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Little Trailer: Regina Hall and Marsai Martin Pull the Old Body-Swap Switcheroo

Little Trailer: Regina Hall and Marsai Martin Pull the Old Body-Swap Switcheroo
Fans of 13 Going on 30 finally have a new reason to get up in the morning. While it's not exactly a remake, Little follows basically the same premise, with one woman swapping bodies with her younger self. It's been awhile since a good old fashion switcheroo comedy has landed on our stoop. We'll enjoy it while we can.

Girls Trip star Regina King and Black-ish star Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders. Hall is the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan, and Martin is the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self's penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure star Issa Rae plays Jordan's long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the
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Ai Weiwei Honored at Pen America 2018 LitFest Gala

Last week, Pen America hosted their 2018 LitFest Gala in Los Angeles, a celebration of free expression and the literary arts that honored some of the brightest names in film, television, and literature.

Ai Weiwei Honored at Pen America 2018 LitFest Gala

Globally lauded artist Ai Weiwei received the Artistic Expression Award, Academy Award Winning writer-director Barry Jenkins received the Award for Screenplay Excellence, award-winning Sharp Objects writers Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn received the Award for Teleplay Excellence, and Pen America Trustee Marvin Putnam received the Distinguished Leadership Award. The event, hosted by My Favorite Murder creators and authors of the forthcoming book Stay Sexy & Don’T Get Murdered, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, raised funds that will support initiatives including advocacy for writers, journalists, and artists threatened or imprisoned worldwide, as well as landmark research that addresses critical free speech issues, and the advancement of literary excellence and cross-cultural exchanges through hallmark initiatives,
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PRØHBTD’s ‘High Cuisine’ Docuseries Takes Food to Psychedelic Level (Exclusive)

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Marijuana-centric, multi-platform media company PRØHBTD has announced the start of pre-production on “High Cuisine,” a new travel, food and drug-infused docuseries, in partnership with Totem Media.

The 10-episode series will follow Noah Tucker and Anthony Joseph — two veteran chefs of Michelin-starred restaurants in Amsterdam and London — as they travel the world in search of local dishes and mind-altering ingredients in a mission to create “truly forbidden cuisine.” Some of those ingredients may include things like kanna, Syrian rue, and ‘magic’ mushrooms — all which have been known to provide users with a euphoric high, though the company stresses that the ingredients are “safe and mostly legal.”

Also Read: Peter Thiel's Medicinal Weed Company Tilray Now Worth More Than Expedia, American Airlines

“We are making a big push investing in premium content that expands PRØHBTD’s voice and audience and ‘High Cuisine’ is evidence of that,” said PRØHBTD’s chief content officer Joshua Otten.
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‘Tales From the Hood’ Director Rusty Cundieff: Why It Took 20 Years to Make a Sequel to His Black Horror Anthology

‘Tales From the Hood’ Director Rusty Cundieff: Why It Took 20 Years to Make a Sequel to His Black Horror Anthology
More than 20 years before “Get Out” transformed widespread anxieties about racism into a riveting horror-comedy, Rusty Cundieff’s “Tales From the Hood” got the ball rolling. Taking a tip from “Tales From the Crypt,” the 1995 horror anthology tackled the issues that terrorized black communities in America, from racist police officers to gang violence and the Kkk. With those themes still very much a part of the national conversation, “Tales From the Hood” is finally receiving a long-overdue sequel. With Spike Lee again attached as a producer, “Tales From the Hood 2” premieres this month at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal ahead of its direct-to-dvd release later this year.

For those who missed out on the original: Cundieff, whose 1993 hip-hop mockumentary “Fear of a Black Hat” was a breakout Sundance hit, used a framing device that stretches back to the E.C. Comics days. Creepy funeral home director Mr. Simms
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Marvel’s Hero For Hire Meets His Match In Official Trailer For Luke Cage Season 2

“Just so we’re clear. I’m not in the market for a sidekick.”

