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'Ender's Game' Recruitment Character Posters For Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 12:32 PM
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Neither of them features much in the film's trailer (there's a short glimpse at Viola Davis' character & I don't recall seeing any of Nonso Anozie's character), but here's a better (albeit static) look at both actors in costume, in character, as Maj. Gwen Anderson and Sergeant Dap, in the upcoming sci-fi adventure Ender's Game, based on the popular book by Orson Scott Card.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Will Play James Brown's Mother And Aunt In Biopic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 30, 2013 3:30 PM
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Universal has set the theatrical release date for its James Brown biopic, titled Get On Up, for Friday, October 17, 2014.

Review - 'Prisoners' Is A Distinctly, Deliciously Stressful Psychological Thriller (Opens Today)

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 20, 2013 11:46 AM
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There's much to meditate on in Prisoners, the dark psychological thriller out this Friday starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie could be described as distinctly, deliciously stressful, with its winding mysteries and shocking reveals, its broody atmosphere and consistent aura of foreboding. It excels at all this in spite of a simple enough premise: two families, celebrating together what should be a routine and happy Thanksgiving holiday, are plunged into a waking nightmare when their young daughters are kidnapped in broad daylight. Jackman plays Keller Dover, the father of one of the kidnapped girls who in a desperate bid to find his daughter, and despite the protestations of an idiosyncratic detective working on the case (Gyllenhaal) takes matters in dealing with the prime suspect into his own hands, vigilante style. While the movie's labyrinthine plot is a huge component in what makes it works, its a film that's as much about its performances as it is about the mystery itself. We have a star-studded cast who all (except for Paul Dano, whose performance here and in the forthcoming 12 Years a Slave proves that his time will surely come) have been nominated for or have won Oscars. And while Dano, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello (as Jackman's wife), and Gyllenhaal are all stellar, by the third act it is clear that what we are watching is the Jackman show - Jackman with his flared nostrils and countless crying sequences (ranging from the single tear rolling down the cheek to the full on snot fest).

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis All Eyed For Roles In James Brown Biopic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 27, 2013 9:42 AM
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Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer could be reuniting with their The Help director, Tate Taylor, in his James Brown biopic, which, yesterday, booked Chadwick Boseman in the starring role.

Viola Davis and Terrence Howard are Frightened Parents in New Photo and Extended TV Spot for 'Prisoners'

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • August 16, 2013 5:53 PM
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Warner Bros. has released the above image and a new 60-second TV spot for its upcoming thriller Prisoners, which co-stars Viola Davis and Terrence Howard along with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello and Paul Dano.

It's A Difficult Time To Be A Black Filmmaker w/ An imagination (Or An Open Letter to Viola Davis)

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • June 24, 2013 4:11 PM
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I was so excited to see the Viola Davis spread in the LA times. I thought, my goodness, when is the last time I saw a Black 'star' take off the wig and go au natural. Loved it! I'm thinking, yes, we are becoming courageous enough to be who we are, not who others want us to be.

Viola Davis In Talks To Play Female Lead In Michael Mann's Cyber Crime Thriller 'Cyber'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 19, 2013 8:22 PM
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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.