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Review - Ryan Coogler Gets To The Heart of Human Portrayal In 'Fruitvale Station' (Opens Today)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • July 12, 2013 11:08 AM
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“He didn’t like to be left alone.” Oscar Grant’s mother Wanda, played superbly by Octavia Spencer, delivers this line in one of the most compelling scenes in the film. It is a detail, that when considered in the context of the story, hits us on all sides, and most importantly, in the heart.

Watch 3 New Clips From 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 24, 2013 10:28 AM
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TWC Unveils First Release Poster For Lauded 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 7, 2013 12:50 PM
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First Look At Octavia Spencer In Sci-Fi Actioner 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 8, 2013 2:38 PM
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One of several films I'm really looking forward to checking out this year is South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho's sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer.

Watch Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer, Ernie Hudson In 1st Trailer For 'Call Me Crazy'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 4, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Lifetime original movie, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, which stars the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer, Ernie Hudson, Melissa Leo, Brittany Snow, and others, now has an official premiere date - April 20.

Why Hollywood Needs More (Black) Leading Ladies

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • February 24, 2013 5:21 PM
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Nothing makes you shift in your seat at the cinema more than a brilliantly-acted scene by a leading lady. However, African American actresses with star power are too often relegated to supporting roles. For your viewing pleasure, we’d like to honor the many hard-working, Black leading ladies in the industry with this gallery of short clips featuring powerful Oscar-nominated Black actresses.

Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded 'Fruitvale'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • January 23, 2013 5:54 PM
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Weinstein Company Closing Deal To Acquire 'Fruitvale' For $2 - $3 Mill + Theatrical Guarantees

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 21, 2013 5:25 PM
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Well, I think it's safe to say that we'll likely be talking a lot about Fruitvale during next awards season, now that it's been officially announced that, after a bidding war over the film, involving The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, with Paramount Pictures and Focus Features, The Weinstein Company (TWC) won the auction, and is reportely wrapping up a deal to acquire Ryan Coogler's feature film directorial debut, in a deal worth between $2 million and $3 million, including commitments to a wide theatrical release, says Variety.

Cover Revealed For Octavia Spencer's 1st Novel - 'Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2013 11:28 AM
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The cover for Octavia Spencer's upcoming first novel has surfaced, and is embedded below, as the award-winning actress expands her name brand, from actress, to author.

Octavia Spencer Launches Short Film Competition (Win Brand New Camera, Cash, Exposure)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 14, 2013 12:04 PM
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Octavia Spencer announced the following contest on her Facebook fanpage on Friday, and I'm simply passing it along, as some of you may want to participate: