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Tiffany Haddish Accepts Variety Power of Women Honor: ‘I’m Not Sorry’ I’m So Honest

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Tiffany Haddish Accepts Variety Power of Women Honor: ‘I’m Not Sorry’ I’m So Honest
“Sorry I’m so honest, but I’m not sorry,” Tiffany Haddish said at Variety’s Power of Women presented by Lifetime on Friday. The “Girls Trip” star had just finished a rapid-fire shoutout to everything and everyone in the room, from Regina King’s hairstyle to FreshPaper’s ability to keep weed fresh.

“I feel like it’s very important to always be your best self and be yourself, and try not to be something you’re not,” Haddish said at the annual luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Because that’s when you become a bitter-ass bitch, when you being somebody you not.”

Haddish also praised fellow honorees like King and “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe, whom she said inspired her to be authentic.

“Lena, you have inspired me so much to be more open and more loving toward others, and
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Fox Nabs Drama Inspired By Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt From Elwood Reid & McG As Put Pilot

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Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Forrest’s Treasure, an hour-long drama from The Chi executive producer Elwood Reid, McG (Lethal Weapon), the Gotham Group and 20th Century Fox TV where McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has a deal.

Written by Reid with McG set to direct, Forrest’s Treasure is described as a grounded, family drama with a flair for adventure inspired by David Kushner’s upcoming book on the treasure of Forrest Fenn. When a family from Chicago moves to a small town in Montana to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they find meaning and purpose in the mystery of a hidden treasure.

Santa Fe art dealer and author Forrest Fenn made national headlines with his 2010 claim that he had hid a treasure chest filled with artifacts, gold, and jewels worth more than a million dollars somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. It
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DGA Report: Women & Minorities Score Record Share Of Episodic TV Directing Jobs

The percentage of women and minority directors of episodic TV shows hit record highs this year, continuing the TV industry’s recent trend towards diversification, according to a new Directors Guild report. In the 2017-18 season, women directed 25% of all episodic shows – up from 21% last year and nearly double their percentage from five years ago.

The percentage of minority directors also hit a new high, although their share of directing jobs grew at a slower pace than women’s. This year, they got 24% of all directing jobs, compared to 22% last year and 19% five years ago. African Americans directed 13%, the same as last year; Asian Americans directed 6%, up from 5%; and Latinos directed 5%, up from 4%. Men took the biggest hit – down from 79% last year to 75% this year. Native Americans weren’t mentioned in the report.

“It’s encouraging to see that the compass is pointing in the right direction, yet progress is mixed,
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Lena Waithe on ‘Atlanta’s’ Emmys Snub, More ‘Master of None’ and the Moment She’ll ‘Never Forget’

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Lena Waithe on ‘Atlanta’s’ Emmys Snub, More ‘Master of None’ and the Moment She’ll ‘Never Forget’
Lena Waithe shot to fame with the groundbreaking “Thanksgiving” installment of “Master of None,” for which she won an Emmy Award for best writing for a comedy series.

That was just the beginning of what the multi-hyphenate — and Variety Power of Women honoree — wants to create. “I want to be bigger than one episode of television,” says Waithe. “I don’t think people have really gotten a sense of even what I have to offer yet.”

Indeed after a year that saw the launch of her Showtime drama “The Chi” alongside an acting role in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” her slate is now jam-packed with projects behind and in front of the camera: writing scripts for “Boomerang” for Bet (which she’s producing with Halle Berry), casting the film “Queen and Slim,” which will be directed by Melina Matsoukas, prepping season two of “The Chi,” launching “Them,” a
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Lena Waithe Is Using Her Influence to Help the Trevor Project Save Lives

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Lena Waithe Is Using Her Influence to Help the Trevor Project Save Lives
“Be great.”

When Lena Waithe first heard those two words of advice from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, she admits she didn’t quite get the message. But as she got older, she grew to understand the power in owning her voice. So she’s adapted it into her own mantra: “Be phenomenal.”

