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The Root Connects to Dee Rees

Posted December 30, 2011

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In The Root, Linda Villarosa's article, "PARIAH Filmmaker Scores Acclaim," looks at Dee Rees journey in getting PARIAH made. But as much as this story is about her, Rees is quick to thank her collaborators:

I was in love with my cast...I tried to be true to the characters, and they got that. They understood that I wanted to tell a story that felt really authentic, and we were all very invested in that.

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Kim Wayans opens up at Collider.com

Posted December 30, 2011

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In Colldier.com, Christina Radish speaks to PARIAH star Kim Wayans about taking on the role of Audrey, the mother of Alike (Adepero Oduye). Fascinating piece that dives into the complex route that Wayans took to find the character and to connect with Dee Rees script. At one point, she talks about what was important to capture about Audrey.

I just think that, if you take the literal Audrey off the page and you don't really understand that at her core is love, then that's what you play. You play the anger. You play the angry mother who doesn't like what's going on. It's the natural choice. But, what gets you the job is making the unnatural choice, to go deeper and to understand what's really, really, really going on with this woman - her fear, her love and what's really going on with her. That was the obvious choice, and I made a choice that wasn't so obvious.

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The Grio Focuses on PARIAH

Posted December 30, 2011

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On The Grio, PARIAH stars Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayons talk with host Chris Witherspoon about Dee Rees poignant coming-of-age story.

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DEE REES on BET.COM

Posted December 27, 2011

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At BET.com, PARIAH writer/director sits down with Ronke Idowu Reeves to talk about her experience in making this remarkable first feature. There's a fascinating part where Dee recounts how they cast the amazing Kim Wayans to play the part of Audrey, the mother of Alike (Adepero Oduye):

We read a lot of Audreys but nobody was able to capture the core of the character. We kept getting stereotypes -- we kept getting the "angry Black momma" thing. When Kim's name first came up, I thought In Living Color is great, but I'm not sure. But Kim was the first one to walk in the room and immediately have Audrey's loneliness and vulnerability. I knew that she was the one from the first audition. She blew it out of the water, like the role was hers. She was the first person to bring the nuance of who Audrey was. Kim blew it away.

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AllHipHop.com All PARIAH

Posted December 27, 2011

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In Clayton Perry's Q&A -- "Dee Rees: The Young, Black & Gifted Brainchild Behind The Movie PARIAH -- in AllHipHop.com, the writer/director of PARIAH opens up about the ins and out of making her celebrated feature. At one point, she talks about the special lessons she got from her executive producer (and mentor) Spike Lee:

Spike taught me that, as a director, you have to put everything on the screen. You can't pass out notes to the audience. You don't get to stand in front of the audience and explain what your intention was, so everything has to be on the screen. Just clarity of storytelling is something that I learned from him. Also just the manifesto that you have to do it by any means necessary. Just get it done....

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Salon Decodes TTSS

Posted December 19, 2011

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In Salon, Richard Rayner's excellent guide "Everything you need to know about TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY" provides a great background read to acquaint yourself with some of the personal, historical and literary threads woven into John le Carré's masterpiece. Rayner provides clues to the word "Mole," real-life spies that influenced the fictional ones, and the nature of London weather. He also provides a way for fans to provide their own TTSS-data.

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Focus World Announces Slate

Posted December 19, 2011

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Focus World, the digital distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, has announced three films for its slate for the slate for the first quarter of 2012.

On January 10, 2012, Focus World will release digitially THE BROKEN TOWER. Adapted, directed by and starring James Franco, THE BROKEN TOWER creates a lyrical black and white portrait of the famed "Lost Generation" poet Hart Crane.

On February 7, 2012, Focus World will release digitially GNARR, Gaukur Úlfarsson's hilarious documentary about how the comedian Jón Gnarr ran for mayor of Reykjavik as a joke, but then got the last laugh when he won.

Then on February 28, Focus World releases RETURN, Liza Johnson's poignant drama about a female U.S. Army reservist (played by Linda Cardellini) who finds re-adapting to her small town harder than she imagined. Michael Shannon,and John Slattery costar in this very topical tale. For full information, see our Focus World Press Release.

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Focus Features 2012 Slate (now with Dates)

Posted December 16, 2011

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Focus Features has announced dates for their 2012 slate. First up is BEING FLYNN, based on Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bulls--t Night in Suck City, which is set to be released in select cities on March 2. The poignant drama, adapted and directed by Paul Weitz, features Paul Dano as Nick Flynn, a young writer who encounters his long lost father - a man who is a "great writer," at least to himself -- (played by Robert De Niro) when he checks into a homeless shelter that Nick is working at. It also stars Julianne Moore and Olivia Thirlby.

Next comes SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, a comedy written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, which is to be released on Friday April 20. As the last days of the human existence race near, Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightly) join a great cast of others, all trying to figure out the best way to deal with oblivion.

On May 25, Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM comes to select theaters. Co-written by director Anderson and Roman Coppola, and sporting an casts that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, MOONRISE KINGDOM follows the fate of two kids (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) falling in love and trying to escape their fates in an island community off the coast of New England in the 1960s.

In addition, 2012 sees several other slated films, including the Sam Fell and Chris Butler's 3D stop-motion comedy thriller PARANORMAN (set for August 17), Roger Michell's HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, a historical drama about FDR with Bill Murray and Laura Linney; and Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece with Keira Knightly, Jude Lawy and Aaron Johnson. For complete info, go to the Focus Features press Release.

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PARIAH Adepero Oduye's Cool VIBE

Posted December 16, 2011

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At VIBE, GangStarr Girl spoke with the charming star of PARIAH Adepero Oduye about her life the life of her character in Dee Rees poetic coming-of-age tale. Just like her character, Oduye has been some hard decisions in her life about who she really is and what she wants from life. Oduye explains:

My father passed away my junior year and it was a wake up call. He was young and it forced me to ask myself what I really wanted to do with my life. I was doing this whole medicine thing for my father and I asked myself what I really wanted to do and it kind of hit me so I took an acting class my senior year and I loved it.

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NY Times: TINKER, TAILOR Anatomy of a Scene

Posted December 16, 2011

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Mekado Murphy at the New York Times has done an Anatomy of a Scene: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. Director Tomas Alfredson breaks downs the ideas and challenges of a scene in which Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) has been instructed by George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to steal a file from the Circus. Paranoia and suspicions run rampant, as Alfredson explains. As Murphy points out, "Mr. Alfredson discusses his interest in using windows as a framing device in the scene, as well as the ways in which he aims to create an air of suspicion throughout the film."

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