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Sisa Grey Claws Into ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’; Ebony Obsidian Enters Chambers Of ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is about is about to feel the ramifications of a full moon. Samoan American actress Sisa Grey is set to recur on this season of the CW superhero show as Wolfie, Ramona “Mona” Wu’s alter ego who made her debut in the midseason premiere.

Deadline has confirmed that Grey will play the character for the remainder of the season as we explore what happens when the mild-mannered Care of Magical Creatures Assistant becomes a magical creature herself. She will wrestle with the Wolfie side of her personality; at first, considering it to be something awful and alien, but later coming to realize that it represents a repressed part of her own personality.

Letting Wolfie loose will come to help the Legends, but it will also help Mona come to understand the aspects of herself that she wasn’t able to show the world. The
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Lucy Hale, Lucas Till to Star in Spike Lee’s Civil Rights Drama ‘Son of the South’ (Exclusive)

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Lucy Hale, Lucas Till to Star in Spike Lee’s Civil Rights Drama ‘Son of the South’ (Exclusive)
Lucy Hale and Lucas Till are starring in Spike Lee’s civil rights drama “Son of the South,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Son of the South” is based on the Bob Zellner autobiography, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Zellner, an Alabama native and grandson of a Ku Klux Klan member, is pulled into the center of the civil rights movement in 1961.

Till (the “X-Men” franchise) is starring as Zellner and Hale as Carol Ann, Zellner’s college girlfriend. Lex Scott Davis (“Superfly”) is also starring along with Julia Ormond as Virginia Durr, Cedric the Entertainer as Reverend Ralph Abernathy and Sharonne Lanier as Rosa Parks. Brian Dennehy plays Zellner’s grandfather. Chaka Forman is portraying his activist father Jim Forman.

Lee is executive producing with his longtime editor Barry Alexander Brown directing from his own screenplay. Lee won the Academy Award for
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"Wu-Tang: An American Saga": Anthony Chisholm, Armen Garo & Caleb Castille To Recur in Hulu Series

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Anthony Chisholm (Random Acts of Flyness), Armen Garo (The Sopranos) and Caleb Castille (Run The Race) are set to recur in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television.

Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Ashton Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Chisholm will play Old Chess Player, an older man with a sense of humor, he
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Jay-z, Cyndi Lauper, Curtis Mayfield Added to National Recording Registry

Jay-z, Cyndi Lauper, Curtis Mayfield Added to National Recording Registry
Jay-z’s The Blueprint, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual, Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly soundtrack, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” are among the 25 recordings that will be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year.

The eclectic list also includes Earth, Wind and Fire’s hit single “September,” the original Broadway cast recording of the musical Hair, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and a box set featuring the music of Schoolhouse Rock! The
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Former ‘Once Upon A Time’ Emma Swan Star Jennifer Morrison Is About to Star In A New TV Show

Hey, "Once Upon A Time" fans. We've got some great news for those of you who were fans of the former Emma Swan actress Jennifer Morrison. It turns out that she has landed a new TV show gig for a show that CBS is going to introduce! According to the folks over at TV Guide, Jennifer is going to revisit her medical drama roots in this new show which is currently called, "Under The Bridge." CBS has approved a pilot episode for it. So technically, the show is in limbo land until CBS orders a first season. But this is a start for Jennifer's road back to television. TV Guide pointed out that Jennifer is no stranger to medical dramas because she played character Dr. Allison Cameron on a show called House M.D. for six seasons. Now, she will suit up as surgeon character named Caitlin Lancaster in this
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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’
Things go bump in the night — and, as an occasional change of pace, in the middle of the afternoon — with a frequency that will neither surprise nor disappoint genre fans throughout “The Curse of La Llorona,” an efficiently formulaic shocker inspired by the centuries-old Mexican legend of the titular bogeywoman. It’s set in Los Angeles during the early 1970s, for no readily apparent reason other than to justify the what-the-hell inclusion of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” theme on the soundtrack. But its true location clearly is a distant corner of producer James Wan’s “The Conjuring” extended horror-movie universe, which gets a fleeting wink-wink hat-tip early on with a clever cameo appearance by Tony Amendola in his “Annabelle” role as Father Perez.

Linda Cardellini strikes a credible balance of maternal instincts and mortal terror as Anna Garcia, a social worker and widowed mom who suspects the worst when she
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‘Titans’: Esai Morales Joins DC Universe As Deathstroke

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‘Titans’: Esai Morales Joins DC Universe As Deathstroke
The Titans just made a killer cast addition: Esai Morales will portray Deathstroke, the fan-favorite assassin and archenemy of Teen Titans leader Dick Grayson.

The Titans, the first original programming franchise for the DC Universe subscription steaming site, launched in September and finished its first season in December. The weekly show follows the superhero squad that’s led by Batman’s former sidekick, Robin, aka Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), and includes the hot-tempered alien princess Starfire (Anna Diop), the mysterious empath Raven (Teagan Croft), and the green-skinned shape-shifter Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).

