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Viola Davis Rejects The Burden Of Representation: "At The End Of The Day, I'm Am Just An Actor"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 24, 2011 11:15 AM
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Her response here touches on so much that we've tackled on this site - particularly, as the title of this post states, this burden of representation that some of us feel black actors should carry. The question of "obligation."

Meet The Next-Gen Tyler Perry: 18-Year-Old Playright w/ 5 Plays On Resume Claims He's Better

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 10:35 AM
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His name is Thelron Pleas, he's 18 years old, and the folks down in Georgia are making comparisons between him and Tyler Perry.

Mario Van Peebles' "Black, White And Blues," Gets New Title + Theatrical Release Date

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 9:19 AM
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Here's a film I profiled last November and haven't heard much about since. At the time, it was called Black, White and Blues; but, as you can see from the poster above, it's received a name change. Now it's titled Redemption Road.

Michael Jai White Wants To "Push NC-17" w/ "Spawn" Reboot; May Produce Himself

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 5:23 AM
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We've known that creator Todd McFarlane has been working on and pushing for a reboot of Spawn, which was adapted into a 1997 feature film, starring Michael Jai White (reviews were mixed, though I liked it; not sure how well it holds up today though).

Updates On "A Contract With God" Adaptation Which Barry Jenkins Is Attached To Co-Direct

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 4:45 AM
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Announced about a year ago, the graphic novel, A Contract With God And Other Tenement Stories, published in 1978 by the late cartoonist, Will Eisner, is being adapted into a feature-length film with 4 directors attached to direct each of the four short stories the book tells: A Contract With God, The Super, The Street Singer, and Cookalein.

"Attack The Block" Star John Boyega On Learning From "The Wire" + Hollywood Calling

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 4:09 AM
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"Mr. Boyega said he learned to play Moses by watching the laconic drug dealers from Season 4 of “The Wire.” He explained, “I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of dialogue, so it means telling the story through your eyes all the time... The film has vastly increased his visibility, helping him land an agent at CAA... he is already making regular trips to Los Angeles to pursue new projects and fantasizing about a full-time Hollywood life...”

Open Casting Call For Tyler Perry's "I, Alex Cross" Happening Tomorrow In Cleveland, OH

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 3:17 AM
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Now you too can be in a Tyler Perry movie! A casting call will be held this weekend in Cleveland, OH for I, Alex Cross; these are paid gigs too, by the way.

Thandie Newton Will Star In Revival Of "Death And The Maiden"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2011 2:42 AM
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Thandie Newton is taking her thespian skills to the stage to star in the first West End (London's equivalent of Broadway) revival of Death And The Maiden.

102nd NAACP Convention To Include Screening Of "The Help" Followed By Discussion w/Stars & Director

  • By Jasmin
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  • July 22, 2011 2:07 AM
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Yes, really.

Your Mid-Year In Cinema Review (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 20, 2011 7:29 AM
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The above poster says it all doesn't it?