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  • Shadow and Act
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    James McBride (Co-Writer Of "Red Hook Summer") Pens Open Letter Addressing Spike Lee/Sundance Fuss

    Several people, including the folks at 40 Acres, sent this to me this morning; and I've since noticed that it's been traveling the web, usually with lots of "hoo-hah" accompanying it by those sharing it, as well as within the comments that follow.

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    The Top 5 Wacky Theories About 'The Shining' in New Frontiers Doc 'Room 237'

    Stanley Kubrick's 1980 Stephen King adaptation "The Shining" endures for many reasons -- from its supremely horrific mood to the technical feats used to create it. However, the lively voices in "Room 237" take that admiration to an entirely new plane of awareness. A search fo...

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    James Murphy & 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' Filmmakers Say Full 4 Hour Madison Square Concert Will See The Light Of Day

    We can't remember the last time a concert movie caused quite as much excitement as "Shut Up And Play The Hits." But given that the film is a document of the final gig of James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem, one of the most acclaimed bands of the last decade, it's easy to understand. Despite reaching a po...

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    SUNDANCE INTERVIEW | Why the 'Declaration of War' Duo Are the Jack and Meg White of France

    Sometimes the story behind the making of a film isn't as good as the film itself. That's not the case with "Declaration of War," France's official submission for this year's foreign-language Oscar, currently playing in the Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival and opening in limited releas...

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    The Egyptian Revolution Started Today... Sundance Doc "1/2 Revolution" Captures The Uprising's Immediacy

    Today in Cairo's Tahrir Square, thousands of Egyptians rallied to mark the first anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising that began on Jan. 25, 2011, which led to then president Hosni Mubarak officially stepping down on February11, 2011, only to be replaced by military rule; and thus...

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    Sundance: Clarke Peters & Nate Parker And Writer James McBride, Talk Race & Religion In Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

    Whatever you thought of his last film, " Miracle At St. Anna" (and we'd argue that it's better than its reputation suggests), most would agree that three-and-a-half years is too long between Spike Lee feature films (though his excellent documentaries have been a good placeholder). One of our most vi...

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    So Yong Kim Discusses Her Collaboration With Paul Dano & Battling The Freezing Winter In 'For Ellen'

    Thanks to her previous films "In Between Days" and "Treeless Mountain," and a none-more-indie cast featuring Paul Dano and Jena Malone, So Yong Kim's latest "For Ellen" had to be one of the most anticipated films of Sundance, at least in certain circles.

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    Independent Films Receive 60 Oscar Nominations

    This year wasn't just a good year for movies about movies at the Oscars, it was a great year for independent films. The top two Oscar contenders--"Hugo," with 11 nominations, and "The Artist," with 10 nods--were both indy flicks, as were fellow Best Picture nominees "Midnight in Paris" and "The Tre...

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    ‘Wings’ Takes Flight—On DVD

    While it’s fitting that Paramount Pictures should unveil its masterful restoration of Wings on the studio’s 100th birthday, it’s a shame we had to wait this long. It is, in fact, the last Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be released on DVD and Blu-ray—an unintended irony...

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    A Conversation w/ Writer/Director Russ Parr ("The Under Shepherd" Starring Isaiah Washington) Tomorrow

    With the film festival celebrating its 20th year when it runs next month, I'll be interviewing, not only the festival's director and co-founder, Ayuko Babu, but I'll also chat with a few of the filmmakers whose features are scheduled to screen there.

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