Friday, May 22, 2015

Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx [VIDEO]

Gabrielle Union Books Roles In ‘Sleepless Night’ & ‘Keanu’

According to Blackfilm, Gabrielle Union has booked two roles in upcoming films. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Union is set to join Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan in the upcoming action thriller Sleepless Night, while The Wrap is stating that Union is in talks to join Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s original big screen comedy Keanu.  Sleepless Night, which will be directed by Baran Bo Odar and is a remake of the French film Nuit Blanche, tells the story of Vincent Downs (Foxx), a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop. When gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for a shipment of cocaine he stole, Downs races to save his son’s life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he’s actually lost the goods. Monaghan plays officer Jennifer Bryant, an Internal Affairs agent investigating Downs who ultimately has to decide which side of the law he’s on.  Union and Foxx both starred together in 2004′s Breakin’ All the Rules.  Key and Peele’s Keanu doesn’t have any details yet but the New Line comedy and is said to center around a kidnapped cat.  Union, who also stars in BET’s Being Mary Jane, was featured in both 2014′s Chris Rock’s Top Five and Tim Story’s Think Like a Man Too.

'19 Kids and Counting' TLC Yanks Show From TV Schedule

According to TMZ, TLC has just pulled all airings of "19 Kids and Counting" from its lineup ... TMZ has learned.  Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession the network had to make the decision.  We're told they absolutely have not made a long-term decision, but it's clearly a bad sign for the show.  And there's this, a rep for General Mills tells TMZ, they have already blacklisted the show and removed it from their company's current advertising schedule. TLC ran a Duggar marathon Thursday, prominently featuring Josh. There was big backlash, not the least of which came from Mama June, who felt TLC was giving the Duggars a pass for far worse conduct than hers, which caused TLC to pull the plug on 'Honey Boo Boo.'


Oprah Winfrey Cancelled Duggar Family Interview After Molestation Tip

According to TMZ, Oprah Winfrey took swift action when her production company got a tip that Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including some of his sisters, refusing to go through with a scheduled appearance on her talk show.  The first tip about Josh Duggar was sent to a staffer at Harpo. The email was received on December 7, 2006 at 6:30 AM. The email not only refers to the molestation, the author also claims Jim Bob and Michelle covered it up.  Oprah's people sent the email to a child abuse hotline.  The Duggars were already in Chicago for the taping, which was scheduled within a day of the email. Oprah's staff jumped so quickly, we've learned at 1:17 PM the same day, an Arkansas State Police officer contacted Michelle, telling her she needed to bring Josh back home immediately for an interview.  Turns out there was no conflict, because Oprah's people immediately cancelled the taping and sent the family home. 


Flavor Flav ARRESTED On A Slew Of Criminal Charges

According to the YBF, former reality star and rapper Flavor Flav is in trouble with the law…again! The Public Enemy member was arrested in Las Vegas, according to TMZ. And apparently, he decided to disregard most driving laws. DUI? Check! Speeding? Check! Driving with a suspended license? Check!  And that’s just the beginning, he was also booked on having marijuana in his possession, having an open container of alcohol, and a fake car registration. The rap star was busted last year in NYC for speeding while on his way to his mother’s funeral. In 2012, he was arrested in Las Vegas and was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence. Then in 2011, he was arrested in Las Vegas for four outstanding warrants. 

Jermaine Dupri & Bow Wow Reunite On New Track “WYA (Where You At?)”

According to the YBF, Jermaine Dupri is gearing up to release a new EP. And he just released the first single “WAY (Where You At?)” featuring his mentee Bow Wow. These two haven’t joined forces on track since Bow’s 2000 debut single “Bounce With Me.”  If you haven’t heard, Bow Wow Shad Moss has cut ties with Cash Money and he will be collaborating with the two men who helped kick start his career: Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg. The “CSI:Cyber star” made the announcement via his Facebook page earlier this month.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tom Bergeron out, Alfonso Ribeiro in as host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

