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John Singleton's Net Worth Was Around $35 Million at Time of Death: Reports

John Singleton's Net Worth Was Around $35 Million at Time of Death: Reports
John Singleton was reportedly worth around $35 million at the time of his death.

Singleton, the first African-American man to be nominated for a Best Directing Oscar, died on Monday after being taken off of life support following a stroke. He was 51.

Several outlets have since reported that the director was worth around $35 million before he died.

Singleton suffered a “major stroke” after arriving back in the U.S. from a trip to Costa Rica. His mother, Shelia Ward, filed an application to establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate in April.

Singleton’s reported $35 million estate has caused conflict between his surviving family members.
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The man behind the ‘Boyz’: Ground-breaking black filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51 [Watch Video]

The man behind the ‘Boyz’: Ground-breaking black filmmaker John Singleton dead at 51 [Watch Video]
“At heart, I’m a dude from South Central Los Angeles. We roll the way we roll because we had survival tactics — we had to learn how to adapt. That’s just me.” — John Singleton (1968-2019)

Sometimes the label of trail-blazer is too easily tossed around. But as an African-American who hailed from South Los Angeles, Singleton broke down several barriers when he became the first black filmmaker — as well as the youngest person at age 24 — to be nominated for a directing Academy Award. His 1991 debut, the inner-city drama “Boyz n the Hood,” arrived the same year that motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Lapd officers during his arrest for fleeing the police that would lead to riots after the cops were acquitted the next year.

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Singleton is now dead at age 51 on Monday after a fatal stroke. Several notable talents took to
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Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay and More Hollywood Stars Mourn the Death of John Singleton

Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay and More Hollywood Stars Mourn the Death of John Singleton
John Singleton died on Monday after being taken off of life support following a stroke — and some of his closest friends and colleagues are remembering the famed director.

Angela Bassett, who starred in his 1991 drama Boyz n the Hood, told People in a statement on Monday she was “grateful” to have worked with him.

“I met John as a recently graduated first-time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process,” Bassett, 60, said. “He exuded many things that day…awareness, openness and above all, enthusiasm!”

She added,
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John Singleton, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Poetic Justice’ Director, Dead at 51

John Singleton, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Poetic Justice’ Director, Dead at 51
John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind films like Boyz n the Hood, Rosewood and Four Brothers, died Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 51.

Singleton was hospitalized April 17th and later fell into a coma. Per a statement from his family, he was immediately placed in the hospital’s intensive care unit. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” his family said in a statement. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made,
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Lovecraft Country,’ Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’ to Begin Filming This Summer

  • The Wrap
Jordan Peele’s ‘Lovecraft Country,’ Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’ to Begin Filming This Summer
What do Jordan Peele and Joss Whedon have in common? Both prolific producers have ambitious HBO series that will soon be going into production.

TheWrap spoke with Casey Bloys, the pay-tv channel’s programming chief, on Friday about the status of the “Us” director’s “Lovecraft Country” and the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator’s “The Nevers,” two projects eagerly anticipated by fans of the Peeleverse and Whedonverse, respectively.

And lucky for both camps, those series are about to start filming.

“[Whedon] has been furiously writing the scripts,” Bloys assured us, regarding “The Nevers.” “He’s been writing, he has a staff, and we’re shooting this summer.”

Bloys couldn’t give us an exact production-start date, “but it’s sometime this summer in London.”

The Nevers” is described as an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and are
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7th heaven? Benedict Cumberbatch could tie this Emmy record with a nomination for ‘Brexit’

7th heaven? Benedict Cumberbatch could tie this Emmy record with a nomination for ‘Brexit’
Benedict Cumberbatch is sitting just outside the top six in our Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor odds in seventh place, but seven could be his lucky number this year. If the Emmy winner makes it in for his HBO film “Brexit,” he’d tie Hal Holbrook‘s record of seven nominations in the category.

