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Television

Noel Clarke And Ashley Walters 'Bad Boys'-Inspired UK Series 'Bulletproof' Gets A Trailer

For several years, British stars Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters have eyed a U.K. version of Bad Boys, the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence buddy cop action movie franchise which includes two films, with a third on the way. Whether the inspired British take would be a movie or a TV series was discussed, and last we heard about the possibility, around 2014, the mystery project had...

Film

Cameron Bailey Appointed Co-Head Of The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

The board of directors of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most prestigious in the world, announced today the appointment of Cameron Bailey to the newly created position of artistic director and co-head. The role is a promotion and expansion of Bailey’s current position of artistic director, which he has held since 2012. Prior to that, Bailey was festival...

Film

Melvin Van Peebles' Landmark 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' Restored And Re-Released

I recall the first time I saw Melvin Van Peebles in person, at a Museum of the Moving Image tribute event in New York City, in early 2008, for the late St. Clair Bourne, who'd recently passed (December 2007). It was a moment I wouldn't soon forget. In short, during the tribute, which had the likes of Armond White, George Alexander and Esther Iverem as panelists, many attendees in...

Festivals,Film

Wanuri Kahiu's Kenya-Set Lesbian Love Story Will Have Its World Premiere At Cannes

Making its world premiere screening in the Un Certain Regard section of the the 2018 Cannes Film Festival is Rafiki (Friend), from multi-award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, whose past work has received much coverage here on S&A (including the sci-fi short film Pumzi), and who is also currently working with award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor to develop the animated feature...

Film

As Women's History Month Ends, Watch Documentary 'The Power of Art: Women’s Voices in Africa'

"Africa is not only a continent of war and crisis. There is also an Africa that is alive and well, and is often borne by women." The below film opens with those words by Odile Sorgho-Moulinier of the United Nations Development Program which predates author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's popular TED Talk, The Danger of the Single Story. Both, in effect, calls to action for those outside...