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Ice Cube confirms Last Friday is in the works

Appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Ice Cube has revealed that development is underway on a fourth instalment of the Friday series, and while it doesn’t have a release date yet, there is a title:

““We’re working on one right now,” said the rapper turned actor and writer. “We’re gonna call it Last Friday.”

Ice Cube didn’t have any other details to offer, but one would assume that he will be starring in the film and writing the screenplay, as he has done with the previous three instalments.

We’ll also presumably see the return of several franchise veterans such as John Witherspoon (Willie Jones) and Mike Epps (Day-Day), although it remains to be seen whether Chris Tucker could be tempted back to the series for the first time since the original.

The first Friday was released back in 1995, and was followed by
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‘Animals’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

‘Animals’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO
HBO has renewed “Animals” for Season 3 ahead of its Season 2 finale, the premium cable channel announced Friday.

The series was created by executive producers Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, with Duplass Brothers Productions producing. The animated comedy series focuses on the downtrodden creatures native New York City, including rats, pigeons, and bedbugs. Matarese and Luciano also write and direct all the episodes, and voice many of the characters.

Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass also executive produce the series, with producers James Fino, Joe Russo II, Kenny Micka, and co-executive producer Jen Roskind. The animation for “Animals” was created with Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries, the studio known for the TV series “Rick & Morty” and the feature film “Anomalisa.”

Guests on the first two seasons included: A$AP Rocky, Rob Corddry, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Ellie Kemper, Kumail Nanjiani, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Horatio Sanz, Cobie Smulders, Wanda Sykes, Shawn Wayans
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John "Pops" Witherspoon says another Friday movie is imminent

  • JoBlo
Happy Friday, party people! It's a shame that this news didn't drop yesterday on 4/20, but what are you going to do? Coming at you live from the Power 95.3 Get Up Crew, Friday actor John Witherspoon cruised by the studio and dropped one hell of an info bomb when he stated that, "I was at the airport, I saw Ice Cube, and Cube said they were going to do another... Read More...
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Ice Cube Making New 'Friday' Movie, According to John Witherspoon (Video)

  • TMZ
Huge News from Ice Cube Friday morning ... courtesy of his co-star and movie dad, John Witherspoon -- there's a new 'Friday' movie coming! John was on the radio in Orlando when he dropped the bombshell news, saying he'd just spoken to Cube, who told him the project got the greenlight from studio honchos. It's been 15 years since "Friday After Next" ... and a lot's changed since then. Cube's a bonafide power player in Hollywood now --
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‘Benson’ Star James Noble Dies at 94

‘Benson’ Star James Noble Dies at 94
James Noble, best known for his role as Governor Eugene Gatling on “Benson,” died on Monday in Connecticut, The New York Times reports. He was 94.

The actor died at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a stroke.

Noble — born in Dallas, Texas, on March 5, 1922 — began his stage career in the 1949 Broadway production of “The Velvet Glove.” The actor went on to play John Hancock in the musical “1776” and portrayed Reverend John Witherspoon in its 1972 movie adaptation.

Noble played absent-minded Gov. Gatling for seven seasons on the hit 1980s ABC sitcom “Benson,” which focused on his character’s relationship with Robert Guillaume’s Benson DuBois.

His TV credits also included episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Law & Order,” and the soap operas “One Life to Live,” “Another World,” “The Brighter Day,” “As the World Turns,” “The Doctors” and “A World Apart.” He also appeared in the films “One Summer Love” (1976), “10” (1979), “Promises in the Dark
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Black-ish Recap: Money Balks

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Black-ish Recap: Money Balks
"Keeping Up With the Johnsons" is a terrific episode, and not just because it's funny. The humor is definitely there, but it's surpassed by the realest, most honest writing we've seen so far in Black-ish's sophomore season. The episode begins with a history of black consumerism: After 400 years of unpaid labor, Dre explains, the first thing black people want to do is spend their paychecks. As we see stereotypical images of black men and boys with expensive clothes, jewelry, and cars, Dre admits, "Everyone wants to have [money], but no one wants to talk about it." This money problem certainly affects the Johnson household. Bow begins to wonder if they're being too careless with their spending, and encourages Dre to take a more proactive role in their financial management. She insists that he stop listening to the horrible advice of their accountant, James Brown (John Witherspoon). They have a
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Deadly Pleasures: Wes Craven’s Vampire In Brooklyn

  • DailyDead
[Editor's Note: "They hate it, we love it!" - A carryover from Deadly Magazine, Deadly Pleasures will now be a regular column on Daily Dead. Each installment, a different writer will defend an often hated genre movie.]

