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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Remake Shooting in New York City?

Michael Bay's controversial Ninja Turtles remake film will reportedly begin shooting in New York City, according to a tweet by Production Weekly this weekend. Bay will take on the role of producer of the film, while Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles”) will be the director.

The film came under fire last year from fans of the classic ‘90s film and cartoon series when Bay announced that the main characters would be altered as aliens. The producer was also criticized for shortening the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles name. Robbie Rist, the actor who played the voice of Ninja Turtle Michaelangelo accused Bay of "sodomizing" the legacy of the franchise.

"Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers,” Bay said in a statement. “Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie.

This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN."

"Ninja Turtles" is slated for a May 16, 2014 release, which is also the tentative release date for Warner Bros' Godzilla remake.

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‘Red Table Talk’ Inks 3-Year Deal With Facebook Watch

The Emmy-nominated Red Table Talk, hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, has inked a three-year deal with Facebook Watch that extends through 2022.

In addition to a new contract, Westbrook Studios (owned by Pinkett Smith and Will Smith) is expanding the Red Table Talk brand with a spinoff series starring Gloria Estefan.

Red Table Talk: The Estefans, will be produced by Pinkett-Smith, Westbrook Studios and Estefan, with Ellen Rakieten and Miguel Melendez serving as executive producers. The series features the music icon along with her daughter and rising musician, Emily Estefan, and her niece Emmy winner, Lili Estefan. The new show will be based in Miami, where Estefan lives, and will showcase three generations of women having candid conversations about timely topics, social and personal issues with family, in addition to celebrity guests and experts.

“I’m incredibly proud of ‘Red Table Talk,’ and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili,” Pinkett Smith said in a statement. “‘Red Table Talk’ has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform.  I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”

Estefan added that she’s “incredibly excited” to carry on the “'Red Table Talk' torch” with her family.

“Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice,” said Estefan. “Jada has done this incredibly and continues to do with her family in their candid, intimate, and groundbreaking conversations at the iconic Red Table.”

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Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion And Roddy Ricch To Headline 2020 Broccoli City Festival

Broccoli City Fest is returning with a packed lineup. Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Rich and more, are billed to hit the stage as headliners of the annual DMV music festival.

Additional performers include, hometown artist, Ari Lennox, as well as Burna Boy, Doja Cat, Selection, IDK, Lucky Daye, and surprise performances, according to the lineup announced on Wednesday (Jan. 22).

BC Fest 2020 promises to be the “best one yet,” per a statement on the festival website. Besides music, the festival will feature a carnival, an interactive art space where patrons can take selfies, pop-up venders, VIP lounges, a curated cannabis experience (for the 21+ an older), a DJ tent and “more food and beverage options.”

Although pre-sale tickets sold out within hours of the lineup announcement. early bird passes were still available at press time.

Broccoli City Fest 2020 takes place in Washington D.C. on May 9. Check out the full lineup below.

 

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Cook County Medical Examiner Reveals Juice WRLD’s Cause Of Death

Juice WRLD’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The “Lucid Dreams” rapper, whose birth name was Jarad A. Higgins, died from oxycodone and codeine toxicity, the Cook County’s Medical Examiner’s Office revealed on Wednesday (Jan. 22).

The 21-year-old recording artist suffered a seizure at a private hanger at Chicago Midway airport after his plane landed on Dec. 8, 2019. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Federal authorities reportedly confiscated 70 pounds of marijuana found in luggage on the private plane that flew Juice WRLD and his entourage from Los Angeles to California. Authorities are unlikely to file criminal charges because no one claimed ownership of the weed.

Juice WRLD was candid about his battle with addiction and vowed to kick his codeine addiction last summer. “Addiction kills but you can overcome,” he tweeted in July 2019.

In an emotional statement released a few days after his death, Juice WRLD’s mother addressed her son's struggle with substance abuse. “Addiction knows no boundaries and it’s impact goes way beyond the person fighting it,” she said. “Jarod was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”

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