According to the YBF, Former "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro, who danced his way into the hearts of tv viewers during his Mirroball winning spin on "DWTS" last season, has landed the top gig at "America's Funniest Home Videos"! Alfonso was named as Tom Bergeron's (also the current "DWTS" host) replacement this week during last night's season finale of "Dancing With the Stars."
Alfonso recently sat down with THR to discuss how his version of 'AFV' will differ from Tom and if he'll break out "The Carlton Dance". Check it...
What will your version of AFV look like?
Not all that different. I think they have found the right vibe for the show. The difference between Bob Saget and Tom: Bob was about his jokes and Tom has really been about setting up videos and having those be the star of the show. I think that will continue. I think they are going to make some changes to the set a little bit and go with some different colors and just make it a little newer and fresher. But for me, I’m just going to bring my energy. I have a high energy and a lot of creative ideas in terms of dancing and singing and maybe I'll use some of those abilities to introduce some of our videos. We’ll just bring my vibe to it.
In an era where everyone is passing around clips on YouTube all day long, how do you make the show premium?
Ultimately, you can go online and sit at your computer, but the computer is a single apparatus. When you sit in front of the computer, it feels like it’s for you to sit there by yourself. One of the things that AFV does is that it's probably the No. 1 show on TV that has co-views, where parents and their kids will watch it together. It’s such a family show, and one of the few family shows left on television. I think that it’s a destination because it’s everything that the internet has, but it’s really bringing it to the TV. You can sit down as a family and watch. It’s the perfect time: It’s Sunday night, you’re getting ready to start your week again, you sit down, you have family dinner, you throw on AFV, and you watch it together as a family.
What are your favorite types of viral videos?
My style of video is when people hurt themselves. I just love the idea when people decide to do something really stupid and then they fall and bust their head open and, of course, they don’t kill themselves — but they do it with the idea that they think it’s going to be really funny, and then they bang themselves up. And then we get to really enjoy it. There will definitely be some of those with me.

Keke Palmer Stars In New 'Scream Queens' Trailer [VIDEO]

According to The YBF, actress Keke Palmer is headed to the small screen in famed "Glee" producer Ryan Murphy's latest FOX offering "Scream Queens." The dramedy, which looks like The Craft meets Heathersmeets Mean Girls, also stars "American Horror Story" actress Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lea Michele.
The premise: Viewers will see a series of sorority murders that get in the way of Rush Week.  Scream Queens premieres this fall on Fox.  Check out the trailer above.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Kanye West gets Bleeped on The Billboard Music Awards

According to TMZ, Kanye West totally blindsided Billboard Music Awards producers when he performed the n-word laced version of his hit, "All Day" and forced the censors to stand on the audio dump button. Production sources at the award show tell TMZ Kanye never did a dress rehearsal of the song, so they just expected him to be on his best behavior, and perform a clean version. One source said, "He knew it was national TV." His closing act is the one everyone's talking about -- even though they couldn't hear or see most of it.  The production source told TMZ, "He's Kanye. What are we supposed to do?"  Kanye not doing a dress rehearsal isn't THAT odd. Mariah Carey also skipped hers and several sources told TMZ  that's just what happens for top of the A-list acts. 


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Actor Dorien Wilson Busted For DUI

According to BET Centric, Actor Dorien Wilson is learning once again that drinking and driving don't mix.  The star, best known for his roles on "Sister, Sister" and "The Parkers," was busted back in February for driving under the influence, reports TMZ. He was in court Friday where he pled no contest to the charge of DUI.  Wilson was sentenced to four days in jail and four years probation. Additionally, his license was suspended and an interlock device has been installed in his vehicle.  This is Wilson's second DUI arrest. He was previously busted for the same charge in 2009.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cissy Houston Opens Up About Daughter Whitney: I Think About Her 'Every Day of My Life'

Rapper Chinx Drugz Murdered in Drive By Shooting Member of French Montana's Coke Boys

According to TMZ, Rapper Chinx Drugz was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a drive-by.
It happened in Queens NY at around 4 AM.  Police found 2 victims in a car, one who whom was Chinx, who was shot multiple times in the torso.  The 31-year-old is a member of French Montana's Coke Boys.  Chinx big song is "I'm a Coke Boy" which features French.

Sidebar: RUP Chinx

Li’l Kim Has Her Own Reality Show Coming Out



According to Sandrose, legendary rap artist Li’l Kim has her own reality TV show in the works. Reality show cameras will follow the Queen Bee as she juggles touring and beefing with other artists on social media, while struggling to raise her 11-month-old daughter, Royal Reign, as a single mother. Check out the trailer above

Monday, May 11, 2015

UNCLE BUCK IS COMING TO A TV SCREEN NEAR YOU

According to BCK, Uncle Buck is officially coming to TV. ABC has greenlit to series a reboot of the 1989 John Candy film.  Uncle Buck will star Nia Long, James Lesure, Sayeed Shahidi, and Aalyrah Caldwell.  In a spin on the original film’s casting, the series version has an all-black cast led by Mike Epps.  “Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.”  “Uncle Buck” was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley, and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. “Uncle Buck” is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios (Source).

