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Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Lists)

28 December 2009 9:47 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

T’is the season for lists… I’ve already posted a few – including my picks for the Top 5 Films Of 2009, The 10 Most Important Black Films Of The Decade, as well as IMDb’s top 25 films of the last decade, and others.

This time around, I’m leaving the “work” up to you folks; I’d like to come up with a list of the best performances by actors and actresses of African descent Ever, and I’m eliciting the wisdom of the Shadow & Act readers.

Going back to the days of the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, to the prime careers names like Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Dorothy Dandridge, to today – share your choices of those onscreen film performances that you’d consider some of the strongest, most memorable, and the most definitive. The performances can be primary, secondary, or peripheral. The actors may have been on screen for the entire length of the film, »

- Tambay

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Cosby Honoured With Society Award

23 December 2009 11:56 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beloved U.S. comic Bill Cosby is set for a $100,000 (£62,500) windfall when he is handed a prize for his impact on popular culture and his charity work.

The Cosby Show patriarch will be honoured with the Marian Anderson Award at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The prize is handed out in recognition of stars who have used their influence for the benefit of society. The award is named after singer Marian Anderson, who campaigned for social justice.

Previous honorees include Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover, Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck.

The ceremony will take place on 6 April. »

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Free Flick of the Day: See No Evil, Hear No Evil

4 December 2009 3:45 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Without a doubt, one of the greatest comedic pairings of all time was Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Stir Crazy, Silver Streak, Another You ... each had its charm, ranging from the story of a runaway train to a comedy directed by one Sidney Poitier. But my favorite has always been See No Evil, Hear No Evil -- a ridiculously plotted ball of laughs that allowed Wilder and Pryor to be their perfect -- and ultimate -- dysfunctional duo selves.

The film revolves around an unlikely friendship between a blind man named Wally (Pryor) and a deaf man named Dave (Wilder). They meet, become friends, and then find themselves embroiled in a messy murder. The cops don't believe them, and the crooks want them dead. Innocent yet desperate bystanders, they set out to stay alive and bring the bad guys to justice -- one of whom just so happens to be Kevin Spacey. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Jewison Lands Lifetime Achievement Award

2 December 2009 8:26 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

In The Heat Of The Night director Norman Jewison is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Directors Guild of America (DGA).

The Canadian moviemaker's 1967 drama starring Sidney Poitier scored five Academy Awards, and he went on to land another three Oscars for 1971's Fiddler on the Roof.

Jewison will now follow in the footsteps of legendary directors including Frank Capra and Alfred Hitchcock when he is awarded the DGA's highest honour in January.

DGA President Taylor Hackford says in a statement, "He is an incredible filmmaker whose calm, affable manner belies a ferocious creative fire within. Norman well deserves to stand among the giants of cinema whom we have honored in the past."

Jewison's last big screen offering came in 2003 with The Statement, starring Sir Michael Caine. »

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Bloggers' Reviews: 2012

24 November 2009 4:51 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Here at Screenrush, we're all about getting voices heard. So, in the first of a series of features, we're giving you the chance to find out what's on the collective minds of the greatest bloggers the information superhighway has to offer.

This week, our friends from Movie Reviews By Captain D, Battle Royale With Cheese and Heyuguys give their verdict on Roland Emmerich's disasterific new flick, 2012...

Movie Reviews By Captain D

After the silly but fun Independence Day and bloated climate warning epic wannabe The Day After Tomorrow, Robert Emerich is back trying to destroy the planet again. In 2012, he chooses, rather than spaced out aliens or freaky weather conditions, the effect of a gigantic solar flare on the earth's core.

Click here to read on...

Battle Royale With Cheese

The end of the world - It is something that no one wants to come to pass in real »

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James Earl Jones: confessions of Big Daddy

23 November 2009 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

James Earl Jones has been breaking down barriers since the 1950s. As he prepares to star in an all-black Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he tells Maddy Costa about his absent father, elderly sex – and why his stutter was his salvation

The septuagenarian walking slowly through the Novello theatre in London looks like an archetypal American tourist. Tall and wide, he wears a puffy gilet that makes him seem even bulkier, while a faded baseball cap shades his face. Yet this ordinary-looking man is one of America's pre-eminent actors: James Earl Jones. Over the last 50 years, he has won two Tony awards (playing a boxer in The Great White Hope, and for his role in August Wilson's Fences), an Oscar nomination (for the film of The Great White Hope), as well as multiple Emmy nominations and awards for his TV work.

