Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad”

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in "Suicide Squad"

Report: Viola Davis Nears Deal to Play Amanda Waller in “Suicide Squad” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Viola Davis, star of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” is near a multi-picture deal to play Amanda Waller in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” The Wrap reports.

More from The Wrap:

Suicide Squad” stars Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

First reported by Latino Review, Davis’ casting has been rumored for weeks, and she recently addressed the speculation while doing press for her turn in Michael Mann

’s “Blackhat.”

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: “Seeing the Destruction of a Legacy”

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: "Seeing the Destruction of a Legacy"

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: “Seeing the Destruction of a Legacy” (Photo Credit: NBCU)

Actress Phylicia Rashad, the matriarch of “The Cosby Show,” defended Bill Cosby amid the sexual assault allegations leveled against him by over 20 women.

Rashad told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman, “Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”

 

Congrats: Tamera Mowry-Housley Expecting 2nd Child with Hubby

Congrats: Tamera Mowry-Housley Expecting 2nd Child with Hubby

Congrats: Tamera Mowry-Housley Expecting 2nd Child with Hubby (Photo Credit: Twitter)


Tamera Mowry-Housley announced she and hubby Adam Housley are expecting their second baby in a Twitter post.

Maya Angelou Leaves “Personal Tangible Property” to Valerie Simpson and Others

Maya Angelou Leaves "Personal Tangible Property" to Valerie Simpson and Others

Maya Angelou Leaves “Personal Tangible Property” to Valerie Simpson and Others (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Maya Angelou left unspecified “personal tangible property” to six New York residents, including songwriter Valerie Simpson, Tony-award winning dancer and producer George Faison and Harlem’s Firehouse Theater founder Tedao Schnugg.

The New York Daily News reports Angelou left the property through a trust she set up before she died in May, 2014. Her only child, Guy Bailey Johnson, is administering the trust, which consists of all her assets.

Angelou’s estate includes two properties in Harlem: a four-unit rental building at 29 E. 129th St. and a brownstone at 50 W. 120th St., according to court papers.

There is no valuation put on the full estate in the North Carolina or New York filings, but before she died, published reports pegged her net worth between $10 million and $34 million.

Estate attorneys have put an estimated value on both properties at $1.5 million.

Khephra Burns and Altavise Alston are also beneficiaries. Schnugg told the NY Daily News, “In the last couple of years, she would talk about her will but just say that everything was taken care of.” Adding, “Nobody has given it a thought. We’re dealing with losing our best friend.”

This comes as a music video from the Caged Birds Sing album, “Harlem Hopscotch,” a poem she published in 1969, was recently released:

Lifetime’s “With This Ring” is Trifling With Homewrecker Story Plot

Lifetime's "With This Ring" is Trifling With Homewrecker Story Plot

Lifetime’s “With This Ring” is Trifling With Homewrecker Story Plot (Photo Credit: Lifetime Video Screengrab)

Lifetime’s romantic comedy, “With This Ring,” starring Jill Scott, Regina Hall and Eve is a bit much. Too much drama.

The flick centers around three friends — Viviane, Amaya and Trista (played by Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall respectively) — who decide to make a pact that they will all get married within a year while attending a friend’s New Year’s Eve wedding.

Well, Viviane hopes her babydaddy will ask her to marry him so they can be one happy family. Amaya is scheming on ways to get her boyfriend to leave his wife and marry her. Trista is still sweating her ex-boyfriend who has a big problem with commitments.

With This Ring” sounds trifling and very predictable. Kinda sounds like a reality TV show.

Here’s the trailer for With This Ring:

Idris Elba on James Bond Speculation: “Isn’t 007 Supposed to be Handsome?”

Idris Elba Responds to James Bond Speculation: "Isn't 007 Supposed to be Handsome?"

Idris Elba Responds to James Bond Speculation: “Isn’t 007 Supposed to be Handsome?”

Actor Idris Elba responds to James Bond speculation fueled after Rush Limbaugh said 007 is white and Scottish. Elba tweeted:  “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people.”

Rush Limbaugh made the comment in respond to a leaked Sony email in which Sony Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal floated the idea that Idris Elba should be the next James Bond.