Even though grossly maligned when released in October 1995, Vampire in Brooklyn has become something of an unfortunate punch line in the careers of both its director and star. Although it’s been misunderstood and wrongly forced to take a time out in the horror genre’s “Shame Corner” over the last two decades, I still adore the hell out of Vampire in Brooklyn.

Starring Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison and John Witherspoon, and directed by Wes Craven, Vampire in Brooklyn is pretty much Nosferatu meets Coming to America with a Blaxploitation twist. Murphy plays a smooth-talking vampire from the Caribbean, named Maximillian, who must sire a companion to spend eternity with before the passing of the next full moon or he’ll be doomed to walk the Earth alone forever. As it turns out, a troubled NYPD Detective (played by Bassett) is destined to be Max’s
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'Friday 4': Everyone Wants to Return Says Ice Cube

'Friday 4': Everyone Wants to Return Says Ice Cube
Friday, the hit 1995 comedy starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this week. Part of the festivities include a return to theaters for the film. That's right, on 4/20, known as a National Stoner's Holiday, Friday will be back on the big screen. Ice Cube caught up with The Wrap to talk about the event, and revealed that everyone who has every been involved with the franchise, including cast members from the original as well as 2000's Next Friday and the 2002 Christmas themed The Friday After Next, want to return. And he hopes the theatrical revival of the original proves to New Line that a sequel should move forward. He explains:

"That's my dream. I think all the parties involved, all the people that's been in the franchise, people from the first one to the third one, want to do another one. We might have to call
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Praise the Lord! 'Black Jesus' and 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' Renewed for Second Seasons by Adult Swim

Adult Swim has renewed its new Aaron McGruder series "Black Jesus" and "Mike Tyson Mysteries" for second seasons. McGruder's live-action "Jesus" finds the son of God living in present day Compton, CA, on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as "Black Jesus."  Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia Algarin round out the starring cast. McGruder is executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions,...
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Reese Witherspoon Grabs Breakfast With Her Big Brother John: "He Shares My Love for Doughnuts"

Reese Witherspoon Grabs Breakfast With Her Big Brother John:
Love seeing my brother. He shares my love for doughnuts and that's how I know we are related. A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:31pm Pst Pieces of Reese's family! Reese Witherspoon shared a rare photo with her big brother John Witherspoon on Monday, Nov. 17. "Love seeing my brother," the Oscar winner, 38, wrote on Instagram. "He shares my love for doughnuts and that's how I know we are related." In the pic, the Witherspoon siblings are tucked away inside a restaurant, protected [...]
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'Friday' Star John Witherspoon -- Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend

  • TMZ
John Witherspoon has thrown cold water on the homages to Robin Williams ... saying he was a hardcore junkie.Witherspoon -- who played the father in "Friday" -- worked with Robin back in 1977 on the set of "The Richard Pryor Show" ... and tells us not only was Robin an addict, but that he even stole his coke right out from under him.John actually cracked a cocaine joke describing Robin's prior penchant for coke. Read more
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Here's How Robin Williams Changed TV

Much has been said since Robin Williams' death on Monday of his contribution to movies. Certainly, his performances in such films as "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting" are likely to endear him to new fans among moviegoers for generations to come. But it's easy to forget that he also made indelible contributions to the world of TV throughout his four-decade career. Older viewers remember his starmaking turn as a lovable alien on "Mork and Mindy," but that was only one instance of many where he changed the medium in ways large and small that will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Here are some of those ways.

"The Richard Pryor Show." Imagine an era when you could have seen Richard Pryor and Robin Williams doing sketch comedy together every week in primetime. That era really happened; it lasted just four weeks in 1977. That's
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Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' Premieres Tonight! Will You Be Watching?

