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April 16 2014

From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 16 2014, 14:52:09

Noel Clarke is back behind the camera again, after a brief hiatus (doing mostly acting), with the sci-fi actioner titled The Anomaly, which he stars in, alongside Luke Hemsworth and Ian Somerhalder. Shot in London and New York, Brian Cox and Alexis Knapp round out the cast of a film that follows a traumatized ex-soldier (played by Clarke) who wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy. The soldier and the boy escape, but when he finds a mask in his pocket, he comes to an appalling realization.... but there's no time to act. You see, the problem is, after nine minutes and forty seven seconds of consciousness, it all goes black. What does this...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 16 2014, 14:03:49

It may not be widely-known that director Andrew Dosunmu is also a celebrated fashion photographer who began his career in the business, working as a design assistant in the couture department for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. He has worked as creative director and stylist for print ads, magazine editorial and album covers for several artists, and has also directed a few music videos. If you live in New York City, or will be in the area from today, April 16, through May 6, 2014, you can consume Andrew's photography work in person at his first solo exhibition at Hotel Particulier, 4 / 6 grand avenue, between Varick & 6th avenue. Titled "ANDREW DOSUNMU: ELSEWHERE - 10 years of...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 16 2014, 13:24:11

Ahead of the Official Selection of feature films for the 67th Festival de Cannes, which will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday April 17, the list of short films (including its Cinéfondation selections) has been unveiled in advance. Congratulations are in order for Reinaldo Marcus Green (brother of Rashaad Ernesto Green, director of the critically-lauded 2011 drama Gun Hill Road), whose 14-minute short film, Stone Cars, was selected for the Cinéfondation section, which picks 15 to 20 short and medium-length films each year, presented by film schools from all over the world. The coming-of-age love story set in the shacks of Khayelitsha township, in...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 16 2014, 12:18:07

And more will be coming, if Jakes has his way. He already is moving forward with new TV and film projects, including directing vehicles for Angela Bassett and Regina King; a TV movie about Antoinette Tuff for Sony; and a BET celebration of the 35th anniversary of his ministry. Both he and Roth believe this is a huge untapped market -- one that can be reached by Jakes' 4 million social media followers, but that has to be given the right material. "I want to continue in the film space, independent as well as through Sony and others," Jakes says. "I want to find unique stories, smart stories that are impactful." A snip from a longer piece published by The Hollywood Reporter this morning, on...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 16 2014, 11:13:50

As the Marvel universe continues to come together, unfolding on both the big and small screens - movies and television shows that are all connected, just like in the comics, demonstrating a shared universe - news abound on what, so far, unexplored characters might be appearing in upcoming movies and TV shows, whether as cameos, part of ensembles, or in their own individual projects. Black Panther is certainly one of those superheroes whose name has been on the lips of fans, when discussions about what characters Marvel should give life to next, are had. Of course, it was just a few months ago when Disney (Marvel's parent) announced a deal with Netflix that will bring some of these seemingly...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 16 2014, 10:20:55

Congratulations. You've graduated from presenting your video footage as is or altering some colors and contrast in After Effects to hiring a professional Colorist/DI Specialist. Now your film can realize its full visual potential.Here are my guidelines to getting optimal results at your color correct session.Before I begin, I want to share my philosophy on cinematography. This is not the same for every DP. Perhaps because I "cut my teeth" shooting film, I prefer to commit to the look in camera. (Some DPs prefer a flat image that they alter in post.)My philosophy is to create/dream in pre-production, commit in production and confirm and finesse in post. In prep, the director and I pour over...

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April 15 2014

From Shadow and Act Tue Apr 15 2014, 19:20:00

After the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, many Muslims were viewed with overwhelming suspicion. My father, an African American Muslim from Louisiana, went to the airport in a Kufi cap and was met with disapproving glances. Though he was worlds away from the "terrorists" reported on in the news, "Islam" had become one category. When I watched Amir Ramses' documentary Jews of Egypt, I thought about my father, and the ways that cultural and religious specificity can become subsumed by an overwhelming homogenization. The stories in the film are ones we've heard before; where all Muslims become terrorists, and all Japanese become spies and bombers. In this documentary, Ramses explores...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Apr 15 2014, 18:45:50

Starring the Emmy Award nominee and beloved Saturday Night Live veteran, NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for Monday, May 19 (10 pm ET/PT). Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. Revisiting the classic variety show format, The Maya Rudolph Show will feature guest stars Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Sean Hayes. Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will serve as the musical guest. R&b singer-producer Raphael Saadiq will be the bandleader. Rudolph was part of Saturday Night Live from 2000-11, performing in...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Apr 15 2014, 18:22:07

In November, when it was announced that the slavery-era novel won the prestigious National Book Award For Fiction last year, I joked that, given the then interest in slave-themed films and TV series on both the big and small screens, this had a very good chance of being adapted to film as well. But I was only teasing, as I said. I never really expected it to actually become a reality. Well, it is. On Wednesday night in November 2013, author and screenwriter James McBride (Red Hook Summer, Miracle at St. Anna) was declared fiction category winner at the 2013 National Book Awards ceremony in New York, for his novel The Good Lord Bird - the memoir of a...

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From Shadow and Act Tue Apr 15 2014, 17:44:43

DreamWorks Animation studios plans to add a little, shall we say, "color" to its growing, rather *vanilla* portfolio of movies, with its next project, titled Home, a 3D computer-animated feature film set in the future, which is based on Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, and stars Rihanna (providing the voice for the starring character - an enterprising girl named Tip), Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin. It's certainly not often that black girls (or boys) are at the center of 3D computer-animated feature films set in the future, produced by Hollywood movie studios. Tim Johnson is directing the film which is described...

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