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20 items from 2012


See One Of Michael Clarke Duncan's Last Performances; 'In The Hive' Opens Today (New Trailer)

14 December 2012 12:32 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It was the opening night film for last year's American Black Film Festival - Robert Townsend's In The Hive, which he produced and directed. It stars Michael Clarke Duncan, (in what is one of his last film appearances), Loretta Devine, Vivica A Fox and newcomer Jonathan "Lil J" McDaniel, who plays the film's central character, which is based on the true story of a woman who started an alternative school for troubled youth in North Carolina. Here's a longer synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys lives by a few simple rules, all rooted in a world of brazen, retaliatory violence. His very survival depends on his ability to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Robert Townsend Receives Lifetime Achievement Award At 8th Annual Florida Entertainment Summit

11 December 2012 1:26 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Man, I really miss the Robert Townsend of Hollywood Shuffle days; bring him back! But kudos on the honor sir! Details via press release below... Dec 05, 2012 - Miami, Florida -- The 8th Annual Florida Entertainment Summit (FESummit) kicked off in downtown Hollywood, Fl with a taping of Comedienne Aida RodriguezModel Behavior” Comedy Special. The FESummit weekend included a mix of emerging talent and legends in fashion, film and music with appearances by Grammy Winner Betty Wright, Filmmaker Robert Townsend, Actor Christian Keyes, top DJs Bigga Rankin, Tony Neal, DJ Demp and a host of others. Tri Destined film “Note To Self” was the featured film in the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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One Of Michael Clarke Duncan's Last Films ('In The Hive') To Be Released In Theaters 12/14

4 December 2012 2:58 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It was the opening night film for last year's American Black Film Festival - Robert Townsend's In The Hive, which he produced and directed. It stars Michael Clarke Duncan, (in what is one of his last film appearances), Loretta Devine, Vivica A Fox and newcomer Jonathan "Lil J" McDaniel, who plays the film's central character, which is based on the true story of a woman who started an alternative school for troubled youth in North Carolina. Here's a longer synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys lives by a few simple rules, all rooted in a world of brazen, retaliatory violence. His very survival depends on his ability to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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HBO Books Louis Ck for New Stand-Up Special

12 November 2012 11:20 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This news oughta placate Louis Ck fans somewhat until Season 4 of Louie hits FX in… ugh… 2014.

It was announced on Monday that the Emmy-winning multihyphenate will headline a new stand-up comedy special for HBO, to be taped at one of the stops on his sold-out 16-city tour.

The hour-long laugh-fest, to air in 2013, is the buzzy funnyman’s second such special for HBO, and it will be directed by Robert Townsend. No, just kidding — Louis Ck will direct it.

Related | FX’s Louie Won’t Return Until Spring 2014, as Louis C.K. Is Granted an Extended Hiatus

“I’m delighted to »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Chris Anderson Quits as Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine

2 November 2012 1:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, is leaving the publication at the end of the year to become CEO of his robotics company 3DRobotics, Conde Nast CEO Robert Townsend said in an email obtained by TheWrap on Friday. Anderson has been at Wired since 2001, overseeing the publication for more than half of its history. Under his tenure, the magazine has won a plethora of awards, including winning the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005, 2007 and 2009. "This is an opportunity for me to pursue an entrepreneurial dream," Anderson »

- Lucas Shaw

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Robert Townsend, Isiah Thomas Open Casting For Basketball Players For Roles In 'Playin’ For Love'

2 November 2012 9:31 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Robert Townsend and Isiah Thomas Hold Auditions for Basketball Players in Community Film Initiative that Promotes Non-Violence Jamba Juice Will Distribute Over 600 Smoothies to Encourage Participating Youth to “Live Fruitfully™ and to Promote Healthy, Active Living (Miami, Fl October 31, 2012) - Hollywood filmmaker Robert Townsend and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas are seeking basketball players for roles in the upcoming film, Playin’ For Love, which begins shooting this November in Historic Overtown. The auditions, presented by Jamba Juice® Company, will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena (Aaa) from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Robert Townsend Set To Direct Basketball-Themed Rom-Com Titled 'Playin' For Love'

26 October 2012 2:47 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Robert Townsend is getting behind the camera again; this time to direct a basketball-themed rom-com titled Playin' For Love. First, let me just say that I hope that's just a working title, and that Mr Townsend will reconsider, and call his basketball-themed rom-com something other than Playin' For Love. What's Playin' For Love about? Per THR: The story revolves around the head coach of a high school hoops team and a single mother who turns the team upside down. No casting info yet; however, Townsend will look to *unknown* talent via auditions planned to begin on November 4 in Miami, Fl, where the film will be shot, in a collaboration that »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Robert Townsend to Direct, Produce Basketball Rom-Com 'Playin' for Love'

