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Ludacris Will Host The Return Of 'Fear Factor' On MTV

Ludacris signed an overall deal with MTV.

Ludacris recently inked a deal with MTV and his first project with the Viacom network will be a 12-episode reboot of Fear Factor, hosted and produced by the veteran rapper. According to The Hollywood Reporterthe revival will premiere May 30 at 10 p.m. EST.

The show's updated version will appeal to Generation Z. As seen in past episodes, the plot will change from challenges that would gross viewers out to tasks that tap into the anxieties and fears of the modern day generation's tensions, like water-logging a personal cellphone or couch surfing at 300 feet in the air.

Siblings, college rivals, roommates, best friends and exes serve as the ideal participants in each hourlong episode that will feature eight contestants taking on challenges for cash prizes.

"We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation," Chris McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ludacris adds, “I am excited to kick off my partnership with MTV, starting with the relaunch of Fear Factor, which will be even more insane and ludicrous than what you remember. This will be the first of many great projects together.”

Tune in on May 30 to see the participants take on nerve-racking challenges for a $50,000 cash prize.

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Brandon T. Jackson Says ‘Big Momma’s House’ Ruined His Career

Brandon T. Jackson says appearing in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was a “negative” turning point  in his career. The actor and comedian dressed as a woman in the 2011 film where he starred alongside Martin Lawrence.

“Everything went wrong when I put on that dress,” Jackson told Comedy Hype in a new interview.

Jackson revealed that at the time of the film's release, his personal life was “in shambles,” while his career was soaring. He went on to admit that the film wasn’t very good, and that he wasn’t a fan of the premise. Following the success of the previous Big Momma’s House films, and Mrs. Doubtfire, Jackson felt that “the whole dress bit was already overdone,” at the time, but he agreed to be in the film mostly for a chance to work with Lawrence.

In the film, Lawrence’s reprised his role as Malcolm Turner, an FBI agent who goes undercover as an elderly woman. Jackson played Lawrence’s stepson, Trent Pierce.

Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son grossed close to $90 million worldwide, but Jackson said that he's had bad luck in the eight years since the film was released. “I believe it was cursed because nothing went right since then.”

Jackson added that Katt Williams publicly warned him against taking the role, and claimed that Lawrence hasn’t been the same since the Big Momma’s House films. He also shared thoughts on Tyler Perry’s Madea character.

Check above for the full interview.

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Michael Jai White attends 'Dragged Across Concrete' photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 3, 2018 in Venice, Italy.
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Michael Jai White Expresses Concern Over Possible ‘Spawn’ Reboot

After playing Spawn in the 1997 film of the same name, actor Michael Jai White has expressed hesitancy over the movie’s reported reboot. According to ComicBook.com, White recognized the character’s creator and artist Todd McFarlane on his pursuit of getting the film off the ground, but he’s unsure as to what impact Spawn will have.

"I don't know anything about it. He's been talking about a reboot of Spawn for 20 years," White said. "I think he will continue talking about it, because people listen. I don't understand it, personally. I wish him the best of luck. But, Todd explained to me that this will be a character that you didn't see. You never see the character. It's just a character that's scarcely on film. Personally, I don't get it.”

Spawn, formerly known as Al Simmons (an assassin who was killed and sent to Hell), was commissioned by the underworld’s lord to lead Hell’s army in a battle against Heaven in exchange for seeing his wife and child again. The plot takes several turns depicting a series of deceitful actions, betrayal, and revenge.

A possible Spawn reboot adds to this year's steady reveal of films from the '90s and 2000s receiving the remake treatment. So far, Aladdin, Charlie's Angels, and The Lion King plus more have been reimagined. Earlier this year, New Jack City, The Little Mermaid, Clueless, The Matrix, and Set It Off stoked claims of being remade as well.

The news site also claims Spawn recently became comic publishing’s “longest-running independent comic.”

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Omar Epps Talks New Horror Film 'Trick,' His Vast Acting Roles And John Singleton's Genius

If you came of age in the ‘90s, Omar Epps may eternally be Quincy McCall playing Monica for her heart, or Malik Williams running to regain his full athletic scholarship, or high school student Q romancing a grown-ass nurse with her own apartment (I’m really stuck on that detail as an adult) and trying to avoid Bishop in project elevators. But over the last two decades, Epps has pretty consistently stayed on-screen - small and big - in roles that run the gamut from DJ to doctor, from ballplayer to police officer. He was even the Black person that gets killed in a horror movie in 1997’s Scream 2 (that franchise was thoroughly committed to maintaining slasher tropes). When Brooklyn native isn’t juggling multiple projects, he’s one-half of ‘90s Black couple goals with his wife of 13 years, Total’s Keisha (and she’s still fine). But I digress.

This Halloween, Epps returns to the slasher film subgenre in Trick, the first installment in a new horror franchise from director Patrick Lussier, whom Epps worked with on Scream 2 and Dracula 2000. Epps plays Mike Denver, a small-town detective fighting to stop a serial killer terrorizing the community every year — even though Denver already shot and killed him.

