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Kerry Washington starring as Anita Hill in Confirmation

Kerry Washington is starring as law professor Anita Hill in the upcoming HBO movie ConfirmationConfirmation is based on the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Clarence Thomas which took place in 1991.

KerryWashington_AnitaHillActor Wendell Pierce has been cast to play Clarence Thomas.  The movie also stars Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Kimberly Elise, Kristen Ariza and Malcolm Gets.

Kimberly Elise (For Colored Girls), Kristen Ariza (The Utopian Society) and Malcolm Gets (Caroline In The City) are the latest additions to the cast of HBO Films’ Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington.

Elise will play Sonia Jarvis, Anita’s college roommate and a D.C. lawyer. Ariza plays Judy Smith, the White House press liaison. Interestingly, it’s a reunion of sorts for Washington and the Smith character. Smith is the founder, CEO and president of the crisis-management firm Smith & Co., the inspiration behind Washington’s ABC drama series Scandal. Smith was Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush and reportedly was instrumental in guiding the his administration through the controversies surrounding the Thomas nomination. Gets plays Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania senator who played a leading role in the Thomas hearings as a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Specter became a Democrat in 2009. He died in 2012.

HBO greenlights Brothers in Atlanta

According to Deadline.com HBO has greenlit the Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin series Brothers in Atlanta.  Riddle and Salahuddin will star, Tim Story will direct and Lorne Michaels will produce the series.


Written by former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Riddle and Salahuddin, Brothers In Atlanta is about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. An Atlanta native, Langston is an aspiring DJ whose career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich schemes. New to Atlanta, Moose is a perennial backup singer with dreams of the spotlight, who keep his foot in his mouth.

The series also stars Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith.

Looking forward to checking this out on HBO.

Going Clear

Looking for a really good documentary to check out?  Well look no further than HBO’s Going Clear.  It’s an expose on the cult called Scientology.  I saw it today and all I can say is wow!!  I can’t understand how people can fall for this cult.  I’ve read bits and pieces about Scientology and how actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta are two of it’s famous members.  I had been a long time fan of Tom Cruise until he went crazy on Oprah’s show.  I also gave him the side eye after his comments towards actress Brooke Shields relating to her being treated for postpartum depression.

Anyway check out Going Clear.  It will make you think twice about cults and crazy religions.

Idris Elba

Yesterday’s Washington Post has an interesting article about rising star Idris Elba.

I first laid eyes on Mr. Elba, aka Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire. After leaving the show he starred in many films including Sometimes in April, The Gospel, Daddy’s Little Girls, American Gangster, 28 Weeks Later and Obsessed. He’s currently starring in the film Takers.

Interview with Idris Elba, a new Hollywood star with a strong fan following

By Vanessa Williams
Saturday, August 28, 2010; C01

Idris Elba, looking as cool and virile as the fictional Baltimore drug lord whom he so memorably played on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” winces at the mention of the s-word.

“Sexy?” he repeats, shifting in his chair and wrinkling his brow in a convincing display of mild discomfort. “I’m a little sheepish about it. Whenever I meet fans and they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re so sexy,’ I just don’t get that. There’s no way one man can be universally sexy.”

It’s a good answer, because had he said, “Hell, yeah, I’m sexy!” even in that cute British accent of his, it wouldn’t at all jibe with the image of the sensually serious man whose face these days is all over magazine covers and television and movie screens.

Right now, Elba’s career as an actor also is hot.

And that is something he is not only comfortable with, but eager to talk about. Elba, through the character of Russell “Stringer” Bell, seduced a loyal following that crossed race, class and gender lines. He also has been the most successful acting alumnus of the series, appearing in a number of movies, such as “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and several episodes of the TV sitcom “The Office.”

His latest project, “Takers,” a heist flick starring the rapper T.I., Chris Brown and Matt Dillon, opened Friday. Once again, Elba plays a cerebral criminal, the head of a high-tech, high-class ring of thieves who rob banks for big bucks.

He is also back on premium cable TV, in a recurring role in Showtime’s new series “The Big C,” starring Laura Linney. He will play a love interest of her character, an uptight suburban homemaker who decides to let loose after learning she has terminal cancer. And last year, he was praised in England for his starring role in a new BBC cop drama, “Luther,” which U.S. fans will get to see later this year on BBC America.

Check out the entire Post article here.

