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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.

Viola Davis Says Her Maid Playing Days Are Over

  • By Sergio
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  • February 8, 2013 11:09 AM
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In a recent interview this week on CNN, promoting her new film Beautiful Creatures (out next Friday), actress Viola Davis said that, while playing a maid in The Help was great, she has no intention of ever playing a maid again.

Watch Viola Davis In New Longer Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Sergio
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  • December 6, 2012 6:21 PM
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Now that those Twilight sparking vampire movies are finished, studios are scrambling to find the next film series to attract impressionable 16 year old girls.

Viola Davis Education Reform Drama 'Won't Back Down' Heading To Blu-ray/DVD 1/15 w/ Bonus Features

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 27, 2012 12:20 PM
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Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in what was supposed to have been an empowering drama inspired by actual events, but was ultimately just not very good, saved by its strong cast.

AFM News: Viola Davis Joins Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman In Vigilante Thriller 'Prisoner'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 5, 2012 10:22 AM
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Viola Davis has joined Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo in Dennis Villeneuve's thriller Prisoner.

New In Theaters This Weekend - Viola Davis, Cee-Lo Green & Emergency Rooms Unscripted

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 28, 2012 12:06 PM
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I saw Won't Back Down last week, and found it quite dull and uninteresting, despite all the controversy the subject matter has attracted from teachers unions. All that noise may even help the film at the box office, as audiences might be motivated to go see for themselves, what all the hoopla is about.

Watch Viola Davis As Clairvoyant Amma In First Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 8:58 PM
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In what will be her next released project after this fall's education reform drama Won't Back Down, Viola Davis co-stars in the upcoming adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, the first of three novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl about Ethan, a mortal boy living in the South, and Lena, the girl he loves with enigmatic powers she’s trying to keep hidden.

First Look At Viola Davis In Adaptation Of YA Novel 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 10:49 AM
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Here's your first official look at Viola Davis in the upcoming adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, the first of three novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl about Ethan, a mortal boy living in the South, and Lena, the girl he loves with enigmatic powers she’s trying to keep hidden.

Viola Davis To Be Honored w/ Career Achievement Award (Silver Hugo) + Retrospective At CIFF

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 18, 2012 12:13 PM
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The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11-25, 2012. The full schedule will be announced on September 20th.

Spend 90 Minutes In Conversation w/ Viola Davis, Live, In Person, On October 6, In NYC

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 11, 2012 11:11 AM
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The New Yorker Festival kicks off the weekend of October 5 through 7, and in addition to what will be the USA premiere of the hotly-anticipated Cloud Atlas (with the filmmakers present for a conversation following the screening), there will also be this, which I definitely plan to attend: