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    WATCH: ‘Respect’ Trailer Shows Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

    The film year is still an unknown entity but the studio machines rage on in building excitement for their upcoming features. That’s the case with United Artists’ drop of the new teaser for “Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic. Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls“) as the Grammy-winning singer, the film is directed by Liesl […] More

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    Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Pushed to December

    At the current moment, it’s hard to imagine what the awards season will look like this year, with so many films getting pushed back and delayed indefinitely. Many would-be early contenders might see September or October releases making for an even more crowded field. As the pieces begin to shift, arguably, MGM’s biggest contender just […] More

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    CHECK OUT: New Featurette for Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’ Shows Production Value and Its Shining Stars

    Universal Pictures has released a first look featurette for Tom Hooper’s “Cats,” a big screen adaptation of the beloved hit Broadway musical. It stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward. “Cats,” which first premiered nearly four decades ago on stage, […] More

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    Diversity Circuit: The Precursors Role for People of Color In Front and Behind the Camera

    Oscar season is in full swing. The nominees are set. Savvy campaigns are pushing their films to anyone who will listen and every week brings the shifting winds of yet another precursor changing the race. Sometimes, these precursors merely confirm conventional wisdom. When Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” or Juliane Moore in “Still Alice” wins […] More

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    LISTEN: The 15 Eligible Songs For Competing at the Oscars

    Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released nine shortlists for various Oscar categories. One that had drawn a lot of excitement was the release of the “Original Song,” the first for the category since the expanded era. The shortlist brought many nominees that were expected, even though great songs were excluded. However, […] More

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    Idris Elba Joins ‘Cats’ Musical Adaptation for Universal

    Idris Elba continues to join large projects as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. While he had a few misses last year, Elba still holds a SAG supporting actor trophy from just a couple of years ago. Everyone in Hollywood understands the talent he possesses, yet some news will continue to surprise audiences about him. Elba […] More

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    Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’ Adaptation Adds Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Others

    It seems that the success of “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” has reignited the musical craze. We getting a modern adaptation of “A Star is Born” in December and Lin-Manuel Miranda is directing a “Tick, Tick…Boom!” adaptation. However, one of the biggest Broadway titles has never been adapted for film. “Cats” was one of Andrew […] More

  • TV Review: HBOs ‘Confirmation’ (★★★★)

    HBOs “Confirmation,” a film about the famous case in which Anita Hill (Kerry Washington, “Scandal”) accused her former employer, Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce, “The Wire”), who would later be appointed an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, of sexual harassment, grants the ordeal a sense of righteousness with context, nuance and scrupulousness, where often none […] More

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    Film Review: Chi-Raq (★★½)

    Filmmaker Spike Lee is always at his most interesting when he’s dealing with anger in some way. That doesn’t necessarily always mean that it’s going to amount to a good movie, as for every Do the Right Thing there’s a Red Hook Summer, but Chi-Raq sort of walks the line between those two. It’s one […] More

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    86 Years A Snub – The Struggle for Black Actors in Hollywood

    Lupita Nyong’o joined the coveted Oscar ranks earlier this month, becoming the seventh black actress (who is of Kenyan descent) to win an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 2. While the accolades collected by 12 Years a Slave that night (including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay) set a precedent for African-American nominees, as […] More

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