*In the picture above, Devon is most likely having one of his “code conversations” with Hillary, as his sightless, unsuspecting father looks on. Die hard fans of The Young & The Restless don’t even front, I know you’re out there. I just know we have some readers who are true hard core Y&R fans that have been watching the show for the past er, uh, wait, I’m not falling for that one…umpteen years But am I the only one who is noticing the story lines have gotten a lot stronger? There are obviously new writers who are starting to pack a punch!
With that said, I’m through talking about scenes to a computer that can’t talk back. It can’t respond when I tell it I have a problem with what Jack said; what Phyllis had the nerve to do now, and what Devon was obviously thinking with when he decided to cheat with his father’s wife?
It can’t speculate with me as I wonder if old wounds will EVER heal and the on-again-off again campaign for a certain actress to return to the show…even as a GHOST periodically, will ever happen.
*Anthony Mackie is getting closer to fulfilling one of his Wish List items. To play the role of iconic springer Jesse Owens on film. According to reports, Relativity Studios is on the final lap to acquire the script for a Jesse Owens biopic that has Mackie on board to star in. Owens dominated the 1936 Berlin Olympics, leaving Adolf Hitler‘s team of athletes in the dust. The film originally started its shopping rounds back in May 2014 and if everything works out, the studio will finance the project too.
Pending negotiations, some of today’s top directors can expect an email to consider on the project that is set to tentatively start production in October to prepare the film for debut in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The date will mark the 80th anniversary of the dramatic Games that had Owen winning four gold medals and pissing Hitler (and his theory that the Germans were the superior race) off royally. Continue reading →
*Imagine the wide-eyed adulation that would come from any teen who works as a ballboy for the L. A. Lakers. Now imagine that kid working there during Michael Jordan‘s time. After all, Jordan, who was recently, officially, claimed a “billionaire,” is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Not to mention a great businessman. Many items that hold Jordan’s name have been auctioned off over the years for ridiculously high prices. A few years back, the shoes that Jordan wore during a game when he had the flu were auctioned, selling at $104,000. The other sneakers of Jordan’s that were sold were his 1984 Olympic gold medal game shoes.
Now, a man named Khalid Ali, who actually worked as a ballboy for the team during the 1984-85 season, when he was 15-years-old, has pulled a pair of tennies Jordan gave him out of his mama’s closet and cosigned them for auction in April.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay went deep in her keynote address at South by Southwest. The Selma director spoke of “living in the moment” and “being grateful” for what she has to the audience at the annual festival in Austin, Texas.
Though Selma was nominated for a best picture Oscar, DuVernay didn’t allow that to twist her head; at one point she referred to the Oscars as “just a room with a lot of nice people dressed up.”
The director, who is now working on two TV shows, made time to speak at SXSW; and told the audience she is working on a series for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, as well as a network series called For Justice – which she described as a procedural featuring a Justice Department civil rights investigator played by Anika Noni Rose.
DuVernay said she’d suffered a difficult week, but managed to turn it into something positive because she was prompted by a certain somebody to get into the habit of writing down five things she is grateful for each week.
*It’s a really big deal for any teen to be chosen for a major ad campaign, but its an even bigger one if that teen happens to be transgender. So imagine how excited 14-year-old Jazz Jennings was when she heard she had been chosen as the face of Clean & Clear acne treatment products. This, soon after the TLC Network announced a new reality show documenting Jazz’s life as a gender stereotypical girl.
“The real me is happy and proud to be who I am,” Jazz says in a video campaign created by Clean & Clear. “And I’m just having fun being one of the girls.”
*TV host Rodner Figueroa was ridin’ high when he won his Emmy. Now he’ll be lucky if he can get a job at Target. According to the AP the talk show host was fired from Univision after saying that First Lady Michelle Obama “looks like someone from the cast of Planet of the Apes.”
*LaCora Stephens may be the New Face of Talk! Because contrary to popular belief, this young, entertaining and saved woman aims to show audiences that ‘provocative’ can also be part of that equation as the host of her own television show called YES! Young, Entertaining & Saved. Stephens is not only the face of the show, she is also the brains behind the concept of cool, Christian TV. And what may be a popular though unrealistic belief, it’s no easy task hosting a TV talk show. Unless that’s all you’re doing. But in the case of LaCora Stephens, a self-proclaimed “struggling” actress, she does this and more. And if you were part of the small invitation-only group that recently attended her launch in Pasadena, California on Thursday, you got to see her in action in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
*Sounds like music legend Madonna is starting to feel her age. Oh not in the way that she’s admitting to any aches and pains associated with getting older; but more like what it feels like to be treated as ‘less than’ or ‘not as good as,’ or ‘not holding the same value as.’ I mean, can you imagine someone referring to Madonna as an ‘old broad?’ She can’t! So she broached the topic of ageism in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and in doing so, compared it to racism and homophobia.
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk shit,” the 56-year-old pop singer said. “Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect, we still live in a very sexist society.”