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Viola Davis On Her Role In "The Help": "Of Course I Had Trepidations" + More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2011 2:19 AM
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"Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you've ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi? Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it's not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message... As Black women, we're always given these seemingly devastating experiences - experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point."

"Jumping The Broom" DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date & Bonus Details

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 8, 2011 5:30 AM
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Your reactions to the film were mixed - some enjoyed it, others didn't. C'est la vie... so it goes.

A Space Invaders Movie Is Coming... Of Course!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 8, 2011 2:11 AM
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From the Hollywood Reporter... why even bother with a comment; I'm sure it'll be a centi-million dollar hit:

Watch Now: Teaser for Team Sizzle's "The Coalition"

  • By Jasmin
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  • July 7, 2011 9:32 AM
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The Coalition is the first feature film to emerge from Team Sizzle, the independent film company financed by Baltimore Ravens football player Terrell Suggs.

French Comedy "Les Mythos" Premieres with Rising Talent Ralph Amoussou

  • By Jasmin
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  • July 7, 2011 7:10 AM
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One of our readers recently turned us on to rising young actor Ralph Amoussou (left), who at 22 years old already has a budding career in French theater, television and film. His latest, Les Mythos, is set to hit Paris theaters on July 11th.

"21 Jump Street" Movie Gets R-Rating + Official Synopsis

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 7, 2011 6:06 AM
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Jonah Hill already announced via Tweeter over the weekend that his big-screen adaptation of the popular late 1980s/early '90s TV cop drama 21 Jump Street, has officially wrapped principal photography, and will hit theaters on March 16, 2012.

Watch Samuel Jackson Explain His Hopes For "The Mountaintop" Broadway Play

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 6, 2011 9:23 AM
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Here's a small clip of Samuel Jackson explaining his hopes and expectations of the Katori Hall Broadway play he stars in, The Mountaintop--a production we've been psyched about for some time now.

Updates On The Mahalia Jackson Biopic Starring Fantasia Barrino

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 5, 2011 11:27 AM
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Well, it wasn't too long ago that we informed you about gospel legend Mahalia Jackson's biopic in the works. Based on the book Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, the screenplay is being written by Jim Evering and the film will star singer Fantasia Barrino. Sitting in the director's chair is Euzhan Palcy (Sugar Cane Alley, A Dry White Season). Thanks to S&A reader Cordell, here's some updates on the project.

Ziggy Marley Confirms Bob Marley Documentary Still In Production; Fall Release Date Expected

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 5, 2011 3:07 AM
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"We are working on his documentary, which should be out in the fall. I am producing the documentary and Kevin McDonald will direct it. People are going to have not only the connection that you have now with the Bob Marley legend, but it will also show the emotional side of our father. The emotion of Bob throughout his life experiences is a pretty pertinent thing. It is not just about his music."

Noel Clarke Prepping MMA Feature & "High Profile" Sci-Fi Project - Will Write & Star In Both

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 5, 2011 2:13 AM
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Maybe one of the hardest working showmen in the UK right now, love him or hate him... he has at least 2 new films I can immediately recall that are currently in circulation - the dramedy Huge, and the prison drama Screwed; he's also shooting (or may have already wrapped production on) the marriage romcom, The Knot, and is in pre-production for an upcoming drama titled Bliss!.