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Mississippi Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By "The Help" Against Author Of "The Help"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 12:47 PM
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  • 25 Comments
I'm sure this will give some folks even more of a reason to despise her and her bestselling novel turned film.

Viola Davis Teaming With Dee Rees ("Pariah") For HBO Series On Corruption

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 11:35 AM
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  • 16 Comments
Viola Davis is on the move...!

The FIRST Solomon Northrup Movie (and an observation...)

  • By Sergio
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  • August 16, 2011 11:05 AM
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  • 8 Comments
We've sure have some very knowledge people who read Shadow And Act. When I saw that Tambay posted an item about the Steve McQueen/Chiwetel Ejiofor film project 12 Years A Slave, based on the autobiography by Solomon Northrup, a free black man in New York who was kidnapped and forced to work as a slave in the South, it immediately brought to mind Solomon Northrup's Oddessy.

Today's Birthdays - 8/16/11 (Angela Bassett)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • August 16, 2011 10:53 AM
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New York native and Yale graduate Angela Bassett welcomes 53 today. A veteran of the stage and screen, she's appeared in dozens of productions including Spenser For Hire, 227, thirtysomething, Boyz N the Hood, Passion Fish, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Malcolm X, What's Love Got To Do With It, Vampire In Brooklyn, Panther, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Alias, Akeelah and the Bee, Meet The Browns, Notorious and Jumping The Broom among others.
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Watch Trailer for Cross-Cultural Comedy "Wind Jammers"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 16, 2011 10:50 AM
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Directed by Kareem Mortimer, Wind Jammers, will screen at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival next month. The film stars Justice Von Maur, Claudette Allens and Taylor Boswell.

UPDATES (New Titles Added)... Identifying Trends In Novels About Black People Made Into Films

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 8:51 AM
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  • 41 Comments
I've decided that I'll continue to update this post every time a new novel adaptation is announced; instead of waiting another year as I did the last time, and end up missing a few.

Several New Photos From J-Hud's "Winnie" & Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 7:56 AM
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With today's announcement that both films will screen in the Gala section of next month's Toronto International Film Festival, come some media from both camps in the form of still photos, all of which I embedded below.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor & Steve McQueen Will Explore "12 Years A Slave" With Brad Pitt Producing

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 6:38 AM
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  • 35 Comments
Breaking from Variety:

Thoughts On Affion Crockett's New Sketch Comedy Series "In The Flow"...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 6:28 AM
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It debuted on Sunday night on Fox. I didn't catch it, although my Twitter and Facebook feeds were full of conversation about it. I couldn't quite gauge overall reactions to it, and I haven't heard much conversation about it since Sunday night, so I'm guessing its taste didn't linger, giving folks something to talk about around office water-coolers, real and virtual...?
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Shaquille O'Neal Graduating From New York Film Academy; Wants To be A Director

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 5:27 AM
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  • 12 Comments
Ok, so back in June, his eminence Shaquille O'Neal shared with the world his retirement from the NBA, and his plans to conquer Hollywood next!

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