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African-American Film Isn’t Having a Renaissance: Harvey Weinstein and the Myth of the “Obama Effect”

Earlier this week, while on record with the entertainment blog The Wrap, Hollywood producer and power-player Harvey Weinstein blithely declared, “It’s a great moment [for black films]… Hopefully it signals, with President Obama, a renaissance. He’s erasing racial lines. It is the Obama effect. It’s a better country. What a great thing.” … Read More

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The 25 Essential American Indie Films, 1988-2013

As summer movie season grinds on, one dumbed-down big-budget summer bomb following the next, it’s tempting to give up on cinema altogether (at least until fall — and the “prestige pictures” — arrive). But there are options. Go see an indie! Watch something new and good! Or better yet, catch up on some indie movie history. In the spirit of our year-by-year suggestions for must-read books and must-own albums, we’ve assembled a rundown of the essential American independent films from the past 25 years — by no means a definitive list, but a starting… Read More

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The Weinsteins Can’t Call Lee Daniels’ New Movie ‘The Butler,’ Because We’ll Confuse It With That 1916 Short Film

Film titles, and the ownership of them, are a tricky business. You can’t copyright a title, but the Motion… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. As Gawker gleefully reports, it’s definitely time to take off those yellow rubber bracelets. Lance Armstrong has stepped down as chair of the Livestrong charity and lost his Nike endorsement deal just a week after a US anti-doping agency released their report on his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

2. Obligatory Janis Joplin… Read More

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This Week in Trailers: From Bond and Brad to Who-Cares Horror

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. This week’s six new trailers include new films with Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Diane Keaton, Matthew McConaughey, Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon, Javier Bardem, John Cusack, and Zac Efron. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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‘True Blood’s’ Nelsan Ellis to Play Martin Luther King, Jr.

No True Blood character is more beloved than Lafayette Reynolds, who was slated to die at the end of the first season but is still around and getting into trouble as a medium thanks to his massive popularity among the show’s fans — which is, more than anything, due to Nelsan Ellis’ likable and nuanced… Read More

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Jane Fonda to Play Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

Variety is reporting that political activist Jane Fonda will be playing former Republican First Lady Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels’ upcoming film, The Butler. The Precious director’s “passion project” centers on Eugene Allen — a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986, ending his career with Ronald Reagan.… Read More

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‘Valley of the Dolls’ TV Show Coming to NBC

Fans of 1960s camp, rejoice! NBC has bought the script for a series based on Valley of the Dolls, the 1967 film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s delightfully trashy novel that follows three young women struggling to make it in show business — a story packed with torrid romance, Hollywood intrigue, mid-century fashion, and, of course,… Read More

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10 Ways Not to Win an Oscar

This week, all anyone can talk about is the Academy Awards and, namely, who’s going to win them. The folks at The Daily Beast have even gone so far as to put together a handy guide for actors looking to win an Oscar. And while we find that as interesting as the next crabby film elitist, we’re even more fascinated by the misfits — the actors, directors and movies that never seem to get their due at these frustratingly middlebrow awards. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide of our own. After the jump, we list 10 ways not to win an Oscar. … Read More

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