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Morocco Selects Drama/Thriller "Omar Killed Me" As 2012 Oscar Entry For Best Foreign Language Film

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 7, 2011 2:16 AM
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Morocco has selected actor/director Roschdy Zem's drama/thriller Omar m'a tuer (aka Omar Killed Me) as its entry for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category.

USA Distributor Trials For Steve McQueen's "Shame" Driven By Controversial Subject Matter

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 7, 2011 2:15 AM
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Word on the street (from articles I read on both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter) this morning are that, thanks to it explicit depictions of the symptoms of sexual addiction - including "male and female full-frontal nudity, graphic depictions of straight/gay/threeway sex, masturbation, urination and a gruesome suicide attempt," as THR puts it, Steve McQueen's sophomore feature directorial effort Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie, is guaranteed an "NC-17" rating here in the USA.

Eriq La Salle Heading Back To TV To Play A Doctor Again

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 7, 2011 1:56 AM
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This time it's on the new CBS medical drama series (yes, another one of those) titled A Gifted Man. Although he won't be the series' star; rather Mr Eriq La Salle will take on a recurring role as a neuropsychiatrist.

Preview African Immigrant Tragedy "The Invader" + Watch Bold NSFW Opening Scene

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2011 12:21 PM
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We totally missed this one in our highlighting of titles screening at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Venice Film Festival (it's at both festivals); one of a handful of films that explore some angle of the African immigrant's experience in Europe, to put it broadly. And if the below clip (the film's opening sequence), along with the film's synopsis are of any indication, this is one that's primed for controversy.

Mos Def Says He's Retiring "Mos Def" Name: "It's Time To Expand & Move On"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2011 11:22 AM
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Speaking with MTV this past weekend at Rock The Bells... (aka Yasiin):

Watch Trailer for South African Film About AIDS Orphan Boy "Lucky", Premiering at TIFF

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 6, 2011 11:21 AM
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Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, Lucky, is a South African film written and directed by Avie Luthra. The drama centers about a 10-year old AIDS orphan boy named Lucky who leaves his Zulu Village after losing his mother, and finds refuge with an elderly Indian woman.

Thandie Newton UK-Produced Thriller "Retreat" Gets Official Release Dates & New Trailer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2011 10:39 AM
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Last update on this flick was in May; at the time, there wasn't a slotted release date for it. Now there is... at least for those in the USA and the UK.

Chris Tucker Loads Up With 2 New Studio Projects

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2011 9:56 AM
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Recall my post from mid-August on Chris Tucker's frustrations with the industry, given the lack of *interesting* roles being offered to him which he used to explain his absence from theater screens since 2007...
More: casting

First Black Heathcliff Gives "Wuthering Heights" Adaptation A New Twist, 1st Reviews From Venice

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 6, 2011 9:20 AM
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Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights premiered at the Venice Film Festival yesterday and was received with critical acclaim. The Emily Brontë classic torrid novel's newest adaptation stars its first black Heathcliff, portrayed by newcomer James Howson.

PMFF Returns in October With Film & Entertainment Awards

  • By Jasmin
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  • September 6, 2011 8:15 AM
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The Pocono Mountains Film Festival has announced the honorees for The 9th Annual PMFF Awards, benefiting The Utopia House for Battered Women. The awards will be held on Saturday, October 22 at East Stroudsburg University.

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