Actor Omar Epps attends The Creative Coalition: Night Before Dinner on January 20, 2013 in Washington
*There is life after “House” for Omar Epps.
The actor, who played Dr. Eric Foreman on the long-running Fox drama, has been tapped to topline the ABC drama pilot “The Returned,” The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From “Criminal Minds’” Aaron Zelman and based on the Jason Mott novel, “The Returned” asks what happens when the people you have buried and mourned suddenly appear on your doorstep like they never died.
Epps will star as Martin Bellamy, an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He’s a former cop who joined ICE when he got involved with a case involving the trafficking of children. He’s empathetic with a soft spot for kids — despite not having a family of his own — and is fascinated by Jacob (newcomer Landon Gimenez), a mysterious boy who popped up from nowhere in the middle of rural China.
Additionally, “That ’70s Show” alum Kurtwood Smith has joined the cast as Harold, Jacob’s father, who is rattled by the mysterious reappearance of his son — who appears radically unchanged despite being dead for 32 years.
“Covert Affairs” alum Devin Kelley co-stars as a doctor who teams with Martin after the reappearance of her late mother. Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Sam Hazeldine, Samaire Armstrong, Nicholas Gonzalez and Mark Hildreth also co-star in the pilot, which now has completed casting ahead of its Atlanta shoot.
*Jesse Jackson Jr.’s life is just crumbling.
Since the representative was caught in the middle of scandal and admitted to the hospital for bipolar disorder, he’s been under the microscope.
According to reports, federal investigators launched a probe of the politician’s finances on Friday, but it’s totally unrelated to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempted sale of the U.S. Senate seat.
This time, it’s for reported “suspicious activity” related to his House seat and inappropriate expenditures of an account monitored by Congress, said a Sun Times source.
U.S. House reps receive an allowance, which can range from $1.4 to $2 million, to operate offices in the capitol and within their districts.
Jackson’s legal team refused to comment on the issue.
Read more about Jackson’s financial mess here.
*Following his sudden breakdown, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is putting his D.C. Victorian-style home up on the market for $2.5 million, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The Democratic congressman, 47, has been out on medical leave for the past three months after abruptly leaving his position; to be hospitalized for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic.
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The listing shows the home was purchased for $575,000 in 1998 and has 2,936 square feet of living area. It shows its assessed value in 2011 was $1,293,990 and its tax bill that year was $10,999.
The house is certainly a catch, suited and booted with four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, five fireplaces, a beautiful kitchen, a sunroom and rooftop deck.
*Daymond John was in Dallas last week to share his story about how he grew FUBU from ten t-shirts in his closet to a multi-million dollar name brand. Listen to enough speakers and their counsel starts to duplicate, which confirms the validity of it. But when it comes to knowing your affiliations – John called it doing your homework – many company executives have fallen short. And now they’re paying the price.
When several grassroots organizations started doing their homework on ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws such as the one in Florida at the center of the Trayvon Martin killing, it was revealed that Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Mars, McDonalds, Pepsi and Wendy’s are some of the companies linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC pushed for tougher nationwide voter identification and the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law that passed in Florida and two dozen other states in some form. Some executives claim they didn’t know about ALEC’s connection to the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law or their corporate connection based on their affiliation with ALEC. But just as with most things in life, ignorance is no excuse.
Here’s how it works: The American Legislative Exchange Council creates a bill it wants to become a law. But getting that bill to become a federal law is hard because it must pass a vote in the House, another in the Senate and be signed by the President. Because there is little to no chance of laws such as Stand Your Ground or tougher voter identification regulations passing the federal gauntlet of scrutiny from legislators, grass root organizations and the media, ALEC and ALEC-like organizations have realized they can’t win by going through the front door. So they enter through the back door, better known as state law. These organizations have teamed up with state lawmakers and lobbyists to pass controversial bills.
Companies “joined” ALEC by paying an annual membership fee of at least $7,000. But the organization has a $7million budget supported by larger corporate financial support. Although it’s their choice to support whatever legislation they want, it won’t be done without accountability. Now that anti-ALEC coalitions have revealed those affiliations corporations are feeling the pressure to disassociate. Even the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is cutting ties with ALEC after 2012. It’s not a corporation, but everybody knows its ties to MicroSoft.
Politicians such as Sarah Palin have tried to minimize the importance of grassroots organizations, but their behind the scenes work proves invaluable when it matters most.
101-Year Old Texana Hollis after being promised that she could return to her home of 60 years, was turned away again.
Back in September, we reported that a 101-year old woman in Detroit was kicked out of her home that she owned with her husband after 60 years.
Her son got her into this mess with a reverse mortgage he thought he could use for updates to the house. But, none of the updates were made. (more…)
*”Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller will appear as a guest-star on Fox’s “House,” TVLine reports.
The actor will play a patient of the week after Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) gets released from jail. “He plays a real altruist,” creator David Shore tells the site. “And there’s some question as to whether that’s his symptom or not.”
The appearance will mark Miller’s first TV appearance since a 2009 episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
House returns Monday, Oct. 3 at 9/8c on Fox. Miller’s episode will air later that month.