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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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    LOS ANGELES — Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson may not be old enough to watch “Annabelle: Creation” nontheless the two young stars deliver killer performances in the movie. Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife Esther are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple lost their 7-year-old daughter Annabelle in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one of the girls finds a seemingly innocent doll that seems […]

  • See why Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson didn’t care about throwing stones in a glass house

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  • FOX 4 talks with Christopher Nolan, director of war epic ‘Dunkirk’

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  • The young stars of “Detroit” excel in the powerful drama “Detroit”

    John Boyega is best known as Fin in “Star Wars” and Will Poulter is the face you think you know but not actually although he’s made laugh in movies like “Meet the Millers.” Both get seriously dramatic in Director Katherine Bigelow’s latest “Detroit.” The powerful film takes place during the 1967 riots in Detroit which were sparked by racial and political tension. Both actors explain to Shawn Edwards the challenges of bringing such serious subject matter to life and staying […]

  • Charlize Theron loves 80s pop music, but what’s her favorite?

    BERLIN — Lucky Shawn Edwards went to the Berlin Wall and hung out with Charlize Theron. The new movie Atomic Blonde soundtrack is loaded with nostalgic 80s pop songs, many of which were actually handpicked by Charlize herself. Find out her favorite by watching her ‘Chat with the Stars’ in the video player above.  

  • Charlize Theron on shooting “Atomic Blonde” in Berlin and a behind-the-scenes look

    Opening this weekend, “Atomic Blonde” takes girl power to a whole new level. The movie takes place in Berlin. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards caught up with Charlize Theron to find out what it was like to film there. Watch that interview in the video player above. She also gave Fox 4 a behind-the-scenes look at the film in the video player below.

  • Gal Gadot and Chris Pine of “Wonder Woman” on working with Lawrence’s Patty Jenkins

    Lawrence, Kan. native Patty Jenkins, takes on her biggest Hollywood directing project to date with the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman.” Gal Gadot stars as the Amazonian princess who is among the luminaries of the DC Comic Universe.  This crackling origin story shows how her rescue of an American spy, played by Chris Pine, led Wonder Woman away from her idyllic island life and into the battlefields of WWI and, ultimately, a confrontation with Aries, the God of War. FOX 4’s […]

  • Charlie Therzon says she wanted to challenge herself in “Atomic Blonde” & inspire women of all ages

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  • Chatting about ‘Girls Trip’ and the funny business

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    Four lifelong girlfriends show off their wild sides in the new comedy “Girls Trip.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith to find out how they were able to successfully shoot the film in New Orleans during Essence Festival. The ladies say they knew they only had a few shots at getting a scene done and those attempts required a lot of planning. “Girls Trip” opens in theaters Friday, July 21.