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Antoine Fuqua Still On To Direct Tupac Biopic

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 14, 2011 3:38 AM
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Last week, director Antoine Fuqua's plans to produce a feature length film based on the life of Tupac Shakur, seemed to have taken a blow, with news that he had walked away from that project to instead direct a boxing drama starring another rapper, Eminem, titled Southpaw, expected to shoot later this year.
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2nd AFFRM Release Announcement Scheduled For July 4th!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 14, 2011 2:27 AM
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A little bird told me earlier this morning that the 2nd film to be distributed theatrically via AFFRM (the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) will be announced on Independence Day, July 4!
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Burkinabe Polyandry Dramedy "An Uncommon Woman" Acquired For Distribution By ArtMattan Productions

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:56 AM
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I first saw this film at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year, and enjoyed its reversal of traditional patriarchal standards. It's hilarious... poignant, and message-driven, but hilarious.
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Tickets Now On Sale For For Katori Hall's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Starring Samuel L Jackson

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:17 AM
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The show doesn't open until October 13, and the lead actress hasn't even been cast yet, but tickets for the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning Best Play, The Mountaintop, are now officially on sale.
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The First Black Men In Outer Space (In The Movies That Is...)

  • By Sergio
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  • June 11, 2011 11:35 AM
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All the heated discussion we had recently about black images in sci-fi movies bought to my mind recently the first time when a black man first appeared as an astronaut in a sci-fi movie. And you would be right in guessing that it wasn't in an American film.
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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.

"Jungle Fever" 20 Years Later...

  • By Sergio
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  • June 8, 2011 7:18 AM
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WOW! Times really does fly by! It was exactly 20 years ago - June 7, 1991 - that Spike Lee's Jungle Fever first opened. Made at the time when Spike was THE director of the moment, and a film, like other films that Spike made during that period, which had its staunch defenders and detractors.
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Antoine Fuqua Exits Tupac Biopic; Circling Eminem Boxing Drama Instead

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 7, 2011 2:31 AM
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This is a surprise! We've long covered director Antoine Fuqua's plans to produce a feature length film based on the life of Tupac Shakur, with most recent news of his intent to cast unknowns in the starring roles, even launching a web-based nationwide search.

Tyler Perry Says "Good Deeds" is Done Shooting + Working To Lose Weight For "Alex Cross" Next

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 7, 2011 2:20 AM
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"So, I just finished filming a really good movie called GOOD DEEDS. It's me like you've never seen me before. It comes out in February, brace yourself. :-) There were a lot of long days on this shoot, so I wanted to take a break. I decided to do some traveling and since I still have 20 more pounds to lose before I start my next movie, ALEX CROSS, I thought I would go to the Grand Canyon and do some hiking, climbing and so on."
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Sam Pollard Currently Directing Documentary "Slavery by Another Name;" Faces Challenges In Alabama

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 4, 2011 4:30 AM
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Long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as director and producer in his own right, Sam Pollard, is currently shooting a $1.5 million feature documentary for PBS titled Slavery by Another Name.