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Sugar Ray Leonard - The Man Behind "Real Steel"

  • By Sergio
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  • August 22, 2011 12:14 PM
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Is there anyone who's anxiously waiting to see Dreamworks/Disney's film version of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots, aka Real Steel, which is coming out on October 7? I mean that seriously. Anyone at least over the age of 12, and not some 30 year old geek fanboy living in their parents basement, surrounded by their collection of Star Wars and Hellboy collectables? Raise your hands.
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Djimon Hounsou Will Play "Angel Of Death" In Adaptation Of Milton's "Paradise Lost"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 10:18 AM
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Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Alex Proyas' adaptation of John Milton's epic good-versus-evil poem Paradise Lost.
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Brit Nonso Anozie Cast In Season 2 Of HBO's "Game Of Thrones"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 8:53 AM
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I have to admit that I haven't watched a single episode of Game Of Thrones, despite how much praise it's received; it's been near-universal! And I'm a fantasy enthusiast, so you'd think I'd be all over it; nope, I haven't been. I also haven't read the literary work by George R. R. Martin that the TV series is based on either (A Song of Ice and Fire which comprises of 7 books - 2 that have yet to be published).

Watch Sumptuous Short Film "If I Leap" (Starring "Pariah's" Adepero Oduye)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 8:16 AM
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This short shout comes from NYU alum, Ms J.J. Stone, featuring the talents of names you should be familiar with, given that we've written about them previously on this site - Adepero Oduye (Pariah), Anslem Richardson (Five Deep Breaths, The Locksmith); and cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young (Pariah, Restless City, Middle Of Nowhere).
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Aretha Franklin On Biopic: Will Focus On Early Years; Halle Berry Is Indeed Interested; Has Director

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 6:35 AM
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Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... although, in all fairness, she was asked! :)

Celebrating Julie Dash's "Daughters Of The Dust" 20-Year Anniversary

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 6:02 AM
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As we've already covered, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; another title also celebrating a pivotal release anniversary this year is Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust - her challenging seminal feature film, set in the very early 1900s, which takes a look at Gullah Geechee culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia; a film that, in 2004, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Watch Interview with Real Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Daniel Keel

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 22, 2011 6:00 AM
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Somewhat of a diversion, but since there's been so much talk lately about George Lucas' Red Tails, in theaters early next year, it's somewhat fitting. Real life pilot for the Tuskegee Airmen, Daniel Keel is interviewed here by Larry Blucher. Blucher is a New Media Journalism classmate of mine; I liked his video and thought I'd share. Keel talks about the racism he faced while serving in World War II. You can find the full article in his website Questionable Things. :-)

Hey New York - You're Getting Another Chance To See "Yelling To The Sky" This Week!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 4:53 AM
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A film that probably doesn't need much of an intro around here, given how much we've already written about it, will screen again in New York City this Thursday evening, the 25th of August; so all you New Yorkers who've missed the precious few past screenings of Victoria Mahoney's impressive and, dare I say, *controversial* (given some of the reactions to it I've read thus far), feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky, will have another opportunity to do so.

Giancarlo Esposito On Next Film "This Is Your Death" + His Role As Crime Lord In "I, Alex Cross"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 4:46 AM
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A worthwhile listen... Giancarlo Esposito chats with local TV anchors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the Albuquerque Film Festival, an initiative he heads called Film For Change, his role in Breaking Bad, his process/method in tackling roles, and more... including what he's currently working on... a film titled This Is Your Death, which he describes as "an unflinching look at reality TV"

Watch Trailer for Social Documentary About Cuba "El Sofa de La Habana" (Havana's Sofa)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 22, 2011 4:38 AM
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El Sofa de La Habana (Havana's Sofa) is currently making its rounds at film festivals in Spain and France. The 52-minute documentary, written, directed and produced by Magda Wodecka and Grégory Szeps, was inspired by the filmmakers first visit to Cuba and their interaction with inhabitants along a stretch in its sea front, also known as "Havana's Sofa" during a period of political change in Cuba.

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