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10 items from 2017

Bet Sets New Comedies, Rebrands Centric and Nabs ‘The Breaks,’ ‘Hit the Floor’ From VH1

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bet has ordered a slew of new series for the coming year, including scriped and unscripted comedies from Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Wanda Sykes and “The Nightly Show” alum Robin Thede.

The Viacom cabler also confirmed it will pick up the second season of hip-hop drama “The Breaks,” which is moving from sibling channel VH1, and produce new episodes of VH1’s dance-set drama “Hit the Floor.”

Bet Networks chairman-ceo Debra Lee was scheduled to unveil the programming news Thursday at the cabler’s upfront presentation in New York. Bet also confirmed that its struggling spinoff channel Centric will be rebranded Bet Her.

“Bet’s global influence is stronger than ever and we are continuing to expand beyond the television screen to impact our audience – and the world – across multiple platforms,” Lee said. “Some networks offer reach and some engagement, but no other network offers reach, engagement, culture, lifestyle and influence.”

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Fist Fight – Review

16 February 2017 9:23 PM, PST | | See recent news »


A showdown’s a’ comin’! Not on the main street of Dodge City, but at the multiplex once again. The final throw down between the hero and villain has been a staple of cinema since its earliest days, mainly in action films and primarily the western. There have been countless screen versions of that infamous incident , the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (the most famous being the Kirk Douglas/Burt Lancaster 1950’s classic) . This most likely inspired many other “oaters”, the most celebrated being the iconic 1952 High Noon (which garnered an Oscar for star Gary Cooper). It’s set in real-time as the clock ticks to 12, while Will Kane readies himself for the arrival of the Miller gang. We’ve seen this plot used in many other genres, providing extra excitement to the final acts of every movie hero’s exploits from Rocky to Bond to Batman. But it »

- Jim Batts

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The Weekend Warrior 2/17/17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

15 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million.  Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »

- Edward Douglas

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Cedric the Entertainer Joins Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ (Exclusive)

25 January 2017 4:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cedric the Entertainer has been cast in Paul Schrader’s upcoming religious drama “First Reformed” opposite Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

Cedric will portray a pastor at a mega-church and a rival to Hawke’s character, an ex-military chaplain wracked by grief over the death of his son. Seyfried plays a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide and sets the plot in motion.

Killer Films is the production company. Producers are Gary Hamilton, David Hinojosa, Victoria Hill, Frank Murray and Christine Vachon.

Schrader is directing “First Reformed” from his own script. His writing credits include the Martin Scorsese films “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Raging Bull.” His directing credits include “Hardcore,” “American Gigolo,” “Affliction,” “Cat People,” “Auto Focus,” “The Canyons,” “Patty Hearst,” and most recently “Dog Eat Dog.”

The project was unveiled with the Hawke and Seyfried castings in September »

- Dave McNary

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Ice Cube Partners with Hong Kong Investor Kelvin Wu

23 January 2017 3:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ice Cube is expanding into Asia as his Cube Vision production company has entered into a strategic partnership with Kelvin Wu’s Aid Partners, a Hong Kong media investment company.

The deal calls for Aid Partners to become a significant shareholder, strategic adviser, and an investor who fully funds targeted Cube Vision development projects. The joint announcement was made Monday by Ice Cube, Cube vision CEO Jeff Kwatinetz and Wu.

“My singular goal with Cube Vision is to continue to build a creative company that puts content quality and talent at the heart of every decision,” Ice Cube said. “Kelvin’s partnership and new friendship with me and Jeff allow us to do just that. We have a meaningful global financing partner who understands and appreciates how the right funding and creative autonomy will empower us to build a platform to grow together. What is especially exciting to me are »

- Dave McNary

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Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story

20 January 2017 3:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February 2015, New Line Cinema announced they were developing a Shaft remake, with John Davis producing through his Davis Entertainment company. At the time, no writer or director had been attached to the project, but that has all changed. Today a new report claims that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct, from a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This report also confirms that the project will follow another relative of Richard Roundtree's original title character.

Deadline reports that New Line plans to "reinvigorate" the franchise by focusing this reboot on the son of John Shaft, who is navigating the murky area between law enforcement and organized crime in New York City. No specific plot details were revealed, but this format could potentially allow Richard Roundtree to return as John Shaft, and Samuel L. Jackson to also come back as his nephew, also named John Shaft. »

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Newswire: New Line’s Shaft remake gets a director

20 January 2017 12:45 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

There’s still no word on who will have the honor of donning the leather duster of smooth-talking P.I. John Shaft for a new generation of moviegoers, but we do know which filmmaker has been entrusted with bring the black cultural icon back to the big screen. Deadline reports that Tim Story has been picked from a pool of potential directors willing to have the fruit of massive amounts of work compared unflatteringly to Gordon Parks’ 1971 classic of cinema.

The 46-year-old L.A. native has been directing films for 20 years now, with some of his most famous and successful being Barbershop and the Ride Along series. (Some of his lesser efforts involved Jessica Alba sharing scenes with a sentient rock.) He’ll be shooting from a script by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Alex Barnow (The Goldbergs). While the plot has not yet been revealed, we do know ...


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Tim Story to Direct ‘Shaft’ Reboot

20 January 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ride Along” director Tim Story has come on board to direct the latest reboot of “Shaft.”

The film is being produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello, and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.

The original 1971 version starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who is hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Barry White, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role and John Singleton writing and directing.

New Line has since acquired the rights to the pic and revved up development after Barris pitched a new idea that excited execs. No meetings have taken place on who would play the titular role.

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Tim Story to Direct ‘Shaft’ Reboot

20 January 2017 9:43 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ride Along” director Tim Story will helm New Line’s upcoming “Shaft” reboot, TheWrap has learned. The film is being produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow. Story broke out with 2002’s “Barbershop,” starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson. He is best known for directing the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises, and also dipped into the Marvel Universe, helming the 2007 Fox superhero film “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” His most recent project was stand-up comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now? »

- Matt Pressberg

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Jamie Foxx-Jay Pharoah Comedy ‘White Famous’ Nabs Showtime Series Order

9 January 2017 1:56 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime has given a series order to “White Famous,” a comedy starring Jay Pharoah that is based on Jamie Foxx’s early experiences as he made his name in the entertainment industry.

Pharoah plays an up-and-coming comedian who is trying to maintain his credibility with African-American fans while crossing over to become “white famous.” Foxx will have a recurring role in the series that is a co-production of Lionsgate TV and Showtime.

Californication” creator Tom Kapinos is exec producer, writer and showrunner of the series described as a collaboration between Foxx and Kapinos. Megalyn EchikunwokeUtkarsh AmbudkarJacob Ming-Trent and Lonnie Chavis also star.

Barbershop” director Tim Story is on board to helm the first episode.

The series order was unveiled Monday by Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.


- Cynthia Littleton

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