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Black Directors To Be Feted Oscar Weekend + Remember The Black Oscars?

20 December 2010 10:05 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

On February 25th, a dinner event called “Eye on Black: A Salute to Directors,” will see a group of black directors feted; Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Tim Story, to name a few; while Melvin Van Peebles will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The dinner to honor black directors helmers in Hollywood will be held at the California African American Museum, taking place during the weekend of the Oscars.

This reminded me of a Did You Know entry from my previous blog, at least 2 years ago…

Did you know that… From around 1982 until 2007, African-American actors, directors, producers and executives held a secret ceremony on the night before Oscar night, to celebrate black performers, calling the event, the Black Oscars. Every talent, from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson to Will Smith, participated in this event, which was considered a moment for black Hollywood to honor its own. However, in »

- Tambay

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Djimon Hounsou keen to star in Marvel's Black Panther movie

6 December 2010 3:24 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Marvel has long been saying it intends to make a movie based on its African superhero Black Panther.

At July's San Diego Comic-Con, president of production Kevin Feige confirmed that the film would arrive sometime after 2012's The Avengers.

The studio's intentions were further signalled in Iron Man 2, released earlier this year. In one scene (see images below), there's a map of the world that highlights part of Africa, and director Jon Favreau stated on the Blu-ray that this was intended as a reference to Black Panther.

So who might play the role? Well, Djimon Hounsou (pictured right), who voiced the character in a short-lived animated series, now says he hopes to star in the eventual live-action movie.

It's not the first time Hounsou (Gladiator, Push, Blood Diamond) has been linked with Black Panther.

Director Tim Story had earlier been keen on casting the actor as the Black Panther »

- David Bentley

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Jessica Alba 'considered quitting acting'

26 November 2010 7:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jessica Alba has admitted that she almost gave up her acting career after being criticised by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer director Tim Story. In an interview with Elle magazine, Alba revealed that she reacted badly when the filmmaker chided her performance during a highly emotional scene. "[The director told me] 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'" she said. The star continued: "I'm like, 'but (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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The Week In Geek: Who's Who In the 'Green Lantern' Movie Trailer

23 November 2010 4:20 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Columns, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]

Kudos to Martin Campbell's 'Green Lantern' film for not being embarrassed of its comic book roots. There's no disguising it -- the trailer is chock full of funky aliens and cosmic derring-do, and, according to our own Todd Gilchrist, it's "a very big movie." Good! There's often too much hand-wringing about whether or not movie audiences will accept some of comics' more outlandish concepts. Bryan Singer reined in the X-Men, Tim Story turned Galactus into a space cloud, and Jon Favreau still seems hesitant to introduce The Mandarin into Iron Man's world.

These are comic book movies, and, in a way, we know what we're signing up for. Ridiculous is a-okay, as long as it's cool. If audiences can accept a stretchy guy, an invisible lady, a rocky lug, a man that can catch his own skin on fire, and a metallic alien »

- John Gholson

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The Week In Geek: Who's Who In the 'Green Lantern' Movie Trailer

23 November 2010 4:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Columns, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]

Kudos to Martin Campbell's 'Green Lantern' film for not being embarrassed of its comic book roots. There's no disguising it -- the trailer is chock full of funky aliens and cosmic derring-do, and, according to our own Todd Gilchrist, it's "a very big movie." Good! There's often too much hand-wringing about whether or not movie audiences will accept some of comics' more outlandish concepts. Bryan Singer reined in the X-Men, Tim Story turned Galactus into a space cloud, and Jon Favreau still seems hesitant to introduce The Mandarin into Iron Man's world.

These are comic book movies, and, in a way, we know what we're signing up for. Ridiculous is a-okay, as long as it's cool. If audiences can accept a stretchy guy, an invisible lady, a rocky lug, a man that can catch his own skin on fire, and a metallic alien »

- John Gholson

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Jessica Alba Says Fantastic Four Movie Almost Made Her Quit Acting. We Were So Close!

