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Samuel L. Jackson Gets Jiggy In Trailer For Modern-Day Gladiator Fighting Drama "Arena"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2011 4:21 AM
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Samuel L. Jackson co-stars in this indie action movie that was intially titled Deathsport, when it was announced over a year ago.

In Theaters This Week - Rashaad Ernesto Green's Acclaimed Drama "Gun Hill Road"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2011 3:52 AM
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Shadow And Act 2011/2012 Black Filmmaker To Watch, Rashaad Ernesto Green's feature film debut Gun Hill Road - a film we've been talking about for about a year now, will finally make its stateside theatrical debut this weekend, when it opens on Friday in select cities.

"Viva Riva!" Coming To DVD & Blu-ray Next Month!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2011 3:39 AM
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In my review of Djo Tunda Wa Munga's crime drama, Viva Riva!, I highlighted the film's audacious depictions of the kind of orchestrated sexuality and violence rarely seen in African cinema (specifically cinema of the DRC - the Democratic Republic Of The Congo, where such scenes are taboo); a kind of "fuck-you" to the status quo in a country that hadn't seen a feature film produced in over 2 decades.

Terence Blanchard Talks Scoring "Red Tails" For George Lucas

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2011 3:04 AM
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"The music is definitely heroic. We actually used a 70-piece orchestra with a 40-piece choir. Then, underneath all of that, I have a lot of African and ethnic percussion grooves that I created here at my home studio. I wanted to service the movie in a way that made it grand and big. But at the same time, I didn't want to lose the whole notion of who these guys were and where they came from. So I used the ethnic percussion as a subtle kind of flavor. I didn't want to go too over the top with it, like blues guitars and such. That kind of thing has been done before."

Watch Trailer for "Changing the Game" Starring Tony Todd

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 1, 2011 2:49 AM
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Written and directed by Rel Dowdel, Changing the Game's cast includes Tony Todd, Sean Riggs, Sticky Fingaz, Irma Hall, Dennis L.A. White and Suzanne Douglas.

On-Set Photos And Video Of Batman & Bane In Action In "The Dark Knight Rises"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2011 2:20 AM
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These turned up online over the weekend... if you hate spoilers, and/or would rather watch it all unfold on the big screen and on the big screen only, you may not want to look.

Arsenio Hall Is Ready To Make Late Night Return

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2011 1:41 AM
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At the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles over the weekend, Arsenio Hall was asked during a PBS panel whether he'd consider making a comeback.
More: Television

Harry Belafonte Urges NAACP To Form "Radical" Think Tank Group

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 31, 2011 11:19 AM
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At the 102nd annual NAACP national convention currently taking place in Los Angeles, actor and activist Harry Belafonte echoed statements we've all heard before regarding blacks in film. He stated the Hollywood industry will..."never ever yield to the needs of people of color."
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So How Did "Attack The Block" Do This Weekend?

  • By Sergio
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  • July 31, 2011 8:26 AM
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Actually pretty damn good all things considering. The film opened in only 8 theaters across the country making a total of $130,000 with an average of $16,250 per screen.

Watch Clips for Shocking Documentary "Angel"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 31, 2011 8:07 AM
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The documentary Angel, directed by Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva and produced by Laurent Segal, is another film screening at next month's New York International Latino Film Festival.

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