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    Shake-Up At OWN - Christina Norman Is Out As CEO

    It was announced today that, after just two years as CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, Christina Norman is out, and will be replaced by Peter Liguori , who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Communications. Liguori will work both jobs until a permanent replacement for Norman is fo...

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    "Family Portrait," "Dragonslayer" Top Hot Docs Winners

    The 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its winners this evening at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. In a ceremony hosted by CBC Radio One's Jian Ghomeshi, 9 awards and over $72,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers. Julia Ivano...

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    Will Smith Circling Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Samuel L. Jackson Closing In On Role Of Evil Plantation Owner's Right-Hand SlaveHere's a surprise move we weren't initially expecting, though perhaps thinking on it a beat it makes sense. Will Smith has apparently emerged as Quentin Tarantino's top choice to play the lead character in his slavery/Sp...

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    "Jumping The Broom" Heading For A $16 million Weekend

    I know, I know it's only Friday in the early evening, but nowadays judging on early projections, studios can determine what weekend B.O. figures will be, and, so far it looks like Jumping The Broom is heading for an excellent weekend opening, placing it in third place, behind Thor and Fast/Five, gro...

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    Will Smith Is Quentin Tarantino's Choice To Play Django!

    Well, I kinda hinted at this in the comment section of Sergio's post on who might be a frontrunner to play the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained... specifically, I referenced the Deadline article that mentioned Tarantino's intentions to cast "top shelf" for the film.

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    Guest Post: Orly Ravid "Going to Market with Your Film, Cannes 2011"

    Ah, it's that time of year again. I just booked my travel at Cannes; of course I did it last minute. My love for the market is as great as my dislike, alas. The place is filled equally with hope as despair. The promise of wealth and discovery looms with every glass of Rose and Pernod -- and I a...

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    "Acting While Black" A Conversation With Harry J. Lennix

    An essay and ensuing conversation that I think touches on 2+ years of related discussions (and still ongoing) that we've had on Shadow And Act. The entire piece, recorded in 2008, is about 90 minutes long (thanks Jug for the tip):

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    Angela Bassett Says Forest Whitaker To Write & Direct 'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel

    You may not remember, but there was a time when movies aimed at black audiences weren't the lowest level denominator tripe of Tyler Perry films. Way back in 1995, "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert and Gregory Hines, told the story of four black women dealing with their relationships and men and it touched a cultural nerve. The film was not only a hit at the box office, but it spawned a best-selling soundtrack probably best known for the singles “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston and “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige. And it looks lik...

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    Meagan Good Reveals More About Her New Recurring Role In "Californication"

    "I will say that I did make out with David on my second day of work. I'm just following tradition. The character I play is cool. She is a recording artist who is kinda-sorta dating a hip-hop mogul played by The RZA, but there's a budding spark between myself and Hank. We're only two episodes deep an...

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    Jodie Foster Asks: Can You Put Aside Things You Know About Mel Gibson While Watching 'The Beaver'?

    And Many Other Revelations Learned From The Actor/Director and Co-star Anton YelchinIt feels like we've been practically stalking director/actress Jodie Foster, whose latest film, the comedic drama, "The Beaver" hits theaters today (May 6) in select cities. We've spoken to the actress in Austin, Texas at SXSW, in L.A. for recent press rounds and heard her speak at various screenings in New York (at the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Austin. Each time she has illuminated her intentions and reiterated the same sentiment: "The Beaver," which stars current persona non-grata Mel Gibson, has been a tricky film, not only to market -- due to Gib...

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