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Jill Scott cast as DC villain Lady Eve in Black Lightning

The CW’s new superhero show Black Lightning has added Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jill Scott to its cast in the role of the DC villain Lady Eve.

Deadline reports that the show’s incarnation of the character “will be the bridge between Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and a secret group of corrupt leaders. Always a consummate professional, Lady Eve presents herself in Freeland as the owner of a funeral parlor, but quickly becomes an adversary to Black Lightning.”

Scott’s previous credits include Why Did I Get Married, Steel Magnolias, and guest turns on Fringe and Being Mary Jane, while she also lent her voice to Storm in Bet’s 2010 Black Panther animated series.

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Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school
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Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott & Marin Ireland To Star In Lifetime’s Flint Water Crisis Movie

Queen Latifah (Star), Betsy Brandt (Life In Pieces, Breaking Bad), Jill Scott and Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) are set to headline Flint, Lifetime's original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mi, from Sony Pictures TV. Queen Latifah also will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric, reuniting with Zadan & Meron, Lifetime and Sony TV after collaborating on Steel Magnolias, the third most-watched…
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‘Cosby Show’ Star Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘Empire’ Season 3

‘Cosby Show’ Star Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘Empire’ Season 3
Phylicia Rashad has been cast in the third season of “Empire,” joining the growing slate of prominent guest stars.

The Cosby Show” alum will recur as Diana Dubois, a powerhouse from one of New York’s oldest and most prominent African-American families, and the on-screen mother of Taye Diggs, who will portray an ambitious city councilman, Angelo Dubois. Diana (Rashad) has her sights set on higher office for her only son and she’ll stop at nothing to groom him. Her interactions with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and the rest of the Lyon clan will lay bare the stark class divides that can exist, even within the black community.

Rashad joins other previously announced “Empire” guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Sierra McClain, French Montana and Birdman.

Rashad famously starred on “The Cosby Show” as Bill Cosby’s TV wife, Clair Huxtable. In more recent years, she had had television roles on NBC’s short-lived
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Flint Water Crisis Movie in the Works at Lifetime, Based on Time Magazine Cover Story

Flint Water Crisis Movie in the Works at Lifetime, Based on Time Magazine Cover Story
It was inevitable... a movie on the much publicized Flint water crisis is in the works at Lifetime, from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the same pair behind the live TV musicals "The Wiz" and "The Sound of Music"), the network announced today. The producers, who optioned the rights to Time magazine's February cover story by Josh Sanburn, titled "The Poisoning of an American City" (above) say that their intent is to create something comprehensive, tackling the crisis from the political and bureaucratic angles, as well as focusing on how the residents of Flint were impacted by the poisoning.  Barbara Stepansky is attached to write the teleplay adaptation, with Sanburn serving as a consultant on the film. Zadan and Meron's have a history with the Lifetime network; they also produced the 2012 all-black-cast "Steel Magnolias" remake. Up next, they'll produce NBC's live musical, "Hairspray," and a...

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Put Creed in Your Blu-Ray Corner This March

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Ryan Coogler's incredible revamp of the Rocky franchise lit up the box office and has garnered plenty of awards attention. Today, Warner Bros. has revealed when you'll be able to bring Creed home on blu-ray along with all the special features to expect. Come inside to learn more.

If you missed out on Creed or simply can't wait to watch it again, you'll get your chance on March 1, 2016 when the film hits blu-ray/DVD and Digital formats.

See why your legacy is more than a name when “Creed” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” The film reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role.
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November 25 Is Creed Day – Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson And Director Ryan Coogler On Hand For Proclamation

Standing atop the Philadelphia Art Museum’s iconic steps, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter proclaimed Wednesday, November 25 “Creed” Day in honor of the upcoming film – opening that same day – which explores the next chapter in the “Rocky” saga.

Creed stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson joined Mayor Nutter on Friday to receive the official proclamation. The film’s writer/director, Ryan Coogler, and producer Irwin Winkler were also on hand.

The film, which brings Rocky Balboa face-to-face with the son of his one-time rival and best friend, Apollo Creed, was shot in and around the City of Brotherly Love. The museum steps, and the statue of Rocky that stands at the bottom of them, can, in fact, be seen in Creed.

Mayor Nutter also gifted the team from Creed with individually inscribed miniature Liberty Bells to mark the occasion; they, in turn, presented the mayor with a framed rendering of the mural,
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Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Carl Weber Team on Producing Deal

Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s One Unit is partnering with Carl Weber’s Urban Books Media for a multi-year co-production agreement that will cover both film and TV projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

The projects will be based on books from Weber’s publishing unit of more than 2,500 titles. Weber has written 26 novels, including 18 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

“The deal unites two amazing teams in a dynamic partnership that will serve our audience on multiple platforms and take Urban Books Media to the next level,” Weber said.

“Great storytelling is what makes Latifah and I so passionate about this business,” Compere said. “Carl Weber tells the stories we cannot get enough of and we are excited for this journey.”

One Unit has also agreed to partner with Freestyle Releasing to distribute the ensemble drama “The Man in 3B,” adapted by Weber from his novel of the same name,
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Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Carl Weber Team on Producing Deal

Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s One Unit is partnering with Carl Weber’s Urban Books Media for a multi-year co-production agreement that will cover both film and TV projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

The projects will be based on books from Weber’s publishing unit of more than 2,500 titles. Weber has written 26 novels, including 18 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

“The deal unites two amazing teams in a dynamic partnership that will serve our audience on multiple platforms and take Urban Books Media to the next level,” Weber said.

“Great storytelling is what makes Latifah and I so passionate about this business,” Compere said. “Carl Weber tells the stories we cannot get enough of and we are excited for this journey.”

