What’s happening in hip-pop this week?
– The highly anticipated and much discussed film Her hits theaters everywhere tomorrow, and even though it’s not out to the general public yet, the movie has already garnered a few Golden Globe nominations.
If you haven’t heard, Her stars Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Theodore, a complex and soulful man who makes a living as a writer. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, voiced by a woman named Samantha. He eventually falls in love with her…
Don’t miss Her; everyone will be talking about it this awards season.
– In other news, Saturday Night Live is getting praise from Civil Rights group ColorsOfChange for making an effort to diversify the show by hiring a new black comedic actress and two black writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, this week. The show hadn’t had a black female cast member since 2007, when Maya Rudolph left.
“We extend our sincerest congratulations to LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones on being hired as writers for Saturday Night Live. Tookes and Jones will hopefully add a depth and freshness of perspective to SNL’s writers’ room, fostering the creative environment necessary for new cast member Sasheer Zamata to thrive onscreen,” ColorOfChange said in a statement Wednesday.
Congrats to SNL.
– Our girl Zoe Saldana is heading to the small screen, set to star in the TV miniseries Rosemary’s Baby on NBC.
“Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” said Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start.”
Can’t wait for this one.
– Gabrielle Union is winning cable with her new BET show Being Mary Jane, which premiered on the network this week and is already the highest rated show in the time slot. Deadline reports that the pilot premiere proved a winner for the cable network, becoming the night’s highest-rated show on cable, and the second-highest-rated program on all of TV, with a 2.0 demo rating. Only NBC’s America’s Got Talent did better.
– Oh, and the new poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is sick.
Lastly, the new trailer for The Muppets movie is Yolo-ing all over town:
SOURCE: THR, Variety, Deadline | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Warner Bros, Paramount, Splash
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