Netflix (LOS ANGELES) -- Colin in Black & White has landed its star.
The Netflix series surrounding the life and career of civil rights activist and professional football player Colin Kaepernick has cast 17-year-old Jaden Michael in the title role as Kaepernick as a teen. Michael's previous acting credits include Wonderstruck and the recently released Netflix comedy horror film Vampires vs. The Bronx.
The limited series will feature six episodes focusing on Kaepernick's young adult years growing up in a mixed-race household as a Black son adopted by a white family, chronicling the impactful moments that compelled him to become an athlete and activist.
The NFL player made headlines for his activism in 2016 when he, as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, knelt during the national anthem before the games as a silent protest against systemic racism and police brutality.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face," Kaepernick says about the series. "We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”
Kaeperick co-created the Netflix show with Selma and 13th director Ava DuVernay. Kapernick will also serve as the series narrator.
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney explores a post-apocalyptic world in the first trailer for his new film, The Midnight Sky.
Trapped in a remote location in the Arctic, Clooney's character, a scientist named Augustine, makes continuous failed attempts to communicate with a space ship carrying a group of astronauts heading back toward Earth -- which, Augustine is attempting to warn them, has been devastated in their absence by a catastrophic event.
Augustine believes himself to be the last human on earth until he meets a young girl named Iris. The two venture into the frigid terrain in order to reach an antenna stronger than their own in a final attempt to warn the space travelers to turn away.
Clooney directs and stars in the film alongside a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone and Demián Bichir. The film is based on the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton.
“The sickness of hate and the elements that come from that, battles and wars -- that has been percolating for quite some time," Clooney tells Vanity Fairof the film. There’s the sadness [in the film] of what man is capable of doing to man and how easily it can just be taken away. I wanted it to be about redemption in a way. I wanted there to be some hopefulness in a fairly bleak story about the end of mankind.”
The Midnight Sky debuts on Netflix on December 23 and will also screen in select theaters.
Courtesy of Starz(NEW YORK) -- Omari Hardwick says he is "super proud" of Michael Rainey Jr., the young man who for six seasons played his hardheaded son Tariq on the widely popular Starz series Power.
This summer, Rainey Jr. followed in Hardwick's footsteps when he became the lead of his own Power series, Power Book 2: Ghost. Hardwick tells ABC Audio that he was touched when he recently spoke to Rainey Jr. during his birthday because the actor acknowledged how inspirational Hardwick has been in his life.
"His text simply said, 'I learned everything from you, Pop, you know so much,'" Hardwick says. "And he said, 'I'll never be able to put in words... what it meant to not only have your support as an actor, but also just as a young man."
Hardwick reveals Rainey Jr.'s relationship with his own father wasn't "great," so it made sense for him to take on a paternal role on and off the camera.
"When he was acting out a bit and sometimes disrespectful on set then I had [to] lend a hand at being a disciplinarian," Hardwick continues. "So there was so many components to me being not only the lead actor in that project, but also the father literally to that kid at times."
Omari says he always wanted more for Rainey Jr., but what he's been able to accomplish has exceeded his expectations.
"I constantly was in the ear of Courtney [Kemp] and Curtis ["50 Cent" Jackson] saying, 'Hey, we got this kid here, we need to really use him. So obviously they found a steroid level of using in him," he smiles. "He's now the lead of the show. I never imagined that."
"My hat goes off to what he's been able to accomplish and continue in this legacy called Power," Hardwick adds. "I'm super proud."
Peacock(LOS ANGELES) -- Bayside High is back in all its glory in the new trailer for the upcoming Peacock revival of the beloved '90s sitcom, Saved by the Bell.
The modern-day adaption finds original stars Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren reprising their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, respectively. This time, the beloved characters are giving back to the school where they were once students, with Spano now a guidance counselor and Slater, fittingly, now the physical education teach and sports coach.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is also back as Zack Morris, now governor of California and facing backlash for shutting down a series of underfunded schools. He in turn sends the students from the closed schools to the privileged Bayside High, which his son Mack attends, setting the stage for the series to follow the journey as the students from differing backgrounds learn to come together.
The trailer also promises an appearance by Max the magician, owner of The Max, and a reunion between original cast members Lopez, Berkley, Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, taking the stage as a sequin-clad band performing at a school dance.
The series also features John Michael Higgins as Principal Toddman, newcomers Mitchell Hoog as Mac and Haskiri Velazquez as Daisy, and more.
Saved by the Bell premieres on Peacock November 25.
The two stills show Leslie clad a sleek, black leather costume with red trim and cape, with the bat logo also in red in the center of her breast, matching the red streaks in her hair.
