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Alec Baldwin returns to work after fatal shooting on the set of “Rust”.

Reports from a affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, the assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the prop gun did not know that it contained actual live rounds.

The police discovered  200-300 live rounds on set following a search warrant, renewing conversations about workplace safety and the use of firearms on set.

The tragedy occurred just hours after half a dozen camera crew workers walked off set to protest unsafe working conditions, including the accidental firing of two rounds after a prop gun was deemed cold. 

The award winning actor has agreed to return back to set four months after the fatal shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set of the western film.
 

Canceled and Renewed TV Shows for 2022

Renewed:

Greys Anatomy – Season 19

Holey Moley – Season 4
Station 19 – Season 6

New Home:
Promised Land ( Now on HULU)

Final Season: BlackIsh & This Is US

Renewed:
Masters of Illusion – Season 9 
Penn & Teller: Fool Us – Season 9
World’s Funniest Animals – Season 3

Renewed:
Bob’s Burgers – Season 13
Duncanville – Season 3
The Great North – Season 3
Hell’s Kitchen – through Season 22
HouseBroken – Season 2
Lego Masters – Season 3
Masterchef – Season 12

Renewed:
Chicago Fire – through Season 11
Chicago Med – through Season 8
Chicago P.D. – through Season 10
La Brea – Season 2
Law & Order: SVU – through Season 24
New Amsterdam – through Season 5
That’s My Jam – Season 2

 

Michael Jackson biopic in the works takes a big step forward

The working title for the Michael Jackson biopic is simply titled “Michael”.

Lionsgate announced that it has landed worldwide distribution rights to the film, which hails from Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for the success of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody Graham King and screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator).

The film will be very open and honest about the King Of Pops troubled and triumphant life. Also giving audiences an in-depth portrayal of the complicated man.  According to a news release, “It will bring to life Jackson’s most iconic performances as it gives an informed insight into the entertainer’s artistic process and personal life.”

New Black History Month docs, programs and specials arrivals now available for streaming. 

Your Attention Please

On Hulu 

Craig Robinson hosts this series, which takes a look at the lives of various Black innovators.

The season has four episodes featuring celebrity dog groomer Ashley Ann, ice cream scientist Dr. Maya Warren, NASCAR pit crew member Brehanna Daniels, and more. 

 Soul of a Nation Presents: Screen Queens Rising

 

Streaming on ABC 

Featuring conversations with Tessa Thompson, Halle Berry, Debbie Allen, Jackée Harry, Marla Gibbs and Regina Hall, this primetime special takes a look at milestones for Black actresses in Hollywood, their obstacles, triumphs and more. 

Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video 

Created by Guy Torry, this three-part docuseries tells the story of an all-Black comedy night at The Comedy Store from 1995-2005 and features Anthony Anderson, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey, Regina King, Nick Cannon and more. 

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Courtesy of PBS 

This documentary explores the life of opera singer Marian Anderson, the opera singer who set the stage for Black performers in classical music. 

Just a Mortal Man: The Jerry Lawson Story

Courtesy of PBS (check local listings)

This documentary spotlights the “King of acapella,” Jerry Lawson, who founded and fronted The Persuasions.  

 Everything’s gonna be all white

On Showtime

From filmmaker Sacha Jenkins, this three-part docuseries explores the history of race in America and features insights from a variety of cultural commentators, activists, actors, historians and more including Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, Jemele Hill, Amanda Seales, Favianna Rodriguez, Tamika Mallory, Styles P, Margaret Cho and Dr. Nick Estes. 


Pass the Mic

Streaming on Tubi 

This two-hour documentary celebrates the careers of artists including Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and Kendrick Lamar. 

Attica

Streaming for free on Showtime

This documentary — which made the Oscars shortlist — from Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till) and co-director Traci A. Curry recounts the five-day 1971 prison rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. The rebellion was the deadliest single day of violence Americans inflicted on each other since the Civil War.

 

Bob Saget’s Autopsy Revealed

According to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report states that the legendary actor/comedian suffered multiple skull fractures and abrasions to his scalp stemming from what is being reported as “an unwitnessed fall backwards” and striking “the posterior aspect of his head.”

Also in the report was startling information that he had discoloration in the upper and lower eyelids — the result of the skull fracture — as well as subdural hematoma and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

The official cause of death is listed as “blunt head trauma.”

Adrien Brody’s Thriller ‘Clean’ Lands at IFC Films

The Paul Solet crime drama hails from Brody’s production company, Fable House.

