Queen Latifah has long been a trailblazer for women in the industry, transitioning from rapper to actor to producer to entrepreneur, while emphasizing the importance of having a seat at the table when it comes to business. And with her latest venture, the Queen Collective — a mentorship initiative designed to give multicultural women directors […]
“We didn't set this thing up the way it is, and we can't dismantle it by ourselves. We need everybody to get involved with this."
Despite the coronavirus shutting down production on the majority of pilot season, CBS ordered three new series for next season, including its “Silence of the Lambs” sequel from Alex Kurtzman and Queen Latifah’s reboot of “The Equalizer.”Additionally, the network ordered its latest series from uber-producer Chuck Lorre in “B Positive,” which stars “Silicon Valley” alum Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford about a therapist who becomes friends with his kidney donor.The “Silence of the Lambs” sequel — titled “Clarice” — will follow Clarice Starling six months after the events of the movie. Rebecca Breeds takes over the role famously played by Jodie Foster in the 1991 movie. “The Equalizer” will see Queen Latifah step into the role played by Edward Woodward in CBS’ 1980s version, and more famously by Denzel Washington in a pair of movies.Earlier this week, CBS renewed 18 series for next year.Also Read: 'All Rise,' 'Bob Hearts Abishola,' 'The Unicorn' and 'FBI' Spinoff Among 18 Series Renewed by CBSHere’s the details on the three new series:CLARICE, from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star. Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and Heather Kadin are executive producers for MGM Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Aaron Baiers is a co-executive producer.THE EQUALIZER is a reimagining of the classic series starring Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star. Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander (pilot director) are executive producers for Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, i/a/w CBS Television Studios.B POSITIVE is from writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, and stars Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Annaleigh Ashford (“Masters of Sex”). The comedy is about a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Kether Donohue, Sara Rue and Kamryn Kunody also star. Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. James Burrows directed the pilot.Read original story CBS Orders ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Sequel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Equalizer’ Reboot and a New Chuck Lorre Sitcom At TheWrap
Girls Trip stars Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall reunited on Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk.
Grammy-winning singers Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson paid homage to the late Kobe Bryant while singing at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago on Sunday. First, Latifah performed Stevie Wonder's inspirational ballad "Love's In Need of Love Today" and changed some of the lyrics in honor of Bryant, who died in a shocking helicopter crash […]
The "Equalizer" reboot in the works at CBS is taking the next big step. CBS has officially ordered the project, which has Queen Latifah attached to star, to pilot. The prospective show is described as a reimagining of the classic series in which Queen Latifah portrays an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to […]
In honor of the 50th anniversary of iconic children’s program on Sunday, here is a list of some of the absolute cutest and most heartwarming celebrity guest appearances on “Sesame Street.” There are far too many to list them all — 650 in total — but here is a smattering of our favorites, from John Krasinski helping Murray define the word “soggy,” to Julie Andrews helping Kermit the Frog sing “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” Catch a bunch more celebrity guests including Sterling K. Brown and Elvis Costello on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. during HBO’s “Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Celebration,” hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.John KrasinskiThe “Office” star came on “Sesame Street” in 2011 to help Murray define the word “soggy” — hint, it means very wet. Little did Krasinski know, he would become the example of what a soggy thing looks like when he gets sprayed with a surprise blast of water from an elephant’s trunk. The best part is the into-the-camera look of defeat Krasinski gives at the end, “The Office” style.Steve CarellAnother star of “The Office” came on the show in 2012 to explain what the word “vote” means by asking Abby Cadabby and Elmo to vote for their favorite snack foods. Spoiler: they choose the last-minute third party candidate, pizza.Lupita Nyong’o“12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o visited “Sesame Street” in 2014 to help Elmo define the word “skin,” which Elmo discovers he has for the first time underneath his red fur. It’s a very touching moment.Ed SheeranThe “Shape of You” singer visited “Sesame Street” in 2015. He and the Muppets sang a pretty adorable song called “Two Different Worlds” about how to behave at school vs. at home.Julia RobertsThe “Mystic Pizza” star came on the show in 1990 to demonstrate the meaning of the word “afraid,” but every time Elmo tries to scare her, he just makes her laugh because of his impossible cuteness. Go figure.Mark RuffaloNext time you’re having a bad day, play this video. Ruffalo, who plays “The Hulk” in “The Avengers” franchise, explained the meaning of the word “empathy” to Murray in a 2011 appearance. But in order to help Murray understand what he’s talking about, Ruffalo tells him the story of how he lost his favorite teddy bear, which leads the two collapse into a fuzzy puddle of tears. If that’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, you might need to check your own empathy levels.Adam SandlerThe “Happy Gilmore” star visited Sesame Street in 2009, and he brought his guitar with him. As he makes up a song about Elmo, the two brainstorm different words that rhyme with the fuzzy lil’ guy’s moniker, such as bell-mo, smell-mo, and farewell-mo. This one is also particularly cute because you can tell how much fun Sandler is genuinely having.Michelle ObamaThe former first lady came on “Sesame Street” in 2014 to convince Grover why he should eat a healthy breakfast every morning… but little did she know that in all his excitement, he would end up eating hers.Bill HaderThe “Trainwreck” star came on the show in 2015 to define the