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L.A.’s Women’s Theatre Festival Going for ‘Perfect 20’

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival will debut a men’s program and youth performances when it opens for the 20th time this March. The annual exhibition of performance artists, which was founded by Adilah Barnes, an African-American solo artist, and Miriam Reed, a white solo artist, has long been a heaven for female actors, poets, and storytellers—particularly those of color. “We have been multi-ethnic and multi-disciplined—African American, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, Latina,” Barnes told Backstage. “The majority of them are actors—80 percent—because a lot of actors are now doing solo shows, they’re becoming a lot more autonomous, and with more autonomy the more empowered you are.” This year’s festival, which opens March 21 with a gala hosted by Danny Glover and “Becker” star Hattie Winston, is moving its main venue from the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center in Venice, a 97-seat theater, to the
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'Tree of Life' Wins Top Honors From The African-American Film Critics Association

Terrence Malick's non-linear existential meditation on family, "The Tree of Life," earned another accolade yesterday as the African-American Film Critics Association named it their selection for Best Picture of 2011.

In other major categories, "The Help" and the independent film "Pariah" led the way with two wins each, with "The Help"'s Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer winning Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. "Pariah" took home the award for Best Independent Film, while star Adepero Oduye won for breakout Performance.

Meanwhile, Albert Brooks continued to build Oscar momentum, winning the award for Best Supporting Actor for his villainous turn in "Drive." Woody Harrelson took top honors in the Best Actor category for an even more villainous performance as a corrupt L.A. cop in "Rampart," while Malick was surprisingly stoned in the Best Director category; despite the singular vision of "Tree of Life," the Aafca bestowed the award
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The Tree Of Life, Viola Davis, Steve McQueen: African-American Film Critics Winners

Brad Pitt, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan, The Tree of Life

Best Picture: The Tree of Life

Top Ten Movies: Drive, Pariah, Rampart, Shame, Moneyball, The Descendants, A Better Life, My Week with Marilyn, The Help

Best Foreign Film: Alrick Brown, Kinyarwanda

Best Director: Steve McQueen, Shame

Best Actor: Woody Harrelson, Rampart

Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Breakout Performance: Adepero Oduye, Pariah

Best Documentary: The Black Power Mixtape

Best Screenplay: Ava DuVernay, I Will Follow

Best Song: Jason Reeves & Lenka Kripac, “The Show” from Moneyball

Best Independent Film: Pariah

Cinema Vanguard Award: George Lucas

Aafca Legacy Award: Richard Roundtree

Aafca Horizon: Hattie Winston

Institution Award: Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Tree of Life picture: Merie Wallace / 20th Century Fox
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New Blu-ray and DVD Releases: Oct 4th

Rank the week of October 4th’s Blu-ray and DVD new releases against the best films of all-time: New Releases Fast Five

(Blu-ray & DVD | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #803

Win Percentage: 57%

Times Ranked: 5781

Top-20 Rankings: 40

Directed By: Justin Lin

Starring: Dwayne JohnsonVin DieselPaul WalkerJordana BrewsterElsa Pataky

Genres: Action • Action Thriller • Chase Movie • Crime • Drama • Thriller

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Scream 4

(Blu-ray & DVD | R | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #1420

Win Percentage: 49%

Times Ranked: 6843

Top-20 Rankings: 26

Directed By: Wes Craven

Starring: Alison BrieNeve CampbellDavid ArquetteHayden PanettiereCourteney Cox

Genres: Horror • Mystery • Slasher Film • Thriller

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(Blu-ray & DVD | Nr | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #2772

Win Percentage: 60%

Times Ranked: 1079

Top-20 Rankings: 10

Directed By: Richard Ayoade

Starring: Craig RobertsYasmin PaigeSally HawkinsPaddy ConsidineNoah Taylor

Genres: Comedy Drama • Coming-of-Age • Drama

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Classics & Re-releases Salo, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom

(Criterion Blu-ray & DVD | Nr | 1976)

Flickchart Ranking: #4386

Win Percentage: 43%

Times Ranked:
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James Stovall, Broadway Musical Actor, Dies

James Stovall, a Broadway performer who performed in the original production of "Ragtime," died on Sep. 26 at a Manhattan hospital. The cause of death has not been confirmed but the actor had been suffering from heart ailments.Stovall had been scheduled to appear in the New York Theatre Company's developmental lab staging of "Woulda, Coulda, Should: A Jazz Musical Comedy" on Sep. 23rd. His most recent performance was as a preacher and a Begat singer in the 2009 Broadway revival of "Finian's Rainbow."He was the executive director of Ministry of the Arts & Culture at the United Palace Theatre in Harlem, where the original production of "Nativity: A Life Story" was performed. Stovall had directed, produced and co-written the musical with Hattie Winston. The play has since been produced annually at the Schomburg Center in Manhattan.His other writing credit was "Black Nativity," which he co-produced and co-directed with Winston. It won five Audelco Awards.
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DVD Giveaway: Becker Season Three

The third season of Becker starring Ted Danson arrives on DVD January 12 and we are giving one set of it away to a lucky reader randomly selected from this contest.

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Becker centers on the life of Dr. John Becker, a cantankerous, yet dedicated and talented physician, who, in spite of his constant rants, has a decent heart underneath the sarcasm. Becker will continue to unleash his views at the local diner, even in Reggie's continuing absense. Jake (Alex Desert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand continues to turn a deaf ear to John. Bob, Becker's brash, obnoxious apartment super (Saverio Guerra), persists in annoying virtually everyone.
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