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Magic Johnson’s “Announcement’

It's been over 20 years since Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive and changed the face of AIDS. "Because of the HIV virus I have attained," he said. "I will have to retire from the Lakers." But he didn't retire from life, as he became a successful businessman, a television host, an advocate and a grandfather. Magic and his wife Cookie talk about how difficult that day was and the events that led up to it in the documentary "The Announcement", directed by Nelson George. "It's not so much what people said about him, it's how he felt and what people did to him," George said. "Be it people dis-inviting him to their restaurant or dealing with how [the drug] AZT affected his body. It's an inside-out view as opposed to the things you might have heard discussed on talk radio." The Announcement airs on ESPN tonight at 9pm.  
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Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Dream Cast: Halle and Denzel

Listen up folks! The Queen of Soul has reached down into her bosom, pulled out her wish list of actors to star in a film version of her autobiography "Aretha: From These roots," and it's nothing short of award-winning! In a written press release Franklin says she would love, none other than, Academy Award winners Halle Berry to play a younger version of herself, Denzel Washington to portray her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, and Academy Award nominee Terence Howard to play some hazel-eyed, pimp-suited, smooth guy -no wait, that was every other film he's been in - to play Smokey Robinson. Blindie cannot wait to see Ms. Berry get down and dirty to some down south rhythm and blues!
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WATCH THIS: The Underworld of Egypt’s Trash Collectors revealed in Garbage Dreams

Independent filmmaker Mai Iskander delves into the lives of three teenage trash collectors living in Egypt. Known as the Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) Adham (17), Osama (16), and Nabil (18) are faced with life-changing choices as the city seeks to replace them with a multinational garbage disposal company. Iskander reveals the touching stories of these three boys and reveals the hidden world of Cairo's Zaballeen, who for generations have collected the city's garbage. Winner of 17 awards, including the Jury Prize at the Dubai International film festival and Best Documentary at South by Southwest, Garbage Dreams has been held over at the IFC theater in New York for a second wee until January 26th. Dreams sheds light on the people that make a living on the by-products of our disposable world. Blindie highly recommends you watch this film!
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Lee Daniels Strips Down Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in Precious and Delivers an Oscar Contender

precious-mariah-carey-lee-daniels Forget the praise given to Tarantino for rebooting and reaffirming the careers of Bruce Willis, Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and others. Give that crown to Lee Daniels, for stripping away the stardust personas of Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo'Nique to reveal believable and very real working class New Yorkers in Precious, the tour-de-force film adaptation of the novel Push. Daniels not only showcases the talent of a most unlikely ensemble cast, he succeeds in pushing these actors to the forefront of the Awards season competition. They’ve gone from being the biggest long shots for dramatic roles to possible award contenders, which makes the vision and talent of Lee Daniels’ direction one to watch during award season as well. Newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, a Harlem raised 26-year-old has already won a New Hollywood Award on Monday in Los Angeles and Daniels received the Breakthrough Director Award. Paula Patton turns out a performance Blindie always knew she was capable of giving if ever the right script came along. She plays her role with such delicacy and care that we can’t help but see the forming stages of the motherly adoption we all hoped would eventually develop between her and Precious. The tension in Lee Daniels’ film Precious is as gripping as any Hollywood Thriller. There are no chase scenes, no explosive helicopters and no espionage wordplay. There is however the poetic hard-edge slang of the late eighties, brought to you in hues of grey and dark-brown depictions of Harlem circa 1987, when crack cocaine was in full-effect. Clairece “Precious” Jones chooses to live in her head. In her dreams she’s locking lips with her curly-haired light skinned boyfriend, and posing for the flashing bulbs of fashion photographers. Already, Daniels’ showing us that this girl dreams big, even if she dreams to drown out the onslaught of abuse from her mother, played to perfection by Mo’Nique, in the year’s most head-spinning drama boot-camp makeover. Precious opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, and if Oprah’s endorsement of Halle Berry’s performance in “Monster’s Ball” was any indication, her late addition to the film as one of the executive producers alongside Tyler Perry, is definitely serving as a marketing goad, pushing Precious to the top of both the critics list and (fingers-crossed) the Oscar nom list. O! The power of Oprah. Blindie will be watching and reporting on the trajectory of Precious.
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Precious Wins Toronto Festival’s People’s Choice Award

precious-movie-posterThe Lee Daniels directed and produced film Precious took home top honors at this year's Toronto Film Festival on Saturday nabbing the People's Choice Award. Previously titled Push, the intense drama has already picked up awards at the Sundance festival and has critics buzzing about possible Oscar noms. Last year's People's Choice Awards went to Slumdog Millionaire which then took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Oprah Winfrey has since picked up the film, which opens in theaters in November.
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Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie Trailer

Take a peek at the screen version of the Broadway musical Passing Strange directed by Spike Lee. Strange was shot live during it's Broadway run at the Belasco Theater and features the original cast of de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones star. The onstage band includes Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs and the musical creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Don't worry if you missed Strange on Broadway, thankfully some of the same energy and intensity manages to come through on the screen. Strange hits New York City theaters on August 21.
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Magic Johnson’s “Announcement’

