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Joy Bryant Nabs Lead Role
Parenthood’s Joy Bryant has won the female lead role in the currently untitled Screen Gem’s romantic comedy film remake of the hit movie About Last Night—reprising the role originated by Demi Moore. Bryant will star as Michael Ealy’s love interest—in the role originated by Rob Lowe. Kevin Hart will play the John Belushi role and Regina Hall, in the Elizabeth Perkins role. Based on David Mamet’s 1974 play “Sexual Perversity In Chicago” about a couple who start a romantic affair despite their friends’ disapproval, it is reported that the remake will actually be closer to the stage production than the 80′s movie was, the film however, is to take place in Los Angeles.
The 1989 film Steel Magnolias, starring Sally Fields and Julia Roberts is also getting a contemporary remake with an all-black cast. Lifetime is developing the movie based on the hit film set in Louisiana which explores the bond among a group of six women in the present day. Queen Latifah has signed on for the lead role and is joined by Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashard, Jill Scott and Rashad’s daughter, Condola Rashad. The feature will debut later this year.
Michael Strahan Joins Live With Kelly Ripa
After months of speculation and 59 rotating guest hosts, Kelly Ripa and ABC have officially selected former NFL player Michael Strahan as her new co-host to permanently sit in Regis Philibin’s seat, according to Smart Money. (An official announcement from the show will be September 4). The affable Strahan has the potential to bring new viewers and attract a male audience to the largely female audience talk show.
Currently, Strahan, 40, is the host of “Fox NFL Sunday” and is expected to remain as an analyst, which airs from Los Angeles.
Usher Held In Contempt During Court Battle
The child custody battle between Usher and Tameka Foster is getting more heated as the R&B star has been found in “willful contempt” for violating sections of their 2009 divorce settlement agreement.
Usher has been ordered to reinstate a Saks Fifth Avenue account used by Tameka Foster—who claims she needs the special access card to do her job as a stylist.
The pair is back in court just two weeks after Tameka’s son Kile Glover’s tragic passing from a jet skiing accident. The court has taken sides with Tameka on at least a few grievances, including forcing him to pay $1,300 for a nanny bill.
"I did not file this custody case (January 2011) and was content with the ‘joint custody’ arrangement that we share. Most importantly, nor do I wish to appear in court while I am mourning the loss of my son," Tameka wrote to Global Grind. "But I do not want to delay thus prolong these proceedings either; I'd rather continue this arduous process hoping it will help move me through this most difficult period in my life.”
From Reality TV To Scripted
Up and coming rapper Diggy Simmons has landed his own show on BET. The 17-year-old son of Joseph Simmons (a.k.a Rev. Run) will star in the two-hour original comedy which is to be directed by husband and wife duo, Mara Brock Akil and Samil Akil—the director behind the Sparkle remake. Also slated to star, Teyana Taylor and Eddie Murphy’s daughter Bria.
The Untitled Diggy Simmons Project described as an Entourage-like film, is based on Diggy’s life as a blogger as he makes his way to the top…Briefly, Lauryn Hill has not only been charged with failure to pay $1.8 million in back taxes, she also failed to pay $440,000 in taxes to the State of New Jersey. Hill is scheduled for sentencing in November.
A thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, a writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. In theaters September 7.
A woman's idyllic life is shattered when her husband is killed in a senseless act of violence. As she prepares to take matters into her own hands, two unexpected encounters begin to change everything. Starring Michael Ealy. In theaters September 21.
End Of Watch
Two young officers from the LAPD come upon a startling discovery snd are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop. In Theaters September 21.
Won't Back Down
Two determined mothers look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education of their children. Starring Viola Davis. In