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Kanye West’s 'Yeezus' tour is hitting the big screen: Watch the trailer

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Kanye West’s 'Yeezus' tour is hitting the big screen: Watch the trailer
If you missed Kanye West’s “Yeezus” tour, which ended its North American run on Sunday (Feb. 23), there’s still a chance to experience it. Today, West posted a new trailer for a “Yeezus” concert film that’s set to hit theaters. Watch it here or below. The glimpse into West’s tour is as dramatic as the man himself. Over the soundtrack of his “808s & Heartbreak” song “Coldest Winter,” the preview flashes footage of his current show, including its couture masks, massive set and gothic nature graphics. The film was directed by Hype Williams, who previously worked with West on his music videos for "Stronger,” “Gold Digger” and “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.” There’s no word yet on when the movie will be released. Novelist Bret Easton Ellis revealed to Vice last week that he’s collaborating with West on a film project. Whether the two are related is unknown.
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Watch: Teaser Trailer For Kanye West's Concert Film 'Yeezus'

Yes, he's got a big mouth, bigger ego and can let himself get in the way of his undeniable talent, but Kanye West knows how to put on a show. His current Yeezus tour is certainly a sensation, a massive spectacle, with costumes, lights and yes, great songs. And if you think it's positively cinematic, well, there's some good news for you. The rapper has dropped the teaser trailer for "Yeezus," a concert film of the same name that will be hitting theaters at some point in the near future. There's no other details yet, other than it was directed by music video veteran Hype Williams (who has helmed "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," "Gold Digger," "Drive Slow," "Stronger," "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Homecoming," "Heartless" and "Runaway" for West). And in case you're wondering, no, this isn't the project Kanye is working on with Bret Easton Ellis. @VanityFair it isn't based on yeezus.
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Casting: Standen, Mack, Lindberg, Gossett

Everest

Clive Standen ("Robin Hood," "Vikings") has joined the cast of Baltasar Kormakur's "Everest" at Working Title and Universal.

The action-adventure drama deals with the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead. Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal also star. [Source: Variety]

A Sort of Homecoming

Parker Mack ("Divergent") will join Laura Marano and Katherine McNamara in Maria Burton's indie movie "A Sort of Homecoming". The story follows a news producer still wrestling with problems stemming from a national debate tournament in high school.

Flashing back to her teenage years, Mack plays a star debater who teams up with her at debate camp before the two end up competing for a national championship. [Source: The Wrap]

Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story

Chad Lindberg ("The Fast and The Furious," "Supernatural") has been cast in Randall Miller and Jody Savin's music biopic "Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story" for Open Road Films.
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Louis Gossett Jr, Cuba Gooding Jr, Aunjanue Ellis & Lyriq Bent Set For ‘Book Of Negroes’ Miniseries

Oscar winners Louis Gossett Jr and Cuba Gooding Jr, Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Help) and Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue, Home Again) have been tapped to star in The Book Of Negroes miniseries, based on Lawrence Hill’s bestselling 2007 novel. The project from Conquering Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One Television will air on Bet Networks in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. The story centers on Aminata Diallo, who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to South Carolina. It follows her through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before she ultimately secures her freedom in England in the early 1800s. Cast also includes Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawko and Jane Alexander. The mini-series is co-written by Clement Virgo and Lawrence Hill. Virgo will direct. Principal photography begins this week in South Africa.
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Almin Karamehmedovic Named ‘Nightline’ Exec Producer

Almin Karamehmedovic has been named executive producer of Nightline, ABC News said this morning. Current Ep Jeanmarie Condon has been named senior exec producer of content and development for the news division. Both will report to James Goldston, ABC’s Svp News. Condon will develop a range of special projects and series for broadcast, digital and cable, focusing on enterprise reporting and on the division-wide deep-dive journalism she is known for spearheading, ABC president Ben Sherwood said in this morning’s announcement. She will continue to oversee Nightline Primetime. Karamehmedovic has been senior producer, then senior broadcast producer of Nightline for the past four years. In 2001, he became one of the first journalists to gain access to Tora Bora, Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden was holed up, and in 2003 he embedded with the U.S. Army during the invasion of Iraq and spent much of the next three years there.
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Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam: is celebrity sponsorship a lost cause? | Catherine Bennett

Scarlett Johansson chose SodaStream over Oxfam, but do charities really need famous ambassadors?

Already preoccupied with the Syria crisis and the South Sudan crisis, the aftermath of the Philippines typhoon and growing conflict in the Central African Republic, Oxfam is confronted by a fresh global emergency, moreover one that is the subject of greater international concern: the replacement, at short notice, of the twice-voted Esquire Sexiest Woman Alive.

