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Despite Flops, Studios Still Want Eddie Murphy. Why? (An Analogy You'll Love)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 4:27 PM
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Found this old piece on the New York Times website, though still thought it relevant today, in light of recent Eddie Murphy *events.*

Stoner Comedy "Budz House" Gets Official Trailer + Poster + Theatrical Release Date

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 2:49 PM
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A project we first alerted you to last fall, now has an official trailer and, maybe surprisingly, is getting a theatrical release to boot!

Official Trailer For "The Magic Of Belle Isle" (Morgan Freeman As Reclusive, Cranky Writer/Drunk)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 2:06 PM
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Can't say I've heard much buzz around this project... yet; although it won't be out until July 6th, which seems like an odd date to release a drama like this. But maybe the thinking is that it could be a bit of counter programming, given what will be a deluge of mega-budgeted summer action flicks.

Anthony Mackie Bulks Up For "Pain And Gain," Dons Green Alien-Like Costume (Pics)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 1:26 PM
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Has Anthony Mackie always been this diesel, or did he do it just for this particular project? Or does the photo add a few pounds as the saying goes.

Hollywood & The Ministry Of "Silly Accents"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 12:50 PM
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So... maybe we should all just agree that, just as an article I read on the Guardian UK's site said: "unless one casts Indians to play Indians (unlike Alec Guinness in A Passage to India, 1984), Danes to play Danes (instead of accent-prone Meryl Streep's Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, 1985), Irishmen to play Irishmen (to avoid the many begorrah horrors) etc, most accents [in movies] border on caricature," and thus we should just accept that fact, instead of griping every time an actor's/actress's attempt at an unfamiliar accent fails?!

Shadow & Act's 5 Tips On Writing No-Budget/Low-Budget Feature Screenplays

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 12:31 PM
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Back (or rather black) by popular demand...

Black Film exhibit & events at The Cultural Portal: Reclaiming Our Image NOW through June in Houston

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • April 11, 2012 12:05 PM
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For all you filmmakers and enthusiasts in the Houston area, there is an exciting Black film event happening during the next few months courtesy of Our Image Film and Arts. They are doing an "exhibit" at Project Row Houses (in which art projects are presented in historic shotgun houses on Holman St. in Houston’s Third Ward) where they have their own house that will be "open to audiences" through June with special short film screenings this Saturday, April 14.

African Cinema Is In Spotlight As NYC African Film Fest Returns TONIGHT (4/11 to 4/17)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 12:03 PM
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I remember salivating over last year's eclectic lineup, and I'm certainly looking forward to this year's offerings which include several titles we've covered here on S&A like Andy Okoroafor's Relentless (photo above of the director and star Nneka) and South African noir How To Steal 2 Million.

Are You Ready For A Bobbi Kristina Reality Show?

  • By Sergio
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  • April 11, 2012 11:18 AM
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You just had a feeling this was bound to happen sooner or later didn't you? Media sources are reporting that Whitney Houston's and Bobby Brown's daughter Bibbi Kristina has made a verbal deal with a major cable network for her own reality show.

Exclusive: Casting Director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd ("Sparkle," "Jumping The Broom") On Her Work, Ambitions & More

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 10:52 AM
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Last week I had the opportunity to chat with casting director Tracy 'Twinkie' Byrd; although, as I learned, she prefers "Twinkie" (and if you look her up on IMDB, you’ll have better luck with 'Twinkie' than 'Tracy').

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