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Tyler Perry Begins National Tour With New Play Examining Class; Movie Adaptation Next?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 25, 2011 7:03 AM
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I just received notice that Tyler Perry will go on a national tour this fall with a new play he wrote and will direct titled The Haves and The Have Nots. He doesn't act in this one though; strictly a behind the stage effort this time.

Al Pacino Thanks Rappers For Keeping "Scarface" Alive

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 25, 2011 2:48 AM
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I recall Sergio's post earlier this year, announcing that the film was coming to Blu-ray, in which he touched on this, calling the film "the modern black urban male ultimate macho fantasy," in reference to the fact that it's so well loved and appreciated by brothas in hip-hop.

Release Of Forgotten 1972 Aretha Franklin Documentary By Sydney Pollack, To Be Blocked

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 25, 2011 1:01 AM
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Aretha Franklin's 1972 album Amazing Grace was her best-selling album. Some even say it's the greatest gospel album ever recorded.

James Patterson Loves What He's Seen So Far Of "I, Alex Cross" Footage ("Brought Tears To My Eyes")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 24, 2011 3:49 AM
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Just making my way back again from the set of the Alex Cross movie, and I'm feeling pretty up-beat about it. Tyler is great. He's going to blow everybody's minds. And Ed Burns is irrepressible, a real talent.

Preview & Trailer For Dutch Immigrant Dramedy "Swooni"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 24, 2011 2:22 AM
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On the heels of my entry yesterday on another refugee drama set in an European country (Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, which I'll be seeing in about a month)... Cineuropa describes Swooni as follows:

"He was as fragile and as flawed as anyone," Samuel L. Jackson Talks MLK Jr. in 'The Mountaintop'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 23, 2011 11:55 AM
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“The King I am showing just came in from delivering the ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech,” says Jackson. The reverend is very tired, and the only other actor onstage is Jackson’s longtime friend Angela Bassett, who plays Camae, a hotel employee delivering room service who stays to talk. “He’s the guy alone in a hotel room talking to a woman. He’s the man as a man, not as a martyr or ideologue. He just happened to be the guy who wasn’t afraid to stand up for the right idea. But outside of that, he was as fragile and as flawed as anyone.”

Remake Rights To 69 Akira Kurosawa Titles Ready To Be Pimped Out To Americans & Europeans

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 23, 2011 2:54 AM
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It's too much madness to expound on in one post... From Variety:

Aretha Franklin On Biopic: Will Focus On Early Years; Halle Berry Is Indeed Interested; Has Director

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 6:35 AM
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Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... although, in all fairness, she was asked! :)

Giancarlo Esposito On Next Film "This Is Your Death" + His Role As Crime Lord In "I, Alex Cross"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 4:46 AM
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A worthwhile listen... Giancarlo Esposito chats with local TV anchors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the Albuquerque Film Festival, an initiative he heads called Film For Change, his role in Breaking Bad, his process/method in tackling roles, and more... including what he's currently working on... a film titled This Is Your Death, which he describes as "an unflinching look at reality TV"

Codeblack Entertainment Takes On African Market w/ "Laugh At My Pain" & "On The 7th Day"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2011 3:04 AM
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Not only will Kevin Hart's concert tour movie Laugh At My Pain open in several AMC theaters across the country, beginning on September 9th, Codeblack Entertainment will also release the film theatrically in a few African countries (including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and others), in a new partnership with Silverbird Cinemas - a dominant theater chain serving those territories.