NBA Pulls Ads from VH1 “Sorority Sisters” Amid Criticisms

NBA Pulls Ads from VH1 "Sorority Sistters" Amid Criticisms

NBA Pulls Ads from VH1 “Sorority Sisters” Amid Criticisms

NBA said it has pulled all advertising from VH1 reality show ‘Sorority Sisters‘ after criticisms of the program portraying black women in a negative light. “Sorority Sisters,” like other reality shows, is very degrading. Can’t wait to see how TLC’s special, “My Husband’s Not Gay,” about married gay Mormon men will go over. The show is set to air Jan. 11, 2015.

Evin Cosby Thinks Women Accusing Dad of Rape Should Go to Prison

Evin Cosby Thinks Women Accusing Dad of Rape Should Go to Prison

Evin Cosby Thinks Women Accusing Dad of Rape Should Go to Prison (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Bill Cosby’s youngest daughter, Evin Cosby, is speaking out in defense of her father, one day after his wife, Camille Cosby, blasted the media coverage, implying that he is the real victim. Evin Cosby made her views known via Facebook.

From her page, this isn’t the first time she’s addressing the allegations. On December 2, she thanked Jill Scott and Faizon Love, for publicly standing up for him. But her posts have escalated since then, with links to a Daily Caller video highlighting “factual contradictions” in the stories of the accusers. She also shared links to her father’s NY Post interview (or non-interview, since he said he didn’t know he was being interviewed) and her mother’s statement.

Evin Cosby blasted Spelman College, saying the historically black university should be “ashamed of themselves” for suspending the Bill Cosby professorship.

Spelman College should be ashamed of themselves. Morehouse College is a all BLACK school for men. Does anyone remember 4 Black men that were SENT to PRISON because a fellow Spelman student said she was raped. Well…… This Spelman woman was caught and turned out she lied about being raped after these men had their faces posted on the cover of ever news paper and held in jail. Someone please look up this article it was called Rape of the Spelman coed and it was in emerge magazine. Shame on YOU Spelman. You need to go to Sister’s Chapel and talk about this article revisit how many other innocent MEN that have been WRONGFULLY accused!!

She also called for the women who she believes are falsely accusing her father of drugging and raping them to be sent to prison themselves:

Rape is a serious allegation and it is suppose to be taken VERY seriously but so is Falsely accusing someone. When someone rapes a person they go to prison. THAT should also happen to the person that has wrongfully accused an innocentvictim.They are not ONLY destroying innocent people’s life they are ALSO making it hard for the MEN and Women to find justice when they have been raped.

To echo Tyler Perry, if Bill Cosby did the things these women are accusing him of, it’s horrible and if he’s innocent of the things they are accusing him of, it’s horrible.

Veteran Actress Cicely Tyson to Guest-Star on “How to Get Away With Murder”

Veteran Actress Cicely Tyson to Guest-Star on "How to Get Away With Murder"

Veteran Actress Cicely Tyson to Guest-Star on “How to Get Away With Murder” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Veteran actress Cicely Tyson is set to guest-star on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” when the show returns on Jan. 29. She is currently booked for one episode, TheWrap reports.

The show is keeping the details of the role hush-hush.

The casting represents a reunion of sorts for her and “HTGAM” star Viola Davis as they both starred in the movie, “The Help.”

Tyson was last seen on television in Lifetime’s “Trip to Bountiful.” Her other TV credits include “The Rosa Parks Story,” NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Sweet Justice.”

In addition to “The Help,” her movie credits include “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

Tyler Perry Animated Film “Madea’s Tough Love” Set for January 2015 Release

Tyler Perry Animated Film "Madea's Tough Love" Set for January 2015 Release

Tyler Perry Animated Film “Madea’s Tough Love” Set for January 2015 Release (Photo Credit: Lions Gate Video Screengrab)

Tyler Perry’s animated film “Madea’s Tough Love” is set for release on January 13, 2015. Yep, just when you thought we saw the last of Madea in “A Madea Christmas.”

Mabel “Madea” Simmons is so famous, she gets her own animated film, playing a crime-fighter aimed at stopping young trouble-makers in their tracks.

Madea’s Tough Love” will be released on Digital HD January 13, and the DVD will drop January 20.

Here’s the “Madea’s Tough Love” trailer: