‘Black Panther Party’ Film Seeks Wider Audience

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African […]

75 Percent of ‘Furious 7′ Audience Was Non-White

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HOLLYWOOD (NNPA) – Hollywood, are you paying attention? Ethnically diverse casts produce record-breaking monster hits. Take exhibit A, the just-released Furious 7, which set or neared records for the studio as well as the national and international box offices.  The Universal film opened to a franchise-best $384 million over the weekend at the global box office, including $143.6 million domestically […]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Filming of ‘Get Hard’

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NEW ORLEANS (NNPA) – The comedy Get Hard, scheduled for release March 27, co-stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The shoot took place in New Orleans. A visit to the film’s production studios in there found Ferrell and Hart deep in their craft of making comedy mountains out of molehills. The plot centers on a […]

Emmy Award Winner Tim Russ to Direct Groundbreaking Crime Thriller “RELLIK” in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Actor/Director Tim Russ, best known for his role as “Tuvok” on all seven seasons of Star Trek Voyager, will be at the helm as the director of Rellik, a revolutionary new crime thriller. Rellik is an original series, following the lives of two detectives, as they pursue a serial killer…who seems just a […]

Tika Sumpter in Tyler Perry’s A MADEA’S CHRISTMAS

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HOLLYWOOD – Tyler Perry’s latest film offering, A MADEA’S CHRISTMAS, features Tika Sumpter, in this holiday comedy, set in a struggling Midwest community hit by hard economic times yet bound together by dedication and faith. The synopsis describes the fast-paced, 90-minute romp thusly; Madea accompanies her niece, Eileen (inveterate funny lady Anna Maria Horsford), to […]

Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

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NATIONWIDE – Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s […]

In Banner Year For Black Films, Hopes For Momentum

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NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey has heard this story before. A wave of high-profile films about black people receives accolades. A heart-warming trend of greater on-screen equality is declared. Hollywood basks in its multiculturalism – and then returns to business as usual. From the slavery odyssey “12 Years a Slave” to the day-in-a-life drama “Fruitvale […]

Rachel Robinson To Visit Sacramento for Screening of “42”

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — In conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) welcomes Rachel Robinson to the State Capitol for a special screening of “42.” The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m., at the Crest Theatre, Monday, Sept. 9, at 1013 K Street. Actress Nicole Beharie played Mrs. Robinson […]

Sacramento Native Tommy Wright Gets His Shot in Fruitvale Station

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NATIONWIDE – Having just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career, Sacramento native Thomas Wright was long on ambition, but short on cash. When he got a call from a casting director to audition hundreds of miles away in San Francisco in less than 24 hours, his lack of funds made him […]

Ryan Coogler on Fruitvale Station

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NATIONWIDE – Home on Christmas break from the University of Southern California, he watched televised cell phone footage of an unarmed Black man being roughed up and subsequently shot by a White Bay Area transit officer who said he mistook his gun for his taser. He knew it could easily have been him. Four years […]