Entertainment News Archive
Sanya Richards-Ross Co-Hosts 'Central Ave'
Television personality Julissa Bermudez and former Olympic track star Sanya Richards-Ross are making history as the first women of color to co-host an entertainment magazine series. The duo is serving up the latest in pop culture on “Central Ave,” a multicultural Atlanta-based entertainment magazine from Lionsgate’s Debmar-MercuryDebmar-Mercury and super-producer Will Packer.
Mary J. Blige Documentary Currently in Production
Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth (Freeheld) is currently in production on an untitled documentary about two-time Oscar nominee and nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige. The documentary will center around Blige’s past struggles while also following her on a special concert tour to perform “My Life”, for the first time ever.
Questlove to Direct 'Black Woodstock' Documentary
Ahmir Thompson, better known as Questlove, is set to make his feature directorial debut on the documentary film “Black Woodstock” about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film’s producers Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein announced Monday that the film has begun production.
Kendrick Lamar to Headline Music Festival
The Netherlands’ leading hip-hop festival WOO HAH! has unveiled the first names from its 2020 line-up, with Kendrick Lamar confirmed as the weekend’s first headliner. Joining Kendrick Lamar — who back in April signed a long-term deal with BMI — will be A$AP Ferg and rising British rapper Aitch.
Lizzo Gives First Live Performance in Dolby Atmos
Lizzo's live performance of "Jerome" was played in Dolby Atmos at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday during Dick Clark Productions' American Music Awards.This is the first time a major awards show has outfitted a venue for live Atmos music performances. Planning took six weeks and installation took another week.
Lil' Rel Debuts His HBO Comedy Special
Chicago comedian Lil Rel Lowery, who grew to fame with his breakout role in Jordan Peel’s Get Out, is continuing his star streak with his new HBO comedy special “Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw.” Even though he has had much success in movies he was still yearning to reach his ultimate goal, a comedy special on HBO.
Jennifer Lopez to Receive Award for Role in Hustlers
Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the Spotlight Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, the festival announced Monday. The actress will be honored for her film Hustlers during the January 2 ceremony. Lopez joins this year’s previously announced honorees Martin Scorsese, Charlize Theron and others.
Deon Cole to Host the American Black Film Festival
The fourth annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors will bring together the cast and crew of HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire, for a celebration and presentation of this year’s Classic Television Award. In addition, Black-ish/ Grown-ish star and comedian Deon Cole will host the awards ceremony on February 23.
Regina Hall Comes to Amazon Studios in New Drama
Regina Hall has set her latest project with Amazon Studios. The actress will serve as executive producer as well as star in Master, an occult drama. The film follows two African American women at a predominantly white college in Massachusetts who start to experience haunting activities ingrained in the history of the school.
Spike Lee Set to Direct 'Prince of Cats'
Spike Lee will direct the film 'Prince of Cats', an adaptation of the graphic novel written and illustrated by Ron Wimberly. Prince of Cats is described as a hip-hop take on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet set in 1980’s Brooklyn. Lee will work with Wimberly on retooling the script, which was written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.
'Atlantics' Examines Haunting Life in Senegal
To capture the harsh reality of life in Senegal, film director Mati Diop chose young people she met at building sites, bars and in Dakar’s poorer suburbs as the stars of ‘Atlantics’, a ghost story about migrants and those they leave behind. The film hits U.S. cinema screens and debuts on the screening platform, Netflix, this month.
Courtney B. Vance Named President of SAG-AFTRA
The Sag-Aftra Foundation has tapped actor Courtney B. Vance as its new president. The Emmy winner succeeds outgoing president JoBeth Williams, as the charitable arm of the actors’ union seeks to expand awareness and funding for programs that benefit its 160,000 members across the country.
Issa Rae Finds Love in the Drama The Photograph
Produced by Will Packer (Girls Trip), Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield co-star in a new romantic drama The Photograph. The movie is based on Rae's character falling in love with a journalist who's working on a story about Rae's mother, a photographer, who recently passes away.
Pharrell Williams Pays Tribute to Clarence Avant
On Monday evening, Pharrell Williams brought down the house at the Avalon Hollywood with a showstopping performance of “Letter to My Godfather,” a song he penned for the Netflix original film The Black Godfather centering on influential music executive Clarence Avant.
Queen Latifah Coming to CBS in "Equalizer" Reboot
Queen Latifah is set to star in a potential reboot of the TV series “The Equalizer” at CBS. The new series has received a pilot production commitment at the broadcaster. It is described as a reimagining of the classic series in which Queen Latifah portrays an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help others.
Naomie Harris Carries the Weight in Black and Blue
There aren’t many shades of gray in Black and Blue; hardly any shades at all, really. But as an instrument of blunt-force thrills and social messaging, Deon Taylor’s rogue-cop drama still manages to land more visceral hits than other recent films that have tried and failed to do the same.
Dave Chappelle Accepts Prize for American Humor
On Sunday, Dave Chappelle accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in his hometown of Washington D.C. The accolade is considered by many to be among the highest comedy honors, with previous recipients including the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.
Sequel to 'Johnson Family Vacation' in the Works
A sequel to the 2004 comedy, Johnson’s Family Vacation, starring Cedric the Entertainer, is reportedly in the works.
The legendary comedian will reprise his role as Nate Johnson, the patriarch of the Johnsons, who takes his family on a cross-country road trip for a family reunion. Cedric will also serve as a producer.
Omar Epps Talks New Horror Film 'Trick'
This Halloween, Epps returns to the slasher film subgenre in Trick, the first installment in a new horror franchise from director Patrick Lussier. Epps plays Mike Denver, a small-town detective fighting to stop a serial killer terrorizing the community every year — even though Denver already shot and killed him.
Music Icons Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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The late musical icons, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G., are among 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. The 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on May 2, 2020, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Zoe Kravitz to Play Catwoman in New Batman Movie
“Big Little Lies” star Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Catwoman, the antiheroine and sometime love interest of the Caped Crusader, in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.” Kravitz will star opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman. Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer.
Lil Kim to Receive 'I Am Hip Hop' Award
This year’s BET Hip Hop Awards will honor the queen bee Lil Kim, with the 'I Am Hip Hop' award. The October 8 ceremony will take place at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, with performances by Rick Ross, T-Pain, Chance The Rapper, Megan Thee Stallion, Rapsody, Lil Jon, YBN Cordae, Anderson, Paak, DaBaby, Kamillion, and Tom G.
Cynthia Erivo Cast as Aretha Franklin in 'Genius'
National Geographic has found its Aretha Franklin for its upcoming season of “Genius” about the Queen of Soul: Cynthia Erivo has been cast in the title role. The upcoming season, titled “Genius: Aretha,” will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series centered on the life of titular Grammy Award winner and musical icon.
Tyler Perry Celebrates New Studio Opening
The stars were out Saturday, October 5, 2019, when Tyler Perry invited hundreds of A-list celebrities to celebrate the grand opening of his studios in Atlanta. The director, screenwriter, producer and playwright made history as the only Black man to own a major movie studio in the U.S. The studio holds 12 sound stages for productions.
Coleman Domingo Directs His Own Play
Actor Colman Domingo recently went from acting alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in Denzel Washington's production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom to directing his own stage play Dot. The play is about a West Philly family of grown children reckoning with their mom, who is living with Alzheimer’s.