Omar Epps reunites Jacob, a young boy presumed long dead, with his family on the series premiere of ABC’s Resurrection. Credit: ABC/Bob Mahoney
*In an in-depth and fun interview, EURweb publisher Lee Bailey spoke with Jason Mott, the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Returned.”
The novel, published by Harlequin Mira last August, has already been adapted for television by ABC Studios, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Brillstein Entertainment Partners for the ABC drama series, “Resurrection,” which debuts March 9 on ABC.
At 35 years old, Mott is justifiably on cloud 9 with this latest accomplishment and tells LB that he has been trying to get published for years. Continue reading
Writer David Simon speaks at the KitchenAidÂ® Culinary Demonstrations during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Grand Tasting Village on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida
*Word has it that David Simon, the creator of HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme,” will spearhead the cable network’s six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In the King Years, based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
Oprah Winfrey has signed on as a producer, making this her second Martin Luther King project she is backing after the Ava DuVernay-directed feature “Selma.”
Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming Jr. writes:
Oprah’s Harpo banner originally set up the three books at HBO in 2010 with the plan that it would be overseen by The Kentucky Cycle playwright Robert Schenkkan.
*The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northup that birthed the Oscar winning film “12 Years a Slave” jumped from No. 326 on Amazon.com before Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony to No. 19 by Monday afternoon.
The book and the movie tell of how the free-born Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. After receiving his Oscar for writing the screenplay, John Ridley spoke backstage about renewed interest in the book based on its awards season buzz. Listen below.
Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California
*Lifetime has adapted Terry McMillan’s novel A Day Late and a Dollar Short with Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames to headline an all-star cast that includes Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, the film follows a mother who tries to help her dysfunctional family through life’s ups and downs.
When irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world, from her relationship with her husband to the lives of her four children and grandchildren.
*Its Oscar week and that means it’s time for the “ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon.
The exclusive event honored the brightest stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel Thursday.
EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas was at the 7th annual celebration and asked the best of Hollywood why it’s important to continuously illuminate positive images of Black women worldwide.