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Debbie Allen Is Expanding Her 'Grey's Anatomy' Role - Will Become Executive Producer & Director

According to Shadow and Act, After appearing in the hit ABC Shonda Rhimes medical drama, and directing a number of episodes, Debbie Allen is getting ready to step into an even larger role, as an executive producer and regular director for the upcoming 12th season of the show, which actually hasn't been officially renewed, but is obviously expected to be.
"Grey's Anatomy's" ratings continue to be strong for ABC, as part of the network's booming Thursday night lineup, also known as Shonda night, given that all 3 drama series ("Grey's," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder") that air in primetime on that day, are all Shondaland babies. Also, ratings have apparently surged ever since (SPOILER ALERT) the show killed off one of its key players in Patrick Dempsey. Although it'll be worth paying attention to see whether the momentum carries.
It may not be widely-known, but Debbie Allen has directed episodes of several different TV shows over the years, dating back to "Fame" in the 1980s, to "Jane the Virgin" and "Empire" most recently. This ABC upgrade (if you will) ensures that she will be even more involved in the production of the series from here-on, while still also recurring as Dr. Catherine Avery.
The final episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” will air over the next 2 Thursdays. 

Ciara - I Got You [VIDEO]

Prince Releases New Track “Baltimore” In Honor Of Freddie Gray



According to Raw Story,Prince on Saturday released “Baltimore,” the song he recorded in response to unrest in the city over the police custody death of Freddie Gray.  A statement on Prince’s Soundcloud page on Saturday said he played all the instruments on the released version of the song, which features vocals from the singer and Eryn Allen Kane. The statement said Kane, “a powerhouse vocal arranger and producer in her own right”, “graciously flew in on a moment’s notice and graced the track with her angelic presence”.
Referencing the 18-year-old who was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, leading to similar unrest, the song’s lyrics include the lines: “Does anybody hear us pray?/ For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray/ Peace is more than the absence of war.”
Prince also sings: “Are we gonna see another bloody day?/We’re tired of cryin’ and people dyin’/ Let’s take all the guns away.”
The Rally4Peace concert is scheduled to take place at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. It will be streamed live on Tidal, the service owned by Jay Z.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Bobbi Kristina's Medical Decisions Will Be Shared with Whitney's Family and Bobby Brown


According to TMZ, Whitney Houston's family and Bobby Brown will now be forced to work together.  Bobby and Pat Houston have been appointed co-guardians of Bobbi Kristina.

The court ruling means Whitney's sister-in-law and Bobby will now share responsibility for 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina's medical care. Bobby filed a petition last month to become her legal guardian.

The court also appointed an attorney, Bedelia Hargrove, as conservator, and she will control all financial and legal matters for Bobbi Kristina - who is now breathing on her own. Whitney's family points out she's suffered "global and irreversible brain damage."

Pat and Cissy Houston left the DeKalb County courthouse after Thursday's hearing, and Pat told said, "It was a good day."


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tina Knowles Lawson Writes Touching Mother’s Day Letter to Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly Rowland & Her Niece Angie for ‘TIME Magazine’


To celebrate Mother’s Day, TIME asked influential moms to write letters to their children. Tina Knowles Lawson was one of the moms asked to contribute to TIME‘s “Letters from Mom.”
Instead of solely writing to her daughters Beyoncé and Solange, however, Tina also included Kelly Rowland and her niece Angela Beyince.
Read her touching letter below.
To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie
When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.
I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.
When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.
I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.
I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.
The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.
Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.
Solange, I knew when you were born three days late that you would walk to the beat of your own drum. You were always my rebel warrior! Always defending the underdog and fighting for what you believe in. I remember you, at 10 years old, started a petition to remove a bad teacher, and your dad and I were so proud of you. I love that you do not let others define who you are, or what you are. Whether in your music, fashion or your life, you truly are your own incredible, unapologetic person! As tough as you are, you will drop everything to take care of someone you love.
Kelly, I know without a doubt that you were a true gift from God. You came to live with us when you were only 11 years old. You were the sweetest, most kind person I had ever met and you still are. You are also a true survivor. You never give up. Your discipline and drive always inspires me. You make me want to take better care of my body and constantly motivate me to exercise and take time for myself. You have the best listening skills and are a loyal friend to many. I’ve seen you take the jewelry off of your arm and give it to someone because you wanted to make them feel good.
Angie, you are my niece, but we have always been more like mother and daughter! You were always so mature, always challenging me and questioning why. (Fortunately I never believed in the “Because I said so” or “I’m the adult” crap, either.) I always trusted that you would look out for and protect Solange, Kelly and Beyoncé, and you did! You still do sometimes. You are so smart and perceptive, and you see through bullshit right away! You’ve always had our backs. Our own family fixer!! You know I call you Olivia Pope!!!!!
I’m often asked, what was my most proud moment? I would have to say it was at my recent wedding, when all four of you said in your own words that I taught by example and that I helped to make you the women you are today!!!! That was truly my proudest moment!
All my love,
Mom

Chris Brown Finds Random Naked Woman and Calls Cops

According to TMZ, Chris Brown came home Wednesday night to find a naked woman in his bed problem is he had no idea who she was so he called the cops and they carted her away. 
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ CB returned to his home in Agoura Hills, CA with his security team around 9:00 PM when he found a woman's clothes in the foyer and "I LOVE YOU" spray painted on the kitchen counter.  We're told when Chris and his team went to investigate, they found the unknown/unclothed woman in his bed. Chris called the cops, who came and cuffed the woman and took her to the station, where she was booked for felony burglary and felony vandalism.
Cops believe the woman -- a 21-year-old female -- had lingered there for a while -- police found dishes in the sink and discarded food. Chris had been in Las Vegas for the past few days.  Our sources say the woman also vandalized Chris' silver Rolls Royce and his black Range Rover by spray painting "MRS. BROWN" on them.  


