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10 Questions With Leila Djansi ("Sinking Sands," "Ties That Bind")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 14, 2011 1:08 PM
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And the beat goes on... Installment number 6 of the S&A "10 Questions With A Black Filmmaker" series... catch up with the first 5 if you need to: Barry Jenkins HERE, Seith Mann HERE, Victoria Mahoney HERE, Rodney Evans HERE, and Ava DuVernay HERE.
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"Illusions," "Fragrance," and "Rain": Creating a New Black Cinema at UCLA

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • November 14, 2011 12:25 PM
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In Julie Dash’s film Illusions, Mignon Dupree, played by Lonette Mckee says, “People make films about themselves.” Though she is referring to the exclusionary practices of the Hollywood studio system, her statement also applies to the films screened this weekend as part of UCLA’s LA Rebellion Film Series. There was a unique “self” in each film; a distinct way to tell a story and take cinema out of the exclusivity that Mignon refers to.
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John Singleton Says His Next Film Will Be "A Crazy, Dysfunctional Love Story Set In The Hood"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 14, 2011 12:22 PM
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Alright... so we know that John Singleton is planning to reunite Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese Gibson in a new film, since they were last paired up in his 2001 drama Baby Boy; although, as has already been noted, this upcoming new film is NOT a sequel to Baby Boy, and neither Singleton, nor the two actors have revealed much about what this secret new project. 

"The Hunger Games" Gets A Full Trailer... And I Still Have No Interest In Seeing The Flick

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 14, 2011 11:03 AM
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I'm probably in the minority when I say I have so little interest in seeing this. I've seen enough of these broadly-categorized "white teenager in mythical worlds adventure" flicks; I saw the last 2 Harry Potter movies, and I've had my fill for awhile.
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Watch Don Cheadle Get Frisky In New Full Trailer For "House Of Lies"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 14, 2011 10:33 AM
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Don Cheadle's new dark comedy TV series for the Showtime network, titled House Of Lies (based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn) stars 
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The Queen Hussy Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue VI

  • By Pete Chatmon
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  • November 14, 2011 10:13 AM
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It's been a couple of weeks since the last chronicle. Things have been nicely hectic around Double7 as we were finishing a campaign featuring the Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet (awesome car!) and editing Queen Hussy Episode 2, "But, We're Neighbors".

L.A. Rebellion: Creating A New Black Cinema - Shorts Program Reviews (Works By Julie Dash, Gay Abel-Bey, Larry Clark)

  • By Brandon Wilson
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  • November 14, 2011 9:52 AM
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The shorts program this weekend offered a chance to see early work by major names in the L.A. Rebellion and works by some lesser known filmmakers.
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Weekend Box Office (Nov. 11-13)

  • By Sergio
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  • November 13, 2011 2:02 PM
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The Immortals, despite horrible reviews and press screenings held back until the day before it opened (never a good sign), was No.1 this week; Puss In Boots is a box office juggernaut, and Tower Heist drops - badly.

Actress/Filmmaker Rie Rasmussen Says If Tarantino's "Django" Doesn’t Change Face Of Films, Then Hollywood Is Truly 'Mothereffin' Racist

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 13, 2011 1:21 PM
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The Playlist had a very interesting interview with 'model-turned-actress-turned-filmmaker' Rie Rasmussen, who has closely followed the development of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained since its inception a year and a half ago.  Rasmussen first connected with Tarantino while her short film Thinning the Herd traveled the festival circuit. Ever since, the two have become business comrades; Tarantino has purchased the rights of her feature debut Human Zoo for a domestic run.
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Watch Teaser Trailers For "Tchoupitoulas", An Upcoming Doc About Teens Exploring Forbidden Pleasure Island In New Orleans

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 13, 2011 12:04 PM
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