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L.A. Rebellion 2011 Retrospective Review - Haile Gerima’s "Ashes & Embers"

  • By Brandon Wilson
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  • October 25, 2011 2:00 AM
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Ashes & Embers is agitprop. It does not seek to entertain. It does not want you to sit down, settle in, shut off your brain and have fun. Haile Gerima’s film announces its contempt for such fanciful Hollywood confection in its first scene which features an aspiring actor named Randolph and the protagonist Nay Charles (played with effective intensity by John Anderson) cruising down Sunset Boulevard. Randolph’s dream of seeing his name in lights is rudely interrupted by the red and blue flashing lights of an LAPD cruiser. Soon our hero and his friend are being arrested at gunpoint.

Watch Michael Jai White Engage In Swordplay In Teaser Trailer For "Métal Hurlant" ("Heavy Metal")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 25, 2011 1:59 AM
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Announced at MIPCom (the annual TV and entertainment market held in Cannes in October), Michael Jai White stars (alongside Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters) in a live-action TV series adaptation of the Métal Hurlant Chronicles fantasy comics magazine.

Al Thompson's 'ODESSA' Premieres in L.A. at NBC Short Cuts - 10/26

  • By Curtis
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  • October 25, 2011 1:06 AM
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Fresh on the heels of getting the SyFy Network's "Imagine Greater" Award (which includes a deal to develop a science-fiction project of his choosing) at last month's New York Television Festival, Al Thompson and his ValDean Entertainment will have his short film/pilot ODESSA make its Los Angeles premiere as official finalists of NBC SHORT CUTS this Wednesday, October 26 at 7:15pm (hosted by Craig Robinson from NBC’s 'The Office').

'Post-Obama' Racial Thriller, "The Arrangement", To Be Helmed By "Salt" Director Philip Noyce

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 25, 2011 1:02 AM
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According to THR, director Philip Noyce (Dead Calm, Salt, Revenge) has signed on to direct a racially-charged thriller titled The Arrangement, for Mandate Pictures.

Exclusive: Official Poster, Opening Dates & Cities For Second AFFRM Release "Kinyarwanda"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 24, 2011 11:39 AM
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Unless you've had your head buried in the sand, or floating, with equanimity, in the clouds, you'll know that the 2nd film to be distributed theatrically via AFFRM (the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement), which was announced on Independence Day, July 4, 2011, will be Alrick Brown's 2011 Sundance award-winner Kinyarwanda!

Watch: "The Hero's Journey" Doc Explores Action Adv Genre (Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Rodriguez)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 24, 2011 10:51 AM
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Directed by Ed Zwick (Blood Diamond, Defiance, Love & Other Drugs) The Hero's Journey is a documentary short exploring the Action Adventure genre within the concept of heroism. The short film, released to hype PlayStation 3's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (released November 1st), includes contributions from stars Djimon Hounsou, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Rodriguez and Diane Kruger.
More: Watch Now

"Undefeated" Wins Audience Doc Favorite Award at Chicago International Film Fest

  • By Sergio
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  • October 24, 2011 10:05 AM
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The football documentary Undefeated about the Memphis Manassas Tigers high school football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged football whose fortunes reverse thanks to coach Bill Courtney, was named the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature at this month's Chicago International Film Festival.

Robert Townsend's "Diary Of A Single Mom" Coming To DVD

  • By Sergio
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  • October 24, 2011 9:40 AM
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Robert Townsend's web series Diary of a Single Mom, which was later shown as a feature on TV One, is coming to DVD through Image Entertainment on January 10, 2012.
More: New On DVD

Financing Underway for Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave", Brad Pitt Maybe Co-Starring

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 24, 2011 8:55 AM
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According to ScreenDaily.com, River Pholad's River Road Entertainment will serve as producer and financer of Steve McQueen's upcoming project Twelve Years A Slave based on the life of Solomon Northrup.
More: casting, FYI

Nicole Beharie in CBS "The Good Wife": Are You Watching? (Stills + Video Clip)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 24, 2011 7:29 AM
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I announced a little while back that talented beauty and IT GIRL rising star Nicole Beharie would make her debut as Imani Stonehouse in CBS The Good Wife. Well, the 2nd episode since her debut aired last night. Beharie plays an Assistant U.S. Attorney serving as a prosecution observer to ensure plea deals aren't gender/race biased. She is paired up against Cary (Matt Czuchry) and their characters have a competitive and slightly flirtatious dynamic.

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