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The momentum for filmmaker Ava Duvernay seems to be unstoppable. Word around Hollywood is that Duvernay is on the short list of directors being considered to join the powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Affectionately referred to as the “MCU,” the media franchise produces blockbuster films based upon characters from Marvel comics such as Captain America, The…

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When it comes to the top black actors in Hollywood, the undeniable and insatiable Idris Elba definitely makes the cut. From starring as a street thug on HBO’s “The Wire” to transforming into an admirable and determined father in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Elba has convinced us that he can nail any role. In…

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USA Today was blasted on Twitter this past weekend — and rightfully so — for their misguided characterization of the friend-themed hit movie, The Best Man Holiday, as a race-based product that shocked film prognosticators with a $30.6 million opening weekend. Spike Lee’s cousin, Malcolm D. Lee, wrote and directed the Universal romantic comedy sequel…

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The Best Man Holiday, with its ensemble of well-known black actors, proved with a strong opening weekend that black films can and do make money for the studios that invest in them. With an estimated gross budget of $17 million and opening weekend box-office receipts of $31 million, you don’t have to be a rocket…

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The Avengers brings together an all-star lineup of Marvel superheroes. The movie features Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as they try to save the world. Samuel L. Jackson stars as Nick Fury, the director of…

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Just behind the movie adaptation of the superhero comic book Thor and the latest installation of the The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five, the wedding romance comedy Jumping the Broom came in at a commendable third. “We are ecstatic with the performance of ‘Jumping the Broom,’” said DeVon Franklin, vice president of production, Sony…

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