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Peter Berg Says He Cast Rihanna In "Battleship" Because Of Her "Urban Swagger"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 1:00 PM
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“I spent a lot of time in the Navy thinking about who would make sense and who would bring an urban swagger to this character,” Berg explained of his idea to cast Rihanna. “Put a call in, had a great couple of meetings, and she’s a great girl, really hard-working, very smart, wants to be good, really strong work ethic, no attitude, no diva nonsense. She was great.”

Julie Delpy, Chris Rock Relationship Dramedy "2 Days In New York" Acquired For Spring UK Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 12:34 PM
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It makes its official debut next month at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, but it's already been acquired for distribution... for UK audiences.

Survey Says "The Hobbit," "The Avengers" Are 2 Of 2012's Most Anticipated Movies; What Are Yours? (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 12:03 PM
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  • 30 Comments
The short story goes... Fandango surveyed over 1,000 Fandango users, asking them what films are they most anticipating in 2012. Fandango then sorted the results by gender, and these were the results:

Anime Short "Rosa" (About "Halle Berry-Meets-Trinity-Meets-Neytiri Cyborg") Getting Live-Action Feature Treatment

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 11:29 AM
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As we've mentioned a number of times on this site... for filmmakers chasing Hollywood dreams, one potential route to take that's proven to be successful for a number of filmmakers in the recent past, is to consider investing in a solid high-concept or genre short film (note the bold on those 2 words) that's preferably less than 10 minutes long, stick it up on the web, tell the whole world, and hope for the best!
More: Short Film

First Look Video Clip From "Think Like A Man"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 11:14 AM
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The Insider had an exclusive preview of the movie last night, which I embedded below.
More: Watch Now

T.I. and Tiny's Reality Show Pulls In Big Numbers for VH-1

  • By Sergio
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  • December 9, 2011 10:51 AM
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VH-1's new reality series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle pulled in some really big ratings and a whole lot of viewers for the network.

Bounce TV Acquires "Fat Albert," "The Cosby Kids" Series + Hits 72% Penetration Of African American Households

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 10:37 AM
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Anyone of you been watching the new black TV network, Bounce TV? And if so, thoughts on programming thus far? It's still a little early in the game I suppose, but I'm sure some of you have already started forming your opinions of it, based on its current offerings.
More: Television

CONFIRMED! Eddie Murphy To Star In Marion Barry Biopic Directed By Spike Lee For HBO

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 9:58 AM
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UPDATE Friday morning, 12/9: It's not a question mark anymore folks; this is very real and is indeed happening, as has been confirmed by some of the industry trades, like The Hollywood Reporter. So, wow! This should be very interesting... VERY interesting. It just came out of nowhere. I'm waiting to hear all the backstory on this, like how it all came together, how long those involved had been chatting about doing it, etc. I also look forward to finding out how they plan to attack it.

Danny Glover, Sophie Okonedo & Chiwetel Ejiofor In Talks To Star In Adaptation Of Edwidge Danticat's "The Dew Breaker"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 8, 2011 10:50 PM
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Damn... this would be one hell of a cast, and film, given the deep, complex material the author is famous for, and that they'll be given to work with.

"Sparkle" Remake Gets An Official Release Date

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 8, 2011 10:01 PM
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Sony Pictures has announced a release date for the Sparkle remake, which stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, and others, shepherded by Salim and Mara Brock Akil.
More: FYI

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