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Vanessa Williams Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’

Vanessa Williams Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’
Vanessa Williams has been cast in the ABC drama pilot “False Profits” in a series regular role, Variety has learned.

The project, described as a comedic soap in the vein of “Desperate Housewives,” follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business. Williams will play Suzanne, the leader of a highly successful group of saleswomen. She initially tries to befriend Laura (Bellamy Young), but turns ice cold when Laura decides to start a group of her own.

In addition to Young, Williams
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Three generations of Shaft join forces in new image from the reboot

Having started production earlier this month under director Tim Story (Ride Along), we now have a first official image from the upcoming Shaft reboot, which features three generations of Shaft: Richard Roundtree’s Detective John Shaft from the original 1971 movie, his nephew John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson) from the 2000 film, and the latter’s son, John Shaft Jr. (Jesse T. Usher). Check it out here, courtesy of fashion designer Aleks Musika on Instagram

The new Shaft sees Usher’s FBI agent John Shaft Jr. forced into teaming up with his estranged, old school father on a case. The Netflix original is slated for release in June 2019 and also stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Regina Hall (Girls Trip) and Method Man (The Deuce).

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Son of Shaft First Look Unites Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher

Son of Shaft First Look Unites Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher
There's no rebooting the Shaft legacy when you have such icons as Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree already part of the franchise. So Son of Shaft will be a true sequel that brings the entire Shaft family together, with Jessie Usher the newest member of this squad. Today, we have a first look at the three generations as they will appear in the upcoming crime thriller.

This first look image arrives direct from acclaimed fashion designer Aleks Musika, who will be providing the stylish new wardrobe for his trio of classy men. The trinity is seen walking in unison across a rooftop, with Jessie Usher leading the group in matching rust-colored trench coats, adorned with dark shades, and matching gray turtlenecks. The sight will surely bring a smile to any fan of the actors, and the Shaft franchise as a whole. Musika had this to say, quoting the iconic Shaft theme by Isaac Hayes.
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3 Generations of Shaft in First Look at Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (Photo)

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3 Generations of Shaft in First Look at Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (Photo)
Three generations of Shaft are prominently featured in the first set photo from the upcoming “Shaft” movie starring Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree (the original Shaft). • You Are Daaamn Right! #Shaft This Was One of The Toughest Projects We Have Had to Do Yet, Shout Out to Our Whole @musikafrere Team • **Swipe** To See Original Mood Board #samuelljackson #menswear #movement #design A post shared by Aleks Musika (@aleksmusika) on Feb 18, 2018 at 1:51pm Pst The behind-the-scenes photo was taken in New York City over the weekend as the three leads were decked out to...
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First Look at Samuel L. Jackson & Jessie T. Usher in Son Of Shaft

Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher and Richard Roundtree are looking suave in the first image from Son of Shaft. Excitement has been brewing over the Shaft reboot, which has turned into a multi-generational project starring Roundtree, who originated the role of Detective John Shaft in Shaft in 1971; Jackson, who played his nephew (also named John Shaft) in the 2000 reboot; and Independence Day: Resurgence star Usher, who is playing Jackson’s son, John Shaft Jr.
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See three generations of Shaft as filming kicks off on the reboot

With production on the Shaft sequel/reboot Son of Shaft now underway, a cast photo has arrived online which features Isaac Hayes III, the grandson of the music legend behind the theme from the 1971 original, alongside three generations of Shaft – the original John Shaft (Richard Roundtree), his nephew John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson), and the nephew’s son John Shaft Jr. (Jesse T. Usher).

They say that #Shaft family are some Bad Mutha#%*!as

3 Generations. 1 Movie.@The_JessieT @IsaacHayes3 #RichardRoundtree @SamuelLJackson #SonOfShaft pic.twitter.com/3PthKpjHH7

— Isaac Hayes (@isaachayes) February 1, 2018

Tim Story (Ride Along) is directing the new movie from a script by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), and the plot reportedly sees Usher’s FBI agent John Shaft Jr. forced into teaming up with his estranged, old school father on a case. The Netflix original is slated for release in June 2019 and also stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Regina Hall
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3 Generations of Shaft Actors Unite For a Photo on the Set of the Reboot

A new photo from the set of the upcoming Shaft reboot was recently posted on the official Isaac Hayes memorial Twitter account. The photo opp brings together three generations of Shaft actors that include the legendary original Shaft actor Richard Roundtree from the 1970s films; Samuel L. Jackson, who played his nephew in the 2000 film; and then there's Jessie T. Usher, who is the newest addition to the Shaft family. He is the son of Jackson's character. Here's the synopsis from the upcoming film:

