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BFI Film Fund Will Back Playwright Debbie Tucker Green's Feature Debut 'Second Coming'

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  • April 9, 2013 11:27 AM
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The BFI (British Film Institute) Film Fund has announced that it will back the feature film directorial debut of black British playwright Debbie Tucker Green, titled Second Coming.

Morris Chestnut As Black Panther? Probably Not...

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  • April 8, 2013 9:08 PM
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I've been avoiding this all afternoon/evening, but it continues to follow me everywhere (readers emailing it to me, as well as posts on my Twitter and Facebook feeds). So I'm just going to, at least, mention it, and you guys can feel free to run with it or not.

International Documentary Conference Call For Submissions From African Filmmakers

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  • April 8, 2013 8:09 PM
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Mekhi Phifer Joins Zoe Kravitz In Adaptation Of Best-Selling Sci-Fi YA Novel 'Divergent'

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  • April 8, 2013 7:46 PM
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Jessica Lucas Joins Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje In Paul W.S. Anderson’s Actioner 'Pompeii'

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  • April 8, 2013 6:49 PM
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Jessica Lucas has booked a role alongside Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the cast of Paul W.S. Anderson’s actioner Pompeii.

Inside Quotes: Stop Crying Racism At Hollywood Says Antoine Fuqua; 'Put In The Work'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 8, 2013 6:16 PM
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“I wouldn’t use the term racist, as much as I would say the playing field is not even in Hollywood. But ultimately, you have to put in the work [...] It’s very easy to cry racism when you’re not qualified to do the work or your work isn’t transcending to where you want it to be. Hollywood is a business and you have to look at it that way [...] I do see other things – like people who don’t understand or are ignorant to our culture. But I wouldn’t call them racist. If anything, it’s our job to expand their minds to our experience [...] There are no African Americans that run major studios and most of the executives at the top level are not African American. So when the people in those jobs are developing stories, nine times out of 10, their stories won’t be about African Americans – they’ll be about people who look like themselves. To say that those people are racist is not necessarily the case [...] 99.9 per cent of the people that have given me my opportunities in this business were not African American [...] Denzel [Washington] gave me a great opportunity when we did Training Day together, and I also became friends with Mr Sidney Poitier, who has given me great counsel and advice. But in terms of people in the studio system, most of the people who have given me my jobs were not African American. So I can’t sit back and say Hollywood is racist.”

Anime 'Urbance' To Debut On Film Festival Circuit In May (Dystopian World, Gender Wars)

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  • April 8, 2013 5:40 PM
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A tweet from the Steambot Studios crew posted a couple of days ago about their upcoming animated work Urbance, which I profiled in January.

'Somewhere In The Middle' Campaign Beats The Odds, Raises Over $100,000 via Kickstarter

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  • April 8, 2013 4:15 PM
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'The Story of Lovers Rock,' 'Return To Goree,' 'Filling The Gap' Will Get 1-Week Theatricals

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  • April 8, 2013 3:26 PM
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First Look At Octavia Spencer In Sci-Fi Actioner 'Snowpiercer'

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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.