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Before Liz Lemon and Peggy Olson struggled with single life in the big city, two strong, unrelated, independent women named Wanda Wayne and Sheneneh Jenkins ruled the cable airwaves (and the crack game). And I’m not sure what zillionth worm hole Richard Kelly opened up last weekend with The Box, but apparently these characters are making a fast-tracked comeback, and in movie theaters nationwide no less.

In case you missed a recent BET Awards, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx reprised Sheneneh and Wanda—’90s characters that originally appeared on Martin and In Living Color, respectively—to create a trailer for a mock action comedy called Skank Robbers. Response was so positive and loud that Screen Gems and the actors are now making it a reality. The title stays! “Oh no youuu dinnnnit!” The Tyler Perry-skewering trailer and clips and info await.
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For the first time, a film has won both the audience award at Sundance and Toronto. Precious, by Lee Daniels, took home TIFF’s audience award this weekend. Unlike other festivals, at Toronto the audience award is the top honor, and has previously been won by Hotel Rwanda, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Slumdog Millionaire. Meanwhile, in the new audience award set up specifically for the genre-based Midnight Madness program at Toronto, Sean Byrne‘s The Loved Ones was the winner. Read More »

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