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