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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series Welcomes Bet's Centric as Partner

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is proud to announce a partnership with Centric, a Bet Network, to support scholarships for our award-winning filmmakers and help the festival present 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe. Reel Sisters will be held from Oct. 25 to 26 at Liu Brooklyn with an awards ceremony on Sunday evening where cash awards will be given to six women for outstanding films that celebrate family bonds and challenge stereotypes. For information Reel Sisters visit www.reelsisters.org. As a key sponsor for Reel Sisters’ 17th Annual Film Festival, Centric will offer exclusive coverage »

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LeBron James Continues to Expand Media Empire. Will Executive Produce Espn Films' & Disney's 'Becoming'

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Worldwide basketball star LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter are set to executive produce Espn Films' and Disney Xd's new special "Becoming," a half-hour show for kids and families profiling the inspirational journeys of today's top athletes. "Becoming" will debut Sunday, October 26 (8:00 p.m., Et/Pt) on Disney Xd and is in development for an ongoing series. Produced in association with Espn Films and LeBron James' Springhill Production Company, the pilot will tell the story of the NBA champion's trajectory to the top and reflect the spirit of his accomplishments, including some of the most defining and triumphant moments of his life. "I'm »

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12 Films Selected to Receive Funding via Doha Film Institute's Spring 2014 Grants Program (Egypt, Algeria Repped)

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Following the international acclaim of two Doha Film Institute-funded films at the recent Venice Film Festival, the Institute has announced the recipients of its Spring 2014 grants that include 12 projects from the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region out of a total of 21 projects from 14 countries. Highlighting the steady strides made by the Qatari film industry, four projects by filmmakers in Qatar have been selected to receive grants. These include Parijat(Night-flowering Jasmine), a feature-length narrative by Qatari director Hend Fakhroo; the first-of-its-kind reality web series Dr. Hamood Show by Qatari production company, Innovation Films; Remembering Ada, »

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Award-Winning Somali Piracy Drama-Thriller 'Fishing without Nets' Opens in New York This Friday (Details + New Trailer)

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After acquiring the film earlier this year, after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it attracted plenty of critical acclaim, including winning the festival's prestigious Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic, Vice - the global youth media company and content creation studio - will open Cutter Hodierne's "Fishing Without Nets" this Friday, October 3, at the Cinema Village in New York, which will be followed by a nationwide expansion.  It's also playing at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. The film will be available on VOD from October 28 if it doesn't play at a theater near you. The acclaimed feature, shot in East Africa with Kenyan actors of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Yvette Nicole Brown Leaving Sitcom 'Community' to Take Care of Ailing Father

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Actress/Comedian Yvette Nicole Brown, who played the role of Shirley on the popular sit-com "Community" for the past five seasons, has announced that she will be leaving the show before the ir makes its sixth season premiere on Yahoo Screen, after 5 tumultuous seasons on NBC. Brown asked to be released from her contract, which Sony TV, producer of the show, and executive producer/creator Dan Harmon agreed to, for personal family reasons. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Brown said she made the difficult decision to leave because “my dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult »

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Lionsgate Launching Contest to Select 5 Aspiring Women Directors to Make Shorts Based on 'Twilight' Characters

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Lionsgate has announced a new short film competition created specifically for aspiring women filmmakers, so get your ideas ready! In short, the contest, titled “Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” will give participants the opportunity to create short films based on characters in the studio's blockbuster "Twilight" film franchise. The films will be developed and produced with Lionsgate, who will be spending a “significant” amount on them. The announcement was made via the New York Times last night. The selection process of the competition will be primarily social media-based (specifically Facebook) and the final 5 (or more) films »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Kevin Hart Apparently Cast in 'Intouchables' Remake, Playing Part Omar Sy Originated in Original French Blockbuster

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2 years after the initial announcement of The Weinstein Company's acquisition of USA remake rights to the French award-winning blockbuster... French media sites are announcing that Kevin Hart has been cast in the American remake of "d'Intouchables" (released as "The Intoucables" here in the States), taking over the role that helped make Omar Sy an international star. It's also a role for which he won the Cesar (the French equivalent of the Oscars) in 2012, for Best Actor. Hart will co-star opposite the previously cast Colin Firth (playing the part originated in the French film by Francois Cluzet), in a film that tells the story relationship between »

