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July 30, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Jeff Clanagan wants to ride Tyler Perry's coattails. So does 20th Century Fox. They are pairing up to make several Gospel-inspired films that are much like the ones that have made Perry a sensation. Perry, a 37-year-old producer, writer, director and star, has shown Hollywood the gold to be mined from Gospel-infused entertainment. Fox and Clanagan are pinning their initial hopes on a movie version of the popular play "Mama I Want to Sing."
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July 30, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Jeff Clanagan wants to ride Tyler Perry's coattails. So does 20th Century Fox. They are pairing up to make several Gospel-inspired films that are much like the ones that have made Perry a sensation. Perry, a 37-year-old producer, writer, director and star, has shown Hollywood the gold to be mined from Gospel-infused entertainment. Fox and Clanagan are pinning their initial hopes on a movie version of the popular play "Mama I Want to Sing."
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August 29, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
With the fiery "Civil Brand," director Neema Barnette, in her theatrical feature debut, resurrects that old exploitation genre favorite, the women's prison picture, as an expose of that contemporary phenomenon, the prison-industrial complex. Barnette's decision to bring aboard Joyce Renee Lewis to work on Preston A. Whitmore II's original script has paid off in a compelling, highly charged film that brings a contemporary perspective to classic prison picture elements.
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August 3, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
The legal and symbolic hair-pulling between MGM and an independent film company over competing projects -- both titled "Beauty Shop" and both set in urban beauty shops -- has been cut short for now. But the "Beauty Shop" wars may still get ugly in the coming weeks as the two films compete for audience awareness.
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April 12, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Moviegoers can't complain there's nothing to see this weekend - 18 new independent productions and three studio works arrive simultaneously in local theaters. But what may be great for consumers has the people behind these movies losing sleep, worried that the intense competition could sink everyone's chances for box-office success. Although not all of the movies will open nationally, the 21 titles represent an anomalous uptick from even the most crowded release calendars. Last Christmas, one of 2011's busiest weekends for new releases, saw just 10 films open.
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October 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Russell Simmons has made a career -- and a fortune -- programming to audiences that the mainstream media has ignored. The hip-hop impresario co-founded the Def Jam label, launched the Phat Farm clothing line, started a film and television production company and branched out into stage productions with “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.” Now Simmons is moving to Los Angeles to spearhead ADD Video, a YouTube channel designed for...
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