Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

50 Cent Confirms Diddy Doc for Netflix as Sixth Accuser Emerges

Netflix outbid other networks and services for the multi-chapter series produced by 50 Cent's G-Unit Film and Television Studios. The acquisition follows CNN releasing a 2016 clip showing Combs physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Cassie.

Combs acknowledged the 2016 assault in a hotel hallway after the CNN footage surfaced. He issued a video apology, expressing deep regret and calling his actions "inexcusable."

50 Cent, a vocal critic of Combs on social media regarding the allegations, confirmed the Netflix deal on Instagram, taking a swipe at TMZ for using an unflattering photo. "TMZ use this fat boy picture of me because their doc went to Tubi LOL. It's ok guys we're all making good television, mine just happens to be the best! NETFLIX wins the bidding war but if more victims keep coming out, I'm gonna need more episodes," he wrote.

The documentary's production coincides with a new sexual assault lawsuit filed against Combs. Former model Crystal McKinney recently filed a lawsuit accusing Combs of drugging her and forcing oral sex in 2003, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. This marks the sixth such accusation against Combs.

McKinney alleges she met Combs at a New York City nightclub during Men's Fashion Week. She claims he invited her to his studio, where they consumed Hennessy and marijuana laced with narcotics. McKinney asserts that Combs then forced her into oral sex and is seeking unspecified damages.

The new lawsuit adds to the mounting accusations against the Bad Boy Records founder. 50 Cent reacted by sharing a screenshot of the lawsuit news on Instagram.

Combs, 54, a prominent figure in the hip-hop industry since founding Bad Boy Records in 1993, has faced a growing shadow over his career due to the recent allegations. Multiple lawsuits paint a picture of Combs using his celebrity status to prey on and intimidate women.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Watch: 'Lion King' Prequel Gets Trailer; Beyoncé's Daughter Blue Ivy Carter Cast

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The excitement surrounding the upcoming "Mufasa: The LionKing" prequel roared even louder with the release of its teaser trailer on Monday. The trailer itself fueled anticipation, but it was the star-studded cast that truly captivated audiences.

Directed by Barry Jenkins, the photorealistic-animated prequel features a returning cast of beloved characters. John Kani reprises his role as the wise Rafiki, while Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner return as the hilarious duo Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. Donald Glover steps back into the role of Simba, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter rejoins the cast as Nala.

However, it was the addition of another member of the Carter family that stole the show – Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé's 12-year-old daughter, makes her film debut by voicing Kiara, Simba and Nala's daughter.

Blue Ivy Carter: A Timeline

  • **Jan. 7, 2012:** Blue Ivy Carter is born to Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
  • **Jan. 8, 2012:** Beyoncé and Jay-Z release a statement and photo welcoming Blue Ivy to the world.
  • **Feb. 1, 2012:** Blue Ivy becomes the youngest person to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to a feature credit on her father's song "Glory."
  • **2015:** Blue Ivy is credited as part of the choir on Coldplay's song "Up & Up."
  • **2018:** Blue Ivy begins attending West Hollywood's The Center for Early Education.
  • **2020:** Blue Ivy features on her mother's track "Brown Skin Girl," winning a Grammy Award as the youngest winner in a non-competitive category.
  • **Nov. 2020:** Blue Ivy narrates Matthew A. Cherry's book "Hair Love," sparking speculation about future voice acting endeavors.
  • **Jan. 21, 2023:** Blue Ivy joins her mother onstage for the first time, singing "Brown Skin Girl" at a private show in Dubai.
  • **May 26, 2023 (present):** Blue Ivy joins her mother on the Renaissance World Tour as a dancer for "My Power" and "Black Parade."

The teaser offers a captivating glimpse into the film's narrative. Rafiki narrates the legendary tale of Mufasa to a young Kiara, voiced by Blue Ivy Carter. Flashbacks then reveal the origin story of Mufasa, portrayed as an orphaned cub who embarks on an extraordinary journey after encountering Taka (voiced by Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a sympathetic lion. Thandiwe Newton, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith David round out the cast, bringing life to key characters in Mufasa's life.

