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    "She's Gotta Have It" Was Released Today... About That X-Rating And Black Sexuality On Screen...

    Today in history... August 8th, 1986, Spike Lee's feature film debut, She's Gotta Have It, was released theatrically, and is, by the way, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

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    On The "Burden Of Representation" Debate... Your Input Requested

    It's been one of those hectic days for me, so haven't had much time to do any ShadowAndActing at my usual speed; to keep you engaged in the meantime, here's a little riddle/survey that has been hanging around at the back of my mind lately...

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    Once More With Feeling - Are Black Actresses Forced To "Ugly" Themselves Up?

    Tambay's post below about Viola Davis putting on 25 pounds and then padding herself up for her role in The Help immediately bought to kind a piece I wrote a year old on S & A in August 2010 (I'm always ahead of the curve) raising the question about black women being forced to deglamorize themselves ...

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    Samuel L. Jackson Buys $2000 In Tickets To His Films On Opening Weekend

    "If you can't contribute to your own box office, what can you do? Not only do I see it, I actually buy like $2,000 of tickets and give them to the church. So at least I can say the movie made at least $2,000 in the opening weekend."

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    Viola Davis Put On 25 Pounds For "The Help" And Still Had To Wear Padding... So Did Jill Scott

    "I had to gain 25 pounds during The Help and then I was padded. I gained weight by eating Mississippi food. They fry the butter before they put it on the bread and then they fry the bread!"

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    First Look At Anne Hathaway (And Her Stunt Double) As Catwoman

    Here's your first official look at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, from director Christopher Nolan. Also included are images of her stunt double, and to be frank, looking at the set of images, Nolan should have cast her stunt double for the role instead ...

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    First Trailer For Black/White French Buddy Comedy "Les Intouchables" Surfaces...

    On the heels of my post yesterday, announcing that it would make its world premiere as the closing night film at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain next month, as well as a reminder that of the fact that Harvey Weinstein and his Weinstein Company have acquired both stateside distribution ...

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    Richard Ayoade Finds His Lead For Adaptation Of Dostoevsky‘s "The Double"

    Now that his directorial debut Submarine has had its moment in the spotlight, talented Brit, Richard Ayoade , is on to the next one (to quote Jay-Z).

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    Viola Davis Creates Production Company w/ Period Piece On Black Homesteaders + New HBO Deal Project

    Just read a new Times magazine profile of Viola Davis in anticipation of the release of The Help, which she stars in. But don't worry, while the article laments Ms Davis' *unfair* status in the industry, having to play supporting BBF or downtrodden roles more often than not (she took the minister ro...

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    What Would You Say Is The Most Important Black Film Of The Decade?

    Funny but we haven't asked this question before on S & A, so why not go ahead ask it now. What, in your opinion, is the most important black film of the past decade? For me the answer is pretty obvious... Precious.

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