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    The Real Story Behind Those Rick Baker 'Night Skies' Photos

    It all started with a tweet. On May 22nd, Rick Baker, the make-up wizard and self-proclaimed "monster maker" behind everything from "American Werewolf in London" to "Maleficent," posted an old, black-and-white photo to his Twitter account. The caption read: "As requested, the Night Skies alien. Not ...

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    Fourth annual New Voices in Black Cinema festival at BAMcinématek Announces Lineup

    Black independent films have become much more prominent in recent years, and credit is partially due to the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, presented by BAMcinématek and now entering into its fourth year. The festival, co-presented by the Fort Greene-based ActNow Foundation, will run from Thurs...

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    5 Films About Real-Life Sporting Controversies

    It will surprise exactly no one to learn that few of us here at the Playlist ever sat at the jocks’ table in high school and only a very few of really count ourselves as major sports fans. However there are aspects of modern sporting culture that, whether or not we find ourselves transfixed by the s...

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    Watch: New Trailer for John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters'

    Independent filmmaker John Sayles returns to crime thriller territory with his upcoming film "Go For Sisters." Check out the new trailer.

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    John Sayles Talks The Politics Of 'Amigo' & Working With A Filipino Cast

    John Sayles' latest feature, "Amigo," is an intriguing moral fable, marrying historical narrative with a fictionalized tale that takes us on an emotional journey with those on both sides of a conflict. The background is the Philippine–American War of the early 20th century, a well-documented but not widely known (it certainly was skimmed over in our history classes) attempt to "win hearts and minds" of Filipinos. The "amigo" of the title refers to Rafael (Joel Torre), a cabeza (head) of a barrio whose initially envious position becomes his downfall when the Americans unceremoniously occupy the village and attempt to root out guerilla fighters...

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    John Sayles Looking To Direct Own Script Based On The Rosenberg Trial

    Talks Demise Of The HBO Satchmo Miniseries, 'Girls Like Us,' And MoreJohn Sayles is a busy man, a prolific screenwriter and icon of the American independent film movement. Having made his name directing films such “Eight Men Out,” “Matewan,” “The Return of the Secaucus Seven,” "Lone Star," "Sunshine State," and a variety of small but frequently warmly received films, Sayles also made his mark as an occasional Hollywood scribe, most recently co-writing "The Spiderwick Chronicles". With his latest, "Amigo" (our reviewer at TIFF '10 called it "a complex and organically built work that coaxes meaning out of the situations it builds rather than pu...

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    John Sayles To Write 'Girls Like Us' Based On The Lives Of Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell & Carole King

    Katie Jacobs To Make Feature Directorial DebutThough talk quieted since last August when Sony announced they would be adapting Sheila Weller’s “Girls Like Us,” a book about the careers of musical artists Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, for the big screen, the project is heating back up. THR reports that John Sayles, Oscar-nominated writer of “Passion Fish” and “Lone Star,” has been hired to pen the adaptation. Additionally, first-time feature director Katie Jacobs, a producer and director on the hit Fox show “House,” will helm and produce the project, along with producers Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon, ...

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