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Octavia Spencer Talks Illusory Post-Oscar Career Bump + Creating Her Own Projects

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 7:06 PM
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A feature I'm planning for to post during Oscar season is a look at if/how winning (and even being nominated for) an Oscar has affected the careers of black actors and actresses.

Jada Pinkett Smith Directs Trey Smith, Jaden Smith & Willow Smith In 'Find You Somewhere'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 6:14 PM
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It's a family affair... a brand-spanking new video directed by Jada Pinkett Smith, featuring music by AcE (aka Trey Smith, from Will Smith's first marriage), with vocals provided by Jaden Smith, and Willow Smith.

Exclusive Clip From 'Battlefield America' w/ Marques Houston, Lynn Whitfield (On DVD/Blu-ray 9/18)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 5:26 PM
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After a theatrical run that began in June, Battlefield America is now heading to home video - DVD, Blu-ray, VOD - via ARC Entertainment.

Andrea Arnold's Adaptation Of 'Wuthering Heights' Gets Its First Stateside Release Poster

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 1:53 PM
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It's been about a year since it made its world premiere at the Venice FIlm Festival in 2011; since then, it's been released almost all over Europe and parts of Asia, and will finally see a USA release this fall, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which picked up North American distribution rights to Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights, with plans to release the film theatrically in New York on October 5, with a national roll-out to follow.

Thunderhouse Media Launches 'Sons of Comedy: Murphy & Pryor' Comedy Show 9/29

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 1:42 PM
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Featuring Brando Murphy (not sure what he's relation to Eddie Murphy is; couldn't confirm anything) and Mason Pryor (son of Richard Pryor) are teaming up to launch a comedy show, establishing what they're calling the "Sons" brand.

San Francisco Film Society Presents In-Depth Discussion On Art Of Editing w/ Sam Pollard

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 1:14 PM
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An event I'd definitely attend if I lived in San Francisco.

Tyler Perry Cancels Anticipated Last Live Madea Tour, Blames Bootleggers & Impersonators

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 1:00 PM
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About an hour ago, Tyler Perry posted the below message to his 8.1 million Facebook fans, reposted without comment:

'In My Genes,' Feature Debut By Lupita Nyong'o ('12 Years A Slave') To Screen At Maysles, NYC

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 12:16 PM
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The announcement that she'd been cast in quite a meaty role in Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave naturally led some to wonder about her past work, given that, as I noted in that post, looking over her IMDB page, the Kenyan actress has primarily crew credits on a few projects, but little in the acting department. Although on her Twitter page, she lists herself as an actor first, a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Will Free His Family From Slavery Via The Underground Railroad (Casting Call)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 11:49 AM
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Looks like this has been confirmed to be Cuba Gooding Jr.'s next project; the titled we previously had (based on what my source told me) was Something Whispered (although I can't say if that's what it will eventually be called).

First Look At New Robocop (Samuel Jackson, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste Co-star)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2012 11:28 AM
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