Trevor Noah attends the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyer at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on September 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
*Legendary Television has teamed with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for a half-hour comedy at Fox, which will star top South African comedian Trevor Noah.
The project, inspired by Noah’s comedy and life, is being written by Sameer Gardeezi, who will executive produce along with LEG’s Norm Aladjem and Randy Chalawsky, and Overbrook’s Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett, brother of Pinkett Smith. Noah will produce.
Noah’s comedy draws on his experience growing up in Soweto as the son of a Swiss father and South African mother and reflects his observations on race and ethnicity (check out a clip below). A popular comic on the African continent where he has sold more DVDs than any other stand-up, Noah has been crossing over to the U.S. Last year, he became the first South African comedian to appear on “The Tonight Show” and has since also appeared on “The Late Show.”
His U.S. comedy special, “African American,” is currently airing on Showtime.
*Queen Latifah continues to make power moves in Hollywood.
Deadline.com is reporting that she has signed with CAA for representation following a long stint with WME.
The musician, Oscar-nominated actress, label president and author just recently launched her new daytime talker, “The Queen Latifah Show.” Latifah is producing it through her Flavor Unit Entertainment production company with partner Shakim Compere, and Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith, Jada Smith, and James Lassiter.
Latifah had been a longtime client of Randi Michel at WME. This move happens after Michel transitioned to Principato Young as a manager. She still reps Latifah, according to Deadline.com.
Among Flavor Unit’s credits are “Steel Magnolias,” which Latifah starred in and became Lifetime’s third most-watched telecast, and HBO’s “Life Support,” for which Latifah won a Golden Globe Award and got an Emmy nom.
Latifah remains repped by her Flavor Unit partner Shakim Compere and Principato Young and her attorney is Stewart Levy of Eisenberg Tanchum & Levy.
Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of “Annie”
*Columbia Pictures has moved the premiere of “Annie” back to December 19, 2014 from its original Christmas Day release.
For now the Quvenzhané Wallis-starrer has the December 19th date to itself. Will Gluck directs the reimagining of the stage musical and is rewriting the current script, revising a screenplay written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna.
The movie stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. Gluck is producing with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith via Overbrook Entertainment, along with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.
Actress Rose Byrne attends Girard-Perregaux And The Cinema Society With DeLeon Host a Screening Of Sony Pictures Classics’ “I’m So Excited” at Sunshine Landmark on June 6, 2013 in New York City
*Actress Rose Byrne is in talks for Sony’s urban remake of “Annie,” sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.
The “Bridesmaids” and “Damages” star would play Grace, dutiful assistant to Jamie Foxx’s “Daddy” Warbucks character Benjamin Stacks, the rich New York financier who takes in the orphan, played by Quvenzhane Wallis.
Cameron Diaz has signed on to play villainous orphanage matron Miss Hannigan.
Based on the Great Depression-era comic strip, the Jay-Z- and Will Smith-produced update of the iconic Broadway musical is set in modern times.
Will Gluck is directing the project. Other producers include Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett-Smith as well as Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith of Marcy Media.
The movie is due for a Christmas Day 2014 release.
Sandra Bullock and her son Louis attend the 2nd birthday party of Pink’s daughter, Willow Hart in Malibu, California on June 2, 2013.
*Sandra Bullock is in early talks to join Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in “Annie,” the update of the classic comic strip-turned-musical that Sony is making with producers Will Smith and Jay-Z.
Bullock would play Miss Hannigan, the mean lady who runs the orphanage inhabited by Annie (Wallis) and her friends. Carol Burnett memorably played the role in the 1982 movie.
But that is only if a contract is signed. Bullock and the studio were in talks in March but the actress ultimately passed at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Now the two sides are back at the table.
As previously reported, Foxx will play a modern incarnation of Daddy Warbucks, a billionaire named Benjamin Stacks.
Will Gluck is directing the project, which has a host of producers: Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment banner partner James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z. Also producing are Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.
Sony is eyeing a late fall production start for an anticipated December 2014 release.