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‘Black Panther’ Actor Winston Duke Set To Play Kimbo Slice in Biopic

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‘Black Panther’ breakout star Winston Duke is set to take on the role of MMA legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in ‘Backyard Legend.’ 

via Deadline:

White Boy Rick scribe Andy Weiss is writing the screenplay about the Bahamian-born backyard brawler who rose from homelessness to mixed martial arts fame after his brutal backyard fights drew a huge YouTube audience. Kimbo Slice died suddenly in June 2016 at 42 from heart failure and a liver mass. Though he battled high blood pressure for years, Kimbo Slice insisted on boxing months before his death, winning a three-round heavyweight match against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris at Bellator 149 in Houston. Before dying Kimbo Slice was scheduled to fight James Thompson in the main event Bellator 158 despite his family’s mixed emotions. They knew his health was ailing given his lack of energy in the Dada 5000 fight.

Duke and Michael Imber, Kimbo’s longtime friend, manager and employer, who will be prominently depicted in the picture (the role has yet to be cast), will also serve as EPs.

Jones says, “It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role. We simply could not find a better Kimbo!”

Duke adds “I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero.”

Jones produced George Gallo’s latest movie Bigger, which Andy Weiss also co-penned, about fitness gurus the Weider brothers. Jones is also producing Gallo’s upcoming political thriller Covet. 

Winston truly fits the part for the role!

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Bhad Bhabie says Cardi B is going to win “Top Female Artist” Instead of Nicki Minaj

The 2018 Billboard Awards is right around the corner and the nominations are already attracting a lot of attention!

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Written By: Gisselle Alamanzar

15-year-old Danielle Bregolie know as “Bhad Bhabie” was nominated by Billboard Music Awards as the Top Rap Female Artist Along with the hottest and popular rappers in the game Nicki Minaj and new artist Cardi B.

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TMZ Paparazzi asked if Bhad Bhabie “was expecting “to be nominated and she replies “Not really” Bhad Bhabie says “she already won” by simply being nominated along with the hottest artist in the game, but also says “Cardi is going to win and she deserves it.

Bhad Bhabie explains why Cardi B is better than Nicki Minaj and seems to not like Nicki Minaj as an artist.

Although a lot of different artist such as 50 Cent, are surprised with the nominee, it may be a difficult competition. Nicki Minaj has hit the Billboard Hot 100 many times. Bhad Bhabie has just started out and her “Hi B*tch” single was a success. Cardi B had a huge breakout year last year with her number 1 single “Bodak Yellow” and her new album “Invasion of Privacy” debuted on No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts this year.

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If Cardi B doesn’t win the Top Rap Artist, she still can earn the award for Top Female Artist against pop artist.  Cardi can also earn Top Streaming Songs Artist, Billboard Chart Achievement Award, and Top Streaming Songs (Video).

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The Spice Girls’ Next Project: An Animated Superhero Movie

The five group members will voice the character each of which will have her own “girl power.”

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Via Variety:

Variety has learned that an animated film project starring the Spice Girls is being shopped to potential production partners. According to a source, all five members of the group have signed off on their likenesses being used for a superhero-themed movie working off of the “girl power” message. Each character will be voiced by a Spice Girl — the group’s members include Victoria Beckham (“Posh Spice”), Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”) and Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”) — and feature a “girl power” unique to that group member that reflects each girl’s personality.

The news follows recent rumors that the British girl group founded in 1994 planned to stage a reunion tour. While the former bandmates acknowledged that they had met “to explore some incredible new opportunities together,” an insider told Variety that talk of a tour was “premature” and that no dates have been booked by CAA, the Spice Girls’ longtime agency. Beckham herself has played down any possibility of a tour.

But with the animated superhero concept, the girls are committed and even “fired up about the idea,” says a source, adding, “The Spice Girls are thinking big in terms of a franchise on a global scale. They’re the most successful girl group on the planet. It’s just what Marvel or Disney needs.”

Manager Simon Fuller would not comment on the group’s future plans.

 

Donald Glover’s ‘Deadpool’ Animated Series Canceled By FX Over ‘Creative Differences’

Donald Glover, his brother Stephen, and FX couldn’t come to terms on the highly anticipated Deadpool animated TV series — so the network has decided to scrap the project altogether.

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via Complex:

The news was confirmed Saturday, nearly one year after the animated project received a 10-episode order for FX’s sister channel FXX; however, the network reassured viewers it would continue to work with Marvel TV on the live-action series Legion, which will return for its second season next week.

“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series,” the network said in a statement. “FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”

The series, based on the popular Marvel anti-hero, was to be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Marvel TV in association with FX Productions. The Glover brothers were going to act as writers, executive producers, and showrunners.

The series was schedule to premiere in 2018. It’s currently unclear if Marvel TV and ABC Studios will still pursue the show—”with or without the Glovers.”

“Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who’ll bring the untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta,” Nick Grad, co-president of original programming at FX, told Complex in 2017. “With the success of Legion, we’re looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking, and entirely original.”