He may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, Jj—aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher)—will need an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout Jj’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while Jj’s
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3 Generations of Shaft Unite as Son of Shaft Begins Shooting

3 Generations of Shaft Unite as Son of Shaft Begins Shooting
Production on Son of Shaft has officially begun and to celebrate, Isaac Hayes' son posted a picture of himself along with Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jessie Usher. The new Shaft project has been in development for years now, but it was revealed last year that Tim Story was set to direct the project and was followed by the announcement that Roundtree, Jackson, were both returning to the movie. Jessie T. Usher is the newcomer to the series and he is set to play the titular role.

Son of Shaft is set for a June 2019 release date and production has officially begun. Isaac Hayes famously recorded the iconic theme song for the original movie as well as the 2000 sequel starring Samuel L. Jackson. The musician won an Academy Award for his original song and his son was on the set of Son of Shaft to celebrate 3 generations of the character in one picture.
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3 Generations of Shaft Unite as Son of Shaft Begins Production

Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher marked the beginning of production on the Shaft movie series reboot with an on-set photo. Roundtree, of course, originated the role of Detective John Shaft with Shaft in 1971 with legendary director Gordon Parks at the helm. The success of the film led Roundtree to reprise the character in two feature films – Shaft’s Big Score! in 1972 and Shaft in Africa in 1974 – and in-between he transitioned to a Shaft TV series that ran for seven episodes in 1973 and 1974 on CBS.
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Robbie Jones Cast In ‘Shaft’ Sequel; Brandon Routh Joins Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ Remake

Robbie Jones Cast In ‘Shaft’ Sequel; Brandon Routh Joins Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ Remake
Actor Robbie Jones (One Tree Hill, Necessary Roughness) has come aboard New Line’s Tim Story-directed Shaft sequel, which stars past Shaft actors Samuel L. Jackson and and Richard Roundtree as well as new comers Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Cliff "Method Man" Smith and Matt Lauria. The pic, which will bow in June 14, 2019, follows John Shaft Jr. (a.k.a. Jj), a cyber security expert and FBI analyst who reluctantly enlists his estranged father to help to…
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Joel Freeman Dies: Producer of ‘Shaft’ And ‘Love At First Bite’ Was 95

Joel Freeman Dies: Producer of ‘Shaft’ And ‘Love At First Bite’ Was 95
Joel Freeman, a veteran producer behind such films as Shaft, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Love at First Bite, has died. He was 95 and passed away Sunday night after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer at his Sherman Oaks, CA home. His death was confirmed by his wife, Betty, who called him “a wonderful man and entertainer.” Freeman had more than 100 films, series and movies for television on his long resume. Some of his films included The Tender Trap
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Joel Freeman Dies: Producer of ‘Shaft’ And ‘Love At First Bite’ Was 95

Joel Freeman, a veteran producer behind such films as Shaft, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Love at First Bite, has died. He was 95 and passed away Sunday night after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer at his Sherman Oaks, CA home. His death was confirmed by his wife, Betty, who called him “a wonderful man and entertainer.” Freeman had more than 100 films, series and movies for television on his long resume. Some of his films included The Tender Trap
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Joel Freeman, Producer of 'Shaft' and 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,' Dies at 95

Joel Freeman, a veteran at MGM who produced such films as Shaft, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Love at First Bite, has died. He was 95.

Freeman died Sunday night at his home in Sherman Oaks after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and lung cancer, a publicist announced.

Freeman, a nephew of Dore Schary, the head of production and later president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1950s, also worked as a production manager and assistant director during his lengthy Hollywood career.

He had a hand in such films as The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947), The Long,...
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Method Man Joins Jennifer Garner in Action Movie ‘Peppermint’

Method Man Joins Jennifer Garner in Action Movie ‘Peppermint’
Cliff “Method Man” Smith has joined the cast of Lakeshore Entertainment and Stx’s “Peppermint,” starring Jennifer Garner.

Pierre Morel will direct the film. Stx recently secured distribution rights from Lionsgate.

The movie follows a woman whose husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by. She wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine in order to one day take revenge. On the 10th anniversary of the deaths, she targets everyone she holds responsible — the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murders.

Smith will play a detective in the film. The pic is currently in production and is expected to bow sometime in 2018.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin are the exec producers.

