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Exclusive First Look Images From Post-Apocalyptic 'King Ripple' (Keith Stanfield, Torrey Wigfield)

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At 19-years-old, Michigan native Luke Jaden is already working on his fourth film, with his third, “Wolf Who Cried Boy" (featured on this site in May, with a cast that includes Torrey Wigfield, Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, and Dwight Henry), currently in post-production. Titled "King Ripple," and starring other names you'd be familiar with, like Keith Stanfield ("Short Term 12," "Selma," and Don Cheadle's upcoming Miles Davis film), as well as the previously mentioned Torrey Wigfield (“Lost River”), Allie DeBerry (“A.N.T. Farm”), newcomer Callaghan Belle, and  Luke Jaden himself, the film is described as a "post-apocalyptic, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Now We Know for Certain Whether Ava DuVernay Will be Directing Marvel’s ‘Black Panther'

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Well you can now stop wondering if Ava DuVernay will be directing Marvel’s film version of Black Panther. The official answer is that she will not be, and that comes straight from Ms. DuVernay herself. In an interview for Essence published yesterday (Here), she revealed that that she has passed on the project, because she and Marvel had different creative viewpoints on how to approach the project. "I think I'll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things, and I think they're fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me," Ms DuVernay said. And she added that: »

- Sergio

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Watch Bree Newsome Tell Her South Carolina Story (Video)

3 July 2015 8:45 AM, PDT

I'm sure you're all aware of filmmaker and activist Bree Newsome's bold act of defiance in South Carolina last week; if not, what rock have you been hiding under? A Google or Twitter search of her name will get you all caught up.  Or you can also watch her tell the whole story on any of the TV shows she appeared on yesterday, which was apparently media day for her. She was interviewed by Amy Goodman for Democracy Now, by Chris Hayes on MSNBC, by CBS News, and several others, seemingly ending the day with an appearance on Larry Wilmore's late-night show, "The Nightly Show," on Comedy Central. She even now has her own Wikipedia page. I've embedded the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Revolution Cinema: 5 Films to Put on Your "To-See" List This July 4th Holiday Weekend

2 July 2015 5:20 PM, PDT

In consideration of the political upheaval that took place during the last half of the 18th century, known as The American Revolution, that would lead to The Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4, 1776, marking the formation of a new sovereign nation, which called itself the United States of America - a date we now celebrate annually, and will be honoring this weekend, ahead of a long holiday weekend... I thought I'd have some fun and highlight a few of what I'd call "revolution films" that don't necessarily have anything to do with the American Revolution, but that I think join it in spirit, and that you might want to add to your to-see list to watch over the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Cross-Cultural British Comedy 'Dough' Will Open San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (Trailer)

2 July 2015 1:54 PM, PDT

Browsing through the lineup of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (which was humorously accidental, given what happened because I did), I came across this feature film, titled simply "Dough," which will be the festival's opening night film, on July 23. A UK-Hungarian co-production, and drected by John Goldschmidt from a script penned by Yehuda Jez Freedman and Jonathan Benson, "Dough" is described as a cross-cultural comedy, set in London’s East End, and tells the story of an old Jewish baker (played by Jonathan Pryce) whose failing bakery business gets an unexpected boost when his young Muslim apprentice (played by Jerome Holder) accidentally »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Donald Glover's FX Project 'Atlanta' Casts its Leads as Production Gets Underway (Atlanta is *Hot* This Year)

2 July 2015 11:50 AM, PDT

Donald Glover's FX Networks comedy pilot, "Atlanta," has cast its lead actors as production gets underway this month.  Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz will star in the pilot along with Glover, who created and wrote the pilot. "Atlanta" revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy, says the press release. Accomplished music video director Hiro Murai will direct the pilot, which will be produced by FX Productions, and begin shooting in Atlanta at the end of July.  Here's a breakdown of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Paula Patton, Terrence Jenkins Will Engage in Battle of the Sexes in 'The Perfect Match'

