Shadow and Act, On Film, Television and Web Content of Africa and It's Diaspora

Considering the infamous Black Exorcist film ‘Abby’ (Once you see it, you can’t “unsee” it)

By Sergio Mims on Aug 29, 2016 06:57 pm
With all the discussion that’s been going on regarding black horror films which I started in the weekend box office report, one commentator bought up the point that because of close ties to the black church, many black filmgoers would…Continue Reading 


Kerry Washington Says Pregnancy Isn’t Reason for ‘Scandal’s’ Upcoming Shortened 6th Season

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 06:26 pm
ABC announced earlier this year that the network had cut the number of episodes it ordered for the upcoming 6th season of “Scandal” from 22 down to 16, and that the show will not return in the fall as usual, but instead will…Continue Reading 


Trailer + Poster: ‘The Skyjacker’s Tale’ Gives Unprecedented Access to a Most Wanted US Fugitive in Cuba

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 03:01 pm
  From award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jamie Kastner comes the feature-length documentary, “The Skyjacker’s Tale,” which gives audiences unprecedented access to one of the USA’s top five most wanted fugitives, who lives in Cuba: Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet). Called The Fountain…Continue Reading 


Megalyn Echikunwoke Joins Jay Pharoah in Jamie Foxx’s ‘White Famous’ for Showtime

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 02:10 pm
Tim Story will direct and executive produce the pilot episode for Jamie Foxx’s upcoming new Showtime series “White Famous,” which the network ordered a pilot for in June. Story will direct Jay Pharoah, who booked the lead in “White Famous” just days… Continue Reading 


South African Crime-Drama ‘Dora’s Peace’ Opens With Local Critical Splash (Trailer, Poster)

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 01:16 pm
“Dora’s Peace” is a new South African crime-drama that opened in select theaters around the country on Friday; it’s a film that’s being hailed by some local press as something of a game-changer for South African cinema specifically. According to the… Continue Reading 


New Trailer + Poster for British Post-Apocalyptic Thriller, ‘The Girl With All Gifts’

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 11:48 am
Set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in less than 2 weeks, here’s a release poster (above) and a new trailer for the British post-apocalyptic Thriller “The Girl with All the Gifts,” directed by Colm McCarthy (“Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock”), adapted… Continue Reading 


Trinidad+Tobago Film Fest Announces Int’l Lineup + Films Vying for Amnesty Int’l Human Rights Prize

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 11:16 am
The Academy Awards-nominated film, “Embrace of the Serpent” is among the lineup of internationally-acclaimed films to be screened at this year’s trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), under its Panorama section. The film is one of three from Colombia, which is the… Continue Reading 


Phylicia Rashad Will Play Taye Digg’s Wealthy Mother in ‘Empire’ (Will Go Head-to-Head With Cookie)

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 10:48 am
A month after the announcement that Taye Diggs signed on for what Fox called a major recurring role on next season of its hit series “Empire,” Phylicia Rashad has also booked a role on the soap opera, playing Diggs’ mother. As previously reported,  Diggs… Continue Reading 


Bill Duke Set to Direct Legal Drama, ‘Created equal’

By Sergio Mims on Aug 29, 2016 09:22 am
After exploring the world of the documentary for the past few years, with films such as the controversial “Dark Girls”, actor/director Bill Duke (“Hoodlums”, “Sister Act 2”, “Deep Cover”, “A Rage in Harlem”) is returning to direct feature films, with… Continue Reading 


Halle Berry and Don Cheadle Make Surprise Appearances in ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ Trailer

By shadowandact on Aug 29, 2016 09:09 am
Universal has released a second full trailer for “Kevin Hart: What Now?” – another stand-up comedy special from the actor/comedian, which will be released on October 14. This one unexpectedly features Halle Berry and Don Cheadle, as Hart, obviously having much… Continue Reading