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RIP Influential Film Critic Andrew Sarris (Revisit His 'Mildly Unpleasant Encounter' w/ Spike Lee + Black Cinema Thoughts)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 2:31 PM
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I was on a program one time with Spike Lee, and we got into it. I said he has a problem. Very often right in the middle of a movie he's making he tries to make an aesthetic statement. There's a kind of pretentiousness in what he does sometimes. I think the best film by an African-American director... is Carl Franklin. I thought One False Move was one of the best movies by an African-American director. Singleton is interesting. Years ago, when the first Shaft movies came out and the Superfly movies came out, I was very much for them, because I felt that this was a possibility for the African-Americans to take over... and then the African-American intellectuals came out against these movies... And I thought that that was a mistake. So consequently what you have now is all these excellent African-American actors playing second banana to the white action heroes... I think Spike Lee is in a unique position. He's become an official spokesman, and he has a political significance. He is important. His first movie was quite fantastic. I think personally he's a better actor then he is a director. I think he's a very good actor, a very interesting actor, and I wish he'd do more acting then directing. That's just my opinion.

F. Gary Gray Announces Open Casting Call For His NWA Biopic (Details)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 1:21 PM
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Yes, it really is happening folks, with F. Gary Gray directing - the NWA biopic project, Straight Outta Compton - another one of those "in limbo" biopics I wrote about a little bit ago that just may be on its way to becoming realized.

Michonne Will Make Her Action Figure Debut At Comic-Con

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  • June 20, 2012 1:09 PM
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Poster/Promo Trailer For Brit Crime Thriller 'FEDZ' (Ashley Walters, Joseph Marcell Co-Star)

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  • June 20, 2012 12:28 PM
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Poster and promo trailer for a Brit thriller titled FEDZ, from Q. Manso, starring a few names you'll recognize, like Ashley Walters, Ashley Chin and Joseph Marcell (Jeffrey the butler from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air).

IDA Awards 2012 - Submit Your Doc! (Deadline Imminent)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 12:11 PM
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CALL FOR ENTRIES 2012

Rihanna To Star In DreamWorks Animation's 'Happy Smekday!' (Making Her Voice Acting Debut)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 10:30 AM
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Rihanna is taking over Hollywood!
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Sharon Leal, Omari Hardwick Lead Cast In Psychological Thriller, 'The Last Letter'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 10:12 AM
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This is the first I'm hearing of this project; apparently, it's done with principal photography. Now you know...

Nollywood Airplane Disaster Movie 'Last Flight to Abuja' To Be Released On 14 Screens In London

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 9:57 AM
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Details in the press release below for our readers in London...

Lionsgate Moves Release Date For Tyler Perry's 'Alex Cross'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 9:15 AM
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Summit Entertainment has moved the release date for Tyler Perry's Alex Cross up one week, from the previously announced October 26, 2012 to October 19th instead.

Warner Bros. Sets Release Date For Star-Studded 'Cloud Atlas' (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry Headline)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 9:52 PM
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One of the very few films remaining in 2012 that I can say I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing... Warner Bros has set a release date for for Cloud Atlas - the adaptation of David Mitchell’s epic labrynth of a novel co-directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Wishaw, James D’Arcy and Zhou Xun.