Tonight's the night folks! Adult Swim will premiere the network's new half-hour live-action scripted comedy "Black Jesus," from writer/producer, Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks"), tonight, Thursday, August 7th at 11pm (Et/Pt).  The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as "Black Jesus."  Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia Algarin round out the...
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The 1st Trailer for Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' Will Likely Ruffle a Few Feathers

And if it didn't, it certainly wouldn't be an Aaron McGruder series, would it? Adult Swim has announced their new half-hour live-action scripted comedy "Black Jesus" from writer/producer, Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks"), will premiere on Thursday, August 7th at 11pm (Et/Pt).  The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series stars newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson as "Black Jesus."  Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew...
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‘The Boondocks’ Season 4 Trailer: Fall of Woodcrest

The Boondocks is, personally speaking, one of my favorite animated series, and I was proud to be one of the first to get the scoop that The Boondocks season 4 was happening - but that was about three years ago. It’s been a long wait- full of some twists and turns – but season 4 is officially coming to Adult Swim at the end of April; however, series creator Aaron McGruder won’t be a part of it.

As the Boondocks season 4 official trailer indicates, brothers Huey and Riley Freeman (voice of Regina King) and their Granddad (John Witherspoon) are coming to the end of their time in the suburban enclaves of Woodcrest. With Granddad facing foreclosure on the house (and apparently a lot worse than that), the boys and their comrades – like Tom Dubois (Cedric Yarbrough) and maybe even Uncle ...

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Reese Witherspoon Knows How to Make a Spectacular Exit

Enjoying the sun and warmth of Beverly Hills, Reese Witherspoon exited an office building in style on Thursday (March 20).

All smiles in a cute fedora, the 37-year-old babe sported a denim jacket over a sexy blue and gray dress, completing her look with a pair of suede designer heels.

In related news, the "This is War" beauty recently went to lunch with her mother, Betty, who filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband in May, 2012.

Reese's father, John Witherspoon sought to have his new marriage annulled, and the lawsuit accused him of bigamy, and Betty claimed that John could not be married to Tricianne Taylor, as he was still married to her at the same time.
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Adult Swim Gives a Series Order to 'Black Jesus,' a Live-Action Comedy From 'Boondocks' Creator Aaron McGruder

Adult Swim just announced that it's given the greenlight to a new scripted, half-hour live-action comedy to arrive later this year. Not to be confused with "Black Nativity," "Black Jesus" is about exactly what the title suggests -- Jesus, played by Gerald "Slink" Johnson, is out to spread love and kindness in present-day Compton, CA, supported by a small band of loyal locals. Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks," "Red Tails") created the series and will serve as executive producer alongside director Mike Clattenburg ("Trailer Park Boys"). The series also stars Charlie Murphy ("Are We There Yet"), Corey Holcomb ("The Cleveland Show") and John Witherspoon ("The Boondocks"). Adult Swim specializes in animated and live-action series for young adults. Production has already begun on the series in Los Angeles. "The Boondocks," the animated series based on McGruder's comic strip of the same name, will return for a fourth season on Adult Swim on
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Black Jesus heading to Adult Swim

Adult Swim has placed a series order for a sure-to-be-controversial new half-hour scripted comedy from Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks) entitled Black Jesus, which according to Deadline will see "Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers."

Leading the cast of the series is Gerald "Slink" Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) as Black Jesus, while he'll be joined by Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), and John Witherspoon (The Boondocks). McGruder is set to executive produce alongside Mike Clattenberg (Trailer Park Boys) and filming is underway ahead of a premiere later in the year.
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Adult Swim Plans "Black Jesus" Series

Adult Swim has given a series order for the half-hour live-action scripted comedy "Black Jesus".

Gerald 'Slink' Johnson stars as Jesus who is living in present-day Compton, CA. He sets out on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.

"The Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder is producing the series which co-stars Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb and John Witherspoon.

Filming has begun in Los Angeles ahead of a late 2014 premiere.

Source: Deadline
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Adult Swim Orders ‘Black Jesus’ Series from ‘Boondocks’ Creator

Adult Swim Orders ‘Black Jesus’ Series from ‘Boondocks’ Creator
Jesus is alive and living in present-day Compton, Calif. — at least according to the premise of the new live-action Adult Swim show “Black Jesus.”

Created by Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks,” “Red Tails”), the comedy stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as the man on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small, but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series also stars Charlie Murphy (“Are We There Yet?”), Corey Holcomb (“The Cleveland Show”), John Witherspoon (“The Boondocks”), Kali Hawk (“Couples Retreat”), and Andra Fuller (“L.A. Complex”).

The Turner-owned network will premiere the series later this year.

McGruder will serve as executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions, along with writer-director Mike Clattenberg (“Trailer Park Boys”) and Leg’s Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported this deal.
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