Cumberbatch’s potential haul might be even more impressive than that of Holbrook, who collected his bids in a 11-year span. Cumberbatch, meanwhile, has been nominated six times in the last seven years. 2015 was the only year he missed, and that’s just because he didn’t have anything that year. In other words, if Benedict Cumberbatch has a TV project in play, Benedict Cumberbatch gets an Emmy nomination.

His hot streak started in 2012 with his turn as the famed detective in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia,” losing to Kevin Costner in “Hatfields & McCoys.
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: An actor from “American Crime Story” has won for each of the FX franchise’s nominated seasons. Darren Criss won in 2018 for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and Courtney B. Vance won for his role as Johnnie Cochran in “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” “American Crime Story” is also the only program to win more than one trophy in the Best Limited Series or TV Movie category.

Fun Fact: Benedict Cumberbatch is one nomination away from tying the record for most nominations in the category. Currently, he’s at six nominations — six nominations in seven years, mind you — while Hal Holbrook has the most with seven. He’ll need a few more wins to threaten that champion, however. Laurence Olivier has four wins to Cumberbatch’s one.

Notable Ineligible Series: Cody Fern,
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‘Insecure’ Ep Prentice Penny Inks Overall Deal With HBO

  • Deadline
Insecure executive producer, writer and director Prentice Penny is expanding his relationship with HBO, signing a two-year overall deal with the premium cable network.

Under the pact, Penny will develop, write, produce and direct television projects in both comedy and drama for the premium cabler through his production company, A Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment. Additionally, the new agreement allows Penny to expand his company, hiring former Sonar Entertainment and Endemol Shine exec Alex Soler as Head of Development. With a passion for storytelling that inspires audiences to reconsider how they view the world, Penny says he will focus the company’s efforts on projects that offer fresh perspectives that explore beyond the beaten path to challenge the way we think about our culture and one another.

The deal further deepens Penny’s relationship with HBO, where he will continue to serve as showrunner and executive producer of HBO’s Peabody-winning series Insecure,
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Emmy Winner Courtney B. Vance Hops In ‘The Photograph’

  • Deadline
Emmy Winner Courtney B. Vance Hops In ‘The Photograph’
Courtney B. Vance, an Emmy winner for his performance as Johnnie Cochran in FX’s The People v. O. J. Simpson series, has signed on for the Universal/ Will Packer Productions romantic drama, The Photograph, which is being toplined by Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield. Stella Meghie is at the helm, directing from her own screenplay. The pic is currently before cameras.

Vance was recently seen on the big screen starring opposite Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in Peter Hedges-directed drama Ben Is Back from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. He’s set to star in the HBO drama Lovecraft Country, opposite Aunjanue Ellis and Elizabeth Debicki, and Netflix film Uncorked from Insecure Ep Prentice Penny.

The Photograph explores intertwining love stories in the past and present. Previously announced cast includes Lil Rel Howery, Teyonah Parris, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rob Morgan, Chante Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Y’lan Noel, and Chelsea Peretti.
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‘Ben is Back’ Review

Stars: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones, David Zaldivar, Alexandra Park, Michael Esper, Tim Guinee, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Kristin Griffith, Jack Davidson, Mia Fowler, Jakari Fraser, Cameron Roberts | Written and Directed by Peter Hedges

Ben is Back, directed by Peter Hedges, faces strong competition in this year’s “Armageddon vs Deep Impact” cinematic war/rivalry against Felix van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy. Two incredibly alike films that follow a parent and drug-addicted son relationship in the emotionally tormenting journey that both travel on. Peter Hedges film stands firmly on its own ground with a semi-captivating drama that hits with a suffocating gut punch of emotionally draining brutality but gets lost on the path it travels with excessively dramatic plot elements that are executed more in the realm of the absurd than captivating.

The unnecessary plot elements, while not destructive to the films overall narrative or resonance of emotional depth,
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Second Opinion – Ben is Back (2018)

Ben is Back, 2018.

Directed by Peter Hedges.

Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Courtney B. Vance, Michael Esper, David Zaldivar and Rachel Bay Jones.

Synopsis:

A mother welcomes her drug addict son home early from rehab when he drops by on Christmas Eve, until the family dog disappears…

Throughout the early part of Ben is Back, Julia Roberts is playing the part of a welcoming parent to a tee. She holds her eyes wide open like an anime character, as if trying to convey as much energy and intrigue as possible. You can almost see the matchsticks holding her eyes open, as it takes every fibre of her being to maintain her peppy facade. Inside, she’s in turmoil, and that turmoil is entirely a result of her son.

Ben (Lucas Hedges) is, as the title suggests, back in the lives of his family members. He has spent the
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Ben Is Back Review

  • HeyUGuys
Julia Roberts gives a truly outstanding performance in Peter Hedges’s poignant new family drama Ben Is Back. Written and directed by Hedges, the film also stars the director’s son and current Hollywood favourite Lucas Hedges in this inspired, if slightly uneven, tale about a family’s struggle to cope with their teenage son’s addiction and unsteady recovery.

It’s the day before Christmas and Holly Burns (Roberts) is shocked beyond words when she pulls into her driveway to find her teenage son Ben waiting outside the family house. Ben, you see, has been in a rehab facility for the last couple of months and swears to have seventy-seven days of clean living. For his sister Ivy (Kathryn Newton) and stepdad Neal (Courtney B. Vance), the family has been here before and witnessed the young man’s manipulation first hand, which doesn’t stop Holly from welcoming the young man with open arms,
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Movie Review – Ben Is Back (2018)

Ben Is Back, 2018.

Directed by Peter Hedges.

Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton, Rachel Bay Jones and David Zaldivar.

Synopsis:

A mother’s loyalty to her drug addicted teenage son is pushed to the limits when he unexpectedly returns home.

It’s a family affair in more ways than one in Peter Hedges’ latest directorial feature, Ben Is Back. The drama — which explores drug addiction in American suburbia — stars son Lucas alongside Julia Roberts as a mother/son duo battling the shattering impact of substance abuse when he returns home from rehab on Christmas Eve.

With the UK release of Beautiful Boy less than two months ago, Ben Is Back upholds a recent trend in mainstream cinema: a focus on drug addiction within a white, middle-class family. The response has been less than encouraging, however. Despite the performances being largely lauded, box-office return and awards attention — or lack of,
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 12)

1976: Faith was going blind on Ryan's Hope.

1981: Another World's Ada gave Rachel a lecture.

1986: Guiding Light's Claire wasn't willing to give up Michelle.

1986: The "East Coast Capwells" arrived on Santa Barbara."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1970: On Another World, Missy Palmer Matthews (Carol Roux) told Liz (Nancy Wickwire) that Bill--Liz's son and Missy's husband--drowned after his sailboat capsized during a storm.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, while talking with Mary (Kate Mulgrew), Faith's (Faith Catlin) vision suddenly became blurry. Ed ordered an
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Grammys Generate More Social Impact Than Oscars, According to Nielsen (Exclusive)

  • Variety
The Oscars may be the most-watched awards show on TV — but when it comes to social media, it’s the Grammys that garners the most attention. That’s according to Nielsen, which has finished calculating its Social Content Ratings for the just-ended awards season.

Nielsen monitored social activity for every awards show that aired between Aug. 1, 2018, and Feb. 24, 2019. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which aired Feb. 10 on CBS, was easily the kudocast with the most social interactions — 26.2 million. The Oscars, which went live two weeks later on ABC, wasn’t even close, at 17.7 million interactions.

This year, six of the top ten “most-social” awards shows were music-oriented: Besides the Grammys, that included the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Premio Lo Nuestro 2019, the 2018 American Music Awards, the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, and the Latin American Music Awards. Here’s the full chart:

It’s perhaps no surprise that music kudocasts dominate the list.
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Angela Bassett Jokes Black Panther Castmates Are 'Consummate' Pros — and Don't Need Her Advice!

