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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.

Recent Articles
  • Rob Riggle, who actually served in the military, stars in “12 Strong.”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City native Rob Riggle is a busy guy. The former Marine is enjoying major success in movies, TV shows and commercials. However, he still finds time to return home to Kansas City. The actor tells Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards how he has handled his success and what he loves so much about his hometown.

  • FOX 4 chats with stars of Spielberg-directed ‘The Post’

    The Post is the new film starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of “the cover-up spanning four U.S. Presidents that pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government,” IMDB writes. Also starring in the film are Matthew Rhys and Bob Odenkirk, who sat down with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards to discuss the film. The Post is in theaters […]

  • Paddington 2 stars reveal (sort of) their favorite book as a child

    LOS ANGELES — Entertainment reporter and film critic Shawn Edwards asked Paddington 2 stars Hugh Grant and what book their parents read to them when they were growing up. One of the Hughs gave was in rare form with all Shawn’s questions. Watch the ‘Chat with the Stars’ with Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville in the video player above.

  • FOX 4 chats with Mark Wahlberg, star of new film ‘All the Money in the World’

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with actor Mark Wahlberg to talk about his new film “All the Money in the World.” Wahlberg spoke about working with director Ridley Scott and his knowledge of J. Paul Getty, businessman and founder of the Getty Oil Company who was once considered the richest man in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. IMDB calls the film “the story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his […]

  • Oscar nominee Michelle Williams explains why she did her reshoots for free

    Director Ridley Scott had to reshoot several scenes for “All the Money in the World” after it was announced that he was recasting Kevin Spacey in the wake of sexual assault allegations. Michelle Williams had to reshoot several scenes which cost millions of dollars but she and Mark Wahlberg deferred their salaries and shot them for free. The actress explains to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards why and just how many scenes she had to reshoot.

  • Director Ridley Scott pulls off the impossible and replaces Kevin Spacey in “All the Money in the World”

    When director Ridley Scott announced that he was recasting Kevin Spacey and re-shooting 22 scenes in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Spacey, many were left wondering exactly how much of an impact the changes would have on “All the Money in the World.” It’s no secret that reshooting all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes in “All The Money in World” over Thanksgiving, six weeks before release, was no easy feat. Scott tells Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards how he pulled […]

  • “The Greatest Showman” Hugh Jackman sings and dances in this lively family musical

    Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary, played by Hugh Jackman, who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Jackman talked to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about what it took to pull it all off.

  • The Bellas are back and heading to Paris for Pitch Perfect 3

    The Bellas are back and this time their headed overseas. The ladies from Pitch Perfect are reuniting for the third installment in the comedic musical franchise. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with stars Brittany Snow and Anna Camp to talk about getting the crew back together for Pitch Perfect 3. The Barton Bellas are now all grown up, graduated from college and trying to make it in the real world. But it looks like they’re regrouping and heading to […]

  • The “Pitch Perfect” franchise helped to launch Hailee Steinfeld and Esther Dean’s singing careers

    Both Hailee Steinfeld and Esther Dean have launched successful singing careers and both credit the ‘Pitch Perfect’ franchise for helping. The two young actresses and singers explain to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about how being a Bella helped to propel their career.

  • Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson return for more harmonizing in “Pitch Perfect 3”

    Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson talk to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about why they still enjoy singing and dancing. The pair also give a big ‘shout out’ to their overly enthusiastic ‘Pitch Perfect’ fan base.

  • Netflix’s “Black Mirror” anthology is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease

    The Netflix series “Black Mirror” features stand-alone dramas — sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia . Think a contemporary reworking of “The Twilight Zone” with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Season 4 continues that theme with episodes directed by several A-list directors including two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster who talked with Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about directing an episode.

  • Aaron Sorkin, master of dialogue, directs his first movie

    LONDON — Aaron Sorkin known for writing some of the most blistering dialogue in movies and TV shows directs his first film. The Oscar and multiple Emmy-Award winning writer jumped behind the camera to direct “Molly’s Game” which he also wrote. The movie is about the true story of Molly Brown, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive and illegal high stakes poker game and eventually became an FBI target. Sorkin, known for writing “The West Wing” and […]