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    Inaugural Shadow And Act Annual Black Cinema Toasts! 2011 Honorees #3 - Anthony Mackie

    Continuing on as promised with the S&A 2011 toasts proposals to, as I stated in the first honoree post last week Friday, all the brave, passionate black men, women and institutions in this ruthless, monocratic industry we cover here on S&A, who were, as the late Steve Jobs put it i...

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    The Top 10 African films of 2011

    Compiled by our friends at Africa Is A Country... here's the intro:

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    My Favorite Films Of 2011: Christopher Bell

    Something that always bothered me about being a critic was that your feelings on whatever you're writing about suddenly get stuck in stone after pushing that glorious "Publish" icon.

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    The Playlist's Woman Of The Year 2011: Jessica Chastain

    To start things off, there was really only one choice for The Playlist's inaugural Woman of the Year 2011, an actress who was virtually unknown twelve months ago, but has appeared in no fewer than seven films that premiered at film festivals or went into wide release over the course of the year, wit...

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    Watch Episode 1 Of Viral Web Series "Sh*t Black Girls Say"

    A whole bunch of folks sent this to me, so I guess it's already viral at this point, if not already getting there. According to YouTube, it's been played almost 350,000 times, after being made public on the video sharing site on December 16. 

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    Stephen Daldry Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,' And The Oscars

    At present, up to the imminent release of “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry is three-for-three in terms of films to Best Director Oscar nominations; there’s clearly something about the stories he tells hitting a nerve among Academy voters, no matter how challenging (“The Hours”) ...

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    Honor Roll 2011: "Weekend" Director Andrew Haigh

    The breakout film at this year's SXSW Film Festival was Andrew Haigh's "Weekend," which screened in the out-of-competition Emerging Visions section and received the audience award. "Weekend" is Haigh's second feature, after 2009's "Greek Pete," which chr...

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    L.A. Rebellion 2011 Retrospective Review - Jamaa Fanaka's "Emma Mae" + Interview w/ Star Jerri Hayes

    When I asked Jerri Hayes how it felt to revisit her star turn in Jamaa Fanaka’s second feature Emma Mae (1976) after a recent screening, she answered without hesitation. “You know, it’s so different; I was sitting there relating to Emma Mae like it wasn’t me” she r...

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    Now You Can Learn Filmmaking From Kim Jong Il

    Now I know what you're saying - what does the recently late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il have to do with black filmmaking? I'll get to that in just a minute. But did you know that, aside from being a monsterous, cruel and sadistic oppressor, King Jong Il also considered himself a filmma...

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    Zachary Quinto Moves Into Producer Territory With 'Margin Call,' Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Zachary Quinto Moves Into Producer Territory With 'Margin Call,' Our DVD Pick of the Week

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