Blue Ivy's involvement in the film marks a significant milestone in her burgeoning career. Born into music royalty, she has already made waves in the industry, credited as a featured artist on her mother's hit song "Brown Skin Girl," which earned her accolades as the youngest winner of both a BET Award and an MTV Video Music Award.

Watch the trailer below.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Lee & Washington Reunite for Kurosawa Remake: 'High and Low' Gets American Treatment

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Acclaimed director Spike Lee and iconic actor Denzel Washington are once again joining forces, this time to remake Akira Kurosawa's classic 1963 crime thriller "High and Low," Apple Original Films announced on Thursday.

Apple will co-finance the project, which will be theatrically released by independent film studio A24 before streaming on Apple TV+. This marks Lee and Washington's fifth collaboration, following their critically acclaimed work on films such as "Mo' Better Blues," "Malcolm X," "He Got Game" and "Inside Man" (2006).
Kurosawa's "High and Low" is a suspenseful crime thriller with social commentary woven into its narrative. Based on Ed McBain's novel "King's Ransom," the film follows a wealthy industrialist whose life is thrown into chaos when his chauffeur's son is mistakenly kidnapped for ransom. As the tension mounts, Kurosawa explores themes of class disparity and human resilience.
Lee, known for his bold storytelling and unflinching social commentary, has directed numerous critically acclaimed films throughout his career. His diverse body of work includes groundbreaking titles like "Do the Right Thing" and the Denzel Washington-led biopic "Malcolm X."

Washington will once again take the lead in Lee's adaptation, which features a screenplay co-written by Lee and Alan Fox. Washington and producer Todd Black have previously collaborated on films like "Fences," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Equalizer" franchise. Production is set to begin in March.

A24, a film studio known for its independent and acclaimed productions, will handle the theatrical distribution of the film before its global debut on Apple TV+. "High and Low" is being developed and produced by A24, Escape Artists and Mandalay Pictures. Black and Jason Michael Berman are producing, with Lee serving as executive producer through his 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks. Peter Guber, along with others, will also serve as executive producer.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Actor and NFL Veteran Carl Weathers Dies at 76

Photo Credit: Luigi Novi, via Wikimedia Commons
Carl Weathers, the renowned actor and former NFL player, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday at the age of 76. His manager, Matt Luber, confirmed the news.

Weathers carved his name in cinematic history with his iconic portrayal of Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" series, alongside Sylvester Stallone. His career, spanning decades, showcased remarkable versatility as he seamlessly transitioned between action-packed roles like "Predator" and "Action Jackson" and comedic performances in "Happy Gilmore" and "Arrested Development."

Weathers' impact extended beyond the big screen. He voiced Combat Carl in the "Toy Story" franchise and lent his comedic talent to the popular series "Arrested Development." Despite his fame, he remained grounded, expressing gratitude for his journey.

Before Hollywood, Weathers played football, excelling at San Diego State University and spending a season with the Oakland Raiders before joining the Canadian Football League. He later earned a B.A. in drama, returning to his passion for acting.

In addition to his acting prowess, Weathers harbored a lesser-known love for music. He released a single, "That's Love Calling," in 1981, showcasing his vocal abilities.

Survived by his two sons, Weathers leaves behind a legacy of captivating performances, diverse talent, and an enduring impact on film and television.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

From Comedy Gold to Classic Soul: 'Abbott Elementary' and 'The Color Purple' Lead Diverse NAACP Image Nominees

Hollywood's streaming giants are poised for a major clash at the 55th NAACP Image Awards, with Netflix leading the pack with 55 nominations. Rival Amazon trails closely behind with 27 nods, setting the stage for a thrilling battle for supremacy across film, television and music.

But beyond the streaming duel, a timeless classic reasserted its cultural relevance. "The Color Purple" garnered a commanding 16 nominations in the Outstanding Motion Picture category, earning acting recognition for powerhouses like Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo and Corey Hawkins.

