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S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #5: Anything & Everything 'Scandal'

30 December 2012 2:58 PM, PST

Once again, recapping what I said about this series a few days ago when I started it... Since last week, I've been counting down the top 10 S&A posts of 2012, considering a number of factors, like number of comments, Facebook "likes," Facebook "shares," Twitter retweets, page views, and more. The countdown will continue through this Tuesday, January 1, as we enter the new year, when the top post/item will be revealed. Number 10 on the list, posted last week Monday, was Cybel's A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your Camera. If you missed it, click Here to read (or re-read); number 9 »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Robin Roberts Returning To 'Good Morning America' In Mid-2013

30 December 2012 2:33 PM, PST

Since going on leave in late August for treatment of a rare blood disease, which included a bone marrow transplant, many have been wondering when would Good Morning America's popular co-host Robin Roberts would be returning to the show. Finally there is now an answer. As revealed today in the Orlando Sentinel, Roberts,. who has been quite successfully recuperating, will return to Gma sometime in mid-2013 around May or June. Though there were reports in other media sources that the network was trying to get Roberts to return to the show in February, according to an ABC spokeman, there was never a definite schedule for Roberts to return, but that she would return »

- Sergio

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Weekend B.O. Dec. 28-30 (Who's On Top?)

30 December 2012 9:24 AM, PST

Since Christmas it’s been a three way battle between Les Miserables, Django Unchained and The Hobbit, with Les Miz coming out in front at first. Then The Hobbit raced up to the front position, while Django and Les Miz were battling out, tooth and nail, neck and neck, for second place. And the winner this weekend is…The Hobbit. Django came in second, and Les Miz third, even though that film has a slightly higher total than Django due to that strong  Christmas day opening - $18 million compared to Django's $15.5 million opening. Still, that is the highest opening for an R rated film during the Christmas film season ever. But most people are »

- Sergio

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David Talbert To Write And Direct Indie Feature 'Preacher's Son'

29 December 2012 5:24 PM, PST

Even though he's currently deep in post-production with his latest film, the rom-com Baggage Claim, with Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs and Derek Luke, writer/director David Talbert (First Sunday) already has his next film project all set. Talbert will write and direct the feature film Preacher's Son for the L.A. based, newly created, independent film and television production company Ironic Prods. The story deals with a young man, who, due to certain circumstances, is forced to steal $200,000 from his father's church. He then, in turn, sets out on a series of bank robberies to get back the money before anyone at the church notices. Of course complications »

- Sergio

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Watch Terrence Howard In Trailer For Action Thriller 'Dead Man Down'

29 December 2012 4:38 PM, PST

It was made without much advance publicity, considering who's in it and who directed it, but here's the trailer for the action thriller Dead Man Down, starring Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard. The film revolves around Beatrice (Rapace), a mysterious woman who blackmails a criminal, Victor (Farrell), to kill an underground New York crime boss Hoyt (Howard) who wants him dead for revenge for a previous violent act against her. Turns out that Victor is Hoyt's right hand man, so there's your dramatic conflict for you. The film was directed by Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev who directed Rapace in the original (and still the best) The Girl with the »

- Sergio

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Is T.J. Holmes Moving To MSNBC?

29 December 2012 10:25 AM, PST

Not exactly yes. Not exactly no either. But more like... well, sorta. If you watched Alex Witt's show today on MSNBC, after Melissa Harris-Perry's show, you would have seen that T.J. Holmes subbed for Witt, while she's on vacation; and one presumes he will also do so tomorrow, on Sunday. So wait! Does this mean that Holmes has joined MSNBC? Well not exactly. Holmes, in fact, tweeted, in response to people wondering the same thing about his Bet show, Don't Sleep: To clear this up: last "Don't Sleep" episode of 2012 was last wk. Look forward to it in 2013. But, u can see me other places, like #MSNBC. So if we're supposed »

- Sergio

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The Year In Black Web Series - With Plenty To Keep Up With, What Were Your Favorites?

