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Posted on Aug 10 2012

Nate Parker hung out with gang members to prep for ‘Red Hook Summer’

Like most serious actors, the cast of Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer did their research before shooting began. For  Nate Parker, 32, that meant spending time with real-life gang members. “Spike asked me if I would be interested in meeting real Bloods. I said, ‘yeah,’ so he got in touch with them,” he told “I don’t know how or what his connections... Read More »
Posted on Aug 09 2012

Idris Elba Covers Esquire’s Next Generation Hollywood Issue

Idris Elba is featured on the cover of Esquire magazine’s September 2012 issue and appears in a new video promoting it (see below). The Brit actor is pegged as one of Hollywood’s stars of the next generation. Esquire writes: Just last year, when Cruise opted not to pursue the role developed for him in Guillermo del Toro’s alien-invasion... Read More »
Posted on Aug 09 2012

Nikki Crawford, Melvin Abston star in futuristic ‘H+’ web series (Videos)

Nikki Crawford and Melvin Abston appear in the first two episodes of Warner Bros.’ new web series H+. The digital series, produced by Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men: First Class”), is set in the near future and follows people who have computers implanted in their heads. When someone puts a virus into the system, people start dying. The... Read More »
Posted on Aug 09 2012

John Witherspoon Is NOT Dead!

Is John Witherspoon dead? Rumors of his death have taken over Twitter tonight with thousands of people offering their condolences. Despite no official news source confirming the rumors, the phrase “R.I.P John Witherspoon” became a worldwide trending topic. Fortunately, the rumor is false and has confirmed Witherspoon is alive and well. Global Grind reportedly reached out to Witherspoon’s... Read More »
Posted on Aug 08 2012

First Look at Jennifer Hudson in NBC’s ‘Smash’ (Video)

A new promo video offers a first look at Jennifer Hudson making her debut as a Broadway diva on the second season of NBC’s Smash. Hudson is featured prominently in a new super trailer highlighting some of the new and returning television shows airing on the network this fall. The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls, will play Veronica Moore, a Tony-winning... Read More »
Posted on Aug 08 2012

Kevin Hart will host 2012 MTV VMAs (Video)

Kevin Hart is not letting up on his reign as the current king of comedy. The Think Like A Man star has been tapped to host the 2012 Video Music Awards, which airs Sept. 6 on MTV. Check out the crazy new video promo: RELATED ARTICLES: French Government on ‘Think Like a Man’: We don’t have the power to... Read More »
Posted on Aug 08 2012

Pooch Hall confirms return to ‘The Game’

Pooch Hall has confirmed on twitter that he will return for Season 6 of BET’s The Game. The news comes after the network released a vague statement a few months ago implying the actor would not return. “As a result of Pooch’s involvement on a new project, BET is in the process of reworking the casting and storyline of... Read More »
Posted on Aug 08 2012

Katori Hall’s ‘WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!’ Debuts Today

Oliver Award-winning playwright Katori Hall‘s WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, a new melodrama about class and race, makes it’s world debut today at the  Williamstown Theatre Festival. The production will only run through Sept 19. Directed by May Adrales, the story follows a white Upper East Side woman (played by Tina Benko) who contracts foreign accent syndrome, and will feature, among others, Brian Tyree Henry and Carolyn Michelle Smith. The show is billed: One-percenter Eden... Read More »
Posted on Aug 07 2012

‘Note To Self’ Trailer Debuts

The brand new trailer for urban rom-com Note to Self  has hit the web. Lead by Christian Keyes,  the film stars LeToya Luckett and Richard T. Jones in a coming-of-age tale of love, family drama and personal goals. The film, directed by Trey Haley, also stars Jason Weaver, Eva Pigford, singer Brian McKnight, Brely Evans, JT Jackson, Walter Fauntleroy, Willie Taylor, Mishon, Sebastian Siegal, Skye Marshall with Clifton... Read More »
Posted on Aug 07 2012

Meta Golding Cast in ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel

Meta Golding has been cast  in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the follow up to this year’s wildly successful The Hunger Games movie. Golding will play Enobaria, a former career tribute from District 2. Her character is  known for the particularly brutal, disturbing way in which she came to win The Hunger Games–by ripping someone’s throat out with her teeth! The daughter of an... Read More »
Posted on Aug 06 2012

Michael K. Williams in talks to join ‘Robocop’

Michael Kenneth Williams, best known for his role as the gun-toting Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire,  is in negotiations to join MGM’s Robocop remake. Production is slated to begin next month in Toronto. If negotiations pan out, Williams will join a cast that already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Joel Kinnaman, and Hugh Laurie. Williams will play the partner and family friend... Read More »
Posted on Aug 06 2012

Star-studded ‘Miss Dial’ finds distribution (Photos)

Phase 4 Films has acquired David H. Steinberg‘s star-studded romantic comedy Miss Dial, picking up U.S. and Canadian multi-platform distribution rights, reports Variety. The film, written by Steinberg, follows a consumer affairs rep named Erica who has to deal with bizarre customer queries like whether dogs can drink the blue toilet water. When Erica finally decides to take off... Read More »
Posted on Aug 06 2012

Oprah Winfrey ages several years for her new role in Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ (Photos)

The talented Oprah Winfrey is undergoing an extensive special effects make-up application for her latest film, The Butler. The reporter-turned-actress shared photos on twitter capturing the lengthy process. However, photos of the final product haven’t hit the web until recently. In the new film, Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, the wife of a White House butler who served eight different... Read More »
Posted on Aug 06 2012

2012 Hoodie Awards: Blue Carpet Arrivals (Photos)

The HOODIE AWARDS is the brainchild of Steve Harvey and television/radio producer Rushion McDonald. The show honors local businesses, religious and neighborhood leaders, churches and high schools for their contributions and excellence within their own neighborhoods. This award show, best described as the Oscars with an urban flair features a diverse and ultra talented group of celebrities, actor, athletes,... Read More »
Posted on Aug 06 2012

Daniele Watts added to ‘Weeds,’ Cedric Stewart joins ‘Banshee’

Daniele Watts (Cold Case, Criminal Minds) has landed a role on Showtime’s Weeds for the final season. Watts plays the quirky, alluring and mischievous Angela Mullen, the first recurring love interest for Shane Botwin (Alexander Gould). Shane meets Angela, a fellow police recruit, at the academy. Watt’s first episode aired July 8 with seven more to come. The actress... Read More »
Posted on Aug 03 2012

Brandon Jay McLaren talks new show ‘Graceland’

Brandon Jay McLaren, best known for his portrayal of murder suspect Bennet Ahmed on AMC’s The Killing, spoke with Zap2it to give some insight on his latest television project. As we previously reported, McLaren joined an untitled USA drama pilot last year. Well, it looks as though the pilot has been picked up to series and the show will... Read More »