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Exclusive: CodeBlack CEO Jeff Clanagan Talks Successful Release Strategy For "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2012 9:53 AM
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Indeed it is a good time to be in the CodeBlack Entertainment business as AMCi (AMC's relatively new independent film release initiative) confirmed over the weekend that the black-owned and operated film production/distribution company run by Jeff Clanagan, holds the top two highest grossing films in AMCi program history: 1) Laugh At My Pain, which shocked the world when it was released last fall, making an impressive $7 million (grossing around 10 times its budget, making it one of the most profitable films of 2011); and 2) Woman Thou Art Loosed! On The 7th Day, which opened in limited release this weekend, on 102 screens in the USA, grossing just about $650,000; and, by the way, held the highest per screen average of all films in commercial theatrical release this past weekend (yes, even higher than The Hunger Games, The Cabin In The Woods, and other top-grossing studio films).

Reality Check: The LA Hustle vs. The NY Grind (One Country; Two Worlds)

  • By R. NEYZAR
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  • April 14, 2012 3:53 PM
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While technology now makes it possible to reach out to just about anyone, anywhere on this planet in record time, those who have showbiz ambitions realize that sooner or later, they’ll have to pay a visit – if not make a permanent move – to one of the two centers of that universe, Los Angeles or New York City.

"Think Like A Man" Will Open On 1800 Screens; Big Debut Weekend? A Look At The Competition

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 5:34 PM
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As already noted, box office expectations appear to be high for the upcoming ensemble comedy, Think Like A Man, which opens in theaters exactly 1 week from today, April 20, 2012. 

Just Don't Call Him "The Black Guy From 'The 40-Year Old Virgin'"...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 2:36 PM
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His name is Romany Malco - the American-born Trinidadian, once a member of hip-hop group, College Boyz, whose big break came when he starred as MC Hammer in a VH1 telepic about the entertainer, in 2001.

"Lakeview Terrace" Re-Investigated (Race & Power Struggles - What Could Have Been)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 11:31 AM
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Produced by Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment company, and released in theatres in 2008, I recently watched Lakeview Terrace again, in consideration of some reasearch I've been doing on contemporary films and their handling of interracial couples.

"Finding the New Black" Interview w/"Oversimplification" Director Terence Nance

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • April 13, 2012 10:55 AM
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"I know how I want things to turn out for the movies that I’m making, but I would never want to frame people’s expectations around what they’re going to see. But also, the idea that my first movie will have anything stylistically to do with my second or third, is an idea that I reject a little bit, other than it being engaging and good."

Geoffrey Fletcher Talks To S&A About "Precious," Life After Oscar, "Violet & Daisy" & Attica Prison Uprising Project

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 9:30 AM
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This afternoon, Friday, April 13th, at 2pm, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, in a program presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called "Discover the Academy," will be speaking to Columbia University students about his journey in adapting Sapphire's novel Push, from book to the screen.

"The Movie Made Me Think," And Other Nonsensical Sayings...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 12, 2012 12:24 PM
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Alright, look... am I the only one who gets annoyed when someone encourages me to go see a movie because "it'll make you think," or when it's suggested that I should "leave my brain at the door," before entering the theatre to see a particular movie?

The Civil War Started Today; A Look At The Many New Civil War Projects & The Black Actors In Them

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 12, 2012 9:39 AM
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Today in history... April 12th, 1861... the American Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC.

Despite Flops, Studios Still Want Eddie Murphy. Why? (An Analogy You'll Love)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 11, 2012 4:27 PM
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Found this old piece on the New York Times website, though still thought it relevant today, in light of recent Eddie Murphy *events.*