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Chris Rock, Beyoncé, 'Selma' and more pick up NAACP Image Awards nominations

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Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights
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46th NAACP Image Awards Announces Nominees

Gearing up for another year of excitement, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards just unveiled the first round of hopefuls and there are plenty of worthy contenders.

In the television categories, Shonda Rhimes’ series “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” are among the most nominated, though “Black-ish” is also up there. Meanwhile, “Selma” and “Get on Up” are the top two movies on the docket, ahead of the big event on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Per the official website, “The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“black-ish” (ABC)

House of Lies” (Showtime)

Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Real Husbands of Hollywood” (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Anthony Anderson
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‘Selma’ & ‘Get On Up’ Lead NAACP Image Awards Nominations

Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:

Film

Outstanding Motion Picture

Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Quvenzhané Wallis
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James Gandolfini Dead at 51

James Gandolfini Dead at 51
James Gandolfini, who brought a balance of intensity and vulnerability to his portrayal of conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano that made him among the most respected actors of his generation, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 51 and was believed to have suffered a heart attack.

See Also: James Gandolfini’s Unlikely Stardom

According to the Taormina Film Festival, he was on his way to the film festival where he was expected Thursday. He had been expected to participate in an onstage conversation with Italian director Gabriele Muccino on Saturday at the Sicilian festival.

Gandolfini’s commanding screen presence was the driving force in establishing “The Sopranos” as the most influential TV show of the past generation. The actor was praised for his deft juggling of the character’s violence and sensitivity, making the murderous crime lord a sympathetic figure that set the mold for the flawed anti-heroes that populate cable dramas today.
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James Gandolfini Dead at 51

James Gandolfini Dead at 51
James Gandolfini, who brought a balance of intensity and vulnerability to his portrayal of conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano that made him among the most respected actors of his generation, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 51 and was believed to have suffered a heart attack.

See Also: James Gandolfini’s Unlikely Stardom

According to the Taormina Film Festival, he was on his way to the film festival where he was expected Thursday. He had been expected to participate in an onstage conversation with Italian director Gabriele Muccino on Saturday at the Sicilian festival.

Gandolfini’s commanding screen presence was the driving force in establishing “The Sopranos” as the most influential TV show of the past generation. The actor was praised for his deft juggling of the character’s violence and sensitivity, making the murderous crime lord a sympathetic figure that set the mold for the flawed anti-heroes that populate cable dramas today.
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Exclusive: Tony Todd Talks 'Night of the Living Dead,' 'Candyman,' and That Iconic Voice

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Exclusive: Tony Todd Talks 'Night of the Living Dead,' 'Candyman,' and That Iconic Voice
The first thing you recognize about Tony Todd is that deep, gravelly voice that sounds like it rises straight from the depths of Hell through his lips. If you’re a horror fan, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The man who made Candyman famous and has been working as an actor for a quarter-century is much, much more than just the man with the hook. And if you doubt that, simply take a look at his work on Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead. Stepping into Duane Jones’ shoes to play the role of Ben is no easy task and, yet, Tony Todd makes it look like just another day at the office.

On the heels of the intended October 9 release date for Twilight Time’s Limited Edition Blu-ray of Night of the Living Dead*, FEARnet sat down with the actor to discuss
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A Zombie on the New York stage

In what may be a response to the times (since theater has always been a very socially conscious medium), more and more dark-tinged plays are popping up in New York City this season. Add to that list Bill Connington’s solo performance of Joyce Carol Oates’ Zombie, running February 21-March 29 (with previews Feb. 18-20) in the Studio Theater at the Theater Row Complex (410 West 42nd Street).

Oates loosely based her acclaimed 1995 novella, an exploration of what motivates a psychopath, on the story on notorious real-life killer Jeffrey Dahmer. In Connington’s adaptation, the playwright/actor portrays Quentin, a seemingly normal man with a penchant for serial murder. He recounts a series of nefarious deeds including the torture, rape and murder of young male victims, whom he intends to brainwash into zombielike slaves to serve his every need. Originally presented as part of the 2008 NY International Fringe Festival, Zombie has been
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Westwood's Son To Protest Porn Crackdown

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Westwood's Son To Protest Porn Crackdown
Fashion queen Vivienne Westwood's photographer son Ben is to lead a chain gang of bound and gagged models and activists through London next week (beg20Oct08) to protest new British anti-pornography laws that will be introduced in January.

Such a protest will be deemed illegal from the beginning of 2009 when the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill becomes law and images like this are classified as extreme pornography - even though all participants are consenting adults.

The Consenting Adult Action Network (Caan), which has organised the protest, argues the new government legislation restricts the sexual choices of adults.

And photographer Westwood says, "Government gets away with murder when it comes to legislating about our sexual behaviour, because we are a strait-laced nation and far too many of us are embarrassed talking about sex."

The provocative demonstration takes place on Tuesday.

Disabled model show impresses for BBC Three

The first instalment of new BBC Three reality show Britain's Missing Top Model drew decent ratings for the digital-only channel last night. The programme, in which disabled girls attempt to make it as fashion models, was watched by 475,000 (2.5%) from 9pm to 10pm last night - a 24.3% improvement on BBC Three's slot average. Model led the multichannels in the hour, with the closest competition coming from the first of a new series of Ghost Whisperer, drawing 425,000 (2.2%) to Living. BBC One led the 9pm slot overall though, with the second instalment of crime drama Criminal Justice. The show drew 4.8m (22%) - 700,000 down from yesterday, when the opener had a strong lead-in from an Andy Murray Wimbledon match. Gordon Ramsay's F Word (more)
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