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Darryl Stephens on Frank Ocean, the "Noah's Arc" Typecasting Trap and New Series "Dtla"

23 October 2012 7:33 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A group of friends dealing with life and love…blending elements of both comedy and drama…set in Los Angeles…airing on Logo…and starring Darryl Stephens.

Based on that description, you might think the show we’re talking about is Noah’s Arc, the series that aired on Logo from 2005-2006 and then wrapped up in a big screen movie in 2008. However, this is 2012 and we’re talking about the new series, Dtla. Created by Larry Kennar (The L Word), the show premieres this week on Logo. Compared to Noah's Arc, it's arguably a more mature take on relationships, family, love and careers as seen through the eyes of a group of twenty-to-thirty-something friends.

And, yes, Darryl Stephens leads the cast as Dtla’s Lenny but, as he told AfterElton last week during a sit-down in West Hollywood, this isn’t a continuation of the role that made him famous. »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sparkle

15 October 2012 11:59 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 30, 2012

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony

When Jordin Met Whitney: Ms. Sparks (l.) and Ms. Houston star in Sparkle.

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard) star in the musical drama film Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 cult favorite starring Irene Cara (Fame) and Lonette McKee (The Cotton Club).

Sparks stars as Sparkle (appropriately enough!), a young woman whose big dreams of stardom seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so do the risks of jealousy, self-doubt and temptation.

Directed by Salim Akil from a story by Joel Schumacher (Tigerland), the movie also »

- Laurence

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‘Sparkle’s Mara & Salim Akil Make Paramount Deal On ‘Abandonment Issues’

14 September 2012 11:27 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who last teamed on the Screen Gems remake Sparkle with Whitney Houston, have made a deal with Paramount Pictures for a new project with the working title Abandonment Issues. Mara Brock Akil will write the script and Salim Akil, her husband, will direct and they will produce together. Salim made his feature directing  debut with last year’s TriStar comedy Jumping The Broom, which opened tops at the box office and grossed over $40 million domestically. The duo also created the TV series The Game, which originated on the CW, got cancelled and then picked up by Bet. Last year’s season premiere scored 7.7 million viewers, making it the top-rated ad-supported sitcom in cable history. The Akils have followed by making a multiyear development deal with Bet to create original scripted series for the network. Next up is Being Mary Jane, which will star »


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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

11 September 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the »

- AfterElton.com Staff

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Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Blu-ray and DVD Debut October 23rd

21 August 2012 11:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Madea is back in action as Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download, On Demand and Pay-Per-View on October 23. The latest installment from the Madea franchise stars writer-producer-director Tyler Perry (Good Deeds, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion) along with an all-star supporting cast including Eugene Levy (American Pie movies), Denise Richards (Wild Things), Doris Roberts (TV's Everybody Loves Raymond), Lil' Romeo (Jumping the Broom), Tom Arnold (True Lies), John Amos (TV's Good Times) and Marla Gibbs (TV's The Jeffersons).

As a Wall Street investment banker's world is turned upside-down when he finds out he has been set up in a mob Ponzi scheme, his family is forced into witness protection under the care of the outspoken Madea. The Blu-ray and DVD are filled with hilarious bonus materials including numerous behind-the-scenes featurettes highlighting outrageous Madea moments, the comedy on set as well what »

- MovieWeb

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Director Salim Akil and Screenwriter Mara Brock Akil Talk Sparkle, Convincing Whitney Houston to Join the Cast, Story Changes and More

17 August 2012 2:16 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sparkle tells the story of a 19-year-old innocent young woman growing up in late 1960's Detroit, who dreams of becoming a music star.  Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Dee (Tika Sumpter) are sisters who love each other fiercely, but each have their own ambitions.  When they form a girl group and set out to take the music world by storm, the harsh realities of the spotlight take their toll on the girls and threaten to tear apart the tight knit family, which also includes their less than supportive mother (Whitney Houston).  The film also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green. At the film’s press day, director/producer Salim Akil and screenwriter/producer Mara Brock Akil talked about how they came to be a part of the remake, the inspiration for the story changes they made, the pros and cons of working so closely with your spouse, »

- Christina Radish

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First Break-Dancing Trailer Drops for ‘Battle of the Year 3D’ Starring Josh Holloway

22 July 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It seems like Sawyer did find a life off the island after all, one full of some 3D break-dancing. After a guest spot on Community and a small role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Lost‘s Josh Holloway is back in the lead, this time as a coach of a B-boying team looking to win the world championship in the new film Battle of the Year: The Dream Team. Check out the trailer below courtesy of Sony, coming from director Benson Lee, firmly staying in the same genre after Planet B-Boy.