“That is what I always strive to do — try to be phenomenal, try to be amazing,” she says. “I don’t want to do it if that’s not what it is. What’s the point? I don’t want to make something that is just Ok. I don’t want to make something just for a check. I want to make something that people will always talk about.”

In the year since she made history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy for writing for a comedy series for “Master of None,” she’s put
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Fox Nabs Faith-Based Procedural From ‘The Chi’ Co-ep & Ice Cube With Penalty

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to an hour-long faith-based police procedural drama from The Chi co-executive producer Joseph C. Wilson, Ice Cube’s CubeVision and 20th Century Fox TV, where CubeVision and Wilson are under overall deals.

Written by Wilson, the police procedural infuses contemporary retellings of stories from the Bible. It centers on Melvin Reed, a larger-than-life District Commander. With the beating heart of faith driving his commitment to his squad, his community and his family, he sets out to do the impossible – transform one of the most crime-ridden districts in Baltimore by transforming the hearts and minds of both his officers and the residents they’re sworn to protect.

The project is inspired by the life of Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell, who serves as a producer on the project. A longtime Baltimore police officer and a preacher, he implemented a new, holistic approach when he
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‘Boomerang': Bet Sequel Series to 1992 Eddie Murphy Movie Casts Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson as Leads

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Bet’s “Boomerang” sequel series has found its cast.

Everybody Hates Chris” alum Tequan Richmond and his “All Night” co-star Tetona Jackson will star in the 10-episode comedy as the son and daughter, respectively, of the characters played by Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens in 1992 romantic comedy.

Executive produced by “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe and Halle Berry, who starred in the original film, the series will follow the two characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

Also Read: Former Bet Gm Michael Armstrong Named Licensing Evp at Paramount Pictures Television

“Insecure” and “Underground” alum Ben Cory Jones will serve as executive producer and showrunner, having co-written the pilot with Waithe. Rishi Rajani of Hillman Grad Productions is also executive producer. Dime Davis is attached to direct multiple episodes, including the pilot episode and finale.

Leland Martin and Lala Milan
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‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of Bet Reboot

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‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of Bet Reboot
Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris) and Tetona Jackson (All Night) are set as leads in Boomerang, Bet’s reboot of the 1992 film. Leland Martin (All Night) and Lala Milan (Claws) also are set as series regulars in the 10-episode half-hour series, executive produced by Halle Berry, Lena Waithe and co-produced by Bet Networks and Paramount Television

Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film, Boomerang will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son (Richmond) and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter (Jackson) as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

Richmond’s Bryson is resourceful, tough and charming. Raised by a single mother, he’s self-assured and doesn’t hide his vulnerability. Every bit as driven as Simone, Bryson wants to make his mark on this world.

Jackson’s Simone is privileged, beautiful, cool and driven to a fault. She has
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Lena Waithe TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Twenties’ Casts Its Leads

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Exclusive: TBS has locked in the main cast of Twenties, its single-camera comedy from The Chi creator and Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe. Jonica T. Gibbs has landed the lead, with Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham and Sophina Brown as co-leads in the project, created and written by Waithe nine years ago, when she was in her early 20s.

Twenties follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie (Gibbs), and her two straight best friends, Marie (Elmore) and Nia (Graham), who spend most of their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. It’s a show about friendship, finding love, and messing everything up along the way.

“Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead,” Waithe said at the time of the pilot pickup.

Gibbs’ Hattie is described as a naturally beautiful, funny, charming young woman.
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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Lena Waithe, Halle Berry to Produce Bet’s ‘Boomerang’ TV series

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Lena Waithe, Halle Berry to Produce Bet’s ‘Boomerang’ TV series
Halle Berry and Lena Waithe have signed on as executive producers for the “Boomerang” TV series currently in the works at Bet.

Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film in which Berry starred alongside Robin Givens and Eddie Murphy, this new series will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right,” Berry said. “I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen.”

Produced by Bet Networks and Paramount Television, the 10-episode half-hour series will premiere in 2019 on Bet. Ben Cory Jones is attached as showrunner
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Jason Mitchell Encounters A Catskills Nightmare In ‘Tyrel’ Trailer

Thanks to the films Straight Outta Compton, Mudbound, and the Showtime series The Chi, Jason Mitchell is one of today’s most intriguing actors. In Tyrel, Mitchell plays a dude who spends a weekend with relative strangers in the Catskills. Tyler is the only non-white guy [...]