You wouldn't know any of this to look at him, »

- Maddy Costa

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Playing Iconic Roles

20 November 2009 4:07 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Williams, Miller—all these playwrights and many more wrote memorable roles that over time have become iconic. For example, when we think of Stanley, we think Brando. Certain lines, too, carry extra weight. You know the ones I mean: "Stelllllaaa!," "To be or not to be," and so on.Actors generally take one of two approaches to such roles. Either they "steal" from others' performances, stage or film, at some point during rehearsals or the run, or else they studiously avoid seeing anyone else in the role and try to erase their memories of others' performances from their mind. For some, though, the course they follow depends on the role itself."It seems everyone who's ever played Dottie Ottley has won a Tony," sighs Deborah Strang, who was in rehearsal for "Noises Off" at Los Angeles' A Noise Within when I called her. Judi Dench is one »

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15 November 2009 8:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Emil Jannings, Warner Baxter, George Arliss and Lionel Barrymore. Wallace Beery and Fredric March simultaneously. Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Victor McLaglen. Paul Muni and Spencer Tracy². Robert Donat, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper and James Cagney. Paul Lukas, Bing Crosby, Ray Milland and Fredric March, who was worth returning to. Ronald Colman, Laurence Olivier, Broderick Crawford, José Ferrer and Bogie. 'Coop' again. William Holden and Marlon Brando a few years late. Ernest Borgnine, Yul Brynner and Alec Guiness. David Niven, Charlton Heston and Burt Lancaster. Maximillian Schell, Gregory Peck and Sidney Poitier who made history. Rex Harrison, Lee Marvin, Paul Scofield, Rod Steiger, Cliff Robertson and 'The Duke'. George C Scott though he refused. Gene Hackman. Marlon Brando by way of Sacheen Littlefeather. Jack Lemmon, Art Carney, Jack Nicholson and (posthumously) Peter Finch. Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Henry Fonda. Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, F Murray Abraham, »


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Another old white guy to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award

14 November 2009 8:02 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This year's recipient of the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award will be Martin Scorsese, a great, deserving filmmaker, of course, but part of a pattern that's grown tiresome. Isn't the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. an international group that's supposed to be sensitive to ethnic diversity? Fifty-six honorary DeMille Awards have been bestowed since 1952. Only one has gone to a person of color (Sidney Poitier); 46 have gone to men. See the full list here. At least they're not going to bestow this one to Scorsese on Martin Luther King Day like the Hfpa did in 2006 when the recipient was Anthony Hopkins. When can a woman break into this old boys' club? Barbra »

- tomoneil

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'New Moon' Star Robert Pattinson Wants To Produce As Well As Act

13 November 2009 10:30 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

From MTV.Com: When Edward Cullen was 18 years old in 1919, Hollywood superstars Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford came up with the idea for United Artists — a studio that would give actors greater control over which films they got to make and take the creative decisions away from commercial-minded studio execs. When Edward was 68 years old, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Barbra Streisand made waves with their First Artists Production Company, pledging the same actors-first mentality.

Now, Robert Pattinson is determined to mark Edward's upcoming second-century teenage period with a similar endeavor, using his newfound star power to make the kind of movies he wants to see.

Continue reading Robert Pattinson's Dream? To Make His Own Movies

MTV delves deep into the "Twilight" universe with two can't-miss specials: "Love Bites" chronicles the budding rumored romance between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart on Monday at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, »

- Larry Carroll

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Robert Pattinson's Dream? To Make His Own Movies

13 November 2009 9:17 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'I'd like to make it a lot easier for the creative people to get their thoughts heard,' the 'New Moon' star says of possibly starting his own production company.

By Larry Carroll

Robert Pattinson

Photo: MTV News

Beverly Hills, California — When Edward Cullen was 18 years old in 1919, Hollywood superstars Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford came up with the idea for United Artists — a studio that would give actors greater control over which films they got to make and take the creative decisions away from commercial-minded studio execs. When Edward was 68 years old, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Barbra Streisand made waves with their First Artists Production Company, pledging the same actors-first mentality.

Now, Robert Pattinson is determined to mark Edward's upcoming second-century teenage period with a similar endeavor, using his newfound star power to make the kind of movies he wants to see.

"I definitely »

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Jack Lemmon, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier on TCM

11 November 2009 12:48 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award winners Stan Laurel, Jack Lemmon, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Kirk Douglas will be celebrated by Turner Classic Movies with a four-film presentation beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, the night before TCM’s sister networks TNT and TBS present a live simulcast of the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Of the four films — the short Tit for Tat, and the features The Out-of-Towners, A Raisin in the Sun, and Last Train from Gun Hill — I’ve only seen the moderately entertaining John Sturges Western Last Train from Gun Hill, whose most memorable feature is Carolyn Jones as the female lead [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Italian Leading Lady Rosanna Schiaffino Dies

7 November 2009 7:46 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Rosanna Schiaffino was the lovely Italian actress who starred opposite American Olympic athlete (and future Congressman) Bob Mathias in 1960’s The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete. Schiaffino played the dual role of the evil Princess Fedra and her good twin, Arianna, in this filmic version of the legendary man-bull who roamed the Cretan maze searching from human sacrifices.

