HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Angela Bassett arrives at the premiere of Focus Features' 'London Has Fallen' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Angela Bassett joins the cast of the impending film ‘Black Panther’

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JIM SMEAL/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett will be joining the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther movie according to a recent announcement by Marvel Studios.

In the comic series, Basset plays a significant role as Ramonda, who is the mother of T’Challa, aka Black Panther — the 1st black superhero in history appearing in American comics in the early 1960s.

Black Panther’s birth mother N’Yami died after being born to King T’Chaka. Later, African native Ramonda, once Queen of Wakanda, falls in love with King T’Chaka becoming his second wife. In the storyline, Ramonda was thought to have left T’Challa as a young boy, only for T’Challa to discover that she was kidnapped.

Bassett recently returned to the sixth series of FOX’s horror anthology American Horror Story, playing the role of an alcoholic actress named Monet Tumusiime. She is best known for her deliverance in many film roles such as the 1995 American romance film Waiting to Exhale and her award-winning performance as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), which got her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award.

Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, the brains behind Fruitvale Station and Creed. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as the superhero and also Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.

The film will arrive in theaters on February 16, 2018.

Written By: Taylor Bennett

Lifetime releases telefilm remake, “Beaches,” starring Nia Long and Idina Menzel

Lifetime/Eike Schroter
Lifetime/Eike Schroter

Lifetime Television originally revealed back in August that it was remaking the 1988 iconic film Beaches, which originally starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Now, the network has dropped the first trailer for the remake starring Nia Long and Idina Menzel.

According to Yahoo, Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two youngsters on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles. Hillary (Long) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.

Set to the backdrop of Menzel singing “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” sung by Midler in the original film, we see some of the ups and downs that their characters Hilary and CC endure as children and as adults- with CC (Menzel) making it as a singer, and Hilary struggling to find her way.

The original film won a Grammy for Song and Record of the Year and hit number one on the charts for “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” which is a pop culture anthem even to this day. The original film was also a box office success, grossing $57 million domestically.

The telefilm remake is set to hit small screen on January 21 on Lifetime. You can watch the trailer below:

Written By: Jnelle Belle

Ice Cube inks deal with 20th Century FOX!

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Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage

Ice Cube, “Straight Outta Compton” rapper, and his business partner, Jeff Kwatinetz, have signed a multi-media two-year deal with 20th Century FOX and FOX 21. This deal only makes sense since the actor has produced some of the best music and a pretty impressive string of movie hits.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“Under the pact, Cube has tapped his longtime manager, Jeff Kwatinetz, to run television production at his Cube Vision banner. The two will serve as exec producers on projects they develop and the studio will have the exclusive first right to produce these projects, which will include comedy, drama, and animation as well as unscripted and specials for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.”

Following the news, Ice Cube released the following statement:

I am very happy and excited to work with the talented and creative people at FOX. Their ability to bring ground breaking television of every type through both cable and broadcast makes them perfect partner for cablevision. We are happy to be part of the family.”

Ice Cube has produced movies like Boyz N the Hood, Ride Along 2 and Straight Outta of Compton.

Written By: Cynthia Casimir

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