It's been over 20 years since Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive and changed the face of AIDS. "Because of the HIV virus I have attained," he said. "I will have to retire from the Lakers." But he didn't retire from life, as he became a successful businessman, a television host, an advocate and a grandfather. Magic and his wife Cookie talk about how difficult that day was and the events that led up to it in the documentary "The Announcement", directed by Nelson George. "It's not so much what people said about him, it's how he felt and what people did to him," George said. "Be it people dis-inviting him to their restaurant or dealing with how [the drug] AZT affected his body. It's an inside-out view as opposed to the things you might have heard discussed on talk radio." The Announcement airs on ESPN tonight at 9pm.  
Read More

Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Dream Cast: Halle and Denzel

Listen up folks! The Queen of Soul has reached down into her bosom, pulled out her wish list of actors to star in a film version of her autobiography "Aretha: From These roots," and it's nothing short of award-winning! In a written press release Franklin says she would love, none other than, Academy Award winners Halle Berry to play a younger version of herself, Denzel Washington to portray her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, and Academy Award nominee Terence Howard to play some hazel-eyed, pimp-suited, smooth guy -no wait, that was every other film he's been in - to play Smokey Robinson. Blindie cannot wait to see Ms. Berry get down and dirty to some down south rhythm and blues!
Read More

WATCH THIS: The Underworld of Egypt’s Trash Collectors revealed in Garbage Dreams

Independent filmmaker Mai Iskander delves into the lives of three teenage trash collectors living in Egypt. Known as the Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) Adham (17), Osama (16), and Nabil (18) are faced with life-changing choices as the city seeks to replace them with a multinational garbage disposal company. Iskander reveals the touching stories of these three boys and reveals the hidden world of Cairo's Zaballeen, who for generations have collected the city's garbage. Winner of 17 awards, including the Jury Prize at the Dubai International film festival and Best Documentary at South by Southwest, Garbage Dreams has been held over at the IFC theater in New York for a second wee until January 26th. Dreams sheds light on the people that make a living on the by-products of our disposable world. Blindie highly recommends you watch this film!
Read More

Lee Daniels Strips Down Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in Precious and Delivers an Oscar Contender

precious-mariah-carey-lee-daniels Forget the praise given to Tarantino for rebooting and reaffirming the careers of Bruce Willis, Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and others. Give that crown to Lee Daniels, for stripping away the stardust personas of Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo'Nique to reveal believable and very real working class New Yorkers in Precious, the tour-de-force film adaptation of the novel Push. Daniels not only showcases the talent of a most unlikely ensemble cast, he succeeds in pushing these actors to the forefront of the Awards season competition. They’ve gone from being the biggest long shots for dramatic roles to possible award contenders, which makes the vision and talent of Lee Daniels’ direction one to watch during award season as well. Newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, a Harlem raised 26-year-old has already won a New Hollywood Award on Monday in Los Angeles and Daniels received the Breakthrough Director Award. Paula Patton turns out a performance Blindie always knew she was capable of giving if ever the right script came along. She plays her role with such delicacy and care that we can’t help but see the forming stages of the motherly adoption we all hoped would eventually develop between her and Precious. The tension in Lee Daniels’ film Precious is as gripping as any Hollywood Thriller. There are no chase scenes, no explosive helicopters and no espionage wordplay. There is however the poetic hard-edge slang of the late eighties, brought to you in hues of grey and dark-brown depictions of Harlem circa 1987, when crack cocaine was in full-effect. Clairece “Precious” Jones chooses to live in her head. In her dreams she’s locking lips with her curly-haired light skinned boyfriend, and posing for the flashing bulbs of fashion photographers. Already, Daniels’ showing us that this girl dreams big, even if she dreams to drown out the onslaught of abuse from her mother, played to perfection by Mo’Nique, in the year’s most head-spinning drama boot-camp makeover. Precious opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, and if Oprah’s endorsement of Halle Berry’s performance in “Monster’s Ball” was any indication, her late addition to the film as one of the executive producers alongside Tyler Perry, is definitely serving as a marketing goad, pushing Precious to the top of both the critics list and (fingers-crossed) the Oscar nom list. O! The power of Oprah. Blindie will be watching and reporting on the trajectory of Precious.
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Precious Wins Toronto Festival’s People’s Choice Award

precious-movie-posterThe Lee Daniels directed and produced film Precious took home top honors at this year's Toronto Film Festival on Saturday nabbing the People's Choice Award. Previously titled Push, the intense drama has already picked up awards at the Sundance festival and has critics buzzing about possible Oscar noms. Last year's People's Choice Awards went to Slumdog Millionaire which then took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Oprah Winfrey has since picked up the film, which opens in theaters in November.
Read More

Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie Trailer

Take a peek at the screen version of the Broadway musical Passing Strange directed by Spike Lee. Strange was shot live during it's Broadway run at the Belasco Theater and features the original cast of de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones star. The onstage band includes Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs and the musical creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Don't worry if you missed Strange on Broadway, thankfully some of the same energy and intensity manages to come through on the screen. Strange hits New York City theaters on August 21.
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