26 October 2012 11:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robert Townsend is set to direct and produce the basketball-themed romantic comedy Playin' for Love. The story revolves around the head coach of a high school hoops team and a single mother who turns the team upside down. The film, which will shoot in Miami, brings together a unique consortium of investors that includes the City of Miami and the Miami Heat. Playin' for Love will utilize local talent, with auditions beginning Nov. 4, and employ 20 students from the Overtown community and 20 from the University of Miami. Townsend (Meteor Man, The Five Heartbeats) recently finished In the Hive, which stars Michael Clarke

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- Tatiana Siegel

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2nd Annual Gary International Black Film Festival Set For Next Month

28 September 2012 6:36 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The second annual Gary Indiana International Black Film Festival is set to kick off on Friday October 5 and will continue through October 7. One of major events for this years festival will be an appearence by filmmaker Robert Townsend (Five Heartbeats, The Meteor Man, Hollywood Shuffle, The Parent Hood, etc) who will screen and discuss his latest film project In The Hive ststarring the late Michael Clarke Duncan (in one of his last screen appearences), Loretta Devine, Vivica A. Fox and Roger Guenveur Smith Among the other films that will be screened are Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies, Steve James' The Interrupters and Rashad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road. »

- Sergio

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Funeral Held for Michael Clarke Duncan

10 September 2012 9:59 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Family and friends of Michael Clarke Duncan gathered Monday for a private funeral service for the actor, who passed away last week at age 54.

The private ceremony -- which included remarks by Duncan's Green Mile co-star Tom Hanks and the film's director Frank Darabont -- followed a public viewing on Sunday of his casket at Forest Lawn cemetery's Hall of Liberty in Los Angeles.

Related: Michael Clarke Duncan Death to Bypass Examination

Additional celebrities spotted at Monday's service were Emily Deschanel, Robert Townsend, Loretta Devine, Vivica A. Fox, David Boreanaz, Holly Robinson Peete and Geoff Stults.

Also attending the service was the actor's fiancée -- reality star and ordained minister Omarosa Manigault -- who said earlier that Duncan never recovered from a heart attack suffered July 13.

Related: Tom Hanks Reacts to Michael Clarke Duncan's Death »

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Michael Clarke Duncan: a career in clips

4 September 2012 5:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We take a look back at the work of the much loved star of The Green Mile, who died yesterday

Michael Clarke Duncan's move from bodyguard duties into acting was pretty seamless: lots of bit parts in TV shows and films like Back in Business, Bulworth and The Players Club came his way, all of the "bouncer", "body builder" and "security guard" variety. His big break came after he stopped real-life minding, and scored a role in Jerry Bruckheimer's epic space-disaster movie Armageddon. Though only one of the squad guys, he earned instant immortality with his "you the man" utterance in the final climactic sequence. (It's at 4:48.)

And anyone supposing he was the new Ving Rhames was put to rights in the scene where Duncan began frugging in leopardskin underpants - it's even more effective with the Spanish dubbing.

But it was his subsequent casting in The Green Mile, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Michael Clarke Duncan has Died at the Age of 54

3 September 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Driving home from a two-day vacation over the Labor Day weekend I learned Michael Clarke Duncan had passed away at the age of 54. He was hospitalized in July of this year after suffering a heart attack and he was never able to fully recover, passing away on Monday, September 3. It's terribly sad news. All I can think of when I think of Duncan beyond his obviously massive 6' 5" frame, was his ever-present smile. His performances in films such as The Green Mile and Armageddon stand out for me personally. The latter of which being the first time I remember seeing him, particularly his introduction, holding a giant wrench on his shoulder, standing in the way of Bruce Willis as he chased after Ben Affleck. A year later he would star in The Green Mile, for which he would earn an Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Tom Hanks. He would »

- Brad Brevet

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2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Winners

25 June 2012 12:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced on Sunday the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by Chaya Downtown for the third year. Actors Jon Heder and Ari Graynor were on hand to present the awards. The La Film Fest, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 and presenting media sponsor Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.

“Every single filmmaker in this year’s Festival deserves kudos for their artistry and compelling stories. Our juries had such gems to choose from in each competition and the winners truly represent what we hold dear.diversity and uniqueness of vision,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, »

- Michelle McCue

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Los Angeles Film Festival… and the winners are

24 June 2012 1:57 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2012 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by Chaya Downtown for the third year. Actors Jon Heder and Ari Graynor were on hand to present the awards. The La Film Fest, presented by Film Independent and Host Venue Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 and presenting media sponsor Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24 in downtown Los Angeles.