That’s Luke Cage there, explaining to a cocksure Misty Knight (Simone Missick) why he prefers to go at it alone. But it seems Marvel’s Hero for Hire could do with some reinforcements, as John McIver/Bushmaster (The Deuce‘s Mustafa Shakir) has arrived in Harlem baying for blood. Oh, and did we mention he’s also a bulletproof force to be reckoned with? Suddenly Cage doesn’t seem so unbreakable after all…

To make matters worse, Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and the ice-cool Shades (Theo Rossi) are busy plotting a new strategy to seize control of the empire Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali) left behind, leaving Luke Cage with little choice but to roll his sleeves up and confront his new adversaries.

All of this (and more!) unfurls in the official trailer for Luke Cage season
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Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 12 Review – ‘The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain’

Red Stewart reviews the twelfth episode of Black Lightning

“The Book of Pain” was the direction I feared Black Lightning would go after the fourth episode “Black Jesus.” At the time it seemed unlikely given how solid the first four entries were, but considering all the ups and downs the series has faced in the weeks since, it was unfortunately at least partially expected at this point.

Still, as a great critic once said, expecting and desiring are two different things. With only two episodes left, I hoped Black Lightning would pull a complete return to form and return to the grounded nature of its debut episodes, and with Tobias Whale returning to the picture, my hopes were floating through the roof.

Alas, once again Black Lightning fell to disappointment, and it all began with Whale. Whale’s return was something that should have injected fear and tension into the Freeland atmosphere.
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Party Report: John Legend ‘Swipes Right’ by Shooting Music Video on a Smartphone (Video)

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Party Report: John Legend ‘Swipes Right’ by Shooting Music Video on a Smartphone (Video)
A week after after ascending to TV heaven in an elaborately staged-performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” John Legend is back on earth making content just like “Ordinary People” … on a cellphone.

John Legend Inception: He watches himself on screen during the video reveal event at Neuehouse on Thursday night, April 5. (Mikey Glazer)

Also Read: Ratings: 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' Blesses 9.6 Million Viewers

The Oscar winner shot the music video for his new single “A Good Night” entirely on a cell phone.

Partnering with Google and it’s flagship Pixel 2 phone, the video tells the story of a “cute-meet” in a club where both people have an inkling that this could be “the one.”

Legend, Rob English (Chief Creative Director for Friends at Work) and Mishka Kornai (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Google)

“The song evoked ‘Rock With You’ from Michael Jackson, that kind of feel good party song,” Legend told an intimate crowd of 50 industry types atop Neuehouse in Hollywood on Thursday night.

“Eventually we stumbled on the idea of doing a song about meeting your future soulmate in that moment. We thought it was a cool concept to talk about ‘Hey, I think I just met my wife’ in a song.”

Legend and team revealed the song and video a few hours before their worldwide release.

Happy hour with Legend and Google (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Google)

“We were fascinated by the idea of using a smartphone to film a big budget music video,” Legend said. “A video that brings the smartphone dating experience to life.”

As Lve wine circulated (which Legend had in hand and touted by name), the Party Report spotted the creative ensemble behind the production, Rob English and Mishka Kornai, as well as producer Mike Jackson (“La La Land”). Jackson has a touch for debuts amongst intimate Hollywood crowds.

Also Read: Party Report: Kiana Ledé Slays Soho House (Photos)

Shooting on set with a phone (Google)

Amongst the cheery mood on a chilly night, reps from Google were visiting southern California just days after the deadly shooting at subsidiary company YouTube’s headquarters. They addressed the tragedy.

“Given the events at YouTube this week, I want to take a minute to say that our thoughts are with our extended family there,” Emily Clarke, Communications Manger for Pixel, said while making introductions. “We’re really thankful for how the community has come together and helped us respond and heal to that.”

(John Sciulli/Getty Images for Google)

“There’s a lot going on in the world right now,” Legend added, when he fielded questions from guests. “Sometimes it’s nice to just have music that makes you feel good.”

Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen are social media extroverts, a power couple who are known for candid and timely posts. There’s no social media “team” ginning up content behind the curtain.

Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Smites Bill O'Reilly With Fiery Comeback After 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' Diss

Accordingly, it was refreshing to see the singer, actor, executive producer and dad forge a genuine and authentic brand partnership that fits organically with the content he’s pushing.

Legend adds to his tally of creative titles with “A Good Night’s” twist ending.

