Shadow and Act

Long Before "The Help" There Was "The Long Walk Home"

  • By Sergio
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  • August 10, 2011 12:32 PM
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Since The Help is opening today, and Lords knows we have had more than our fair share of heated discussion about that damn movie, I thought it would be the perfect time to deal with another film which came out 20 years ago in 1991 that was thematically the same, but much different.

See A Young Forest Whitaker In "Bloodsport" (Ya Gotta Start Somewhere...)

  • By Sergio
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  • July 18, 2011 10:37 AM
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One of the many fun things about watching old movies is catching a glimpse of a now famous actor in a role back when they were young and hungry. This weekend I happened to catch, on cable, Jean Claude Van Damme's first movie Bloodsport, which I hadn't seen in more than a decade, and had completely forgotten that a very young Forest Whitaker had a supporting part in the film.

Shonda Rhimes' Feature Film Directorial Debut (Produced By Will Smith) That Never Was...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 27, 2011 5:45 AM
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"After Rhimes earned her MFA in screenwriting, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith showed interest in producing a feature she'd written called "When Willows Touch" (Will Smith also had produced a short film of hers, Blossoms and Veils). But three weeks before production of Willows, actor Omar Epps walked away from the film and Miramax pulled its funding. "The project died," says Rhimes. "Apparently there wasn't a big market for black films set in the Jim Crow South about a body rotting in a cornfield." The setback gave Rhimes pause. Was this what she really wanted?"

"Native Son" - A Really Lousy Film You Must See

  • By Sergio
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  • June 18, 2011 5:02 AM
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Richard Wright's seminal novel Native Son, first published in 1940, is one of the most important books ever written about racism and the black experience in America.

Introducing FunkTV & Fried Chicken Cinema, Courtesy Of Regi Allen

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 9, 2011 2:18 AM
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I met Regi Allen, the mastermind behind FunkTV and Fried Chicken Cinema back in April, at the New School conference here in NYC that I was a panelist for. We had a great conversation; Regi shared his enthusiasm for Shadow And Act, as well as his ideas for an alternate black TV network; we talked about our mutual belief in progress through collective action, and much more. His excitement for what could be, was infectious and contagious; And, as we discussed, a day or so after, Regi sent me, via email, a reminder of our conversation, as well as links to his brainchild, FunkTV, requesting that I take a look, offer commentary, and hopefully continue the conversation we started at the conference.

Publishers Don't Want Jennifer Hudson's Book; Not Sensational Enough

  • By Sergio
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  • May 30, 2011 4:17 AM
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According to the New York Post Page Six Jennifer Hudson has been having trouble trying to sell publishers her proposal for a weight loss book. Both Hudson and her William Morris agent, Mel Berger, have been trying in vain for some time to sell the book about her weight struggles, and how she eventually lost 80 pounds, going from a size 16 to a size 8.

Pauletta Washington Returns To Acting In Off-Broadway Play...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 26, 2011 1:48 AM
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Ya know, I'm not sure I ever knew that Denzel Washington's wife, Pauletta Washington was an actress... or maybe I did, and I just forgot altogether, since she hasn't done very much of it; but yes, she is. In fact, Denzel met her back in 1977, when she was Pauletta Pearson, on the set of the 1977 TV movie Wilma, which both actors co-starred in, and which was Pauletta's very first on screen role.

Mike Tyson Gets The Shaft For "The Hangover" Part II

  • By Sergio
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  • May 22, 2011 1:12 AM
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According to The Smoking Gun Mike Tyson is most likely the lowest paid actor ever making a repeat an appearance in a sequel. Iron Mike got paid $200,000 for his role which is twice the $100,000 he got for the first film.

Billy Dee Williams' "Hit!" - A Film In Possible Need Of A Remake

  • By Sergio
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  • May 16, 2011 1:20 AM
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When I saw the trailer a few days ago for Rob Lurie's "how-does-he-have-the-balls-to-remake-this?" new film remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 masterpiece Straw Dogs, I wondered why it never seems to occur to filmmakers that, if you absolutely just have to do remake of a film, instead of remaking a classic like Straw Dogs, why not concentrate your efforts instead on remaking a film which had an interesting premise but didn't live up to expectations?

Why You Can't See "Porgy And Bess"

  • By Sergio
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  • April 25, 2011 2:07 AM
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A question that I seem to get asked a lot (Scout's honor) is why hasn't the 1959 film version of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess been shown or seen anywhere for, literally, decades?