Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” Turns 20

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(NATIONWIDE) – “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; Plymouth Rock landed on us!” Twenty years ago, Spike Lee made movie history. His epic biopic of the controversial and complex Malcolm X became a cultural touchstone, made Denzel Washington an A-list superstar and cemented his status as a true auteur to be reckoned with. Yet the […]

GARY FLOWERS : Lincoln, the Movie: What’s Missing?

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OPINION – Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, “Lincoln.” While I, as a “weekend historian,” was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of the 16th president of the United States, my knowledge of […]

Halle Berry As You’ve Never Seen Her Before in CLOUD ATLAS

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HOLLYWOOD – Try to imagine a galactic adventure where multiple lives are lived –in multi-ethnic bodies– over the course of five centuries. The thought borders on the unimaginable. But in the skillful hands of Oscar winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), author David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, the 2004 best-selling novel […]

Oprah Returns to Big Screen in ‘The Butler’

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HOLLYWOOD – Oprah Winfrey tweeted this photo of her and Terrance Howard from the set of her new movie “The Butler.”  Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey, who has not appeared in a film since the 1998 release “Beloved,” will return to the big screen in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” a star-studded feature film inspired by […]

‘Last Dragon’ Star Passes at 41

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NEW YORK – According to the New York Daily News, Leo O’Brien, star of the cult classic  film, “The Last Dragon,” died on Wednesday morning at the age of 41. According to reports, the autopsy was inconclusive, but the medical  examiner’s office is awaiting toxicology results. Last year he told the New York Daily News […]

Queen Latifah & Alfre Woodard Lead New `Steel Magnolias’ Cast

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LOS ANGELES – The onscreen love between Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad in the updated version of “Steel Magnolias” is real. The actresses, who take on the roles originated by Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis in the 1989 film, bonded in real life just like their characters […]

Nate Parker Pulls Double Duty, Two New Films Arbitrage & Red Hook Summer

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HOLLYWOOD – High stakes money dealing and child molestation weigh heavily by any measure and elicit headlines though sitting at opposite ends of angst by comparison — but the impressive dexterity of actor Nate Parker demonstrates his ability to balance the scales, making him one of today’s finest on screen talents. Parker costars in ARBITRAGE […]

Durant to Star in Kids Movie ‘Thunderstruck’

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HOLLYWOOD – NBA star Kevin Durant has shined on the basketball court since his days at University of Texas. He’ll now get a chance to shine on the silver screen as the star of a new kids-themed film, “Thunderstruck,” scheduled for release nationwide on Aug. 24. Joining Durant on the movie cast is Taylor Gray, […]

2016: Anti-Obama Documentary Overshadows The Competition

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LOS ANGELES – Hollywood may have run out of summer hits, but an anti-Obama documentary is helping to fill the gap. Holdover movies easily topped the weekend box office again, led by Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 2” at No. 1 for the second-straight weekend with $13.5 million. The weekend’s new wide releases were overshadowed by […]

36 Years Later, New ‘Sparkle’ Shines

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PHILADELPHIA – Although there are numerous and obvious differences from the Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman project, the cast successfully drove the relatable story of continuous dream-chasing despite frustration and tragedy experienced along the way. The story follows the lives of three sisters who make the choice to create a music group. Having to sneak […]