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VH1 Will Explore Connection Between Hip-Hop And Cocaine In New Documentary

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 9, 2011 3:28 AM
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On September 18th, VH1 will air an original documentary titled Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation - a film which takes a hard look at the development of crack cocaine in the so-called urban community, featuring interviews with Snoop Dogg, Cyprus Hill's B-Real, Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Raekwon, and others.

Hype Williams Will Direct "Sexual Thriller" Penned By Joe Eszterhas Titled "Lust"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 8, 2011 11:27 AM
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Hit veteran music video director Hype Williams has signed on to direct a "sexual thriller" titled Lust, based on a script by Basic Instinct and Showgirls screenwriter, Joe Eszterhas.

"She's Gotta Have It" Was Released Today... About That X-Rating And Black Sexuality On Screen...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 8, 2011 9:42 AM
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Today in history... August 8th, 1986, Spike Lee's feature film debut, She's Gotta Have It, was released theatrically, and is, by the way, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

On The "Burden Of Representation" Debate... Your Input Requested

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 8, 2011 8:04 AM
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It's been one of those hectic days for me, so haven't had much time to do any ShadowAndActing at my usual speed; to keep you engaged in the meantime, here's a little riddle/survey that has been hanging around at the back of my mind lately...

Once More With Feeling - Are Black Actresses Forced To "Ugly" Themselves Up?

  • By Sergio
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  • August 6, 2011 6:42 AM
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Tambay's post below about Viola Davis putting on 25 pounds and then padding herself up for her role in The Help immediately bought to kind a piece I wrote a year old on S & A in August 2010 (I'm always ahead of the curve) raising the question about black women being forced to deglamorize themselves and to look bad so that white actresses can look better.

Samuel L. Jackson Buys $2000 In Tickets To His Films On Opening Weekend

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 6, 2011 3:28 AM
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"If you can't contribute to your own box office, what can you do? Not only do I see it, I actually buy like $2,000 of tickets and give them to the church. So at least I can say the movie made at least $2,000 in the opening weekend."

Viola Davis Put On 25 Pounds For "The Help" And Still Had To Wear Padding... So Did Jill Scott

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 6, 2011 2:57 AM
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"I had to gain 25 pounds during The Help and then I was padded. I gained weight by eating Mississippi food. They fry the butter before they put it on the bread and then they fry the bread!"

First Look At Anne Hathaway (And Her Stunt Double) As Catwoman

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 5, 2011 3:41 AM
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Here's your first official look at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, from director Christopher Nolan. Also included are images of her stunt double, and to be frank, looking at the set of images, Nolan should have cast her stunt double for the role instead of Hathaway, who looks more like a teenage girl playing dress-up on Halloween.

First Trailer For Black/White French Buddy Comedy "Les Intouchables" Surfaces...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 5, 2011 2:50 AM
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On the heels of my post yesterday, announcing that it would make its world premiere as the closing night film at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain next month, as well as a reminder that of the fact that Harvey Weinstein and his Weinstein Company have acquired both stateside distribution rights to the original film AND, more noteworthy, the English-language remake rights to the film... we now have our first look at the film via a teaser trailer.

Richard Ayoade Finds His Lead For Adaptation Of Dostoevsky‘s "The Double"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 5, 2011 1:31 AM
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Now that his directorial debut Submarine has had its moment in the spotlight, talented Brit, Richard Ayoade , is on to the next one (to quote Jay-Z).