2 July 2015 10:46 AM, PDT

This rom-com concept is so overdone and, quite frankly, doesn't excite me at all, I'm sorry to say. I'm sure films like this have their audience, so I can't dismiss it entirely. But, really, unless there's some surprise twist, or the filmmakers plan to turn hackneyed ideas on their heads to create something fresh and different, can we please move on from this kind of unimaginative, unoriginal storytelling?  Terrence JenkinsPaula PattonKali Hawk and Joe Pantoliano will all star in a Queen Latifah/Flavor Unit-produced rom-come titled "The Perfect Match." Bille Woodruff is directing from a script written by Dana Verde, Gary »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Empire' Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, September 15, with 50-Minutes of Extras, Including Uncut Performances

2 July 2015 9:28 AM, PDT

Announced today, "Empire" arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, on September 15th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, packed with more than nine hours of content and 50 minutes of special features, including 11 uncut music performances highlighting the most-popular songs from the series, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes, and commentaries by cast and producers. Details on each (DVD and Blu-ray) follow below: DVD Special Features: - No Apologies - Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) Uncut Musical Performance - I Wanna Love You –Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) Uncut Music Performance - Keep it Movin, - Byshere Y. Gray (Hakeem Lyon) and Serayah McNeill (Tiana) Uncut »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Instructions on Proper Etiquette Surrounding Forced Entry in 'Spoils Before Dying' Clip

2 July 2015 9:04 AM, PDT

IFC will premiere "The Spoils Before Dying" as a 3-night miniseries event on Wednesday, July 8, Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10. Two half-hour episodes of the six part miniseries will air each evening starting at 9pm Et/Pt.  Described as a debaucherous pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ jazz scene, "The Spoils Before Dying" follows Rock Banyon (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph) who is found dead with another man. Panicked, Rock splits for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch New Full Length Trailer for Season Two of Relationship Dramedy Web Series, 'Smoke and Mirrors'

2 July 2015 6:09 AM, PDT

I admit that I really like the work of Atlanta-based filmmaker Artemus Jenkins and writer and director KarynRose Bruyning. They have a laid back, sort of off-center, quirky style to their work. Nothing is over the top or in your face. It doesn’t “come to you”, you have to come to it. And either you get into their own particular vibe, or you don’t. And together they have created and star in the web dramedy series "Smoke and Mirrors," which dealt with relationships, and all things, small and big, that either makes them work or don’t. Now with season 2 about to begin on July 15th, they’re keeping the plot details a secret for now, except to say that they “don’t want to »

- Sergio

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Crowdfund This: Indiegogo Campaign for Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Feature, 'Bar Star City'

2 July 2015 4:47 AM, PDT

Ytasha Womack has definitely established a name for herself over the past few years, as a leading proponent and advocate of the concept of Afrofuturism, with her acclaimed, best-selling book, “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture,” as well as her latest sci-fi book, “Rayla 2212”. And she will be one of the Guests of Honor at the 23rd annual Diversicon in Minneapolis, later this month, which is an annual sci-fi convention created to further "social opportunities and to encourage the multicultural, multimedia exploration and celebration of Sf by those within and outside of the traditional Sf community". But she is also a filmmaker, producing »

- Sergio

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"Hunt What You Hate" - Check Out Judith Shekoni's 'Heroes Reborn' Character Motion Poster

1 July 2015 5:19 PM, PDT

The Haitian, as played by Jimmy Jean-Louis, will return for NBC's "Heroes" reboot, titled "Heroes Reborn." Jean-Louis joins the previously cast Judith Shekoni, a newcomer to the "Heroes" universe, apparently playing a character named Joanne, as I learned today from the series' Facebook page, where I lifted the motion poster released this afternoon, which is embedded below. Although what her skills are, assuming she's actually one of the "heroes," and what her overall involvement in the story this reboot will tell, is, are still a mystery. Her motion poster does read "Hunt what you hate," and she's carrying a gun, with a sly stare; so »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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ABC Is Rebooting 'To Tell the Truth' with Anthony Anderson & NeNe Leakes

1 July 2015 4:54 PM, PDT

ABC is rebooting its 1950s/1960s hybrid game show/variety show, "To Tell The Truth," which will be hosted by "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson.  Confirmed regular celebrity panelists include NeNe Leakes and Betty White (who actually was a panelist on the original program, decades ago). Also Anthony Anderson’s own "brassy" mother (as the press release describes her), Doris, will be the official scorekeeper and asking questions of her own, "not to mention embarrassing her son every chance she gets." "To Tell the Truth" featured a panel of four celebrities tasked with correctly identifying a mystery contestant, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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"Trust One. Fear the Other" - Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Gets a Poster (Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut)

