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August 20 2014

From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 17:51:08

2 weeks ago, it was announced that Patti LaBelle had joined the cast of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," in a recurring role, playing the mother of Gabourey Sidibe's character - a character we've now learned will be quite opposite to the character she played last season; next season, in "Freak Show," Sidibe will play a well-off, impeccably-dressed art school graduate who comes back to town to deal with a family matter. LaBelle, as her mother, will be a local townsperson who begins to unravel the murderous secrets of "Twisty the clown killer." LaBelle joins the returning Sidibe, as well as Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters,...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 17:14:48

Here's what looks like a rather intriguing project - at least to me; A Namibian/British/South African feature film from writer/director Perivi John Katjavivi, which is in need of your financial support, via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.  The goal is to raise $20,000 by September 08, 2014; Thus far, close to $1,100 has been raised with about 3 weeks left, so obviously still a long way to go for the campaign to be successful. But you can help make it happen by chipping in if you can. I'll skip the breakdown and instead just *hand the mic* over to the filmmaker to talk about the project, as you'll see why my interest has been piqued, and maybe yours will be as well....

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 16:38:51

Set to make its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is Finnish director Jalmari Helander's English-language debut, a thriller titled "Big Game," which stars Samuel L. Jackson as President of the USA, and Onni Tommila. The film follows a shy, nervous 13-year-old boy named Oskari (played by Tommila), who must prove his manhood by spending a night alone in the forest, when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President (Samuel L. Jackson) in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President team up to survive the night. I'm actually...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 15:02:16

A biopic based on the life of singer/songwriter Bobby Womack, who died a couple of months ago, is apparently in development, under the supervision of his longtime manager and friend Don Smalls. Smalls says he already has a 120-page script that Womack approved before his death, adding in a press statement, with regards to casting, that, "There has been talk of Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson, but we're also interested in casting an unknown." Active since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group, the Valentinos, and as Sam Cooke's back-up guitarist, Womack's career spanned more than 50 years, and several genres, including R&B,...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 14:14:53

The 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival (, presented by BET Networks with founding sponsor HBO, today announced most of the films that will be showcased during this year's event. Running September 17-21, 2014 at Manhattan's AMC Loews 34th Street 14, and various other locations in New York, the festival will screen over 70 films, including a whopping 12 world premieres. As announced earlier today, "Beyond the Lights," a drama written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, will serve as the opening night film on Thursday, September 18 at the SVA Theater, at 333 W. 23rd Street. Other screening highlights of films we've previously...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 13:25:16

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, ordained minister and nationally recognized spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant has traveled to the area to listen to the people who have been adversely affected and to join the community in finding a path from violence into healing. Breaking from the traditional "Iyanla: Fix My Life" series format, Iyanla is taking her show to the streets of Ferguson for an upcoming special episode of "Iyanla: Fix My Life" to air on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The airdate will be announced in the coming week. "My heart hurts for the family of Michael Brown and the citizens of Ferguson. In the wake of this...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 13:17:45

Rutina Wesley (Sookie Stackhouse's best friend, Tara, on HBO's "True Blood") has joined Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut in Sony/Screen Gems thriller titled "The Perfect Guy," which will be directed by David Rosenthal. The film follows a woman (Lathan) who meets an IT expert (Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he disrupts her life. James Lopez and Clint Culpepper are executive producing for Screen Gems. It does remind me a bit...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 12:14:43

The BET/Relativity Media-backed next feature film from writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond the Lights," will open the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival. The 18th annual festival - presented by BET and sponsored by HBO - will run from September 17-21, with a full lineup announcement forthcoming. Below is a full-length trailer for the upcoming festival's opening night feature, which tells the story of Noni Jean, a hot new artist who has just won a Grammy and is primed for stardom. But the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer. They fall hard for each other, despite the protests of their...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 11:40:43

It is set to premiere on ABC, on September 30, 2014, but the network has released the first episode of its new half-hour comedy series "Selfie," which is loosely based on "My Fair Lady" (the musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"), but set in the world of social media. Created and executive produced by Emily Kapnek for Warner Bros. Television, the new series will air Tuesday nights at 8 pm (ET/PT). The series follows the life of Eliza Dooley (a modern day version of Eliza Doolittle), a woman obsessed with becoming famous through the use of social media platforms, until she realizes that she needs to actually find people that she can be...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Aug 20 2014, 10:37:05

The team behind "u-Carmen eKhayelitsha" - a modern remake of Georges Bizet's classic 1875 opera "Carmen," shot entirely in Xhosa (one of South Africa's official languages), with an all-black South African cast, combining both music from the original opera with traditional music - are now going to do similar thing with Giacomo Puccini's classic 1896 opera, "La Boheme." The creative group's most recent film, a re-imagining of another operatic work, Benjamin Britten's 1957 piece, "Noye's Fludde," made its World Premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at last...

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