1-20 of 31 items from 2009 « Prev | Next »
Gabourey Sidibe in Precious (Anne Marie Fox / Lionsgate) (top); Alfre Woodard, Nicole Beharie in American Violet (Scott Saltzman / Samuel Goldwyn Films) (bottom) According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Roger Friedman, Precious‘ Gabourey Sidibe may have been cheated out of a best actress award. This past Dec. 14, the African-American Film Critics Association gave Precious awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Lee Daniels), Best Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique) and Best Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher). The Best Actress, however, was Nicole Beharie for American Violet, a little-seen socially conscious drama directed by Tim Disney (great-nephew of Walt Disney) and written by Bill Haney, who also produced it. Some within the Aafca now assert that Sidibe was the actual winner. "According to the final [...] »
- Andre Soares
About a week and a half ago, I reported on the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca) awards list, which was dominated by Precious wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. However, obviously left out of the party was Gabourey Sidibe, who was nominated for best actress, but didn’t win. The award instead went to the Nicole Beharie for her starring role in the little seen American Violet.
As I just learned, this is actually causing quite a bit of controversy within the Aafca because, according to an article I read on The Hollywood Reporter’s Showbiz 411 blog, Sidibe should have won, based on the number of votes she received; however Aafca co-counder Gil Robertson IV is being attacked by the other members of the Aafca, claiming that he manipulated the final tally to please the producers of American Violet, who, allegedly, offered him monetary “donations” in return – essentially, »
Well folks, the year is winding down, we are knee deep in the holiday season and I'm looking forward to taking it easy for a few days, but not before I deliver one more update to my Oscar predictions.
For those of you that keep an eye on my "The Contenders" section you probably already noticed I updated all six of the categories on December 18, so much of what I am about to cover you already know, but I made a couple of changes since then. A couple of changes, in fact, resulted in two new front-runners. I am sure many of you already know what one of them is (if not both), so let's get to that one first...
Best Actress (get the full chart here)
- Brad Brevet
The African-American Film Critics Association has named Precious as the Best Picture of 2009 (thanks to LKH85 in the forums). Morgan Freeman was selected as Best Actor 2009 for “Invictus.” Nicole Beharie »
Precious: Based On The Novel By Sapphire has been named Best Picture of 2009 by the African American Film Critics Association.
Lee Daniels also claimed the Best Director prize for the film and Mo'Nique boosted her Oscar chances by landing a Best Supporting Actress honour. Precious also earned Geoffrey Fletcher a share of the Best Screenplay award with Ron Clements, Rob Edwards and John Musker, who penned The Princess and the Frog.
• Scott Gaita reports that "Precious" was named best film of the year by the African-American Film Critics Assn. The film also won best director for Lee Daniels, supporting actress for Mo’Nique and screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher (tying with Ron Clements, Rob Edwards and John Musker for "The Princess and the Frog.") However, Nicole Beharie was named best actress for "American Violet" over "Precious" star Gabby Sidibe. Morgan Freeman was selected best actor for "Invictus." The Circuit
• For Richard Rushfield, "Another slew of awards and nominations came in this weekend and the result is that this year's stagnant deathmarch of an Oscar race got a tiny bit shaken up, or at least it got a bit more confusing." As Richard writes, "for most of the season a troika of damaged contenders have been assumed to have a lock on nominations, with the assumption that one of them would take the top prize, »
By show of hands, how many of you were even aware that there is an African American Film Critics Association (Aafca)
No surprise, Precious swept the Aafca’s awards list, winning Best Film of the year honors; Lee Daniels won the award for Best Director; Best Supporting Actress went to Mo’Nique; and Best Screenplay to Geoffrey Fletcher, who tied in that category with Ron Clements, Rob Edwards and John Musker for, who wrote the script for The Princess and the Frog.
As for Best Actor, it went to Morgan Freeman for Invictus, (it’s not like there was anyone else to choose from); while Nicole Beharie (in an upset over the favorite, Gabourey Sidibe) was named Best Actress for American Violet.
And finally, their top 10 films of the year were: of course Precious, »
IndieWire, La Weekly & Village Voice have posted the full list of every single film that’s been released this year (in the USA) – specifically, every film that’s screened in theatres for at least 1 week; whether indie or mainstream; foreign or domestically-produced; limited release, or wide; whether in 1 theatre in New York, or 3500 screens nationwide. It’s all there!