Watch the full video above to see how the new “Black Jesus” can liven up a wedding.

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It's Time for Henderson to Learn Jefferson's Secret on 'Black Lightning'

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It's Time for Henderson to Learn Jefferson's Secret on 'Black Lightning'
Black Lightning cleared a huge superhero hurdle in "Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion." Jefferson was arrested for (planted) drug possession and had to "prove" that he wasn't Black Lightning to get out of the whole mess. Even though "Black Jesus" deal with a well-worn superhero trope, the episode still managed to be fantastic in how it approached the emotional toll that being arrested had on Jefferson. 

Yet as strong as the episode was, another obstacle still needs to be conquered. Inspector Deputy Chief Henderson needs to be let in on the fact that his best friend is Freeland's main vigilante protector, as soon as possible.
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Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 6 Review – ‘Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder’

Red Stewart reviews the sixth episode of Black Lightning

Black Lightning was unique in that it was only non-Marvel superhero show that I awarded consecutive high scores to the first two episodes. It really seemed like a series that was going to be different from the typical superhero slate, and with a 13-episode count as opposed to the CW mandate of 23-episodes, I had high hopes that it would continue to combine timely themes with the traits of the genre to create a memorable experience.

Someone will then have to explain to me how this seemingly revolutionary series became the first DC show to have a downright awful episode in its debut season. We’ve seen seasonal rot hit other longer-running television shows, from Smallville to Arrow, but that at least arrived after the characters were set up and explored.

This time around Black Lightning failed to provide anything of substance.
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Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 6 Review: Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder

Now that's how you execute a Big reveal!

There were many revelations on Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 6, but the biggest of which came at the end of the hour, and it found Anissa in a no holds barred fight with Black Lightning.

It was the type of scene you would expect closer to the season finale, but we are not even halfway through Black Lightning Season 1 yet. Given that Anissa was heading over to the lab, it was obvious she was going to cross paths with her father.

The fight, however, came out of the left field, and that was all down to the darn duct tape over Lynn's mouth. Anissa disposing of the bad guys before they got to steal the files was so freaking satisfying.

The sheer look of horror on Lynn's face when she realized that her daughter was out fighting crime like her father was priceless.
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Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 5 Review – ‘And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light’

Red Stewart reviews the fifth episode of Black Lightning

One criticism directed at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Netflix shows is that the 13-episode seasons are too long. Audiences feel that it results in the plot unnecessarily dragging out, or, in the worst case scenario, filler. For example, many people have noted that the first half of Luke Cage‘s debut season was stronger than the second half, and vice-versa for Iron Fist. Perhaps that’s why The Defenders only had an eight-episode season.

Regardless, you can imagine how problematic filling out a 23-episode season for the CW’s Arrowverse has been. But even with only 13-episodes, I’m beginning to wonder if Black Lightning will fall to the same issues of its Marvel counterparts. That was the case with this week’s episode “And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light,” which had a lot going on,
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‘Death House’ Interview: Vincent M. Ward

With the highly-anticipated horror Death House being released in cinemas on February 23rd 2018, I got a chance to speak with actor Vincent M. Ward about his character in The Walking Dead, being selected to play one of the 5 Evils and working on set with so many horror icons.

How did you first get into acting?

I kind of fell into acting by getting fired from a couple jobs for no reason and I decided to go watch a play for the first time in my life and fell in love with acting that day… Everything that’s negative can really be a positive to put you in the position to find your true love and for me its acting…

You are probably best known for your role in the hit TV show The Walking Dead, which you joined in Season 3 as Oscar. What was it like coming into such a
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Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 5 Review: And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light

How long will it take for Anissa to swoop in and give Black Lightning a rest?

That thought crossed my mind several times while watching Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 5, which found the titular hero struggling with the drawbacks of being a superhero. 

We already know that this isn't Jefferson's first rodeo, but he needs to stop and take a long hard look at himself and establish some ground rules to stay healthy. 

We don't know all the details about what really happens to the body with all that electricity whizzing around, but we do know that Jefferson has found himself immobile in the past. 

If you watch Black Lightning online, you will know that's why Lynn has worried about him going out on the streets of Freeland trying to keep everyone safe. 