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An En Vogue Movie + New Films Starring Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, Method Man, Jaleel White Coming to Lifetime

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Lifetime Brings Out The Stars For The Holidays With Movies Featuring Grumpy Cat, Aubrey Plaza, Academy Award Nominee Taraji P. Henson, Emmy Winner Chevy Chase, Golden Globe Nominee Molly Ringwald, Emmy Nominees John Ratzenberger, Conchata Ferell, Cheri Oteri and Annabella Sciorra, Grammy Winners Gladys Knight, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, and Meat Loaf, Grammy-Nominated Singing Group En Vogue, Grammy Nominee David Alan GrierBarry Watson, Melissa Joan Hart and Wendy Williams, among others An En Vogue Christmas Saturday, November 22, 8Pm Et/Pt Over the years, the funky divas »

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'The Nigerian Filmmakers Guide to Success' Panel, London, Oct. 6

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Following the release last month of Nadia Denton’s new book, "The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success," which is the follow-up to her previously successful "The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success," there is going a panel to discuss the Nigerian Film Industry, its promise and its future, along with other key issues, with Ms. Denton. The panel, which will be moderated by Kunle Olulode of Voices4change England, will include, along with Ms. Denton, Nigerian filmmaker, Adeyemi Michael, and will open with a special screening of his short film "Sodiq." As I said about Ms. Denton new book back in August (Here) its goal is to "chart the »

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VH1 Celebrates Drumline Culture Nationwide w/ Competition & Hbcu Tour for New Original Movie

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VH1 today announced a comprehensive marketing strategy for the network’s next original movie, “Drumline: A New Beat,” from executive producer Nick Cannon and premiering on October 27th at 9Pm Et/Pt. Cannon is bringing back a continuation of 2002’s beloved “Drumline” as executive producer, while reprising his role as Devon Miles for a cameo, and will help promote the movie’s nationwide social competition, #PassTheBaton. Additionally, talent from the original movie will be on hand participating in “Drumline: A New Beat” activations during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend October 3-4th and heading to Washington, DC to Howard University’s 90th Anniversary homecoming October 15-19th to take »

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Forest Whitaker & Liam Neeson Remake 'The Fugitive' in 1st Trailer for 'Taken 3'

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Is an intro really necessary here? It's "Taken 3."  No, Forest Whitaker and Liam Neeson haven't remade "The Fugitive," and I certainly haven't seen "Taken 3;" but watching the below trailer, "The Fugitive" (itself based on the 1960s television series of the same name) immediately came to mind, although this time with Whitaker playing the character Tommy Lee Jones originated on the big screen, and Neeson as Harrison Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble. "Taken 3" is set for a January 2015 theatrical release. Watch: »

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Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph Set to Star in Diego Luna‘s Mexico-Set Road Movie 'Mr. Pig'

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Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph are set to star in Diego Luna‘s road movie "Mr. Pig," which will take place in Mexico, and will follow a farm-worker (Glover) who travels from the U.S. to Mexico, joined by a pig whom he strikes up a friendship with. A more light-hearted, comedic turn than his last film, “Cesar Chavez,” producer Pablo Cruz of Luna's Canana production shingle calls "Mr Pig" "a beautiful road movie, and a chance to talk about love for Mexico through the eyes of an American," adding that, “It has a U.S. appeal because of Danny and its English-language. It’s obviously has a Mexican appeal because of Diego and »

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Univeral Pictures Renews Emerging Writers fellowship for Second Year

30 September 2014 11:18 AM, PDT

Universal Pictures today announced that the studio has committed to a second year of its Emerging Writers Fellowship, the homegrown program designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.  Supported by the film group’s Diversity Council and the NBCUniversal Corporate Diversity team, and endorsed by Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw), the Emerging Writers Fellowship is one of the studio’s key initiatives designed to bolster the diverse talent within the Universal Pictures workforce, both in front of and behind the camera. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Presidents of Production, Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, who »