The post Jason Mitchell Encounters A Catskills Nightmare In ‘Tyrel’ Trailer appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Guild of Music Supervisors Partners With Mondo.NYC Conference

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Coming on the heels of successful conference held on the USC campus on Saturday, the Guild of Music Supervisors today announces a partnership with Mondo.NYC, an incubator confab for the music and tech industries that includes a multi-venue festival showcasing emerging artists from around the world.

Scheduled for Oct. 2 to 5, Mondo.NYC will host panels at the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn. The final day, Oct. 5, will feature music supervision heavies like David Schulhof, Exec. Producer of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” Sue Jacobs, music supervisor for “Sharp Objects” and “Big Little Lies,” and heads of music from Vice Media (Charlotte Von Kotze) and Viacom (Anita Chinkes-Ratner), among many others. Topics such as how composers and music supervisors work together and the current documentary boom also feature on the schedule.

Programming for the sessions was headed by Gms co-founder Jonathan McHugh, who said: “Being a native New Yorker
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‘Queer Eye,’ ‘Young Sheldon,’ ‘Angels in America’ Among TV and Theater Artios Award Nominees

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Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” HBO’s “Barry,” Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and CBS’ “Young Sheldon” are among the TV nominees for the 34th annual Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America.

On the legit side, “The Boys in the Band,” “Lobby Hero” and “Angels in America” were among the productions recognized.

The Artios kudos will be handed out on Jan. 31 in simultaneous ceremonies held in Beverly Hills and New York.

The casting team behind shows such as “American Horror Story,” “Glee,” and “Supernatural” will be honored. Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer of Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting will receive the Hoyt Bowers Award for their outstanding contribution to the casting profession.

“It has been an exceptional year on stage and screen,” said Russell Boast, Csa president in announcing the first wave of Artios nominations. Nominees for feature film will be unveiled early next year.

Csa members submitted
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Nathan Miller & Corinne Hayoun Upped To Partner Status At Manage-ment

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Exclusive: Manage-ment, Dan Halsted’s bicoastal management and production company that reps writers and directors like Taika Waititi, Catherine Hardwicke, Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Emmy-winning The Americans creator Joe Weisberg, has promoted managers Nathan Miller and Corinne Hayoun to partners.

Miller, who has a degree in screenwriting, has been with the company for nine years and boasts a roster of clients who have been staffed on shows including The Chi (Showtime), American Gods (Starz), Nightflyers (Syfy), and Seven Seconds (Netflix). During his time at Mange-ment, Miller has optioned IP to a number of major networks and studios including Legendary, CBS, Lionsgate, and Studio 8.

Former CAA theater agent Hayoun, who joined the company three years ago as head of the New York office, has clients with projects set up at places such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, as well as recently staffed on shows such
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Jason Mitchell To Star As Inspirational NCAA Wrestling Champ Anthony Robles In Biopic ‘Unstoppable’

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Jason Mitchell To Star As Inspirational NCAA Wrestling Champ Anthony Robles In Biopic ‘Unstoppable’
Exclusive: Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell is to play inspirational former wrestling champ Anthony Robles in biopic Unstoppable.

Robles was born with one leg and overcame a series of challenges to become an NCAA champ in 2010-11. The feature will mark the directorial debut of Oscar-winning editor Billy Goldenberg, known for his work on Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and more recently Detroit, which also starred Mitchell.

The Town and Captive State producer David Crockett and former Morgan Creek exec Andy Fraser (The Good Shepherd) are producing the film with Robles’ longtime manager Gary Lewis. The team is gearing up to shoot in first quarter of 2019.

The producers previously optioned Robles’ autobiography Unstoppable: From Underdog To Undefeated: How I Became A Champion. Published in 2012 by Penguin imprint Gotham Books, the book chronicles how Robles was born with one leg to a single parent family from the wrong side
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Steven Soderbergh's NBA Sports Drama High Flying Bird Picked Up By Netflix

Steven Soderbergh’s next film project is an NBA sports drama called High Flying Bird and Netflix just picked up the global rights to it.

