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July 23 2014

From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 21:29:26

Above, ET Online goes behind the scenes of the production of Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which is being directed by Angela Bassett (her debut), starring Yaya DaCosta Alafia as Houston, and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown. The clip features Bassett, Yaya and singer Deborah Cox (who is providing the vocal tracks for the telepic), talking about the production, using Whitney's original music, and addressing some of the push-back the project has faced - notably from Houston's family, and some audience reactions to Yaya's casting. You'll also find footage of both lead actors performing in character (as Whitney and Bobby), although just brief glimpses...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 20:02:17

There is an African proverb that says," He who speaks truth has very few friends." And as if to test the veracity of that proverb the film LESSON BEFORE LOVE (2014) tells the emotionally complex tale of ambition, love, sex and lies among a quartet of Black thirty-somethings.  Although it has become rather customary to refer to such ambition and relationship films among males and females as "hetero-normative", I don't think the critics who are using this term are doing so out of spite, but more so out of boredom.  The problem with so many bourgeois hetero-normative relationship films is that they are often too predictable.  Watching many of these films as either a romantic...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 17:35:23

A reminder for those who may have missed my initial announcement a month ago... submit your questions to Cybel now... or later. Just do it! Read the details below. Her much-anticipated monthly columns on all things cinematography, have contributed much to this blog's success in a myriad of ways, since she started penning them in 2012, much to the appreciation and education of the many who read each and everyone - the two most popular likely being "The Art of Lighting Dark Skin for Film and HD" and "A Cinematographer's Plea to the Budding Film Auteur: Move Your Camera."  Cybel Martin's pieces have been so widely-read, so much that even the late Roger Ebert,...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 16:54:14

Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment to develop a weekly one hour sci-fi/fantasy improv series. The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature 2 teams battling for the biggest laughs to win points and prizes. The "home" team will consist of 4-6 nationally known comedians. Each week they will compete against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches. A nationwide casting call will occur later this summer to determine the "away" teams. The press release didn't come with information on when and where exactly the nationwide casting calls will take place, although that info may be forthcoming.  Nick...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 15:28:51

Today, IFP announced its 2014 slate of 133 new films in development selected for its esteemed Project Forum at Independent Film Week. The program brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects and support the future of storytelling, by nurturing the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers. Through the Project Forum, creatives connect with the financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences. Under the curatorial leadership of Deputy Director/Head of...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 13:59:12

In association with channel ED and the 35th Durban International Film Festival, a world first will be taking place this month when a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65), from the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from July 17 to 27. This unique film event will see a diverse and exciting range of films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa.  The AfriDocs Film Week will connect the largest film festival in Africa through a "film festival on your screen,"...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 13:12:50

For the first time in nearly a decade, CBS Daytime veteran and "Criminal Minds" star Shemar Moore will return to television's #1 Daytime Drama, "The Young and the Restless," for a special 2-day guest appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Moore, who appeared as a series regular for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), will reprise his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000.  During his two-day return, Moore will reunite with longtime friend and...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 12:58:32

TV One has announced the network's premiere of the 2-hour original movie, "Girlfriends' Getaway," which stars Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins, in a dramedy, shot entirely on location in Trinidad, that tells the story of an innocent birthday getaway taken by 4 longtime friends that turns into a life changing adventure.  Set to air on Saturday, August 30 at 8PM/ET - with an encore at 11PM/ET and at 11AM/ET on Sunday, August 31st - "Girlfriends' Getaway" is directed by Roger M. Bobb ("Raising Izzie"), who also served as the film's Executive Producer with Angi Bones serving as...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 12:20:12

I hadn't previously considered the idea, until the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced the film would make its world premiere there a couple of months from now. And then I learned this morning that it's been selected to open the San Sebastian Film Festival, also in September, a few days after it debuts at TIFF - San Sebastian being the highest-profile film festival in the Spanish-speaking world, and, of course, TIFF being one of the highest-profile film festivals in the entire world, renowned for its status as the place where top producers and distributors go with their films to generate early Oscar buzz. Indeed last season's Best Picture Academy Award winner...

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From Shadow and Act Wed Jul 23 2014, 11:22:14

We'll be seeing a lot of Regina King during the next season, both in front of and behind the camera apparently. First, in front of the camera, the actress has joined the cast of John Ridley's new ABC drama series, "American Crime," and will return to CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" to reprise her role. "American crime," which Ridley is writing, directing and executive producing, follows a racially-charged murder case and the trial that follows, as audiences will experience the murder and trial through the eyes of several different people who are, in some way, connected to the events. It'll frankly tackle matters of race, class and gender...

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