22 November 2010 2:35 PM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Maybe it’s just us, but we love new cranky Jessica Alba. First she complains about her gorgeous body, then she scoffs that “good actors never use the script,” despite having appeared in The Love Guru, which many consider to be a modern-day Casablanca, if Casablanca had been terrible. Now we find out that the world almost lost our angry gem as it’s revealed in her upcoming Elle interview that making Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer almost made Jessica Alba quit acting. Which is fitting, since that’s the film that almost made us give up on going to the movies. Or having eyeballs. Apparently Jessica’s  fury was unleashed when Silver Surfer director Tim Story tried to keep her from, you know, actually acting. “[The director told me] ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don »

- Halle Kiefer

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Jessica Alba Considered Quitting Acting Due to Criticism

12 November 2010 3:40 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Jessica Alba revealed to Elle magazine that before having her baby she considered quitting Hollywood after facing harsh criticism from directors. "I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it," she said. "I remember when I was dying in 'Silver Surfer.' The director (Tim Story) was like, 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' And then it all got me thinking 'Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough?' And so I just said, 'f*ck it. I don't care about this business anymore.'" But after giving birth, Alba regained her confidence and returned to movie-making. "I'd been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young," she explained. "Every time I'd get a critique from someone or some redirection, I'd always take it very personally, »

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Alba Almost Quit Acting

11 November 2010 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jessica Alba almost quit acting before she became a mum - because she had a tough time facing harsh criticism from Hollywood directors.

Alba was filming the Fantastic Four sequel 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007, but tough comments from director Tim Story took a serious mental toll on her and she contemplated walking away from Hollywood for good.

She tells America's Elle magazine, "I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it.

"I remember when I was dying in Silver Surfer. The director was like, 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica...'

"And then it all got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough?... And so I just said, 'F**k it. I don't care about this business anymore.'"

But after giving birth to daughter Honor in June 2008, she regained the confidence to return to the movie business.

She explains, "I'd been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young. Every time I'd get a critique from someone or some redirection, I'd always take it very personally, but now I have no problem with it. It's just a chance to try things a different way." »

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Christopher Nolan Confirms He's Directing 'Batman 3' & Five Other Trilogies By Great Directors

30 September 2010 2:50 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

To the surprise of exactly no one, Christopher Nolan has confirmed that he'll be directing the third (and presumably final?) chapter in his series of Batman films. The British filmmaker responsible for 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight' let this massive piece of non-news slip in a recent interview with Empire, during which he confessed: "I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I'm pretty excited about what we're doing so... If I haven't announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I'm doing it." So anyone experiencing sleepless nights due to fears of Tim Story hijacking the franchise can now rest easy (remember Tim Story?) I may be among the minority who consider Nolan's Batman films to be the most disposable of his illustrious career, but I'm still convinced that the »

- David Ehrlich

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Christopher Nolan Confirms He's Directing 'Batman 3' & Five Other Trilogies By Great Directors

30 September 2010 2:50 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

To the surprise of exactly no one, Christopher Nolan has confirmed that he'll be directing the third (and presumably final?) chapter in his series of Batman films. The British filmmaker responsible for 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight' let this massive piece of non-news slip in a recent interview with Empire, during which he confessed: "I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I'm pretty excited about what we're doing so... If I haven't announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I'm doing it." So anyone experiencing sleepless nights due to fears of Tim Story hijacking the franchise can now rest easy (remember Tim Story?) I may be among the minority who consider Nolan's Batman films to be the most disposable of his illustrious career, but I'm still convinced that the »

- David Ehrlich

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Darren Aronofsky in frame for Wolverine 2?

31 August 2010 5:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Darren Aronofsky is still preoccupied with Black Swan in advance of its release in the Us on 1st December, however with his planned reboot of Robocop having fallen through, he will soon be looking around for his next project.

