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Weekend B.O. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (Summer's End)

2 September 2012 9:26 AM, PDT

The first weekend of September marks the official end of the summer film season and, as always, looking back this past summer, there were winners and losers this season (including Sparkle, which completely dropped out of the 12 top films of the week, in just two weeks). But this is also the time for the traditional late summer doldrums, when the box office overall, takes a huge dip and doesn't recover for another 2 to 3 weeks.  But in the meantime, The Exorcist-type rip-off, The Possession, which has gotten better reviews than expected, did well. However Lawless, which, in a sign of absoulte no confidence by the Weinstein Company, was slipped into the Labor »

- Sergio

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Trailer: Cross-Continental Thriller 'Doctor Bello' (Isaiah Washington, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Genevieve Nnaji)

1 September 2012 2:36 PM, PDT

A quick recap on this.. - First, the film is titled Doctor Bello and it's directed by Nigerian filmmaker Tony Abulu. - Second, it stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. FoxJimmy Jean-LouisBern CohenGenevieve Nnaji (maybe the most internationally well-known Nollywood actress), Stephanie Okereke (also a Nollywood actress) and many others. - Third, the film’s synopsis states, "The Cure for Cancer has been found in the sky mountains of Africa, and an American Oncologist will risk everything to get it." - Fourth, the film is scheduled to make its world premiere later this month - September 27, 2012 at »

- Courtney

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'Fresh' Chess Connections In A 'Brooklyn Castle' (Today In History)

1 September 2012 10:20 AM, PDT

Today in history, September 1, 1972... American chess legend Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union to win the international chess crown in a match made for the cold war era, in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 1993, Laurence Fishburne co-starred in a drama titled Searching For Bobby Fischer, which wasn't about the chess master, but rather was based on the life of another chess prodigy,Joshua Waitzkin, who wasn't even born when Fischer won the 1972 title. The title of the film speaks to Waitzkin's desire to be the kind of winner that Fischer was in his prime. But I'd like to point you to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Rodney Evans' 'Two Encounters' (Short Shouts)

1 September 2012 9:09 AM, PDT

Brother To Brother director Rodney Evans' 2000 7-minute short film, Two Encounters, is now online, courtesy of Frameline.  Armed with hidden tiny cameras, two gay men, one black and one white, go to two gay bars in New York City - one predominantly black, and the other predominantly white - to uncover the "racialized geographies of New York's gay bar scene."  »

- Courtney

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Against The Bean Counter Mentality In African-American Film: 'If It Don’t Make Dollars, It Might Make Sense!'

1 September 2012 6:41 AM, PDT

What we ought to be most loathed of is when “bean counters” dress themselves up as film critics and/or nestle themselves in film festival administrations or studio executive positions as gatekeepers to inhibit the progression of art for the Godless sake of profit.  And what I mean by “bean counters” are those industry professionals or observers who can quote you chapter and verse about the box office numbers of any film and detail for you in a single breath audience demographics, per screen averages, production budgets, above-the-line costs, SAG minimums, points on the gross, and the increase in the price of chewing gum from the year a film was made when it is »

- Andre Seewood

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'Steve Harvey' Finds The Funny In New Daytime Syndicated Series (Watch 4 Preview Clips)

31 August 2012 12:45 PM, PDT

Watch several clips from the upcoming new show below... but first, all the details from the NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution press release today... Chicago, Il - August 31, 2012 - Television gets a fresh new sense of humor when "Steve Harvey" premieres in syndication on Tuesday, September 4 (check local listings). Each weekday, comedian, radio show host and best-selling author Steve Harvey will offer his insightfully funny, common sense advice to those seeking solutions to their most personal relationship problems. Husbands and wives, moms and dads, boyfriends and girlfriends and more will open up as Harvey shares his wit and wisdom on the issues they face. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch 'Simply Raw' (Trials, Triumphs Of 6 Americans w/ Diabetes Who Switch To Raw Diet For 30 Days)

31 August 2012 11:15 AM, PDT

It's Friday... some weekend viewing when you've got about 90 minutes to spare. Although this one just might save your life. As someone who comes from a family with a history of diabetes, this was especially evocative. As I'm watching this, I'm thinking about Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies doc that's in circulation right now, but I haven't seen yet, and definitely plan to. Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent doc that follows six Americans with diabetes (3 of them are African American) who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, and uncooked food in order to reverse disease naturally. The six are challenged to give »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Battlefield America' (From The 'You Got Served' Team) On VOD, DVD, Blu-ray 9/13, 9/18

