Ava DuVernay from 13th accepting her award during The 76th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani, Wall Street on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by: Stephanie Moreno/Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications | Wiki Commons)
Film

Ava DuVernay To Open New Theater, Provide Grants to Filmmakers Of Color

LA FOCUS — Director Ava DuVernay (“Selma” “A Wrinkle In Time”) is looking to move beyond just telling stories, but creating a platform for others to shine as well. DuVernay’s production company ARRAY (formerly known as the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement) is opening state-of-the-art 50-seat theater that will screen half a dozen ARRAY titles that it plans to reach in 2019 as well as work by local artists, IndieWire reports. The independent theater will be built on ARRAY headquarters located in Echo Park. […read more]

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Charleston Chronicle

“The Public” Premieres in Charleston

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — After almost a year of conversations with producers, the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry and the Charleston Friends of the library have finally landed an early premier date for “The Public,” a film about the challenges faced by libraries, city governments, and social service agencies particularly with regard to the homelessness.  […read more]

(l-r) Actress Sherri Shepherd and Rapper Common. (Photo by: lasentinel.net)
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Common, Sherri Shepherd, Xzibit Premiere Films in LA on Pan African Film and Arts Festival Final Day

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Stars Common, Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown (lead actor) hosted a red carpet screening of the short film “HATS” at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival on February 18. Shortly after, multi-platinum rapper and actor Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner hosted the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming film “BROKEN GROUND” starring James “Jayo Felony” Savage. […read more]

Chicago Crusader

COMMENTARY: Wakanda Now!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Marvel movie, Black Panther, has been an outstanding cultural phenomenon. It has broken records at the box office and has shown doubters that a movie about Black people can be economically powerful. The movie also provided an opportunity for a number of African Americans to advance their acting careers. It has some tried and true regulars, as well as some newer faces who will no doubt be seen again. […read more]

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Film Review: ‘Tomorrowland’

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic If you took the world of The Jetsons, and made it a live-action film location, that would describe the visuals for the mysterious, glorious and fantastical place Tomorrowland. Seeing it is easy. Getting there is difficult. All the work it takes Read More

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Film Review: ‘Focus’

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic After Earth, Men in Black 3, Seven Pounds… It’s been a while since Will Smith lived up to his star status in a film worth having his name above the marquee. As Nicky, a con artist’s con artist in Focus, Read More

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Film Review: ‘Wild Tales’

  By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Back in the day, The Twilight Zone did it right. Each episode started with an everyday routine, then it added a couple of wicked twists, and before you could say, “Rod Serling” things went completely askew. Argentinean writer/director Damian Szifron Read More

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Film Review: American Sniper

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic   This well-produced but flawed bio/war/drama follows the armed forces career and subsequent malaise of ex- Navy Seal Chris Kyle. He was a legendary sniper who did four tours of duty in Iraq. His steely, icy demeanor gave him Read More

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Movie Review: “22 Jump Street”

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic The film 21 Jump Street was a hip, focused, comic homage to the 1980s TV series. 22 Jump Street is an unfocussed potpourri of physical humor, sight gags and shtick that is shamelessly uproarious. In this sequel, undercover cops, Officer Schmidt (Jonah Hill) Read More

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‘The Butler’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker Star in Lee Daniels Flick [HNGN]

[HNGN] Producer Lee Daniels is back with another film sure to rack up Oscar nominations. Daniels, best known for “Precious” and “The Paper Boy” has produced another movie “The Butler.” The movie is adapted from a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood. It’s based on the Read More

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Samuel L. Jackson complained about being too old to play Django [UPI]

NEW YORK — Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson admits he was initially disappointed to learn he was too old to play the lead in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained.” Jamie Foxx, 45, was eventually cast in the role of Django — a freed American slave who assists Christoph Waltz‘s Dr. King Read More

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Beyonce Talks Career, Family, New Movie and ‘Shock’ Over Reaction to Cuba Trip [ABC News]

  Now on her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, Beyonce is on top of the music world, and the singer/actress is also taking on the role of Queen Tara in the upcoming animated film, “EPIC.” In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach on the London leg of Read More

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Movie Review: War Witch (***)

Rachel Mwanza as a child solider in War Witch. By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “You will come out of my belly one day. I don’t know if God will give me strength to love you.” That’s the lament of an expectant mother, a child Read More