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Coming Soon On Blu-Ray: "Thurgood," "The Tuskegee Airmen" and "The Josephine Baker Story"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • December 5, 2011 3:36 PM
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With Black History Month right around the corner, HBO Home Entertainment is releasing three popular selections in January: Thurgood, The Tuskegee Airmen and The Josephine Baker Story.
More: On Blu-Ray

Controversy Over *Whitewashed* Casting Of Tony Award-Nominated Play That Co-Starred Chris Rock

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 2:50 PM
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We debate it happening in cinema almost whenever it does - most recently and notably, the casting of Akira, and The Last Airbender; but you'll be *glad* to know that it also apparently happens in theater.
More: Theater

African Diaspora International Film Fest Monday 12/5 Highlight From Cuba - "The Other Francisco" ("El Otro Francisco")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 1:33 PM
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Continuing on with the day-to-day happenings at the ongoing African Diaspora International Film Festival here in NYC...

Reviews Of French Buddy Comedy "Intouchables" Surface (Not Good) + Watch Star Omar Cy Dance To Earth Wind & Fire In New Clip

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 12:32 PM
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It hasn't arrived in the USA yet, but the film that's currently lighting France's box office on fire, and attracting heaps of praise and acclaim (co-star Omar Cy is being hailed by some in France as a blossoming black cinema icon who might be on track to win the French equivalent of the Oscar for Best Actor next February) has been seen and reviewed by some stateside outlets; also, one of our readers who lives in Europe recently saw the film, and she shared her thoughts with me via email, giving me the OK to post here.
More: Watch Now

Don Cheadle Will Have You By The B*lls In New Full Trailer For "House Of Lies"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 11:51 AM
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Don Cheadle's new dark comedy TV series for the Showtime network, titled House Of Lies (based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn) stars Cheadle as Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who will use any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information that they want.
More: Television

Mysterious Character "Erazer" Revealed Last Night In Mini-Webisode Of "Misfits." Watch It Now!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 11:40 AM
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Those in the UK are already enjoying season 3, which began airing on channel E4 at the end of October; and, as I posted last week, the third season of the quirky, vulgar, smart teen dramedy Misfits will premiere on Hulu for stateside fans of the series on December 19 (a Monday), with all new episodes every Monday. 

Rejected By Sundance, Profile #1 - Watch Michael Fequiere's Short Film "Traum"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 11:00 AM
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Last week, after the Sundance festival committee announced its 2012 slate, I posted an entry requesting all those who submitted films to the festival, whose films were rejected, to email me and introduce themselves and their films, so that I can, at the very least, take a look at their work, and get to know the filmmakers. It's something I've done in previous years since this site's beginnings; and I'm glad to say that, unlike the last 2 years I made the request, this year, I received quite a lot of responses, thanks in part to the site's growth over the last 2 1/2 years, as well as raised awareness since joining the indieWIRE network earlier this year.

Creator Neil Cross Talks "Luther" Film And Idris Elba With Variety

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 5, 2011 10:47 AM
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Variety has named Luther creator Neil Cross to its list of 10 Screenwriters To Watch, and was able to get some interesting info out of him regading the future of the popular BBC show.

VH-1's "Single Ladies" Gets A Brand New Lady In Denise Vasi

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • December 5, 2011 10:16 AM
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TV Guide is reporting that VH-1's scripted series Single Ladies has added Denise Vasi to its cast, according to executive producer Queen Latifah.  Vasi, who Latifah calls "a perfect addition to the Single Ladies cast", will be replacing Stacey Dash, who announced her separation from the program in September.

UPDATE On: "Viva Riva!" Director & Producer Team Up To Produce 6 Films Based On Contemporary African Literature

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 10:13 AM
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12/5/11 UPDATE: As I said in my past post on this, I sent out an email to Steve Markovitz on Friday for any further information he can share on this news; like what some of the books and other filmmakers they're considering (or have already selected). Well... I received an email reply from Markovitz early this morning in which he said that rights to some novels have indeed already been secured, while they are negotiating others; BUT he can't reveal anything further than that until everything has been finalized. However, once that happens, he'll send me an email with all the details!

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