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24 Feb. 2013

Award winner, “Middle of Nowhere”


Now in its 28th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The Spirit […]

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20 Feb. 2013

Personal Pick: “Bless Me, Ultima”


BLESS ME, ULTIMA is based upon the controversial novel by Rudolfo Anaya. It is a turbulent coming of age story about Antonio Márez (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. Six year old Antonio is reunited with elderly and wise Ultima (Miriam Colon) who has come to stay […]

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16 Feb. 2013

Margo Hall and Bill English talk SF Playhouse


The San Francisco Playhouse has spent a decade building a reputation for presenting staged works that stray from convention, or do they? Currently playing at their new location in San Francisco’s Union Square District is the aggressive and arresting “Motherf**ker with The Hat” from the unrelenting pen of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (Jesus Hopped the […]

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14 Feb. 2013

JEREMY IRONS, highly accomplished seeks always to refine his craft


Whether it’s his charismatic appeal that swathes a tall slender frame, an instantly recognizable aristocratic voice, a body of work lauded as legendary or a pair of hypnotic eyes that dance as easily as intimidate, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, The Lion King, The French Lieutenant’s Woman) by all accounts is a […]

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13 Feb. 2013

Viola Davis talks beauty, new movie


Beautiful Creatures’ Viola Davis, stunning love story Nominated in 2012 for her formidable role as Aibilene in Tate Taylor’s “The Help” and in 2008, as the unrelenting Mrs. Miller in John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Viola Davis costars as Amma, an all-knowing librarian in “Beautiful Creatures” from Oscar® nominee Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King,””P.S. I Love […]

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05 Feb. 2013

Broadway hit at SF Playhouse, Carl Lumbly stars


The San Francisco Playhouse continues its celebration of their 10th season. The company has moved into larger, remodeled digs, 450 Post Street @ Powell (formerly the home of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre) opening to appreciative audiences. Up next, a stirring production of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2011 Broadway hit, The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Acclaimed […]

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30 Jan. 2013

Anthony Hamilton Speaks, Sings in Bay Area


Grammy Award -winning singer Anthony Hamilton, who also serves as the national spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), is the keynote speaker for the 2013 Black History Celebration at University of the Pacific. He will both lecture and then perform a short intimate set of songs at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Bob […]

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29 Jan. 2013

Superbowl Gospel Extravaganza honors Ray Lewis


BALTIMORE RAVENS STAR RAY LEWIS TO BE HONORED BALTIMORE RAVENS STAR RAY LEWIS TO BE HONORED WITH THE LIFETIME OF INSPIRATION AWARD AT THE SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION ON FEBRUARY 1, 2013 Hosted by Kirk Franklin and Sherri Shepherd, with an All-Star Line-up of Performances By Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans, Bishop Paul S. Morton, […]

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26 Jan. 2013

Rusty Cundieff talks “Movie 43”


MOVIE 43 is touted as one of the most irreverent films of any kind, this equal opportunity offender, a comedy with some 12 directors, nine writers and a gang of producers plus an impressive cast too long to list. I spoke with one of the daring dozen, filmmaker Rusty Cundieff (Sprung, Tales from the Hood, […]

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18 Jan. 2013

Following a dream, Sheldon Candis


Much love for “LUV” New film from the indomitable and talented Sheldon Candis Mayhem, miss-steps and machismo meet in LUV, a timeless classic with contemporary, masculine gloss from director Sheldon Candis starring actor/activist/rapper Common alongside Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good and amazing young actor, Michael Rainey Jr. SYNOPSIS: An 11-year-old boy […]

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