A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry might not return to the hardwood anytime soon, but he is surely making power moves off of it. Curry and his production company Unanimous Media will team up with Will Arnett for a NBA-related comedy that is in development at Fox.
The show, titled The Second Half, takes a humorous look at a retired NBA player who moves back home to Charlotte, NC, buys a car-wash, and struggles to connect with his father, ex-girlfriend, and childhood best friend.
Sean Clemens (Making History, The Grinder) is set to pen the script and executive produce. Curry and Arnett will serve as non-writing executive producers.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is slated to produce a film about slain Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton.
According to Deadline, Coogler has teamed up with Charles D. King’s MACRO production house to produce Jesus Was My Homeboy. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Hampton, who was assassinated 50 years ago when Chicago police officers raided his home. The project will star Daniel Kaluuya (Queen and Slim, Get Out) as Hampton and Lakeith Stanfield as William O’Neal, the man who betrayed the Black Panther organizer.
Told from O’Neal’s perspective, the film will explore how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panther Party in an attempt to quash the group movement. It will also reportedly deal with “the psychology of their informant and the notorious assassination of the young political leader.”
Jesus Was My Homeboy will be co-written and directed by Shaka King.
A Cook County, Ill judge recently set a September 14 trial date for embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, who is charged in four separate sexual abuse cases in the area, according to the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune. Prosecutors didn’t reveal which of the four indictments they plan to pursue first.
Earlier in the year, Cook County prosecutors became the first jurisdiction to file charges against Kelly, who is accused of sexually abusing the women, three of whom were underage at the time the alleged attacks took place. Similar charges followed in New York and Minnesota.
Attorney Jeffery Steinback began representing Kelly last month in his Chicago federal case, which according to the Tribune raises speculation that Kelly might try to work out a deal with prosecutors on the pending charges.
If convicted in all three jurisdictions, Kelly could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
An upcoming documentary produced by Amazon Studios on nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige is in the works, according to Deadline.
The film will be directed by Vanessa Roth and is already in the early stages of production. Timing of this project will coincide with a tour that revisits Blige’s groundbreaking sophomore album My Life, which solidified her renown as a singer.
Blige will uncover her triumphs and struggles during that time period, which includes drug addiction, poverty, and a leap to stardom, while cameras intertwine her story with tour footage. Blige will also serve as executive producer in this project through her company, Blue Butterfly. Tara Long of Entertainment One will also serve as producer along with long-time collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs.