Real Husbands of Hollywood
BET has signed a deal to bring Kevin Hart’s sketch Real Husbands of Hollywood into a comedy series. The improv comedy show mixed with scripted material will air 10 episodes and debut in 2013.
Hart, JB SMoove and Nick Cannon (married to Mariah Carey) will star in the series with Robin Thicke (husband of Paula Patton), Boris Kodjoe (husband of Nicole Ari Parker) and Duane Martin (married to Tisha Campbell-Martin) playing fictionalized characters of themselves.
The comedy was first seen at the 2010 BET Awards where Hart was joined by Nick Cannon, Nelly and Bobby Brown to make fun of reality shows such as Basketball Wives, Love & Hip-Hop and The Real Houswives of Atlanta.
Celebrating the King of Pop
ABC has acquired the television rights to Spike Lee’s upcoming Michael Jackson documentary, the network announced.
“Bad25” is a documentary focusing the late king of pop’s creative vision during the making of “Bad,” the follow-up to his groundbreaking “Thriller.”
It is one of two major projects attached to the 25th anniversary of the 1987 hit-filled album. “This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” Lee said in a statement. “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album.”
Lee teamed with Jackson’s estate and Legacy/Epic Records to search their archives for never-before-seen footage, including some shot by Jackson himself. The director also conducted interviews with some of Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, L.A. Reid and Kanye West. “Bad,” the third and final album collaboration between Jackson and Quincy Jones, made history with five consecutive No. 1 singles.
To commemorate the anniversary, his estate, in collaboration with Epic/Legacy Recordings, will reissue the disc -- the first re-release of an album from Jackson's catalog since his 2009 death. The album will hit stores Sept. 18.
Seeing More of Cee Lo Green
NBC has given singer Cee Lo Green the okay to develop a family sitcom. Green will develop, produce and star in his own scripted and unscripted projects; and is said to be working on a multi-camera comedy loosely based on his own life, showing his troubles balancing his home life and career as a producer and recording artist…Briefly, 'The Houstons: On Our Own' will debut October 24 on Lifetime which will chronicle the struggles since Whitney Houston’s death in 14 episodes…. Basketball player Matt Barnes and longtime girlfriend Gloria Govan have officially wed. The two went for a getaway in Las Vegas where the two got hitched.
Tanya Kersey’s HBF Festival A Place To Be Discovered
The Hollywood Black Film Festival is a great place to discover and be discovered, according to founder and executive Tanya Kersey.
“I try to stay away from the films that everybody’s talking about,” says Kersey. “It means a lot more for us to choose films that are not studio films—the smaller, independent films with great talent in them that wouldn’t have a chance otherwise. That makes us a different film festival.”
The Hollywood Career Strategist emphasizes the opportunities presented at HBFF
“The success of the film festival really is in terms of the filmmakers screened there,” says Kersey, “for them to have the opportunity to find an agent, get a distribution deal, to create buzz and to do it in an environment with the people you want to be in business with.”
With a mind for struggling filmmakers, the HBFF offers workshops and panels that can be purchased individually at $30.
“That sets us apart,” says Kersey. “A lot of festivals don’t do that. They have one package and it’s $750 dollars and that’s that. There are two arguments for that. You can keep it high and make people step up, or you can keep it low and actually serve.”
During her fifteen years running an African American trade paper, Kersey formed relationships with Hollywood’s movers and shakers. The HBFF is her opportunity to utilize those connections for the benefit of black independent filmmakers.
Since the first festival “it was immediately plugged into Hollywood.” So too, was its mission of including a diversity of black films.
Kersey wants HBFF audiences to see that, “[black filmmakers] don’t create just the few films you see released by the studios. We do horror films. We do adult love stories. There are other things that we do. “It’s really important to us that audiences can enjoy seeing other images of themselves.”
A remake starring Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad about a group of Louisiana women who come together at a local salon. The story explores the importance of friendship in the face of life's tragedies. On Lifetime on October 7.
Middle of Nowhere
Rudy drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband's well being after he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. Starring David Oyelowo and Omari Hardwick. In theaters October 12.
After detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers she was not his first victim. Starring Tyler Perry, Giancarlo Esposito and Cicely Tyson. In Theaters October 19.
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. In theaters October 26.