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Jamie Foxx needs to be more sly

Jamie Foxx is a fine actor, musician and comedian but needs to work on his business savvy.

The Oscar winner is urging audiences during his current concert tour to obtain his CD, Intuition, by any means necessary.

"We're at platinum (sales) now, which is a tough thing to do in this day and age," Foxx said during a Wednesday interview. "I tell the audience: 'Listen, I'm an artist. I want you to have my music. I don't care if you bootleg it, steal it, I just want you to have the music, so when I come to town we can have a great time with it.'

"That's still true. No matter how they get it, I'm not worried about the money. I just want people to enjoy."

Foxx brings his Blame It tour to Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Aug. 28.

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St. Petersburg filmmaker Chris Fuller recently signed on with Creative Artists Agency, one of Hollywood's top talent agencies with clients ranging from Tom Cruise and T-Pain, to Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler.

Fuller was enlisted by CAA after his debut film, Loren Cass, earned rave reviews during a recent one-theater New York engagement. Fuller is finishing two screenplays for the agency to begin shopping around.

Meanwhile, Fuller's distribution deal with Kino International includes a Beach Theatre engagement for Loren Cass beginning Aug. 28. The movie, an unsettling, abstract portrait of St. Petersburg youth, may turn off as many viewers as it impresses.

"A lot of people can see it for what it is, which is a pleasant surprise," Fuller said recently. "You never know if people are going to get what you're going for. The agents at CAA got it, which was maybe the biggest surprise of my life."

An interview with Fuller will be published Sunday in Floridian.

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Expanding to 10 days didn't work out like Gasparilla International Film Festival organizers hoped in 2009. The decision was made in late 2008 as the economic meltdown began, while most festivals shrank their runs and expenditures.

Things will change in 2010, with the festival tightened to a four-day weekend, March 18-21. Smart move. The festival also will add another Tampa venue to its usual locations — the CineBistro Theatre currently under construction in Hyde Park.

The festival will continue screenings and panels at Tampa Theatre, Channelside Cinema, the University of Tampa and Studio@620 in St. Petersburg.

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The week's lamest idea is Disney's teaming with Oscar winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) to remake 1968's animated Beatles fantasy, Yellow Submarine. Zemeckis wants to use the motion-capture technology he introduced in The Polar Express and employs in A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey, opening Nov. 6.

According to, the new, likely unimproved Yellow Submarine is targeted the reach theaters in July 2012, as the Summer Olympic Games begin in London.

Steve Persall can be reached at or Read his blog, Reeling in the Years, at

Jamie Foxx needs to be more sly 08/20/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:20pm]
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