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Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater Co-Host 2014 Obie Awards Tonight; Harvey Fierstein and More to Present!

The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, will hold the 59th Annual Obie Awards tonight, Monday, May 19, 2014, at Webster Hall in the East Village, 125 East 11th Street. The Obies will be co-hosted by the distinguished actress Tamara Tunie, whose many memorable stage performances include the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida, while her film and television credits include Devil's Advocate, Flight, City Hall, Snake Eyes, Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine, The Red Road, 'Law and Order Svu', '24', 'Sex and The City', 'NYPD Blue'.
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'Black Nativity' Director Kasi Lemmons to be Honored at 2014 Athena Film Festival

Kasi Lemmons, actress, writer and director of Langston HughesBlack Nativity as well as Talk to MeEve's Bayou and The Caveman's Valentine will receive a 2014 Athena Film Festival Award in a festival ceremony this February.  Other award honorees include philanthropist Sherry Lansing, former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and former President of 20th Century Fox, who will receive The Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, and Callie Khouri, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the series Nashville. "The women we are...
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Black Nativity Trailer Starring Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige

Black Nativity Trailer Starring Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige
A struggling family comes together during the holiday season in the first trailer for Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons (The Caveman's Valentine). Jennifer Hudson stars as a single mother who sends her son (Jacob Latimore) to spend Christmas with the grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) he's never met. A modern-day adaptation of Langston Hughes' critically-acclaimed play, Black Nativity hits theaters November 27 and co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, and Nasir Jones.

Black Nativity - Trailer

Black Nativity comes to theaters November 27th, 2013 and stars Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones. The film is directed by Kasi Lemmons.
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'Black Nativity' Trailer: Jennifer Hudson Belts It Out in Holiday Musical

It may be the dog days of summer, but that doesn't mean the studios aren't already teasing their upcoming winter offerings.

The first trailer for "Black Nativity" dropped today, advertising the film as the "musical event" of the holiday season. Starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, it could very well make good on that hyperbolic promise.

The film is a contemporary retelling of the Langston Hughes play, with Latimore playing Langston, a kid whose mother (Hudson) sends him to live with his estranged relatives after their house is foreclosed on. From there he goes on a remarkable Christmastime journey of discovery -- all set to song.

The film marks the long-awaited return of writer/director Kasi Lemmons, responsible for the critically praised features "Eve's Bayou," "The Caveman's Valentine," and "Talk to Me." (She was also an actor early on in her career,
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Black Nativity Gets Thanksgiving 2013 Release Date

Black Nativity Gets Thanksgiving 2013 Release Date
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced today that their upcoming musical Black Nativity will receive a Thanksgiving release on November 27, 2013. As of now, the Disney animated comedy Frozen is the only other movie opening on that date. The Weinstein Company's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom debuts two days later on November 29. Here's the official plot synopsis for Black Nativity.

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama Black Nativity follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends,
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Sam Jackson and Angela Bassett Plan 'Black Nativity' Gospel Musical

Every other year there's usually one big Hollywood musical that hits the big screen. This year we've got Les Miserables coming in December (it's on our list of 20 films you can still look forward to in 2012), and now another one is going into development. Variety has word that we'll be getting a rare gospel musical in the form of Black Nativity, adapting Langston Hughes' Broadway musical of the same name which first arrived in 1961.In addition, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, who both shared the stage on Broadway in The Mountaintop, will sing on the big screen in the musical adaptation with Jennifer Hudson. Read on! Kasi Lemmons, who directed Talk to Me (a sorely underrated film starring Don Cheadle) and The Caveman's Valentine (which starred Jackson). The story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother to Harlem to spend Christmas
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'Talk To Me' & 'Eve's Bayou' Helmer Kasi Lemmons To Adapt Zadie Smith's 'On Beauty'

Unless you're up on your British literary phenomenons, you're in the McSweeney's crowd, or you're studying fiction at Nyu, the name Zadie Smith might not be terribly familiar. Her first novel, the multi-cultural epic "White Teeth" caused a bidding war on the basis of an extract when the writer was only 22, and became an instant best-seller in 2000, a fate followed by her next two books, 2002's "The Autograph Man" and 2005's "On Beauty," the latter of which was nominated for the Booker Prize, the U.K.'s most prestigious literary award. But aside from a British TV miniseries version of "White Teeth," which showcased early turns from Naomie Harris and James McAvoy among others, Smith, who is currently a tenured professor of fiction at Nyu, is yet to have a big-screen film made of one of her works.

But that's about to change, as Deadline reports that Kasi Lemmons, the filmmaker behind "Eve's Bayou,
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Kasi Lemmons To Adapt "On Beauty"

Actress turned filmmaker Kasi Lemmons ("The Caveman's Valentine," "Eve's Bayou") will adapt and direct a film version of Zadie Smith's Booker Prize-nominated novel "On Beauty" for Carol Polakoff Productions, Ruby Films and Film4 reports Deadline.

The comedy of manners follows two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits and Carol Polakoff are producing.

Lemmons, whom many will remember playing Clarice Starling’s FBI classmate in "The Silence of the Lambs", is also developing a film version of Langston Hughes’s gospel song play "Black Nativity" at Fox Searchlight.
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Zadie Smith’s On Beauty Becoming a Film

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Zadie Smith's 2005 Man Booker Prize–shortlisted On Beauty (her most recent novel before Nw drops in September) is about to become her first brush with the big screen. Actress turned writer slash director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, The Caveman's Valentine) will adapt and direct the film. Smith's debut, White Teeth, was adapted as a U.K. miniseries back in 2002; what's with the ten-year gap? Books work great as movies, right?
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The Extra Man Finds a Cast

Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly have signed on to star in The Extra Man, a comedy from Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the husband and wife team behind American Splendor. Kline plays a failed playwright who works as an escort for rich widows on the Upper East Side. He develops a mentor-student relationship with a troubled aspiring playwright (Dano). The film is based on a novel by Jonathan Ames; Pulcini and Springer Berman wrote the script with the author. Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Stephanie Davis (The Caveman's Valentine) will produce. Berman and Pulcini, who earned an Oscar nomination for their American Splendor script, last directed the Scarlett Johansson comedy The Nanny Diaries, which opened in 2007. The Extra Man starts production in February in New York.
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