28 December 2012 12:28 PM, PST

Awkward Black Girl, Mommy In Chief, Osiris, Black Folks Don't, Mommy Uncensored, Diva Divorcee, Diary Of A Champion, The Couple, The Number, Roomie Lover Friends, The Abandon, Brothers With No Game, DR0NE, Brett & The City, Lenox Avenue, Crumbs In The Bed, P.O.P, CV Nation, She Got Problems, and several others... Those are just a few of the web series we featured on this site in 2012, listed in no particular order - just as they came to me. A hat-tip to those not mentioned. I recall crowning 2011 as the year of the black web series, but, I think I'm going to give that honor to 2012 (although, don't be shocked if I'm saying the same thing about 2013, this »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Early (1964) Richard Pryor Stand-up Routine - 3 Years Before His Career-Altering 'Epiphany'

28 December 2012 11:36 AM, PST

Some Friday fun! I thought this was really cool to watch. It's my first time seeing it, so I assume others haven't, thus I'm sharing. It's a 1964 Richard Pryor performance on Kraft Music Hall - a popular NBC variety show that ran from the 30s to the 70s. Pryor was just 24 years old here and very early in his comedy career - just about a year after he moved to New York City where he began performing regularly in clubs. As you'll see, the material was quite tame, compared to the Richard Pryor we all know and love. He was a fairly non-controversial comedian early career - initially leaning more towards Bill Cosby than the profane-heavy, at times vulgar »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Bringing My Family's History Into Focus Through The Lens Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

28 December 2012 10:49 AM, PST

I was initially hesitant to post this, because we've beaten this Django Unchained thing to death already! We've stripped it, dissected it, criticized it, shamed it, praised and even exalted it! We've done it all (almost) at this point. And as Reginald Hudlin (one of the film's producers) noted in response to an item I posted on Facebook last night, the film hasn't even been out for a full week yet! But we've been on it since it was announced last year, so, I suppose, from my Pov, we've definitely milked it dry, from almost every possible position. One thing I will say is that, in case you didn't already know, black people aren't »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Year in Black Television

28 December 2012 10:48 AM, PST

Creatively, 2012 wasn’t even close for being the best of years for Black television, but there were some significant happenings including Andre Braugher’s short return to primetime television and the loss of some recent great characters and show like Leverage.  The Industy Vets Tia Mowry-Hardict, the star of The Game, has left that show after five seasons, 95 episodes, and a network change (with a two year hiatus) from the WB (later the CW) to Bet.  She says it was over money, which prompted her co-star and TV husband Pooch Hall to leave as well, though he returned to the show this past August. I guess Bet could afford one but not both of them.  Her »

- Curtis Caesar John

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Watch Test Footage From The Eddie Murphy 'Hong Kong Phooey' Project That Almost Happened

28 December 2012 10:08 AM, PST

The short story goes... in August 2011, Eddie Murphy teamed up with director Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2) to make a live-action version of the classic cartoon Hong Kong Phooey. We must have missed the announcement of the project, because, I checked the S&A archives and didn't find any posts on it. Over a year later, the movie obviously hasn't happened; will it? I dunno. I don't think I particularly care either, especially if the video below is anything to go by. All that's left of the project is some test footage that was shot for it, and that has surfaced. Apparently Zamm released the footage online, via his Vimeo »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Top 10 Most Pirated Movies Of 2012...

28 December 2012 9:08 AM, PST

As they did with TV, Torrent Freak has released its annual roundup of the most pirated movies of 2012 (full list below), and guess what made the top of the list? No, not Tyler Perry's Madea's Alex Cross; something I've actually never even heard of called Project X, which was released in March, by Warner Bros. I looked it up to learn that it was a comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh in his feature film debut, produced by director Todd Phillips (the guy who directed the Hangover movies, and other comedies). The plot follows 3 friends who plan to gain popularity by throwing a party - a plan which quickly escalates out of their »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #6: The Ups & Downs Of The Andre Benjamin/Jimi Hendrix Project

28 December 2012 8:34 AM, PST

Once again, recapping what I said about this series a few days ago when I started it... I'll begin counting down the top 10 S&A posts of 2012, considering a number of factors, like number of comments, Facebook "likes," Facebook "shares," Twitter retweets, page views, and more. The countdowan will continue through next week Wednesday, as we enter the new year, when the top post/item will be revealed. Number 10 on the list, posted on Monday, was Cybel's A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your Camera. If you missed it, click Here to read (or re-read); number 9 was Sergio's Analysis on »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Hill Harper Tackle 'The Issues' In New Web Series 'Epiphany'

28 December 2012 7:45 AM, PST

I know that there are a few people who like to give actor Hill Harper the "side eye" (as I believe it's called), or think that he's corny. But you definitely cannot deny that he's a seriously committted guy who wants to effect positive change in society. As a result, he has begun making a series of videos for the Thnkr You Tube web series Epiphany, in which he discusses a wide range of topics, and not just so-called "urban" issues. Although, in the latest video, just released on Thnkr, Harper does address the ecomonic, social and health challenges facing the African-American family today, and the historical roots of these obstacles. Take a »

- Sergio

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Is That Alicia Keys/Lena Horne Project Finally Happening?

