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"The Strange Thing About The Johnsons" Director Ari Aster Talks To Shadow & Act About His Provocative & Controversial Short Film

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 28, 2011 12:16 PM
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A little over a week ago, Shadow and Act introduced many readers to a short film that had the internet abuzz with all types of mixed emotions.  It seemed that most who viewed director Ari Aster's The Strange Thing About The Johnsons had a strong reaction to it, and a personal opinion regarding the film's meaning.  Well, S&A reached out to Aster and he has provided answers to a lot of the questions our readers had about his film.

The "Queen Hussy" Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue VII (Plus Watch Episode 2)

  • By Pete Chatmon
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  • November 28, 2011 11:39 AM
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I hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Watch: Screenwriters Roundtable On Craft, Collaborating, Awards, Film As Indigenous American Artform, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 11:08 AM
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You've seen the directors and actresses roundtable; now here's the Hollywood Report screenwriters roundtable, featuring several A-list writers whose names are expected to be heard during awards season: Pedro Almodóvar, Dustin Lance Black, Oren Moverman, Eric Roth, Aaron Sorkin, and Steven Zaillian.
More: Watch Now

Persia White Joins Cast Of "Vampire Diaries"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 10:27 AM
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Persia White of Girlfriends fame has joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries - a show I'm not at all familiar with.

Message In The Medium: Black Film's Potential Role In The Discussion On Sexual Abuse And Our Children

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 28, 2011 10:15 AM
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As the year 2011 draws to a close, and as I reflect on the past year’s offering of cinema of the African diaspora, I can’t help but wonder if there is anything of true value and importance to take away from it all.  I wonder which film’s message or theme will resonate with viewers the next time they experience a personal or societal tragedy.  When I think of the recent tragic allegations of unreported sexual abuse at Penn State University, and hear the yet-to-be-substantiated reports that many of the alleged victims were young black children, the importance of the messages of past films such as Something Is Killing Tate (2008), Precious (2009), and Mississippi Damned (2009), become very clear.

Gotham Independent Film Awards Tonight Will Be Live-Streamed ("Pariah," "Gun Hill Road," Others Up For Awards)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 9:56 AM
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The 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony takes place tonight, Monday, November 28th, at Cipriani’s Wall Street, and will be streamed live on the IFP's website HERE, so we can all watch it! 
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TONIGHT - A Livecast Conversation w/ Alrick Brown (Director of "Kinyarwanda") & Star Cassandra Freeman

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 9:29 AM
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Join me live this evening, Monday, November 28th, at 7:30PM EST, on a Shadow And Act Livecast sidebar, as I chat with Kinyarwanda director Alrick Brown (above center), and one of the film's stars, Cassandra Freeman (above left). On the right is actress (she also co-stars in the film) and executive producer Cleophas Kabasita (although she won't be on the show).
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Tyler Perry's Open Letter To Penn State Victim

  • By Sergio
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  • November 28, 2011 8:34 AM
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One day in the year 2026 there will be a entire week during which Tyler Perry will NOT be mentioned on Shadow and Act. We're constantly getting comments from readers on why we do. Simple. The fact is that as long as he makes news we have to cover it, so here is this week's first item.

Will Black Folk Complain If Viola Davis Wins An Oscar?

  • By Sergio
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  • November 27, 2011 8:17 PM
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So according to industry insiders and Oscar procrastinators, there are three actresses right now who are, for sure, a lock to get an Oscar nomination for Best Actress next year -. Michelle Williams for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, Meryl Streep for her performance as Margret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (though advance reviews for the film have not been good, calling it "dull" and a total softball whitewash job about one of the most divisive politicans in recent British history), and Viola Davis for The Help. And what people are saying is that it's Davis' Oscar to lose; that you can bet the farm she's going to get it, not only for her performance, but also because she's been in the busniess for a long time, doing consistently solid work, and has paid her dues.

Thoughts On Tyler Perry's New TV Series "For Better Or Worse?" Plus Watch 45-Minute Convo w/ Cast & Crew

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 27, 2011 7:47 PM
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It debuted on TBS on Friday, the 25th, just after Thanksgiving; anybody watch? I didn't, so no comments from me on Tyler Perry's new TV series For Better Or Worse which is based on his Why Did I Get Married? films (at first plays), and follows the ups-and-downs of married life for Marcus and Angela, characters who originated in the features.

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