SHORT CUTS: Elba Banks "Bone Deep"

SHORT CUTS: Elba Banks "Bone Deep"

Published December 18, 2007

Posted Dec. 18, 2007 -- "This Christmas" hottie Idris Elba has joined the cast of Screen Gems' bank heist thriller "Bone Deep," playing a member of a group of bank robbers enlisted in pulling off a $20 million heist.

The film stars Matt Dillon as Los Angeles Det. Jack Welles, a troubled workaholic who pursues the gang of robbers.

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Before "Christmas," the handsome British actor recently appeared in "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington. His other credits include "28 Weeks Later" and "The Reaping." Check him out next in the Screen Gems remake of the slasher movie "Prom Night."

Film Groups Honors This Year's Best in Black Film

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has selected "The Great Debaters" as its Best Picture of 2007, while "Talk to Me's" Don Cheadle and Kasi Lemons earn the group's Best Actor and Best Director honors, respectively.       

Directed by Denzel Washington, "The Great Debaters" captured a majority vote by the organization comprised of African-American media professionals from across the nation.

Cheadle, notes AAFCA President Gil Robertson, IV, was particularly impressive this year with his portrayal of Ralph 'Petey' Greene in "Talk To Me."  AAFCA honored Ruby Dee and Chiwetel Ejiofor of "American Gangster" as Best Supporting Actress and Actor of 2007, while filmmaker Charles Burnett is recognized with the AAFCA Special Achievement Honor 2007, a year which saw the release of his seminal classic "Killer of Sheep" more than 30 years after its making.

"The year 2007 embodied a year of powerful, personal filmmaking by high-profile directors who stepped up their game to create what we believe are future classics," says AAFCA Vice President, Wilson Morales, editor of



Written by BET-Staff


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