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Club TCM to Offer Celebrities, Expert Panels, Exhibits, Music and More During 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival

12 April 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Club TCM to Offer Celebrities, Expert Panels, Exhibits, Music and More During 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival Exclusive Gathering Spot for Festival Passholders to Feature Appearances by Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Caron, Marni Nixon, Marge Champion, Debbie Allen, Peter Guber and Brett Ratner

Legendary stars, fascinating presentations, panel discussions, live music and special exhibits are just a few of the exciting experiences on tap for Club TCM, the central gathering spot for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Located in the Blossom Room at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the very first Academy Awards® ceremony, Club TCM will be open throughout the festival, giving passholders a place to relax, meet new friends and mingle with special guests. Among those scheduled to appear are Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Caron, Marni Nixon, Marge Champion, Debbie Allen, Peter Guber, Brett Ratner and graphic artist Michael Schwab, as well »

- Melissa Thompson

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The First Book By A Black Author Adapted To Film By A Hollywood Studio Was…?

15 March 2011 4:12 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

While researching for a future books-to-film post, I suddenly wondered what the first book by a black author to be adapted to film by a Hollywood studio was…!

Anyone… anyone… anyone…?

No, Oscar Micheaux doesn’t count in this case, because, again, I’m only considering books that have been optioned and adapted by Hollywood studios.

A headscratcher… so, I went through a few books of mine that cover, in some facet, black film history, notably books by Donald Bogle, bell hooks, Manthia Diawara and Ed Guerrero, and others. And I think I found the answer within the pages of Guerrero’s Framing Blackness: The African American Image In Film (a recommended read if you haven’t read it already).

On page 28, in the chapter titled Hollywood’s Inscription Of Slavery, Guerrero mentions a 1946 book by African American author, Frank Yerby, titled, The Foxes of Harrow. Guerrero doesn’t explicitly »

- Tambay

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Heat Wave – The great Donald Bogle’s new bio on Ethel Waters

19 February 2011 10:12 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Though I missed his book signing in NYC this past Thursday (had a screening of my own film – hallelujah!) all film, and Black film (and music) lovers have to go out and get Donald Bogle’s new book on the turbulent life of Ethel Waters, entitled Heat Wave.

If you’ve somehow never read any of Bogle’s books, he’s the preeminent historian on all things Black film. I spent a geeky but fulfilling summer of my youth reading his work, which includes:

Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks: An Interpretative History of Blacks in Films; Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America’s Black Female Superstars; Blacks in American Film and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television; Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood.

If you’ve read ‘Bright Boulevards…’ in particular, you learned a lot »

- Curtis the Media Man

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