“Every single filmmaker in this year’s Festival deserves kudos for their artistry and compelling stories. Our juries had such gems to choose from in each competition and the winners truly represent what we hold dear—diversity and uniqueness of vision,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.

The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, »

- Josh Abraham

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La Film Fest: 'All Is Well,' 'Drought' Take Home Jury Prizes

24 June 2012 1:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival juries honored Pocas Pascoal's "All is Well" and Everardo Gonzalez's "Drought" with their top prizes on Sunday. Pascoal's drama about two women from Angola who fled to Lisbon to escape civil war won the Narrative Award, securing a $15,000 cash prize for the director. The narrative jury, comprised of actress Rachael Harris, Robert Townsend and film critic Sheri Linden, described it as "a work of striking visual eloquence and emotional honesty." The jury rewarded Dominga Sotomayor's "Thursday Til Sunday," a Chilean road movie, with the honorable mention »

- Lucas Shaw

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Film Independent Announces Laff Jurors

7 June 2012 11:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Film Independent today announced the jurors for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Narrative jury will consist of "Natural Selection" actress Rachael Harris (who we interviewed at Laff last year), filmmaker Robert Townsend, and critic Sheri Linden. The Documentary jury is comprised of producers Heather Rae and Karin Chien and filmmaker Mark Landsman ("Thunder Soul"). Film critic and author Ernest Hardy, Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer Nancy Schreiber ("Your Friends And Neighbors," "The Celluloid Closet") and writer/director/editor Javier Fuentes León ("Contracorriente"), who won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival round out the shorts jury. This jury will deliberate on the cash prizes during the festival's run from June 14-24. The competition and audience award winners will be announced at the Awards Brunch held at Chaya Downtown on the last day of the festival.   »

- Austin Dale

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Robert Townsend, Ernest Hardy Among L.A. Film Festival Jurors

7 June 2012 11:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The jurors for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival were announced Thursday, with the list including "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" star Rachael Harris, film critic Ernest Hardy and "Hollywood Shuffle" director Robert Townsend. The festival takes place June 14-24 in downtown Los Angeles. The narrative jury will consist of actress Harris and Townsend, who've both been nominated for Film Independent Spirit Awards, along with Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Times film critic Sheri Linden. The documentary jury will include "Frozen River" producer Heather Rae, "The Exploding Girl" producer Karin Chien and "Thunder »

- Tim Kenneally

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They Shoot Black Movies... Don't They? (The Realization Of A Hustlerz Ambition)

1 June 2012 10:41 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

At the dawn of the Black Hollywood Renaissance of the '90s, the sodality of filmmakers like Spike Lee, F. Gary Gray, The Hudlin Brothers, Bill Duke, Stan Lathan, John Singleton, The Hughes Brothers, George Jackson, Doug McHenry, Mario Van Peebles, Robert Townsend, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kevin Hooks, Fred "Fab Five Freddy" Braithwaite, Charles Stone III, Nelson George and this writer, to name a few, felt like the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. We - like Rossetti, Millais, and Hunt at the height of their artistic revolt in the U.K. during the late 1800s - were cinematic reformers, rejecting the cartoonish mythos of African American life, as depicted in the Black »

- Barry Michael Cooper

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Michael Clarke Duncan And S. Epatha Merkerson Join The Challenger

7 March 2012 9:20 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While Michael Clarke Duncan can currently be seen on Fox.s Bones spin-off The Finder, the actor clearly isn.t through with feature work. His latest film credits include the Robert Townsend.s In the Hive, Pierre Bagley.s From the Rough, and now a boxing movie called The Challenger. It was announced today that Duncan is set to play a role in Kent Moran.s boxing drama film The Challenger. Moran is not only set to write and direct the film, but he.ll also star in it, playing a .struggling Bronx auto mechanic. named Jaden Miller, who has to return to the ring after he and his adopted mother are evicted from their home. Duncan has been cast to play a legendary trainer who will hopefully help Miller save his family from having to live on the streets. 
 While Duncan.s currently starring in The Finder, many will »

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Our Exclusive Black History Month Comedy Roundtable

2 February 2012 7:38 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Red Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle... say any of their names to a serious fan of comedy and you're likely to elicit a reverential sigh of importance, followed by a word-for-word recitation of one of their most famous bits.

Black performers have played a pivotal role not just in entertainment, but in changing the way blacks and whites in America lived, worked and related to each other. And comedians especially, with their penchant for crossing lines and speaking uncomfortable truths, have been some of the most influential artists of the last century.

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to take a look at the influence of black comedians through the eyes of the artists who are following in their footsteps.

So we brought six up-and-coming young comics together for a unique roundtable discussion about comedy, race and the most influential performers of the past and present. »

- The Huffington Post

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