*Queen Latifah‘s Flavor Unit shingle is releasing “Brotherly Love,” a drama set in the City of Brotherly Love, according to Deadline.com.
In West Philadelphia, born-and-raised basketball star Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill Jr.) deals with the early pressures of fame. Alongside older brother June (Cory Hardrict), who lost his own hoop dreams to the streets to provide for the family after their father’s death, and sister Jackie (“CrazySexyCool‘s” Keke Palmer), whose own musical ambitions are sidetracked by love, Sergio faces life-altering decisions on the streets of Philly known as “The Top” and “The Bottom.”
The film, written and directed by Jamal Hill, is set against the backdrop of Philly’s famed Overbrook High School, whose real-life alumni include Will Smith and Wilt Chamberlain.
Flavor Unit Entertainment, Jacavi Films, and Electric Republic are producing with Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Yaneley Arty, Jacob York, and Rene Garcia aboard as exec producers.
Romeo Miller, Logan Browning, Eric Hill, Quincy Brown, Faizon Love, Macy Gray, and Malik Yoba also star.
*Cory Hardrict has been recruited for the Wally Pfister directorial debut, “Transcendence.”
He’ll join big stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman as ‘Joel Edmond.’
The film, which centers around three scientists, is an action flick with what seems to be a few twists and turns.
Max (Bettany) and the husband and wife team, Will (Depp) and Evelyn (Hall) — have been developing a programming code for the world’s first fully self-aware computer. When a group of anti-technology terrorists assassinate Will, Evelyn uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Although she at first finds the experiment seems to have gone wrong, before too long Evelyn finds Will responding in computer form. She goes on to connect Will to the Internet so he can help make further scientific breakthroughs. Will asks Evelyn to connect a microphone and a camera up to the computer so he can see and speak to her as well. Will creates a backup of himself to every computer in the world, and furthers his work through accessing online indexes. When the anti-technology organization finds out, they try to steal the supercomputer and destroy it, but Will no longer needs the computer to survive.
*It was announced in the spring that BET is bringing back its original comedy series “Let’s Stay Together” for a second season, scheduled to begin in January.
The romantic comedy, which averaged 2.9 million fans per episode during season 1, follows five African Americans (including two couples) who are working through the challenges of modern relationships.
“I wanted to do a show that really reflected the lives of people like me, my friends, my relationships,” says show creator and executive producer Jacque Edmonds Cofer, whose previous credits include “Moesha” and “Living Single.” “I also wanted to, in terms of the larger audience, reflect a group of people who are young, who are upwardly mobile, who have ambitions, who are somewhat at the beginning of their careers and who they are really going to be both professionally and in their relationships.
“So I wanted it to be positive, you know, uplifting, aspirational, all of those good words. Primarily, I wanted it to be funny, and I think we’ve achieved that, certainly with this cast and with the stories that we are telling.”
Executive producers Jacque Edmonds Cofer (L) and Queen Latifah speak onstage during the 'Let's Stay Together' panel at the BET Networks portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on Jan. 6, 2011 in Pasadena
The series, also executive produced by Queen Latifah, launched in January 2011 with pediatrician Stacy Lawrence (Nadine Ellis) engaged to Charles Whitmore (Bert Belasco), the contractor she hired to remodel her kitchen; and legal aid attorney Jamal Woodson (RonReaco Lee) married to Tasha Lawrence-Woodson (Joyful Drake) – with Charles’ younger sister Kita Whitmore (Erica Hubbard) also in the mix.
Charles (Bert Belasco) takes advice from his mother (Jackee Harry) to help soothe any wedding day anxieties in the season 1 finale of BET's "Let's Stay Together."
In the audio below, Cofer gives us her take on the reason why black sitcoms have completely vanished from network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the CW) and are suddenly blossoming on basic cable channels like BET, TV One and TBS (which might as well be called “Tyler Perry Presents…TBS”). .
*Actress Tia Mowry and her husband of two years, Cory Hardrict, welcomed a son Tuesday in Los Angeles, her rep confirms exclusively to Us Weekly.
It is the first child for the 32-year-old actress, who starred opposite her identical twin, Tamera, on the ’90s sitcom “Sister Sister” and now appears on BET’s “The Game.” Mowry’s pregnancy, revealed in January, was documented by The Style Network for a show to air later this year.
“We are both so excited to be parents,” the couple told Us in a statement when they revealed Mowry was expecting. “We have been wanting for this a long time!”