According to Deadline, Aronofsky is part of a two horse race with David Slade (Hard Candy, Twilight: Eclipse) for the director’s chair on Wolverine 2. We reported here on the previous two-horse race between Slade and Robert Schwentke, since when Schwentke has dropped out of the running. Until Twilight: Eclipse, Slade would have seemed as unconventional a candidate as Aronofsky, however Slade has now been baptised into the waters of effects-heavy franchises and may therefore be felt by 20th Century Fox to have the edge.

As Deadline rightly point out though, Hugh Jackman, who will of course appear again as Wolverine, holds a great deal of sway over the final decision »

- Dave Roper

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Directors and Possible Star Rumored for ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

30 August 2010 4:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Not too long ago we reported on a few actors rumored for the much needed Fantastic Four reboot, and now we finally got a list of directors who could be bringing us the infamous team back on the big screen. And the great news is: these aren’t names like Tim Story. While this should be regarded as pure rumor right now, it’s hard not to get excited by the names Comic Book Movie are reporting. The suspects: David Yates, James McTeigue, and smokin’ Joe Carnahan. »

- Jack Giroux

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Alice Eve, Adrien Brody in latest “Fantastic Four” casting rumors

23 August 2010 11:16 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Something is afoot in the land of the “Fantastic Four” reboot.

How else would you explain multiple casting rumors hitting the Web within days of one another? Production meetings must be being held behind the scenes at Fox, because as far as we know, the announced project doesn’t even have a director on hand to help with these casting decisions, let alone a firm schedule or tentative release date.

With that being said, who is reportedly in contention to join Marvel’s dysfunctionally fantastic family?

Well, Alice Eve for starters. Comic Book Movie says the gorgeous blonde – who was supposed to be up for Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” also at Fox – is being considered for Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman. She would replace Jessica Alba, who most recently played Sue in Tim Story’s two “Fantastic Four” flicks. Also rumored »

- Sean O'Connell

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Fantastic Four reboot casting rumours

22 August 2010 11:36 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Who will be playing Johnny Storm, Susan Storm and Reed Richards in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four? We might just have some clues…

Appreciating that some were fans of the first two Fantastic Four movies that Fox knocked out over the past years, there were still many who were pleased that the studio decided to go down the reboot route, rather than trying to press on with a third film in its current line. As such, there's an element of back to square one for Fox with the project, as it looks to stop the rights to the Fantastic Four reverting back to Marvel (and thus Disney) by putting a new film into production.

It certainly appears to be making progress, too. We already know, for instance, that The Thing this time will be a CGI character, rather than Michael Chiklis in a suit. We also know that director »

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The Thing will be all-cgi in planned “Fantastic Four” reboot

29 July 2010 11:06 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Some good news broke regarding the planned “Fantastic Four” reboot — tentatively titled “Fantastic Four Reborn” — that was announced to be in 20th Century Fox’s pipeline.

It’s rumored that, after experimenting with a rubber suit worn by Michael Chiklis in Tim Story’s two “Fantastic Four” features, the studio is going with a completely CGI Thing, according to ScreenRant.com. A source in the studio’s FX department confirmed this fact for the site, which immediately linked a new Thing to other CGI characters showcased in major-budget films like Louis Leterrier’s “The Incredible Hulk” and, of course, James Cameron’s “Avatar” (distributed, coincidentally, by Fox).

Great idea, right? Heck, I’m not even opposed to bringing Chiklis back to play Ben Grimm — the Thing’s human alter ego — for any scenes that might require a transformed Thing. Chiklis had Ben’s demeanor down pat, »

- Sean O'Connell

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New Titles for Die Hard and Fantastic Four?

8 June 2010 11:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fantastic Four Reborn and Die Hard 24/7?Aint It Cool News is reporting that the next installment in the Die Hard franchise is going to be called Die Hard 24/7. They are also reporting that the new Fantastic Four film will be titled Fantastic Four Reborn.

It is also looking like Fantastic Four Reborn is going to be "a complete reboot of" the franchise.

