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From her Broadway turn in Dreamgirls and starring roles in films like Waiting to Exhale and Jumping the Broom to TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Loretta Devine has the thespian trifecta when it comes to a diversified resumé. The delightfully humble Devine returns to TV in comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s new multicam sitcom The Carmichael Show (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9pm on NBC). The laugh-out-loud series is a modern-day All in the Family of sorts that follows the Carmichael family’s zany dynamics. Carmichael plays Jerrod, who’s hiding from his contrarian father (David Alan Grier) and Bible-obsessed mother (Devine) that his girlfriend Maxine … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is in discussions to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic that “Straight Outta Compton” producer Scott Bernstein developing under his Smb Films banner, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Hudson has not been officially cast as there is no deal in place, but a representative for the “Dreamgirls” star has acknowledged that conversations have taken place. The Untitled Aretha Franklin Project, which has been in the works for several years, will chronicle the “Respect” singer’s rise to fame in the ’60s and ’70s and delve into her relationship with her abusive ex-husband Ted White. »
- Jeff Sneider
NBC is rounding out the cast of “The Wiz Live!” with recording artists Common and Ne-Yo, and “Hairspray” star Elijah Kelley, the network announced Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. summer press tour presentation.
Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy (Shanice Williams). He’s always dreamed of having brains, never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The role marks a reunion between Kelley and his “Hairspray” co-star Queen Latifah. It will be the actor’s second collaboration with “Wiz” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also served as EPs on “Hairspray.”
Oscar and Grammy winner Common will play the Bouncer, the »
- Laura Prudom
First, we got a glimpse of Broad City's Abbi Jacobson tearing down the mountains with her lip-sync of Jennifer Hudson's cover of the Dreamgirls classic "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," and now it's her comrade-in-comedy Ilana Glazer's moment of glory. Vulture has the exclusive clip of Glazer knocking it out with Outkast's dance-floor staple, "Hey Ya."Lip Sync Battle airs this Thursday on Spike TV at 10 p.m., and, as always, we'll have the full play-by-play analysis the next morning. »
- E. Alex Jung
(Clockwise from top left) DJ Yella, Ice Cube, Mc Ren, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella on the set of Straight Outta Compton.
Taking us back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.
- Melissa Thompson
If “Dreamgirls” gets a remake, Abbi Jacobson is ready for the auditions. In an upcoming “Lip Sync Battle” episode, the “Broad City” actress (sort of) sings her heart out, silently belting out “I Am Telling I’m Not Going,” the song that helped Jennifer Hudson win an Oscar for the musical “Dreamgirls.” From the sneak peek above, Jacobson puts up a strong fight. Tune in Thursday, Aug. 6 to see how her opponent and “Broad City” costar Ilana Glazer responded to this incredible performance. Also Read: Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice Takes on Gregg Sulkin in Sticky 'Lip Sync Battle' »
- Kathy Zerbib
The "Broad City" gals Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are going head to head in the next episode of "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike TV this week, and we already know at least one performance will blow your hair back. Jacobson steps to the mic in this sneak-peek to perform "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls," which was sung by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 version of the film. No word yet what Ilana may tackle on the LL Cool J-hosted show, but she looks pretty wowed here. »
- Katie Hasty
An Instagram post from Josh Gad (Frozen) has confirmed that he has finished filming his scenes in 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film. The picture shows him embracing co-star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) on a snowy set for the film. The caption reads, “That’s a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans.” See it here…
In the film, Gad plays Lefou, the bumbling sidekick to the arrogant and egotistical Gaston, who is played by Evans.
Along with those two, Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast respectively, with Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Plumette, Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as Cadenza and »
- Justin Cook
Chicago – Jennifer Hudson has won an Academy Award and a Grammy. Not bad for the 33-year-old singer and actress who was discovered as a runner-up on “American Idol.” She will perform in Downers Grove, Ill. this Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Art Van Furniture’s grand-opening event “The Art of Wow!”