Leslie is the first Black woman to play a live-action Batwoman in film or TV. She inherits the role of Ryan Wilder/Batwoman after Ruby Rose stepped down from her role of Kate Kane/Batwoman earlier this year after one season.
“I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman -- it’s her style, her swag, and her moment. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!” Leslie says in a statement, according toVariety.
Leslie will star alongside returning cast members Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson and Dougray Scott.
Season two of Batwoman is scheduled to premiere in January on the CW.
BUENA VISTA PICTURES/ANDREW COOPER(NEW YORK) -- The Sanderson sisters are back, witches! Bette Midler confirmed Monday that the beloved Halloween staple Hocus Pocus is getting a sequel. Even better? The original cast is all in.
"They want to make a movie. They’ve asked us if we were interested, and, of course, all of us said 'Yeah,'" Midler, who played the wicked Winifred Sanderson, told WNYW.
It appears the 74-year-old actress has been waiting very patiently for that particular phone call, gushing, "I’m game. I’m totally game."
Although she's extremely excited to adorn the big red wig and buck teeth, Midler disclosed that she is having a hard time accepting that the movie came out in 1993.
"It was so bizarre to have been these characters 27 years ago," the Academy Award nominee mentioned.
Still, it seems no time has gone by for her and her co stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, who recently reunited to perform the virtual charity event, In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover.
Midler says the three of them immediately jumped right back into the Sanderson sister mindset as soon as they went through hair and makeup for the big show -- which she assures is a full on production and "is not like your regular Zoom-grid show."
"It was so bizarre, because we fell into exactly the same relationship we had and the same style of behaving on-screen that we had 27 years ago," she laughed. "As if we had been off for a weekend!"
So far, it is unknown when Hocus Pocus 2 will hit theaters or start production.
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jamie Foxx is grieving the unexpected loss of his little sister, 36-year-old DeOndra Dixon.
In an emotional announcement on Monday, the Academy Award-winning actor shared the heartbreaking news about his younger sister alongside a series of photos of the two over the years.
"My heart is shattered into a million pieces," Foxx expressed in the emotional eulogy that honored Dixon. "My beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned... I say transitioned because she will always be alive."
"Anyone who knew my sis... knew that she was a bright light," continued the Just Mercy star. "I can’t tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she has got on the dance floor and stolen the show."
Foxx warmly remarked that his little sister was known to bust moves that "gave her boyfriend @chrisbrownofficial a run for his money."
"I know she is in heaven now dancing with her wings on," the 52-year-old actor noted, who went on to add that the "pain is unbelievable" as he relives all the "great memories" that they shared.
"Deondra you have left A hole in my heart... but I will fill it with all of the memories that you gave me," he vowed. "I love you with every ounce of me... our family is shattered but we will put the pieces back together with your love."
Foxx signed off asking fans to send their prayers and positive thoughts to his mourning family.
Dixon, who had Down Syndrome and was a Special Olympics athlete, was honored by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2011 when they made her their ambassador.
The organization honored her on Monday, writing, "Devastated for DeOndra's family, devastated for our community, devastated at Global. She will ALWAYS be remembered."
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- The Queen of Tejano Music Selena Quintanilla lives on in the new Netflix bio-drama, Selena: The Series, set to debut December 4. Netflix premiered the series' official trailer on Monday.
The Walking Dead's Christian Serratos has completely transformed into the Tejano queen to tell her life story before it was tragically cut short in 1995.
Serratos, playing Selena, revisits the "Dreaming of You" singer's path to stardom and explores how the 24-year-old shattered several glass ceilings to become a force within a male-dominated genre of Latin music.
The series will explore the singer's life from when she was first inspired to pursue a singing career to becoming the first female artist to win the Grammy for Best Mexican-American album.
In addition, the series will go behind the scenes, exploring the singer's professional, romantic and familial relationships and how they changed as her career exploded.
Moisés Zamora, who executive produces the series, tells Entertainment Weekly, "Fans can expect to see us go into the depths of this family's journey, including their early days going from gig-to-gig."
"Selena was on the road since she was like 11 or 12 and it was truly a family affair," continues Zamora. "You'll see her coming of age as she transforms into the incredibly confident superstar everyone knows and loves. We will dive into the family dynamics and will show some interesting things people don't know about the Quintanillas."
Selena was murdered in 1995 by her fan club's president, Yolanda Saldivar.
Amazon Studios(KAZAKHSTAN) -- The government of Kazakhstan, which once threatened to sue comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his 2006 mockumentary Borat, has done an about face following the sequel's release on Friday.
Following the opening of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the sequel to Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the Kazakh tourism board has officially adopted the Borat's "very nice!" catchphrase as its slogan, according to The New York Times.
