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Beyoncé Turned Down a Role in Beauty and the Beast

Beyoncé Turned Down a Role in Beauty and the Beast
Sacrebleu! When Bill Condon was rounding out the cast for Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, he tried—and failed—to involve Beyoncé. He had worked with her before, when she played Deena Jones in his 2006 film Dreamgirls. To date, he's one of just two directors to put her in a musical—the first being Robert Townsend, who directed MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. "Isn't that weird?" Condon recently asked Yahoo! Movies. "God, it seems crazy!" So, the director lobbied to work with her again. "I even tried to get her into Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn't a big enough part," he said. " She would have been a good feather...
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Ebertfest Honorees Share Memories of Roger Ebert

Ebertfest Honorees Share Memories of Roger Ebert
Every year industry heavyweights descend on Champaign, Ill., to pay tribute to Roger Ebert’s lasting legacy in the world of film.

Ebertfest, the annual week-long celebration of all things cinematic, was founded by the late Chicago Sun-Times critic and his wife, Chaz, who presides over the event with fest director Nate Kohn in collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Media.

Such legends as producers Norman Lear and Irwin Winkler; actress Isabelle Huppert; cinematographer Caleb Deschanel; and directors Charles Burnett, Gary Ross and Robert Townsend will be feted by cheering fans at screenings and scholarly panels.

Yet hoopla aside, guests can’t stop talking about another legend: Roger, the man with the big thumbs-up, whose truth goes marching on.

“It was clear how much he loved film,” Lear says. “It’s one thing to criticize, another to criticize out of love. To know his work is to know
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The Pro Files: Meet Beyonce’s Longtime Hairstylist Kim Kimble

The Pro Files: Meet Beyonce’s Longtime Hairstylist Kim Kimble
When it comes to celebrity hair stylists, Kim Kimble is the real deal. After working with stars for two decades, the pro showed no signs of slowing in 2016 when she crafted what were arguably the year’s most talked-about coifs: Beyoncé’s Superbowl curls and MTV Vma’s braid as well as more than 20 awe-inspiring looks for Lemonade. And as if being one of Queen Bey’s go-to hair gurus wasn’t enough to fill up her 2016 to-do list, she also taped season five of her We TV’s hit series L.A. Hair (which premieres January 5) and capped off December
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Turn renewed by AMC for its fourth and final season

Joseph Baxter Jul 27, 2016

AMC’s historical drama Turn: Washington’s Spies received a renewal for a fourth season that wraps up the entire series...

Fans of the AMC show Turn: Washington’s Spies just received what would have to be double-edged bayonet on their musket. The basic cable giant’s dramatic serial depiction of the American Revolution’s famed Culper Spy Ring just received a renewal for Season 4. However, said renewal also comes with a crucial caveat in the bittersweet news that the upcoming new season will be its very last.

AMC officially announced that the final turn for Turn will ultimately occur at the conclusion of the freshly ordered Season 4, set for a 10-episode run that will air in 2017. While the series hasn’t quite been the ubiquitous ratings juggernaut as network peers such as The Walking Dead, it has developed a strong fan following, with the
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Turn: Washington's Spies Season 3 Episode 10 Review: Trial and Execution

Better late than never, right?

We waited three full seasons for Judge Woodhull to finally (finally!) choose kin over king and in Turn: Washington's Spies Season 3 Episode 10, he didn’t disappoint.

The best part of his choice (as much as I love Abe) was the look on Simcoe’s face when he realized that the Judge was propping up his son’s legs instead of pulling them down to ensure a quick death.

Technically, it was the second time Abe escaped death after having a noose around his neck. The Judge also stopped the first attempt, insisting on holding a trial.

Now, Abe may not be a good spy, but he’s a great BSer.

How many times this season has he talked his way out of no-win situations with Maj. Hewlett, Robbie Rogers and even Cpt. Simcoe?

In other words, he’d make a great lawyer. Which is perfect,
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BET Looks to Make Televised Film Awards Show With ABFF Annually

BET Looks to Make Televised Film Awards Show With ABFF Annually
Solidifying the relatively new marriage between Bet and the American Black Film Festival, the network and org joined together again for the Bet Experience during its awards show weekend in downtown Los Angeles. L.A. Live held the film fest, titled Abff Encore, in addition to Bet’s annual concert series and expos to expand its once music-centered weekend of events further into television and film.

“We did our first award show together in response to #OscarsSoWhite, and this was the outgrowth of that,” said Bet president Debra Lee. “It allows us to shine more light on what’s happening in Hollywood.”

