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Updates On BET/Akil 'Entourage'-Like Diggy Simmons Pilot (Title, Synopsis, Shoot Dates)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 11:09 AM
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A few updates on BET's "two-hour backdoor comedy pilot/original movie" starring Daniel Dwayne Simmons, aka Diggy Simmons (son of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons), executive produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who are already behind 2 other BET products - the hit comedy The Game, and the upcoming drama/comedy series Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union.

Black List Founder Franklin Leonard 'Forced Out Of Post' At Overbrook Entertainment

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2012 10:32 AM
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According to the LA Times this morning, Franklin Leonard, who was vice president of creative affairs at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, and founder of what has come to be known as the Black List (the popular annual list that ranks the best unproduced screenplays each year), has been "forced out of his post" at Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

Chatter Around The Banquet Table In New Clip From Upcoming All-Black 'Steel Magnolias'

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  • September 19, 2012 9:24 PM
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Watch Viola Davis As Clairvoyant Amma In First Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 8:58 PM
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In what will be her next released project after this fall's education reform drama Won't Back Down, Viola Davis co-stars in the upcoming adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, the first of three novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl about Ethan, a mortal boy living in the South, and Lena, the girl he loves with enigmatic powers she’s trying to keep hidden.

Andre Braugher, Kerry Washington, Giancarlo Esposito Announced As 64th Emmy Presenters

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 8:44 PM
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From an ABC press release earlier today...

Nzingha Stewart ('For Colored Girls') Tapped To Pen Screenplay For 'The Flamingo Kid' Remake

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 7:55 PM
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Nzingha Stewart has been hired to write the script for Walt Disney Pictures' remake of the 1984 Garry Marshall comedy The Flamingo Kid, with Brett Ratner and Michael Phillips producing.

Review - Steve James' 'Head Games' Is A Cautionary Tale For Athletes

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 7:28 PM
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After directing 2 of the most reverred documentaries made in the last 20 years (you'll likely find both of them on many lists of top documentaries of all time - 1994's Hoop Dreams and 2011's The Interrupters), director Steve James tackles what he refers to as the "concussion crisis in sports," in his new revealing feature documentary, Head Games.

Dorian Missick Will Play An Anesthesiologist On USA Network's 'Paging Dr. Freed'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 6:21 PM
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Dorian Missick is a busy, busy man. All good!

Cedric Stewart Signs w/ Don Buchwald & Associates, Shoots 'Banshee' For HBO/Cinemax

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 6:08 PM
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New York, NY (September 18, 2012)-- Cedric Stewart (Alan Ball's 'Banshee') has signed with Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. Buchwald will represent Stewart across the board. Jonathan Mason will work directly with Stewart.

Gabby Douglas Will Make Her Screen Acting Debut On CW's 'The Vampire Diaries'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2012 5:47 PM
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After her chat with Oprah, Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas will guest star on the CW Network's teen drama The Vampire Diaries.

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