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'Fresh' Chess Connections In A 'Brooklyn Castle' (Today In History)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 1, 2012 1:20 PM
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Watch Rodney Evans' 'Two Encounters' (Short Shouts)

  • By Courtney
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  • September 1, 2012 12:09 PM
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Brother To Brother director Rodney Evans' 2000 7-minute short film, Two Encounters, is now online, courtesy of Frameline. 

Against The Bean Counter Mentality In African-American Film: 'If It Don’t Make Dollars, It Might Make Sense!'

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • September 1, 2012 9:41 AM
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What we ought to be most loathed of is when “bean counters” dress themselves up as film critics and/or nestle themselves in film festival administrations or studio executive positions as gatekeepers to inhibit the progression of art for the Godless sake of profit.  And what I mean by “bean counters” are those industry professionals or observers who can quote you chapter and verse about the box office numbers of any film and detail for you in a single breath audience demographics, per screen averages, production budgets, above-the-line costs, SAG minimums, points on the gross, and the increase in the price of chewing gum from the year a film was made when it is adjusted for inflation today.

'Steve Harvey' Finds The Funny In New Daytime Syndicated Series (Watch 4 Preview Clips)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 3:45 PM
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Watch several clips from the upcoming new show below... but first, all the details from the NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution press release today...

Watch 'Simply Raw' (Trials, Triumphs Of 6 Americans w/ Diabetes Who Switch To Raw Diet For 30 Days)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 2:15 PM
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It's Friday... some weekend viewing when you've got about 90 minutes to spare. Although this one just might save your life. As someone who comes from a family with a history of diabetes, this was especially evocative.

'Battlefield America' (From The 'You Got Served' Team) On VOD, DVD, Blu-ray 9/13, 9/18

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 1:43 PM
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It opened in theaters on June 1, and grossed $172,000 at the box office, and now it's heading to home video - DVD, Blu-ray, VOD.

Rethinking The Annual Shadow & Act Black Filmmakers To Watch List (FYI)...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 1:25 PM
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It's exciting to know that there's a lot of interest in the annual Shadow & Act Black Filmmakers To Watch list I created in 2009, if correspondence I've received (especially recently) is of any indication.

TIFF 2012 Preview - 'London - The Modern Babylon' (London’s Tumultuous 20th Century History)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 12:17 PM
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London - The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

New In USA Theaters - Taraji P. Henson, Cory Hardict, Toni Braxton, Central African Republic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 11:24 AM
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Toni Braxton Plays A Black Christian Woman In Love w/ A White Jewish Man In 'A Narrow Bridge'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 10:08 AM
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It seems like the Lifetime movie network is producing more original black movies (or movies with black people in starring roles) than any other TV (broadcast or cable) network right now; there's the all-black cast remake of Steel Magnolias; the recent acquisition of Terry McMillan’s A Day Late And A Dollar Short which the network plans to adapt; the Mary J. Blige/Angela Bassett project which centers on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King called Parallel Lives; there's Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which stars Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, and Sherri Shepherd; and also there was Taraji P. Henson In Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story last year; and now this one: another original movie titled A Narrow Bridge, starring Toni Braxton.

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