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Upcoming Controversial Austrian-Produced Drama "Paradise" Tells Story Of Sex Tourism In Kenya

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 9, 2012 11:35 AM
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I've been following this project but just haven't written about it yet, mostly because information on it has been sparse. But a new development today prompted me to finally post something about it.

Doc "BB King: The Life Of Riley" In Post-Production - Added To GFM Films Sales Slate

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 9, 2012 10:32 AM
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It's not the B.B. King feature film that Wendell Pierce is attached to star in (B.B. King And I), but we'll take it for now.

Filmmaker Tanya Wright Speaks To S&A About Her Feature Film Directorial Debut "Butterfly Rising", Screening This Week At Oxford Film + Music Festivals

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • February 9, 2012 9:10 AM
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She's had the fortune of starring in some of some of TV's biggest hits, like 24, E.R., NYPD Blue, and most recently, True Blood.  And if that's not enough, she even got to play Theo Huxtable's girlfriend on a couple episodes of The Cosby Show.  This week I had the pleasure of speaking to actress Tanya Wright, who's now in the spotlight as the writer, director, producer, and star of her debut feature film Butterfly Rising.
More: Festivals

Eye On Black Salute Event To Take Place During Academy Awards Weekend (Remember The "Black Oscars"?)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2012 10:58 PM
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Scheduled to take place during Oscar weekend (on February 24th) a special spotlight event in Hollywood called Eye on Black, which will see a group of black directors feted, including Ava DuVernay, Bill Duke, Haile gerima, Chris Robinson, and Debbie Allen.
More: Awards

Sheldon Candis' Sundance 2012 Entry "LUV" (Starring Common) To be Acquired By Indomina

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2012 10:00 PM
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Indomina Entertainment is reportedly close to a deal to acquire Sheldon Candis' Sundance Film Festival 2012 drama LUV (starring Common) - the one film that was on my short list of films to see at the festival that I wasn't able to (hence no review of it from me).

It's Time To Stop Drinking Hollywood's Kool-Aid

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • February 8, 2012 9:33 PM
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Of all the media coverage given to the Red Tails film within the last couple of weeks, one surprising belief that surfaced often was the idea that supporting the film at the box office would "send Hollywood a message" and somehow force studio executives to finally consider greenlighting more black film projects.  Now, I can understand the average Joe saying this but a number of industry folks repeated this same mantra which, quite frankly, seemed idiotic.  Why are we still trying to court Hollywood?  Am I the only one who got the "we don't do black films anymore" Hollywood memo?
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Watch Thandie Newton Be Perplexed By Tyler Perry's Largesse In Clip From "Good Deeds"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2012 8:57 PM
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  • 15 Comments
I won't say anything this time... except, Good Deeds opens on February 24th :)
More: Watch Now

Exclusive: Jimmy Jean-Louis Talks "Toussaint L'Ouverture" Role and Film (PAFF Premiere)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 8, 2012 6:56 PM
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Casting Jimmy Jean-Louis in the lead role of the Haitian revolutionist was a no-brainer to the producers of the French 2, two-part film Toussaint L'Ouverture. Born in Haiti to a poor family, and moving to France at the age of twelve, Jean-Louis ambition and talent persevered amidst struggling to find work as an artist in the streets of Paris. A fluent multi-linguist in French, Creole, English and Spanish, Jean-Louis is the Founder and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the aid of the citizens in Haiti (visit www.hufh.org for contribution info).

Warrington Hudlin, Dr. Ed Guerrero & More Join List of Participants for NVBC Fest 2012

  • By Jasmin
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  • February 8, 2012 5:54 PM
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Producer and DV Republic founder Warrington Hudlin and film historian Ed Guerrero have joined the group of noted voices from film and entertainment slated to moderate in-depth filmmaker Q&A's at this year's New Voices in Black Cinema Festival. The Festival takes place at BAM Rose Cinemas and other locations in Brooklyn, NY, February 16 - 20.

Review - "Safe House" (Solid Technical Work Spoiled By Lack Of Originality & Utter Predictability)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2012 5:46 PM
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You’ve seen it all before in one form or another, in pieces or as a whole; rogue government operative (who “tested off the charts” of course) carrying secrets that could end the careers of many of his comrades still working within (or I should say manipulating) the system (CIA, FBI, MI6, La-Di-Dah, Dum-Di-Dum); naturally he’s a wanted man – ideally, they’d prefer his rotting carcass hand delivered to them, but they’ll take him however they can get him.
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