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Updates On Spike Lee's "Oldboy" - Shoot Dates, New Plot Elements Added, Ending A Bit Darker, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 3:45 PM
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Collider spoke to producer Roy Lee about a number of upcoming projects on his slate, including Spike Lee's Oldboy adaption, which Josh Brolin is attached to star in.

Shadow & Act 2011 Black Cinema *Hot List* Revisited... How Did We Do?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 2:44 PM
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It's not the end of 2011 yet, though we're about a month away... so you can expect all the usual end-of-year summaries, and "best of" lists to start turning up online very soon.

ADIFF Video Exclusive: Veteran Brit Filmmaker Menelik Shabazz On State Of Black Cinema In UK, Black American Films In UK, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 12:30 PM
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Last week Wednesday, I had the pleasure of having a lengthy conversation with veteran black British filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion), who's in the US for the stateside premiere of his latest work (The Story Of Lover's Rock), at the African Diaspora Film Festival here in New York City. Our chat covered a variety of topics we've tackled here on S&A, including the black filmmaker's experience in the UK (he gets into several specifics, from funding, to production, distribution, exhibition and reception), the so-called talent drain as black UK actors and filmmakers leave the UK for supposed greener pastures in the USA, comparisons between the black filmmaker's experience in the UK versus the US, how black American films are received in the UK (notably Tyler Perry's), the prevalence of bootlegging of those black American films, "hood films" in the UK, up-and-coming black British filmmakers we should be aware of on this side of the pond, and more...

Jamie Chung Gives Details On RZA's Upcoming Directorial Debut "The Man With The Iron Fists"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 28, 2011 12:21 PM
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We've given you tidbits here and there on the martial arts, action flick The Man With The Iron Fists, the soon-to-be-released directorial debut of the RZA.  Recently, Pam Grier described her character and now actress Jamie Chung, who also co-stars in it, gives us some details on this highly anticipated film.

"The Strange Thing About The Johnsons" Director Ari Aster Talks To Shadow & Act About His Provocative & Controversial Short Film

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 28, 2011 12:16 PM
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A little over a week ago, Shadow and Act introduced many readers to a short film that had the internet abuzz with all types of mixed emotions.  It seemed that most who viewed director Ari Aster's The Strange Thing About The Johnsons had a strong reaction to it, and a personal opinion regarding the film's meaning.  Well, S&A reached out to Aster and he has provided answers to a lot of the questions our readers had about his film.

The "Queen Hussy" Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue VII (Plus Watch Episode 2)

  • By Pete Chatmon
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  • November 28, 2011 11:39 AM
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I hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Watch: Screenwriters Roundtable On Craft, Collaborating, Awards, Film As Indigenous American Artform, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 11:08 AM
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You've seen the directors and actresses roundtable; now here's the Hollywood Report screenwriters roundtable, featuring several A-list writers whose names are expected to be heard during awards season: Pedro Almodóvar, Dustin Lance Black, Oren Moverman, Eric Roth, Aaron Sorkin, and Steven Zaillian.
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Persia White Joins Cast Of "Vampire Diaries"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 10:27 AM
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Persia White of Girlfriends fame has joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries - a show I'm not at all familiar with.

Message In The Medium: Black Film's Potential Role In The Discussion On Sexual Abuse And Our Children

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 28, 2011 10:15 AM
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As the year 2011 draws to a close, and as I reflect on the past year’s offering of cinema of the African diaspora, I can’t help but wonder if there is anything of true value and importance to take away from it all.  I wonder which film’s message or theme will resonate with viewers the next time they experience a personal or societal tragedy.  When I think of the recent tragic allegations of unreported sexual abuse at Penn State University, and hear the yet-to-be-substantiated reports that many of the alleged victims were young black children, the importance of the messages of past films such as Something Is Killing Tate (2008), Precious (2009), and Mississippi Damned (2009), become very clear.

Gotham Independent Film Awards Tonight Will Be Live-Streamed ("Pariah," "Gun Hill Road," Others Up For Awards)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 9:56 AM
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The 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony takes place tonight, Monday, November 28th, at Cipriani’s Wall Street, and will be streamed live on the IFP's website HERE, so we can all watch it! 
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