This year's nominations, unveiled Thursday, showcase the dazzling spectrum of artistic talent within the Black community. On the television front, the critically acclaimed comedy "Abbott Elementary" landed multiple nominations for its star-studded cast, including Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Music saw Victoria Monét dominate with six nominations, including outstanding new artist, outstanding female artist, and outstanding album for "Jaguar II." Super Bowl LVIII performer Usher also grabbed five nominations, including outstanding male artist and outstanding music video/visual album for "Boyfriend."

"NAACP President Derrick Johnson called this year's nominees 'an inspiration to us all,'" stating, "The Image Awards stand as a tribute to their creativity, talent, and dedication to authentic storytelling, a testament to the richness and diversity of our community."

The public can have their say in select categories through voting, open until February 24 at The 55th NAACP Image Awards air live on March 16 at 8 PM Eastern Time on BET and CBS. A full list of nominees is available here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Celebrating Excellence: Angela Bassett's Honorary Oscar a Highlight of Governors Awards

Angela Bassett, a trailblazing figure in Hollywood, took center stage as she received an honorary Oscar at the 14th Governors Awards on Tuesday night. The event, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center, celebrated Bassett's remarkable career, showcasing her impact on the industry.

Wearing a tuxedo, Bassett, known for her powerful performances, delivered an impassioned speech that delved into the history of Black actresses in Hollywood. She expressed gratitude for being recognized, acknowledging the significance of being only the second Black actress to receive an honorary Academy Award after Cicely Tyson.

Bassett reflected on the achievements of Black actresses who paved the way, from Hattie McDaniel's historic win in 1940 to the present day. In her acceptance speech, she emphasized the importance of creating a future where the recognition of Black talent is the norm, not the exception.

"I hope this moment means we are taking the necessary steps toward a future in which it is the norm, not the exception, to see and embrace one another’s full humanity, stories, and perspectives," Bassett declared. She urged fellow Black actresses to stand strong, emphasizing that their contributions matter.

The 65-year-old actress closed her speech with optimism, stating, "The best is yet to come."

Oscar winner Regina King, a close friend and colleague, presented the honorary award to Bassett, describing her as a "national treasure" and "a sister." King celebrated Bassett's ageless artistry and highlighted her significant roles in iconic films like "Boyz N the Hood" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was also presented at the ceremony, honoring Michelle Satter, the founding director of the Sundance Institute. Satter, the 45th recipient of the award and only the 10th woman to receive it, was recognized for her impactful work in supporting indie filmmakers.

The event, initially scheduled for November 18, had been delayed due to strikes in the industry. Despite being an untelevised ceremony, it drew attention as Hollywood's luminaries gathered to honor outstanding individuals in the film industry. The honorary Oscars were also awarded to legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks and film editor Carol Littleton.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

From Suge Knight to Siddiq Feud: Williams Unpacks Controversies with Hip-Hop Icon Willie D

In a revelatory exploration of Hollywood's shadows, Katt Williams unleashed verbal grenades during interviews on two high-profile podcasts – first on Shannon Sharpe's "Club Shay Shay" and, more recently, on Willie D Live.

The initial shockwave reverberated when Williams, famed for his unfiltered comedy, took the spotlight on Sharpe's podcast. In a scorched-earth diatribe, he labeled certain Hollywood celebrities as "deviants" and predicted a 2024 reckoning.
"Race is not where the line is drawn. It's God's side and the other side, and we don't care nothing about the other side," declared Williams, foreseeing an imminent exposure of all "deviants." His claim to fame? A 30-year collection of information, knowledge, and Hollywood's deepest secrets.

Williams aimed his verbal artillery at celebrities like Kevin Hart and Ludacris. He accused Ludacris of being a studio "plant" and claimed both were offered Illuminati deals involving haircuts and staggering sums of money. The three-hour podcast racked up nearly 40 million views, dominating the pop-culture landscape.
The saga continued Tuesday on Willie D Live, where Williams shed light on different facets of his life in an interview that crossed a million views less than six hours after being posted. Notably, he addressed a 2014 incident that led to his arrest alongside ex-Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Contrary to initial appearances, Williams clarified that the altercation with a female photographer arose from a protective instinct toward Suge Knight's 5-year-old son.

