There’s so much buzzing around in the real of black entertainment today: Saul Williams is set to star in the Tupac musical, “Key & Peele’s” stars are considered for a “Police Academy” reboot, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker tie the knot–and Mama Joyce was there! Also, check out my watchlist and what’s hot and what’s not.
Saul Williams tapped for Tupac musical. We reported last year that Pac was headed to Broadway. Now we’re learning more about the cast for the upcoming musical “Holla If Ya Hear Me” which is inspired by the work of rapper and actor Tupac Shakur. Saul Williams, who will play the lead in the play that isn’t meant to tell Tupac’s life story, will also be joined by Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins, Tony Award-nominee John Earl Jelks, Saycon Sengbloh and Broadway newcomers Dyllon Burnside and Joshua Boones, reports The New York Times. Described as “a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope,” the musical was written by Todd Kreidler and is directed by Kenny Leon, with choreography by Wayne Cilento. It opens June 19. I like Kenny Leon’s work and would like to see this. Now, if only the Tupac biopic could come together …
“Key & Peele” stars may produce “Police Academy” remake. Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the first “Police Academy” film, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are in talks to produce a reboot of the film series, according to Variety. The comedians star in their hilarious sketch comedy show, “Key & Peele,”on Comedy Central. I watched a couple of the “Police Academy” movies as a kid (there’s a total of seven that released between 1984 and 1994) and think these two are ideal for this project. They possess the right balance of wit, humor and silliness (there is a difference between silly and humor) to produce and star in this comedy. My most memorable characters from the “Police Academy” franchise? Michael Winslow (and his sound effects) as officer Larvelle Jones, Bubba Smith as Moses Hightower, Marion Ramsey as squeaky-voiced Laverne Hooks, Steve Guttenberg as Carey Mahoney, G.W. Bailey as that irritant Lt. Harris. And guess what? We have the original “Police Academy” available for you to watch online and via XFINITY On Demand.
Watch 1984’s “Police Academy”
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Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker tie the knot. Apparently there was no mountain high enough or valley low enough to keep Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker from saying “I do.” Yep, Mama Joyce had to just deal! Last Friday, on April 4–the same date Beyonce Knowles and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter got hitched–the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” married her beau of two years. As you may recall, Kandi’s mother, Mama Joyce, showed her ass this season on “RHOA”–cussin’ out Todd, attempting to fight Kandi’s BFF who she accused of sleeping with Todd and just engaging in all types of BS all in the name of keeping her (grown) daughter from marry this dude. It really and truly was very ridiculous. VERY. And it made headlines everywhere, including CNN, and the couple and Mama Joyce appeared on “The View” to discuss the rift. While the wedding won’t air on this season (the show’s pretaped and there’s only one episode left), there are murmurs that there could be some type of of Bravo show that’ll share the special occasion with the rest of us (think Kim Zolciak Biermann and NeNe Leakes’ wedding series). Though Mama Joyce’s behavior was wretched, you could see that she was softening toward Todd in Sunday’s episode, which also showed she and Kandi in counseling. Was this bitter behavior for real or an act for ratings? Who knows. Word on the curb is that she was still shading Todd postnuptial, which hints that a Bravo show about their wedding could be in the works. Oh, well, Mama
Mama Joyce talks to a counselor about her issues with Todd
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Chiwetel Ejiofor considered for next Bond villain. It’s uncertain if we’ll ever hear a brotha utter the phrase “The name is Bond, James Bond.” but Chiwetel Ejiofor is being considered as the secret agent’s arch nemesis in the next film. Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is the frontrunner to play the bad guy opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, according to The Wrap. While Chiwetel already has an impressive resume that stretches back to the ’90s, there’s no doubt that all the buzz he’s generated around “12 Years a Slave” is attracting even more scripts. Good for him. Read more here.
On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Once Upon a Time”: Told ya my Sundays were getting filled up again. I will see what’s happening in Storybrooke and what led the Wicked Witch to become so wicked. It airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.
“Resurrection”: I missed it last night (HBO’s “Game of Thrones” took precedence) but will see what’s up with Bellamy, Jacob and the gang in Arcadia. It airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Pharrell Williams’ performances on “Saturday Night Live” (Loved this guy for years!).
NOT: Mama Joyce still talking mess about Todd Tucker (Girl, just let it go!).
HOT: Lauryn Hill (OK, OK, I know she has A LOT of issues going on now but I’m hoping all is well with her and she can get back to making music regularly and maybe acting. Fingers crossed!).
NOT: Army veteran Adam Wagner, who’s white, being beaten and called a n—- lover (N—- lover? Really? In 2014?)
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