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50 Cent Exchanges 'Friendly' War Of Words With Gabrielle Union Over Primetime Dominance

The 'Being Mary Jane' actress isn't a fan of 50 tearing down other successful shows featuring casts of color. 

Another week, another 50 tirade.

Off the heels of another jaw-dropping episode of Power, Curtis Jackson enjoyed toying with haters on social media Sunday (Aug. 6). What he didn't expect was the a few wise words from Being Mary Jane's Gabrielle Union, who isn't down with the negative energy.

The quick debate started when the rapper and executive producer of the Starz series posted a photo from his cameo in Entourage (you know the gif) paired with a caption about his so-called competition, which he didn't mention by name. "Remember that other show that thought they were in competition with POWER, what happened to it? I don’t hear anyone talking sh*t anymore," he said while referring to his upcoming late night series on BET. "Now I’m gonna take over BET. LOL #50Centralbet"

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At Power's start, the series was in competition with the uber popular Empire, which will be returning to the small screen for its fourth season next month. The show has lost viewers over the seasons, but still dominates its demographic. Union, who's series airs on BET, responded to 50's subliminals with a dose of vital information.

"I don’t compete with other artists, only celebrate. Enough space for all of us to succeed," she said. "Cheers to #Power and cheers to creative folks uplifting each other. ALL our programming could use more shine, so I opt to [uplift]. I know that celebrating other folks in no way dims my shine. Keep shining 50 Cent."

Surprised by the comment, the rapper decided to throw a few jokes around while diminishing her career by referring to her marital status. "I’m never gonna argue with you because your [Dwyane Wade’s] lady, I like [Dwayne] I got a lot of respect for him," he said. "This post has nothing to do with you but you know I’m gonna be #1 at BET, and I want you to know your Mary Jane show is welcome on my network. LOL"

He also allegedly mentioned Irv Gott's anthology show, threatening to ax it from the network.

Being Mary Jane is also in its fourth season over at BET with high critical and fan praise. We're sure 50's rants will end soon. With three episodes left this season for Power, the rapper will be too busy with his upcoming late-night variety series, 50 Central.

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The Game Reboot Lands At Paramount+ Streaming Service

A revival of the BET’s The Game is officially in development under the ViacomCBS digital subscription streaming service Paramount+, which was originally branded as CBS All Access.

The series reboot was announced on Tuesday (Sept. 15), along with a list of original and rebooted shows headed for the streaming outlet which includes a limited series chronicling the making of The Godfather, a new edition of VH1’s Behind the Music, and the true crime docuseries, The Real Criminal Minds. The programming will join CBS All Access’ list of more than 20,000 episodes and movies across BET, MTV, CBS, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, and more.

Although no details have been released about The Game revival, the series will fall under BET’s Paramount+ programming from CBS Television Studios and Garment Productions. It’s unclear if any of the show's original cast members like, Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, and Wendy Raquel Robinson, will be involved in the new installment.

The hit sports series was created by Mara Brock Akil, as a spinoff of her other hit sitcom, Girlfriends. Akil recently inked an overall deal with Netflix to develop new projects for the streamer. The company also acquired the rights to Girlfriends, Sister, Sister, Moesha, and The Parkers.

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50 Cent Developing Starz Series About Beef With The Game

Add a couple more credits to 50 Cent’s long list of TV projects. The rapper-turned-TV-producer inked a deal to develop two new series for Starz, one of which will explore his feud with The Game, the cable network announced on Monday (Sept. 14).

The seasonal anthology series tentatively titled, Moment in Time: The Massacre, chronicles “true stories in which iconic hip hop moments collided with the sensational and sometimes criminal events behind the scenes.” Season one focuses on the beef between Fif and Game that “led to an all-street war, pitting G-Unit against music impresario Jimmy Henchman.”

Henchman, The Game’s former manager, is currently serving life for the murder-for-hire of a G-Unit affiliate. Moment in Time will be written and executive produced by Abdul William, who penned The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story, Lottery Ticket, and Lifetime’s forthcoming Salt-N-Pepa mini series.

Inspired by the life of sports agent and attorney Nicole Lynn, who serves as executive producer, the second series follows a Black female sports agent’s rise up the ranks in the male dominated industry of sports agents. Tash Grey will produce the series and pen the script. Grey’s notable credits include the Power spinoff Raising Kanan, Snowfall, P-Valley, and the true-crime drama, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.

Both series will be executive produced by 50 Cent and his G-Unit Film & Television imprint.

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Netflix Acquires ‘Malcolm & Marie’ Starring Zendaya, John David Washington

Netflix has acquired the rights to the film Malcolm & Marie staring Zendaya and John David Washington in a $30 million deal during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The streaming giant beat out HBO, Amazon, Searchlight, Apple and MGM among others in a bidding war over the film, Deadline reports.

Shot on 35mm black and white film, Malcolm & Marie, tells the story of a filmmaker (portrayed by Washington) who returns home with his girlfriend after a celebrating the premiere of his latest movie. Things take a turn as revelations about the couple’s relationship rise to the surface, changing the mood of the evening.

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Malcolm & Marie was written, directed and produced by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, who penned the script in less than a week. Aside from starring in the romantic drama, Zendaya and Washington serve as executive producers on the project.

“I am so grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are my ‘Euphoria’ family, for coming together during such uncertain times,” Levinson said in a statement. “We felt privileged to be able to make this film together and we did so with a lot of love. We are all thrilled that it has ended up with Netflix which is unparalleled in allowing filmmakers the freedom to tell their stories that reach audiences all over the world.”

The film was shot amid the COVID-19 pandemic at a quarantine location in California in mid-June. Over the course of the two week shoot, heavy precautions were taken to ensure the health and safety of the cast and crew including social distancing, increased sanitary measures, and daily temperature checks.

Netflix’s acquisition of Malcolm & Marie follows an onslaught of TIFF films scooped up by  the company, with Halle Berry’s Bruised among the lot. The film marks Berry’s directorial debut and was sold to Netflix for a reported $20 million.

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