The departure for SodaStream, a company that produces machines to carbonate drinks, of Scarlett Johansson, until last week one of the charity's most treasured ambassadors, leaves a void in Oxfam's vital celebrity team. It's a void that must seem – unless Angelina Jolie can be made to jump ship from the Un – virtually impossible to fill. But even if Ms Johansson is strictly irreplaceable as a charity envoy, since nobody else can also be Woody Allen's "first option", current third-sector thinking dictates
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Don't despise celebrity culture – the impulse to admire can be precious | Alain de Botton

A stern moralist may say one shouldn't need celebrity endorsement of good causes – but in the real world, it's wise to exalt the likes of Angelina Jolie

The term "celebrity culture" does to celebrity what "materialism" does to shopping: dismisses the whole thing as banal and evil. The only way clever people do celebrity is ironically: the chosen approach of many a smart, biting columnist, who wants to let you know she too has been thinking of Harry Styles, but only ironically, thankfully (given the degree from Balliol).

The elite implication is that there is something demeaning and childish about the need to hero-worship or dwell on a famous person who is our contemporary but who doesn't know us: it seems passive and inferior, a confession of inadequacy, a proof that we are insufficiently engaged with our own projects and have chosen to "escape" from our lives because we have
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Don't despise celebrity culture – the impulse to admire can be precious | Alain de Botton

A stern moralist may say one shouldn't need celebrity endorsement of good causes – but in the real world, it's wise to exalt the likes of Angelina Jolie

The term "celebrity culture" does to celebrity what "materialism" does to shopping: dismisses the whole thing as banal and evil. The only way clever people do celebrity is ironically: the chosen approach of many a smart, biting columnist, who wants to let you know she too has been thinking of Harry Styles, but only ironically, thankfully (given the degree from Balliol).

The elite implication is that there is something demeaning and childish about the need to hero-worship or dwell on a famous person who is our contemporary but who doesn't know us: it seems passive and inferior, a confession of inadequacy, a proof that we are insufficiently engaged with our own projects and have chosen to "escape" from our lives because we have
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Movies on TV this weekend: January 24-27 - Blood Diamond, Mirror Mirror

Friday, January 24

No Country for Old Men - 11.25pm, Film 4

Before he was touching up James Bond as the murderous Raoul Silva in Skyfall, Javier Bardem played a ruthless assassin in this critically acclaimed thriller. Vietnam War veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone sour and makes off with a suitcase containing $2 million. Bardem stars as the psychopathic killer trying to track him down.

Saturday, January 25

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - 8.15pm, BBC Three

Moodier than the first film in the series, Prince Caspian takes place a year after the Pevensies all fell out of the wardrobe - but when they re-enter the world of Narnia they discover that 1,400 years have passed. Stealing every scene he's in is Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep: a giant, talking CGI rat with a penchant for swordplay. Now there's a sentence you don't see every day.
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Five Essential... Leonardo DiCaprio Performances

Jackson Ball on his five essential Leonardo DiCaprio Performances....

Over the past 20 years of cinema, there have been few leading men that have been able to deliver the same level of consistency as Leonardo DiCaprio. Blossoming from a teen heartthrob into an actor with unrivalled intensity and dedication, he has managed to string together a plethora of memorable performances in a large variety of roles.

The fact that he is yet to be recognised by the Academy is one of the longest-running ‘jokes’ in Hollywood, and it can surely only be a matter of time until he receives the statuette he so rightly deserves. Until then though, we’ll just have to enjoy the gifts he’s already given us as an audience. Here are my top 5 Essential Leonardo DiCaprio Performances...

5. The Departed (dir. Martin Scorsese, 2006).

In a film so crammed with excellence, it was always going to be difficult to stand out,
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Trailer: Social Worker Meets African Child Soldier in Oscar Nominated Short 'That Wasn't Me'

Competing at this year's Oscars in the best Short Film Live Action category is Aquel no era yo (That Wasn't Me), written and directed by Esteban Crespo and set in Sierra Leon. Described as a story of redemption, the Spanish film tells the story of Paula (Alejandra Lorente), a social worker from Spain who follows her boyfriend to Sierra Leone to aid and rescue child soldiers. During tumultuous circumstances, Paula crosses paths and bonds with a child soldier named Kaney (Juan Tojaka). Here's the full synopsis: The short film Aquel No Era Yo (That wasn’t me), written and directed by Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney. Two characters, an African...
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Mo Bangura – Does He Deserve To Play For Celtic Again?

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Mohamed Bangura has returned to Lennoxtown Training Centre following his 1 year loan trip at Elfsborg, and the man from Sierra Leone has quite a bit to answer for. I’ll try not to criticise Mo too harshly, he plays for our green and white Hoops after all and we Celtic fans don’t like to put our own players down. However, it’s fair to say he’s been one of our more controversial signings. Despite Lennon giving Bangura his full backing recently, are the fans going to welcome him back as easily?

It’s been just over 20 months since Bangura last played for Celtic (in a 1-0 win over St Johnstone, 3rd May 2012) due to his loan stints over in Sweden, but he has not exactly proven much of the hype that surrounded him as he became a Celtic player back in
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2014 Athena Film Festival Lineup Includes Belle, Short Term 12, The Book Thief & In A World

Belle

The 2014 Athena Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films.

The New York Premiere of Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante, is the Athena Film Festival’s Opening Film, screening on Thursday evening. Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and directed by Steven Bernstein, is the festival’s Centerpiece Film, and will be screened on Friday evening. Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way, directed by her daughter, Donna Zaccaro, is the festival’s Closing Film, screening on Sunday evening.

