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Police hunt for killer of father-to-be Nathan Trapuzzano showcased in ID’s See No Evil

This week’s See No Evil tracks police as they hunt for the killer of Nathan Trapuzzano, a 24-year-old father-to-be who was fatally shot while going on a morning walk near his home three years ago. The episode, titled The Long Walk Home, shows how police relied upon security footage to try to find the killer of Trapuzzano, whose wife was pregnant at the time he was killed. In July 2015, Simeon Adams — who was 16 years old at the time of the incident — was charged as an adult and pleaded guilty to the crime as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. They successfully argued that...read more
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'Selma': AFI Fest Review

'Selma': AFI Fest Review
The civil rights movement has of course been treated in books, documentaries, and television films, but surprisingly few feature films have plumbed this rich history. The battle for equality spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been touched on indirectly in such films as The Long Walk Home, Mississippi Burning, and Lee DanielsThe Butler. Now Ava DuVernay’s Selma, as the title suggests, tackles the subject head-on—and, more importantly, does it justice. The film received its world premiere at AFI Fest, and although a few scenes are still receiving a technical polish and the end titles

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‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Lead Golden Globes Nominations

‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ Lead Golden Globes Nominations
While “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” (with seven noms each in the the 71st annual Golden Globes) had the most reason to celebrate, the biggest adrenaline rushes were for “Rush,” “Philomena,” “Mandela: The Long Walk Home” and “Labor Day,” which scored more than expected. However, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Saving Mr. Banks” must be feeling short-changed with two and one noms, respectively, while”Lee DanielsThe Butler,” Lone Survivor” and “Fruitvale Station” were shut out completely.

But whether filmmakers are feeling confident or glum, they should remember that the Globes in this past decade have proven a fairly unreliable predictor of Oscar. However, they are invaluable as a promotional tool to the general public.

Golden Globes Nominations: The Full List

Runners-up in the noms were Paramount’s Alexander Payne film “Nebraska,” with five bids, and “Captain Phillips” and “Gravity,” with four apiece. Those top five scorers were also nommed for director.
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Before You See 'The Counselor': Watch 1977 Film 'The Gardener's Son,' Cormac McCarthy's First Produced Script

While there's still no sign of Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" at either Venice, Toronto or New York (perhaps it'll pop up in Telluride?), the anticipation for the film still remains very high. Not only does it feature a ridiculous cast (Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and more), it also has a script from one of America's literary titans, Cormac McCarthy. This is something written directly for the screen, not an adaption of a book, but as hardcore fans know, this isn't the first script he's written. Way, way back in 1977 PBS unveiled "The Gardener's Son," as part of their "Visions" series of original programming, and it's a feature length film penned by none other than McCarthy. And thanks to helpful reader Luca for the heads up, you can watch the nearly two-hour movie in full below. Starring Ned Beatty, Kevin Conway, Brad Dourif and Penelope Allen,
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Special Features - A History of Black Film

Sean Guard celebrates Black History Month with a selection of acclaimed African American films...

In the light and celebration of Black History Month, I’ve put together a small collection from the vast library of highly-acclaimed African American films. From Cicely Tyson to Denzel Washington to Spike Lee, I’ve included some of the classic films and miniseries that have come to contribute to my generation and others’ education of the struggles and contributions of Blacks in the past and present. Now, seeing as how there are tons of film to go over that fit rather easily into this category, this assemblage of titles are only a tip of the Black iceberg.

Native Son (1951)

Based on the novel by Richard Wright, this film focuses on a young black poverty stricken man living in 1930s Chicago. He takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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Posterized Sissies

Let's talk Sissy Spacek. My friend Matt has been highlighting her something fierce over at Pop Matters, but why should he have the Sissy all to himself?

The great actress, everyone's favorite telekinetic murderess, is finally in a buzzy film again (Get Low opens today). And though I don't much care for the new movie, it's always nice when a frequently absent major actress wins Oscar buzz and praise again.

She's a big name but what does that name mean to today's moviegoers? For people born in the late 80s or 1990s, maybe her stint on TV's Big Love comes immediately to mind (Emmy nominated this year). But I'm guessing if it's not the cross-generational popular Carrie, it's mainly In the Bedroom that takes over the imagination: Sissy breaking plates, Sissy slapping Marisa Tomei, Sissy taking weird drags on her cigarette that manage to be both furious and catatonic simultaneously.
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Walk of Fame Newbies: Spacek, The Derns, Oprah

I know that a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has to be (literally) bought. But I still find the whole thing weird, exciting and confusing. People get one when they're barely established, others when they're legends, some never. Oprah Winfrey is getting her star for television next year. Yes, the Oprah. She's been ruling the small screen for so long that she's as synonymous with it as Philo T Farnsworth. And it's only happening now?

Nevertheless, I love those photos of stars holding their stars. It's so meta. Plus, it's fun to see who comes out in support of them.

Anyway, the 2011 crop was announced. Two music acts that I'd love to see biopics on despite my aversion to the genre made the list: The Go-Gos (I've discussed that one already) and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge.

Here's the complete "movie" list for 2011: Penélope Cruz (good time in her career for this.
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TV producer, exec David Gerber dies

David Gerber, a seminal figure in American and international television for a half-century as a producer, studio executive, industry statesman and philanthropist, died Saturday at Los Angeles County-usc Medical Center. He was 86.

Gerber earned an Emmy (and six other Emmy noms), a Golden Globe, a Peabody award and a Christopher award -- not to mention honors from the American Film Institute, the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors and others -- by taking on serious, often controversial subjects.

He was a pioneer of multiracial programming and an industry innovator with such series as "Police Woman," "Batman," "Room 222," "thirtysomething," "In the Heat of the Night," "Medical Story" and dozens of TV movies, including his last longform effort, the critically acclaimed "Flight 93" in 2006.

His miniseries included "George Washington," winner of a Peabody award; "The Lindberg Kidnapping Case"; "Nothing Lasts Forever"; and "Beulah Land."

In 1974, Gerber produced "Police Woman," the first successful
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