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    Rapper K'naan To Co-Star In Belgian-Congo-Set Period Love Story "The Catastrophist"

    On the heels of my Machine Gun Preacher post comes news that Somali/Canadian rapper K'naan will make his big screen acting debut, alongside Steve Coogan and Stephen Dorff, in an adaptation of a Belgian Congo-set romance novel titled The Catastrophist, written by Ronan Bennett.

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    HBO Moving Ahead w/ Black Male-Focused Drama Series From Spike Lee, John Ridley, Mike Tyson

    First announced in June as a possibility, Deadline confirmed yesterday that it is now a reality, as HBO has reportedly ordered a pilot episode, which Spike Lee will direct, from a script penned by John Ridley, created by Doug Ellin (Entourage) and Mike Tyson, both also wearing producer hats, along w...

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    Tony Todd Will Make Directorial Debut With Supernatural Thriller "Catalytic"

    Candyman himself, Tony Todd, currently co-starring in the recently-released Final Destination 5, will be stepping behind the camera for the first time, to write and direct a supernatural thriller titled Catalytic.

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    It's Official! Josh Brolin Will Star In Spike Lee's "Oldboy" Adaptation

    Last month, he was reportedly at the top of the short list of actors in contention for the role; today, it's been confirmed that Josh Brolin will indeed headline Spike Lee's US adaptation of Oldboy, the Japanese manga made popular by Park Chan-wook's 2003 award-winning film.

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    Focus Features Planning To Push "Pariah" Into 2012 Oscar Race; What Are Its Chances?

    I suspected as much, given how late in the year Focus Features plans to release the film, despite its Sundance Film Festival debut in January, 8 months ago. And it's obviously definitely a good look for the film (Pariah), its director (Dee Rees) and star (Adepero Oduye).

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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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