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"History Detectives" Investigates The Origins Of 1950s Comic "Negro Romance"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 13, 2011 1:10 AM
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Should Black Filmmakers Tackle Issues Regarding The Black Church More?

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 12, 2011 9:54 AM
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I'm sure most of you are familiar with the scandal surrounding Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. If you've been under a rock, basically, Bishop Long was accused of coercing young male church members into having sex with him and was being sued. In an effort to avoid a court case, Bishop Long settled with his accusers to the tune of $15 million, allegedly.

Josh Brolin Reportedly Tops List Of Actors To Star In Spike Lee's "Oldboy" Adaptation

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2011 7:58 AM
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The folks at Twitch, who broke the initial story about Spike Lee's involvement in the US adaptation of Oldboy, just revealed that Josh Brolin is the production and financing company's (Mandate Pictures') top choice to star as the lead character in Spike Lee's direction of the Japanese manga made popular by Park Chan-wook's 2003 award-winning film.

First Preview Of George Lucas' Tuskegee Airmen Film Scheduled For July 29 In Wisconsin; Get Tix Now!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2011 7:41 AM
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If you plan on attending the 7-day 2011 EAA AirVenture festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin later this month (and I'm sure you all are :)), you'll likely be the first group of folks to see any footage from the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails.

Michael Jai White Replaces Craig Robinson As Ex-Black Panther In "Freaky Deaky" Adaptation

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2011 7:18 AM
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Well damn! Can't say if this is a good sign, or signs of a doomed project, but almost the entire starring cast of Charlie Matthau's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's crime novel "Freaky Deaky", has been replaced!

The Casting Carousel For Lee Daniels' "Paperboy" Thriller Continues... Will It Be His Next?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2011 4:28 AM
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He’s certainly been stacking up the projects over the last couple of years, since Precious; but when is Mr Daniels going to actually, finally get the chance to make one of them? Precious debuted over 2 years ago, at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Since its theatrical release, Daniels’ name has been attached to quite a few projects – Selma, Miss Saigon, Iced, Anna In The Tropics, The Butler, and more, including, most recently, The Paperboy.

Production On Mary J. Blige's Nina Simone Film Postponed + Mary Will Spend Summer Studying For Role

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 12:31 PM
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Sooo... last we reported on this project, it had been financed to the tune of $10 million, cast (Mary J. Blige & David Oyelowo in the starring roles), and was booked to start filming at the end of May, much to the chagrin of a lot of you folks. I'd actually forgotten about it (I know, how could I, right?), until I saw this MSN report today that reminded me of the much-debated production.

Confirmed! Spike Lee Will Direct USA Adaptation Of “Oldboy.” Will Will Smith Star?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 6:50 AM
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Well... it's no long just speculation.

Weinstein Company Acquires US Remake Rights To French Buddy Comedy "Les Intouchables"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 5:50 AM
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I keep saying that I'm going to finally commit to becoming fluent in French, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet! Any native French speakers in NYC who want to hook me up with some lessons, send me an email. Seriously...!

Alfre Woodard, Stephanie Allain Join 8-Member Academy Delegation On East African Outreach Program

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 4:23 AM
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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has launched what it calls an international outreach program, and heading to East Africa for 2 weeks, starting yesterday through the 24th, with its mission that states “Ccnnecting creative communities around the globe through the art and science of Film... as well as creating opportunities for creative conversations between emerging and established filmmakers from many nations.”