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‘Coming 2 America’: How Director Craig Brewer Justifies Telling Black Stories as a White Filmmaker

Craig Brewer is a white filmmaker not unaccustomed to Black-centered stories. Barring his 2000 indie debut, “The Poor & Hungry,” and his 2011 “Footloose” remake, his films predominantly feature African-American protagonists. Brewer based his Memphis-set Southern rap drama “Hustle & Flow” on his friendships with hip-hop artists Al Kapone, Juicy J, and DJ Paul. (John […]

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‘Coming 2 America’ Sets March 2021 Release Date on Amazon

Amazon Studios has confirmed that it has acquired worldwide rights to keenly anticipated sequel “Coming 2 America” from Paramount Pictures, and has set a March 5, 2021 date to launch on Amazon Prime Video.Variety reported that the deal was being hammered out last month.The film is a sequel to John Landis’ 1988 comedy “Coming to […]

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NAACP Image Awards: Lizzo Named Entertainer Of The Year; ‘Just Mercy’, ‘Black-Ish’, ‘When They See Us’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were handed out tonight and were aired live on Bet with trailblazing musician Lizzo bringing the “Juice” and taking the top honors for Entertainer of the Year and black-ish and When They See Us dominating the TV side and Just Mercy and Dolemite Is My Name taking trophies in the […]

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Academy Awards Barely Escape a Reprise of #OscarsSoWhite

Until Issa Rae and John Cho announced “Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo as a nominee for best actress for the 92nd Academy Awards, it was looking increasingly likely that the Oscars were heading for a repeat of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that drove the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences four years ago to aggressively begin […]

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Director Craig Brewer on His Journey Towards Making ‘Dolemite is My Name’ [Interview]

Netflix’s Dolemite is My Name is writer-director Craig Brewer‘s first movie in eight years. Before this, Brewer, who made his debut with The Poor & Hungry and broke out with Hustler & Flow, last directed the 2011 Footloose remake. Since then, he’s written scripts that never got the green light and directed several episodes of […]

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The Best 2019 Netflix Movies You Might Have Missed

Netflix had a huge year in film in 2019. They topped Hollywood studios in Golden Globe nominations for the very first time, with titles like Marriage Story, The Irishman and Dolemite Is My Name poised for a major awards season. Marriage Story became a bonafide meme thanks to Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver’s impassioned performances. […]

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The Truth About Oscar’s Reality-Based Films

In the first 72 years of the Academy Awards (1927-99), 14 fact-based movies won the best-picture prize, or 19%. In the 21st century, fact-based films have won 33% of the time.Last year, three of 2018’s four acting winners were playing real-life characters. And six of the eight best-picture contenders were fact-based, including winner “The Green […]

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Cola Announces California On-Location Awards Winners

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Dolemite is My Name,” and HBO’s “Ballers” are among the winners of this year’s Cola awards.The COLAs recognize location managers, public employees and other professionals who help facilitate on-location production across the Golden State. This year’s awards program was held at the Universal Hilton.Finalists and winners are voted on […]

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