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DVD Review - Cinéma Vérité Feature Doc 'Crude' (Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 3:06 PM
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It's the familiar David Vs Goliath story - one we've seen played out in our media on many an occasion. And being the bleeding-heart Marxist that I am, it should be no surprise that I'm almost always going to side with the "David."

Marlon Wayans' Found-Footage Spoof w/ Essence Atkins Acquired For January 2013 Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 2:14 PM
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Open Road Films has announced via press release that the company has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the Essence Atkins/Marlon Wayans found-footage spoof A Haunted House (previously titled Smart Ass).

TONIGHT: FREE Screening Of Ed Bland’s Avant-Garde 'The Cry Of Jazz' At MoCADA, Brooklyn

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 1:54 PM
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One of the 25 films to be inducted for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress (Spike Lee's Malcolm X was on the short list that year), the experimental film titled The Cry Of Jazz - a fascinating 34-minute critical analysis of Jazz music, directed by Ed Bland (an African American) - his only film.

Denzel Washington's 'Flight' Closing Night Film At Chicago International Film Festival

  • By Sergio
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  • September 20, 2012 1:25 PM
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No doubt the inside buzz about the Denzel Washington/Rober Zemeckis drama Flight must be very strong.

World Premiere Of Spielberg's 'Lincoln' To World Premiere As AFI Fest Closing Night Film

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 1:12 PM
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Details in just-recieved press release... David Oyelowo and Gloria Reuben, and a host of other black actors in peripheral roles, given the story that's told in the film co-star.

With Broader Release & $318,000 Box Office So Far, YOUR Thoughts On 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 12:29 PM
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I thought we'd go silent on Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer until more of you had seen it, since we've had little conversation about it (except for me sharing my own thoughts, and a few of you responding, although most of those responses were from folks who hadn't seen the film yet.

Naomie Harris Talks About Her Multi-Layered Kick-Ass Character In 'Skyfall'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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To be frank, if it weren't for Naomie Harris' involvement in this, I probably wouldn't be much interested in seeing it. I'm ready for another 007 redo; or maybe just an very long break away from the franchise entirely.

TV One's 'The Rickey Smiley Show' Propels Network To New Ratings Record

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 11:23 AM
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Your reactions to the new series, which debuted 2 nights ago on TV One, weren't the most favorable, based on comments I read.

Updates On BET/Akil 'Entourage'-Like Diggy Simmons Pilot (Title, Synopsis, Shoot Dates)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 11:09 AM
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A few updates on BET's "two-hour backdoor comedy pilot/original movie" starring Daniel Dwayne Simmons, aka Diggy Simmons (son of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons), executive produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who are already behind 2 other BET products - the hit comedy The Game, and the upcoming drama/comedy series Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union.

Black List Founder Franklin Leonard 'Forced Out Of Post' At Overbrook Entertainment

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 10:32 AM
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According to the LA Times this morning, Franklin Leonard, who was vice president of creative affairs at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, and founder of what has come to be known as the Black List (the popular annual list that ranks the best unproduced screenplays each year), has been "forced out of his post" at Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

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