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Tarantino Says He Didn't Cast Idris Elba In 'Django' Because He's British... And It's An American Story

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 7:11 PM
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I know, we said no more Django Unchained posts, BUT, this isn't so much a Django Unchained item (no critique nor praise of the film here), as much as it is a nod to several conversations/debates that you folks have had in various comment sections of this blog, relating to the casting of black British actors in roles as African Americans (and vice-versa, or as Africans) whether on TV or film, as well as the, shall we say, "accent problem." 

Huck Is Waterboarded & Brutally Beaten In Preview Clip Of 'Scandal' (Returns January 10)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 5:53 PM
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Don't adjust your monitors; it's not a clip from Zero Dark Thirty; it's a scene from the next episode of ABC’s Scandal, which apparently intends to reboot the "torture as a means of interrogation" debate with what will be a *graphic* torture scene.

'House Arrest' With Stacey Dash And The Game Coming Out On DVD In March

  • By Sergio
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  • January 4, 2013 5:14 PM
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So when we last left Stacey Dash, as you will recall, just a few weeks ago, HERE, she was trying to make herself relevant again - first by endorsing Mitt Romney for President, and then with a pilot for a self'-produced "edgy" sit-com Normal.

Preview 'Wakaliwood: The Documentary' (Doc About The Man Behind Uganda's 1st Action Film)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 4:47 PM
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This is great! 

Watch Trailer For South African Actioner 'Vehicle 19' From The Director Of 'Retribution'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 3:54 PM
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Trailer for another thriller from South Africa; it seems like we've written about more than a couple in the last 12 to 18 months - definitely more than we've ever covered in previous years.

Ciné Institute Of Haiti, Alliance Française Present An Evening Celebrating New Haitian Cinema (NYC)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 2:34 PM
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An evening celebrating new Haitian cinema in New York City, this month.

2013 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominations Announced; No Real Surprises...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 1:58 PM
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No real surprises here; I must be one of the few who thinks Argo is over-rated. I thought it was an OK politcal drama/thriller, and the praise that's being piled on it isn't at all warranted.

With Growing Resentment Of Oscar Campaigns, A Look Back At Mo'Nique's Controversial Choice

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 1:27 PM
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Suddenly, even though she was practically crucified in the mainstream press for not playing the Oscar campaign game (an Oscar she eventually won anyway), Mo'Nique's public decision may not seem so ridiculous as many felt it was at the time. 
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Checking In On Barry Jenkins... 4 Feature Projects In Development, $50,000 Grant & Staying Busy

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 12:24 PM
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Long time readers of this site, since its creation in 2009, will know that Barry Jenkins is one of our favorite filmmakers; we've plugged and pushed just about every project with his name attached - those we've been aware of anyway - and continuously, anxiously wait for the next, whether it be a short or a feature; although, to be frank, we're most looking forward to seeing another feature film from the talented young man, since his first feature, Medicine For Melancholy, debuted over 4 years ago.

African American 2012 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Film Critic Wesley Morris Leaving Boston Globe

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 4, 2013 11:26 AM
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New year... new beginnings for 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, Wesley Morris - film critic for The Boston Globe, where he worked for a decade.

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