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Michael B. Jordan set for legal drama Just Mercy

Variety is reporting that Michael B. Jordan has signed on to star in the legal drama Just Mercy, which is based upon Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and is being eyed for an early 2018 shoot by Warner Bros.

The official Amazon description for the book reads: “Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.”

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Warner Bros. Picks Up Michael B. Jordan Legal Drama 'Just Mercy'

Warner Bros. Picks Up Michael B. Jordan Legal Drama 'Just Mercy'
Warner Bros. has picked up the Michael B. Jordan legal drama Just Mercy from Broad Green Pictures, the troubled production and distribution entity, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The move sets up the project as Jordan’s next pic, a modestly budgeted effort that will shoot in early 2018.

Helmer Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) is directing Just Mercy, which adapts the memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson.

Stevenson is the venerated founder of the Equal Justice Initiative which fights on behalf of the poor, the wrongly condemned and death-row prisoners trapped in the justice system. Just Mercy was...
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Chrissy Teigen Says She and John Legend Are Working on More Kids: ‘I Want to Knock ‘Em Out’

Chrissy Teigen Says She and John Legend Are Working on More Kids: ‘I Want to Knock ‘Em Out’
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are working on expanding their family.

The couple — who wed in 2013 and welcomed their first child, Luna, in April 2016 — are hoping to add more kids to their growing brood soon, Teigen told E! News Thursday while on the red carpet at the first-ever Revolve Awards, where she was receiving the “Woman of the Year” honor.

“We’re still trying… I’m going for, I mean hopefully in the next few years, because for me I really want to just knock ’em out,” the 31-year-old cookbook author said, adding that she’s feeling “good.”

“That’s my dream,
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share Baby No. 2 Plans

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share Baby No. 2 Plans
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are opening up about plans to expand their family. The couple stepped out on separate coasts Thursday evening as they were each honored for their achievements. Teigen was in Los Angeles to receive the "Woman of the Year" honor at the first-ever Revolve Awards. While Legend was honored at the NAACP Ldf National Equal Justice Awards in New York City. While on the red carpet at the events, both stars talked to E! News exclusively about their plans to have a second child. "I feel good, I feel good, we're still trying...I'm going for I mean hopefully in the next few years because for me I really want to just knock 'em out," Teigen shared with E! News'...
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Andra Day Channels Billie Holiday at Global Citizen Festival

Andra Day Channels Billie Holiday at Global Citizen Festival
Andra Day, 32, paid homage to the influential legacy of Billie Holiday at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival with an impassioned performance of the infamous protest ballad, Strange Fruit. The Grammy nominee partnered with Google and the Equal Justice Initiative to shed light on the powerful social justice message embedded in Holiday’s song, which redefined the power of music almost 80 years ago.

Andra Day used her powerhouse vocals to send a strong message against racial violence to the thousands of global citizens in the audience. After singing her last note of the emotional lyrics, she reached out to the audience on
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Watch Andra Day's Aching 'Strange Fruit' Cover on 'The Daily Show'

Watch Andra Day's Aching 'Strange Fruit' Cover on 'The Daily Show'
R&B singer Andra Day delivered a striking rendition of the famous protest song "Strange Fruit" on The Daily Show Wednesday. The song was first made famous by Billie Holiday, but has also been performed by Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley, UB40 and Annie Lennox.

The sparse arrangement found Day partnering with just a guitarist, who unspooled blues riffs beneath her stunning vocals. Day began singing Abel Meeropol's vivid lyrical poem about the lynchings of African Americans in the South at a low moan. Day also tied the song to
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Florida Woman Became Prison Pen Pals with the 13-Year-Old Who Shot Her in the Face

Florida Woman Became Prison Pen Pals with the 13-Year-Old Who Shot Her in the Face
Ian Manuel spent 26 years behind bars after he shot a woman in the face when he was just 13 years old, but he rarely felt alone. That’s because the woman he hurt, Debbie Baigrie, decided to forgive him — and more.

The night he shot her, in Tampa, Florida, on July 27, 1990, is something they both still relive.

Baigrie, then 28, was out with friends for the first time since giving birth to her second child, and she was walking back to her car to head home. Manuel, who had a history of minor run-ins with the law, was with a group of
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I Forgave the Man Who Shot Me in the Face: Why a Florida Woman Helped Free Her Attempted Murderer

I Forgave the Man Who Shot Me in the Face: Why a Florida Woman Helped Free Her Attempted Murderer
More than 26 years ago, on July 27, 1990, Debbie Baigrie was walking to her car to head home from dinner with her friends in Tampa, Florida. Baigrie, then 28, was enjoying her first night out since giving birth to her second child.

Then she saw a group of men walking toward her.

“I’m serious, give it up,” she remembers one saying as she turned around to find a gun pointed at her. The weapon went off, sending a bullet through her mouth.

Miraculously, Baigrie survived the shooting, though she underwent some 40 dental procedures over the next 10 years.

Three days later, Ian Manuel,
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People’s 2011 Cover Story: Could Casey Anthony Go Free?

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For the first time since being acquitted in 2011 in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, Casey Anthony spoke out in an interview with the Associated Press.

“I’m okay with myself, I sleep pretty good at night,” the 30-year-old, once dubbed “the most hated mom in America,” said, adding that she feels a kinship with O.J. Simpson.

People began covering the case the day after Caylee was reported missing, interviewing more than 200 key players in the case. Here is People’s cover story from July 4, 2011, just days before the shocking verdict.