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Hudson was born in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago in 1981, and started her career in the city with Righteous Records. She was released from the label to participate on “American Idol” in 2004, and placed seventh in the third season of the popular singing competition. One year later, Hudson was cast as Effie White in the film version of “Dreamgirls,” and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that role in February of 2007. Her appropriately titled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“I fell in love with it instantly,” declares Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") about watching the pilot of Fox's mega-hit “Empire” after series co-creator Lee Daniels asked her to considering doing a guest role. As she reveals during our recent webcam chat (watch below), “It was before the show had even started airing and I was like, I have to be a part of the show!” -Break- 'Empire' cast woo Emmy voters with performances and panel discussion Hudson plays gospel-singing music therapist Michelle White, who was introduced late in the first season and appeared in three episodes. Although it seems likely we’ll see much more of her next season, the specifics of her storyline remain very much up in the air. “I can’t wait to find out!” admits the actress. “I wonder what will happen with Michelle and Andre (Trai Byers) and in a way I feel as though. »
We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.
Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).
How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?
Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »
The third in a series of Sea Breeze books, While It Lasts is set in in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI. His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks. Eva's long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.
Red Rock Pictures' Gary O.Toole will produce and write the screenplay, Glines has agreed to serve as associate producer and Aussie actor Addam Bramich will co-produce. Bramich, whose credits include Blinder, The Slap and several short films, »
- Don Groves
Turns out, even in a tale as old as time, there’s still room for improvement. For Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which will find Emma Watson taking on the role of Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ Beast and Luke Evans’ Gaston, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (who won two of those statuettes for his work on the original) found himself enlisted to write three new tunes for the project, alongside Sir Tim Rice.
Speaking at the Lincoln Center recently (via Stitch Kingdom), Menken revealed that the Disney pic will feature the music from the animated classic, not the Broadway adaptation, and he also spoke at length about two of the three new songs:
“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]. The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Hadley Freeman's latest book has harnessed her love of 80s movies, and gone into detail about just why they work so well. Entitled Life Moves Pretty Fast, you won't be surprised to hear that Ferris Bueller's Day Off features in there. But then so does Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future and Eddie Murphy.
So what makes 80s movies so special? That seemed a logical place to start, as we caught up with Hadley for a chat...
Can I start by throwing a paraphrased movie quote at you? That line in The Truman Show about accepting the reality with which we're presented? At what point did you come to accept and realise that the movies of the 80s were so special to you? As you grew up with them, »
Three-time Academy Award-winning sound mixer Michael Minkler has been named Chief Creative Officer of Moving Pictures Media Group. Minkler’s resume counts over 250 films across five decades. He’s received Oscars for “Blackhawk Down,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls.” He also assumes the title of Managing Director at Mpmg, which offers services in development, production and post-production, distribution and marketing for independent films. Minkler has previously collaborated with directors Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Also Read: Major Hollywood Studios Sued by Musicians' Federation Over Soundtrack Recycling “Making films is the ultimate collaborative art form. »
- Matt Donnelly
NBC has rounded out its creative team for The Wiz Live!, which airs December 3. Fatima Robinson has signed on as choreographer, Grammy winner Harvey Mason Jr is set as music producer, and Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus will serve as music director, orchestrator and music co-producer. Robinson choreographed the features Dreamgirls, Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice and Public Enemies. She also is one of the top performance producers for NBC's The Voice. Her TV work has… »
HBO’s upcoming movie “Confirmation,” about the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, has added Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear and Jeffrey Wright to its cast. The HBO films project has also added “The Americans” actress Alison Wright. “Dreamgirls” and “Smash” alum Hudson has signed on to portray Angela Wright, who had worked with Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and provided a statement in support of Thomas. Also Read: Wendell Pierce to Play Clarence Thomas Opposite Kerry Washington in HBO's 'Confirmation' Kinnear, meanwhile, will play Joe Biden, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1991 hearings on Thomas’ confirmation. »
- Tim Kenneally
Danielle Brooks, who plays tough-and-vulnerable “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is The New Black, will make her Broadway debut playing Sofia in the upcoming fall revival of The Color Purple headlined by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Erivo. The production is a transfer of director John Doyle’s (<a title="Kander & Ebb's 'The Visit' And D'Amour's 'Airline Highway' Send Broadway Into Tony Season On A Dark Note – Review"… »
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming new Sherlock Holmes film, called "Mr Holmes," which stars Ian McKellen (X-Men) as the 93-year-old detective Holmes, as well as Laura Linney. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story is set in 1947 and focuses on an aged (93 years old), retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellen) as he looks back on his life and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. The new movie is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) and will hit theaters on July 17th. Trailer: »
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