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Judge Rejects Lee Daniels' $1M Bail For Bro-In-Law | By John Marzulli | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The director of the acclaimed movie "Precious" offered to back a $1 million bail to spring his brother-in-law from prison - but a federal judge was no...

Anyone Can Be a (DIY) Producer: Part 3

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you really want to make features, just do it. Make one within your means right now, and accept that even once you're done your first, you're still a rookie in the game.

Maya Angelou Celebrates 82nd Birthday, Talks Political Divisiveness

AP | MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Poet Maya Angelou celebrated a belated 82nd birthday Thursday with a few celebrity friends and a few choice words about po...

Thoughts on Hosting the 2010 Academy Awards

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alec Baldwin

Just how many remarkably talented people work in the movie business was never more vivid to me than last night while hosting the show. Here are some of the things I will remember about last night's Oscars.

"Precious" Sweeps Indie Spirit Awards (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

"Precious" swept the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Friday, nabbing awards in each of the five categories it was nominated, including Best Pic...

'Precious' Wins Big At NAACP Awards

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — It was a winning night for "Precious" at the 41st NAACP Image Awards. The heart-wrenching tale of an illiterate and abused teen w...

The Black List: Volume Three

Eleanor Moonier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eleanor Moonier

The interviewees' candidness in HBO's The Black List: Vol. 3, along with the aesthetic simplicity of the film, achieves something strikingly authentic -- more oral history than celebrity interview.

A Big Bold Crack in the Glass Ceiling -- Kathryn Bigelow Wins DGA Prize

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

Jackie Robinson, Sally Ride and now Kathryn Bigelow? Bigelow was the first female to take home the DGA's award for best director, but with every step forward there is always a little push back.

Precious and Painful

Esther Iverem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Esther Iverem

In Precious, director Lee Daniels returns to the formula that has won him acclaim in the past: stories of poor Black women who are too pathetic, sick and incapable of caring for themselves or their children.

Directors Guild Nominations: James Cameron Up Against Ex Wife, Tarantino & More

AP | DAVID GERMAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The science-fiction blockbuster "Avatar" has earned James Cameron his latest nomination for the top honor from the Directors Guild...

The Pride of Precious Jones

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Almost every African-American knows, is related to, or is acquainted with a Precious Jones or her mother, Mary.

Geoffrey Fletcher Discusses His Precious Script

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

He is guaranteed to be a player in the coming awards season. But screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher knows that not everyone is enamored of Precious, whose screenplay he adapted.

Does Having a Vagina Make You a Female Director?

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

Why is it when a woman ventures out of the safety of girlworld does her gender get talked about over and over but the same conversation never happens to the guys?

Precious in the Age of Obama

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

can Precious become this year's Slumdog Millionaire?Slumdog was about kids from another country. But Precious is about this country.

Tyler Perry Discusses I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Tyler Perry came to Manhattan to offer a lively Q&A session with a broad range of press people. Once it opened it topped the box office.

Lee Daniels, Former State GOP Leader, Eyes Political Comeback

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former House Speaker Lee Daniels is weighing a political comeback after a federal investigation into the misuse of state-paid House Republican staffer...

Cannes 2009: Mariah Carey in Precious

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Any spectator of this new dramatic film by Lee Daniels, who has a tad of a self-esteem issue, will identify with the pains of this story.