Snubbing of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ highlights Hollywood’s failure to address diversity issues

Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo in 'Middle of Nowhere'
Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo in ‘Middle of Nowhere’

It’s a very small list with only 20 names on it. The names of ten men and ten women will be read on January 10, 2013 as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the nominees for the four acting categories for the year 2012.

If the nominees already named, by the Broadcast Film Critics, SAG and other awards are illustrative of any trends, there will be very few minorities among those nominated.

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Tyler Perry is not great as brooding ‘Alex Cross’

Tyler Perry gets into the action genre with 'Alex Cross'
Tyler Perry gets into the action genre with ‘Alex Cross’

[rating=2]Starring:  Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Matthew Fox, John C. McGinley, Giancarlo Esposito, Jean Reno, Carmen Ejogo, Yara Shahidi, and Cicely Tyson
Director(s):  Rob Cohen
Writer(s):  Screenplay by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson, from the James Patterson novel.

Rob Cohen is a hit and miss director.  Hits that include The Fast and the Furious and xXx, and misses such as Stealth and The Skulls.  His latest film, Alex Cross, falls somewhere in between.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Good Deeds’ is too predictable

[rating=3]Starring: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Brian White, Phylicia Rashad, Eddie Cibrian
Director(s): Tyler Perry
Writer(s): Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry in 'Good Deeds'
Tyler Perry in ‘Good Deeds’

Good Deeds is the 11th film from the prolific Tyler Perry who directed, wrote, produced and stars in it.  This is the 10th time he’s starred in one of his films and this time he let the women wear the dresses.

Perry is “Wesley Deeds”, who is the scion of a family where he represents the fifth consecutive generation of highly educated, highly successful men.  He is currently the CEO of the business his father founded, engaged to be married to the woman of his dreams, “Natalie” (Gabrielle Union), dealing with a brother who has enough problems for the entire family himself, Walter (Brian White), a mother who has had his whole life planned for him (Phylicia Rashad) and a major business headache on the horizon.

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