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October 22 2014

From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 19:03:11

Set to air on Friday, November 7 at 8pm, on ESPN is "Becoming," a documentary about worldwide basketball star LeBron James' trajectory to the top of his game. Filmed in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, "Becoming" includes rarely seen footage from LeBron James' earliest days in sports, including the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) where he played youth basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars, as well as his record-setting days at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School where he garnered worldwide attention. James, along with those close to him, including lifelong friends, mentors, teammates and former coaches, will share candid memories with his young fans during...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 18:50:48

Mati Diop's highly acclaimed film, "A Thousand Suns" ("Mille Soleils"), which made its world premiere at the 24th annual Marseilles International Film Festival, where it also won the grand prize for the international competition, will make its Chicago premiere for one night only next month. And even more special is that the filmmaker herself, Mati Diop, will be in person for the screening, for an audience discussion and Q & A afterwards. The  documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking classic 1972 film, "Touki Bouki," made by Ms. Diop's, the late Senegalese auteur, Djibril Diop Mambety, which the filmmakers says...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 18:28:39

Award-winning music video director, Benny Boom, who also helmed the 2009 feature film, "Next Day Air," is attached to do the same for another feature film titled "Wild for the Night" (aka "Hypnotize 3D"), which is described as a present-day film noir set in LA's nightlife. Its synopsis reads: "A loner seeking redemption from his past, returns home, only to find himself entangled in a game of seduction, scandal and revenge on the Los Angeles Club Circuit." Boom will direct from a script that lists Gergory Ramon Anderson, Rashad El Amin, Hannah Macpherson and Joshua Michael Stern all as writers. The project hails from Vancouver, BC-based...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 17:35:32

Way back in 2009, Samuel L. Jackson was attached to star in an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller "Same Kind Of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, And The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together," by Denver Moore, Ron Hall and Lynn Vincent, which tells the true story of 3 unlikely people who team up to try and solve homelessness in Fort Worth, Texas. The longer, and more intriguing description reads: "A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 16:03:56

VH1 calls it a "supertrailer" because it's much longer than the previous trailer, and shows a lot more footage. The upcoming original movie "Drumline: A New Beat," produced in partnership with Fox Television Studios, and executive produced by the original film producers Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson, along with Nick Cannon, will premiere next week Monday, October 27th at 9pm ET/PT. The telefilm is the next project in the network's successful original movie initiative, kickstarted by 2013's "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story," which generated record-breaking ratings and tremendous viewer response. "Drumline: A New Beat" will capture the sound...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 14:53:59

Ving Rhames, Barkhad Abdi, Jake McLaughlin, Frank Gillo, and Nicky Whelan are set to star in director Phil Volken's drama "Extortion," which he also penned the script for. The story centers on a doctor who desperately tries to save his wife and 5-year-old son after their long-awaited vacation in the Bahamas takes an unexpected turn.  No word yet on what specific roles each actor will play. Alina Shraybman is producer alongside Wendi Niad. The Filmmuse Productions project us scheduled to begin shooting in Puerto Rico this month. Ving Rhames will return with Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in "Mission: Impossible 5," as announced by director...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 13:57:53

It feels like it's been a long time since we last saw Eddie Murphy on the big screen doesn't it? I'm sure he's comfortable financially, and isn't exactly pressed to make new money by taking on almost every project that's offered to him, the way that it seems Samuel L. Jackson seems to (they don't call him the hardest working man in showboz for nothing - one of them anyway). So when Murphy does attach himself to a project, it immediately gets my attention. The last time we saw him on the big screen was in "Tower Heist" in 2011, 3 years ago. Although there was that terrible "A Thousand Words" which sat in limbo for years after it was made, until DreamWorks finally...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 12:33:57

Produced by Spike DDB for Chevrolet, "I Throw Like A Girl" follows baseball prodigy Mo'ne Davis, who captured the world's attention a few months ago when she became the first girl to pitch a shut-out in the entire history of the Little League World Series. Spike Lee directed the short documentary, which features interviews with Davis, her family, fellow players, and coach, who give a peek into her beginnings in baseball and basketball and her temperament as a kid. Lee also includes other noted voices in the conversation on gender and sports, including The Art of Growing Up founder Julia Terry and Albert Chen, the journalist who covered Davis in Sports Illustrated.  The...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 12:29:48

An important, well-regarded study on diversity within the entertainment industry is being expanded by researchers at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. Led by Dr. Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center, and Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon, assistant director, the research team have already produced landmark research on the lack of racial and gender inclusion in Hollywood, and have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise $10,000 to produce the report on an annual basis, with the following aims: Generating a comprehensive research analysis of the inclusion of diverse groups in film and television, including starring roles, writing,...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Oct 22 2014, 12:26:38

As a lover of film collaborations amongst very talented folk I felt compelled to share this film project and crowdfunding campaign with you all as shared with me from Christopher Everett, the director of the highly anticipated documentary "Wilmington on Fire" and producer of this film:   A group of multitalented filmmakers from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, USC, and the North Carolina School of the Arts are collaborating to create five (5) super short films called The Perceptions Project. What's it about? It's a matter of perception. Freedom is a word/concept that's often plagued with idealisms and xenophobic rhetoric when, in actuality, it may look vastly...

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