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Provocative Revolution Drama 'Winter of Discontent' Is Egypt's Best Foreign Language Film Pick

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 30, 2013 10:49 AM
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Egypt has submitted Ibrahim El Batout’s lauded drama Winter of Discontent, as its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration at the upcoming 86th Academy Awards.

Review: 'Blue Caprice' - The Valor in Wrong-doing

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • September 30, 2013 10:09 AM
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The film BLUE CAPRICE by Alexandre Moors plays itself out like a slow motion descent into madness as it recounts the 2002 real life events of the Beltway Snipers that so gripped the nation in terror and panic. Two males, John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington) and 16 year old Antigua immigrant Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond) are both severely afflicted by the emotional and physical abandonment of the women in their lives. For Muhammad, he has lost his wife and children in a bitter divorce and custody battle. For Malvo, he is abandoned by his mother in a scene as cold and detached as it is heartbreaking and enigmatic.

Watch Episode Eight Of Relationship Comedy/Drama Web Series 'Smoke And Mirrors'

  • By Sergio
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  • September 29, 2013 6:49 PM
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It’s about that time, so here’s Episode 8 of the new comedy/drama relationship web series Smoke and Mirrors, created by Atlanta based filmmakers Artemus Jenkins and KarynRose Bruyning.
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Weekend Box Office Results For September 27-29: So How Did 'Baggage Claim' Do?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 29, 2013 3:06 PM
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I'm sure that's the one and only box office-related question on all of your minds today, so I'll just cut to the chase.David E. Talbert's romantic dramedy, which opened on just over 2000 screens nationwide this weekend, grossed $9.3 million. Not spectacular, but, considering that the film's production budget was a reported $8.5 million, it puts its opening weekend gross into some perspective. This, despite the fact that the critics weren't exactly kind to the film, scaring it with a 14% rating via movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.Audience reactions have been much more favorable, however, and ultimately, maybe that's all that matters. After all, they're who the film was made for, and they spoke with their dollars.Now whether word of mouth will be strong enough to carry the film into successive weekends, remains to be seen. Typically, assuming theater counts don't change dramatically, you can expect second weekend grosses to drop about 50% on average. So taking into account box office receipts during the work week, as well as through the end of next weekend, I'd expect Baggage Claim to have earned somewhere between $15 and $20 million. And by the time it leaves theaters (taking into consideration the shortened window between theatrical runs and home video releases), the movie's total gross will likely be in the $20-something-million range.Again, not spectacular, but, again, considering the film's budget, it'll likely be thought of as enough of a success for Fox Searchlight. Or maybe not...I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that, this is a project that was originally announced 3 years ago with Taraji P. Henson set to star, but Fox Searchlight essentially shelved it when other "black films" the company backed and released didn't perform as well as they'd hoped. There was the 2010 L.A. Times report (soon after the project was announced) which suggested that Fox Searchlight was "pulling back from its foray into black-themed films." Why? Well, again, the few "black films" that had been distributed by the studio hadn't exactly set the box office on fire - namely, Just Wright and Our Family Wedding, each grossing only about $20 million in domestic box office, as well as Notorious ($37 million gross, on an estimated $18 million budget) and I Think I Love My Wife ($13 million domestic earnings on an $11 million budget).As I noted in a previous post, Fox Searchlight had likely been hoping to recreate some of that Tyler Perry magic that was (and still is) helping to keep Lionsgate happy and in the black.

Watch Now! Online Premiere of Ka'ramuu Kush's Sexy, Provocative S&A Winning Film 'And Then...'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 28, 2013 11:30 AM
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As we promised... here is the online premiere of writer/director/actor Ka'ramuu Kush's short film And Then..., winner of the 3rd Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Screenwriting Challenge, which made its World Premiere in both Los Angeles and New York City over a month ago.

TONIGHT: Post-Screening Q&A w/ Melvin Van Peebles At Black Panther Film Fest 'Sweetback' Event

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2013 6:09 PM
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The 5th annual Black Panther Party Film Festival, produced by the Black Panther Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with Maysles Cinema here in NYC, opens its doors this evening, running in 2 sections - first from September 27th-28th, and then from October 3rd-5th.Included in the festival's lineup this year is a special (and very fitting) screening of Melvin Van Peebles'Sweet Sweetback's Baasasssss Song, TONIGHT at 7pm, which will be followed by a Q&A with Mr Van Peebles himself, who'll be present, live.I'm only just finding out about this (the email announcement was buried in my spam folder), so sorry for the short notice! If you're in NYC, and you're looking for something to do this evening, head on up (or down, depending on where you live) to Harlem, for tonight's screening and Q&A with the man himself.Without further ado, here's the full festival schedule, courtesy of Maysles:NOT TO BE MISSED. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

In Production: Isaach de Bankole Stars In Côte d'Ivoire Filmmaker Philippe Lacôte's 'Run' (Pics)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2013 5:30 PM
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Côte d'Ivoire native Philippe Lacôte is making his feature film debut with a project titled Run, which was one of 15 projects selected for the Cannes L’Atelier - an initiative which runs during the Cannes Film Festival aimed at finding financing for projects by upcoming directors that are in an advanced state of development - last year (2012), when it first showed up on my radar.

Watch Teaser Trailer For 'The Jews Of Ghana: From The Four Corners Of The Earth'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 27, 2013 5:11 PM
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The first thing I thought of when I read about this was, another documentary we featured on this site last year - RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria, which documents the lives of Igbo people who have embraced Judaism as a part of their legacy, and who believe Igbos are really descendants of Israelites.

Review: David E. Talbert’s Romantic Comedy 'Baggage Claim'

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • September 27, 2013 4:29 PM
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David E. Talbert’s Baggage Claim begins with a look at the life of lonely flight attendant Montana Moore.

Interview: David E. Talbert, Lyn Talbert, & Steven Wolfe talk 'Baggage Claim' (Opens Today)

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • September 27, 2013 3:51 PM
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I screened David E. Talbert’s, “Baggage Claim”, twice. The first time I viewed it quietly alone, to study the film as a whole. The second time, I went simply as a lover of romantic comedies. I am obsessed with romantic comedies, and this one left me excited, happy, and inspired to change my very own romantic situation.

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