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Kerry Washington Says Tyler Perry Was Best Person To 'Direct For Colored Girls'

Tyler Perry’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf has been sparking criticism since the day it was announced earlier this year. One of the issues raised was how can a man direct a work about women but according to Thandie Newton, one of the film’s stars, “the strength of the film caught the attention of the extraordinary collaboration of when a man and a woman can come together.”

Kerry Washington, who plays Kelly/Blue, says that Perry was the only person who could have done the film. She cites his supportive nature and the legacy he has created in Black Hollywood as reasons why he was perfect for the job.“The amount of creative capital that he’s created in this industry, that he’s build in this industry has allowed him to be the person that could make this project happen?," asks Washington. "Then thank God that the person who could actually make this happen has the emotional intelligence to actually do it right and to be a collaborator so I never thought, 'Oh gosh he’s a man, he’s not gonna get it.' Who would come to this material unless they were committed about telling the story about for colored girls?"

And Washington added that another benefit of working with Perry is that he is not just a writer and director but a rarity in the Hollywood movie making business—an actual power player mogul equipped with his own studio.

“I, from beginning to end, felt so grateful that we could live in a time where we could go and do this production with this man. All of us when we go to work in our studios in LA, and you go and shoot in the Greta Garbo Theater and the Charlie Chaplain stage⎯and you’re very grateful to be part of that show biz legacy. But for this movie, we all went off to Atlanta to shoot in his studio, and there we’re on the Sidney Poitier stage and the Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Theater," she says. "And you realize the immense power that has been cultivated by him, what he’s created that shows that we actually can own our stories and put them out in the world from a place that actually comes from us. It’s an honor.”

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Romeo May Have Landed A Role In 'Bad Boys For Life'

Bad Boys 3 is officially going down, and there's going to be a lot of new changes. The biggest change seems to be major additions to the film's cast. In fact, Romeo Miller recently hopped on social media on Tuesday (Dec. 11), suggesting that he could be the newest addition to the Bad Boys team.

Romeo shared a photo of an email for a callback to the Bad Boys set on his Instagram Stories on Dec. 11. "When you get callbacks and opportunity to work alongside your idols, @martinlawrence and @willsmith, you go study and go ghost," the rapper-turned-actor said, mentioning stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Romeo isn't the only hip-hop star to possibly land a role in the forthcoming movie. Nicky Jam also suggested he was going out for a part during an interview with TMZ in Nov. 2018. "I actually came her because I'm doing a casting for a movie," he said at the time.

As previously reported Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announced that the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise is finally happening after years of negotiating. The upcoming film, entitled, Bad Boys For Life, is expected to premiere in Jan. 2020.

Check out Romeo's post below.

 

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Looks like #Romeo May be joining the #BadBoys3 crew! Are y’all here for it, #Roomies!?

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'Selena: The Series' Is Headed To Netflix

It's been more than 20 years since Selena Quintanilla's senseless death, but the singer's fans and family have done their part to keep her memory and legacy alive. With the hope of introducing the Grammy-award winner to a new generation, Netflix has ordered a Selena series to live on the streaming platform.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Quintanilla family will produce what is being described as a coming of age story for the model, actress and fashion designer. It's unclear how many episodes will be in the series and if it'll be 30 minutes or an hour.

"Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives, Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla said in a statement. "We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come."

Selena began her musical career in the 1980s often performing at festivals in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. She quickly rose to fame and earned a Grammy in 1994 for best Mexican/American album, becoming the first female Tejano singer to do so.

In 1995, Selena was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar who managed her fan club after it had been discovered she was embezzling money. Saldivar was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. The singer's life then made it to the big screen in 1997, with Jennifer Lopez starring in the principal role.

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A 'New York Undercover' Reboot May Be On The Way

Nostalgia seems to be the name of the game these days. As networks flirt with the idea of rebooting beloved television shows birthed in the 90s, the return on investment appears to be two-fold: being able to tap into the fanbase that helped catapult the show to success, while exposing the series to a new audience.

According to Deadline, ABC is not only rebooting NYPD Blue but also considering bringing back New York Undercover. Created by Dick Wolf, the cop drama starring Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo was the first series that featured two actors of colors as the lead.

Yoba and DeLorenzo played undercover detectives J.C Williams and Eddie Torres with New York's fourth precinct. Later on in the series, Lauren Valez joined the cast as a detective and Torres' love interest. Originally housed on Fox, the series lasted from 1994-1998, with the unsuspecting death of Torres who perished in a car bomb.

Wolf's agent spoke to Deadline and hinted about the reprisal. "Wolf  is reviving one of his shows from years ago – it’s a franchise you can redo” that “doesn’t necessarily have to have the same cast.” Reportedly there are multiple networks interested.

If the show does make a return, will you tune in?

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