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Casting News For HBO's Upcoming "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 1:58 PM
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He hasn't found his Ali yet, but director Stephen Frears has cast Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella in his upcoming Muhammad Ali film for HBO. 
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Universal Picks Up UK & Scandinavian Rights To Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley Biopic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 1:41 PM
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Universal Pictures International Entertainment has picked up U.K. and Scandinavian rights to Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald's long-in-development Bob Marley documentary Marley, described as the definitive documentary about legendary musician, from his earliest days, to his rise to international superstardom.

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

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 1:16 PM
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I posted this earlier in the week after I attended a screening of it; figured I'd post again today, since the film is now officially in general release:
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Third World Newsreel Acquires "Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992" For March Release + Trailer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 1:11 PM
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Previously profiled on S&A, and scheduled to make its world premiere in the Panorama Documentary section is Dagmar Shultz's Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 - an untold chapter (the Berlin years) of the late writer, poet and activist, Caribbean child of immigrants from Grenada, who died rather young at 58 years old in 1992.

Indie Distributor Revolver Reveals Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa Stoner Comedy In Its 2012 Release Slate

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 12:49 PM
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Lots being announced at the European Film Market in Berlin this week in case you haven't noticed from all my EFM-related posts...

Watch This Must-See Debate Between Tavis Smiley, Viola Davis + Octavia Spencer About "The Help"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • February 10, 2012 12:32 PM
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If you're like me, you're probably ready to move on from all the controversy surrounding The Help but here's a spirited debate between Tavis Smiley, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer that's a must-see!

"Who Gets To Tell Our Stories" - Great Conversation On The Business Of Black Cinema w/ Tanya Steele

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 12:09 PM
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Great WBAI radio conversation with filmmaker and former co-host Tanya Steele, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, award-winning writer/filmmaker. The recording happened about 3 weeks ago.
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UPDATES On Brit Amma Asante's Slavery-Set Pic On Life Of Mixed-Race Woman Raised In Aristocratic Family

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 11:21 AM
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About 2 months ago, I profiled black British actor/writer/director/producer Amma Asante's (above) period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl titled Belle, from a script which she co-wrote.

Trailer For "The Announcement" (Nelson George Revisits Magic Johnson's Stunning 1991 HIV Reveal) + Premiere Dates

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 10:05 AM
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A collaboration between NBA Entertainment (NBAE) and writer/director/author Nelson George... The Announcement will premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival next month, where I hope to see it.

Brand New Poster For Halle Berry's "Dark Tide" Surfaces (Official Trailer Likely Coming)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 9:47 AM
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First, a quick recap... It's the shark thriller titled Dark Tide, in which Ms Berry stars as a diving instructor who is "drawn to close encounters with the White Sharks that rule the shores of the isolated island on which she lives." Olivier plays Halle’s husband in the movie, who “chooses ambition over his wife’s safety in a split second encounter with the jaws of death, leading to their marriage nearly falling apart.”

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