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Director Robert Townsend: One Part Filmmaker, One Part Teacher

In “Playin’ For Love” — which premieres on UP Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m. ET — director Robert Townsend plays an egotistical high-school basketball coach who meets his match in the form of a determined single mom of four [Salli Richardson-Whitfield]. The romantic comedy, which also features Esai Morales, Jenifer Lewis and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, […]

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Movie-Making Mentor: Robert Townsend’s Incredible ‘Playin’ For Love’ Journey

Before filming his movie “Playin’ For Love” — which premieres on UP Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m. ET — director Robert Townsend did something unusual and inspiring: He handpicked 20 inner-city teens from the tough Miami neighborhood of Overtown, with the express purpose of teaching them about movie-making. His ultimate goal? To show them […]

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The Charm Of Choice: Finding Real Love In An Upside-Down World

If Jane Austen’s Lizzy Bennett were to visit Charm, Ohio, she might find life very much as it was during her own time. She might also find love just as confusing as in her up and down relationship with the infamous Mr. Darcy. For Emma Miller, Austen’s number one Amish fan, Lizzy Bennett would be […]

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Life, Death, Rebirth and Surfing: The Story of Ian McCormack Heads to Your Screen

Let’s face it: People go to the movies for a lot of reasons. While cinematic fads may come and go and box office receipts may ebb and flow, there’s still something that draws audiences of all ages to those dimly lit rooms with the impossibly large screen and the smell of popcorn and whatever that […]

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