a Late McGregor

    While roaming festival reporter Meredith Brody missed Berlin this year, she's back on the case in San Francisco this week as the 54th film festival gets under way there. Can you tell she's also a food critic?The San Francisco Film Festival folks couldn’t have come up with a better opening night ploy if they’d plotted it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    TFF 2011 – Screening Tomorrow Morning... Rwandan Drama “Grey Matter” (“Matière Grise”)

    Screening tomorrow morning, at the ongoing 2011 installment of the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City, is Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza’s feature film debut, Grey Matter (aka Matière Grise), shot on location in Kigali, Rwanda.

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    Watch: David Lynch & Interpol Collaboration 'I Touch A Red Button'

    So it appears David Lynch is paying more attention to music these days than movies. He recently made a pretty tepid foray into electronic music and also directed a Duran Duran concert webcast last month (did anyone watch it?). And it looks like he's been working with New York City rockers Interpol lately too.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Music Break - Les Nubians Returns With New Album & Video (Watch It!)

    Shadow And Act faves and acclaimed Les Nubians just released their third album (on April 19th), titled Nü Revolution. Here's the first single (Afrodance) and accompanying Video

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'African Cats' Is A Purrrrrrrrfectly Good Nature Documentary

    It’s fitting that Disney should be getting back into the nature documentary business with its Disneynature imprint, since Walt Disney himself single-handedly invented the genre with his “True Life Adventures” series way back in 1948. Since then, of course, nature documentaries have been replicated endlessly, mostly on the small screen (with stuff like the gorgeously photographed “Planet Earth” BBC series) or the very big screen (before IMAX started showing really big versions of Hollywood blockbusters, its bread-and-butter was nature documentaries). So it’s sort of nice to have these modest, once-a-year features on multiplexes nationwide (always around Earth Day), as a testament to the vision Uncle Walt had oh-so-long ago.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

    Cannes Goes Bollywood with Musical Compilation The Greatest Love Story Ever Told VIDEOS UPDATED

    Aishwarya Rai is a familiar fixture on the Cannes Fest red carpet. And this year, she's front and center in a new Bollywood film, Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (pictured), produced expressly for Cannes.

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    Probably Terrible Eddie Murphy Comedy 'A Thousand Words' Gets Dumped On January 13, 2012

    It's been so long since Eddie Murphy made a good movie, we've kind of forgotten that he used to be funny. Making his bank account bigger over the past decade in a string of increasingly shitty family movies, the days when Murphy was edgy comic with a unique and hilarious voice are now a far distant memory. And the actor now has yet another high concept, and probably poorly executed comedy and it looks like even the studio are throwing up their hands on this movie which has been sitting around for a while.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thinking Of "The Help"... Films Exploring Black Maid/White Employer Relationship (Survey)

    Hmmm... the hullabaloo over the film adaptation of The Help, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and others, since its trailer was released earlier this week, inspired the content of this post - specifically, it all got me thinking about films in cinema history that have dealt directly with the tenuously symbiotic, strained relationship between black maids and their white employers, which goes back centuries and crosses borders.

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