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Robert Townsend is taking fans down memory lane with his new documentary, Making the  Five Heartbeats.

Although his critically acclaimed project came out over 20 years ago, Townsend is offering an in depth story of what really happened behind the scenes when making his musical drama.

The actor, writer, producer and director talked to me about making his doc– which is an Oscar qualifying project– the struggles he went through when making the film and some of his previous projects he’d be interested in rebooting.

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After an NFL MVP wins the Super Bowl they go to Disney World but where do players go when they retire? Apparently, they’ll be heading to Hollywood. Film veterans including Keenan Ivory Wayans, Robert Townsend and John Singleton will teach retired players the tricks of the trade through the NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp.


The four-day event will offer an overview of creative disciplines in the film industry, including screen writing, directing, producing and film financing. The players will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film.

The program is being run by NFL Player Engagement, which assist players in preparing for their post-football careers, and Film Life Inc., a New York-based film production company.


This isn’t the first program established by the NFL for players ending their careers on the field. In addition to the film program the NFL has intensive business management and broadcast programs. The Business of Music Boot Camp debuts in February 2012.


The NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp will run April 2-5 at Universal Studios.


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