Monday, January 8, 2018
As many speculated, Justin Timberlake announced a new album entitled “Man of the Woods” and drooped a new single last Friday. While using social media to let his fans know of his return, the Internet exploded with reactions to JT's album announcement. This will be his first since 2013's The 20/20 Experience. Could this mean a new tour? Has JT gone country?
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Get ready for double the dose of ass kicking!
Things are about to get real in the Oval Office and the courtroom because Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating will be in sync for some serious take downs. Yes, that means a Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder crossover is in the works at ABC. If you couldn’t wait for TGIT to return, this news will only make you thirstier for more Shondaland goodness.
Although details about the lineup are scarce, both Kerry Washington and Viola Davis shared Instagram posts that are quite telling. Washington was decked out as Olivia Pope and gave her signature tantalizing pose from the courthouse that’s frequently fronted by Annalise Keating. Similarly, Davis showed off her jazz hands in a snap from the Oval Office that Olivia Pope knows like the back of her hand.
The Roc Nation leader’s participation was revealed in a trailer for the Netflix show, putting him in the company of some of the biggest names in politics and entertainment. Barack Obama, George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Tina Fey and Howard Stern are the other guests participating in interviews for Letterman’s return.
“Fury as Disney ‘browns up’ white actors to star in Aladdin despite filming next to one million-strong Asian community,” reads a Daily Mail headline today, while The Sunday Times article that broke the story is topped with “Genie, brown up some extras for Aladdin.”
According to the Sunday Times story, the Will Smith-starring film, currently being directed by Guy Ritchie at Longcross studios in Surrey, 30 miles from London, Disney said it brought in white actors to help fill the many background roles, stunt positions, dancers and “camel handlers” needed.
“Great care was taken to put together one of the largest most diverse casts ever seen on screen,” responded a Disney spokesperson. “Diversity of our cast and background performers was a requirement and only in a handful of instances when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control (special effects rigs, stunt performers and handling of animals) were crew made up to blend in.”
In addition to Smith, who plays the Genie, Aladdin also stars British-Indian actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Egyptian-born Canadian Mena Massoud in the title role.
Method Man’s acting resume continues to expand. The Wu-Tang Clan member has been cast in the upcoming reboot of Shaft, the iconic ’70s film franchise, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Samuel L. Jackson is reprising his role of John Shaft from the 2000 remake. Jessie T. Usher, best known for his work in the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, has been cast as the detective’s son. Method Man will play an old friend of Shaft.
Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are also part of the reboot’s cast. Tim Story, who directed all three films in the Ice Cube-starring Ride Along franchise, has been hired to direct with Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow handling the script.
The Shaft reboot is currently scheduled for a June 14, 2019, release date.