With its season 3 premiere just two days away, it seems like ABC’s “Scandal” is on everyone’s mind. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson parodies “Scandal” in a clever Funny or Die video, “Scandalous,” that promotes the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. Looking every bit like “Scandal” fixer Olivia Pope, Hudson stars as Lydia Cole, a “covert scandal manager” who helps clients with health insurance-related concerns (See the video at the end of the post). The primary theme of the creative PSA, sponsored by healthcare.gov, is that it’s easy for uninsured individuals to get coverage, as Hudson’s Cole points out “all of these people’s issues can easily be fixed by the ACA.” Comedian Will Ferrell also was attached to this hilarious spoof, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.” There’s no doubt that this parody was made me laugh and is timely as Open enrollment for the ACA starts today and ends March 31, with coverage beginning as early as January 1. The “Today” show did a segment this morning outlining five things to know about Obamacare. The fee for not obtaining health insurance the first year is $95 for an individual and up to $240 for a family, explains “Today” financial editor Jean Chatzky. “You don’t escape this one. They’re going to get you when you file your taxes,” points out NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman. I think it’s great that people who need health insurance coverage have lower-cost options but I’m still a bit uneasy about penalizing people if they don’t have any type of coverage. Oh, well, it’s the law now.
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“The Help” stars reunite for James Brown biopic: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will join the cast of the James Brown biopic “Get on Up.” Davis will play Brown’s mother, Susie Brown, who was 16 when she had him, while Spencer will play Aunt Honey, “a formative figure in his upbringing,” according to Deadline.com. “42” star Chadwick Boseman will play the legendary singer. I admit, I was looking forward to seeing what Spike Lee, who was tapped to write and direct the film, would’ve done with this movie (he kicked butt with his biopics “Malcolm X’ and “The Hurricane.”) and was a bit disappointed when he was fired. It’s a new day and my fingers are crossed that this biopic will be good and captures Brown’s t rue essence and his influence in the black community (“Say It Loud –I”m Black and I’m Proud” was a huge hit and very monumental to instilling pride in black Americans). With Eddie Murphy, who, along with Wesley Snipes, was considered for the Brown role, calling the Lee script “incredible,” I’m really hoping, as I said before, that this latest script and new director Tate Taylor’s can be described as incredible, too. Taylor directed Davis and Spencer in “The Help,” which garnered Spencer an Oscar for best supporting actress. [Watch here]
Michael B. Jordan is hot!: Call me psychic (or don’t) but I knew there was something about Michael B. Jordan when I saw him as Wallace in HBO’s “The Wire.” His character really touched my heart, which it was supposed to do. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. I liked him immediately and hoped that his career would take off. And it has. Since starring in “Fruitvale Station” Jordan is on Hollywood’s “It” list . His name has (unofficially) come up as possibly playing rapper Tupac Shakur in the “Tupac” biopic and he’s rumored to be a strong contender to replace Will Smith in the “Independence Day” sequel, will play the Human Torch AKA Johnny Storm in “Fantastic Four” and may be cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” In an August interview with Vulture, Jordan said his strategy is to “make smart choices and do movies that appeal to everybody and playing characters that aren’t written for the black guy.” Love it! Check out Jordan in “Red Tails.” [Watch here]
On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand with…
“Chicago Fire”: I watched the show for the first time over the weekend and it was good. It was also cool pointing out the familiar locations. [Watch here]
“I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding”: I missed last week’s episode (Steve Harvey said it was good) and will catch that rerun and tonight’s episode. [Watch here]
“Scandal”: I want to make sure I’m refreshed before the season 3 return so will review past seasons’ clips. Go Gladiators! [Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Arsenio Hall will send down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss his comeback on an upcoming episode OWN’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OK, we see you, Mr. Hall).
NOT: The government shutdown (I guess we’ll have to govern ourselves).
HOT: Fox committing to a production pilot of Damon Wayans Jr.’s dads comedy, “Man/Child.” (The Wayans stay in effect).
NOT: The teens who broke in and trashed ex-NFLer Brian Holloway’s home (Who does that?!).
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