Abff Encore consisted of multiple screenings of African-American films, as well as panels featuring “Black-ish” showrunner Kenya Barris, actor-director Robert Townsend (“Hollywood Shuffle,” “The Parent ‘Hood”) and actress Tasha Smith (“Empire”). Moderated by Nischelle Turner, Barris spoke candidly to a room of nearly 40 people on Saturday about his
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Bet Looks to Make Televised Film Awards Show With Abff Annually

Bet Looks to Make Televised Film Awards Show With Abff Annually
Solidifying the relatively new marriage between Bet and the American Black Film Festival, the network and org joined together again for the Bet Experience during its awards show weekend in downtown Los Angeles. L.A. Live held the film fest, titled Abff Encore, in addition to Bet’s annual concert series and expos to expand its once music-centered weekend of events further into television and film.

“We did our first award show together in response to #OscarsSoWhite, and this was the outgrowth of that,” said Bet president Debra Lee. “It allows us to shine more light on what’s happening in Hollywood.”

Abff Encore consisted of multiple screenings of African-American films, as well as panels featuring “Black-ish” showrunner Kenya Barris, actor-director Robert Townsend (“Hollywood Shuffle,” “The Parent ‘Hood”) and actress Tasha Smith (“Empire”). Moderated by Nischelle Turner, Barris spoke candidly to a room of nearly 40 people on Saturday about his experience in entertainment and his keys to
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10 Movies to Stream on Memorial Day

10 Movies to Stream on Memorial Day
Memorial Day is that time Americans set aside each year to remember and honor the sacrifices of our fallen military veterans. But it's also a day off from work, and for those who want to spend the day in front of their TV without feeling unpatriotic or ungrateful — relax, we've got you've covered. We've scoured the streaming services and digital rental outlets, and we've found nine movies (and one mini-series) that'll fill your entire holiday with thoughtful, provocative, appropriate entertainment. By the time you're done, our nation's fighting forces may
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Composers Hans Zimmer, Rupert Gregson- Williams Head To Synchron Stage Vienna To Record Scores

Synchron Stage Vienna, a brand-new scoring stage and post-production facility, reopened in the City of Music merging the historic building with cutting-edge technology, making it a unique and one-of-a-kind recording studio.

Early March, Remote Control Productions chose Synchron Stage Vienna to record music for the upcoming Ron Howard directed feature “Inferno” (score by Hans Zimmer) and for the new Netflix series “The Crown” (score by Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson- Williams), created by Peter Morgan (“The Queen”). The Synchron Stage Orchestra was conducted by Johannes Vogel.

Rupert Gregson-Williams, Peter Morgan, Julian Jarrold c Heinz Zeggl

One of the world’s leading virtual instrument and sample library companies, Vienna Symphonic Library, took the initiative to renovate the landmark and upgraded the interior, providing a world class recording facility. Located in the Austrian capital, the complex offers state-of-the-art recording technology, superior acoustics, and a unique integration of Vsl’s award-winning software applications such as Vienna Mir Pro.
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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Creed’s’ Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Rule at All Def Movie Awards

‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Creed’s’ Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Rule at All Def Movie Awards
“It’s not about winning, it’s about celebrating.” These words were uttered by Ice Cube as he accepted the first Best Picture All Def Movie Award for “Straight Outta Compton” at the inaugural Adma show. The show’s co-creator Russell Simmons made a five-year deal with Fusion so he expects the new awards to continue in years to come. Simmons also made a point of saying that he had nothing to do with the scheduling of the show, which Fusion is airing opposite this year’s ABC’s Oscar telecast.

The Adma show is not your typical awards show by any stretch of the imagination, and that’s intentional, as Sanjay Sharma, President & CEO of All Def Digital explained. “Four weeks ago, this was an idea. In ten days, the real thing has come together,” he said. “We’re a multi-platform company. We’re nimble in our DNA. We
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Fusion to Air Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Special Opposite Oscars

Fusion to Air Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Special Opposite Oscars
It’s not likely to put a dent in the ratings for the Oscars, but the symbolism can’t be ignored. Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards has struck a deal for a highlights special to air Sunday on the Fusion cabler opposite ABC’s telecast of the 88th annual Academy Awards.

The event produced by Simmons’ All Def Digital venture was born in response to the uproar over this year’s all-white roster of Oscar acting nominees, the second consecutive year that minority actors were left on the sidelines of filmdom’s most coveted kudos. Tony Rock, brother of Oscars host Chris Rock, will emcee the All Def ceremony. Fusion, moreover, is jointly owned by ABC parent Disney and Univision, although Univision is in the process of buying out Disney’s stake in the cable channel that launched in October 2013.

The All Def ceremony will tape Wednesday night at Hollywood nightclub Lure.
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Fusion to Air Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Special Opposite Oscars

Fusion to Air Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards Special Opposite Oscars
It’s not likely to put a dent in the ratings for the Oscars, but the symbolism can’t be ignored. Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards has struck a deal for a highlights special to air Sunday on the Fusion cabler opposite ABC’s telecast of the 88th annual Academy Awards.

