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"I Had No Idea She'd Be So Black" - Watch 2 New Clips From Amma Asante's Acclaimed Period Drama 'Belle'

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A brief glimpse (via 2 new clips) at Fox Searchight's upcoming period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante, which is set for release in the USA on May 2, 2014.  The period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, which made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, stars Gugu Mbatha-RawMiranda RichardsonTom WilkinsonSarah GadonSam Claflin, and Matthew Goode.  The story takes place in the 1780s, and is based on a true story - specifically, the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'My Last Day Without You' Starring Nicole Beharie Premieres On Up TV This Monday 4/21

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Up TV will premiered the indie romantic comedy My Last Day Without You starring Nicole Beharie this Monday, April 21 at 9pm et. The film will air again on April 26th at 5pm and 7pm, and on May 3rd at 9pm.  Written by Stefan Schaefer/Christoph Silber (Arranged) and directed by Schaefer, My Last Day takes place in Brooklyn NY, during the course of one day, in which "a young German business executive (Ken Duken) falls in love with a singer-songwriter (Nicole Beharie) who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before." Reg E. Cathey co-stars as Beharie's father. By the way, Nicole Beharie lends her voice for 5 songs in »

- Vanessa Martinez

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Review: Nailah Jefferson's Doc 'Vanishing Pearls' Chronicles Tragic Impact of Environmental Disaster (Opens Today!)

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When I was growing up, my father made fried catfish sandwiches, similar to po’boys. He was raised in a small town near Baton Rouge, where they'd catch crayfish and catfish from fresh water streams and bring them home for my grandmother to fry. Seafood was a way of life, a cultural staple that nourished generations. In Nailah Jefferson’s feature documentary, Vanishing Pearls, black oystermen of Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana address the importance of this cultural staple to their community, and how it’s been damaged by the 2010 Bp Oil Spill, which was made worse by the bureaucratic mismanagement of funds to compensate them and rebuild the Gulf in »

- Nijla Mumin

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If You Missed 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind The Scandalabra' Last Night, We Can Be Of Some Assistance

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Last night, Thursday, April 17, Jimmy Kimmel Live aired a special Scandal-themed episode entitled, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra, which followed the highly anticipated season three finale.  Kimmel took fans "Behind the Scandalabra," featuring an on-set exclusive interview with the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, asking questions all Gladiators want answers to, along with special appearances and insider secrets from Scandal cast members. The episode also featured a never-before-seen Scandal blooper reel and the full anthology of Kimmel's Spanish-language spin-off of the hit show, Escandalo. Throughout this season of Scandal, Jimmy Kimmel Live brought »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Interview: Nailah Jefferson Talks Directing Debut 'Vanishing Pearls' & 2010's Oil Spill Aftermath in Black Fishing Community (Opens Today)

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Before working on the production of several shorts and documentaries, New Orleans native Nailah Jefferson couldn’t foresee adding director to her resume, let alone embarking on a journey to helm a feature documentary, whose making would span the course of 3 ½ years.  Vanishing Pearls, a passion project and Nailah Jefferson’s feature directorial debut, documents the aftermath of the Bp (British Petroleum) oil spill of 2010, specifically its effects on the oyster fishing industry in the Louisiana Gulf town of Pointe a la Hache in New Orleans. Jefferson wanted to record the place in history of this town’s African American fishing community, who relied on fishing for their »

- Vanessa Martinez

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First Poster For Latest Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua Collab - 'The Equalizer'

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Sony Pictures' adaptation of the TV series, The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, will be released on September 26, 2014. Chloe MoretzMarton Csokas and Melissa Leo, co-star with Washington in the film, which, by the way, is being directed by Washington's Training Day helmer, Antoine Fuqua, from a script written by Richard Wenk.  Director Nicolas Winding Refn had the job initially, but then walked away from it, after he and the studio couldn't reach an agreement.  The reportedly $50 million project is said to be designed to launch the first film franchise for Mr Washington - hence, if the first »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Interview: Marlon Wayans Talks Career, Comedy Franchises & Studying to Play Richard Pryor ('Haunted House 2' Opens Today)

