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Kevin Hart, Tatyana Ali Project, “The Precious One”, Remains Stalled By Financial Constraints

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 21, 2011 9:52 AM
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New Zealand father & son filmmaking-team Lance and James Morcan recently told New Zealand website Voxy that their long-planned biopic on South African weightlifter Precious McKenzie, The Precious One, is still on hold, due to financial constraints. If, and when, the film is ever made, actors Kevin Hart and Tatyana Ali will play the roles of McKenzie and his wife, Elizabeth. The Morcans have secured the directorial services of Roger Spottiswoode (Shoot To Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies), and have signed on actors Nick Nolte, Kim Basinger, and John Rhys-Davies, as well. Lord Of The Rings Executive Producer Mark Ordesky is to co-produce.

Rev. Al Sharpton Honors Tyler Perry, Calls His Critics "Proper Negroes"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 21, 2011 8:20 AM
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Tyler Perry was honored by Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network this past Wednesday. According to The Washington Post, Sharpton lashed out at the critics of the highest-earning man in Hollywood, calling them "proper negroes" "who don't really understand regular black folk". Sharpton praised Perry for providing work to under appreciated actors in Hollywood and for creating his own empire.
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Ugandan Hip Hop Documentary "Bouncing Cats" Will Make Its TV Debut Next Month

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • October 21, 2011 7:53 AM
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Bouncing Cats, an award-winning film we've profiled before, will make it's US television debut on The Documentary Channel next month. It will air November 19, 2011 at 8:00pm/est and re-air that night at 11:00pm/est.
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New in Theaters: Le Havre, Retreat and The Three Musketeers

  • By Monique
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  • October 21, 2011 5:29 AM
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(Photo: Le Havre)

Darryl Roberts' "America The Beautiful 2" Held Over And Opening In More Cities

  • By Sergio
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  • October 21, 2011 3:47 AM
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Filmmaker Darryl Roberts' follow-up to his highly successful and self distributed 2007 documentary America the Beautiful, entitled America The Beautiful 2 :The Thin Commandments (which we told you about HERE and HERE) in which he further explores this country's obsession with youth, beauty and image, and how it affects women (and guys as well) has been a success so far in its limited opening release.

Trailer Watch For The South African Film "A Million Colors"

  • By Sergio
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  • October 21, 2011 3:19 AM
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Here's a trailer for the upcoming South African dramatic film A Million Colors, which will open the Hollywood Black Film Festival next Thursday, and is scheduled for release in early 2012.
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Laurence Fishburne Narrating Film Based On Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book "Slavery By Another Name"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • October 21, 2011 3:02 AM
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Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery By Another Name, will become a PBS documentary and renowned actor Laurence Fishburne will narrate the project.

"Idlewild" Director Bryan Barber Developing Live Action Version of "Gigantor"

  • By Sergio
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  • October 21, 2011 2:07 AM
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You remember Idlewild don't you; the film which came out during the summer of 2006? The film that was supposed to make Andre 300 and that other guy in Outkast big movie stars?

Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama "'Southpaw" Starring Eminem Revived By MGM

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 21, 2011 1:40 AM
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We last announced Dreamworks pulled the plug on this project back in August. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Entertainment now plans to distribute the new MGM's boxing drama Southpaw starring Eminem. The film, previously set up by Dreamworks, is back on path and still set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film, written by Eminem and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, tells the story of a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion before undergoing a tragedy, and later becomes determined to make a comeback.
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Paramount Responds to John Singleton, "His claims have absolutely no merit."

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 20, 2011 12:48 PM
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A follow-up to THIS post from yesterday, which Cynthia reported John Singleton's intentions to sue Paramount Studios and MTV Films for $20 million. Singleton alleged the studio reneged on their promise to greenlight and distribute two of his films after he gave them the right to distribute 2005's hit, Hustle and Flow.

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