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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').

Exclusive Clip From Andrew Dosunmu's "Restless City" (In Theaters April 27)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 10:22 AM
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A familar dance that plays out frequently on the streets of Harlem, initiated by a stranger in a strange land bent on survival. 

Watch 3 New Clips From "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 9:58 AM
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One of 5 (or is it 6) black films in stateside theaters this month alone (read my post about that HERE if you haven't)... the T.D. Jakes-produced thriller Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, which Codeblack Entertainment will release this Friday, April 13th via its new AMC Independent agreement.

Omari Hardwick Will Play Mr Right Opposite Gabrielle Union In "Being Mary Jane"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 9:50 AM
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You can also now add Omari Hardwick to the cast of in BET’s hour-long pilot drama from Mara Brock and Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane (previously called Single Black Female) starring Gabrielle Union.

Latarsha Rose ("Hunger Games") Joins Gabrielle Union In BET’s "Being Mary Jane"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 10, 2012 10:03 PM
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Latarsha Rose (Hunger Games) has joined the cast of in BET’s hourlong pilot drama from Mara Brock and Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane (previously called Single Black Female) starring Gabrielle Union.

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