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Hey Content Creators: RSVP for Urbanworld Digital 2014 (Tech's Relationship to Content Production & Marketing)

16 September 2014 3:59 PM, PDT

Urbanworld Digital is a component of Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), which addresses technology’s impact on the creation and marketing of content, with gaming, social media, and production executives sharing their expertise. Focusing on real-world examples, the half-day program is intended to be a digital media primer for film professionals who would like to learn more about digital media production and make new contacts on the tech side of the entertainment industry. The audience is typically comprised of a mix of film, TV, technology, and advertising professionals, and, this year, features a program that many of you will surely appreciate! Experience the event »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Next Installment of Fox Writer's Intensive Initiative to Target Diversity Now Open for Submissions

16 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT

Yule Caise (pictured left) was selected as last year’s Fox Writers Intensive Fellow (Fwi). Part of the Fox Audience Strategy initiative, the Writers Intensive Fellowship is the company’s advanced writer’s program designed to nurture experienced writers of diverse backgrounds. The program also is meant to create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television, feature film and digital entertainment productions, as well as for potential pitches to HarperCollins. With his selection, Caise was awarded a development deal with FX Networks, in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Get Ready for a Double-Shot of Michael Jai White at the Urbanworld Film Festival This Friday...

16 September 2014 1:57 PM, PDT

Michael Jai White will be present (in person and on screen) at this year's Urbanworld Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, September 17, in New York City, with the New York premiere of Gina Prince-Bythewood's latest, "Beyond the Light." White, Taimak and some surprise guests will feature in the Urban Action Showcase Diversity in Action night at the Urban World Film Festival, which will include a screening of White's latest actioner, "Falcon Rising," as well as a provocative conversation about the need for more diversity of representation in on-screen heroic images (especially in action movies) that reflect society at large in the Action genre as well as »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Episode 9 of Comedy Web Series 'The Art Of Theatrical Ushery'

16 September 2014 1:02 PM, PDT

Here is episode 9 of the ongoing comedy series "The Art Of Theatrical Ushery," by filmmaker Christopher Banks. The series, which deals with the daily trials and tribulations of being a movie usher (played by Banks) in a multiplex movie theater, is a re-edited and re-tooled version of a feature that Banks created. However, the now reformatted web series, he feels, is much closer to his original intentions; Or as he says: “Every minute, every second (is designed) to make you laugh.” So now here is the next to last - 9th episode, entitled "Baby Doll Returns” - which Banks says sets the stage for "the big finale." »

- Sergio

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Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab

16 September 2014 12:13 PM, PDT

Sundance Institute today announced the 10 writers selected for its inaugural Episodic Story Lab, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from September 27 through October 2. The Episodic Story Lab, established with founding support from Lyn and Norman Lear, is the Institute’s first program for  emerging writers creating series for television and online platforms, adding to its existing support programs for film, theatre, music, and New Frontier artists. Every applicant for the program was required to submit a spec pilot and series overview as the basis of their creative work at the Lab.  The selected writers are: Desiree Akhavan (Switch Hitter); Peter »

- Press Release

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Lamman Rucker, Db Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller)

16 September 2014 11:11 AM, PDT

New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber has been tapped to adapt four of his best-selling novels to screenplays along with three of Carl’s original screenplays in a Seven picture deal with Tri Destined StudiosNd Brown and Trey Haley. The Man in 3B, the team’s first feature film, was shot in Los Angeles and is currently in the final stages of post-production. The movie stars Lamman Rucker, the standout star of Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too, Db Woodside best known for his role as President of the United States on the Fox television hit drama ’24’ and is currently on USA’s ‘Suits’, Iconic actor Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars and Lady Sings the Blues »

- Press Release

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First Look at the "Heart and Soul" of Superhero-themed Cop Drama 'Powers'