The movie has an impressive cast that includes André Holland (The Knick), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Melvin Gregg (UnREAL), Sonja Sohn (The Chi), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Beyond), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) and Bill Duke (Predator).

The story for the film set during a pro basketball lockout, and follows “a sports agent who pitches a rookie basketball client an intriguing and controversial business proposition.” Holland takes on the role of the agent, Beetz is his right-hand, and Gregg plays the rookie basketball player.

The script for the film was written by Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Soderbergh had this to say about Netflix picking up his film:

“We had several strong options for distributing High Flying Bird, but to borrow the patois of the movie itself,
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‘Shameless’ Ratings Slip in Season 9 Premiere, ‘Kidding’ Gets Solid Start in Showtime Debut

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‘Shameless’ Ratings Slip in Season 9 Premiere, ‘Kidding’ Gets Solid Start in Showtime Debut
The Season 9 premiere of “Shameless” saw Showtime’s most-watched show take a hit in the linear ratings on Sunday night.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Shameless” drew 1.3 million viewers in its initial airing, off approximately 30% from the Season 8 premiere. However, when adding in replays that aired Sunday night as well as streaming and On Demand viewership, the show’s haul grows to 2.2 million.

Meanwhile, the premiere of Jim Carrey’s new Showtime series “Kidding” enjoyed a respectable start in the Sunday ratings. Airing at 10 p.m. immediately after “Shameless,” “Kidding” drew 443,000 viewers in its linear debut. When adding in the three replays that aired the same night, that grows to 787,000. Showtime also made the premiere available on digital platforms ten days prior to the linear launch, with the premium cabler claiming an additionl 360,000 viewers watched in that time. As such, “Kidding’s” total premiere haul stands at approximately 1.2 million.

Looking just at the linear ratings,
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Netflix Swoops On Global Rights To Steven Soderbergh’s NBA Drama ‘High Flying Bird’ Starring André Holland & Zazie Beetz

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Exclusive: In an eye-catching deal, Netflix has bought global rights to Steven Soderbergh’s sports-themed feature High Flying Bird, marking the director’s first collaboration with the streaming giant.

The anticipated drama, set during a pro basketball lockout, follows a sports agent who pitches a rookie basketball client an intriguing and controversial business proposition. The film reunites Soderbergh with his The Knick star André Holland who also reunites on the movie with Oscar-winning Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Also starring are Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Melvin Gregg (UnREAL), Sonja Sohn (The Chi), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Beyond), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) and Bill Duke (Predator). Holland plays the agent, Beetz his right-hand and Gregg the rookie basketball player.

Joseph Malloch, Soderbergh’s producer on 2018 horror Unsane, is producing the film. Executive producers are Ken Meyer (Unsane) and André Holland via his outfit Harper Road Films. Soderbergh is understood to have
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‘The Chi’ Casts Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Carl Lumbly, Curtiss Cook for Season 2 (Exclusive)

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‘The Chi’ Casts Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Carl Lumbly, Curtiss Cook for Season 2 (Exclusive)
Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Carl Lumbly and Curtiss Cook are set to recur on season two of Showtime’s “The Chi.”

Gregory will play Kimberly Hendricks, described as a razor-sharp power attorney working on behalf of Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine). Her previous film and TV roles include “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Better Call Saul,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Vice Principals,” “Devious Maids,” “I Think I Love My Wife” and “Red Hook Summer.” She is represented by Buchwald.

Lumbly has been cast as Walter Dion Burkes, the ranking member and founder of the 63rd St. Mob. Burkes is described as keeping a low profile, but still has influence on the streets. Lumbly’s credits include “Supergirl,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Sounder,” “Alias,” “L.A. Law,” and “Cagney and Lacey.” He is represented by Kass Management.

Cook will play Douda, described as a successful Southside businessman and hustler, who also has ties to Reg (Barton Fitzpatrick). With Reg’s help,
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