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October 24 2014

From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 16:53:23

It could just be lack of exposure (or adventure) on my part, but I've become accustomed to (and almost expect), films set in modern day France and featuring black people, to be about immigration, social marginalisation, disaffected black youth... all of which tend to serve up images of grit, grime, poverty... So Jean-Paul Civeyrac's "My Friend Victoria," was something of a surprise. Set in Paris, the film is based on a Doris Lessing story, "Victoria and the Staveneys," and tells the story of Victoria, a young black woman of no remarkable talent, drive or ambition. The story is narrated by Fanny (Nadia Moussa), Victoria's literature devouring adopted sister and friend,...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 15:04:12

Spike Lee has directed an hour-long documentary on his beloved New York Knicks, which will take audiences behind former NBA coach (and now president of the Knicks) Phil Jackson's famed offensive strategy.  The film will be titled "What Is the Triangle Offense: A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint," and it is set to air on October 24 on the MSG network. "I've never done anything like this before," Lee said. "This is trying to explain to the average fan the triangle system. It's sort of like the mysterious mythology and Zen that Phil Jackson has used to win six times in Chicago and five times in L.A." To assist, director Lee watched hours of teams coached by Jackson - Chicago...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 14:28:14

Above is a first-look photo at Common and Tessa Thompson in Ava DuVernay's "Selma" - a film that's already generating Oscar buzz ahead of its December premiere.  Rapper/actor Common plays James Bevel, the civil rights activist who helped set up 1963's "Children's Crusade" in Birmingham, Alabama, which was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Thompson is Diane Nash, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in April 1960, who also played a key role in bringing King to Montgomery, AL, in support of the Freedom Riders. She was sentenced to two years in prison for teaching nonviolent tactics...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 14:03:25

LeBron James has "Survivor's Remorse," which debuted this fall on Starz; yesterday, it was announced that Baron Davis sold an autobiographical TV comedy to Fox. Today, Chris Paul joins the growing list of NBA stars developing autobiographical projects for television. The Los Angeles Clippers point guard has teamed up with writer Warren Lieberstein ("The Office") and producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men") to develop a family comedy based on his early life experiences growing up in North Carolina, with an older brother, their mother and grandfather. The currently untitled project is set up at CBS. Paul will exec produce with his...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 13:28:26

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has set the Zuko Nodada indie dramedy "Between Friends," as the Centerpiece film for its 2014 edition - a South African film in the tradition of "The Big Chill" and "Peter's Friends," as the filmmaker describes it. "Between Friends"  explores the strains and old rivalries between a group of old college friends who reunite at a game lodge in KwaZulu Natal, 7 years after graduation. Haunting their reunion is the secret of a wild night they spent together at the very same lodge years ago. Long buried secrets shared by the old friends are eventually exposed, causing...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 12:33:10

Zoe Saldana is executive producing a new AOL series titled "My Hero," which, for 10 episodes, will follow celebrities as they surprise one person from their pasts who helped change their lives, hence the title. Saldana kicks things off in the first episode, in which she and her sisters surprise her mother. As a child growing up in the Dominican Republic, Saldana and her family faced a devastating tragedy. Her mother, her hero taught her how to stand strong in the face of adversity. The series premiered today; episode 1 is embedded below. "We are surrounded by heroes every day and I think it's important to shed light on them, and to say thank you," Saldana...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 11:49:12

Her award-winning play "The Mountaintop" enjoyed a successful run on Broadway 3 years ago, after an even more enthusiastic response from audiences in London where it premiered. The fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's last night, on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968, starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett when it debuted on Broadway, and went on to tour around the country through 2013. Now playwright Katori Hall is set to make the transition from stage to screen, and not just as a writer, but a director as well.  I've learned that Hall will make her feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of her own...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 10:40:27

Check out these 2 new clips from the BET/Relativity Media-backed next feature film from writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond the Lights," 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 parents who want each to focus on their own career ambitions. But he might be the missing piece to unlock her artistic potential.  Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights" stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. Danny Glover,...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 24 2014, 10:16:52

Olivia is back on her friend Catherine's case. If you recall she is the one who is being accused of murdering her daughter. (She was also caught having sex with her daughter's boyfriend). Catherine is rotting away in jail claiming that she's done nothing wrong, while the Gladiators (which now seems to be just Olivia and Quinn with Huck working part-time hours) dig for more leads. As they search for more clues, the team discovers that Caitlyn's father may have had something to do the murder. He's hired some shady ex-cop to work at his company and Quinn and Huck find surveillance photo of the daughter's best friend Faith being assaulted by the man. While Quinn and Olivia are working, Huck...

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October 23 2014

From Shadow and Act Thu Oct 23 2014, 19:18:23

If you weren't lucky enough to be living in a city where "The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne" screened earlier this year (it saw a very limited, and short-lived theatrical run), and your cable or satellite TV service includes Al Jazeera America, you're in luck. I was just informed that the feature-length documentary will make its TV premiere on Al Jazeera America on November 9, at 9pm ET/6pm PT, via the network's "Al Jazeera America Presents" banner, whose mission is to bring viewers feature documentaries and original series from filmmakers around the globe. To find out if your service includes Al Jazeera America, click here. Over a 60-year period, Doris Payne...

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