Though hopes were clearly high for the Deadpool series, we have to wonder how much time Donald could’ve dedicated to the show. He’s already tied to a number of projects, including FX’s Atlanta, the live-action Lion King remake, as well as the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film. Glover is also gearing up to hit the road with Rae Sremmurd this year and is expected to drop another album under his musical alias Childish Gambino.

Netflix Films No Longer Allowed to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

The director of the Cannes Film Festival said movies distributed by Netflix are no longer eligible to compete in future festivals.

Via NYDN:

“The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours,” Thierry Fremaux said in an interview translated by The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix will still be allowed to screen movies, but the films are unable to score any awards, like the coveted Palm d’Or.

Cannes faced backlash last year after including “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” in its line-up, despite the fact that both films — which streamed exclusively on Netflix — received critical acclaim.

Fremaux — who also banned red carpet selfies from the festival — said he hoped he’d be able to show Netflix the error of its ways and get the platform to play by the rules for 2018, but had no such luck.

“Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused,” he said.

According to THR, Netflix attempted to screen the films in France for a few days ahead of the festival, but were unable to due to the country’s “strict chronology laws.”

After the disagreement, Cannes now requires movies to have some sort of theatrical release in France, barring Netflix from eligibility.

“We have to take into account the existence of these powerful new players: Amazon, Netflix and maybe soon Apple,” Fremaux said. “(But) Cinema (still) triumphs everywhere even in this golden age of series. The history of cinema and the history of the internet are two different things.”

Cannes isn’t the only one to give Netflix the cold shoulder as of late.

In a recent interview, Steven Spielberg brushed off the streaming service, saying its films should not be Oscar contenders, as they have made their television bed and now must lie in it.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar,” he told ITV News. “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

The 4 Top Pieces of Life Advice from Chris Rock’s New Netflix Special

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Chris Rock’s first stand-up special in ten years, Tambourine; brings to light some very positive and useful information for handling life and the people around you. While many outlets have chosen to focus on the negative opinions of viewers about Rock’s jokes from his Netflix comedy special, I couldn’t help but notice the pieces of wisdom in between the punch lines.

Chris Rock has always been known for his edgy comedy that not only attracts a few laughs but also makes you think. His comedy is simply raw and uncut. When listening to Chris Rock, you have to avoid being sensitive because at the end of the day, it’s all just jokes.  In Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix special, he stated that it is hard to please people today in comedy because the world has become so sensitive to everything. So below I listed four of the best life tips that we were able to learn from Rock’s new comedy special, Tambourine.

                      

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  1. “Pressure Makes Diamonds, Not Hugs”

Chris Rock shared his thoughts about the anti-bullying sentiment that was being preached by school administrators. He stated that he felt these methods were not properly preparing kids for the real world. In a comical sense he stated that if there were no bullies in the schools, then how could kids be prepared to face bullies in the real world? He went on to talk about all the bullies you are going to face in the workforce and how learning early on how to handle them in school will teach you how to deal with them later in life. He used Bill Gates and Marc Zuckerberg as examples, stating that these successful entrepreneurs had possibly been bullied early on in life but used that negative to push them to become the best. He later added that “pressure makes diamonds, not hugs” and that we are not properly preparing kids to go into a world that is not a loving place. Of course I’m sure he doesn’t support bullying which has led to suicide in a sad massive amount among our youth, but I understand the point he is trying to make. He simply wants us to learn that we can’t protect our kids from everything in this world and that some things in life are simply just going to make them stronger.

 

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  1. Her success is your Success, and Your Success is Her Success”

“Stop competing,” Rock tells the audience. In the older era, men were the breadwinners and considered to be the kings of their homes – while women were just supposed to be content with whatever the husband brought home, and stick to cooking, cleaning, and raising the children. Of course times have changed and those roles have switched. More women are now part of the workforce and entrepreneurs, with some bringing in more money than their husbands. So Rock wants married couples to learn that just because you bring in the most money, doesn’t mean you should act more than the other. He shared brief thoughts about how he felt he was a bad husband and had a huge ego in his prior marriage because he made more money.

 

  1. “When you’re in a band, sometimes you’re on lead, and sometimes you’re on tambourine.”

For those curious why Chris Rock names his comedy special after a musical instrument, he explains that, “when you’re in a band, sometimes you’re on lead, and sometimes you’re on tambourine. And if you’re on tambourine, play it right. Play it with smile, because no one wants to see a mad tambourine player.” From this you can pretty much learn how to accept your role in life and do it well. No matter where you are in life, make the best of it. If you are in the front then shine and even if you are in the background, still shine just as if you were in the front.

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  1. “A Woman Can Leave You Mentally”

 

In this segment, Rock shares that men should do right by their wives because a woman can leave them mentally before she ever goes anywhere physically. He joked stating, “Some of your wives only came for the tickets, she is not here with you, she is mentally here with me”. Many assume that cheating is simply a physical act. However, Rock points out that a mental checkout is equally as damaging. The technical term for what he describes is an, “emotional affair.” The O’Jays had a song that said, “Your body’s here with me, but your mind is on the other side of town.”

 

Chris Rock may have ruffled some feathers with his raw comedy special but we can definitely take some positive information from the show. Be sure to check out Tambourine, now available on Netflix.

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