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April 24 2014

From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 19:33:42

This could provide a career/visibility boost for actor Ray Fisher, who has just been cast to play Cyborg, in Warner Bros much anticipated Batman vs. Superman project, which Zack Snyder is directing. Fisher was selected after several actors had been seen for the part. He'll be joining Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot and Amy Adams in the WB/DC Comics movie that's currently shooting, with a May 2016 release date eyed by the studio. Who is Cyborg, you ask? Courtesy of the DC Comics wiki: Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone, is a superhero who is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 18:34:55

BET Networks announced its upcoming programming schedule for BET and Centric at its annual Upfront presentation. "Our new shows and feature films, combined with our returning hits like "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "Being Mary Jane," make BET's original slate stronger than ever," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. "We're excited about our entire schedule, especially our original programming, our strong talk show acquisitions and our exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce new content for Centric."So what's new? And what's returning? Full details via press release below:NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET:THE START UP -...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 16:22:11

Not too long ago, Sergio reminded us of the 1973 NBC Mystery Movie series Tenafly, which featured a black actor, James McEachin, as its lead. In his post on the experimental-for-its-time monthly program, Sergio remarked, "Maybe it's my imagination [but], compared to what we have today, there seemed to be a lot more black TV series back in the day." Sergio went on to say, "And there was a diversity in them too, from sitcoms to dramas. Not all of them were great (not even remotely) or were hits, but at least they were there." That got me wondering about what other forgotten TV shows there are out there that many of us have forgotten, or never saw, and may never have a chance...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 14:25:31

The minimalist, beautifully photographed, Canadian-French production Dreams of Dust (Reves De Poussiere) was a Grand Jury nominee at 2007's Sundance film festival. The film, directed by French filmmaker Laurent Salgues - his impressive feature debut - won prizes at Spain's 2007's Tarifa, France's 2006's Amiens and Belgium's Namur film festivals. It's not a film for everyone. It's one of those laconic narratives that permeate into your psyche and gain your appreciation for days after watching it. The splendid cinematography by Crystel Fournier showcasing the film's wind-swept motifs is so striking that it's almost like viewing a piece of art. Dreams of Dust takes place in the West...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 14:06:46

You can only imagine the stench from the sewage and garbage infested waters below their homes. There are hundreds of impoverished families, most of them African descendants, living in unstable shacks supported by stilts in the region of Palafitas in the Brazilian bay. The powerful Bay Of All Saints documentary follows the lives of three single mothers: Dona Maria, a trash picker and grandmother raising 16 children and grandchildren under unsanitary conditions, Jesus, a laundry-washer who lives with her pregnant 15-year old daughter, who wishes a well-to-do prince charming will rescue them from the bay, and Geni, an activist and community organizer in the efforts to expedite the local...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 13:49:28

What is progress? Is it a good thing? Does making more machines equal progress? These are the questions Surviving Progress aims to answer. They could have used a bazooka and still would have missed the bullseye. It says much about how the documentary is framed that these are the questions posed. They are not clear on what "progress" means and are not clear on explaining it. If your thesis begins with erroneous information that the audience completely disagrees with, you cannot win them over successfully. This film indicates that we are like our ancestors in the ice age, our primitive hunter-gatherers of the cave man days, that we come from chimps, and that civilization...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 11:52:10

Discover the world of Dido Belle Lindsay (as played by star Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the characters around her, in a behind the scenes featurette from Fox Searchight's upcoming period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante, which is set for release in the USA on May 2, 2014. The period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, which made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, stars Mbatha-Raw, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Claflin, and Matthew Goode. The story takes place in the 1780s, and is based on a true story -...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:49:34

It's difficult to know where to begin when discussing Orlando von Einsiedel's latest documentary, Virunga. Named after the Congo's Virunga National Park, the film is part environmental documentary and part political thriller, an intense and overwhelming portrait of an African nation trying to rebuild itself in the wake of civil unrest and ongoing corruption from political leaders and foreigners alike. It is a dense, multi-layered story that asks as many questions as it answers, if not more. Perhaps the best place to start is with Virunga park itself. The oldest and largest national park in Africa, Virunga is a natural wonder. It is home to the greatest diversity of species in a...

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From Shadow and Act Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:34:48

Here's your first look for the official trailer for filmmaker Judd Ehrlich's We Could Be King, which chronicles what happens when of two rival Philadelphia high schools are forced to merge due to financial problems. The problem is that the two schools - Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools - have been bitter rivals for over 40 years.Like so many U.S. cities across the country, the merger is the result of a major budget crisis which forced Philadelphia to lay off over 4000 employees and close 37 schools.The film then follows the "football team's young, rookie coach and the school's new principal fight to overcome insurmountable odds and inspire their...

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April 23 2014

From Shadow and Act Wed Apr 23 2014, 19:47:50

In 2012, writer-director Keith Miller made his feature debut with Welcome to Pine Hill, an unhurried drama about a reformed drug dealer in New York City. The movie was imperfect but effective in many ways, mostly thanks to Miller's skill in getting moving performances from non-actors playing versions of themselves. This year, with Five Star, Miller once again demonstrates his ability to extract nuance from novices, telling another a story about drug dealers struggling with identity. Miller's tale is a kind of coming-of-age story, set in the projects of Brooklyn and following two men linked by tragedy. Primo (real life gang leader James 'Primo' Grant), is a five-star general of...

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