Smith was recently cast in the “Shaft” sequel at New Line, starring [link=nm
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Now Casting: Join ‘Son of Shaft’ Starring Samuel L. Jackson as Background + 3 More Gigs

In today’s roundup, the Samuel L. Jackson-led “Son of Shaft,” a reboot of the 1970s action film “Shaft,” is looking for background, including real members of the military. Plus, make $5,000 as one of the two leads in a corporate web series, play the principal role in a Tony-nominated play, or play the role of Pepper in the hit jukebox musical “Mamma Mia.” “Son Of Shaft” The Samuel L. Jackson-led “Son of Shaft,” a reboot of the 1970s action film “Shaft,” is casting background talent. Male and female actors, aged 18 and older, are wanted to portray funeral mourners. There are also background roles for real military members. The production shoots Jan. 29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Pay is $75 for eight hours of work. Apply here! “Unforgettable Journey” Casting is underway for two lead roles in “Unforgettable Journey,” a 24-episode web series designed for an incentive corporate plan (internal use only). A female actor,
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Facebook Posts I Never Made

Last week I made my way out of the Facebook forest and decided to take a brief hiatus from the constant barrage of input, positive as well as negative, and try to clear my head a little. I’ve already pretty much abandoned Twitter for the same reasons (How do all you Twitterers have the time to be constantly Tweeting and following other people’s feeds?), but that was never a platform I felt all that comfortable with anyway. But after only a week and change I already feel the Facebook junkie’s craving, and I wonder how much longer I can hold out before I initiate another indulgence of my addiction. The pull of the sense of community that naturally develops is, for better or worse, something I miss— though I have been lurking, I miss taking part in the discussions of posts made by my family and my smartest friends,
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Sony’s Men in Black spinoff gets a new release date

After toying with the idea of a Jump Street crossover, Sony Pictures announced back in October of last year that it has decided instead to reboot the Men in Black franchise with a new spinoff film from screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcus (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight).

The as-yet-untitled film was given a May 17th 2019 release date, but the studio has now announced that it has been pushed back a month and will open on June 14th. That takes it out of the way of John Wick: Chapter 3, and has it opening alongside Tim Story’s Shaft reboot, and a week after 20th Century Fox’s planned X-Men spinoff Gambit.

Based on the comic book series of the same name, Men in Black first hit the big screen in 1997, with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starring as J and K, two agents charged with regulating alien activity on Earth.
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Toy Story 4 Finds Its New Writer, Is It Getting Delayed Again?

Good and bad news for Pixar fans. Disney has brought on screenwriter Stephany Folsom to take over the writing duties on the highly-anticipated Toy Story 4. But this last minute addition could mean the movie is being indefinitely delayed, after so many starts and stops already.

While Stephany Folsom only has one produced credit to her name, the TV series Ds2dio 360, she made the Black List in 2013 for her script 1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon, an alternate history script which follows director Stanley Kubrick as he's tasked by Nasa to fake the 1969 moon landing. The writer also worked on the script for Thor: Ragnarok, although she was denied credit by the Writers Guild of America.

This comes just a few months after original Toy Story 4 writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack were rumored to have left the project
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Men in Black Spin-Off Gets New Summer 2019 Release Date

Sony Pictures is still moving forward with its Men in Black spin-off, but now fans should expect it a month later than originally planned. Sony has pushed up the Mib spin-off from its original May 17, 2019 release date, to June 14, 2019. If it would have stayed put on May 17, the movie would have gone up against John Wick Chapter 3, but now that Lionsgate action sequel has the date all to itself, although that will surely change over the next year and a half. As of now, the movie will face Warner Bros. Shaft sequel.

There was no rationale given for the release date shift, especially since John Wick Chapter 3 had been set on that date a full two weeks before Sony decided to put Men in Black 4 on that date. It's entirely possible that the studio was really trying to get out of the way of Marvel's Avengers 4, which brings Marvel's
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Hollywood Flashback: In 1973, 'Cleopatra Jones' Ruled the Box Office

Hollywood Flashback: In 1973, 'Cleopatra Jones' Ruled the Box Office
Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson as a Mafia hitwoman, pays more than a little homage to "blaxploitation" films of the past. The genre — which featured mostly African-American characters, extreme violence and irresistible R&B soundtracks — went mainstream with 1971's Shaft.

Max Julien, one of blaxploitation's biggest stars (he appeared opposite Richard Pryor in 1973's The Mack), was laying low in Rome in the early '70s when a voice in his head told him to "go home and write about something called 'Cleopatra Jones.' " Two days later, he was in...
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