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Tia Mowry Gives Birth to Baby No. 2 and First Daughter

Tia Mowry Gives Birth to Baby No. 2 and First Daughter
Tia Mowry's son has a baby Sister, Sister! The 39-year-old actress, who starred on the sitcom with her twin Tamera Mowry, and is also known for her past role on The Game, has given birth to her and husband Cory Hardrict's second child (and first daughter). She joins the couple's son, Cree, 6. Tia announced the big news on Sunday morning with a sweet Instagram photo of mama and baby girl in their hospital bed. The TV wrote, "Feeling grateful and blessed as we welcome our little baby girl into the world!" The star also wrote that her little bundle of love was, "Born May 5th at 10:29 am at 6 pounds and 4 Oz 19.8 inches." "We are in...
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TVLine Items: Patti Labelle's Star Arc, #OneChicago Vet Cops Role and More

TVLine Items: Patti Labelle's Star Arc, #OneChicago Vet Cops Role and More
Grammy winners Patti Labelle and Brandy Norwood are set to guest-star on Fox’s Star this spring in multi-episode arcs.

Labelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine, while Norwood has been cast as Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.

Labelle’s previous TV credits include Daytime Divas (as well as Fox’s own Empire, playing herself), while Norwood had long runs on The Game and Moesha, plus arcs on 90210 and Drop Dead Diva.

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* Monica Barbaro (Chicago Justice, UnREAL) has landed the female lead in Netflix’s
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Kane Hodder: From Vorhees To ‘Victor Crowley’ Frightfest Interview

Taking to the stage at Frightfest was Kane Hodder, iconic stuntman-turned-slasher who made his name playing Jason Vorhees before picking up the Hatchet as Victor Crowley.

It’s been a big year for Hodder. Not only has the documentary To Hell And Back been wowing the crowds but he also managed to sneak in the festival’s biggest surprise – a brand new Victor Crowley movie, made under the radar!

Our reporter Kat Hughes was there for an in-depth interview, hosted by Alan Jones, that not only covered Crowley but also his thoughts on the industry and the accident which left him badly-burned after only his first job.

Here are some highlights…

On Victor Crowley:

There were so many problems that we faced… the entire floor of the airplane falling out on Day One, so they lost an entire day of shooting. The swamp being drained and not filled when
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Why Kerry Washington's Football Star Husband Nnamdi Asomugha Pursued Acting

Why Kerry Washington's Football Star Husband Nnamdi Asomugha Pursued Acting
There are likely two SAG cards in Kerry Washington's household; One for her and one for her husband. For a decade, Nnamdi Asomugha, who has been married to the actress for four years and shares two children her, has focused primarily on his NFL career. The 36-year-old was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. The cornerback later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers before he signed a one-day contract with the Raiders in 2013 and retired as a member of his first team. He did dabble in acting during his time as a football player, making appearances on shows such as The GameFriday Night Lights and...
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Brittany Daniel Talks About the Epic Dance-Off at Her Wedding: 'It Was Like West Side Story Meets White Chicks'

Brittany Daniel Talks About the Epic Dance-Off at Her Wedding: 'It Was Like West Side Story Meets White Chicks'
Brittany Daniel knows a little something about dancing — and so does her new husband, Adam Touni.

Opting out of the traditional first dance at their wedding on Saturday, the newlyweds, along with their closest friends, performed a classic and rowdy girls vs. boys dance-off.

“It was kind of inspired by the scene in White Chicks I was in,” the Sweet Valley High alum tells People in this week’s issue.

Ahead of their wedding, Daniel shared the couple’s vision for the dance: “Adam thinks he is Magic Mike. It’s going to be like the boys against the girls.
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Brittany Daniel on the Moment She Knew Her New Husband Was the One: 'It Felt Like This Was a Sign'

Brittany Daniel on the Moment She Knew Her New Husband Was the One: 'It Felt Like This Was a Sign'
Brittany Daniel knew her new husband Adam Touni was “The One” from their first date, but there was one specific (and chilling!) moment that solidified everything.

“The first time I visited Adam in Palo Alto, he was out at work and I let myself into his home and I walked into his bedroom and he had this painting over his bed of this little girl reaching to this balloon floating away and it said, ‘There will always be hope.’ And it hit me so deeply,” Daniel, 41, tells People in this week’s issue. “I was like, ‘Who is this man
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How Insecure Star Jay Ellis Lost 15 Lbs. to Play a Character Training for a Marathon

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How Insecure Star Jay Ellis Lost 15 Lbs. to Play a Character Training for a Marathon
To get into character for season two of Insecure, Jay Ellis went all out.

The actor, who plays Issa Dee (Issa Rae)’s ex-boyfriend Lawrence on the HBO series, took up running since his character is training for a marathon on the show.

