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Warner Bros. Sets Release Date For Star-Studded 'Cloud Atlas' (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry Headline)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 9:52 PM
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One of the very few films remaining in 2012 that I can say I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing... Warner Bros has set a release date for for Cloud Atlas - the adaptation of David Mitchell’s epic labrynth of a novel co-directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Wishaw, James D’Arcy and Zhou Xun.

Is Science Fiction Coming To Africa? Or Is It Already Here?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 8:37 PM
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Initially it was very difficult for me to imagine a sci-fi story set in Africa... because all the sci-fi I'd been exposed to... had been western sci-fi... mainly centered around the future of the West. It was extremely difficult for me to imagine a future Africa. And when I tried, I even thought that some of the ideas I had were frankly patronizing.

Exclusive: Poster For Ava DuVernay's Award-Winning "Middle Of Nowhere" + LAFF Gala & NABJ Info

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 5:58 PM
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To be presented as 1 of only 4 gala screening events at the Los Angeles Film Festival this year (headed by Stephanie Allain), Ava DuVernay's lauded sophomore feature film effort, Middle Of Nowhere, will screen tomorrow night at LA Live's Regal Cinemas 800-seat auditorium! 

Alice Walker Denies Israeli Publisher Permission To Translate 'The Color Purple' (Cite's Spielberg's Film)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 5:42 PM
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News you can use on an otherwise slow day here at Shadow & Act HQ...

Aasha Davis Stars In The Hilarious Workplace Web Series 'the Unwritten Rules'

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • June 19, 2012 5:10 PM
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I'm a little late to the party on this, but . . . if you've ever been "one of the few" in your office/workplace, then you must watch Aasha Davis (Pariah) in the first three episodes of the web series, the Unwritten Rules, based on series creator Kim Williams' book 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman.

Ciné Institute - A Film School Grows In Haiti And Is Seeking Faculty For 2012-13 Year

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 4:48 PM
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Ciné Institute provides Haitian youth with film education, training and production support that began as a film festival in Jacmel.

Ice-T's "Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap" Gets UK Theatrical Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 2:34 PM
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They say black films don't sell overseas (if you actually believe that), but black music certainly does - especially rap music.

Antoine Fuqua Is Directing Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Project Apparently...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 2:07 PM
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Things that make you go hmmm...

New On DVD - John Akomfrah's 'Nine Muses' & Damon Russell's 'Snow On Tha Bluff'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 12:39 PM
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In Wendy's (MsWOO's) review of John Akomrah's The Nine Muses for S&A (HERE), she compared it to "attending an opera or perhaps classical music performance," calling it both an intellectual and a visceral experience, as both images and sound "flow over you" and "seep into you," and that "you should find this a deeply moving experience."

Exclusive: A Glimpse Into The Extraordinary Life That Belongs To Melvin Van Peebles - Part 1

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 11:46 AM
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I recall the very first time I saw Melvin Van Peebles in person, at a Museum Of The Moving Image tribute event in early 2008 for the late St Clair Bourne, who'd recently passed (December 2007).

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