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Weekend Box Office July 8-10

  • By Sergio
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  • July 10, 2011 4:53 AM
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Transformers 3 was No 1 again, as if that's going to be any real surprise. It's now domestically the highest grossing film so far this year, and has grossed half a billion dollars worldwide in only nine days. So we can move on...

American Black Film Festival (ABFF) 2011 Day 2 Highlights (John Singleton, Keenen Ivory Wayans)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2011 12:58 PM
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Going into day #4, we're finally seeing some sunshine; all of yesterday (day #3) actually, which was more than welcomed after the first 2 days of clouds and rain.

In Praise Of "Boss Nigger"

  • By Sergio
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  • July 9, 2011 12:28 PM
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Don't blame me. Blame Cynthia! She started it with her piece about The Legend of Nigger Charley That reminded me of my Shadow And Act piece I wrote back in April 2009 about Fred Williamson's western Boss Nigger. As I said back then (and I don't regret one word of it):
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A Zombie Movie - Cuban Style

  • By Sergio
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  • July 9, 2011 9:33 AM
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Everybody's got zombie fever. Now even the Cubans. Here is the first peek (actually two different trailers) for what is supposed to be the first ever horror film made in Cuba Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead). Written and directed by Alejandro Bruges, the film takes place 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, where the island is overrun by zombies that the government claims were sent by the United States.
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NAACP Accuses CNN Of A Lack Of Diversity (Yawn... Here We Go Again)

  • By Sergio
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  • July 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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Harry Lennix Added To "Man Of Steel" Superman Flick

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 9, 2011 3:42 AM
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Veteran actor Harry Lennix has just been added to the cast of the Superman film Man Of Steel. He'll play a high-ranking military officer named General Swanwick.
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Watch Preview For "Bandwagon" - Web Series Co-Starring Tracie Thoms

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2011 2:53 AM
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Check out this intriguing preview of the upcoming season 2 of an ensemble web series Tracie Thoms co-stars in titled Bandwagon, created by Karri Bowman, Emma Caulfield and Camilla Rantsen. I'm only now hearing about it; actually Tracie sent it to us last night, otherwise I may not have known it existed, despite the fact that it's going into its second season.
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Today's Birthdays - 7/08/11 (Lance Gross, Rocky Carroll and Jaden Smith)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 9, 2011 2:48 AM
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Lance Gross says "hello" to 30 today. The California native has appeared in a number of film and television shows including Eve, Meet the Browns, Our Family Wedding and House of Payne. His next upcoming film will be a starring role in director Matthew Cherry's film The Last Fall which you can read about under our "Filmmaker Diary Series."
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Will Play Main Villain Against Sylvester Stallone In Walter Hill Thriller

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2011 2:29 AM
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British Nigerian actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of Walter Hill's upcoming adaptation of a graphic novel titled Bullet to the Head.
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Viola Davis On Her Role In "The Help": "Of Course I Had Trepidations" + More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2011 2:19 AM
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"Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you've ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi? Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it's not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message... As Black women, we're always given these seemingly devastating experiences - experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point."