For three intense weeks, George and Cindy Anthony
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Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening & More Set for Tonight's Shakespeare In America Public Forum at the Delacorte

The Public Theater presents the free one-night event, Public Forum Shakespeare In America, tonight, June 30 at 800 p.m. at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Whitney Bashor, Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain, author E.L. Doctorow, Jackie Hoffman, Justin Levine, Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, and Micah Stock join this exciting evening, which will celebrate Shakespeare and the newly released Library of America book, Shakespeare in America, edited by Public Theater Shakespeare Scholar in Residence James Shapiro.
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Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening & More Join Shakespeare In America Public Forum at the Delacorte, 6/30

The Public Theater announced additional casting today for the free one-night event, Public Forum Shakespeare In America, on Monday, June 30 at 800 p.m. at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Whitney Bashor, Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain, author E.L. Doctorow, Jackie Hoffman, Justin Levine, Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, and Micah Stock join this exciting evening which will celebrate Shakespeare and the newly released Library of America book, Shakespeare in America, edited by Public Theater Shakespeare Scholar in Residence James Shapiro.
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President Obama Asked to Block BBC Show ‘Top Gear’ That Allegedly Used Racist Term

President Obama Asked to Block BBC Show ‘Top Gear’ That Allegedly Used Racist Term
London — President Obama has been asked to consider blocking broadcast in the U.S. of BBC motoring show “Top Gear” after its star, Jeremy Clarkson, was accused of allegedly using racist language.

A firm of lawyers, Equal Justice, is to write to Obama and the ambassadors of more than 200 countries in which “Top Gear” airs to ask them to consider the evidence, and then decide if the series should continue to be broadcast in their countries, the Guardian has reported.

The firm was referring to footage from the show in which the nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, mo” was recited, and in which it has been alleged the n-word was used. The footage was not broadcast, but the Daily Mirror has put the footage on its website. Clarkson claims he mumbled something that sounds like the offending word, but not the word itself.

Lawrence Davies, director of Equal Justice, said:
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Nitpicking Emmy: Except for 'Parks and Rec,' Tatiana Maslany, and much of Comic-Con Nation, the deserving got served

Nitpicking Emmy: Except for 'Parks and Rec,' Tatiana Maslany, and much of Comic-Con Nation, the deserving got served
It’s foolish to get too amped or too peeved over Emmy nominations. I cried my last tears over slights and snubs after Twin Peaks went 2-for-14 in 1989. How David Lynch lost in the directing category to a tie between Equal Justice and thirtysomething still makes me want to wrap someone in plastic. The lesson I learned: You can’t count on the people who make entertainment to validate the entertainment that you, the consumer, love the most. There have been moments in recent years when my most passionate television interests have aligned with the Emmy majority. See: When Lost won Outstanding Drama,
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Ten Reasons The People's Choice Awards Don't Matter | A Seriously Random List

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10. The juxtaposition of these two 1986 winners:

9. 2005 Favorite Hair - Jennifer Garner

8. 1991 Favorite Male Musical Performer - Hammer (he'd dropped the "Mc" at this point)

7. 2009 Favorite Drama Movie and Favorite Independent Movie - The Secret Life of Bees

6. 2006 this thing:

5. 2007 Favorite Group - Nickelback

4. The following Favorite New TV Shows (aka, the "We Love This Show So Much, It Will Be On Forever!" award; from 2008 on, I defy you to remember a single one of these programs):

2011 - $#*! My Dad Says

2009 - Gary Unmarried

2008 - Moonlight

2007 - The Class

2000 - Stark Raving Mad

1999 - La Doctors

1998 - Brooklyn South

1996 - Murder One

1992 - Homefront

1991 - Equal Justice

3. 2008 Favorite Female TV Star and 2010 TV Drama Actress Winner - Katherine Heigl (she'd really honed her craft in that two year period)

2. 2011 Favorite Movie Winner - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

1. 2007, 2008, and 2009 Favorite TV Comedy Winner - Two and a Half Men
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'Save the Last Dance' helmer joins 'Dream On'

'Save the Last Dance' helmer joins 'Dream On'
"Save the Last Dance" director Thomas Carter has a gig for another jig.

Carter will direct Mandate Pictures' teen dance movie "Dream On" for producer Laurence Mark ("Dreamgirls"). Jason Ubaldi wrote the screenplay.

The storyline follows a 17-year-old girl who delves into the underground hip-hop scene in Atlanta after her dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast are dashed by an injury.

Carter will also produce the project, which the studio hopes to start filming by the end of the year. David Blackman, Rachel Miller and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers; Tamara Chestna and Mary Lee will co-produce. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

The CAA-repped Carter has also directed the features "Swing Kids," "Metro" and "Coach Carter" and episodes of the series "Equal Justice," "Miami Vice" and "St. Elsewhere."

Mark has recently produced "Julie & Julia," "The Lookout" and the dance movie "Center Stage."

Mandate recently produced "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,
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A conversation with actor Joe Morton

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Jason Anders/Starlog: So let's talk about your childhood and what it was like to grow up with your father serving as a U.S. army intelligence officer; what was it like for you to spend parts of your childhood in West Germany and Okinawa, how did that impact your life, and do you remember at what point you considered acting a pursuable passion?

Joe Morton: First off, my father was not an intelligence officer. He was a captain in the artillery but, essentially, his job was to integrate the arm forces overseas. We are speaking about the years between 1951 to 1958. That means my father showed up, with my mother and I in tow, to what ever post he was assigned to ... racially unannounced. That time of my life was fiercely strange and difficult. My father was constantly battling his white superior officers as well as the white enlisted
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