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    Interview: John Ridley Talks 'All Is By My Side,' 'American Crime' and Career Longevity

    Ridley, who's had a busy year starting with an Oscar win for writing "12 Years A Slave" and also developing the upcoming crime drama "American Crime" at ABC, recently spoke with Shadow And Act about his first feature directorial effort in over a decade and how it's shaped his career.

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    How 'Jimi: All Is By My Side''s Ridley and Benjamin Found Hendrix in London

    John Ridley has been honing his craft for years, apprenticing with John Wells on 'Third Watch,' through multiple movie scripts ('U-Turn,' 'Red Tails') and television series ('Barbershop,' 'Platinum') to his first feature 'Cold Around the Heart.' He wrote the Oscar-winning script for '12 Years a Slav...

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    Interview: Andre Benjamin Tells S&A About His Return to the Stage and Screen in 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

    Benjamin recently stepped back into the spotlight after a long stint away to promote the film, as well as his reunion tour as half of hip hop duo OutKast. He made time to talk with S&A about his role as Hendrix, his acting and music career, and what's next.

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    John Ridley Joins Shonda Rhimes at ABC, Inking an Extended Development Deal w/ the Network

    "He's an extraordinary showrunner," ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said during his announcement of the deal last week.

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    Watch: André Benjamin is Jimi Hendrix Without His Music in Biopic 'Jimi: All Is by My Side'

    Although Benjamin looks uncannily like Hendrix, without the rights to perform the storied musician's music, "Jimi: All Is by My Side" lacks the single most important component of any music biopic.

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    WATCH: André Benjamin Is 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' in Trailer for Oscar Winner John Ridley's Hendrix Biopic

    Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar earlier this year for "12 Years a Slave," and now his sophomore directorial feature "Jimi: All Is By My Side," will open in the US on September 24. Watch the trailer here.

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    Lupita Nyong'o, Bradford Young, Barkhad Abdi, Others Are 2014 Academy Membership Invitees

    Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2014.

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    What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? 'Star Wars'!

    With the Academy Awards in the cultural rearview mirror, many of us wondered when and how we'd see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen again. On Oscar night, the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Yale graduate who swept awards season with her sublime ...

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