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Giving Away 2 All-Access Passes (Worth $250 each) To 2011 African Diaspora International Film Fest. Deadline Is TONIGHT!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 17, 2011 12:13 PM
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The African Diaspora International Film Festival kicks off its 2011 festivities next week Friday, November 25th, right here in New York City, and I'll be covering it.
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Harvey Weinstein's "Intouchables" + Will Smith's "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" - Remakes Of French Narratives; Familiar Themes

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 17, 2011 11:36 AM
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Worth sharing... from the UK Guardian today:

S & A's Audience Reaction To "Shame" Makes Steve McQueen Incredulous

  • By Sergio
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  • November 17, 2011 11:25 AM
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So here's the deal. On Tuesday I met filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen (twice actually at two different events), who, along with Michael Fassbender (a really approachable, genuinely nice, honest and down to earth guy) are currently on a U.S. and European publicity tour for Shame. McQueen himself is a pretty fascinating guy. VERY intense, talks 100MPH a minute, but who somehow instinctively knows what you're going to ask him, and says it even before you can ask him. Also with a really great sense of humor, so it's all not gloom and doom with him.

Watch Anthony Hemingway Explain How He Became The Director Of "Red Tails," Meeting George Lucas And More

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 17, 2011 10:50 AM
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You know, every time I see more footage about Red Tails I become increasingly enthusiastic about this project.  Here's a clip of the director, Anthony Hemingway, explaining how he became connected to the film, his meeting George Lucas and what it took to prepare the cast.

Australian Drama "The Slap" (Co-Starring Sophie Okonedo) Will Play In The USA; Officially Sold To US Distributor

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 16, 2011 10:54 PM
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It's true - @MatchboxPics has just sold The Slap to the US! More news to come...

The Revolution Will Be Hashtagged! Get Ready To #OccupyTheatersKinyarwanda & #OccupyTheatersPariah In December!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 16, 2011 9:53 PM
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While others are apparently hanging the future of black cinema on upcoming mega-budgeted blockbusters like George Lucas' Red Tails (out next January), and Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Black Basterds... uhh... sorry... wrong movie... I meant, Django Unchained, I'm much more interested in the successes of 2 far less expensive upcoming films with stories centered on the experiences of black people across the diaspora - Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda (AFFRM's second release, in theaters beginning December 2nd), and Dee Rees' Pariah (to be released by Focus Features on December 28th). 
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OWN Network Adds A New Reality Show With Model Beverly Johnson

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 16, 2011 8:30 PM
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Remember Beverly Johnson?  The first black model to appear in Vogue magazine in 1974?  Well the former model, who now has a very successful wig collection line, has just inked a deal for a reality show with the OWN network.

John Singleton Out As Tupac Biopic Director

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 16, 2011 7:22 PM
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Melvin Van Peebles Supports The Occupy Wall Street Movement With His 1971 Song From "Watermelon Man"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 16, 2011 4:32 PM
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Famed director Melvin Van Peebles, who knows his share of controversy, decided to lend his support to the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  His 1971 song "Love That's America," from his first Hollywood film Watermelon Man, has been used with various OWS promotional videos circulating on the web now.  The latest one, below, is by Cypher Films.

Luke Cage Likely Coming To TV Screens Before Movie Theaters; Here's Why...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 16, 2011 4:22 PM
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In an interview with Hitfix, posted today, Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight screenwriter), who, as we've been following, is reportedly writing and executive producing the Jessica Jones TV series, has confirmed that not only will Luke Cage be "worked into the series" (which Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb revealed at Comic-Con earlier this year), but he'll in fact be a primary series character, and will be 1 of 3 central characters in the narrative - the other 2 being Jessica Jones (of course), and Carol Danvers (better known as Ms. Marvel, one of the most powerful members of The Avengers).

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