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Theater Review - Exit, Pursued By A Bear's All-Male Presentation Of Shakespeare's "King Lear"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 2:01 AM
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A review of the Ed Sylvanus Iskandar-directed all-male (majority black male actors) staging of Shakespeare's King Lear submitted by Rod Gailes OBC, winner of the last Shadow And Act $3,000 Black Filmmaker Challenge (he's currently in post-production on the short film he made with the cash, and we should be debuting it in coming weeks). It'll run through the 27th, presented by Exit, Pursued By A Bear, here in New York City for those interested, or even mildly curious.
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"I, Alex Cross" Shooting In Cleveland, OH This Spring/Summer (Get Your Cameras Ready!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 1:42 AM
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Cleveland get your still and recording cameras ready... I know we have readers in that Northeastern Ohio city, so I fully expect to some of you will snap photos and record video (or should I say "steal" some shots) while principal photography is happening, and email them to me so we can share here. I think most would agree with me when I say that of all the work Tyler Perry has done thus far, this one inspires the most interest and speculation for a variety of reasons - many we've already tossed around on this site. I'm genuinely curious to see how this all turns out in the end. Seriously; no joke here.
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Quentin Tarantino Chooses Jamie Foxx For "Django Unchained"?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 1:16 AM
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"Will Smith is out! Inside sources tell me that Tarantino has chosen Oscar winner @iamjamiefoxx to play Django!"

Soundtrack Details For "The Help" (Track List Includes Ray Charles, Chubby Checker + Many Others)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 12:31 PM
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Details on the soundtrack for the upcoming Viola Davis drama The Help have been released by Geffen/Interscope Records.
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3-Part Feature Documentary On Prophet Mohammed In The Works

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 11:54 AM
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I believe this is the 3rd film project on the life of the Prophet Mohammed that's in the works. The last one I recall was a proposed $150 million feature film being produced by Barrie Osborne (Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), backed by Qatari media company Al Noor Holdings. Haven't heard much about that since the initial announcement over a year ago.

Aaron Zigman Scoring Tina Gordon Chism's "We The Peeples" (No Release Date Yet)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 10:13 AM
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Haven't heard anything about this project since early announcements last summer/fall; I keep forgetting to periodically check up on it actually.

It's Official! Angela Bassett Will Join Samuel L. Jackson On Broadway This Fall In "The Mountaintop"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 9:07 AM
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Looks like it's no longer just conjecture on our part; it's now been officially confirmed by the upcoming show's producers.
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Yahoo! To Sponsor Short Film Program At 2012 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 8:16 AM
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Press release below... the gist: a select number of short films from the 2012 installment of the festival will premiere on b>Yahoo's highly-trafficked Yahoo! Movies site (27.5 million users per month). Viewers will then vote for the best film which will win an audience award presented to the winning filmmaker at the Short Film Awards party during the festival.

Lil Jon Explains Why He Won't Be A Rapper Turned Actor

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 21, 2011 7:59 AM
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"...I just want to do animated because to be an actor, you have to really polish and refine your craft. I don’t want want to half do it. I want to do it real. I just want to concentrate on the animated side and more television shows."
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More On The Black British Versus Black American Experience...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Maybe I'm only just now starting to pay attention to these matters... but, as an addendum to my post last week on the supposed talent drain, as black British actors migrate to the USA where better opportunities to work are believed to be in far more abundance, when compared to England... here's another article lamenting the state of the African in the UK - specifically, the lack of "an educated ethnic middle class... to counter the black 'street’ stereotype," which in turn affects the quality of content produced for black British audiences.

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