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'Best Man Holiday': Does its success change the future of black film?

The Best Man Holiday, the R-rated sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, opened to $30.6 million this weekend, surprising box-office watchers who had predicted the $17 million film wouldn’t generate half of its ultimate take home. Yet to director Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and produced the film along with its predecessor, the only surprise is how Hollywood hasn’t evolved its thinking toward films featuring black actors.

“I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart, [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” Lee says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about [Best Man Holiday] over-performing, but I feel like we got under-estimated.”

The majority of the audience for Best Man Holiday (87 percent) was African-American females,  90 percent of whom saw the original film. More important, the sequel generated an A+ with exit pollster Cinemascore indicating that the film should broaden out to a wider audience.

Lee is counting on it.

Sundance: How are the big films of 2012's drama competition faring at the box office?

As this year’s Sundance Film Festival winds down, there’s a collection of stand-outs, films that have already sparked bidding wars among distributors and are gaining buzz that filmmakers hope turns into success beyond the festival.

But where are the films that were in the midst of this festival frenzy a year ago? Now that 13 of the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition have opened in theaters nationwide, they yield a list that’s mainly box office duds, but there was one movie that had plenty of life in it post-Sundance — the acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild. READ FULL STORY

CONSIDER THIS: Alfre Woodard on the lovelorn 'Middle of Nowhere'

prize_fighter1_bannerWith Academy Awards voting underway, EW’s Prize Fighter is kicking off the “Consider This” series, asking folks with Oscar histories of their own to share their personal favorites of the year. Alfre Woodard, who had a supporting actress nomination in 1983 for Cross Creek and is best known for the movies Scrooged, Passion Fish and Primal Fear, wrote this essay about her love of Middle of Nowhere, an indie love story about a nurse struggling to maintain her relationship to a husband in prison, only to find herself falling for another man:

In Middle of Nowhere, we experience an exquisite, intimate tale of a woman in progress — as told through the vivid screenplay and deft direction of Ava DuVernay and the breakout performance of Emayatzy Corinealdi.

These are the kind of women artists rarely heard in modern day cinema. They are women of color telling a universal tale in a very specific way. And it is important that their work in Middle of Nowhere be seen by those of us who truly care about film. READ FULL STORY

Spirit Awards reaction: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell, more weigh in

The nominations for the 28th Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood. We checked in with Jack Black (Bernie), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook),  Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and more for their reactions. Check out what the stars had to say below and read our full analysis of what the nominations mean for awards season here.


'Middle of Nowhere' clip: David Oyelowo romances a woman whose husband's in jail -- EXCLUSIVE

What do you do when your husband is sentenced to eight years in prison? In Middle of Nowhere — which won writer-director Ava DuVernay the Best Director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival — that’s the dilemma facing Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi), who drops out of medical school after her husband (Omari Hardwick, Kick-Ass) gets sent to a California slammer. Things get even more complicated for Ruby after a kind bus driver (David Oyelowo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) begins to woo her — and she begins to let him. Check out an exclusive tender scene from the film, out in limited release Oct. 12, below — followed by the official Sundance preview for the full film:  READ FULL STORY

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