Oprah Set To Play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother in Highly Anticipated Biopic
Seems like director Lee Daniels has a fan in Oprah Winfrey. The former talk show Queen, who starred in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” has joined the cast of Daniels’ upcoming biopic based on the life of comedian Richard Pryor’s as legend’s grandmother.
Comedian Mike Epps has snagged the role of Pryor while Winfrey will play Pryor's grandmother, an abusive brothel owner who raised Pryor after his mother left when he was ten-years-old. Nick Cannon, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and even Eddie Murphy were purported to be in the contention for the coveted role of Pryor, who died from a heart attack in 2005.
Winfrey and Daniels worked together last year in The Butler, which marked her return to acting after a long hiatus and for which she earned praises as Forest Whitaker's wife.
Judge Mablean Returns To Television
Judge Mablean Ephriam is returning to cable Television on September 15 with a daily courtroom series called “Justice with Judge Mablean.”
Covering a range of court cases with Judge Mablean, presiding, this new court show will be about life and the law.
“I am 100 percent committed to delivering another first class television court show," says Ephriam, was as known for her humor as her rulings.
Before fittingly portraying a judge in Madea’s Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail, Judge Mablean served as the judge on the courtroom series Divorce Court from 1999 to 2006 and made "Divorce Court" the No. 3 court show in America. Her trademark phrase was “Look deep before you leap.”
“Justice with Judge Mablean” will air this Fall on the Entertainment Studios cable network Justice Central (JusticeCentral.TV).
BET Producer Suspended For Writing Blue Ivy Joke
An unnamed BET producer was reportedly suspended after a joke about Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy’s hair delivered on “106 & Park” was deemed cruel by the public.
“106 & park” guest host Karrueche Tran, a budding model who's best known for her relationship with onagain/off again boyfriend Chris Brown, gave a recap on Sunday night’s MTV VMAs during a segment called “Top Six Things Blue Ivy Thought About the VMAs.”
“I really did wake up like this because my parents never combed my hair,” cracked Karrueche, quickly adding: “Sorry, Blue! I love you.”
Tran and the BET director have since made a public apology.