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Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall Join New Line’s National Lampoon's 'Vacation' Reboot

30 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT

Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have joined New Line’s reboot of National Lampoon's "Vacation," joining Ed HelmsChristina ApplegateChris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann, in a film that will be directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, their feature directorial debut, from a script that they also penned. The reboot will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (played by Ed Helms) who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) on a cross-country road trip to Walley World, an amusement park, similar to one he took as a kid with his parents, as played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the original »

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Naomi Campbell Will Play Alluring Woman Involved in Steamy May-December Affair in Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

30 September 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

New Drama Series Starring Terrence Howard ("Crash," "Hustle & Flow") and Taraji P. Henson ("No Good Deed") to Debut in Early 2015 on Fox Actress, supermodel and producer Naomi Campbell will be featured as a recurring guest star on Fox's sexy and powerful new family drama, Empire. Campbell will play Camilla, an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with the much-younger potential heir to his father's throne, Hakeem (newcomer Bryshere Gray), over whom she exercises considerable influence. Empire will debut in early 2015 on Fox. "Naomi is a beautiful actress. Underrated in my mind," said co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels ("Lee »

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Third World Newsreel Acquires Haitian Documentary 'Deported'

30 September 2014 9:13 AM, PDT

Third World Newsreel is proud to announce the educational release of Rachèle Magloire & Chantal Regnault's Deported, a new documentary film about members of a unique group of outcasts in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. Through the portraits and interviews of four deportees in Haiti and their families in North America, Deported presents the tragedy of broken lives, forced separation from American children and spouses, and alienation and stigmatization endured in a country they don't know and don't understand, a country that most of them left at a very early age.  Since 1996, the United States has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents »

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Kenny Leon Will Revive 'Children of a Lesser God' Possibly w/ a Black Woman to Play the Lead

30 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

"Children of a Lesser God," already an onstage (and film) success, is heading back to Broadway, in a revival that will be directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, producer Hal Luftig announced Monday. A 2015-2016 Broadway season bow is planned.  No cast has been announced yet, producer Luftig did add that he and director Leon are "aiming to cast actors of various ethnicities, including, possibly, an African American to play the lead character of Sarah." None of that should be a surprise, given recent revivals of previous shows, with diverse casts (at times, all-black casts), unlike their original productions. See "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and »

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Donald Glover and Michael Strahan Join Jada Pinkett Smith in 'Magic Mike Xxl'

30 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT

Donald Glover and Michael Strahan have both joined Jada Pinkett Smith in "Magic Mike Xxl," the sequel to the hit 2012 movie starring Channing Tatum, and based on his early days as a male stripper. Director Gregory Jacobs has said that the sequel will be different from the first film, saying, "It's a road trip movie, and put it this way: It's different enough that once you see it you'll understand why we made a sequel... No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice."  Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello will be reprising their roles.  Amber Heard, Gabriel Iglesias and Andie MacDowell are also cast additions. Related: "Magic »

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Crowdfund This: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in 'Octavia'

30 September 2014 7:42 AM, PDT

A reminder, with not much time left before the campaign ends... "Newlyweeds" co-star Trae Harris stars in the title role of Dennis Leroy Kangalee's (previously, Dennis Leroy Moore's) latest, "Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)." I profiled the project and filmmaker a month ago; catch up here, so that I don't have to rehash that somewhat lengthy piece. The official description for "Octavia: 'Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)" reads: "Octavia:Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)," is film about a 150 year-old black vampire whose »

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Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu' To Screen at 50th Chicago International Film Festival

29 September 2014 5:22 PM, PDT

After it makes its American premiere at the New York Film Festival, which is running now until October 12, Abderrahmane Sissako's acclaimed dramatic film, "Timbuktu," will travel to the Midwest, where it will be screened at the 50th Anniversary Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 9th to 23rd The film, which made its world premiere at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it received a 10-minute-long standing ovation, tells the story of what happens when people living in northern Mali deal with and eventually resist a jihadist takeover by some militant Islamic rebels, The film was picked up at the Cannes Film »

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