There isn't much known yet about the plots of these films and it should also be noted that these titles have not yet been confirmed by 20th Century Fox who is responsible for both franchises.

It should come as no surprise that Fox wants to keep these properties going. The Die Hard franchise has pulled in over $1.1 billion dollars worldwide. Both films in the Fantastic Four canon have earned over $600 million worldwide.

Die Hard was released July 13th, 1988 and stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, »

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The Humor Mill Presents- The Jestfest: The Director's Panel Series!

12 May 2010 2:40 AM, PDT | Humor Mill Magazine | See recent Humor Mill Magazine news »

The Humor Mill Magazine presents its first entertainment panel : Jestsfest - The Directors Series. This panel, which features some of Hollywood's top Film and Television Directors, as well as Casting Directors, will answer questions on everything from writing, directing, and casting, to financing and packaging. It's your front row seat for a candid and upfront discussion with where you'll get the real deal on what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry. The Directors who are attending the first panel are Directors Stan Lathan, Tim Story, David E. Talbert and Casting Director Kim Taylor Coleman. For more info please contact us at thehumormill.info@gmail.com. »

- noreply@blogger.com (The Humor Mill Magazine)

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Today’s Birthdays 3/13/10

13 March 2010 6:34 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Model, TV host Toccara Jones is 29 years old today. The former America’s Next Top Model contestant has done a little acting for television, with bit parts in Girlfriends and All Of Us. But much of her work since her appearance on Antm 6 years ago, in 2004, has comprised of mostly reality TV shows, and hosting duties for various Bet events and programs. She also continues to model.

Rapper/actor Common aka Lonnie Rashid Lynn, is 38 years old today. Rashid was last seen in 2009’s Terminator Salvation, and will next be seen alongside Queen Latifah, and Paula Patton in the romcom Just Wright, which will be in theatres later this year, and in the ensemble comedy, Date Night, out next month.

Fantastic Four director Tim Story is 40 years old today. Story’s breakthrough directorial effort (although not his first film) was 2002’s controversial hit Barbershop. Since then, he’s helmed 2 Fantastic Four movies, »

- Tambay

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Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Neil Patrick Harris join cast of Smurfs movie

6 March 2010 6:21 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Those little blue people the Smurfs are on their way to the big screen.

American singer Katy Perry is among a number of actors in talks to appear in the film, a mixture of live action and animation.

Perry, 25, engaged to comedian Russell Brand and best known for her pop hit I Kissed A Girl, is set to play Smurfette, reports Variety.

Alan Cumming, who was previously a darker shade of blue as the mutant Nightcrawler in X-Men 2, will play Gutsy Smurf, while George Lopez, talk show host and star of a self-titled Us sitcom, is on board as Grouchy Smurf.

Jonathan Winters, 84, who voiced various characters in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the Smurfs, will voice Papa Smurf, while Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD, How I Met Your Mother) has signed to appear as the project's as-yet-undisclosed live-action character.

Raja Gosnell is to direct the Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation film, »

- David Bentley

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Can Sundance's Hits Fly Outside Park City?

10 February 2010 7:36 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The high altitudes of Park City, Ut -- home to the Sundance Film Festival -- have been known to cause dehydration, insomnia and an overappreciation of certain independent movies. What sparks standing ovations and multi-million dollar acquisitions in the rarefied confines of the snowbound town doesn't always carry over into the outside world. For every "The Blair Witch Project," "Super Size Me" or "Precious," there's a "Hustle and Flow," "Hounddog" or "Hamlet 2." Where do you draw the line between hype and reality, sleep deprivation-induced passing crush or bona fide true love? A really great film that will resonate with niche (or even mainstream) audiences, or one that happens to provide the weary festivalgoer adequate satisfaction when compared with all the muck? Here's a little Sundance soothsaying about how four festival hits might fare when they arrive at a theater near you.

"The Kids Are All Right"

A late selection at the festival, »

- Anthony Kaufman

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