A series of new ads released on Sunday features visitors experiencing the country's architecture, landscapes, food and culture for the first time, reacting with "That's very nice!"
The idea to embrace the slogan came from Dennis Keen -- a former Los Angeles resident who now makes his home in Kazakhstan and hosts a travel show airing on a state TV channel -- and Yermek Utemissov, who helps foreign film companies shoot projects in the country, according to the Times.
“In COVID times, when tourism spending is on hold, it was good to see the country mentioned in the media," Kairat Sadvakassov, deputy chairman of the Kazakhstan tourism board, tells the newspaper. "Not in the nicest way, but it’s good to be out there. We would love to work with Cohen, or maybe even have him film here.”
Upon hearing about the reversal, Cohen said in a statement obtained by the Times, "This is a comedy, and the Kazakhstan in the film has nothing to do with the real country. I chose Kazakhstan because it was a place that almost nobody in the U.S. knew anything about, which allowed us to create a wild, comedic, fake world. The real Kazakhstan is a beautiful country with a modern, proud society — the opposite of Borat’s version."
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's been nearly a year since Anne Hathaway gave birth to her second child, however, The Witches actress revealed on Monday what she named her son.
Hathaway, who was a guest on Monday's episode on Live With Kelly and Ryanopened up about filming her newest movie and why it was so special for her, because she was pregnant with little Jack.
"I have a beautiful almost-11-month-old boy, but I was pregnant when I made The Witches, so technically he's all over that performance," the 37-year-old actress smiled before diving into how she kept that secret under wraps from the rest of the cast and crew.
It was then the actress revealed what she and husband Adam Shulman -- whom she already shares four-year-old Jonathan with -- named their baby boy.
Noting how much Jonathan adores his little brother, Hathaway revealed, "Now Jack's big enough to wrestle with, and that's brought a new element to their relationship that's really cute."
Hathaway also revealed that she found out she was pregnant shortly before her first fitting with costume designer Joanna Johnston, which forced her to come up with some elaborate excuses to wiggle out of wearing tight-fitting clothes during filming.
"[Johnston] goes, 'I really want you to have a really tight waist,' and I had just found out that I was pregnant and I was like, 'Mmm, no. No, I don't think so. No,'" the Interstellar star recounted. "She was like, 'Well, why?' And I was like, 'Eh, you know, I just know myself.' I'm scrambling for a reason."
Eventually, Hathaway managed to finagle a believable excuse that she wouldn't be "as free" in restrictive clothing, so it was best to "make everything loose."
The Witches is now available for streaming on HBO Max.
ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) -- With fangs bared and red eyes flashing, Dancing with the Stars paid homage to Hollywood's most terrifying antagonists for "Villain's Night." Despite the constant thrills and chills brought on by this season's top 10 competitors, the Halloween special ended with Cheer coach Monica Aldama being sent home by the judges.
The Netflix star found herself in the bottom two alongside The Real host Jeannie Mai, which turned out to be a nightmare of a situation for judges Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. All three struggled to decide who deserved to stay in the competition, which ended with Judge Carrie Ann casting the tie breaking vote in favor of Mai.
The shocking elimination wasn't the only twist during Monday's terrifying episode. The leaderboard also witnessed a major shakeup.
Since the start of the season, Catfish host Nev Schulman consistently brewed in second place. The streak was broken Monday when he gave all three judges and host Tyra Banks "swan bumps" following his Swan Lake-inspired Paso Doble. His sharp, powerful and overall chilling performance delighted Inaba, Tonioli and Hough, who excitedly awarded him the season's first perfect score.
Meanwhile, the pressure was on for Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, who was almost sent home last week. The athlete triumphed on the ballroom floor, delivering a fluid and graceful Viennese Waltz to Radiohead's "Creep" that hypnotized the judges and earned him the second highest score of the night, a 27 out of 30.
Also making a comeback Monday night was Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, this season's youngest competitor. The 18-year-old actress, who earned the lowest score last week, shined with her sharp and precise Argentine tango to Billie Eilish's "Everything I Wanted." The Jessie alum secured a second-place finish alongside Weir and rapper Nelly with a final score of 27 out of 30.
Speaking of Nelly, the Grammy Award-winning rapper finally achieved his breakout moment Monday night, performing a creepy yet powerful Argentine tango to The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face." All three judges praised the "Country Grammar" artist for breaking out of his shell.
The most notable dance of the night didn't come from a celebrity dancer, however, but from dance pro Cheryl Burke.
Despite suffering a seemingly serious head injury the previous day during practice, Burke powered through the pain to perform a tense and thrilling Tango alongside partner A.J. McLean that honored the horror movie Psycho. The Backstreet Boy spoke about the panic he felt when Burke fell during rehearsals, saying he was "completely mortified" by the accident.