That Titans line-up of characters was introduced with much fanfare in the pages of DC Comics back in 1980. The team, created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, didn’t have to wait long to find their signature antagonist: Deathstroke the Terminator was introduced in issue No. 2 of The New Teen Titans in December 1980.

The character bio from the
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Jennifer Morrison to Lead CBS Pilot ‘Under the Bridge’

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Jennifer Morrison to Lead CBS Pilot ‘Under the Bridge’
Jennifer Morrison has been cast in the lead role of the CBS drama pilot “Under the Bridge,” Variety has learned.

Morrison will play Kate, a cardiothoracic surgeon who has managed to be ambitious without offending anyone, a skill-set one acquires as a woman. Curious, open, but never naive, Kate is forced to return to work after a self-imposed sabbatical when her husband is voted out of the medical practice they created together with their group of best friends.

The show revolves around the scandal which rocks Kate’s medical practice, and she must rise to the occasion and take the lead in trying to mend both the practice and her own marriage.

One of those friends who started the practice is Dan, who will be played by the show’s co-lead David Ajala. Dan is described as a gorgeous, dry and somewhat broken man who “works hard for everything, except sex.
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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Julian Elijah Martinez, Dave East & Vinnie Pastore Join Cast Of Hulu Drama Series, Craig Zisk To Direct

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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Julian Elijah Martinez, Dave East & Vinnie Pastore Join Cast Of Hulu Drama Series, Craig Zisk To Direct
Julian Elijah Martinez and Dave East are set as series regulars and The Sopranos alum Vinnie Pastore will recur in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television. In addition, Craig Zisk will direct two episodes of the series and co-executive produce.

Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world.

Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Ashton Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Martinez will portray Divine.
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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson Among 6 Cast In Hulu Drama Series

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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson Among 6 Cast In Hulu Drama Series
Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson (Messiah), Marcus Callender (Power), Zolee Griggs (Ballers) and Erika Alexander are set to star in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television. In addition, Chris Robinson has been tapped to direct and co-executive produce the pilot episode.

Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world.

Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are
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‘Moonlight’s’ Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore Among Six Cast in Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Series

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‘Moonlight’s’ Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore Among Six Cast in Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan Series
Hulu has set six series regulars for its upcoming scripted series on the origins of The Wu-Tang Clan, Variety has learned.

Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Marcus Callender, Zolee Griggs, and Erika Alexander have all been cast in the 10-episode series, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” Full character descriptions can be read below. In addition, Chris Robinson–who previously directed multiple episodes of shows like “Star” and “The New Edition Story”–has come onboard to direct and co-executive produce the pilot.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga” is inspired by “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu”, and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation. The group was a vision of Bobby Diggs, aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between
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‘Dollface’: Brenda Song & Lex Scott Davis Join Kat Dennings In Hulu Comedy Series

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Exclusive: Pure Genius alumna Brenda Song and Lex Scott Davis (Superfly) are set for lead roles opposite Kat Dennings in Dollface, Hulu’s 10-episode comedy series starring and executive produced by Dennings. The project hails from writer Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn), ABC Signature Studios as well as producers Margot Robbie and Brett Hedblom from LuckyChap Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan from Clubhouse Pictures who produced together I, Tonya. Production is slated to begin this year.

Written by Weiss, Dollface follows a young woman (Dennings) who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

Song will play Madison Maxwell, Jules’ (Dennings) former best friend. She’s confident, assertive, and distinctly feminine. Madison works in PR, think Prom Queen meets Class President.

Davis will portray Stella Cole,
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Growing Canadian Distributor levelFILM Ties With ‘Hotline Bling’ Exec Taj Critchlow, Sets Dystopian Thriller ’40 Acres’

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Growing Canadian Distributor levelFILM Ties With ‘Hotline Bling’ Exec Taj Critchlow, Sets Dystopian Thriller ’40 Acres’
Exclusive: Growing Canadian distributor levelFILM, whose 2018 slate included faith-based box office hit I Can Only Imagine, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, and Ike Barenholtz’s The Oath, has bolstered its board of directors with the appointment of music video producer and manager Taj Critchlow (SuperFly).

Toronto-based indie levelFILM now plans to develop and package film and TV projects with Critchlow’s production outfit Popp Rok, whose management clients include music video directors Director X and Karena Evans, who recently signed with Wme. The new partnership will bring with it a first-look deal for Canadian rights.

Critchlow, co-founder of Popp Rok and an executive producer on Drake music videos including Hotline Bling, God’s Plan and In My Feelings, was an executive producer on Sony’s 2018 remake of blackploitation pic SuperFly and associate producer on 2015 pic Across The Line. Both films were directed by Critchlow client Director X.

As the first title
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Joel Silver Sells 2 Crime Dramas To CBS

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Joel Silver Sells 2 Crime Dramas To CBS
Joel Silver and his Silver Pictures Television have sold two drama projects to CBS — False Memories, written by Steve Maeda (Salvation), and Crooked Brooklyn, written by Adair Cole (Norco). Both hail from Lionsgate Television where Silver Pictures Television has a first-look deal.

False Memories is co-produced by Condé Nast Entertainment as it is inspired by Emmy Bryce’s article “False Memories and False Confessions: The Psychology of Imagined Crimes,” published by Wired UK in July 2017. Crooked Brooklyn is inspired by Michael Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer’s 2015 bestselling book Crooked Brooklyn: Taking Down Corrupt Judges, Dirty Politicians, Killers and Body Snatchers.

Silver executive produces both projects alongside Silver Pictures Television president Rodney Ferrell.

Written/executive produced by Maeda, who will serve as showrunner, False Memories centers on a forensic psychologist who uses her expertise in the malleability of human memory to investigate crime scenes and analyze the memories of victims and
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‘Creed II’ Soundtrack Includes Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Nas, More

‘Creed II’ Soundtrack Includes Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Nas, More
Grammy-winning producer Mike Will Made-It revealed the heavy-hitting track list for the upcoming action movie, Creed II, which he executive-produced and curated. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj are just a smattering of names on the track list that’s dominated by hip-hop artists – minus Bon Iver.

“The soundtrack game will never be the same after this,” the producer said on Twitter. Earlier in November, Mike Will Made-It gave a first taste of the project by releasing the track “Kill ‘Em With Success,” by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Eearz.
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Jason Mitchell Joins A24’s ‘Zola’ Movie

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Jason Mitchell Joins A24’s ‘Zola’ Movie
Exclusive: Jason Mitchell, last seen on the big screen in Sony’s SuperFly remake, is attached to co-star in the stripper saga film, Zola, which is set-up at A24. Janicza Bravo is directing the pic, which is based on a series of tweets from Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells who, in 2015, detailed a wild 2-day Flordia trip with a sex worker named Jessica, her boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s violent pimp, who went by Z.

Mitchell joins previously announced Taylour Paige, who will star as the title character, as well as Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, and Nicholas Braun.

James Franco and Killer Films were originally attached to adapt the feature, which is based on a Rolling Stones article titled, Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted by David Kushner.

Bravo co-wrote the screenplay for Zola with playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel, and Mike Roberts. Production
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SuperFly Star Accused of Sexual Assault After Baiting Models on Social Media

SuperFly Actor and rapper Kaalan Walker has been arrested by the Lapd after multiple women accused him of sexual assault. The allegations date back to 2016 all the way to this year. Walker was arraigned last week on nine felony sexual assault charges and is being held on $1 million bail, according to the Lapd. Walker's next court date is scheduled for November 14th, and he'll remain behind bars until then.

At least four women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Kaalan Kr Walker. Court documents indicate that the incidents took place between April 2016 through July 2018, and sometimes on multiple occasions. Walker faces "five counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible oral copulation and three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object," according to court records obtained by the Los Angeles Times. One felony count of rape in the state of California could result in a $10,000 fine and
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‘Superfly’ Actor and Rapper Kaalan Walker Faces Nine Felony Sexual Assault Charges

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Actor and rapper Kaalan Walker was charged with nine felony sexual assault charges Tuesday after he was arrested last month for accusations of sexual assault dating back to 2016, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The series of sexual assaults, which all took place in Los Angeles County, involve aspiring models whom Walker contacted under the premise of being hired for professional work. However, once they were alone, each victim reported that Walker sexually assaulted them, police say.

Walker’s charges include five counts of forcible rape, three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, and one count of forcible oral copulation, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Walker is also being held on a $1,080,000 bail, and his next court date is scheduled for Nov. 14, People reports.

After starring alongside Halle Berry and Daniel Craig in the 2017 drama “Kings,” Walker appeared
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Kings Actor Kaalan 'Kr' Walker Allegedly Raped Multiple Aspiring Models He Met on Social Media

Kings actor Kaalan “Kr” Walker was charged with multiple sexual assault charges on Tuesday after being accused of a series of rapes dating back to 2016, People confirms.

Walker, who recently starred alongside Halle Berry and Daniel Craig in the 2017 drama, was first arrested in Van Nuys last month after police connected him to the chain of sexual assaults, according to a news release from Los Angeles Police Department.

The actor, 23, allegedly began contacting aspiring models through the internet in 2016 and promised them opportunities for professional work.

Over a two-year span, Walker would get the women alone and then sexually assault them,
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TVLine Items: The Wayanses' Happy Reunion, CBS Eyes Secret Six and More

TVLine Items: The Wayanses' Happy Reunion, CBS Eyes Secret Six and More
The Wayans family is Happy Together: Damon Wayans Jr.’s real-life father Damon Wayans will guest-star on the freshman CBS comedy as — you guessed it — Jake’s (Wayans Jr.) dad, EW.com reports.

The Lethal Weapon leading man appears in the Monday, Oct. 29 episode, in which his character, Mike, comes for a visit at the same time that Jake is attempting to keep the romance alive while wife Claire (Amber Stevens West) is out of town.

The father and son have previously shared the screen on the comedies Happy Endings and My Wife and Kids.

Happy Together airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c.
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