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Apr 23rd

Avatar emerges with early Oscar edge

Let’s face it, although the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out annual awards in a variety of television and film categories, most people really consider the Golden Globes a fashion show and an early indicator of Academy Award potential. Judging by this year’s results, Avatar, which won for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director (James Cameron), emerged from the evening with the most Oscar buzz.
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Luda, by Word of Mouf

Christopher Brian Bridges was born on September 11, 1977 in Champaign, Illinois where he began rapping at the age of 9 and formed his first musical group a few years later. While in his teens, his family moved to Atlanta where he attended Banneker High School before majoring in music management at Georgia State University.
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Cautionary sci-Fi tale about mind control comes to DVD

If the trans-human future predicted by visionary Ray Kurzweil in his best seller The Age of Spiritual Machines is at all accurate, then it is only a matter of time before a disturbing dystopia such as the one in Gamer might come to pass. Set in 2034, the chilling, sci-fi scenario established at the outset is dominated by Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall), a diabolical billionaire with mind-control technology at his disposal.
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Ricky Gervais’ atheist sitcom released on DVD

I’m not sure how many people are ready for a movie as iconoclastic about Jesus Christ as The Invention of Lying, but you never know. Co-written and co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson, the picture, at first blush, looks like a formulaic romantic comedy, but turns into something far more sinister about midway into the adventure.
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Sordid love triangle at center of searing Brit melodrama

Sordid love triangle at center of searing Brit melodrama This searing, coming-of-age saga, written and directed by Brit Andrea Arnold (Red Road), gets my vote as the best cinematic release of the first two weeks of 2010, if that means much. Last year, the movie made a big splash on the other side of the pond where it reeled in awards at film festivals in Cannes, England, Norway, Scotland and Croatia.
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DVD features adaptation of Tyler Perry's music-driven morality play

I Can Do Bad All by Myself is the sixth Tyler Perry play to be adapted to the big screen. Much like his previous productions, this faith-based message movie was crafted with an African-American audience in mind, between all the down-home humor and earnest moralizing around universal themes particularly of relevance to the Black community.
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Book review: Why I Love Men: The Joys of Dating by J.J. Smith

Book review: Why I Love Men: The Joys of Dating by J.J. Smith“Today’s dating environment is extremely competitive. The odds are much better for men because they are outnumbered by women in every state… For Black women, it is even more challenging. In our nation, there are ten single Black women for every seven single Black men, and over 70% of Black women are single. Is your goal just to meet new men so you can have fun dating, or are you interested in a long-term committed relationship? Either way, this book is for you.
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