I will be keeping an eye on the BBC America schedule.  According to Entertainment Weekly Luther premieres on October 17. And here’s more good news about Idris:

Idris Elba’s slow and steady rise might speed up with this news: The Wire actor has been cast as Dr. Alex Cross in a reboot of the role that Morgan Freeman originated in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Deadline reports that Elba will star in David Twohy’s adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Cross, the 12th book in the series, which follows the forensic psychologist as he tries to help nab a serial rapist and mutilator (Michael Sullivan, the Butcher of Sligo) who used to work for the mob and may have killed Cross’ pregnant wife years earlier.

You can check out Mr. Elba’s site here and you can read the article, Idris Elba: Man on a Mission at the Telegraph.  He recently graced the cover of Ebony Magazine for August 2010:

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

HBO premieres the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency tonight at 8:00pm EST.



The series stars Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube, Colin Salmon and Idris ElbaThe No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is based on the bestselling books by Alexander McCall Smith and co-written and executive produced by Richard Curtis and the late Anthony Minghella.  According to the HBO site:


The series chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott), the cheerful, eminently sensible proprietor of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, located in the Kgale Hill Shopping Center on the outskirts of Gaborone. Aided by her efficient yet high-strung secretary Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), Precious investigates a variety of cases, helping townspeople solve mysteries in their lives, from missing children to philandering husbands to con-artist scams.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency made its debut as a full length pilot on BBC in Great Britain last year. You can check out the official BBC website here.

You can check out additional information about The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency:

Can The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency solve Emmy mystery for HBO?

The Day the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency came to life

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Review by Ginia Bellafante


David Simon, the creator of two excellent tv shows, The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street, is working on a new tv show which he hopes will be picked up by HBO.  The new show is called Treme and takes place in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme (prounounced truh-may).  PBS recently had a special about the Treme neighborhood.  The documentary is called Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. One of the writers for the upcoming Treme series, Lolis Eric Elie who’s a reporter for The Times-Picayune newspaper, produced the PBS Faubourg Treme documentary.

David Simon Treme

‘Wire’ creator David Simon begins work on ‘Treme’ in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — David Simon, creator of the critically acclaimed television shows “The Wire” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” is in New Orleans working on his next project.

Named after the Creole neighbourhood known for its rich musical history, “Treme” (truh-MAY’) is a prospective TV series geared for HBO that aims to capture New Orleans’ heritage and traditions as residents struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

However, Simon is quick to say it’s not just another Katrina project.

“This is an American story,” he said in an interview from outside a jazz club where the hourlong pilot was being filmed Wednesday. “This is about an American city trying to pick itself up and doing it without a great deal of help.”

To tell the story, Simon abandons almost all the backdrops New Orleans is best known for – the French Quarter and Garden District included – and gets into grittier, lesser-known neighbourhoods he says have been “under-chronicled.”

Check out the entire article here.

Some of the cast members include Wendell Pierce, Steve Zahn, Khandi Alexander, Melissa Leo, Kim Dickens and Clarke Peters.  Sounds like a terrific cast.  Wendell and Clarke are The Wire alumni.  I hope HBO picks up this show.  I’m looking forward to watching it.

The Black List: Volume I

Last night HBO premiered the documentary The Black List: Volume I.  Film critic Elvis Mitchell interviews a wide range of black folks from Serena Williams and Vernon Jordan to Suzan-Lori Parks and Slash from Guns & Roses (yes he’s biracial:  black mom and white dad).

A Documentary Lets the Stories of Black Luminaries Speak for Themselves

“They think I’m Jewish,” he says. “I’m in the Jewish book of famous people. But as far as, you know, on the professional level, I think it’s pretty common knowledge that I’m half black or whatever. I was never really fazed by the, sort of, the color barrier, you know?”

Slash, the former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, is talking. The son of a black mother and a white father, he is the first among the 23 renowned people who muse, confess and tell stories in “The Black List: Volume 1,” a 90-minute documentary scheduled to have its television premiere on HBO on Monday night. A collaboration between the portrait photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who directed it, and the film critic Elvis Mitchell, who did the interviews, it consists of a series of portraits capturing the range of what is often called the black experience.

The subjects include Sean Combs, Lou Gossett Jr., Vernon Jordan, Toni Morrison, Bill T. Jones, Serena Williams, Chris Rock, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Colin L. Powell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Suzan-Lori Parks and Keenen Ivory Wayans.

You can read the entire article here.

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