The event produced by Simmons’ All Def Digital venture was born in response to the uproar over this year’s all-white roster of Oscar acting nominees, the second consecutive year that minority actors were left on the sidelines of filmdom’s most coveted kudos. Tony Rock, brother of Oscars host Chris Rock, will emcee the All Def ceremony. Fusion, moreover, is jointly owned by ABC parent Disney and Univision, although Univision is in the process of buying out Disney’s stake in the cable channel that launched in October 2013.

The All Def ceremony will tape Wednesday night at Hollywood nightclub Lure.
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Underground USA: Indie Cinema Of The 80s At Cinefamily, L.A. February 18-april 16

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"Return of the Secaucus Seven"

 Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax, Los Angeles

*** For Immediate Release ***

The Cinefamily and Cinespia present

Underground USA: Indie Cinema Of The 80's

February 18-April 16

Opening Event February 18-20: Weekend tribute to indie film pioneer John Sayles

40+ film, two month retrospective celebrating iconic independent cinema

Guest filmmakers attending in person include:

John Sayles, Penelope Spheeris, Wayne Wang, Alex Cox, Allison Anders, Lizzie Borden, Ross McElwee, Robert Townsend, Richard Kern, John McNaughton

Numerous brand new restorations, including Paydirt, Born In Flames, and Last Night at The Alamo

Los Angeles, CA, February 15, 2016-Kicking off on February 18th with a rare in-person three-day tribute to independent film pioneer and legend John Sayles-including a master class on screenwriting co-presented by the WGA Foundation-and continuing through mid-April, The Cinefamily is proud to announce Underground USA: Indie Cinema Of The 80s-a guest-filled, two month,
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Interview: Robert Townsend Talks Playin’ For Love (Exclusive)

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Interview: Robert Townsend Talks Playin’ For Love (Exclusive)
People often think they know how to make the best decisions when they’re working on a project in an area they have previously garnered success in. But after going through a harrowing, yet equally rewarding, experience, they realize how much they still have to learn, even in subjects they’re seemingly already proficient in. That gripping recognition is relatably presented in director and producer Robert Townsend’s new romantic comedy, ‘Playin’ For Love.’ The filmmaker, who also starred in, and co-wrote the movie’s script with Michelle Amor and Cheryl L. West, crafted an engaging sports comedy that proves that two seemingly different adults can truly bond when they finally accept that they [ Read More ]

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Exclusive Clip from Robert Townsend's Basketball-Themed Romcom, 'Playin' for Love'

Robert Townsend has gotten behind the camera again; this time directing (and starring in) a basketball-themed rom-com titled "Playin' For Love" which tells the story of Coach Banks (Townsend) who is used to calling all the shots for his championship high school basketball team and in his own love life. But that’s about to change when he meets, Talisa McCoy (played by Salli Richardson-Whitfield), the mother of a star player, new to Jackson High. She’s a beautiful, strong-willed single mom, with her own ideas on a winning team… and the perfect man. Now, this coach will have to learn a few new plays if he’s going to stay in the game. Esai Morales, Jenifer Lewis, Lawrence...
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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant
This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears
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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant
This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears
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First Look at 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 2, Premiere Date Announced

First Look at 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 2, Premiere Date Announced
AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour the network's 2016 spring premiere dates for new and returning original series. For the first time ever, AMC will launch a fourth night of original programming on Tuesdays beginning this April with the debut of the highly anticipated miniseries event The Night Manager. Last year, AMC became home to the top four cable series launches of all time among adults 18-49 in live+3 ratings, with Fear the Walking Dead at #1, Better Call Saul at #2, Into the Badlands at #3 and The Walking Dead at #4. AMC also released today three first-look photos, one each from the sets of Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Manager and Turn: Washington's Spies.

Fear the Walking Dead will air its second season of 15 episodes in two parts, beginning with the first of seven episodes on Sunday, April 10th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. The remaining
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The John Kreng Interview

John Kreng is one of the most hard working actors/stuntman/fight and stunt corrdinators working in the industry today. Through his time working in the movie industry, John has worked with some of the very best which includes Jet Li, Yuen Wah, Tsui Hark, David Carradine, Steven Spielburg and many more outstanding talents.

John Kreng is also the author of the in depth book on screen fighting called Fight Choreography: The Art Of Non Verbal Dialogue, he was a cast member of The Jade Trader which went on to win the most outstanding cast performance award at the 10th Action on film, International film festival. John, also has years of Martial Arts experience behind him, dedicating his time learning many different styles and been taught by some of the very best masters from around the world (Which he will speak about in this interview).

John also worked on the
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