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Special Screening of Ghanaian Drama “Ties That Bind” with Kimberly Elise In Toronto on Nov 17

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 7, 2011 3:40 PM
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A film we've covered a couple of times in the past. From the press release:
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"West Side Story" And The Puerto Rican Thing

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 3:09 PM
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From TCM's Movie Morlock's blog (a site I highly recommend to all you classic movie geeks):
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Tyler Perry's Fans Angry At Casting Of Kim Kardashian In "Marriage Counselor;" Vow To Boycott Movie

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 2:20 PM
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Hah! One thing we could say has helped contribute to Tyler Perry's immense success is that he communicates directly with his fans via his frequent personal messages to them posted on his website, as well as the open forum he created for his fans to share with him.

Stream Childish Gambino's (aka Donald Glover's) "Camp" In Its Entirety Before Next Week's Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 1:19 PM
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I posted the *controversial* video for the first release from the album last week - Bonfire.

10 Questions With Seith Mann

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 11:45 AM
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Installment number 2 of a new S&A feature I introduced last week - what I'm calling "10 Questions With A Black Filmmaker," in which, as the title states, a filmmaker will be asked 10 questions, they'll answer, and I'll share both questions and answers here with the rest of you to read.

Acclaimed Thriller "96 Minutes" (Evan Ross & David Oyelowo Co-Star) Picked Up For 2012 Theatrical Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 9:13 AM
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96 Minutes, a film we profiled back in March, soon after its debut at the SXSW Film Festival, which Evan Ross (who won a breakthrough performance award at SXSW for his work in the film) and David Oyelowo both co-star in, has been acquired by ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media (North American rights specifically), in a partnership, with plans to release the thriller in early 2012. Synopsis reads:

"The Mountaintop" Extending Broadway Run... Again; Cinemacast Also Possible

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 3:43 AM
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I haven't seen the play yet; but everything I've heard from those who have suggests that it's an absolute must-see! And given that an extension of its run passed the original end date was announced last week, I'd say it's doing very well at the box office! And, as if that's not already enough encouragement for those of you in NYC to go see it, this news just came across the wire:
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Weekend B.O. (Nov. 4-6) - "Tower Heist" Under-performs

  • By Sergio
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  • November 6, 2011 9:32 AM
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Tower Heist
OOPS! It wasn't supposed to happen like this.It wasn't supposed to happen like this. All the insiders and experts were predicting that Tower Heist was, without question, going to be No. 1 this weekend making somewhere between $35-40 million. But it didn't work out that way. The film got its clock cleaned by Puss in Boots which held up very nicely, stayng at No.1 and beating Tower Heist by almost $10 million.

Film Franchises Built Around Black Characters (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 4, 2011 9:50 PM
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This all came to me thanks to a virtual chat I had recently with a friend about the reboot of the the Alex Cross detective thriller series, based on the novel franchise written by James Patterson, which Idris Elba was once attached to take over, only to be recently replaced with Tyler Perry. Alright so... my research tells me that Virgil Tibbs was the first black fictional character to have a film franchise centered around him, that was backed by a Hollywood studio. Sidney Poitier starred in 3 successive films as Virgil Tibbs: In The Heat Of The Night (1968), They Call Me MISTER Tibbs (1970), and The Organization (1971). The last 2 were not as good as the first, but I'd say that The Organization was superior to They Call Me MISTER Tibbs.

Watch Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Promo Shoot For Vin Diesel's New Web Series "The Ropes"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 4, 2011 8:58 PM
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Haven't heard much on this since the initial announcement many months ago... Vin Diesel's new web series (he's producing) with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes - an original series about the lives of bouncers; something Vin himself was in a former life. Recall Zoe Saldana signed on the direct at least one episode (including the pilot). Not sure if that's happened yet, though I assume something of the series has been shot at this point. What I did find is the below behind-the-scenes video put together for the promo photo shoot for show, featuring its cast - a group I don't think have been formally revealed yet.
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