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Get ready for a Best Man III! The movie Best Man Holiday opened big making over $30 million on its opening weekend. The movie cost $17 million to make and continues to make money. Writer/Director Malcolm Lee is already in talks to continue the franchise by helming a third installment. Will the next chapter focus on the Terrence Howard's scene-stealing character “Quentin?”
Speaking of The Best Man Holiday cast, Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV in
the TNT drama Legends. You can also check him out on the latest issues of Muscle & Performance and Upscale magazines. Nia Long will be one of the stars of the Tyler Perry movie Single Moms' Club, which opens in theatres May 9th. Taye Diggs also returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has starring roles in About Last Night, which opens in theatres February 14th, and Think Like A Man II, which opens June 20th both films co-starring Kevin Hart & Michael Ealy. Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard reunite and team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Sabotage, which comes out April 14th.
Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson is co-starring in the movie Black Nativity, which opens in theatres November 27th. Black Nativity also stars fellow Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese and Mary J. Blige. Whitaker is also splitting the cover of the latest edition of Ebony magazine with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave). It's Ebony's Power 100 issue, and the actors discuss black men taking over Hollywood.
Tyler Perry’s latest Madea movie, A Madea Christmas, opens in theatres December 13th.
Will Smith has signed on for the adventure movie City That Failed, which is about a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan which breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic.
Comedian Kevin Hart's ex-wife Torrei Hart has joined the cast of the TV show
Atlanta Exes along with Tameka Raymond, the ex-wife of Singer Usher.
How hot is Actress Tika Sumpter? She has a lot of movies coming out over the next year including Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and the James Brown bio-pic Get On Up. Plus, there's her hit Tyler Perry TV drama The Have And Have Nots, which was renewed for a second season after breaking all kinds of
ratings records on the OWN cable network.
Don Cheadle will be starring in and directing the movie Kill The Trumpeter about the life of Jazz Great Miles Davis. Zoe Saldana and Ewan McGregor will also be starring in the movie.
Martin Lawrence is returning to TV next year on the FX network. Lawrence is
teaming up with Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier) for a sitcom about two lawyers.
Actor/Author Hill Harper is on a roll with his USA network show Covert Affairs,
which airs Thursday nights at 10pm. Harper also has a new book out Letters For An Incarcerated Brother, and he has just signed on for the new Jennifer Lopez movie Boy Next Door. In that film, Lopez plays a woman who becomes involved with her neighbor's teenage son and realizes he’s crazy.
CNN News Anchor/Reporter Don Lemon is getting a new late night show on the cable network, which will air next month at 11pm.
The TV One network has renewed their hit show R&B Divas for a third season.
Mary J. Blige is on the latest issue of Shape magazine. At 42, she looks incredible. Blige says the key to her amazing body is giving up drugs and alcohol. She said she refuses to go out like Whitney Houston. Meanwhile, get ready for A Very Mary Christmas, Blige’s first holiday album. The CD will features 12 classic holiday remakes and duets with Barbara Streisand, The Clark Sisters and Marc Anthony. Grammy Award-winning Producer David Foster produced the project.
Singer Eric Benet is coming to reality TV. Benet will be the host of Sub Stars, which showcases underground musicians who are discovered in subway systems across major U.S. cities.
Blair Underwood is moving on after his cancelled NBC show Ironside. Underwood will be starring alongside Cicely Tyson and Keke Palmer in the Lifetime movie A Trip To Bountiful. Tyson won a Tony for her successful run in Bountiful on Broadway. The movie version will air next year.
Congrats to Singer and X Factor Judge Kelly Rowland! The former Destiny's Child member just got engaged to her longtime boyfriend/Manager Tim Witherspoon.
Food Network Star Sunny Anderson is coming to Philly to promote her latest
cookbook Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food For Real Life. Anderson will be joining our own WDAS Afternoon Drive Personality Frankie Darcell on Tuesday, November 26th from 5pm until 8pm at Ms. Tootsies, 1312 South Street. This is the kickoff event for The Frankie Darcell Book Club, and two people will win a Kindle reader each. Register now at wdasfm.com on Frankie's Book Club page.
Miami Heat Basketball Star Dwayne Wade's memoir, A Father First, is coming
to TV. The FOX network is developing Wade's life as a father into a sitcom titled Three The Hard Way. If the show is picked up, Wade says he won't star but may appear in a cameo. The NBA star also says he likes a mix of laughs and lessons like he saw on The Cosby Show.
Speaking of Cosby, the comedian is eying another return to primetime TV. Cosby, 76, is developing a new family comedy saying he wants to bring back wholesome family comedies to television. In the meantime, The Cos returns to stand up/sit down comedy on TV. He's coming to cable's Comedy Central with a concert film of his stand up comedy.
The special, Far From Finished, is directed by Robert Townsend, who also directed Eddie Murphy's record breaking comedy concert, Raw, 25 years ago. It's a reunion because Cosby was in Townsend's film Meteor Man in 1993. Cosby's Far From Finished will air on Comedy Central on November 24th, marking the 30th anniversary of 1983's Bill Cosby: Himself, the concert film that became the basis of The Cosby Show.
Season three of Mary Mary’s reality show will deal with infidelity, fighting with their manager and Erica's voice problems. The show airs on WE-TV.
Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have signed on for season four of American
Horror Story. The TV drama has built up quite a fan base on the FX network.
Hunky Actor Idris Elba is off the market. Elba and longtime girlfriend, Hair & Makeup Artist Naiyana Garth, are planning wedding dates as they prepare to welcome their first child. The actor has a daughter from a previous marriage. Elba will be starring in the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom. He’s featured as one of the Sexiest Men Alive in the latest edition of People magazine along with Songwriter/Producer/Singers Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams. The Sexiest Man Alive issue with Adam Levine of NBC's The Voice on the cover is on newsstands now.
The 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts/Thanksgiving Day Parade is happening Thursday,
November 28th on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Special guests include Cedric The
Entertainer and Singers Regina Belle and Jade Starling of Pretty Poison.
Speaking of Tamar, her talk show The Real with The Real, with Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, has been picked up for a full season next fall on FOX stations around
Gabrielle Union's new BET drama Being Mary Jane with Omari Hardwick, Lisa
Vidal, Margaret Avery, Tika Sumpter and Richard Roundtree debuts January 7th
on BET. Check out Union on the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Actor Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) has returned to TV in the cop-drama Almost Human on Fox. Ealy is also returning to the big screen next year in two projects with Comedian Kevin Hart: About Last Night on opening on Valentine's Day with Joy Bryant & Regina Hall and Think Like A Man Part II with Gabrielle Union & Taraji P.
Henson hitting theatres next June.
Speaking of Kevin Hart, he's back with The Real Husbands Of Hollywood on BET.
Hart is on a roll! He just signed a deal with ABC to develop a pilot based on his life as standup comedian and divorced father, and he has another new movie for 2013, Ride Along with Ice Cube and Tika Sumpter, coming out in theatres in January. Finally Hart is also playing a boxing promoter in the new movie Grudge opening Christmas Day with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. De Niro (Oscar winner for Raging Bull) and Stallone (Oscar nominee for Rocky) play two aging boxers who get back in the ring. Hart is also starring in the romantic comedy About Last Night.
Babyface and Toni Braxton are headed to Broadway next spring in the Wynton
Marsalis production After Midnight. The musical is about the Harlem Renaissance and The Cotton Club and includes many top name musicians coming in and out of the production. This will be Babyface's Broadway debut. Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway before in Beauty & The Beast and Aida. Braxton and Babyface will be in the musical March 18-30th for a limited run. Their new duet CD, Love Marriage & Divorce, is
coming out in December. This week, Babyface got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out February 2014. Babyface and Toni Braxton's new CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, comes out
Stevie Wonder is planning to release two new music projects next year. The
63-year old Motown legend says his recent divorce from Designer Kai Millard Morris inspired him to do a new project. The album, When The World Began, will be produced by fellow Music Legend David Foster. Wonder is also working on a gospel album, which he plans to dedicate to his late mother.
The Queen Latifah produced drama Single Ladies, starring LisaRaye, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi, is returning to VH1 for a third season in January.
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun running
March 8th –June 15th 2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where the original play opened. A Raisin In The Sun also stars Diahann Carroll and Anika Noni Rose, and is slated for a 14-week run.
Kem, Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley are joining forces for a new holiday song called Jesus. The song appears on Kem's holiday CD What Christmas Means, which is out now.
The American Music Awards are set for Sunday, November 24th on ABC.
Tyler Perry will be joining Oscar Winner Ben Affleck in the movie Gone Girl. Perry will play a lawyer assisting Affleck. Filming starts next month. Meanwhile on December 13th, get ready for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas starring Anna Marie Horsford (Amen) and Tika Sumpter (The Haves & Have Nots). Perry is also working on new DVD projects: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned and Madea's Neighbors From Hell.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night live broadcast is happening from Ms. Tootsies, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
Tuesday, December 17th - A Soulful Christmas Shout For Joy! featuring Melba Moore, The Arch Street Presbyterian Church Choir, The Bright Hope Baptist Church Choir, The Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir, The CAPA Concert Choir and The J. Donald Dumpson Singers at The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. For more info 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org
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Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, November 23rd - India.Arie in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
This Sunday, November 24th – Will Downing in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
This Sunday, November 24th – Jaheim & Chrisette Michele in concert at the Tower Theatre.
Saturday, November 30th- Brian McKnight/ Avant/ Musiq in concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Saturday, November 30th- Sommore comedy show at Patriots' Theatre War Memorial 1 Lafayette Street, Trenton, New Jersey.
Thursday, December 5th –Cedric The Entertainer comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, December 14th- Chaka Khan in concert at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, December 14th- Jon B, Carl Thomas and Glenn Lewis in concert at The Temple Performing Arts Center, Broad and Pollett Walk.
Sunday, December 29th- Jill Scott in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, January 10th- Patti LaBelle at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, January 18th- Morris Day & The Time at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Sunday, January 19th- The All-Stars of Hip Hop: Party Edition starring Ice Cube, Doug E. Fresh, E.U., Fat Joe's and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, February 16th- The Top Shelf Comedy Tour starring Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Dominique and Gary Owens at the Liacouras Center, Broad and
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, March 8th- New Jack Show – Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV and Dru Hill at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
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