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S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 1, 2013 at 11:27AM

S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project
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Number 2

And.... we're down to the last 2.

Once again, recapping what I said about this series a few days ago when I started it... Since last week, I've been counting down the top 10 S&A posts of 2012, considering a number of factors, like number of comments, Facebook "likes," Facebook "shares," Twitter retweets, page views, and more.

Number 10 on the list, posted last week Monday, was Cybel's A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your CameraIf you missed it, click HERE to read (or re-read); number 9 was Sergio's analysis on why Red Tails didn't perform strongly at the box office, especially after all the hype leading up to its release. You can read that post HERE; and number 8 was Andre Seewood's examination of the Sophia Stewart/The Matrix conspiracy, which you can read HERE; and finally, number 7 was the controversy over the music video from Erykah Badu and The Flaming Lips - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Read that HERE. Number 6 was on the ups & downs of the Andre Benjamin/Jimi Hendrix project; Read it HEREnumber 5 on the list, was Scandal, which you can read HERE; number 4 was Luther. Read that post HEREAnd number 3 on the list was Tyler Perry. Read it HERE.

Number 2 in our countdown is... the upcoming Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone project. 

Each and every single post on the project was met with heavy discussion/debate, with comment threads running into the high 100s (we were even contacted by some TV shows who wanted to use S&A as a source for their reports on the film - starting with our breaking story in August announcing that Zoe was replacing Mary J. Blige to star in the film, followed by 8 or so successive posts on the topic over the next 2 months, which included a review of the script, our coverage of all the reactions to the news - from Nina Simone's daughter's total rejection of the project, especially as she wasn't consulted, to concern expressed by the likes of Jill Scott and India Arie, to Emmanuel's essay on educating ourselves on race vs. ethnicity, to on-set photos of Zoe made up to look like Nina, and more. 

It's most certainly been quite the hot topic, and I expect it will continue to be in the new year, especially when the film's first trailer debuts, which I think will be sooner than later. It's been in post-production since mid-November. I expect it to debut at any one of the international film festivals taking place during the first half of the year.

Instead of me summarizing everything we've written about the project, as well as your varied reactions, I'm going to point you to the links for each key post on the film, and in chronological order:

1 - Zoe Saldana Is Apparently Taking Over For Mary J. Blige To Play Nina Simone

2 - We've Read It! Shadow And Act's Thoughts On Nina Simone Feature Project Screenplay

3 - Confirmed! Zoe Saldana Will Play Nina Simone In Biopic + Some Realities To Consider...

4 - Nina Simone's Daughter Finally Speaks: 'Project Is Unauthorized; Simone Estate Not Consulted'

5 - We Need To Educate Ourselves On Race vs. Ethnicity (And Other Things I Learned From The Ongoing Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Conversation)

6 - Nina Simone's Daughter Opens Up Even More About Biopic, Answers Questions That Fill Gaps

7 - New Photos Of Zoe Saldana In Full Nina Simone Regalia Surface; Convinced?

I'll post the number 1 of this countdown later on today!


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