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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.”

Octavia Spencer On Criticism Of "The Help": "We've Gotten So PC..."

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 3:59 AM
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We've read Viola Davis' take on the project... some of it anyway. Go HERE if you missed that post. Today, we've got her co-star, Octavia Spencer, who plays one of the film's lead characters, the bold and cantankerous maid Minnie.

UPDATE: Spike Lee's "New Joint" Begins Shooting Today; Revisiting "Mookie" In "Red Hook"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 2:25 AM
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UPDATE: Just lifted the following from Wilson Morales' site:

ABFF2011 Highlights: Now w/ Audio, Paula Patton Talks Being Offered Role in Akils' "Sparkle" Remake

  • By Jasmin
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  • July 10, 2011 11:22 AM
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Updating this with the actual audio recording of the segment where the news is revealed... listen to it at the bottom of this post.

Viola Davis On Her Role In "The Help": "Of Course I Had Trepidations" + More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2011 2:19 AM
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"Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you've ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi? Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it's not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message... As Black women, we're always given these seemingly devastating experiences - experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point."

Naomie Harris' "Bond 23" Role Revealed - "Miss Moneypenny"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 8, 2011 1:30 AM
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Well, it hasn't been officially announced yet, but the UK's Daily Mail is reporting this morning that the secretive role Naomie Harris has long been in the running for, since we first announced that she was being considered for a part in the next James Bond movie, is not quite THE Bond girl role, but rather, Miss Moneypenny, assistant to M, James Bond's boss - a role originated by Lois Maxwell who played the character from 1962's Dr No to 1985's A View To A Kill.

Oprah Reportedly Tops Academy's Short List Of Candidates To Host Next Year's Oscars

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 7, 2011 6:31 AM
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"... I’m hearing from solid Motion Picture Academy sources that Oprah Winfrey is topping the list of candidates to host the 84th Oscars next February. If the widely seen gig is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes special and a post-Oscars show airing only on the Oprah Winfrey Network, it would give the struggling cable channel some added exposure. But I’m hearing that is a very separate potential deal. After all, ABC continues to have exclusive rights to Oscar broadcasts — and likely would not be happy about giving up rights to backstage access, etc. However, given Winfrey’s longtime relationship with ABC — anything is possible. The main thing: Academy honchos firmly believe Winfrey could greatly expand the show’s audience. They also believe the best time to hatch this plan is this first year following the end of the 25-year run of “Oprah” — while that show’s huge audience of viewers still miss their daily “fix” the TV icon gave them for the past quarter-century... "

NFL Pro Terrell Owens Making Moves On Small & Big Screen, Thinking About Post-Football Career

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 7, 2011 5:51 AM
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“It’s loosely based on my life and my career. I have four kids by three different moms... It will showcase my skills as an actor, which is something I want to do after football."

What Might Seth Rogan And Jonathan Levine Be Doing Down In "Jamaica"?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 7, 2011 4:30 AM
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Seth Rogen is treaming up once again with his Green Hornet team - Will Reiser, Evan Goldberg and Jonathan Levine, to produce a new comedy feature titled Jamaica.

Spike Lee Set to Remake Revenge Flick "Oldboy"?

  • By Jasmin
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  • July 6, 2011 3:17 AM
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Directed by Park Chan-Wook, Oldboy is the South Korean thriller that originally took the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Spike Lee is the most recent director in talks to helm the project, as rumors of a US remake have lingered since 2008.