Monday, May 4, 2015

VIOLA DAVIS TO STAR AS HARRIET TUBMAN IN HBO FILM


According to Deadline, HBO is producing a new biopic about the leader of the Underground Railroad and they're eyeing Viola Davis for the lead role. Based on the biography "For The Promised Land," the film will tell the story about Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped an led more than 300 others to freedom befre turning spy for theUnion in the Civil War. Production is already underway.

Nene Leakes And Wendy Williams Butt Heads At Women's Expo In Atlanta

According to Centric, Nene Leakes and Wendy Williams had a less-than-pleasant experience at Sunday's Women's Expo in Atlanta where both ladies were invited as keynote speakers. According to the event's website, Leakes was scheduled to speak at 1 p.m., while Williams was set for 1:30 p.m.

There are few details on what exactly went down between the women, but Rolling Out reports there was "a bit of tongue lashing, profanity and name calling." While Leakes hasn't confirmed or denied any such story, she did send out a tweet letting fans know there was an issue.

"So SHOCKED to hear everything that was happening backstage while I was onstage speaking @ the women's expo! WOW the professionalism," she wrote.

Leakes later stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" and briefly discussed the matter with host Andy Cohen.

"I didn't even see Wendy nor her husband today, but a lot happened backstage with her husband I heard ... just because I was on stage he went completely crazy I heard," she said.

The ladies have been at odds ever since Leakes says Williams broke her truce when she spoke about her on the "Wendy Williams Show." Leakes also accused her of being overly negative toward black women.  
Williams has yet to comment on Sunday's alleged incident.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall and Eve Join 'Barbershop 3' Cast

According to Shadow and Act, The "Barbershop 3" cast continues to grow. In the latest casting news... Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, and Eve have all booked roles in the New Line/MGM threequel, joining the previously cast Michael Rainey Jr., Common, and returning stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer (Eve was also in the first 2 films).  Malcolm D. Lee is attached to direct, from a script penned by "Black-Ish" creator, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.  Ice Cube's Cube Vision shingle is producing, with Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr of State Street Pictures as lead producers.  Collectively, the first 2 movies grossed $140 million domestically on comparitively low budgets, and were financial successes for the studio.

FX and John Singleton Partner for 1980s Crack Drama

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Singleton is turning his attention towards TV. After directing an episode of Empire earlier this year, the Oscar-winning Boyz n the Hood filmmaker has signed on with FX to helm a pilot he co-wrote with scribe Eric Amadio. Snowfall, a period drama set in 1981 Los Angeles, follows the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic and its cultural impact — telling the story from the perspectives of three different characters on a "violent collision course."  “I have always been fascinated with that volatile moment in time before crack changed everything,” said Singleton. “It's a tense, insane and sexy era that touched every aspect of our culture. I couldn't have better partners for this journey.”  News of the order was announced by FX Networks and FX Productions presidents of original programmingNick Grad and Eric Schrier. “Snowfall takes us on a wild ride through one of LA’s most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton,” said Schrier. “The pilot script by John and Eric brilliantly depicts the era through the story of three captivating characters, and we can’t wait to see John’s execution of it."  FX, which has been beefing up its slate in recent years, just said goodbye to both Justified and its most-watched series of all time, Sons of Anarchy. There are certainly some holes to fill.  Production on Snowfall begins this summer, with casting news to come. Justified vets Dave Andron, Michael London and Trevor Engelson join Singleton and Amadio as as executive producers.

Beyonce Signs Two Young Acts to Parkwood Entertainment

According to Just Jared, Beyonce is making dreams come true for three young singers!
The 33-year-old entertainer has signed sister act Chloe and Halle Bailey, as well as Sophie Beem, to her companyParkwood Entertainment, according to theNew York Post.  Chloe and Halle, 17 and 15, became YouTube phenomenons after coveringBey‘s song “Pretty Hurts,” which now boasts over 7 million hits. Their contract is reportedly worth $1 million for up to six albums in five years.  Meanwhile, Sophie, 14, is a New York native who made Top 40 on The X Factorin 2012. She reportedly signed a $560,000 deal.