28 December 2012 7:40 AM, PST

Well, one thing's for sure, if it does, it'll be Nowhere as controversial as that Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone film coming out next year. (And if you think people are up in arms about Django Unchained, just wait until that Nina Simone movie finally gets released. Oooh Boy! I can't wait!) But getting back to the Alicia-as-Lena project, could it be possible that, finally, something is about to happen? The project has been on and off, in development, since 2004, when Janet Jackson reportedly was attached to play Ms. Horne. However, plans for Jackson to star in the film were dropped, supposedly because Horne wanted her removed, after that whole Super Bowl scandal (remember »

- Sergio

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Watch Common Handle A Tense Situation In New Clip From 'Luv' (Opens January 18)

28 December 2012 7:35 AM, PST

Sheldon Candis' feature film debut, Luv, which made its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the dramatic competition section, stars Common and Michael Rainey Jr. Indomina Entertainment acquired the film after its Sundance premiere, and will open it theatrically in the USA on January 18th, 2013. It was also picked up by Bet for its eventual TV debut. The film's official synopsis reads: An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore.  Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Michael K. Williams, Meagan Good and Charles S. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Denzel Washington Returning To Broadway In 'A Raisin In The Sun' Revival? No 'Othello'?

28 December 2012 7:16 AM, PST

Things that make you go hmm... this doesn't make a lot of sense to me, if it's true.  The New York Post is reporting that Denzel Washington will play Walter Lee Younger in a 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, to be directed by Kenny Leon, who, by the way, also directed Washington in Fences (2010), for which he won a Tony Award. Scott Rudin will produce. I say it doesn't make a lot of sense to me, because, Denzel is a bit too old to play the character, isn't he?  I don't think we're ever told exactly how old Walter Lee Younger is in Hansberry's work (feel free to correct me if I'm »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Will Tarantino's Next Project Be A WWII Film Following Vengeful Black Troops Who Go 'Apesh*t'?

27 December 2012 4:47 PM, PST

Yes folks. It's definitely Quentin Tarantino week here on S & A, but then again, who else has the most talked about and discusssed film at the moment?  But if you think Django Unchained is controversial, then you ain't seen nothing yet. In an interview with The Root, Tarantino talks about what may possibly be his next film project, dealing with black troops in France during World War II in 1944, after the D-Day invasion. He called it Killing Crow, saying that it was to be part of a trilogy that would've included Inglorious Basterds. In the interview when questioned about the project he said: "I don't know exactly when »

- Sergio

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S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #7: The Controversy Over The Erykah Badu/The Flaming Lips Music Video

27 December 2012 4:05 PM, PST

I missed a day, so I'm posting 2 today. But first, recapping what I said about this series a few days ago when I started it... I'll begin counting down the top 10 S&A posts of 2012, considering a number of factors, like number of comments, Facebook "likes," Facebook "shares," Twitter retweets, page views, and more. The countdowan will continue through next week Wednesday, as we enter the new year, when the top post/item will be revealed. Number 10 on the list, posted on Monday, was Cybel's A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your Camera. If you missed it, click Here to read (or re-read); »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Notes On The Films Of Kevin Jerome Everson...

27 December 2012 3:12 PM, PST

Kevin Jerome Everson is one of the more prominent African American experimental filmmakers. A recipient of many prestigious awards, grants and fellowships, his challenging works have been exhibited at several revered film festivals and institutions all over the world. Usually sparse and rugged, combining documentary and scripted elements, his films often focus on the lives of mostly working class people of African descent. Abstract and demanding, his style is certainly not for everyone; but I always instinctively sit up and pay attention, whenever I hear of any new projects he's developing. There are still several of Everson’s films I've yet to see (his »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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