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Shame UK Poster

16 November 2011 3:48 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Momentum Pictures have unveiled the first official UK poster for erotic drama Shame. If you missed it, you can read our review here.

Directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame stars Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank), Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go), Hannah Ware (Cop Out), James Badge Dale (The Departed) and Nicole Beharie (American Violet).

Brandon (Fassbender) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister (Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control.

Shame played at the Venice, Toronto, New York and London film festivals where it earned rave reviews and picked up several awards. It’s due to be released in the U.K. on January 13, 2012.

Check out the poster below:

Source: Digital Spy »

- Jamie Neish

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Who's That Girl? It's Nicole Beharie

22 October 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kurt here. Considering the overall deficit of good roles for great black actresses (an issue to which this site is no stranger), moviegoers really can't be too hard on Nicole Beharie for offering them such rare and infrequent peeks at her remarkable talent. Still, watching those peeks (and they're watchable indeed), it's easy to send "grrrs" in this petite, 26-year-old beauty's direction, as she's thus far only appeared in five movies, two of them not even on the big screen. Why must she deprive us so? Her phone has to at least be ringing a little bit, and it can't just be about her selectivity, as the titles she's appeared in, on the whole, aren't exactly of the street-cred variety. So, what, then, has she been doing?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. My first exposure to Beharie was in early 2009, in a little film called American Violet, which »

- Kurtis O

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Fox Searchlight Acquires Shame for Us Distribution

12 September 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Fox Searchlight has nabbed the Us distribution rights to See Saw Films’ Shame.

Directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame stars Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank), Carey Mulligan (An Education), James Badge Dale (The Departed), Hannah Ware (Cop Out) and Nicole Beharie (American Violet).

Brandon (Fassbender) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister (Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control.

Shame premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival last week to overwhelming acclaim. Fox Searchlight will release the film in the Us this year with a hefty Academy Award campaign.

Meanwhile, Momentum Pictures will unspool Shame in the U.K. early next year

Source: Deadline


- Jamie Neish

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The Last Fall Gets Lance Gross and Keith David

19 July 2011 8:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A star studded cast has been tapped for rising director Matthew Cherry's debut film The Last Fall. The cast includes both up and coming stars as well as silver screen veterans such as: Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Harry Lennix, Keith David, and Darrin Dewitt Henson.

Starring in the lead role, actor Lance Gross earned four NAACP Image Awards for the role of Calvin Payne on Tyler Perry's hit TBS sitcom, House of Payne. He has also worked with Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera in the 2010 film Our Family Wedding. Gross will also be an executive producer of The Last Fall.

Nicole Beharie's breakout screen performance in American Violet won her Aafc's best actress award in 2008. She has since starred in a number of films, including the 2011 Steve McQueen drama Shame.

The Last Fall is a sports drama that follows a former NFL player through an unexpected and early retirement. »

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Charles S. Dutton in FX’s Powers

9 May 2011 6:17 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Powers, that critically acclaimed graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, is being adapted for the FX network. We’re sure you’ve heard by now. We have been following developments right here at BoomTron.

If you’ve never picked up an issue of Powers, you really aught to check it out. There’s a tone to the writing that I really enjoy. The comic follows Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two partner police officers in Homicide. They investigate cases that involve “powers”. That is, people with superpowers. In their world powers are commonplace. We heard Kyle Chandler (soon to be scene in Super 8) was being considered for a role. Could it be the lead? Do you think he fits the bill?

Execs obviously think actor Charles S. Dutton fits the bill, because is reporting in an exclusive, he has just become the first »

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Rapper Xzibit Added To Medical Drama “Weekends At Bellevue”

24 March 2011 11:39 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Fox seems to be in overdrive lately with their roster of new shows in development. The latest, a medical drama titled Weekends At Bellevue, just added rapper and actor Xzibit to a cast that includes Lauren Ambrose, Janet McTeer, Amber Stevens and Eric Winter .

The project centers on a psychiatrist (Lauren Ambrose) in charge of the weekend shift of Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric unit. It’s based on the memoir of Julie Holland, M.D. The pilot is being written by Lisa Zwerling with Lloyd Braun and Gail Berman acting as executive producers.

Xzibit is becoming quit a seasoned actor having acted in such films as Gridiron Gang, The X-Files: I Want To Believe, Derailed and American Violet. He also recently appeared in an episode of Detroit 1-8-7.

h/t THR


- Cynthia

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40 Actors and Actresses We Love

26 January 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Essence | See recent Essence news »

40 Actors And Actresses We Love40 Actors and Actresses We LoveWith the Academy Awards announced this morning, all eyes are fixed on Hollywood. Even though no Black actors and actresses were nominated this year, we take a moment to honor 40 actresses and actors we love. Their work has made us laugh, made us cry, allowed us to step away from the pressures of our day-to-day lives, and taught us more about ourselves and our culture. Check out who made our list. Who would you add?Jennifer HudsonFavorite role: Effie White in "Dreamgirls." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007.Halle BerryFavorite role: Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball." Won Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2002.Jamie FoxxFavorite role: Ray Charles in "Ray." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.Nia LongFavorite role: Nina Mosley in "Love Jones. »

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