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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.”

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."