The film looks honestly like the Step Up franchise meets every sports drama film known to mankind. Dancers will no doubt be thrilled to see more modern choreography featured on the big screen, which means that this film could end up being a financial success in “eye-popping 3-D.” The lines present here are nothing new in terms of sports drama scripting unfortunately. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The 15 most impressive* box office performances of 2012 so far

4 July 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

We’re officially halfway through 2012, and if you’re an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it’s also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That’s My Boy, but we’ll save that for another time…)

There have been loads of strong performers with sensible budgets, so it was difficult to whittle down the slate (sorry, Safe House and Contraband, you were thisclose to making the cut! »

- Grady Smith

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Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy

29 June 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.

Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.

For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website. »

- Erin Strecker

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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

29 June 2012 1:19 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:


Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”

Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon

Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che

Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life

Clifton Collins, »

- Josh Abraham

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Lil' Romeo in Talks for Marvel's Black Panther Film?

28 June 2012 3:20 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We've been hearing a lot of black actors express interest in playing the lead role in Marvel's possible "Black Panther" film. Just recently Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) said he would love to be part of it, but it seems that the studio may be looking at another actor. In a recently interview, rapper/actor Percy "Lil' Romeo" Miller revealed that Marvel got in touch with him to find out if he would like to be Black Panther. "I remember that before 'Jumping the Broom' got released, there were some producers talking about shopping the script to some people and I was one of the people they contacted and asked if it was something I would be interested in," he explained. "You never know. I definitely want to take in and be the next big action hero. That may be something that's cool." Meanwhile, »

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Lifetime Greenlights ‘Abducted: The Carlina White Story’ To Air This Year

27 June 2012 12:49 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The network’s original movie will star Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd in the real-life story Abducted: The Carlina White Story. It centers on a girl (Palmer) who after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital, solved her own kidnapping and reunites with her biological parents 23 years later. It was the first know infant abduction from a NY hospital; White was taken by a desperate wannabe mother (Ellis) who raised her as her own child in Bridgeport, Conn, until White began to suspect something wasn’t right. Lifetime said today that shooting is set for next week in Vancouver for a premiere later this year. Pilgrim Studios (Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy) is producing, with Craig Piligian an executive producer alongside Mary Martin and Alan Gasmer. Actor Vondie Curtis Hall is directing a script by Elizabeth Hunter (Jumping The Broom). »


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Lil' Romeo 'approached' for 'Black Panther' role

27 June 2012 7:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lil' Romeo has claimed that he was approached in connection with the long-rumoured Black Panther movie. The rapper-turned-actor told BlackFilm that Marvel Studios has made preliminary contact about the possibility of filling the lead role of T'Challa. "I remember that before Jumping the Broom got released, there were some producers were talking about shopping the script to some people and I was one of the people they contacted and was asked if it was something I would be interested in," he said. "You never know. I definitely want to take in and be the next big action hero. That may be something (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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Romeo Miller Says He Was Approached For Black Panther & Is Interested

26 June 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Since Latino-Review came out with the claim that Marvel Studios' 2014 mystery film is in fact Black Panther, several actors have been asked and expressed interest in playing the superhero. Next on our list is Romeo Miller, the rapper/actor who is best known by his previous stage name, Lil' Romeo is asked by BlackFilm.com if he wants to be the King of Wakanda. With Marvel possibly doing a film on the Black Panther, is that a role you can see yourself doing? Rm: I would love to. I remember that before Jumping the Broom got released, there were some producers were talking about shopping the script to some people and I was one of the people they contacted and was asked if it was something I would be interested in. You never know. I definitely want to take in and be the next big action hero. That may be something that’s cool. »

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Meagan Good Weds In Malibu

17 June 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Meagan Good has jumped the broom! The Think Like a Man and Jumping the Broom star exchanged vows with preacher and Columbia Pictures VP DeVon Franklin on Saturday evening at Triunfo Creek Winery in Malibu, Calif., People has learned exclusively. Among the 400 guests at the couple's Spanish and bayou-themed wedding celebration: Tracey Edmonds, Derek Luke, Deion Sanders and Tasha Smith. "DeVon makes me better, makes my life fuller, and completes my quality of life," Good tells People. "He's truly on my team and I am truly on his. God revealed my heart to him like nobody else." Adds Franklin, "I've never had more peace, »

