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    Is An Art-Form Racist Or Is The Person Who Uses An Art-Form To Communicate A Racist Idea Racist?

    The Realist Tendency in African-American Film Aesthetics: Part two (CLICK HERE for Part one)

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    Tyler Perry Begins National Tour With New Play Examining Class; Movie Adaptation Next?

    I just received notice that Tyler Perry will go on a national tour this fall with a new play he wrote and will direct titled The Haves and The Have Nots. He doesn't act in this one though; strictly a behind the stage effort this time.

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    Al Pacino Thanks Rappers For Keeping "Scarface" Alive

    I recall Sergio's post earlier this year, announcing that the film was coming to Blu-ray, in which he touched on this, calling the film "the modern black urban male ultimate macho fantasy," in reference to the fact that it's so well loved and appreciated by brothas in hip-hop.

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    Release Of Forgotten 1972 Aretha Franklin Documentary By Sydney Pollack, To Be Blocked

    Aretha Franklin's 1972 album Amazing Grace was her best-selling album. Some even say it's the greatest gospel album ever recorded.

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    James Patterson Loves What He's Seen So Far Of "I, Alex Cross" Footage ("Brought Tears To My Eyes")

    Just making my way back again from the set of the Alex Cross movie, and I'm feeling pretty up-beat about it. Tyler is great. He's going to blow everybody's minds. And Ed Burns is irrepressible, a real talent.

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    Preview & Trailer For Dutch Immigrant Dramedy "Swooni"

    On the heels of my entry yesterday on another refugee drama set in an European country (Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, which I'll be seeing in about a month)... Cineuropa describes Swooni as follows:

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    "He was as fragile and as flawed as anyone," Samuel L. Jackson Talks MLK Jr. in 'The Mountaintop'

    “The King I am showing just came in from delivering the ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech,” says Jackson. The reverend is very tired, and the only other actor onstage is Jackson’s longtime friend Angela Bassett, who plays Camae, a hotel employee delivering room service who stays to talk. “He’s t...

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    Remake Rights To 69 Akira Kurosawa Titles Ready To Be Pimped Out To Americans & Europeans

    It's too much madness to expound on in one post... From Variety:

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    Aretha Franklin On Biopic: Will Focus On Early Years; Halle Berry Is Indeed Interested; Has Director

    Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... although, in all fairness, she was asked! :)

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    Giancarlo Esposito On Next Film "This Is Your Death" + His Role As Crime Lord In "I, Alex Cross"

    A worthwhile listen... Giancarlo Esposito chats with local TV anchors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the Albuquerque Film Festival, an initiative he heads called Film For Change, his role in Breaking Bad, his process/method in tackling roles, and more... including what he's currently working on.....

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