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With A Haunted House 2, Marlon Wayans takes his brand of comedy to the same edgy extremes as the original. This film sees his character Malcolm moving into yet another demon-possessed house with a new family (Jaime Pressly, Awkward’s Ashley Rickards, and Steele Stebbins), for a series of shenanigans spoofing horror movies like The Conjuring and Insidious, and again involving Wayans in an extended sex scene with an inanimate object (this time, a creepy-looking doll named Abigail). The movie was reportedly made at the insistence of the studio, who Wayans says "chased us down" to make a sequel after the success of the first film. The final product is largely a vehicle for Wayans' »

- Jai Tiggett

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Al Jazeera America, Kartemquin Films To Produce Doc Series ‘Hard Earned’ On Realities Of Low-Income Living

17 April 2014 6:48 PM, PDT

The Al Jazeera America cable news network and the Chicago-based documentary film company Kartemquin Films (responsible for such acclaimed documentaries as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali and the soon-to-be released documentary about the late film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself, among many others), announced today that they are currently jointly producing a documentary series for the network, about the hard realities of low income living in America.To begin airing in early 2015, the six part series, which is currently in production and will be called Hard Earned, will explore the lives of five American families in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., »

- Sergio

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Minority Independent Producers Summit Set For N.Y. In June

17 April 2014 5:46 PM, PDT

The Minority Independent Producer's Summit describes itself as an organization that is dedicated to furthering the growth and development of minority independent film producers and entertainment organizations, as well as individual artists.And this June in New York City, the Mips will launch its first ever summit, with its dedicated goal being to "recognize, celebrate and promote minority independent producers and content creators from a diverse community of Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Middle Eastern, Women, and Lgbt people."The summit will empower “minority independent film and TV producers to achieve greater access and sustainability with the focus on 1) Access and Sustainability 2) »

- Sergio

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Watch The 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Title Sequence & Find Out How The Designer Came Up With It

17 April 2014 4:20 PM, PDT

If you're in the UK, congrats to you, because Biyi Bandele's Half Of A Yellow Sun - a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name - opened in UK theaters last week Friday, April 11; so I'm sure some of you across the pond have seen the film already, over the last week, while the rest of the world waits in anticipation (it opens in Nigeria, where the film is set, on April 25; and hits USA theaters, courtesy of Monterey Media, on May 16th).I'm a subscriber to the blog belonging to Richard Morrison - one of the world’s leading designers of film title sequences, who happens to be based in the UK, where the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Film Based On Convicted African American Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Becomes Must-Funded Indiegogo Film Project Ever!

17 April 2014 3:10 PM, PDT

It hasn't yet reached its campaign goal (25 days still to go, and another 55% to be raised) but, given how much in contributions its been able to attract to date, it has become the highest/most-funded film fundraising campaign in the history of crowdfunding site Indiegogo. First, some quick back-story on the feature film project... Almost a year ago, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of a baby born alive in a botched abortion, who prosecutors said would have survived if the doctor had not “snipped” its neck with scissors. The sentence was part of an agreement that the 72-year old Gosnell reached with the Philadelphia district attorney’s »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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New Original Feature-Length Doc - 'Kobe Bryant's Muse' - Will Paint Never-Before-Seen Portrait Of The Athlete

17 April 2014 1:02 PM, PDT

As Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant prepares for his return to the NBA next season, Showtime is set to air the original documentary film Kobe Bryant's Muse, which is described as an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of professional sports most visible figures. The feature-length documentary is directed by Gotham Chopra (Decoding Deepak, Espn's upcoming 30 For 30 film, The Little Master). The film is currently in production in Los Angeles and will air this fall on the network. "Kobe Bryant's Muse will offer viewers a deep character portrait of a professional athlete who has transcended his sport to become a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Fox Picks Up "International 'Bad Boys'-Style" Project For Michael B. Jordan To Star

17 April 2014 12:41 PM, PDT

Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan continues to line up projects... The young actor is reportedly attached to star in Fox's Men Who Kill, which the studio picked up a pitch for, to be developed by T.J. Fixman (Ratchet and Clank). Men Who Kill is described as "an international Bad Boys-style" feature action drama (referring to the Will Smith, Martin Lawrence franchise, which, by the way, is rumored to be seeing a 3rd film in the series). Details are being kept underwraps at the moment, as the studio is being tight-lipped on the pick up. Since his breakout role in Fruitvale Station (although he'd been around longer before that), Jordan has certainly been in demand. How much in demand? Let me »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Real-Life Exorcisms Of Latoya Ammons Will Be The Subject Of A Movie. Relativity Options Rights