VIBE talked to Epps about the new movie (carefully, so as to not give it all away), choosing vastly different roles over the years, and predicting the future with John Singleton.

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VIBE: Trick is kind of a full-circle moment for you; it’s been just over 20 years since you were in the last big slasher franchise, Scream. Now, you’re the one chasing the bad guy. There’s not that much we can say without giving the plot away, but talk about what attracted you to the movie and the character.

EPPS: For me, it all starts with the script. I thought it was really entertaining, I thought the role was fun, and obviously the chance to work with Patrick again. We have that trust factor there, I know he’s a really solid filmmaker. And I thought it was something unique, you know as it twists and turns you can’t really figure out what’s going to happen.

And this is one of the first new franchises in (the slasher movie) genre, which seems to be making a comeback.

We’re calling it “slasher noir”, so it’s a call back to that old school slasher movie, but a little more elevated in terms of the story and the plot. And it’s touching on some things I think that can make the mind wander in correlation to where we’re at as a society right now.

The killer’s motivations give you pause to think, for sure. In Scream, they got you up out of there pretty quickly (Epps laughs). Now, instead of being one of the “kids,” you’re the adult trying to solve the problem. You play a police officer who’s very grounded, very logical, so the idea of something paranormal and supernatural really disturbs him as he’s trying to put the pieces together. How did you place yourself in that headspace?

The keyword there is “grounded,” and that was both the challenge and the exciting part, for me, to play this character. He’s someone that, to your point, is logic-based, and he’s looking at everything from a linear point of view in that way. But as things progress, he’s basically someone who loses himself over this case; over trying to figure out what’s going on. I think part of the headspace is you have to be in the moment of that process versus having a  strategy to attack it. You have to be immersed in the moment. And again, working with Patrick, we have a shorthand, creatively, which allowed me to be malleable in that sense, and I think we pulled it off.

Later this year, you also have the movie 3022 coming, a sci-fi thriller that takes the “lost in space” theme further than usual with an extinction-level event that destroys the Earth and traps a crew of astronauts on a space station just...until.

I really love that project; I think it’s a powerful piece that every human being will be able to relate to because it touches on age-old questions: What would you do? Why are we here? It just hits on so many broad themes. And (director) John Suits, man, he did his thing with that. And I think the cast is magnificent. I’m really excited about that one.

We (Vibe and Vibe readers) think of you first as one of the core young Black actors of the ‘90s, but over the years you’ve done such a variety of work between both TV and movies. You’ve done medical dramas, you’ve done procedurals, you’ve done sci-fi, you’ve done rom-com, you even had a moment as a ‘90s video lead. You really don’t have a box, Omar, which is a beautiful thing as an actor, but how have you made your choices?

It’s been a combination of me making choices of things that I connect to, and the blessings that come down and opportunities that come my way. I think every artist is sort of a blank canvas, and no one’s in a box. You’d be surprised at how many actors can sing or rap or dance or how many musicians can act - we’re artists. I’m just thankful to — knock on wood — continue to get these opportunities, because the next path for me is writing, producing and directing.

You’ve dabbled in that a little bit already. Are you working on anything now?

Oh yeah, I’ve got a few things bubbling. I don’t want to jinx them, but we’ve definitely got some things in the works across all those fronts: as a writer, as a producer, as a director.

My favorite roles of yours are Q (Juice) because of nostalgia, and then Quincy McCall (Love & Basketball), but I really loved you as Dr. Eric Foreman (House). I thought you guys were brilliant as an ensemble. Do you have a favorite?

I honestly don’t. For me, they’re all pieces of a bigger mosaic; of a picture, when it’s all said and done, of what will be my career. But there’s nothing like your first, right? There’s nothing like that first experience. So with Juice, that movie and character will always hold a special place in my heart.

And it was such an iconic moment for the culture. When John Singleton passed, I wrote about his work, and how when Higher Learning came out (in 1995), critics said the various characters were too on the nose and stereotypical. But when you view the film from a 2019 lens, it’s almost prophetic. Have you thought about that?

That’s the thing; great storytellers all tap into that same zeitgeist of eternity in terms of the human story. And when you whittle that down to American culture or to Black culture, it’s just one of those genius things. When we were on set filming, we could feel that this was saying something bigger than our parts in it. Now, when you look back on it in 2019, it seems prophetic because it was. It’s not “seems,” it was. Look at where we are in society right now, it’s crazy, but I think that’s a testament to John Singleton and his genius.

So, you worked with Tupac in his seminal role, you worked with Singleton. Is there a person that you still want to work with that you haven’t yet, or is there a dream role that you haven’t had the opportunity to play yet?

I don’t necessarily have a dream role, although, I would love to play Frederick Douglas. But the person I want to work with is Spike Lee. I’ve never worked with him and I don’t know how that hasn’t happened. We were trying to do something a few years ago that didn’t come together, so I’m going to put that back out in the universe because I have to work with Spike.

'Trick' is now in theaters, on-demand, and on digital streaming platforms now. 3022 is expected to hit theaters, on-demand, and digital platforms on November 22nd.

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