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Shawn Edwards is an award-winning journalist for FOX 4 News in Kansas City, Missouri and one of the country's leading African American film critics. Known for his sharp insight and considerable knowledge of the business side of the movie industry Edwards has quickly made a name for himself as a respected and trusted film critic. He has been quoted on more than 300 movies since he began reviewing movies for FOX in 2000.

Edwards' reviews can be seen on the "Screening Room" which airs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Fox 4 News or at fox4kc.com. The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association and is creator of iloveblackmovies.com.

He has written and produced three documentaries about black film: "We Make Movies Too: The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever)," "No Joke: The 50 Best Black Movie Comedies (Ever)" and "Our Heroes: The 25 Best Black Movies (Ever)." Edwards is currently working on his fourth documentary about black film "The Movies We Love: The 25 Most Romantic Black Movies (Ever)" which will premiere in the summer of 2010.

Edwards also produced "A Celebration of Black Film." The well attended film event is a tribute to the historical contributions blacks have made to cinema. Edwards is also co-creator of the "Kansas City Urban Film Festival." The festival showcases independent filmmaking by diverse filmmakers from around the world.

Edwards began his journalism career as an editor/writer for "The Pitch" in Kansas City, Missouri. He also freelanced for "Vibe," "The Source" and "XXL" national music magazines. Where he wrote feature stories about music and movies.

Edwards has won numerous journalism awards. In 2009 he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club and their National Entertainment Journalism Awards as the best film critic on television an award Edwards also received in 2008 along with his "Screening Room" partner Russ Simmons. Edwards was also recognized in the Best Feature for TV ("Chat with the Stars") and Best Online Film Critic (iloveblackmovies.com) at this year's National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

Edwards is currently writing a book on the history of black film and producing television shows for Black Entertainment Television in conjunction with FGW Productions which is based in Los Angeles, California.


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    Oscar Isaac stars as an up-and-coming singer in the new Coen Brothers’ film called ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ The film is set in 1961, when Davis is in New York, struggling to make it in the music scene. It also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund. FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards spent some time with Oscar Isaac and they chatted about a variety of topics, including Isaac’s memories of watching The Coen Brothers’ ‘Raising Arizona’ as a kid, […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Grudge Match

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards chats with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro about their roles in the new movie Grudge Match.

  • Chat with the Stars: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards sat down and spoke with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig about their roles in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

  • Chat with the stars, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards sat down and spoke with Will Ferrell, Steve Carroll, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, and David Koechner about the much anticipated sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.  

  • Chat with the Stars: Tyler Perry and Tika Sumpter in A Madea Christmas

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards spoke with Tyler Perry and Tika Sumpter who star in the new movie A Madea Christmas.

  • Screening Room reviews for: Catching Fire, Delivery Man, Dallas Buyers Club

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — 1) THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) Lionsgate RUSS Hungerheads…or, should I say, Tributes…the wait is over. SHAWN And no need to call the fire department. Just let this one burn. RUSS Katniss Everdeen is back for another round of futuristic gladiator combat in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Fans of the books and original movie should enjoy this beautifully produced action flick that is actually a notch above the first installment. SHAWN A couple of […]

  • Chat with the Stars: The chemistry of The Hunger Games supporting cast

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards talked to the cast about the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the film. Related: Jennifer Lawrence makes a cry face over Josh’s comment Related: Shawn asks The Hunger Games’ cast ‘What book inspired you when you were young?’ Click here to receive weekly emails full of FOX 4′s entertainment news!

  • Chat with the Stars: Jennifer Lawrence makes cry face over Josh’s comment

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards asked The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson if he’s tired of Jennifer Lawrence yet. His answer produced a strong reaction in the Oscar-award winner… but he made up for it. Watch Shawn’s interview with the pal-pair in the video player above.

  • Chat with the Stars: What book inspired you when you were young?

    It’s a movie franchise that has caught ‘Fire’ thanks to the popular Young Adult books. Find out what books inspired Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and “Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence when they were young in this Chat with the Stars with FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards.

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    Finally, the holiday sequel to The Best Man

    What took so long to make a sequel to “The Best Man”? That’s the question FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards asked the cast of “The Best Man Holiday”, in theaters on Friday. Watch his Chat with the Stars (above and below) to hear their explanation.  Click here to receive weekly emails full of FOX 4′s entertainment news!

  • The question: How much do you know about slavery?

    In his Chat with the Stars, entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards asked the cast of ’12 Years a Slave’ how much they know about slavery? He also spoke one-on-one with Michael Fassbender, who Shawn expects will win the Academy’s Best Supporting Actor award

  • Chat With the Stars: Les Miserables Star Hugh Jackman

    FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards talks to Hugh Jackman, star of the new musical movie Les Miserables.