1 July 2015 3:29 PM, PDT

The Sony/Screen Gems thriller, "The Perfect Guy," stars Michael Ealy as an all-too-perfect guy who initially wins over Sanaa Lathan, a woman recently separated from her previous partner, played by Morris Chestnut, who just isn't ready to give her all that she wants from a mate. As Lathan's character soon finds out, Ealy's "perfect guy" soon turns out to be not quite what he initially presented himself as. But there are always early signs, as your girlfriends will probably tell you, right ladies? Rutina Wesley also features in the film, playing Sanaa's happily single best friend. The Sony/Screen Gems thriller is directed »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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UK Premiere of Rain Pryor Doc - 'That Daughter's Crazy' - Will Open 2015 British Urban Film Festival

1 July 2015 1:46 PM, PDT

The British Urban Film Festival has announced that its 2015 opening night film (also making its UK premiere) will be Paradox Smoke Productions' new documentary on Rain Pryor - daughter of the late, great Richard Pryor, and an acclaimed director, producer, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, activist, speaker, and mother. Titled "That Daughter’s Crazy," likely named after the father's Grammy award-winning 1974 comedy album "That Nigger's Crazy," the documentary is directed by Elzbieta Szoka, and produced by Sam Adelman and Daryl Sledge. "That Daughter’s Crazy" is described as »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Team Reassembles Across the Pond in Teaser Trailer for 'London Has Fallen'

1 July 2015 12:04 PM, PDT

Gerard ButlerAaron EckhartMorgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett all reprise their roles in what will be a sequel to the Antoine Fuqua-directed White House actioner, "Olympus Has Fallen," titled "London Has Fallen." Although this one isn't directed by Fuqua. The Millennium Films production is directed by Swedish-Iranian filmmaker Babak Najafi, and will follow our good old American heroes as they set out to stop a terrorist plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders of the British Prime Minister's funeral, in London.  "Olympus Has Fallen" grossed $161 million worldwide »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Crowdfund This: Shola Amoo's 'A Moving Image' on Gentrification in London

1 July 2015 10:40 AM, PDT

UK-based filmmaker Shola Amoo has been featured a number of times here on Shadow and Act in the past few years. First it was for his breakout science-fiction centered (but so much more) short film “Touch” which has since toured the film festival circuit as well as being included in the British Film Institute (BFI) Sci-Fi Season and winning the Shooting People’s ‘Film of the Month’ competition, as selected by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (“Wolf of Wall Street”).  Now following up on Amoo’s most recent mention announcing the filming “A Moving Image,” his current multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton and South London - which includes »

- Curtis Caesar John

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It's July! Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library This Month

1 July 2015 10:21 AM, PDT

It's the beginning of another month - a time when Netflix kicks off its usual monthly streaming library edits. So if any of the below listed movies and/or TV series coming to, or leaving the streaming platform, are of interest to you, add them to your watch-lists! First, here's the complete list of titles that will be added, starting today,  July 1. Of note, there's the Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," as well as "Chris Tucker Live," the comedian's first full length stand-up comedy special. Underneath that list, you'll find those films that Netflix will be saying goodbye to: Movies and TV Shows Coming in July Available July 1 "Alive" »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Laurence Fishburne Is First Actor Cast in 'Roots' Remake

1 July 2015 9:40 AM, PDT

Laurence Fishburne is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming remake of "Roots," which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks.  Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series). Will Packer is an executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton is a co-executive producer, along with Mark WolperLawrence KonnerMark RosenthalAlison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing.  Vickie »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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‘Little White Lie' - Engrossing Look Into One Family's Silence, Secrets & Denial of Race - Now Streaming on Netflix

1 July 2015 8:43 AM, PDT

Lacey Schwartz's "Little White Lie" is now streaming on Netflix, after an international film festival run...                   When I was growing up, a lot of kids would ask each other: “What are you mixed with?,” especially when they saw someone who couldn’t be easily placed into the categories of white, black, Latino, Asian, etc.  The question, particularly among my black peers, would become as common as asking someone their name. My peers would spout off racial and cultural groups- Indian, Creole, black. Yet, in a society so defined by racial identification, what happens when a child who is clearly “mixed” to others, is »

- Nijla Mumin

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