31 August 2012 10:43 AM, PDT

It opened in theaters on June 1, and grossed $172,000 at the box office, and now it's heading to home video - DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. Details below: Arc Entertainment will release Battlefield America on VOD on September 13th and on DVD/Blu-Ray on September 18th. Arc Entertainment Presents Battlefield America Written and directed by Christopher B. Stokes Starring Marques Houston, Mekia Cox, Christopher Michael Jones and Lynn Whitfield From the team that brought you "You Got Served" comes a young Hip-Hop dance battle movie for a new generation of dance. Battlefield America takes a steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Rethinking The Annual Shadow & Act Black Filmmakers To Watch List (Fyi)...

31 August 2012 10:25 AM, PDT

It's exciting to know that there's a lot of interest in the annual Shadow & Act Black Filmmakers To Watch list I created in 2009, if correspondence I've received (especially recently) is of any indication. And all the attention encouraged me to rethink how we approach the list in 2012 and forward. So, starting this year, two key changes that you all need to be aware of: - First, say goodbye to the once-every-12-months list of 10 to 20 filmmakers, and say hello to what will be an ongoing series, profiling black filmmakers who we feel deserve individual spotlights. Each week, we're introduced to the works of black filmmakers (and we're considering the entire »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tiff 2012 Preview - 'London - The Modern Babylon' (London’s Tumultuous 20th Century History)

31 August 2012 9:17 AM, PDT

London - The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown. From musicians, writers and artists to *dangerous* thinkers, political radicals and above all, ordinary people, the film tells the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever. Reaching back to London at the start of the 20th century, the story unfolds through film archive and the voices of Londoners past and present, powered by the popular music across the century. London - The Modern Babylon will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Trailer below: »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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New In USA Theaters - Taraji P. Henson, Cory Hardict, Toni Braxton, Central African Republic

31 August 2012 8:24 AM, PDT

First, Taraji P. Henson co-stars alongside Orlando Bloom is the suspense drama, The Good Doctor, which centers on an ambitious but anxious young doctor, eager to impress his superiors and colleagues played by Rob Morrow, Troy Garity, and no-nonsense nurse Theresa played by Taraji P. Henson. But things are not going Martin's way and he can't seem to shake off his insecurities. When an 18-year-old patient played by Riley Keough is admitted for a kidney infection, Martin steps in, getting the much-needed boost of self-esteem he craves. But things take a dark turn as his enthusiasm begins to become an obsession. Magnolia Pictures is releasing the film, which is also on »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Toni Braxton Plays A Black Christian Woman In Love w/ A White Jewish Man In 'A Narrow Bridge'

31 August 2012 7:08 AM, PDT

It seems like the Lifetime movie network is producing more original black movies (or movies with black people in starring roles) than any other TV (broadcast or cable) network right now; there's the all-black cast remake of Steel Magnolias; the recent acquisition of Terry McMillan’s A Day Late And A Dollar Short which the network plans to adapt; the Mary J. Blige/Angela Bassett project which centers on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King called Parallel Lives; there's Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which stars Aunjanue EllisKeke Palmer, and Sherri Shepherd; and also »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Episode 1 Of Lance Reddick's Dark, Sci-Fi Web Series 'DR0NE'

30 August 2012 5:29 PM, PDT

Here's episode of the new sci-fi web series, DR0NE, which stars Lance Reddick and Kenneth Choi. The 4-episode web series will be broadcast on the YouTube channel You Offend Me, You Offend My Family, which Fast Five's Justin Lin is shepherding.  DR0NE centers on robots that are designed and programmed by humans to be superior soldiers, and that have become part of the U.S. military. Reddick's starring character is described as the "ruthless commander of the drone army assigned to deploy and keep the drones in line as they head off to execute missions against enemy territories. One drone goes rogue, prompting Reddick »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Trailer, Clip For 'The Sapphires' - Australia’s Answer To The Supremes (Repost)