“There’s no way Lawrence could have started the season at 200 lbs. and ended the season at 200 lbs. which is what my weight was,” Ellis, 35, explains to People. “I didn’t feel like I was being honest to the character if I didn’t do it. And I wanted that challenge as an actor.”

So Ellis gradually
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Sweet Valley High's Brittany Daniel Is Too Gorgeous For Words at Her Wedding

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Sweet Valley High's Brittany Daniel Is Too Gorgeous For Words at Her Wedding
Brittany Daniel is married! The Sweet Valley High alum and her boyfriend, Adam Touni, tied the knot during an urban-chic celebration in La on Saturday. "We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection shared by our friends and family on this special day," the couple said in a statement to People. "We are so grateful to have this kind of support as we start this journey together." The duo said "I do" in front of 150 of their closest family and friends, including her cast mates from Bet's The Game. While the groom wore a classic black tux for the occasion, Brittany wowed in a custom-made Trish Peng gown. Aside from looking absolutely blissful as the couple posed for photos, the bride also shared a special moment with her twin sister, Cynthia Daniel Hauser, who served as maid of honor. Congrats to the happy pair! RelatedWedding Bells: 26 Celebrity Couples
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Sweet Valley High's Brittany Daniel Weds Adam Touni

Sweet Valley High's Brittany Daniel Weds Adam Touni
Sorry Bruce Patman, Jessica Wakefield is off the market. Sweet Valley High alum Brittany Daniel, also known for her role on Bet's The Game, has wed beau Adam Touni. "We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection shared by our friends and family on this special day," the couple said in a statement to People. "We are so grateful to have this kind of support as we start this journey together." The two exchanged vows at the Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles Saturday in front of 150 friends and family members, including Brittany's twin sister and Sweet Valley High co-star Cynthia Daniel Hauser, who served as her maid of honor, the outlet...
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Why Black Lightning Is Set in the Real World: 'We Haven't Seen Any Superheroes in the Ghettos of America'

Why Black Lightning Is Set in the Real World: 'We Haven't Seen Any Superheroes in the Ghettos of America'
That Black Lightning revolves around an African-American family is “the least interesting” about The CW’s midseason superhero series.

As showrunners Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game) proceeded to note during their and the cast’s visit to TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite, the title character’s daughters will face their own battles as Dad (played by Cress Williams) gets drawn back into the costumed crimefighting game after a 10-year hiatus.

VideosBlack Lightning Trailer Revisits Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Other Heroes’ Leaps From Page to TV Screen

“Anissa (Nafessa Williams) is going to come
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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s “Love Is ___” Lands at Own

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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are joining forces with Own. The wife-and-husband team are working on “Love Is ___,” a new hourlong series for Oprah Winfrey’s TV network, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The pair have previously collaborated on shows like “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” and “Girlfriends,” all of which were created by Brock Akil. This new project “will draw inspiration from their real-life relationship to tell the love story of a modern-day power couple,” THR reports.

Both Akils are credited as creators and will executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner. Brock Akil will take on showrunning duties.

“I’ve dreamed of working with the Akils. I’ve been a huge fan of their work since first viewing ‘Girlfriends,’” said Winfrey. “They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time.”

Brock Akil added, “To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me. That, and it’s Oprah! ‘Love Is ___’ is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We’re grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story.”

Scheduled to premiere on Own in 2018, “Love Is ___” is produced in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The Akils signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV that went into effect last year.

“I still love talking about women and the contemporary journey of women,” Brock Akil said of the WB venture. “I still love talking about women of color. There are places I didn’t get to go with ‘Being Mary Jane.’ Those things still live in me,” she explained. “The past years have been me getting out what I wanna say about black women. I’m really excited that this deal will be more inclusive of [Salim’s] voice and what he wants to say about black men. No one’s really heard his voice yet.”

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s “Love Is ___” Lands at Own was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Tiffany Haddish: Why The ‘Girls Trip’ Star Is This Year’s Comedy Wonder Woman

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Tiffany Haddish: Why The ‘Girls Trip’ Star Is This Year’s Comedy Wonder Woman
To watch Tiffany Haddish is to get the vicarious sense that you, too, can do anything, be anything, including yourself. It comes down to just two words: “She ready.”

Read More‘Girls Trip’ Review: Tiffany Haddish Is the Summer’s Biggest Breakout In This Raunchy Comedy

You hear Haddish say “she ready” a lot, in interviews, in her upcoming Showtime stand-up special — Haddish’s production company is even called She Ready Productions. When she says it, don’t think of it as a catchphrase. Really, it’s a mantra.

