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Wanuri Kahiu ("Pumzi") Prepping Doc On Afro-Electro-Pop Group Just A Band; Gets Funding Boost

  • By Courtney
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  • March 28, 2012 11:48 AM
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I love this group! Like many others, my introduction to them was their 2009 album 82, although it didn't seem to really gain international attention until the following year.

Hot Docs Unveils 25 Projects Selected For Buyer Forum ("Merkato" - Doc On Ethiopian Open Air Markets Makes Cut)

  • By Courtney
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  • March 28, 2012 11:06 AM
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Hot Docs has announce the 25 projects that will be presented during this year’s Hot Docs Forum. Recognized as North America’s essential market for the international documentary community, the Hot Docs Forum will take place May 2 and 3 during the 2012 edition of Hot Docs, April 26 to May 6. This year’s projects represent 15 different countries and were selected from 150 submissions.

Dennis Haysbert Signs with Gersh, Set to Co-Star in Two New Comedies

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 27, 2012 8:06 PM
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Actor Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24, and all those Allstate commercials) has been signed by The Gersh Agency.

Kasi Lemmons Set To Helm "On Beauty" Based On Zadie Smith Novel

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 27, 2012 6:56 PM
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Some exciting news for fans of Lemmons and author Zadie Smith!

Surprise, Surprise, Movie Fans are Racially Biased (Context for the "Hunger Games" Fiasco)

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 27, 2012 6:50 PM
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Yes, there was a giant racial dust-up over the release of The Hunger Games yesterday. Yes, we saw the Jezebel article, capturing the outcry of "racist" moviegoers who were upset that the character Rue, who some Hunger Games fans apparently envisioned as white, was cast in the film as black (played by the very adorable Amandla Stenberg). And yes, we received all the notes from readers prompting a reply.

Deborah Cox Joins Revival of "Jekyll and Hyde" Musical

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 27, 2012 5:17 PM
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Grammy-nominated singer Deborah Cox has joined the cast of the forthcoming revival of the "Jekyll and Hyde" musical Jekyll, set to tour this fall in advance of a Broadway run next year.

BAFTA LA Offers New Scholarships for Grad Students

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 27, 2012 4:37 PM
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) is instituting a scholarship program for graduate students in the U.S., the organization announced this week.

Aretha Franklin Biopic Put on Hold

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 27, 2012 3:43 PM
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After all the hubub over casting - Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Nia Long, Kerry Washington - it looks like Aretha Franklin's life story may not make it to the big screen any time soon.

AFFRM Re-Launches Website with New Content and Features

  • By Jasmin
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  • March 27, 2012 3:20 PM
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The African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) has announced the revamp and re-launch of its website, AFFRM.com.

Jeffrey Wright Replaces Forest Whitaker In Indie Thriller "A Single Shot"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 27, 2012 10:51 AM
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Jeffery Wright is replacing Forest Whitaker in the thriller A Single Shot, in a strong cast that also includes Sam Rockwell and W.H. Macy.