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Focus Features' Africa First Program Now Accepting Entries For 5th Year! Get On It!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 3:53 PM
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I'm sure you're all familiar with this initiative by now, given how much we've talked about it since this site's inception 3 years ago. At least, I hope you're familiar. 

Lena Dunham Addresses "Girls" Diversity Criticism & Why I Just Don't Care...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 3:29 PM
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"I wrote the first season primarily by myself, and I co-wrote a few episodes. But I am a half-Jew, half-WASP, and I wrote two Jews and two WASPs. Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, 'I hear this and I want to respond to it.' And this is a hard issue to speak to because all I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can't speak to accurately."

Tyler Perry Actually Shares Top-Billing On 1st Poster For "Madea's Witness Protection"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 2:18 PM
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MTV had the exclusive on this, which struck me initially, because I wondered why anything Madea-related would premiere on MTV, given that the audience for Madea films aren't necessarily in MTV's targer demo. 

Exclusive: Official Trailer For Ty Hodges/Omar Epps' Musical Drama "You Me & The Circus" (On VOD This Fall)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 8, 2012 1:15 PM
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Here's the official trailer for You, Me & The Circus, written and directed by Ty Hodges and produced by Omar Epps (Brooklyn WorksFilms).

Is André Benjamin The Man To Play Jimi Hendrix? Why/Why Not?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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Let me first make it clear that I'm not being disparaging, or *hating* on the man and/or his abilities... consider this more of an inquiry.

Noel Clarke's "Fast Girls" Gets A New Fast Poster + Trailer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 11:14 AM
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Written by and co-starring Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, 4.3.2.1), the forthcoming drama Fast Girls stars a multiracial cast and centers on a street-smart runner who forms a rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy athlete.

Watch 6 Clips w/ Chris Rock & Julie Delpy In "2 Days In New York"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 10:55 AM
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Magnolia Pictures acquired release rights to Julie Delpy's dramedy sequel to 2 Days In Paris, 2 Days In New York, which she stars in along with Chris Rock - a film we've covered quite a bit, so I'll just skip to the new stuff... some new clips, which you can watch below.

Oprah Winfrey Network Hit With A $330 Million Loss

  • By Sergio
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  • May 8, 2012 10:38 AM
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I've said it before on S & A more than once, and I'll say it again. It ain't easy starting a TV network. It takes lots of time, patience and money. Lots and lots and lots and lots of money, as Oprah Winfrey is no doubt learning.

Preview - Feature Film Based On The Life Of Torres Strait Islander/Activist Eddie Koiki Mabo

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 10:14 AM
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Some *black Australian* history in an upcoming film based on the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo, known for his role in fighting for Indigenous land rights, and his involvement in a landmark decision of the High Court of Australia that overturned what was then legal - the doctrine of terra nullius (meaning "land belonging to no one," used in international law to describe territory that has never been subject to the sovereignty of any state). 

Tyler James Williams Promoted To Series Regular On New NBC Comedy Pick-up "Go On"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 9:34 AM
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Tyler James Williams (likely best known for his starring role on Everybody Hates Chris), has been upgraded to "series regular" on NBC’s recently-picked up new comedy series Go On, which stars Matthew Perry as "an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss with the help of members of his mandatory group therapy sessions."

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