Watching Jefferson struggle physically is tough because it's evident he's trying to fight through the pain. Watching him
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Roy Wood Jr. To Star In Parole Officer Comedy From Trevor Noah & Aaron McGruder In Works At Comedy Central

Comedy Central is developing Re-Established, a half-hour single comedy starring The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Roy Wood Jr., with Noah and Aaron McGruder (Boondocks, Black Jesus) executive producing. Based on an idea by Wood, Re-Established stars Wood as a parole officer willing to bend the rules to help the parolees on his watch, much to the chagrin of his partner and everyone else in his life. Wood executive produces under his South Park and Princeton…
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Black Lightning Round Table: Could Khalil Walk Again?

Tobias and Tori make for the most villainous siblings on all of TV. 

Tori made her debut on Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 4, and she started scheming from the get-go. 

Below, TV Fanatics Jasmine Blu, Andy Behbakht, and Paul Dailly discuss the possibility that Tobias lied to Khalil, that awkward dinner date and Gambi's real motives. 

Is there a possibility that Tobias has paid/threatened the doctor into saying Khalil's spinal cord has been snapped?

Jasmine: You know, I wouldn't put it past him. I actually hope that's the case because the alternative is too devastating to think about. I like Khalil, and I want nothing but good things for him. 

Andy: I agree with Jasmine, someone like Tobias could be capable of that. Anything is possible in Freeland I suppose.

Paul: Yeah, I think there's going to be light at the end of the tunnel for Khalil, but it's going
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Why Jefferson Is Addicted to Power but Not His Powers on 'Black Lightning'

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Why Jefferson Is Addicted to Power but Not His Powers on 'Black Lightning'
The question of addiction to power has been raised on Black Lightning. Lynn is certain that her husband is addicted to his powers and it is destroying him. However, Jefferson and Peter both think she has nothing to worry about. The latest episode, "Black Jesus," hinted that it may not be his powers that he's addicted to, but the power of being Black Lightning.
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Could Khalil Become the Newest Member of The 100 on 'Black Lightning'?

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Could Khalil Become the Newest Member of The 100 on 'Black Lightning'?
Jefferson Pierce is already fighting a war on two fronts, at work and in his free time, against The 100 again on Black Lightning but a third might be added soon. Jefferson's home life might be under attack too, if the cliffhanger to the episode "Black Jesus" can be believed. After being paralyzed by a stray bullet, Jennifer's boyfriend, Khalil Payne, was visited by Black Lightning's main villain, Tobias Whale. It was all in an attempt to turn the youth against the series' hero, with offer to join forces. It's an offer that Khalil seems perfectly poised to take.
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Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 4 Review – ‘Black Jesus’

Red Stewart reviews the fourth episode of Black Lightning

On the outset, it would be easy to criticize ‘Black Jesus’ for being a remake of the Arrow season 1 episode ‘Vertigo’. After all, both deal with the surge of a street drug marketed at high schoolers, that consequently leads to the hero having to confront the source. In Black Lightning’s case, this pharmaceutical is called “Green Light” and it’s already made its way to the students of Garfield High thanks to some charismatic dealers.

However, the fourth outing of Black Lightning goes a slightly different route than the aforementioned Arrow episode. One of the things that makes Black Lightning more akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Netflix shows is that it’s more interested in telling an overarching story, rather than the episodic nature of the Arrowverse. As a result, ‘Black Jesus’ doesn’t deal with a villain of the week,
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Why 'Black Lightning' Shouldn't Forget About Jefferson as a Principal

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Why 'Black Lightning' Shouldn't Forget About Jefferson as a Principal
Black Lightning began with a lot of Jefferson Pierce outside of his electrified suit. Yet, understandably, as he gives the show its name, Black Lightning became much more front and center than Jefferson Pierce, eventually overshadowing Jefferson's day job as principal. 

In the episode "Black Jesus," Black Lightning went right back to the well of Jefferson as principal, having him deal with a superhero problem both in and out of his suit. "Black Jesus" might've not been the best Black Lightning episode to date but it had a format that most episodes of the series should follow in the future.
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