The film stars Brody as Clean, a man who grapples with the tragic loss of his daughter and is haunted by nightmares from his own criminal past. Clean cares for his community as a sanitation worker and as a mentor to his young neighbor. But when local gang violence puts his neighbor’s life in danger, Clean returns to the violence and darkness that he struggled to put behind him, and possibly achieves salvation in the process.

 

IFC Films will release the project in 2022. 

 

Vanessa Williams Opened To “The Hollywood Reporter” on How ‘Candyman’ Reframes the Original

The Hollywood Reporter: What was it like to return to this character — which I’m sure you’re regularly recognized for — after so many years? Did you receive a direct offer to return? 

Vanessa Williams: I’m so grateful and filled with gratitude to be in a number of iconic films and I count this one, the one in ’92 and certainly this one as an instant classic. Ian Cooper was on the set with us — he’s the creative director of Monkeypaw [Productions] — and he talked about he and Jordan watching the original as teens in Jordan’s bedroom. It felt so marvelous to be a part of this wonderful creative imagination. There’s nothing tired about it. I’m just really, really grateful and honored that the work that I do has staying power and the work that I do has such a great impact.

And listen, actors live for the offer-only status. You want to feel like you’ve treaded and pounded enough pavement, and done enough things that you’d never have to audition again. Actors, we always have to be proven — tap dancing out there like, “Pick me! Pick me!” So it’s nice to have a break from that. To have an offer is to say you’re already proven. We love you. Come on in and play with us. It’s the ideal way to work and the way I always want to work. And to have Monkeypaw and Jordan Peele and Nia trust me to re-create that — I just think it was a marvelous testament, and I’m here for all the offers so yes, it was an offer, thank you very much. (Laughs.) Finally, I have arrived.

Vanessa Williams (right) and DeJuan Guy in Candyman (1992).

 

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in new film

Cirtically-Acclaimed actress Kristen Stewart is ready to bring the iconic Princess Diana back to life on the big screen.

Recently the first images of her in “Spencer”, the upcoming film that follows a weekend in the life of the most famous royal of all time.

Kristen takes on the roll that will be one of her most memorable on screen performances to date. 

Wearing a red blazer, as well a black hat with a short veil and matching shirt, Stewart elegantly channels the classic look of Princess of Wales, complete with her signature short, blonde hair.

The outfit greatly resembles a style Diana wore in 1986 when she visited a spinal injuries unit in Sheffield, England.

The movie, which is set to film in both Germany and the U.K. before its fall 2021 release.

 

Elvis Biopic Ready For Production 

(January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977),

Elvis Presley was an American singer, musician and actor. He is regarded as the most significant entertainer of the century and is often referred to  simply “the King”.

His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines. Now his amazing life story is coming to the big screen.

The star of the new Elvis biopic, playing the Rock-N_Roll Legend is the very talented  Austin Butler, a 28-year-old actor born and raised in California.

Elvis’ wife Priscilla will also feature in the movie, played by Olivia DeJonge.

The Supporting Cast: 

It is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

 

First Time Filmmaker Makes Powerful Debut Film 

It was such a pleasure to interview an amazing film director. His name is Ryan Culver, and he amazingly put together a profound piece of social art on film. 

He honestly discusses the tedious process of making his first film.

Synopsis: After his brother is killed by a cop, Kenny is forced to confront the one thing black people have feared for over 400 years.
 
The cast features a talented list of new actors. 
Kendrix Lamaz Brown (Kenny Tate)
Alisa Murray (J.J.)
Michael Marinaccio (Detective Mark Ryan)
 
They all give amazing performances. 
 

WILL SMITH GETS LEAD ROLE IN TENNIS BIOPIC.

According to Deadline Will Smith was the center of Twitter backlash after it was announced on March 5 that he may be playing the role of tennis star Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in the forthcoming biopic, King Richard. Although  a lot of fans seemed happy that Williams’ triumphant story could potentially be making its way to the big screen, BUT the reported casting of Will Smith as Richard Williams was met with accusations of colorism from some on social media.

Celine Dion Biopic Ready For Production

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is two Celine Dion biopics underway. First Cèline Before Celine, a feature by Quebec director Marc-Andre Lavoie which will tell the story about the iconic singer’s family upbringing and life before global stardom, is set for a 2020 production.

Production was put on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

The second biopic of the Grammy Award Winning legend, titled The Power of Love,  released date is unknown at this time. 

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Famous Roles That Almost Went To Another Actor 

Selma Blair almost had the role that made Katie Holmes famous.

Katie Holmes became a household name as Joey Potter, the moody tomboy everyone rooted for, on Dawson’s Creek. creator Kevin Williamson revealed in Entertainment Weekly.