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01 Nov. 2012

Melissa Leo’s penetrating performance in FLIGHT pivots dramatic conclusion


When I first met Melissa Leo– several years ago at the Toronto Film Festival– she lived up to my impression; a terrific actor with an easy way about her, flat-footed assuredness and anything but pretentious. In other words, someone you could talk to; and, talk we did recently about the new movie, Flight. Leo costars […]

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25 Oct. 2012

Halle Berry & Tom Hanks in CLOUD ATLAS


CLOUD ATLAS light years ahead, elevates expectations Try to imagine a galactic adventure where multiple lives are lived –in multi-ethnic bodies– over the course of five centuries. The thought borders on the unimaginable. But in the skillful hands of Oscar winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), author David Mitchell’s CLOUD […]

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25 Oct. 2012

CLOUD ATLAS’ Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving


A sunny day at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, they entered the room as easy as anyone, absent of ego and pomposity, also to their credit, happy to talk about one of this year’s most anticipated films, CLOUD ATLAS. I am referring to Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) and Nigerian born, British-influenced actor, Hugo […]

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23 Oct. 2012

12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival


Public Service Announcement for 12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival 2012 60+ industry professionals are scheduled to speak at HBFF’s INFOtainment Conference 2012 which features nearly 20 panels, roundtable discussions and workshops focused on a wide range of topics from film financing, production, distribution and marketing to pitching, crowd-funding, writing for television and film, and […]

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19 Oct. 2012

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE at the intersection of great storytelling


Clips from MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: Ava DuVernay has emerged as one of the most intuitive storytellers in modern times Celebrated for a growing body of work including THIS IS THE LIFE (her directorial debut), I WILL FOLLOW and MY MIC SOUNDS NICE (a heralded documentary on female rappers), MIDDLE OF NOWHERE –her second feature length […]

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19 Oct. 2012

John Beasley’s Walk of Faith


TV Land –one of America’s beloved cable networks– continues with a string of popular sitcoms that showcase relatable slice-of-life scenarios.  One such show is The Soul Man starring Cedric the Entertainer (Original Kings of Comedy, Barbershop movie franchise) and Niecy Nash (TV’s Reno 911, Clean House). Cedric, as Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, a former R&B […]

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12 Oct. 2012

Catching up with Tempestt Bledsoe and her new sitcom, GUYS WITH KIDS


Nearly 30 years ago, audiences fell in love with “Vanessa,” the middle daughter of TV’s iconic The Cosby Show family –NBC Thursday nights– must viewing among millions of households from all walks of life.  Today, Tempestt Bledsoe aka Vanessa, has returned to the weekly sitcom format in a role far from the one she etched […]

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12 Oct. 2012

Powerful and Satisfying, ARGO builds upon Ben Affleck’s Hollywood Cachet


Seeking a fulfilling movie experience to satisfy your big screen theater appetite? ARGO is it. This taut and insightful thriller is taken straight from the pages of American history, circa 1979 Tehran, when the US hostage crisis was the most talked about news story of the day.  ARGO, both starring and directed by Ben Affleck […]

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10 Oct. 2012

END OF WATCH gives viewers an up close portrait behind the badge


When I last sat with David Ayer, writer of the Academy Award winning film, “Training Day” starring Denzel Washington and directed by  Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter) ), it was for the slick and shrilling cop drama, “Street Kings” in which Ayer directed another Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker. Ayer, the Illinois born, Chicago infused, South […]

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