Angela Bassett Jokes Black Panther Castmates Are 'Consummate' Pros — and Don't Need Her Advice!
Angela Bassett has so much love to give towards her Black Panther castmates.

The actress, 60, walked the Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday with her husband Courtney B. Vance, where she spoke to PeopleTV on the Red Carpet Live special about how the younger members of the Black Panther cast don’t need any Hollywood advice.

“They’re consummate. All those guys. I saw Danai [Gurira] last night — she’s amazing in so many ways, so is Lupita [Nyong’o] and Chadwick [Boseman] and Michael B. [Jordan], Forest [Whitaker]… I couldn’t give advice to any of them! It’s just, ‘Let’s do it again!
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Angela Bassett Reveals the Moment She Knew Black Panther Would Be a Major Hit at 2019 Oscars

Angela Bassett Reveals the Moment She Knew Black Panther Would Be a Major Hit at 2019 Oscars
Angela Bassett is sharing the exact moment when she realized Black Panther was going to be a major success. Before heading inside to the ceremony at the 2019 Oscars, where Black Panther is up for seven awards, Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance stopped by to talk to Ryan Seacrest on E!'s Live From the Red Carpet. The film has made Oscars history, becoming the first-ever superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. The film also scored nods for Best Original Score, Best Original Song for "All the Stars," Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. So when did Bassett first realize Black Panther was skyrocketing?  "I think when I started looking at...
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Ben Is Back Arrives on Digital February 19th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 5th

Academy Award winner Julia Roberts gives another captivating performance when the thrilling and powerful film Ben is Back arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD February 19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD & Digital), DVD, and On Demand March 5 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award winner Julia Roberts gives another captivating performance when the thrilling and powerful film Ben is Back arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD February 19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD & Digital), DVD, and On Demand March 5 from Lionsgate. Starring alongside Roberts is a start-studded cast including Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges and Primetime Emmy® winner Courtney B. Vance in this authentic look at what happens to a seemingly normal and loving family when a troubled son returns home on Christmas Eve, but then disappears. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Peter Hedges, the edge-of-your-seat drama is “the finest performance of Julia Roberts’ career”.

Julia Roberts delivers a
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Is Michael B. Jordan Really Returning as Killmonger in Black Panther 2?

Rumors of Erik Killmonger's demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Black Panther 2, to the surprise of nobody, is in the works at Marvel Studios, even if they have yet to formally announce it. But given the first movie's success, this has been all but guaranteed for nearly a year at this point. While it hasn't been revealed who precisely will be returning for the follow-up, one surprising name has come up in the form of Michael B. Jordan.

During the red carpet event ahead of the SAG awards, Angela Bassett, who plays Ramonda in Black Panther, was interviewed alongside her husband, Courtney B. Vance. During the interview, Bassett was asked if everybody, with no specifications put on it, would return for the sequel, to which the actress replied, "I would assume so." Then Vance stepped in to offer the following.

"Yes, just go ahead and say it, yes! Everyone will be there.
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Michael B. Jordan Will Reportedly Be Back as Killmonger in Black Panther 2

Even though Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger died at the end of Black Panther, apparently he will be back for the sequel.

Death doesn’t really seem real in the McU. With Avengers: Endgame bringing back a bunch of characters that were killed off, including Black Panther, the news of Killmonger possibly returning shouldn’t really a big surprise.

While talking to Et Online at the SAG awards, Angela Bassett, who plays the mother of both T’Challa and Shuri, was asked if the Black Panther cast would be returning for a sequel and she said, “I assume so.” Then her husband Courtney B. Vance, decided to go the extra mile and spill the beans:

“Yes, just go ahead and say it. Yes, everyone will be there, including Michael B. [Jordan].”

So there ya have it! We obviously don’t know the details of how and why, but I imagine it
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