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'Oversimplification of Her Beauty' Acquired By Cinema Guild; Jay-Z Signs Up As Exec Producer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 10, 2012 12:43 PM
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Winner of the Gotham award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You - Terence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty - will continue to claim that title, because, while it's now been acquired by a distribution company, the deal is specifically for US non-theatrical distribution (as in strictly home video/digital/VOD).

Watch Doc 'Breaking The Taboo' (On USA's Failed War On Drugs) Narrated by Morgan Freeman

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 10, 2012 12:01 PM
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Courtesy of Sundog Pictures, a Morgan Freeman-narrated feature documentary titled Breaking the Taboo, which follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States-led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the "biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years."

Grand Finale – Shadow & Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 10, 2012 11:43 AM
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We close out the inaugural season of the Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase with a Grand Finale round that starts today.  In this finale, the winners of the previous 5 qualifying rounds (see photo above) will compete for a $4,000 cash prize.     You will have from today until Friday December 21, 2012 to vote for any of the final 5.     The finalists and their films are:   · James Bland – Cocoa Love (Round 1 winner):  A young couple's relationship is tested when a funeral for their dog turns into a misadventure of mayhem, secrets and surprises. Watch and vote for it here. (http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/cocoa_love)

Kevin Hart Tapped By Warner Bros To Play 'Streetwise Guy' Opposite Will Ferrell In 'Get Hard'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 10, 2012 11:10 AM
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More: Kevin Hart

New Trailer & Poster for Indie Drama 'The Magic City' (Jenifer Lewis, Jamie Hector, Keith David)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 10, 2012 10:47 AM
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Weekend Catchup - What You Might Have Missed & May Want To Know & Discuss

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 10, 2012 10:15 AM
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Figured I'd start Mondays, from now on, with a list of things that happened over the weekend that we didn't write about here, and are worth a mention.

ADIFF NYC 2012 - TODAY, Spotlight Panels On Namibia Film Industry w/ Charles Burnett Present

  • By Courtney
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  • December 8, 2012 10:46 AM
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We're down to the last few days of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) here in NYC. So if you haven't yet attended any screenings, panel discussions, and other events at this year's 20th anniversary celebration for the festival, and you've been meaning to, you have 3 ays left (today, tomorrow and Tuesday).

Chicago Screening For New Doc 'Perseverance: The Story Of Dr. Billy Taylor'

  • By Sergio
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  • December 7, 2012 5:43 PM
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Word has been going around about this powerful new documentary, Perseverance: The Story Of Dr. Billy Taylor, after it made its world premiere last month in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will make its Chicago premiere next month, before moving on around the country.

Quentin Tarantino Wants To Do 2 More Slavery Movies, But w/ Different Stories & Characters

  • By Courtney
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  • December 7, 2012 4:30 PM
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If your concern about Django Unchained is that it'll be too *real* for you, in terms of the violent depictions of the cruelty of slavery in this country, then you'd better avoid the film altogether, because, as some early reactions have indicated, as well as the director himself speaking on the film's honest brutality says, there's plenty of that within the film's lengthy running time.

Denzel Washington Will Be Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn In 'The Equalizer' (F. Gary Gray Was In The Mix)

  • By Courtney
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  • December 7, 2012 3:33 PM
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This is HOT, if you don't mind me saying so!