16 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT

A first look (above) via press photo, at a project that was once set up at FX, and is now going to be a Sony Playstation Network series... That's right - Sony is developing original programming for its Playstation (Microsoft is doing the same with the XBox. These things aren't simply gaming consoles anymore. They are content delivery portals into your living rooms, as the competition for eyeballs becomes even more intense).  As recently as 2011, when FX was interested in the property, Charles S. Dutton had been cast in what was to be a pilot based on the comic book series "Powers," created by Brian Michael Bendis, whose credits include Marvel's »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Sffs Announces Fall 2014 Artists in Residence: Zeresenay Mehari and Mehret Mandefro

16 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

The San Francisco Film Society has announced that Ethiopian-American filmmaking team Zeresenay Berhane Mehari and Mehret Mandefro will be in San Francisco October 1 - 14 for the Film Society's eighth Artist in Residence program. Mehari and Mandefro's packed two-week schedule will include programs in each of the Film Society's core areas -- education, exhibition and filmmaker services -- including visits to Bay Area high school and college classrooms, a screening of their festival hit Difret (October 9), an artist talk (October 13) and various networking events with the local film community. The Fall 2014 Artist in Residence program »

- Press Release

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Exclusive: Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, A$AP Rocky Board Rick Famuyiwa's 'Dope'

16 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT

Zoë KravitzKeith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga have all been cast in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime.   Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori ("Grand Budapest Hotel") and Kiersey Clemons, the follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Fruitvale Station") are producing the film, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Special 'Addicted' Live Event on October 9 w/ Key Cast & Crew

16 September 2014 7:11 AM, PDT

The legions of fans of Zane's provocative best-selling thriller "Addicted," adapted into a major motion picture from Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) and Codeblack Films, will be treated to a unique one-night event, "Addicted: Live With Zane," the day before the film's nationwide theatrical release, it was announced today by event hosts Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Fathom Events. The three companies have joined forces to give fans an early chance to see the film and participate in a live Q&A with best-selling author ZaneAddicted stars Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford and William Levy and the film's director Bille Woodruff.  »

- Press Release

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Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings

16 September 2014 6:08 AM, PDT

The documentary on legendary Mc Nas’ making of the 1994 landmark debut album "Illmatic," "Nas: Time Is Illmatic," will hit movie theaters across America on October 2, 2014 for a one-night-only special showing of the film. Audiences nationwide will have the rare opportunity to experience the story behind one of hip-hop’s most influential albums of all-time on the big screen. "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" will become available on demand, iTunes, and other VOD providers starting Friday, October 3 and the film will first release theatrically in New York and Los Angeles starting on October 1 distributed by Tribeca »

- Press Release

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Reginald Hudlin To Produce Academy's 2014 Governors Awards

15 September 2014 3:56 PM, PDT

Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harry Belafonte, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Boone Isaacs. "I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” »

- Press Release

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Trailer + Debut Date for HBO's 'Love at The Store' (Jerrod Carmichael Directed by Spike Lee)

15 September 2014 3:28 PM, PDT

In December, it was announced that NBC was developing a pilot for a new comedy starring and created by up-and-coming comic, Jerrod Carmichael, which would be based on Carmichael's comedy and life. It wasn't picked up by the network, but NBC gave Carmichael another shot, with another new pilot, which the network was fast-tracking.  Clearly NBC wants to work with the young comic; as does HBO, who, earlier this year, ordered Carmichael's first stand-up comedy special for the network, which was taped in Hollywood on May 7, and was directed by Spike Lee.  Produced for HBO by Funny Or Die, and executive produced by Anna »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec.

