Director Tyler Perry attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California
*”This is historic!” a photographer yelled as he surveyed the image before him — Sidney Poitier in the center, Spike Lee to his right, Tyler Perry to his left and more than two dozen other black men in Hollywood, from Blair Underwood to Omar Epps, huddled tight around the legend, posing with a purpose, reports the AP.
“We made it!” shouted out one participant as the men broke out into knowing laughter.
It was a night of many emotions as Essence magazine, known for celebrating black women, held its first ceremony honoring the achievements of African-American men in Hollywood in the days leading up to Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.
Lisa Gay Hamilton co-stars in Jake Goldberger’s’ drama Life of a King, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Lisa Gay Hamilton stars in Life of a King with Cuba Gooding, Jr.
*Film director Jake Goldberger’s “Life of a King” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Eugene Brown an ex-con using the game of chess to help inner city youth with the concept of making the right choice is in theaters now. Rated PG-13 Life of a King also stars Malcolm Mays, Richard T. Jones, Paula Jai Parker and Carlton Byrd.
“I think people will be moved,” said Lisa Gay Hamilton, who co-stars in the dramatic film as high school principle Sheila King. “Jake offered the role to me and I was pleased to get it. She is principle of the school. It’s an inner city school in DC. She is dedicated, full of integrity and fair.”
Deal Marks ‘WhatTheFunny.com’s’ First Animated Series
*WTF Studios, Inc. announced today the signing of Grand Hustle’s Houston representer, Trae Tha Truth, and his cartoonist partner, Jay Sugarman, to produce ten exclusive episodes of their original animated series, ‘Trae.’ The deal represents WTF’s first acquisition of an animated series.
‘Trae’ will follow the hilarious life misadventures of its namesake, Trae Tha Truth, as he traverses the country with his trusty band of miscreants, Grey-D, JayTon , Boss, Purpa and Birdfeed, on the road to stardom. Much like its wildly popular predecessor, ‘The Adventures’ of Trae Tha Truth’, which launched in 2008, surprise celebrity guests are also likely. Past cameos have included MTV’s Sway Calloway, Power 105.1’s Angela Yee and New Orleans rap legend, Mystikal.
*Omar Epps has been tapped to lead “One Small Mistake,” described as a neo-noir thriller about a man searching for truth and justice in a bigoted small town.
British Emmy-nominated Alexander Harvey is directing a script adapted by Guy Bennett from French author Jean Francois Coatmeur’s La Bavure, according to Deadline.com.
Epps made his debut in 1992’s “Juice” and starred in “Major League II,” “Higher Learning,:” “Scream 2,” “Love & Basketball” and “Against the Ropes.”
He’ll be seen next spring on ABC’s drama “Resurrection” produced by Plan B, debuting March 9.
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.