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Samsung Electronics, the world s
best-selling smartphone maker, is plan-
ning to launch handsets with curved
The new devices will have plastic light-
emitting diode (OLED) panels, the com-
pany said at a Galaxy Note 3 launch event
"We plan to introduce a smartphone
with a curved display in South Korea in
October," said DJ Lee, Samsung s head
of strategic marketing for mobile.
But he revealed no further details.
Digital display technology is progress-
ing towards curved, bendy and foldable
screens. In January, Samsung exhibited
prototype products with bendy and
extendable screens, but doubts remain
as to how such technology can be mass-
produced cheaply and reliably. "A curved
screen isn t going to radically change the
user s experience of a smartphone, but
it does help Samsung differentiate itself
in a crowded market where most phones
are homogenous, flat-screen rectangles,"
Ben Wood, analyst at research company
CCS Insight, told the BBC. (BBC)
Samsung to launch smartphones with curved displays
Bill Duke speaks through film
"Nobody is going to give you
anything. If you re serious,
stop waiting to be discovered
and discover yourself," said American actor and
director Bill Duke, asked what advice he would
give to young filmmakers.
Duke also said education was important to
"The second thing I would say is study the
discipline of filmmaking. Your dreams and your
wishes, without infrastructure, are frustration.
"Study the technical discipline of making
movies and telling stories. Think about how you
tell a compelling story, about how you tell a story
where people care about the characters. A story
to make them cry and make them think. It s not
easy to do, so I would suggest that you study
the craft," he said.
Duke is in Trinidad for the T&T Film Festival,
which continues until October 1.
Duke, who has a more than 30-year career in
television and film, led the Director s Boot Camp
workshop on September 20 and 21 that dealt
with the fundamentals of directing, but also cov-
ered the importance of new media. During an
interview with the T&T Guardian at the Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, Duke shed some light
on his message to directors.
"We re talking about the paradigm shift in our
industry from film and TV to media. If you re
not aware of that shift, you re not going to sur-
vive," he said.
Duke said new media presented an opportunity
for particularly underrepresented voices in film
and TV to be heard. He said when he started his
career in the 1970s, there weren t many black
actors or directors to emulate in Hollywood.
While there are a few more opportunities now,
Duke said there is still work to do to level the
"I still think there s a ceiling. I think that what
new media and technology has done is break
into that ceiling with a global perspective. And
with film festivals like this, films that would not
be seen any place else are seen here and promoted,
and that s a great opportunity."
Duke s work as a director has focused heavily
on telling poignant stories from the African-
American and African diaspora communities
through his company Duke Media. In 2011, he
teamed up with D Channsin Berry to work on
the documentary Dark Girls, which dealt with
issues of skin colour and discrimination in the
black community. Dark Girls was recently
screened on the cable channel OWN and
won the Audience Choice Award at the
Pan African Film Festival in 2012.
The documentary focused on the
negative perceptions of dark-
skinned black women, but Duke
shared that he too has faced dis-
crimination as a dark-skinned
"I ve been very fortunate to
have a career as long as I have
because I m a big, black, dark
person and they were afraid of
me and assumed I was dan-
gerous. So in order for me to
get work, I had to really work
hard," said Duke, who grew up
in New York.
"I didn t go to my senior
prom, and I was called every
name that you could ever think
of: darkie, blackie, tar baby
sambo. I was constantly fight-
ing, but I was big enough to
beat everybody up.
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Actor and director
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
More about Duke:
Bill Duke is an American actor and
director. He has starred in such
movies as Commando, Predator,
Menace II Society, X-Men the Last
Stand and get Rich or Die Tryin'.
On television, Duke has appeared
on such shows as Cold Case, The
Boondocks, Battlestar Galactica
As a director some of his notable
work includes Sister Act: Back in
the Habit and the PBS
documentary series Prince Among
Slaves. He is the founder and CEO
of Duke Media.
Duke was recently awarded a
Lifetime Achievement Tribute from
the Directors Guild of America. He
serves on the board of trustees at
the American Film Institute and
the California State Film
Duke also mentors youth through
his Duke Media Foundation.
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