15 September 2014 3:18 PM, PDT

Try as I might, I just couldn’t get into this summer’s series sci-fi series, "Extant," starring Halle Berry, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg . Maybe it was just me, but I found it too slow-moving and uninvolving, and was forced to give it up after a while. Yet, I’m willing to bet that it’ll will play much better as one of those “binge watching” shows, which is why I’m more than interested that it’s coming out on blu-ray DVD on December 16. The Paramount/CBS Home Entertainment release of the complete 12 episode series will include a whole host of extras, such as, "Extant: Filming Season One," "The Story of Extant," "Extant: The »

- Sergio

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Fall Slate Announced for Espn Films' '30 for 30' as 5th Anniversary of Series Approaches

15 September 2014 2:50 PM, PDT

Espn Films today revealed the films that will make up its fall 2014 30 for 30 slate. The series will return for a six-week run Tuesday nights on Espn beginning October 7, with one additional film in December. This October marks the fifth anniversary of 30 for 30's launch in 2009. The upcoming slate will kick off with "Playing for the Mob," which delves into how mobster Henry Hill once helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games. The film is narrated by actor Ray Liotta, who played Hill in the iconic movie "Goodfellas." Other film topics include: the 1989 San Francisco earthquake shortly before Game 3 of the World Series; the rise, fall and »

- Press Release

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Rusty Cundieff and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran in Production on 'White Water' Adaptation (On Segregation in 1960s Alabama)

15 September 2014 2:43 PM, PDT

"White Water" is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the white's only drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable:  drink from it. Based on a children's book by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, which was itself based on their childhood experiences, the story is now being produced as a feature film to be shot this fall in Opelika. The film is described as a "whimsical tale in the tone of 'Forest Gump.'" Rusty Cundieff ("Fear of a Black Hat," "Tales From The Hood") will direct from a script written by Bandy and Stein, with Cundieff »

- Jai Tiggett

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Danny Glover Books Starring Role in Sci-Fi Actioner 'Andron - The Black Labyrinth'

15 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT

Danny Glover and Alec Baldwin have booked starring roles in "Andron  - The Black Labyrinth," a sci-fi/action film from writer/director Franceso Cinquemani, who will direct from his screenplay. Centered on a group of people who are plunged into a dark, claustrophobic maze, where they must fight to survive, as the outside world watches, Glover and Baldwin are joined by Michelle RyanSkunk Anansie lead singer Skin, Jon KortajarenaGale Harold and Leo Howard).  Principal photography is set to kick off this month in Malta. “The story of Andron is enough to excite sci-fi fans worldwide but when you add »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Part One of Bonnie & Clyde-Themed Film Trilogy Starring Beyonce & Jay Z

15 September 2014 1:48 PM, PDT

Beyonce and Jay Z have released the first of what will be a Bonnie and Clyde-themed short film trilogy, which will be released in full, ahead of their HBO concert special, which airs this Saturday, September 20.  The first short, titled "Bang Bang," was shown throughout the On the Run tour, and has now premiered online on the Nowness website.  The synopsis reads: "Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac Gto, with a manifest poise and stylish swagger." Directed by the Dikayl Rimmasch, with a soundtrack reminiscent of an Ennio Morricone spaghetti »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer)

15 September 2014 1:13 PM, PDT

On Sept. 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group from Somalia, attacked Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The siege lasted 49 hours, leaving 71 dead and hundreds wounded. Told from the vantage point of more than 100 security cameras revealing hours of previously unseen mall surveillance video, and drawing on extensive photos taken during the attack and testimony from survivors and rescuers depicted in the footage and photos, Terror At The Mall recalls the horror of the attack, as well as the courage and resilience of ordinary citizens in the face of mass murder. The harrowing documentary debuts Monday, Sept. 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO, marking the »

- Press Release

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'Beats of the Antonov,' 'May Allah Bless France' Take Honors at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

15 September 2014 12:37 PM, PDT

The 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close, announcing its 2014 festival winners. Of interest to this site, French rapper Abd Al Malik's autobiographical "May Allah Bless France" and Hajooj Kuka's Sudanese documentary 'Beats of the Antonov' both received honors.  Find the full list of winners via the press release below:  The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List; Beth Sá Freire, deputy- director of the São Paulo International Short Film Festival; and visual artist Floria Sigismondi. Vimeo Award For Best Canadian Short Film The winner of the Vimeo Award for Best »

- Press Release

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