TV News Roundup: Naomi Campbell Joins Lee Daniels’ Music Drama ‘Star’

In today’s TV news roundup, Naomi Campbell has boarded Lee Daniels’ latest Fox music drama, “Star,” while J.K. Simmons’ Starz spy series “Counterpart” adds two. CASTING: Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been cast in Fox’s newest musical series, “Star.” Campbell will play Rose Spencer, a beautiful and wealthy London-er. Campbell has appeared in several other television… Read more »

Funk Legend George Clinton Joins Flying Lotus’ ‘Kuso’; Thomas Q. Jones Locked In ‘Choke Hold’

Legendary funk musician George Clinton and comedians Byron Bowers and Anders Holm have joined the cast of Kuso, the debut directorial feature from acclaimed rapper and DJ Flying Lotus. It’s the first movie from Brainfeeder films and is currently filming in Los Angeles. The story follows the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst quake nightmare. Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, travel between screens and between aftershocks into the twisted…

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NBC Opts Not To Go Forward With ‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy After Objections

NBC has decided not to pursue half-hour comedy Mail Order Family after the concept was met with disapproval by Asian American groups over possible stereotyping of Filipino women, triggering a Change.org petition to stop the project.
“We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” NBC said in a statement. “The writer and producers have…

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NBC’s ‘Mail Order Family’ Spiked After Backlash Over Ethnic Stereotyping, Human-Rights Concerns

NBC will not move forward with “Mail Order Family” after news of the network’s plan to develop the comedy from Universal Television sparked an online backlash. According to a NBCUniversal spokesperson, the creators have decided not to proceed with the project, which was in very early stages of development. “Mail Order Family,” from “Superstore” writer-producer Jackie… Read more »

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Review: Eccentric Family Movie Is Tim Burton’s Perfect Match

If ever there was a perfect combination of director and material, it is the blending of Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs’ 2011 YA novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. You could swear Riggs wrote it knowing that Burton would turn it into a film. This is just the kind of eccentric, oddball stuff Burton has been serving up for 30 years, and as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), it has the advantage of being a pretty damn good entry in the era…

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Kid Cudi – “Surfin’” (Feat. Pharrell Williams) & “Frequency”

Kid CudiKid Cudi’s new album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ was supposed to be out by the end of the month, but last night, he announced that it would be delayed due to sample clearance issues. To tide fans over, he’s just shared two new tracks, “Frequency” and a collaboration with Pharrell Williams entitled “Surfin.” … More »

Scrap California Film Incentives? Nonpartisan State Analyst Says Maybe – Again

California should consider scaling back or eliminating its $330 million film tax incentives program if other states do so, according to a new report from the state Legislature’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, which found that the first 10 years of the program only boosted the state’s economic output by “a few hundredths of a percentage point” – less than $1 billion a year.
The LAO also made a similar suggestion back in April 2014, before the program was…

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Watch A$AP Rocky & Key! Debut “Crazy Brazy” On MTV

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob perform at MTV Studios on September 30, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for MTV)A$AP Rocky was just named Creative Director for MTV Labs, a new creative incubator developed in partnership with the Harlem rapper. In celebration of that news, Rocky and Atlanta rapper Key! just debuted “Crazy Brazy,” a new track off of A$AP Mob’s upcoming Cozy Tapes Vol. 2, on MTV. Watch their performance below, starting at … More »