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Peter Berg Says He Cast Rihanna In "Battleship" Because Of Her "Urban Swagger"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 9, 2011 1:00 PM
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  • 17 Comments
“I spent a lot of time in the Navy thinking about who would make sense and who would bring an urban swagger to this character,” Berg explained of his idea to cast Rihanna. “Put a call in, had a great couple of meetings, and she’s a great girl, really hard-working, very smart, wants to be good, really strong work ethic, no attitude, no diva nonsense. She was great.”

Naomie Harris On Her Role In The New Bond Film: "Eve Kicks Ass"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • December 3, 2011 6:31 PM
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Actress Naomie Harris is currently training for her role as "Eve" in the upcoming Bond film Skyfall and, based on her recent comments, she's excited about it.

Kerry Washington Talks Differences of Working in Big Budget vs Indie Films

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 29, 2011 6:29 PM
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In an interview with Fansshare, Kerry Washington explained how a performance in a particular film may depend on several factors, which range from the set, to the director and even the weather.
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"Stick Fly" Playwright Lydia R. Diamond: "We Have To Acknowledge That Theater Has Been Largely Elitist"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 22, 2011 4:56 PM
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With the official Broadway debut of Stick Fly right around the corner, playwright Lydia R. Diamond recently commented, in an interview with The Boston Globe, on the general perception of the theater as well as the unaccounted fans that are often overlooked.  "We have to acknowledge that theater has been largely elitist.  But what we forget is that there are people who are so passionately invested in theater that they save their money and they come. They don’t go to 10 movies, and they come to the theater. And those are the people we forget about all the time. And dismiss,’’ she said.
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Actress/Filmmaker Rie Rasmussen Says If Tarantino's "Django" Doesn’t Change Face Of Films, Then Hollywood Is Truly 'Mothereffin' Racist

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • November 13, 2011 1:21 PM
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The Playlist had a very interesting interview with 'model-turned-actress-turned-filmmaker' Rie Rasmussen, who has closely followed the development of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained since its inception a year and a half ago.  Rasmussen first connected with Tarantino while her short film Thinning the Herd traveled the festival circuit. Ever since, the two have become business comrades; Tarantino has purchased the rights of her feature debut Human Zoo for a domestic run.
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Video: Octavia Spencer Talks About New Opportunities To Play 'Roles' Since Success of "The Help"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 26, 2011 1:45 AM
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Octavia Spencer spoke to the LATimes after accepting a best ensemble award for The Help Monday night at the Hollywood Awards.

Rev. Al Sharpton Honors Tyler Perry, Calls His Critics "Proper Negroes"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 21, 2011 8:20 AM
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Tyler Perry was honored by Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network this past Wednesday. According to The Washington Post, Sharpton lashed out at the critics of the highest-earning man in Hollywood, calling them "proper negroes" "who don't really understand regular black folk". Sharpton praised Perry for providing work to under appreciated actors in Hollywood and for creating his own empire.
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Kenny Leon Talks "The Mountaintop", "Steel Magnolias" and Why He Doesn't Listen To The 'Haters'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 14, 2011 5:06 AM
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In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, director Kenny Leon talks about casting Angela Bassett as Halle Berry's replacement and the motivations behind his latest directorial effort in Broadway's The Mountaintop. He also delves into the African American remake of Steel Magnolias in the works for Lifetime TV, and why he doesn't listen to the "haters" when it comes to The Mountaintop's depiction of MLK Jr., and the negative reactions to the remake news. Here are a few interesting bits of the interview below.
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Anthony Mackie States The Obvious About Black Cinema

  • By Sergio
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  • October 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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In an interview in today's Chicago Tribune in advance of the Artistic Achievement Award he will receive this weekend at the Chicago International Film Festival’s Black Perspectives Tribute, Anthony Mackie states that black film today needs a "catalyst" and that filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Robert Townsend should be insprations to new black filmmakers today.
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Taraji P. Henson: "Who Wants To Come To Hollywood And Be On The B-list? I Want The A-list!"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • October 9, 2011 4:31 AM
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  • 32 Comments
"Wherever it is I'm going in this business, I'm not there yet." Henson says, laughing. "Who wants to come to Hollywood and be on the B-list? I want the A-list! ”
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