Schiaffino was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy, on November 25, 1938. She won a local beauty contest in 1952, and soon embarked on a career in films. Her many film credits include Roland the Mighty (1956), the sword and sandal adventure Romulus and the Sabines (1961) starring Roger Moore, a segment of the episodic fantasy film RoGoPaG (1963), the adventure saga The Long Ships (1964) with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, the sensual horror film The Witch in Love (1966) as the supernatural Aura, the bio-film of the mysterious 18th Century count Cagliostr” (1974), and the giallo horror film The Killer Reserved Nine Seats »

- Harris Lentz

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AFI's 100 Years ...100 Movie Quotes

4 November 2009 4:45 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” —Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

“You don’t understand! »

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Oscar... Now With More Spirit Fingers

23 October 2009 8:36 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Shankman's got spirit!

Do you follow the Oscar show news in the way you follow the Oscars? I don't so much, despite this life I lead constantly writin' about the awards themselves. I care who hosts to some degree but I tend to ignore the rest. But I found it interesting this week when director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) was named as one of the producers and his choreography skills were noted as a reason to be enthused about this assignment. At least he has a sense of humor about his, um, limited history with the big event I was one of Paula Abdul's 'Under the Sea' pirates," Shankman said. "The last time I was at the Oscars, I was in Lycra, with a pirate hat on. Shankman's presence must mean more musical numbers. I'm all for musical numbers provided they rehire Hugh Jackman as host. He was so fine last year. »


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Ruby Dee At New York A.M.P.A.S. Screening Of "No Way Out" September 21

9 September 2009 2:10 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Acclaimed actress Ruby Dee will be appearing at the A.M.P.A.S. New York screening of No Way Out on September 21. The film was groundbreaking in its depiction of racism on the big screen. The plot pits young doctor Sidney Poitier against vicious thug Richard Widmark, who is not only a bigot but a killer as well. Film historian Foster Hirsch will moderate the discussion with Ms. Dee. Tickets are $5 and are expected to sell out quickly. To order go to


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Ask the Flying Monkey! (August 31, 2009)

30 August 2009 6:54 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Ask the Monkey! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: One of my friends has recently turned me on to country music (I am not sure whether to thank him yet or not). Are there any who are out, or who are known to have a positive relationship with the Lgbt community? -- Megan, Canton, Ohio

A: No out mainstream acts, but some country acts have been open, vocal supporters of us – most notably, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw, and even Marie Osmond (who, as we all know, is both “a little bit country” and the mother of a lesbian). And, of course, most of the cool alt-country acts that I personally adore are on record as supporting us: Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Roseanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, etc.

But can I just say? »

- Brent Hartinger

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Museum of Moving Image honoring Eastwood

19 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York City's Museum of the Moving Image will honor Clint Eastwood at its 25th annual Salute on Dec. 1.

"Celebrating over five decades of making movies, Clint Eastwood is a man with phenomenal talent, both onscreen and behind the camera," museum director Rochelle Slovin said in announcing the honor.

Eastwood joins the ranks of honorees including Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and James Stewart. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Culture Warrior: ‘District 9′ and the Legacy of Highbrow Sci-Fi

17 August 2009 1:50 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor's Warning: The following in-depth discussion about District 9 may contain spoilers, depending on your definition of a spoiler. You've been warned. As many critics and fans who have sung the praises of Neill Blomkamp’s innovative debut feature have already pointed out, District 9 works simultaneously on multiple levels: at once an original and engaging action drama exhibiting the best entertainment qualities of the science-fiction genre as well as a chilling ongoing commentary about human treatment of those deemed not “like them,” in this case echoing the oppressive politics of apartheid in D9’s South African setting. While no mainstream sci-fi feature has approached the genre quite this way (with the film's unique documentary realism and portrayal of a fragile alien race), the ability to simultaneously produce a piece of entertainment with insightful and revealing but never preachy social commentary has been par for the course for the best of highbrow science-fiction on the silver screen »

- Landon Palmer

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Poitier Honoured By Obama

12 August 2009 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Acting legend Sidney Poitier was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. leader Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Poitier, the first black man to win a Best Actor Oscar, was chosen for his contribution to acting and race relations.

During a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC, an audience was told how the 82 year old had "left an indelible mark on American culture" and "advanced the nation's dialogue on race and respect."

Other recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honour - include entertainer Chita Rivera, science genius Stephen Hawking, late politician Harvey Milk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. »

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