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A Look At The Black Actors Who Might Contend For The Best Actor Oscar + Some Interesting History

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 9, 2013 12:32 PM
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It's that time of the year, as prognosticators at every level handicap the Academy Awards, which are set to take place on February 24. The nominations were initially scheduled to be announced on Januray 15, but the date was moved up 5 days to January 10, which is tomorrow!

2013 S&A Black Cinema Database Entry #3 - 'We The Peeples'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 8, 2013 2:18 PM
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As I noted in an entry towards the end of last year, 2013 should be an interesting year for black cinema (at the studio level, indie, and across the disapora). Looking down my continuously-growing list of black films scheduled for release (theatrical, TV, or home video), as well as those that will debut on the film festival circuit this year, it's quite long, and, as noted, is still growing.

It's Nice Work If You Can Get It: Trey Songz In 'Texas Chainsaw 3D'

  • By Erik Luers
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  • January 8, 2013 12:28 PM
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Number one at the box office but surely less than so in our hearts, Texas Chainsaw 3D's $21 million opening weekend proved a success for distributor Lionsgate and director John Luessenhop. As a horror franchise entry, Texas Chainsaw 3D is middle of the road fun, strictly for the already converted fanbase. It's both an homage fest and an opportunity for something new, and the final act takes some chances that I didn't see coming. As is often the case with these mainstream scare flicks, the cast is compromised of young, good-looking up-and-comers hoping to gain some exposure for better A-list projects in the future.
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2013 S&A Black Cinema Database Entry #2 - 'A Haunted House'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 7, 2013 7:17 PM
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As I noted in an entry towards the end of last year, 2013 should be an interesting year for black cinema (at the studio level, indie, and across the disapora). Looking down my continuously-growing list of black films scheduled for release (theatrical, TV, or home video), as well as those that will debut on the film festival circuit this year, it's quite long, and, as noted, is still growing.

'Precious,' 'The Help,' 'Django,' Etc - Candidates For 2013's Most Contentious Black Film...?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 3, 2013 11:01 AM
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Editor's Note: Got Something You Want To Say? What're You Waiting For? Say It!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 3, 2013 10:22 AM
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Often when an article is posted on this site that expresses an opinion, which happens regularly - especially a *strong* opinion, or one that's not all-that popular - I inevitably get emails from readers questioning my intent, or the site's intent, and/or suggesting what they feel the site should or should not be, or should or should not say, etc - seemingly attempting to deter any further opinion pieces that express a particular point of view, or take a specific stance on an issue.

Introducing An S&A Entertainment Law Column w/ Attorney Jessica B. Lee; Issues To Address?

  • By Jessica B. Lee
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  • January 2, 2013 6:37 PM
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In 2012, Tyler Perry and Lionsgate Entertainment were sued by an author claiming that the plot for Good Deeds was actually stolen from her book, Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit; Lil Wayne unsuccessfully sued Quincy Jones III for using unlicensed music from Wayne’s album Tha Carter III in a documentary on the rapper and was forced to pay Jones $2.2 million for blocking the release of the documentary; the producers of the anti-Obama film, 2016: Obama’s America, sued each other claiming misappropriation of funds and broken contracts; a class action suit was filed against Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and affiliated entities for breach of contract, unfair business practices and for not paying some employees the wages they allege were due; Paramount Pictures and director John Singleton reached a settlement to end litigation stemming from a 2005 deal for Hustle & Flow; and the producers of nineties sitcom Sister Sister sued the series’ accounting firm for mismanaging funds.

The Decline Of Spike Lee: A Prisoner Of The Middle Class

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • January 2, 2013 12:21 PM
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Having seen Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER (2012) in its entirety I can finally identify three major flaws that comment upon the general decline in the dramatic quality and commercial impact of Spike Lee’s narrative films in recent years.   It is highly recommended that you view the film RED HOOK SUMMER before reading this article as it forms the basis of this discussion.  RED HOOK SUMMER can be described as a “coming of age” story about a 12 year old boy that goes by the name of Flik (Jules Brown) who is taken by his mother from Atlanta to live for a summer with his Bible thumping Grandfather Bishop Enoch (Clarke Peters) in the Red Hook housing project of Brooklyn, New York.
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S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #1: Anything And Everything 'Django Unchained'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 2, 2013 10:15 AM
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S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 1, 2013 11:27 AM
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