The festival honors extraordinary women in the film industry and showcases films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights. Artemis Rising Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Festival.

The Book Thief

Among
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Exclusive: Affrm + Array Debut Netflix Streaming Release Of Neil Drumming's 'Big Words' Today!

Affrm + Array Releasing have announced the Netflix streaming release of Neil Drumming's crowd-pleasing, nostalgic dramedy, Big Words, starting today, January 6, 2014.Drumming's lauded Slamdance 2013 Official Selection enjoyed an international tour last year, that saw it released theatrically in the USA, followed by UK and Sierra Leone playdates. The Brooklyn-set Big Words centers on members of a once-promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30's, struggling with regret, disappointment and change, set against the backdrop of Election Night, 2008 - when Barack Obama was elected. The film stars Dorian MissickYaya Alafia, Gbenga...
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Four Christmas Comedown Movies

Luke Graham with four Christmas comedown movies...

The holidays are a magic time of year, with snowflakes, miracles and family cheer. For many people, the Christmas and New Year period are the highlights of their year.

Well, enough of that. Now that it’s January, it’s time to get back to real world. Here are four films that will help remind you about some of the horrible things going on in the world.

Happy holidays...

4. The Impossible (2012)

The Impossible is about a family trying to survive the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The tsunami affected around 11 countries, killed at least 150,000 and destroyed millions of homes. It also occurred on Boxing Day, which is quite apt for an article about holiday come-downs.

On the one side, The Impossible is a great movie. It’s moving and well-acted (Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play the parents) and has oodles of dramatic tension as
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Afro Cubans-Sierra Leoneans Bridging The Gap Doc 'They Are We' To Premiere Stateside in January (Official Trailer)

The topic of bridging the gap between Africa and the Americas is one of main interest to this site; it is a subject that fuels our passion in regards to the African diaspora. Therefore, it's no wonder we have been eagerly anticipating the fascinating new documentary They Are We, which follows the journey to the encounter between an Afro-Cuban family and their African ancestors in Sierra Leone. They Are We, directed by Emma Christopher, held an exclusive premiere in Havana, Cuba earlier this month. And according to its Facebook page, They will premiere stateside on the festival circuit next month at the San Diego Black Film Festival (although its full slate hasn't...
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Kanye West -- Ripped Off Samples for 'Bound 2' ... Claims Ex-Child Star

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Kanye West may dry hump Kim Kardashian in the "Bound 2" video, but a former child star says he's the one getting screwed in the song ... claiming Yeezus stole a sample from his old track and never paid up.The guy behind the lawsuit is Ricky Spicer -- an ex-member of the '70s soul group, "Ponderosa Twins Plus One" ... which recorded a song called "Bound" back in 1970. Spicer, who was 12 years old when he laid down the track,
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Interview: Sierra Leonean Writer/Producer Victoria Thomas Talks Internet Platforms & Crowdfunding

As curator of the director’s eye project for lettera27 Foundation, I spoke with director and producer Victoria Thomas about internet platforms and crowdfunding. Victoria is from Sierra Leone and was raised in the UK, where she now lives and works. She is currently working on a new feature script, called "Kiloshe," and is also developing and launching a new internet platform called Trigah.com. The interview is the second part of a series of discussions with female African directors that focuses on funding and production strategies for contemporary cinema.Vanessa Lanari: Victoria, you are developing and launching a new film platform on the internet called Trigah.com. What is Trigah and...
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Everyday racism: how to be a black ballet dancer in a white world

Michaela DePrince proudly declares herself a 'poppy among the daffodils', as Precious Adams reveals she was advised by a teacher to lighten her skin

One of the most extraordinary stories told in Bess Kargman's 2011 documentary First Position is of Michaela DePrince, the young girl horrifically orphaned by the civil war in Sierra Leone, who was inspired to become a ballerina after seeing a photograph of a dancer in an old torn magazine.

After DePrince was rescued from Sierra Leone, her adoptive American family willed her on to fulfill her ambition. Kargman's documentary only tracks DePrince to the point where she wins a prize to attend the American Ballet Theatre School: but since then she has embarked on a full professional career, first with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and then with Dutch National Ballet.

In the admirable interview posted here, DePrince combines a moving dedication to her art form, with
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Idris Elba on 'Mandela,' Heimdall's Future, and Getting in on the 'Blade Runner' Sequel

Idris Elba is mostly known to American audiences for his role as Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO's hit series "The Wire" and as the titular cop in the BBC drama "Luther" -- but that's starting to change. Earlier this month, he reprised his role as the hulking Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," and he plays -- or, rather, embodies -- South African leader Nelson Mandela in the upcoming biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," directed by Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl") and co-starring Naomie Harris ( "Skyfall").

In "Mandela," Elba tackles the icon's life, from his formative days as an anti-apartheid activist to his subsequent arrest, imprisonment, and groundbreaking election as president of South Africa.

Moviefone sat down with Elba earlier this month, just after the release of "Thor: The Dark World," and chatted with the actor about portraying an icon in "Mandela," his planned homecoming trip to Africa,
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