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Posted on Mar 25 2012

Links of the Week: 03.24.12

TOP STORIES FROM AROUND THE WEB Samuel L. Jackson does Hornets-Clippers intro ‘Octavia Spencer Day’ Declared in Alabama Usher to play role of Sugar Ray Leonard Thandie Newton in talks to star in DirecTV original series ‘Rogue’ Actor’s Fund group hopes to build subsidized housing in Newark Black experience spotlighted in... Read More »
Posted on Mar 23 2012

Jason George Joins Cast of ABC Drama Pilot ‘Mistresses’

Jason George has joined the cast of the American version of popular UK series Mistresses. The soap, written by KJ Steinberg, is based on the British format. It centers on four women, April (Rochelle Aytes), Josslyn (Jes Macallan), Katie (Yunjin Kim) and Josslyn’s older sister Sarah (Alyssa Milano), chronicling their sometimes scandalous romantic lives. George will play the handsome Dominic,... Read More »
Posted on Mar 23 2012

Blair Underwood and the cast of “A Streetcar Named Desire’ Discuss The Play (Video)

The Greene Space presented an hour-long conversation on the new take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire. Joining the discussion was two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, in his Broadway debut as Stanley, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) as Stella, Nicole Ari Parker (“Soul Food”) as Blanche, Wood Harris (“The Wire”) as Mitch and Director Emily Mann... Read More »
Posted on Mar 23 2012

Cuba Gooding Jr. Stars in ABC’s ‘Firelight’

Cuba Gooding Jr.  stars in a gripping original drama about how one person can make a positive difference in the lives of others. Directed by Darnell Martin, Firelight (previously Crew Six) follows Dwayne Johnson (Gooding) – a counselor at a women’s correctional center – becomes a beacon of hope to incarcerated young women, as he helps them reclaim their... Read More »
Posted on Mar 22 2012

Michael K Williams to play rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard in new film

Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy — the producing duo behind Mike Mills’ Oscar-winning film Beginners which won Christopher Plummer his first Academy Award last month — announced today that they are partnering with Todd Hagopian at Ocean Size Pictures, to produce DIRTY WHITE BOY. Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is set to star... Read More »
Posted on Mar 22 2012

Meagan Good Lands Lead Role in NBC drama pilot ‘Notorious’

Meagan Good has landed a lead role in a new NBC drama pilot entitled Notorious. Good will play Joanna Locasto, a detective who returns undercover to the home of the wealthy family where she grew up to investigate the murder of a friend. If the project gets green lit by the network, it will be NBC’s latest effort to... Read More »
Posted on Mar 22 2012

Mario van Peebles, Carl Weathers star in ‘American Battleship’ trailer

Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers star in a new action flick entitled American Battleship. The film, directed by Thunder Levin, centers a fleet of mysterious ships who wage war against the Earth, only the crew of the USS Iowa, the last American battleship, can prevent global armageddon. The film will premiere at the 2012 Cape Fear Independent Film... Read More »
Posted on Mar 21 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ star Dayo Okeniyi talks first major role

Nigerian-born Dayo Okeniyi is one to watch. In “The Hunger Games” (opening March 23) he plays the silent warrior from District 11, Thresh. The actor sat down with Essence to discuss his acting career, and his role in the blockbuster film. ESSENCE: You’re new to Hollywood. Share your background for those who don’t know. DAYO OKENIYI: I was born... Read More »
Posted on Mar 21 2012

James Earl Jones to Receive Honorary Degree from Juilliard

James Earl Joneswill receive Juilliard’s Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts for his extraordinary career in film and theater. Julliard will award the legendary actor at it’s 107th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11 AM in Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th Street, NYC). Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi will read special citations and present the honorary... Read More »
Posted on Mar 20 2012

Salli Richardson-Whitfield lands trailer park role in NBC comedy pilot ‘Downwardly Mobile’

Salli Richardson-Whitfield has joined the pilot of Roseanne Barr‘s new NBC comedy sitcom pilot Downwardly Mobile. Mobile stars Barr as Rose, the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Barr’s Roseanne co-star John Goodman co-stars as Rose’s buddy Buzz. Greg Cromer will play Mr. Denby, a... Read More »
Posted on Mar 19 2012

Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, and Adepero Oduye Cast in ‘Steel Magnolias’ Remake

Lifetime has announced casting for it’s forthcoming Steel Magnolias remake featuring an all-black cast. The telefilm, based on Robert Harling’s 1989 hit film of the same name, will star Queen Latifah as M’Lynn, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Condola Rashad Shelby, Alfre Woodard as Ouiser, and Jill Scott as Truvy. Read More »
Posted on Mar 18 2012

Links of the Week: 03.17.12

TOP STORIES FROM AROUND THE WEB First Look: Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sharon Leal on the set of Fox’s drama pilot “Guilty” Zoe Saldana, Megan Fox Team Up To Produce & Star In Action/Heist Project Called “Swindle” How The Nutty Professor Explains Eddie Murphy’s Entire Film Career Nia Long, Larenz Tate and Isaiah Washington... Read More »
Posted on Mar 18 2012

Danai Gurira Lands Hot New Role on AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’

AMC’s The Walking Dead has announced casting for it’s upcoming third season. Danai Gurira has been cast as Michonne, the legendary heroine from Robert Kirkman comic series on which the zombie drama is based. The announcement was made tonight on Talking Dead, a half-hour Walking Dead recap show. During the telecast Laurie Holden (who plays Andrea), may have dropped... Read More »
Posted on Mar 18 2012

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the first trailer for BBC’s ‘Dancing on the Edge’

British thespian Chiwetel Ejiofor appears in the first leaked trailer for the highly anticipated BBC drama series ‘Dancing on the Edge.’ Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff embarks in an explosive new drama, where for a moment music transcends the divisions of class and race, until fear and hate once again tear them apart. Set in an extraordinary period of immense... Read More »
Posted on Mar 18 2012

Patina Miller to Play Final Performance tonight in Broadway’s Sister Act

Patina Miller, who originated the role of Deloris Van Cartier, will play her final performance in Sister Act tonight, March 18th. Miller made her Broadway debut in the production and was nominated for a Tony and Oliver award. The actress also starred in the first West End production in London. As previously reported, actress Raven-Symoné will replace her, beginning... Read More »
Posted on Mar 17 2012

Idris Elba speaks in second ‘Prometheus’ trailer

Idris Elba is the sole voice of the latest Prometheus teaser trailer. The epic pic follows scientist who explore an alien planet via a super space ship navigated by Captain Janek (Elba), the leader of the expedition. Prometheus will hit theaters on June 8…and it’s going to be big! RELATED ARTICLES: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson to Star in... Read More »