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Aretha Franklin Biopic Apparently Has Director & Financing + Its Official Title & Her Dream Cast

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 18, 2012 12:40 PM
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Well, good luck to her! This biopic of hers has been "in development" for sometime now, and we've documented every major progression, most notably the casting kerfuffle between her and Halle Berry (she said Halle was a shoe-in to play Aretha Franklin in the film; Halle said, I don't think so, 'cause I can't sing; then Aretha said, but Halle, you don't have to sing, 'cause you'll be lip-synching my shit; and then nothing).

Watch Jasmine Guy In Clip & Trailer For Indie Drama "October Baby" (In Theaters March)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 18, 2012 12:10 PM
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This title is new to me, even though it's scheduled for limited theatrical release on March 23rd, not-so-long from now.

"Dog Jack" Coming Out On DVD Jan. 31

  • By Sergio
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  • January 18, 2012 11:34 AM
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The Civil War-set, independently made, family drama Dog Jack will be released on DVD on Jan. 31st through Screen Media Films, and the following month expanding into Video On Demand as well/.

Watch 7 Minutes Of Russ Parr's "The Under Shepherd" Starring Isaiah Washington + Official Synopsis

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 18, 2012 11:26 AM
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Out initial profile of this film last fall sparked quite a frenzy in the comments section - so much that the director Russ Parr and star Isaiah Washington, both jumped into the conversation to challenge primarily the naysayers. 

Yes, Support "Red Tails;" Just Don't Forget Spike Lee, AFFRM & The Black Indie Film Scene

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 18, 2012 10:42 AM
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So here's the billion-dollar question that's been keeping me (and I'm sure several other independent filmmakers) awake at night in recent weeks: how can we replicate the same kind of nationwide enthusiasm for smaller independently financed black films as we've seen lately with the George Lucas-financed & produced Red Tails?

First Black Female Correspondent Makes Her Debut On "The Daily Show"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2012 10:59 PM
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Comedy Central’s The Daily Show gets its very first African American female correspondent! And she'll be a regular, so it's not just a one-and-done deal.

Doc Trailer Watch: "Homecoming" Explores Identity of Teenage Kids of Foreign Workers in Israel

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 17, 2012 10:46 PM
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Directed by Noa Maiman and Oma Ben Dor, the Israeli documentary Homecoming, will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the end of this month. The documentary tells the story of three teenagers, who are children of foreign workers, and were born and raised in Israel, essentially Israelis, and their journey to their parents' homelands in search of their roots.

Brit Noel Clarke Addresses "Misconceptions" Of UK Acting Biz + Says "Bad Boys" Project Is Coming Soon

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2012 10:31 PM
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You may have noticed that Brit Noel Clarke has been oddly silent about the black-actors-in-the-UK-film-industry problem, broadly-speaking; a matter that we've covered quite a bit here on S&A, highlighting articles written by British journalists, lamentations from black British actors and actresses on the lack of opportunities for them to utilize their talents, and more.

TNT's "Southland" Starring Regina King & Dorian Missick Premieres Its 4th Season Tonight at 10pm ET

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 17, 2012 9:21 PM
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Just a quick reminder...
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Watch Trailer For Indie Action Drama "The Kill Hole" About Troubled Iraqi War Veteran

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 17, 2012 8:39 PM
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Written and directed by Mischa Webley, The Kill Hole, about a troubled and guilt-ridden Iraqi war vet, will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Fest at the end of this month (see previous post HERE).  The indie action drama stars Chadwick Boseman, whom, if you recall in THIS previous post, is set to portray baseball icon Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland's upcoming biopic titled 42.
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