One Unit has also agreed to partner with Freestyle Releasing to distribute the ensemble drama “The Man in 3B,” adapted by Weber from his novel of the same name,
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Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and Director Ryan Coogler Talk ‎Creed Movie In New Featurette

“It’s about a rebirth of Rocky. I thought how interesting that someone of this generation would like a story that started two generations ago. Then I started becoming very intrigued.” – Sylvester Stallone on ‪Creed‬ and director Ryan Coogler.

Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler discuss the impact and legacy of the Rocky movies in this brand new featurette for Creed.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis
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New Poster And TV Spot For Creed Feature Michael B. Jordan And Sylvester Stallone

Fans of the Rocky films, get ready.

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first poster and TV spot, starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, for the highly-anticipated movie, Creed.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling
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Watch The New Creed Trailer Starring Sylvester Stallone And Michael B. Jordan

Rocky is back!

Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan is Adonis Johnson in the new trailer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema’s exciting upcoming drama Creed.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the
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NBC's The Wiz Casts Queen Latifah as Wizard, Mary J. Blige as Wicked Witch

NBC's The Wiz Casts Queen Latifah as Wizard, Mary J. Blige as Wicked Witch
A Queen shall lord over Emerald City, in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

RelatedNBC Picks The Wiz over Music Man as Next Live Musical, Sets December Airdate and Cirque du Soleil Twist

Queen Latifah, a Grammy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner (and two-time Emmy nominee), will portray the titular Wiz in the network’s next live production, which will air Thursday, Dec. 3.

Latifah’s casting marks a reunion for her and executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, for whom she worked in the movie musicals Chicago and Hairspray and the TV-movie Steel Magnolias.

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Watch The New Trailer For Creed Starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan

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Michael B. Jordan is Adonis Johnson and Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa in Warner Bros. Pictures’, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama Creed.

The original Rocky was released in December 1976. The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million and shot in 28 days, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts becoming the highest grossing film of 1976 and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. It is still one of the greatest Best Picture wins in Academy history!

In addition to the series of films, there was also a Broadway musical – Rocky Broadway.

Listen to Bill Conti’s iconic score here.

If you aren’t already sobbing over the trailer, you will be over the final talk between Rocky and Apollo Creed in this clip from Rocky IV.

The film
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Creed Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Owns the Ring as Rocky Comes out of Retirement

Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and MGM Pictures have unveiled the first Creed trailer for Fruitvale Station writer/director Ryan Coogler’s next addition to the Rocky franchise. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the son of world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. When Adonis decides he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps, he heads to Philadelphia and lures the one and only Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) out of retirement to help him train. This is one of my favorite trailers of the year so far. I love that rather than trying to cash in on Rocky as quickly as possible, it really gives Jordan center stage and he absolutely owns it. He is completely inhabiting a new character that clearly has a chip on his shoulder and a desire to forge his own legacy while having to reconcile it with the father he never knew. I
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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant,
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Sylvester Stallone Confirms Writing Of New Rambo & Releases First Photo From Creed

Actor/director Sylvester Stallone has released some exciting new info, and photo, about his upcoming films via his Twitter and Instagram pages.

Writing Rambo !! Creed is Fantastic!!!!!!!! Great new young Director Ryan Coogler Now Get over to the instagram,! officialslystallone

Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 12, 2015

The title for the fifth movie is Rambo: Last Blood.

Opening on November 25, 2015, Creed explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role and Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and
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Rocky Returns with First Look at Stallone and Jordan in 'Creed'

Sylvester Stallone offers up the first look at Creed in which he once again stars as Rocky Balboa alongside Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky features. Here's the official synopsis: Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there's no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed's legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo--the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter,
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She’s All That Is Getting A Remake

As Hollywood’s raid on the cinematic closets of yesteryear continues, this latest piece of development news shows that at least some things are changing. Most recently, announcements concerning remakes, reboots, sequels and spinoffs have been met by the wild sobs of people who grew up in the eighties.

Now, thanks to that decade having practically been exhausted of its recyclable potential, studios are turning to the nineties. The newest slice of nostalgia in the crosshairs for a do-over is the 1999 teen comedy She’s All That. And is it coincidence that the film itself is about getting a makeover? Probably.

A success at the time of release, She’s All That scored big at the box office with $100 million in receipts. Freddie Prinze Jr., then riding on a huge wave of popularity, starred as the broken-hearted jock Zach, who enters into a wager with his best friend Dean Sampson
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She's All That Is Getting a Remake

If She's All That was your jam in 1999, you might not be thrilled to hear that a remake is in the works. Miramax is reviving the now-classic teen comedy. Kenny Leon, who is mostly known for TV movies like Lifetime's remake of Steel Magnolias, is attached to direct. Though a cast hasn't been announced, it's probably fair to assume that original stars Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. won't return. Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Usher Raymond, Lil' Kim, and Gabrielle Union also starred in the first film. See why this is a classic? Stay tuned for more information. Update: Some outlets are reporting that the remake news is just a rumor.
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'She's All That' Remake Coming from Spike Lee's Wife

'She's All That' Remake Coming from Spike Lee's Wife
She's All That helped usher in a new era of teen movies, arriving at the tail end of the 90s and preceding American Pie by a couple of months. The film that originally starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook is getting the remake it deserves, as a new twist on the tale gears up at the Weinstein Company. Spike Lee's wife Tonya Lewis Lee will produce with acclaimed stage director Kenny Leon directing. It is not stated in the initial report, but it is expected that the main cast will be African-American. The Wrap calls it 'diverse' casting.

The Weinstein Company and Miramax released the original She's All That in January of 1999 after a fairly long drought of teen movies, kicking the popular 80s genre back into gear. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Represenatives at Weinstein Co. did not immediately comment on this new take on the romantic comedy,
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