- Jessica Herndon

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Producers of 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'The Social Network,' 'Moneyball' Added to Produced By Conference Mentor Roster

31 May 2012 6:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The annual Produced By Conference, which takes place June 8-10 at Sony Pictures Studios, has finalized its list of mentors, and it’s a pretty impressive lot: Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon, Mark Johnson, Michael Shamberg, Sarah Green and Doug Wick — all Oscar nominees or winners — are among those taking part. Also in the mix are Tracey Edmonds (“Jumping the Broom”), Lynette Howell (“Blue Valentine”), Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”), Gary Lucchesi (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Tim Shey, and Rick Allen, CEO of Indiewire’s parent company, SnagFilms. Pbc attendees will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring roundtable sessions with the producers at the event, which is hosted by the Producers Guild of America and the International CES. Additionally, Bonnie Arnold (“How to Train Your Dragon”), Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost”), Chuck Braverman (“Curtain »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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Chris Brown and Beyonce Knowles Are Best R&B Artist Nominees at Bet Awards 2012

22 May 2012 8:43 PM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Chris Brown and Beyonce Knowles are among the dominating names on the nomination list of the 2012 Bet Awards announced on Tuesday, May 22. Breezy will face off the likes of Bruno Mars, Usher, Trey Songz and Miguel in the Best Male R&B Artist. He's also nominated for Video Director of the Year and Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award.

Queen Bey, meanwhile, leads the pack by grabbing six nods in total. The wife of Jay-z will compete against Marsha Ambrosius, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Melanie Fiona in claiming the Best Female R&B Artist title. Her other nominations include Best Collaboration for her work with J. Cole in "Party", and Video of the Year for her clip "Countdown".

In movie field, "The Help" actress Viola Davis and "Colombiana" star Zoe Saldana are facing off each other in the Best Actress category. On the other hand, "Thor" actor Idris Elba and "Safe House »

- celebrity-mania.com

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2012 Bet Awards: Samuel L. Jackson to host while Kanye West leads nominees

22 May 2012 4:40 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Kanye West is in the running in seven categories for the 2012 Bet Awards. The nominations were announced Tuesday (May 22) in New York, along with the news that Samuel L. Jackson will be hosting the yearly fest.

West was closely followed by Beyonce, with six nominations, and his "Watch the Throne" collaborator (and Beyonce's husband) Jay-z, who snagged five nominations.

The awards will be held July 1 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium with performances from Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, among others.

The full list of nominees follows:

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius


Mary J. Blige

Melanie Fiona

• Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist

• Chris Brown

Bruno Mars

• Miguel

Trey Songz

• Usher

Best Group

• Bad Meets Evil

Diddy-Dirty Money

• Maybach Music Group

Mindless Behavior

• The Throne (Jay-z & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé featuring J. Cole, "Party"

Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, "Marvin & Chardonnay"

DJ Khaled featuring Drake, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Bet Awards 2012 Nominees Announced

22 May 2012 2:17 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Bet Awards 2012 Nominees Announced

Bet unveiled the nominees for the 2012 Bet Awards this afternoon and if you're a Beyonce or Kanye West fan, you ought to be plenty happy, as the two combined for 13 nominations. Beyonce received nominations for three different videos from her latest album 4, snatching up a shared nomination for Video Director of the Year along the way, while Kanye was honored for his work as a part of The Throne. Also generating plenty of recognition were Chris Brown (three nominations and a performance), Drake (four nominations), and Rick Ross (three nominations), among others.

Joining Brown as a confirmed performer is Nicki Minaj, having earned a nomination of her own, while the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to soul icons Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Last year, Chris Brown was the top award winner, taking home five trophies, three for smash hit "Look at Me Now".

Best »

- Shilo Adams

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Cannes 2012 - Wide Management Picks Up Alain Gomis' "Aujourd'hui" & Patrik-Ian Polk's "The Skinny"

19 May 2012 6:42 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Leading independent film sales company, Wide Management, has picked up 2 new projects to represent and shop at the Marché du Film at Cannes: Senegalese director Alain Gomis' 3rd feature film titled Aujourd'hui (or Today in English, also known as Tey), which premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February; and Patrik-Ian Polk's The Skinny - Polk being the director of Lgbt-themed indie films Noah's Arc:Jumping the Broom and Punks, as well as the creator of the Noah's Arc series for the Logo network. Polk's Skinny has already been screening in theaters around »

- Tambay

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