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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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  • Mark Wahlberg said performing stunts at 46 years old isn’t as fun as it once was

    Transformers five hits promises to be another high-action movie. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Mark Wahlberg to talk about performing his own stunts. “At 46 I have to mentally prepare to go out and get beat up every day for 12-hours a day for five months,” Wahlberg said. “Transformers: The Last Knight” opened in theaters Tuesday, June 20.

  • Laura Haddock of new “Transformers” talks tough stunts and working with Michael Bay

    “Transformers: The Last Knight” is action-packed, but that action isn’t always easy for the actors. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with actress Laura Haddock about making the summer blockbuster. Haddock, who had recently given birth before filming the movie, said every day posed its own set of challenges as she took on different stunts. “Transformers: The Last Knight” opened in theaters Tuesday, June 20.

  • Matthew Modine and Yani Gellman call filming of “47 Meters Down” groundbreaking

    If you’re looking for a suspenseful horror-thriller this summer, there’s the PG-13 flick “47 Meters Down” The movie is about two sisters on vacation in Mexico who get trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean after it breaks away from the boat. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Matthew Modine and Yani Gellman about what it was like filming the majority of the movie underwater. “47 Meters Down” opens in theaters Friday, June 16.

  • FOX 4 exclusive: Sarah Silverman says comedy is a ‘means of survival’

    Two-time Emmy award winner Sarah Silverman is making a comeback on her new Netflix special “A Speck Of Dust.” In an exclusive interview with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards, the comedian talks about her return to TV. In her first comedy special post-health scare, Silverman, best known for her edgy style, shares a mix of fun facts, sad truths and yeah-she-just-went-there moments. But it isn’t as outrageous as you might think — she’s a lot more introspective.

  • Kevin Hart says he got to throw some of his youth into his new character in “Captain Underpants”

    Do you remember what you used to do on Saturday mornings as a kid? Actor and comedian Kevin Hart recently sat down with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards to chat about his old Saturday morning ritual and how he tied it into his character in “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” “Back in the day, I don’t think a kid’s Saturday morning started without cartoons…After about and hour, hour and a half of cartoons, I don’t think there’s a kid on […]

  • Ed Helms of “Captain Underpants” explores his creative side in new movie

    The studio behind “Shrek,” “Kunk Fu Panda,” and “Madagascar” is back with a new animated film. In “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Ed Helms, who plays the role of the principal who becomes Captain Underpants. Helms said he loves the freedom he has when working on an animated film. […]

  • Director of “Wonder Woman” talks about growing up in Lawrence and pressure she felt creating this movie

    From comic books to TV, and now film, the princess of the Amazon soars to the big screen with her own anthology story in “Wonder Woman.” And speaking of powerful women, the director is a woman from the Kansas City area. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Patty Jenkins to talk about her origin story and the pressure she felt while working on this movie. “Wonder Woman” opens in theaters June 2.

  • Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario say with a floatie in hand they could save lives at the beach

    The super hunky and openly single Zac Efron is rumored to have a hot new babe, Alexandra Daddario, and they just happen to be co-stars in the new movie “Baywatch.” While we can’t confirm or deny the speculation — in this week’s “Chat with the Stars” Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the pair to chat about their new movie and whether they think they could really save lives. “Baywatch” opens in theaters Thursday, May 25.

  • “Baywatch” star Priyanka Chopra says filming in US is strange because everyone is punctual

    The mission to save the “bay” is back, but you won’t see Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth , or David Hasselhoff patrolling on this beach. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Priyanka Chopra who is one of the stars of the new lifeguard team. The Indian actress is one of the biggest stars in the world. She is primarily known for making her mark in Bollywood. The singer and producer is now conquering Hollywood and says it was a strange adjustment […]

  • FOX 4 exclusive: Tracy Morgan talks about “Staying Alive” and finding forgiveness

    Comedian Tracy Morgan reflects on life, death, and who his comedic idols are with Fox 4 News’ Shawn Edwards. The “30 Rock” star filmed the special, “Staying Alive,” in October 2016 in New Jersey, tackling the difficulties in coping with a traumatic brain injury and learning to walk again (while falling for his physical therapist), as well as the loss of his friend James McNair in the 2014 crash. Morgan has made a full recovery and has resumed his career. […]

  • If you were to go on a beach vacation with the stars of “Baywatch,” here’s where they’d take you

    In the new take on “Baywatch” devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit, according to IMDb. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. The movie has a star-studded cast and FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards had the opportunity to sit down with them and find out their favorite beaches. Watch the video above to find out where you can likely find Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly […]

  • Ridley Scott’s list of questions he asks himself to avoid repeating himself in films

    Ridley Scott launched one of the most successful sci-fi franchises when he created “Alien” in 1979. Now, 38 years later, he’s giving fans the origin story, with “Alien: Covenant.” FOX  4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with the Oscar-nominated director about the new prequel and what it is he finds so fascinating about alien movies. Scott also revealed to FOX 4 that his next project is in the works, and he’ll likely have the script complete by Christmas.