"She's family now. I got to protect her, just like she does for me," McLean expressed.
As for Burke, the pro dancer assured the audience that she is completely fine and cracked to Tyra Banks, "I'm hard-headed, thank god, right?"
Dancing with the Stars will be full of double trouble next week, promising two eliminations and the added challenge of competitors mastering two dances for the first time this season. The episode airs next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here are the current standings:
First Place: Nev Schulman, host of Catfish, with Jenna Johnson -- 30/30
Johnny Weir, Olympic figure skater, with Britt Stewart -- 27/30 Nelly, Grammy Award-winning rapper, with Daniella Karagach -- 27/30 Skai Jackson, Disney Channel star, with Alan Bersten -- 27/30 Justina Machado, One Day at a Time star, with Sasha Farber -- 26/30 A.J. McLean, member of Backstreet Boys, with Cheryl Burke -- 26/30 Chrishell Stause, Netflix's Selling Sunset star, with Gleb Savchenko -- 26/30 Jeannie Mai, host of The Real, with Brandon Armstrong -- 25/30
Lowest score: Kaitlyn Bristowe, former star of The Bachelorette, with Artem Chigvintsev -- 24/20
ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- black-ish creator Kenya Barris has signed on to write, produce and direct an upcoming biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor.
According to Deadline, Barris will make his directorial feature debut with a yet-to-be-titled project on Pryor that will center on his life, career, and how he become one of the most influential comedians in American history.
"The way Pryor did what he did -- with truth and specificity that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, and said with an unmatched level of vulnerability -- that was the power and impact of his work,” said Barris in a statement. “Pryor had a voice that was distinctly his and, in many ways, comedy since then has been derivative of what he created. To me, this is a film about that voice, the journey that shaped it, and what it took for it to come to be.”
Barris will co-produce the project with Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.
During his illustrious career, Pryor appeared in over 50 films, had his own TV series -- The Richard Pryor Show and Pryor’s Place -- and won an Emmy and five Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. In 1998, he became the first-ever recipient of the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Pryor, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986, died in 2005 at age 65 of a heart attack.
This is the latest project for Barris, who not only created his ABC hit series, black-ish, but also its spinoffs, Freeform's grown-ish and ABC's mixed-ish. Barris is also the writer behind HBO Max's Witchesand the Coming to America sequel, Coming 2 America: The Quest.
Bravo Media(LOS ANGELES) -- Crystal Kung Minkoff is joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, marking the first time an Asian-American has starred in the franchise.
Varietyconfirms Kung Minkoff's addition to the cast that also features Kyle Richards, Erika Girardi, Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais and Dorit Kemsley in its upcoming 11th season.
Kung Minkoff is the founder of Real Coco, a brand that specializes in organic coconut products. She's married to Rob Minkoff, who directed Disney's The Lion King,The Haunted Mansion, Stuart Little and more.
The entrepreneur's participation in the show follows in the footsteps of Beauvais, who became the first Black cast member in the Beverly Hills franchise last season.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 is expected to premiere on Bravo next year.
Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans can now bid on a rare Black Panther comic signed by Chadwick Boseman.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions is presenting a Black Panther comic #1 signed by the blockbuster film's late star. Alongside his signature, Boseman also writes 42, in reference to the2013 film of the same name in which he starred as Jackie Robinson, whose famous jersey number was 42.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and the late Stan Lee, co-creator of the Black Panther character, also signed the comic. The bidding for the coveted item starts at $8,000.
Marvel's Black Panther, released in 2018, grossed $1.3 billion dollars worldwide and over $700 million North American, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of all time domestically.
Boseman passed away from colon cancer in August. He was diagnosed in 2016 and kept his battle with the disease largely out of the public eye. He was laid to rest near his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina in September.
Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesNetflix has picked up the rights to the Idris Elba-led film, Concrete Cowboy, which is set to be released in 2021.
According toThe Hollywood Reporter, the father-son drama, which also stars Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin, generated a lot of buzz after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Adapted from the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri and directed by Ricky Straub, Concrete Cowboycenters on McLaughlin's character: a troubled teen who spends the summer in North Philadelphia learning about the urban cowboy subculture from his estranged father, played by Elba.
THR described the film as a "moving, well-acted drama about a fractured family coming together in unexpected ways."
Concrete Cowboy's production team includes Elba, Philly native Lee Daniels, the film's writer Dan Walser, Den of Thieves producer Tucker Tooley, and John Wick 3 producers Jeff G Waxman andJennifer Madeloff.
Idris Elba is also set to star another Netflix cowboy film, The Harder They Fall, alongsideLakeith Stanfield, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo and Lovecraft Country's Jonathan Majors.