The total? 589 films - including films that haven’t yet been released, but will be, before the end of the year, in the next 3 weeks.
That’s a lot of movies, right? How many of those did you see? And maybe more importantly, how many fall under the category of “black films?”
Well, to answer the latter question… I looked over the list – although, to be honest, I did it rather quickly, so there’s a chance I missed 1 or 2; but I don’t think I missed more than that. But »
Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as a delivery driver for Planet Express. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. Click on any of the titles below to magically head over to Amazon.com and pick up the DVD. And don't forget to check out Neil Miller's hilariously titled This Week In Blu-ray column for reviews on the latest high definition Blu-ray releases! Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Pitch: Jim Henson does Gift of the Magi... Why Buy? I know it's only October, but this is a Christmas classic up there with the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas and »
- Rob Hunter
Girl says no to woman at the bank, and soon falls under the wrath of the woman's witchy gypsy ways. It sounds like you're regular ol' horror movie, but it's also Sam Raimi's return to the genre. I wasn't the biggest fan of the film, but considering the fact that most of the people I know loved it, I'll defer to them. In his review, Peter Martin said: "Raimi has made a joyful romp through his personal horror playground and come up with a very entertaining horror-comedy that gets back to the basics." Buy it. Also on Blu-ray.
Add to Netflix queue | Buy at Amazon
Sandra Bullock is an easy-to-hate boss ... until she's about to be deported back to Canada. Desperate to keep her job and stay in the U.S., she whips up a marriage of convenience with her assistant Ryan Reynolds. »
- Monika Bartyzel
We have a brand new exclusive clip from the upcoming DVD American Violet, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13. Click below for our exclusive clip, which features Alfre Woodard trying to protect her child during a police riot.
Inspired by a true story, American Violet follows the struggle of a young African-American mother to clear her name after being wrongly arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished Texas town. Realizing a conviction would ruin her life, she fights back. Suing the Da for racial discrimination, Dee battles impossible odds in a case that will not only change her life but the laws of Texas as well. The film stars touted newcomer Nicole Beharie, Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard, Will Patton, Academy Award nominee Michael O'Keefe, Tim Blake Nelson, Emmy Award winner Charles S. Dutton and Xzibit.
- Commentary by Director Tim Disney
- Telluride »
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “17 Again” topped the box office with $23.7 million grossed from 3,255 venues at an average of $7,288 per theatre. The Zac Efron, Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann starrer is helmed by Burr Steers (“Igby Goes Down”) from the writing by Jason Filardi. “17 Again” Dialy Breakdown: Friday - $9.4 millionSaturday - $9.1 millionSunday - $5.1 million Universal’s “State of Play” frontlined by Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels did enough to hold second place from last weekend’s top spot-holding “Hannah Montana: The Movie” with $14.07 million grossed. Helmer Kevin Macdonald secures another winner after the critically acclaimed “The Last King of Scotland.” “Montana” showed a 59% change in its sophomore weekend with $13.4 million grossed and has totaled over $32.3 million. Film almost lost its second place to Paramount/DreamWorks’ eagerly followed “Monsters vs. Aliens” animated which is currently in its fourth week at play. Starring Reese Witherspoon, »
Universal's Russell Crowe-toplined "State of Play" took the session's silver medal despite a soft $14.1 million opening, while Lionsgate's action sequel "Crank: High Voltage" debuted in sixth with just $6.5 million.
Disney's tween-girls magnet "Hannah Montana: The Movie" was the top holdover pic, dropping 61% in its sophomore session to register $12.7 million in fourth place for a 10-day cume of $56.1 million.
And Warners' dark comedy "Observe and Report" finished seventh over its second weekend as the Seth Rogen starrer dropped 63% from opening grosses for a $4.1 million frame and $18.7 million cume.
Industrywide, the $107 million weekend represented a 14% improvement over the same frame last year, according to Nielsen Edi.
Year to date, 2009 is pacing 8% ahead of last year, »
- By Carl DiOrio
During the days leading up to the 2000 presidential election, things were heating up in Texas -- and not just because of W.'s impending victory. Calvin Beckett, district attorney of small-town Hearne, was conducting Swat-style drug raids on local housing projects. And, as Friday's "American Violet" depicts, that November, Beckett's forces picked on the wrong woman.
