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Forest Whitaker Thriller 'Vipaka' Gets New Title As Codeblack/Lionsgate Pick Up USA Rights

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 8, 2013 7:47 PM
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It's been quite an active last 12 months or so for Jeff Clanagan and his CodeBlack Films, since the launch of last year's partnership with Lionsgate (also a company that's been on a hit streak lately).

First Trailer For 'Black Nativity' Sings Its Way Onto Your Computer Screen...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 30, 2013 9:22 PM
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It debuted tonight during the BET Awards broadcast. Here's the first trailer for Fox Searchlight's Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons, which is set for a November 27, 2013 release.

Forest Whitaker In Talks To Play Martin Luther King Jr. In Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 30, 2013 8:55 PM
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One of at least 5 film projects in the works based on either the life of MLK, or some significant period during his 39 years on this planet, director Paul Greengrass' MLK assassination pic, Memphis, was once a sure-thing, before the studio initially set to back it, Universal Pictures, decided against financing and distributing the film.

Watch Forest Whitaker In Action In Clip From Crime Drama 'Pawn'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2013 12:40 PM
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Book-To-Film Report: That 'Zulu' That Who Do? (The 2013 Cannes Closing Film Source Material)

  • By Tamara Brown
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  • April 12, 2013 11:59 AM
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It was announced this morning that Zulu would be the closing night film at this year's Cannes Film Festival next month. With that in mind, here's a look at the book the film is based on, and how it might translate to the screen. It was posted a year ago, when the project was first announced. NOTE: Forest Whitaker replaced Djimon Hounsou in the film.

What Makes a Great Biopic?

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • March 29, 2013 10:02 AM
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Do you remember the feeling of watching a perfectly sculpted Angela Bassett breathe pain and life into the microphone as Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It?" In the film, Turner's "Proud Mary" becomes a salvation song, the performance a cathartic, explosive release for Turner during years of abuse and rising stardom. Its dramatic mix of golden shingled-dresses, penetrating vocals and embodied performances delivers a deeper understanding of the person it attempts to portray.

Richard Pryor Biopic Now In The Hands Of Forest Whitaker w/ Input From Pryor's Widow

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 28, 2013 2:38 PM
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And the beat goes on, as the project changes hands yet again... although maybe in Forest Whitaker's hands (as producer) - who seems to be at the beginning of a bit of a roll (after the huge success of Fruitvale at Sundance this year - a film he produced) - it'll finally become a reality.

Forest Whitaker/Rachid Bouchareb Feature Collaboration On USA Anti-Arab Paranoia Moving Forward

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 27, 2013 10:59 AM
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A project we first profiled in August 2011 is now, finally pushing ahead.

Drama Unfolds In 8 New Photos Of Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie In Psycho-Thriller 'Vipaka'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 11, 2013 1:38 PM
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Still no trailer yet, but here are 8 new photos from scenes in the film, courtesy of New Orleans-based photographer Patti Perret (the film was shot in New Orleans).

PAFF 2013 Review - Psycho Thriller 'Vipaka' Aims To Thrill But Underwhelms

  • By Shadow And Act
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  • February 8, 2013 10:17 AM
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Directed by French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena), the psychological thriller Vipaka was the opening night film at the Pan African Film Festival in LA last night.