“Me and my cousins, we came up with it when we were young and trying to sneak into clubs,” she told IndieWire in a phone interview. “When we would come out of the house and you looked cute we’d be like, ‘Yeah, she ready.’ And if you looked bad, we’d be like, ‘Uh uh, she not ready, go back in the house.
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Own Orders Modern-Day Power Couple Drama From ‘Black Lightning’ Creators

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Own Orders Modern-Day Power Couple Drama From ‘Black Lightning’ Creators
The Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a new series from “Black Lightning”creators Mara Bock Akil and Salim Akil, the network announced on Tuesday. The series, titled “Love Is ___,” draws inspiration from the couple’s real-life relationship to tell the story of a modern-day power couple. The Akils, who will create and executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner, are the award-winning producers behind such shows as “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game” and “Girlfriends.” According to the network, the blank space in the title is meant to be “interactive, active, a verb and open for definition.” Brock Akil will serve as showrunner.
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Own Orders Relationship Dramedy Series From Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil

Oprah Winfrey has recruited The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband, writer-director Salim Akil, for a new series on Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Created and executive produced by the Akils, the hourlong dramedy, titled Love Is ___, is set to debut in 2018. Drawing inspiration from their real-life relationship, the project tells the love story between a modern-day power couple. In the world of Black Hollywood, they navigate a complex set of…
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Flash, Kid Flash, Jesse Quick, & Savitar Race Home in September

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Burbank, CA (May 31, 2017) – Just in time for the fourth season premiere of the #1 show on The CW, catch the fastest man alive as he zigzags through the action-packed release of The Flash: The Complete Third Season from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 5, 2017. Delivering 5 million Total Viewers per episode, The Flash is a Top 10 series on all broadcast with Men 18-34 (#7) and Men 18-49 (#10)⃰. Fans will be able to revisit all 23 electrifying episodes from the third season, including the DC-crossover episode, plus over two hours of extra content, including behind-the-scenes featurettes on the “Invasion!” cross over episode and the “Duets” musical episode, a conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith, deleted scenes, and more. The Flash: The Complete Third Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp for the DVD and $54.97 Srp for the Blu-rayTM which includes a Digital Copy. The Flash: The Complete
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'Black Lightning' Series Coming to The CW

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2017-05-11T07:04:17-07:00'Black Lightning' Series Coming to The CW

It’s official: Greg Berlanti will have another superhero show on The CW next season.

The CW has given a series order to Black Lightning, which hails from the prolific superhero producer as well as The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil, EW has learned.

Here’s the logline for the project, which will also be executive produced by Sarah Schechter: “Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.”

Read the rest of this article at EW.

Greg Berlanti's other superhero series include Arrow,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Candice Patton

Candice Patton is an American actress whose best-known role is Iris West on The Flash, which has earned her a number of nominations for her performance. However, it is important to note that she has made appearances in numerous movies and TV shows, which range from The Game to The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of Our Lives. As a result, Patton should be considered an experienced actress with more than a decade’s worth of roles to call her own. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Candice

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Candice Patton
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‘The Originals,’ ‘iZombie’ Renewed at The CW; ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Life Sentence’ Ordered to Series

‘The Originals,’ ‘iZombie’ Renewed at The CW; ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Life Sentence’ Ordered to Series
The Originals” fans, rest easy: Klaus and krewe will be back for another year, marking the show’s fifth season.

Also renewed by The CW: “iZombie,” for a fourth season.

Read More: ‘iZombie’ Co-Creators Weigh the Possible End Games for Zombie TV Shows

New to the network: “Black Lightning,” which was originally developed at Fox but eventually moved to The CW. Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, “who made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.”

Then there’s “Life Sentence,” an hour-long dramedy starring Lucy Hale as a a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to
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‘Being Mary Jane’ Casts Raney Branch; Falk Hentschel Joins ‘The Alienist’

Raney Branch (Bones, The Originals) is set to guest star opposite Gabrielle Union on Bet’s popular drama series Being Mary Jane. Created by The Game's Mara Brock Akil, Being Mary Jane follows the sometimes disastrous personal and professional life of news anchor Mary Jane Paul (Union). Branch will play Aaliyah Luckett, an up-and-coming force of nature, in a multi-episode arc. Aaliyah is a junior PR associate with the network’s brand strategy firm, and she’s been tasked…
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CAA Signs ‘The Game’ & ‘Being Mary Jane’ Creator Mara Brock Akil

Top TV series creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil has signed with CAA. Brock Akil has created three series, all of which have gone the distance — comedy Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons on Upn and the CW; its spinoff The Game, which aired for nine seasons on the CW and Bet; as well as drama Being Mary Jane, now in its fourth season on Bet. Brock Akil, a long-time client of ICM Partners, and her husband and frequent collaborator Salim Akil are under a big…
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