The thinly fictionalized drama is a heart-wrenching tale of Dee (Nicole Beharie), an innocent woman with no prior record who was arrested after the raid and indicted as a drug dealer on the uncorroborated testimony of one person. »
- By LAURA VOGEL
Chicago – In a previous interview, director Tim Disney of the new film ‘American Violet’ called his film one where “change begins, and change is possible, when individuals make choices and stand behind them.”
Rating: 3.5/5.0 The second set of interviews for the film is with screenwriter Bill Haney, and the real-life inspiration for the Dee Roberts character in ‘American Violet’, Regina Kelly. Through the six year odyssey to get this story to screen, Haney chronicled Kelly’s struggle and the struggle of many of the victims of America’s “War on Drugs”, replete with laws that sometimes are designed to unfairly incarcerate large groups of poor minorities and African American citizens.
Photo credit: Scott Saltzman, Samuel Goldwyn Films Effecting all Americans, the story of Dee Roberts in the film symbolizes the unfairness inherent in the system. It »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Apr 17, 2009 Tim Disney's American Violet is a film of which I don’t enjoy being overly critical. It’s easy and kind of fun to rip into worthless junk like Death Race, but this drama has such a righteous and respectable goal that gives me no pleasure in pointing out its shortcomings. Everyone's heart is in the right place and the way that drug laws are ridiculously enforced in this country should definitely be brought to the forefront of more people's minds. Minimum sentences, rushed plea bargains, and over-the-top drug enforcement tactics that claim innocent bystanders on ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
American Violet tries so hard to establish its topical inclinations that it plays them up at the expense of the personalized drama. Through constant allusions to the film’s setting of Texas in the waning days of George W.’s governorship director Tim Disney never stops reminding you that he wants the story of the false imprisonment of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie) to emblemize the plight of all minorities victimized by racially tinged abuses of power. Instead of telling the intimate story of one woman’s steadfast perseverance against impossible, imposing forces Disney opts for the bland inspirational triumph template. As the picture opens the police arrest Dee, a hardworking single mother of four, and baselessly charge her with selling drugs. It’s soon apparent that the arrest is part of a sweeping attempt by Calvin Beckett (Michael O’Keefe), the vile, racist district attorney of Melody, Texas, to “clean up” the town’s public housing, in »
- Robert Levin
“17 Again” from Warner Bros. Pictures contends for the top spot at this weekend’s box office and is Zac Efron frontlines the film with Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Sterling Knight and Michelle Trachtenberg also thrown in the mix. The comedy opens in 3,255 venues and is helmed by Burr Steers (“Igby Goes Down”). The film review scored an average 2.5/5 from Movie Jungle. Universal sends out their Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels-powered drama/thriller “State of Play” which Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) helms. Film hits 2,803 venues. We highly recommend this release with an almost perfect 4.5/5 review score. Jason Statham returns in the wacky “Crank: High Voltage.” The Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor-directed high-octane actioner unspools in 2,223 locations. The first film opened on September 1st, 2006 and grossed over $27.8 million domestically and $16.9 million overseas. Indie-wise, there’s a »
Chicago – In his third film, “American Violet,” director Tim Disney tackles the subject of unfair incarceration laws involving a poor African-American housing project in a rural Texas town. The uplifting drama is based on a true story and begins during the presidential election of 2000.
Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie) is a single mother of four children, barely getting by on a meager waitress job and help from her mother (Alfre Woodard). When her housing unit is raided by country drug law enforcement, Roberts is arrested as a drug dealer suspect, accused unfairly by a police informant.
Photo credit: Scott Saltzman, Samuel Goldwyn Films When an Aclu lawyer (Tim Blake Nelson) comes to town to take on the unjust laws that sweeps out and jails poor African Americans, it is Dee Roberts that steps up to take on »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Lest we forget, the slide into a fascism in America didn’t begin with George W. Bush: it was well underway in the 1990s, when our police went paramilitary in the “war on drugs” and new federal incentives for local communities to get drug convictions -- however they could -- led to a huge increase in the U.S. prison population... mostly minorities on minor possession charges, many of whom may not have been guilty of even that. This true story from the front of that other war -- on civil rights -- is an angry, old-fashioned, and very, very welcome polemic for a return to basic Constitutionality (like that pesky guarantee of a jury of one’s peers) and against that other American tradition: racism. In November 2000, Dee Roberts (beautifully passionate Nicole Beharie), a young black woman raising four lovely daughters with the help of her mother (Alfre Woodard »
- MaryAnn Johanson
1-20 of 31 items from 2009 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners