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12 Films About Black History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Butler Forest Whitaker Oprah Winfrey
This Friday sees the release of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” (our review) the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines for the film), an African-American butler who served multiple presidents through several generations in the White House. As played by Forest Whitaker, Gaines bears witness to pivotal moments in the nation’s evolution, watching as the intersection of American history and black history reveals truths about himself and his surroundings, understanding both where he’s been, and where he’s going.

Will Smith Lines Up 'The American Can' Again With Ed Zwick, Flips Through Papers From Black List 'The Accountant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2013 12:57 PM
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It seems Will Smith is getting jiggy with it, cinematically speaking. Though he's a major box office star, the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is super choosy and generally averages about one movie per year. But it looks like he's ready to get much busier. Earlier this week he replaced Ben Affleck on Warner Bros. con man romantic comedy "Focus," and now two more projects are dropping into his lap.

Ed Zwick Exits 'The Great Wall' With Henry Cavill & Benjamin Walker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 3:13 PM
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"The Great Wall" will be built, but it won't be with Ed Zwick who has exited the picture, leaving the director's chair vacant.

Ed Zwick To Direct Bobby Fischer Chess Flick 'Pawn Sacrifice' Starring Tobey Maguire

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 8:21 PM
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Well, with "The Great Gatsby" pushed back to next summer, Tobey Maguire is suddenly free of any press obligations or awards season gladhanding and it looks like he's putting his hat back into the ring of making movies. Just yesterday he signed on to lead and produce "Z For Zachariah" for "Compliance" director Craig Zobel, and now, a project that first rose to the surface a couple of years ago, has some new life.

Jeffrey Nachmanoff Replaces Ed Zwick On 'American Assassin'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 24, 2012 10:44 AM
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The story of CIA operative Mitch Rapp spreads over several books, and CBS Films have spent years trying to use the material for a potential film. Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell and Matthew Fox were previously pursued for "Consent To Kill," which director Antoine Fuqua circled in 2008, but nothing came to pass. Now CBS is starting with a clean slate, with Deadline reporting that Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed to direct "American Assassin," the eleventh book in the series, but the first chronologically.

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