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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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    Understanding Screenwriting Credit and WGA Arbitration in 'Belle' and '12 Years A Slave'

    While it’s very common in independent, lower-budget film for a director to be the writer of a film, the industry-wide process of receiving screenwriting credit on a script involves an extensive set of rules governed by the Writers Guild of America.

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    Watch First Trailer For John Ridley's New ABC Drama Series 'American Crime'

    Watch First Trailer For John Ridley's New ABC Drama Series 'American Crime'

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    Oscar-Winning '12 Years a Slave' Scribe John Ridley's Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Open Seattle Film Fest

    Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar this year for "12 Years a Slave," and now his sophomore directorial feature "Jimi: All Is By My Side," will be the opening night film at the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival on May 15.

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