Explaining the incident, Williams stated, "We had a meeting with a hologram company going into a licensing deal on holograms in Beverly Hills. Suge brought his 5-year-old son, who, before the meeting, urinated behind a dumpster. A woman filmed the child, not realizing he was Suge's son."

Williams didn't delve into the aftermath but dismissed the paparazzi's theft accusation, which led to charges against both him and Knight. He emphasized the protective nature of the encounter and clarified that he eventually pleaded no contest to stealing the camera in 2017.

Williams also addressed allegations from Houston comedian Ali Siddiq regarding an incident at a Reliant Arena show. Siddiq claimed he was barred from entering the venue and received a check, fueling a narrative of a feud with Williams.

Responding with clarity and a touch of amusement, Williams debunked Siddiq's version of events. He highlighted the logistical impossibility of excluding a comedian from the show when the lineup was pre-determined and traveled together. Williams brushed off the allegations, expressing bewilderment at Siddiq's claim.

"I don't care where you're from, what the venue is, or how cool you are with the people that work there. Cat Williams' show means Cat Williams' show," he asserted, emphasizing the professionalism of his tour and the lack of space for additional performers.

Williams further dismantled Siddiq's narrative, revealing that the incident transpired before he even arrived at the venue. "I wasn't there. All of this happened before I got there," Williams clarified, pointing out the absurdity of a personal grudge when the two comedians had never met.

As the conversation unfolded, Williams showcased a willingness to resolve any misunderstanding, emphasizing that he held no animosity toward Siddiq. The comedian extended an olive branch, suggesting that if Siddiq were willing to engage in a conversation, a resolution could be reached.

Amidst these revelations, Torrei Hart, ex-wife of comedian Kevin Hart, announced she would join Williams' The Dark Matter tour for select dates in January and February. This announcement came less than a week after Williams mocked and criticized Kevin on Shannon Sharpe's "Club Shay Shay" podcast.

Watch the entire interview below:

Monday, January 8, 2024

Weekend Roundup: Bailey's Joy, Winfrey's Clarification, Majors' Statement

The first weekend and second Monday of 2014 marked significant milestones for some of Black entertainment's most influential figures.

Newborn Joy
R&B singer and "The Little Mermaid" star Halle Bailey joyfully introduced her newborn son, Halo, to the world. Bailey shared on Instagram, "Even though we're a few days into the new year, the greatest thing that 2023 could have done for me was bring me my son."

DDG, in a YouTube video on Sunday (January 8), expressed his sentiments, saying, "I wouldn't have chosen no other person in the world to have a child with."

Clearing the Air
Oprah Winfrey addressed persistent rumors of a feud with "The Color Purple" star Taraji P. Henson, one of the actresses in the new musical adaptation produced by Winfrey. At the 2024 Golden Globes, Winfrey refuted the rumors, stating, "There's no validity to there being a thing between Taraji and I."

"Taraji will tell you herself that I've been the greatest champion of this film," Winfrey asserted on the red carpet, effectively shutting down further speculation.
Facing the Music
Monday actor Jonathan Majors broke his silence following his recent conviction for assaulting and harassing his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. Speaking with ABC News Live on Good Morning America, Majors expressed shock at the guilty verdict, stating, "How is that possible based off the evidence, based off the prosecution's evidence, let alone our evidence?"

While maintaining he had "never hit a woman," he admitted to an unhealthy relationship with Jabbari, acknowledging he was reckless with her heart. Majors recounted the March 2023 altercation, expressing uncertainty about the cause of Jabbari's injuries.

Jabbari's attorney, Brittany Henderson, criticized Majors for his lack of accountability, stating, "His denigration of our jury system is not dissimilar from the above-the-law attitude that he has maintained throughout this legal process."