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Acclaimed Thriller "96 Minutes" (Evan Ross & David Oyelowo Co-Star) Picked Up For 2012 Theatrical Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 9:13 AM
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96 Minutes, a film we profiled back in March, soon after its debut at the SXSW Film Festival, which Evan Ross (who won a breakthrough performance award at SXSW for his work in the film) and David Oyelowo both co-star in, has been acquired by ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media (North American rights specifically), in a partnership, with plans to release the thriller in early 2012. Synopsis reads:

"The Mountaintop" Extending Broadway Run... Again; Cinemacast Also Possible

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 7, 2011 3:43 AM
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I haven't seen the play yet; but everything I've heard from those who have suggests that it's an absolute must-see! And given that an extension of its run passed the original end date was announced last week, I'd say it's doing very well at the box office! And, as if that's not already enough encouragement for those of you in NYC to go see it, this news just came across the wire:
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Weekend B.O. (Nov. 4-6) - "Tower Heist" Under-performs

  • By Sergio
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  • November 6, 2011 9:32 AM
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Tower Heist
OOPS! It wasn't supposed to happen like this.It wasn't supposed to happen like this. All the insiders and experts were predicting that Tower Heist was, without question, going to be No. 1 this weekend making somewhere between $35-40 million. But it didn't work out that way. The film got its clock cleaned by Puss in Boots which held up very nicely, stayng at No.1 and beating Tower Heist by almost $10 million.

Film Franchises Built Around Black Characters (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 4, 2011 9:50 PM
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This all came to me thanks to a virtual chat I had recently with a friend about the reboot of the the Alex Cross detective thriller series, based on the novel franchise written by James Patterson, which Idris Elba was once attached to take over, only to be recently replaced with Tyler Perry. Alright so... my research tells me that Virgil Tibbs was the first black fictional character to have a film franchise centered around him, that was backed by a Hollywood studio. Sidney Poitier starred in 3 successive films as Virgil Tibbs: In The Heat Of The Night (1968), They Call Me MISTER Tibbs (1970), and The Organization (1971). The last 2 were not as good as the first, but I'd say that The Organization was superior to They Call Me MISTER Tibbs.

Watch Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Promo Shoot For Vin Diesel's New Web Series "The Ropes"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 4, 2011 8:58 PM
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Haven't heard much on this since the initial announcement many months ago... Vin Diesel's new web series (he's producing) with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes - an original series about the lives of bouncers; something Vin himself was in a former life. Recall Zoe Saldana signed on the direct at least one episode (including the pilot). Not sure if that's happened yet, though I assume something of the series has been shot at this point. What I did find is the below behind-the-scenes video put together for the promo photo shoot for show, featuring its cast - a group I don't think have been formally revealed yet.
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Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series "The Girls Bathroom" (4 Black Girls, High School, Chit-Chat)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 4, 2011 8:18 PM
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Continuing to unload web series from my virtual pile... so far, we're two-for-two; the first two I featured over the last week or so were mostly well-received. Let's see if that trend continues... or not :) Today's title is called The Girls Bathroom, and it follows four teenagers - Red, Blondie, Brownie and Noir - at the beginning of their high school senior year. In each episode, the girls converse as they prep for each school day; Topics of discussion include boys, hair, make-up, fashion and other subjects that tend to be popular amongst today’s teens. The series is a Chapter 3 TV project, created by Darralynn Hutson and Michael Negri. Watch episode 1 below, and leave your constructive comments underneath:

2011 AFI Film Festival Showcasing African Titles In World Cinema & New Auteurs Sections

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 4, 2011 7:28 PM
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The AFI Film Festival is currently underway, running through the 10th of November (it officially started yesterday, the 3rd). Of note, in its World Cinema and New Auteurs sections are 4 titles we've covered several times on S&A, namely: The Invader, Kinyarwanda, Mama Africa, and in the New Auteurs section, Restless City. And since films in the World Cinema and New Auteurs sections are eligible for their respective section’s Audience Award, any of these 4 films could walk away with the the prize. Screenings will take place at the historic Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.Individual tickets and special passes are available to the general public. Ticket information can be found HERE, including how you can get FREE tickets to all screenings. Full writeups for each of the 4 films, as well as specific screening times and locations, follow below:

The Thing To Keep In Mind When You See “Tower Heist” This Weekend…

  • By Sergio
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  • November 4, 2011 5:35 PM
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No doubt many of you are going to see Tower Heist this weekend; but as you watch it, there's something I think that you should keep in mind. No, not that the film totally defies logic and the rules of gravity (You'll know what I mean when you see it); But the fact that the project was originally conceived as a black film.

Watch - NYFF Forum: To Union Or Not To Union

  • November 4, 2011 12:58 PM
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Filmmakers might find this useful. SAGIndie presents: A panel of actors, producers and casting agents including Famke Janssen, Bruce Weiss, Jay Van Hoy, Paul Schnee, Mary Clay Boland, Craig Zobel and moderator Michael Sladek, discuss casting for low-budget films and the role of unions in independent cinema (taped last month at the New York Film Festival):

Trailer Watch For Short Film "The Testament of Karma"

  • By Sergio
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  • November 4, 2011 3:16 AM
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Below is the trailer for the new short suspense thriller film The Testament of Karma which, according to the description for the film, is about a woman who "wakes up in a bathtub filled with water and finds a young stranger standing over her. As she finds herself prisoner in her own home and desperate to get out, the stranger tortures her with horrid details of her life".

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