*Lupita Nyong’o Oscar win was a moment to see at this year’s Oscars ceremony. Hence, today’s throwback to the first African-American to win the gold statue, Hattie McDaniel.
A recent story on TheGrio.com noted that although McDaniel won the best supporting actor Oscar for playing Mammy in “Gone With the Wind,” she sat at a segregated table during the event. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop her from delivering a classy acceptance speech when she made history with her win.
“I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry,” McDaniel stated during her acceptance speech. Continue reading
Los Angeles, CA – Esteemed educator and school administrator Dr. George McKenna, III, whose turnaround of Washington Prep High School led to an award-winning movie starring Denzel Washington, has officially entered the race to fill the Los Angeles Unified School District Board District 1 seat.
“The confidence the community has recently shown in my experience and qualifications to complete Marguerite LaMotte’s term and serve our children on the school board has been humbling,” said McKenna. “So I am in it, and I expect to win it.”
*He’s moving from filmmaking to radio sports broadcasting!
Spike Lee is set to host a show on SiriusXM NBA radio.
Although he’ll be discussing topics about the league as a whole, he gets to talk about his beloved New York Knicks.
Singer Tyrese Gibson attends the Soul Train Awards 2013 at the Orleans Arena on November 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada
*When it comes to his Hollywood game, Tyrese Gibson is looking first and foremost for longevity.
The entertainer, whose soulful crooning and megawatt smile first charmed audience in a 1994 Coca-Cola commercial, has said that his latest role as Tyson in the holiday film “Black Nativity” is one he hopes will open doors to more dramatic roles in the future…no matter how big the part.
“I’ve never claimed to be the biggest star. That’s actually not even my goal,” Tyrese told us during interviews for the film. “I don’t like a lot of the pressures that come with being ‘A-List.’ I’m not interested. I just want to be me. I want to do me and get to whatever level I can.”
*Sony Studio has just ramped up its effort to get Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to reunite for “Bad Boys 3.”
According to Deadline.com, the studio is in early talks with David Guggenheim to write the script. Guggenheim is considered a hot property in Hollywood after penning the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action thriller “Safe House.”
Deadline’s Mike Flemming Jr.:
“Bad Boys II” was released a decade ago, and the sequel grossed $273 million on a $160 million budget. Michael Bay directed the first two, but he doesn’t seem to be involved, at least at this point. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the pic.
Sony is trying to do this with the original cast, which makes it different from the other big franchise reboots in the works, “Men In Black” and “Ghostbusters.” Those are being rebooted. With “Ghostbusters,” that has a lot to do with Bill Murray being unwilling to reprise his signature role. With “Men In Black,” the deal making on that film got to be prohibitively expensive with all the talent and producer back ends, to the point it was becoming impossible for the studio to make money.
Since making a splash with “Safe House,” Guggenheim has been working steadily on action thrillers that include a “Safe House” sequel, as well as the Scott Free-produced “Narco Sub” for Doug Liman to direct, the McG-directed “Puzzle Palace,” and “Weaponized,” an adaptation of the novel Guggenheim wrote with Nicholas Mennuti.
*Sony Pictures has moved its feature film adaptation of the TV series, “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, from its previously announced April 11, 2014 release date, to September 26, 2014 – a full 5 1/2 months.
Reason might include the film facing competition with the release of “Rio 2 “and “Stretch Armstrong” also opening that weekend. Its new September 26 release date will see a sci-fi thriller titled “Selfless,” as its main competition.
The film’s script comes from Richard Wenk and is directed by Antoine Fuqua, the director of “Training Day.” It also features actors Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas and Melissa Leo.
The film, reportedly a $50 million project, is said to be designed to launch the first film franchise for Mr. Washington.