word “grouchy.” To get him in the spirit, Elmo and Murray present him with some of his biggest pet peeves: cereal with no milk, when a woodchuck wears his favorite hat, and of course, veggies dancing the polka.Zach GalifianakisThe “Hangover” star came on the show in 2015 to learn what the word “nimble” means. Murray explains it to him by unleashing a piranha muppet so that Zach runs away — nimbly! — to avoid being bitten.Queen Latifah The “Last Holiday” actress visited “Sesame Street” in 1992 to do an extremely hip hip-hop number about the letter O with a little help from some Muppets.Aziz AnsariThe “Master of None” star and Grover wear chicken suits to explain the meaning of the word “ridiculous” in a 2014 appearance. It is exactly that, but in the best possible way.Bruno Mars The “Uptown Funk” singer visited “Sesame Street” way back in 2011 to sing a surprisingly catchy song about the importance of not giving up.Julie AndrewsThe “Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” star visited “Sesame Street” in 1973 for what may just take the cake as the most heartwarming celebrity appearance of them all. She starts by dancing onto the iconic street with a bunch of well-choreographed trash cans, only to be surprised by Oscar the Grouch. Then she makes small talk with Big Bird and helps Kermit sing “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” To thank her, Kermit gives her some roses — which the Cookie Monster promptly gobbles up.Tyra BanksThe supermodel visited in 2014 to sing the ABC song with Abby Cadabby — until the letter Z comes and interrupts them to complain about how his letter doesn’t get enough credit.Jason AlexanderThe “Seinfeld” star stumbles across Big Bird and a group of kids while waiting for his bus into the city on “Sesame Street” in 1996. While teaching them how to play a game that involves jumping up and down, turning around, and then falling down, he gets so distracted that misses his bus. Totally worth it.Buzz AldrinThe famous astronaut visited “Sesame Street” in 2005 to talk about outer space with a little boy named Alex, who declares that one day when he’s an astronaut, he’ll have a shirt just like Buzz’s when he comes to “Sesame Street.”Maya AngelouThe late poet, singer, and civil rights activist visited “Sesame Street” in 1996 to sing a song with Elmo and two kids named Lexi and Carlo about being proud of their names.Benedict CumberbatchThe “Sherlock” actor visited the show in 2014, where Murray decided to rename himself “Murray-arty” and become Cumberbatch’s new nemesis. In a truly mind-bending challenge, Cumberbatch enlisted the help of The Count to figure out how many apples and oranges are on the table in front of them.Janelle MonaeThe “Dirty Computer” singer visited in 2014 to sing a song called “The Power of Yet,” all about continuing to try even when things don’t work out the first time.John MayerWhen the “Gravity” singer visited “Sesame Street” in 2009, he declared one thing for certain — “Nothing cute is about to happen.” Elmo agreed. But soon their resolve is broken and cuteness ensues when the pair slowly turn to each other and have a nice hug. Read original story ‘Sesame Street’ 50th Anniversary: Here Are 21 of the Cutest Celebrity Guest Appearances (Photos) At TheWrap
Queen Latifah is set to star in and executive produce an “Equalizer” reboot currently in development at CBS.Described as a reimagining of the 1985 CBS series starring Edward Woodward, the reboot centers on Queen Latifah as “an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.”“Castle” and “Take Two” duo Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller will serve as writers and showrunners on the reboot, which has a pilot production commitment at the network.Also Read: Jim Lanzone to Exit CBS Interactive; Marc DeBevoise to Become President and CEOExecutive producers also include the project John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment; Debra Martin Chase of Martin Chase Productions; Richard Lindheim, co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series; and Shakim Compere of Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment.The reboot is produced by Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios.The original “Equalizer” ran from 1985 to 1989 on CBS and centered on a retired U.S. intelligence agent who sought to atone for his past by putting his skills to work as a vigilante acting on behalf of the innocent. A film adaptation of the series starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua was released in 2014, followed by a sequel in 2018.Read original story Queen Latifah to Star in ‘Equalizer’ Reboot in the Works at CBS At TheWrap
ABC also announced the casting of Ursula and Sebastian for its first live-action TV musical.
Producers of the 91st Oscars said Wednesday that chef José Andrés, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Rep. John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand and Serena Williams have been set to introduce the eight Best Picture nominees during the ceremony Sunday. "Movies connect us all," said producer Donna Gigliotti and producer-director Glenn Weiss. "They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us. We are thrilled…
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The award-winning actress and singer recently announced the Queen Collective to help women make films — or, as she tells Yahoo Entertainment, to ensure "that the queens have an opportunity."
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“Star” has been renewed for a third season at Fox. The musical drama centered on a girl group trio trying will be returning for the 2018-19 television season. The series stars Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady and Ryan Destiny as the singers of the group, with Queen Latifah as their mentor and surrogate mother. Benjamin Bratt, […]
When Tiffany Haddish takes the stage at Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live for the first time, she’ll join a very short list of black women who’ve emceed the late night sketch show. One of her predecessors is also her co-star from the hit comedy Girls Trip — Queen Latifah.
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Leslie Jones stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and told the story of the embarrassing moment she met Dustin Hoffman … and called him Al Pacino.
We revisit a 2004 commercial parody in what Queen Latifah plays a black woman severely in need of Excedrin for Racial Tension Headaches.
Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah play college friends reuniting for a New Orleans weekend during the Essence Festival in Malcolm D. Lee's sisterhood celebration.