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We've Read It! Thoughts On Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Script

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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I was fortunate once again (see my write-up on Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave script HERE) to have the opportunity to read the script for the Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated period drama The Butler (a September 2011 draft).

Netflix Picks: Doc On 'Carmen & Geoffrey' - Dance Icons Of The African Diaspora

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 11, 2012 8:11 PM
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I’ve been missing out not knowing much about the work of these two tremendous artists, icons I shall say, of what we regard today as modern dance.

Review: A Few Words About 'Prometheus' (And They're Not All Good)

  • By Sergio
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  • June 8, 2012 10:54 AM
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  • 15 Comments
Reposting, since it opens in theaters nationwide today...

Broadway Review: Riveting 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Revival Has Soul

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 7, 2012 8:11 PM
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Occasional S&A contributor and screenwriter/producer Kia Barbee was able to attend a show of the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and, impressed with the play, she was more than willing to share her thoughts with us.
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A Few Words About 'Prometheus' (And They're Not All Good)

  • By Sergio
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  • June 6, 2012 6:07 PM
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Yes the rumblings you’re heard about Prometheus are true. It is a disappointment.

Review - Morgan Freeman Looks Bored In The Sterile "The Magic Of Belle Isle"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 1:00 PM
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A question that filmmakers are sometimes told to ask themselves before deciding to embark on any project is whether it's a film that just has to be made - maybe because it's filling some need that's been relatively ignored. Rob Reiner's The Magic Of Belle Isle is as conventional and predictable a narrative as you can get in 2012, which left me wondering why it was made in the first place. 

Review: Distraught Young Black Cowboy Grieves Death of Friend in Short 'I Am John Wayne'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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I was able to catch a screener of the approximately 18-minute short I Am John Wayne, which Courtney profiled on the site last week. That post attracted much debate in the comment section, mostly due to the John Wayne reference in its title, and the possible negative connotations of that alleged racist character.

Review - 'Caught In The Crossfire' (Breezing Through 50 Cent's Cheetah Vision Film Library)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 4, 2012 5:31 PM
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Since it was announced that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had launched his own film company 2 or 3 years ago, Cheetah Vision, I've been casually watching to see what kind of work this new venture would yield. Throw in the10-picture, $200 million agreement his company has with George Furla's Hedge Fund Film Partners, and, well, we had to start paying closer attention to the man and his films sooner or later.

Review - "The Intouchables" Is Like "Bringing Down The House" Minus The Negro Spiritual

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 24, 2012 11:04 AM
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Maybe I’m just numb after almost 12 months of coverage of this film on S&A; but I came out of my screening of it, and the most I could muster up in terms of a reaction to what I saw was just a shrug.

Flashback To '65: "The Slender Thread" (Sidney Poitier Tries To Talk Anne Bancroft Out Of Suicide; Quincy Jones Scores)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 13, 2012 9:05 PM
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I was honoring Mother's Day earlier today by watching 1967's The Graduate for the umpteenth time, and was reminded of this 1965 film which also starred one of the stars of The Graduate, Anne Bancroft.