17 April 2014 11:37 AM, PDT

Call it Paranormal Activity part 7... except this one really is based on "real-life" events. It's a story I only just learned about today, when I read the news report that a film inspired by it is in development by Relativity Media. To summarize, in 2011, Gary, Indiana-based Latoya Ammons claimed that her children were being attacked and possessed by demons. The mother of 3 told police that she witnessed her children walking up walls, levitating and speaking in different voices. She further claimed that she once found her seven-year-old son inside a closet talking to another boy only he could see. When she asked what they were talking about, Ammons claimed that he told her »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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TV Casting News: Leonard Roberts Returns For 'Drumline 2' + 'Mary Jane' & 'Glee' For Gary Dourdan

17 April 2014 10:39 AM, PDT

Two casting items you should know about... First, Leonard Roberts has been cast VH1‘s Drumline 2: A New Beat, the sequel to the 2002 feature film that starred Nick Cannon, although he won't be starring in the sequel. The upcoming film will tell the tale of a Brooklynite named Dani Bolton, who comes from an upper class background, and who decides to attend the fictional New Orleans university that's the backdrop for the story, where she hopes to join, and shake-up, their once prominent drumline. Getting in her way are, upperclassmen, a new romance with a band-mate, her chief rival, and the school's crosstown rivals. Roberts has been cast to play the role he played in the first »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Review: Nailah Jefferson's Doc 'Vanishing Pearls' Chronicles Tragic Impact of Environmental Disaster

17 April 2014 10:10 AM, PDT

When I was growing up, my father made fried catfish sandwiches, similar to po’boys. He was raised in a small town near Baton Rouge, where they'd catch crayfish and catfish from fresh water streams and bring them home for my grandmother to fry. Seafood was a way of life, a cultural staple that nourished generations. In Nailah Jefferson’s feature documentary, Vanishing Pearls, black oystermen of Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana address the importance of this cultural staple to their community, and how it’s been damaged by the 2010 Bp Oil Spill, which was made worse by the bureaucratic mismanagement of funds to compensate them and rebuild the Gulf in the wake of the disaster. Through »

- Nijla Mumin

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Interview Video Series Launch w/ Director Hawa Essuman As She Develops Her Supernatural Drama 'Djin'

17 April 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

"'Djin' is the name of a spirit that’s in a wind. That wind blows every 30 years. It selects people but nobody knows why or who. It blows, and removes whatever uncertainties a person has about whatever it is they care about the most, leaving them to take action." This is how director Hawa Essuman introduces the video story of her new film Djin, that she has been writing in recent months, and which bears the name of a magical wind which crosses the lives of the protagonists.  Along with the transformations of each character, the film offers a fresh look at the locations in which it is set, along the Kenyan coastline.   Hawa Essuman is a young director of Ghanaian origin who is »

- Claudia D'Alonzo For lettera27

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John Legend Sets Up Independenlty-Financed Found-Footage Dance Movie For Summer Shoot

17 April 2014 8:55 AM, PDT

Since inking an exclusive deal 2 summers ago with Universal Cable Productions, to develop TV series for cable and broadcast networks, John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company have certainly been busy. Although none of his announced projects has made it to air yet. His first project was sold to Fox in October 2012 - a comedy which was to center on a guy in his early 20s who becomes the guardian to his own siblings, while having to manage his fledgling career as well as a social life. It was said to be loosely based on John Legend’s years growing up. And then, early last year, Legend sold a second project, a crime drama, to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Film Adaptation Of 'A Day Late And A Dollar Short' Premieres This Saturday. Trailer + Early Reactions

17 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT

Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames headline the Lifetime Original Movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short, which the network has set an official premiere date for: this Saturday, April 19, at 8pm Et/Pt.  Based on The New York Times bestseller by Terry McMillan, A Day Late and A Dollar Short tells the uplifting story of a mother who tries to help her dysfunctional family through life's ups and downs. The film also stars Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold. In A Day Late and a Dollar Short, when irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Lock Up Your Screwdrivers & Hide The Pie! Trailer For 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 Arrives

17 April 2014 7:34 AM, PDT

The new official trailer for the upcoming second season of the Netflix hit original series Orange Is The New Black, has arrived! The new season premieres with all 13 episodes on Friday, June 6, 2014 exclusively on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available. That will be a binge-watching weekend for many of you, I'm sure. The highly-anticipated second season goes back behind bars for another sentence with the fearless, funny and unforgettable inmates of Litchfield prison. The series' ensemble includes Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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