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    Why Hollywood Needs More (Black) Leading Ladies

    Nothing makes you shift in your seat at the cinema more than a brilliantly-acted scene by a leading lady. However, African American actresses with star power are too often relegated to supporting roles. For your viewing pleasure, we’d like to honor the many hard-working, Black leading ladies i...

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    Viola Davis Speaks About Beautiful Creatures and Black Characters in 2013

    Viola Davis’s latest film, Beautiful Creatures comes out today. Based on a YA novel, the film follows a teen girl, Lena (Alice Englert) who moves to a small Southern town. At her new high school she falls for Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), who is longing to escape small town life. The two uncover s...

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    'Beautiful Creatures': Smarter, Wittier, Better Than 'Twilight'

    Beautiful Creatures, the story of high-school students in love – only one of them with supernatural powers – is bound to be compared to the Twilight movies, but that’s just wrong. Richard LaGravanese’s sumptuous-looking film is crisply directed, wonderfully cast and far ...

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    Review: 'Beautiful Creatures' A Stylish Southern Gothic Riff On 'Twilight' That Gets Tangled In Its Own Mythology

    Just as the "Harry Potter" franchise begat a number of costly imitators that failed to catch on (just think: "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "Cirque du Freak"), so too will the unstoppable "Twilight" franchise breed countless would-be successors, each wi...

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    Viola Davis Says Her Maid Playing Days Are Over

    In a recent interview this week on CNN, promoting her new film Beautiful Creatures (out next Friday), actress Viola Davis said that, while playing a maid in The Help was great, she has no intention of ever playing a maid again.

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    Watch Viola Davis In New Longer Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures'

    Now that those Twilight sparking vampire movies are finished, studios are scrambling to find the next film series to attract impressionable 16 year old girls.

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    Viola Davis Education Reform Drama 'Won't Back Down' Heading To Blu-ray/DVD 1/15 w/ Bonus Features

    Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in what was supposed to have been an empowering drama inspired by actual events, but was ultimately just not very good, saved by its strong cast.

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    Viola Davis Visits 'Prisoners' & Imogen Poots Is 'Dating' Zac Efron

    Three actresses we dig a lot have all come on board a small handful of projects, so let's just dive right in...

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    AFM News: Viola Davis Joins Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman In Vigilante Thriller 'Prisoner'

    Viola Davis has joined Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo in Dennis Villeneuve's thriller Prisoner.

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    Talking with Maggie Gyllenhaal about Won't Back Down

    I'm a bit obsessed with this film.  My obsession stems from the fact that we have a film with two previous women with Oscar nominations in it (three if you count Holly Hunter in her supporting role) that has basically been dumped, and has allowed the teachers union to have the upper ha...

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