30 August 2012 4:35 PM, PDT

This film is being written about heavily today. We profiled it back in May, when it was screening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.  So I'm just reposting what I posted in May, since there's some new excitement over it today, for some reason. I think it's because Tiff released its trailer for the film today; however, it my May post, a trailer was included - one that looks just like the Tiff trailer. Anyway... here ya go... It's an Australian musical drama titled The Sapphires, which is inspired by the real-life story of a soul singing quartet comprised of 4 Aborigine women (all sisters) who were the heroines of a play in which »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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5th 'House Party' Movie In The Works, Minus Hudlin Brothers, Kid N' Play

30 August 2012 3:44 PM, PDT

Don't get too worked up (or excited) however, because it looks like it'll be a direct-to-video project. Why do I say that? Because, according to the production information sheet I have in front of me, it's a Warner Premiere property. And for those who may not know, Warner Premiere was the direct-to-video label for Warner Home Video, which is the home video unit for Warner Bros. I say it "was" because, earlier this month, August 13th, Warner Bros. announced that it was shutting down Warner Premiere, thanks to overall lagging DVD sales. However, even though the label is defunct, Warner said that it would continue and complete production on its remaining »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'The Central Park Five,' 'Paradise: Love,' 'The Sapphires' Making USA Premieres At Telluride 2012

30 August 2012 2:33 PM, PDT

A few noteworthy films we've previously covered will be making their USA premieres, including Ken Burns' The Central Park FiveUlrich Seidl's Paradise: Love, and Wayne Blair's The Sapphires. The festival runs from August 31 to September 3. If you're attending, enjoy! Send us a postcard; or a film review of two. The full lineup follows below: 39th Telluride Film Festival Announces 2012 Line-up Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announces its official program selections for the 39th Telluride Film Festival. Tff will screen nearly 100 feature films, short films and revivals representing over thirty countries, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Ugandan Donald Mugisha's 'Bicycle Thieves'-Inspired 'Boda Boda Thieves' Gets Another Boost

30 August 2012 1:56 PM, PDT

Congrats to Ugandan Donald Mugisha whose feature film project, The Boda Boda Thieves, continues to attract the right kind of international attention. The project already won the 10,000 Euro Vff Highlight Pitch Award at the the 10th edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus earlier this year; the participants of the Talent Project Market had the opportunity to present their film projects in a professional setting, to potential international co-producers and distributors, and the project apparenatly wowed enough to beat out dozens of others to win the prize. And prior to that, last fall, it was one of just 5 projects selected by the World Cinema Fund to receive »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Producer, Director Of 'Dark Girls' Returns w/ 'The Black Line: Profile Of The African-American Woman'

30 August 2012 12:50 PM, PDT

For Immediate Release Urban Winter Entertaiment Acclaim Documentary Director/Producer, D. Channsin Berry Releases Film That Reveals Intimate Thoughts of African-American Women Los Angeles, CA: Filmmaker, D. Channsin Berry says that it was a divine calling which prompted him to create the documentary series, “The Black Line”. (A Profile of the African-American Woman) Part 3. The 75-minute documentary features a broad spectrum of other African-American women. “The Black Line” a film that provides unique insight into the thoughts, practices, and feelings of some African-American women that reveals a consistent thread and highlights shared truths and »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch - Doc 'Who Polices The Police?' (Inquiry Into death Of A Black Man At Hands Of Police)

30 August 2012 12:10 PM, PDT

The story goes... Sean Rigg dies in a caged area in Brixton Police Station in August 2008 and the Independent Police Complaint Commission (Ipcc) are called in to investigate. Sean's family are shocked at the death and this soon turns to anger when the government appointed Ipcc begin to make error after error in its inquiry - is it incompetence or collusion? Sean's family begin a four year struggle to investigate the death themselves and in the process ask, 'Who Polices The Police?' The film is a blow-by-blow account of their journey, as they question the police officers' accounts, visit the crime scene, speak to witnesses, examine evidence. Harrowing footage »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Short Film About Murder Victim At Notorious Rolling Stones Concert

30 August 2012 10:40 AM, PDT

One of the most notorious rock concerts ever was the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, California in 1969. It was supposed to be the West Coast answer to the Woodstock festival, which took place a few months earlier in New York. Unfortunately Altamont became famous for something quite the opposite. It was someone's brilliant idea to have the infamous criminal biker gang, the Hell’s Angels, provide security for the event, which, in effect, meant there was No security at all, and instead rampant crime and thuggery. It sadly ended up with someone in the audience beaten and stabbed to death by a member of the Angels gang, who was later acquitted.  The »

- Sergio

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