by TRN Writers
Michael B. Jordan’s Getting in Shape for “Creed 2” The spin-off movie to the hit “Rocky” followed in the original’s box office footprints and proved to be a hit as well. Actor Michael B. Jordan is back on board in the starring role of Adonis “Donnie ” Johnson the boxer following in the steps of his heavyweight boxing champ father Apollo Creed. Donnie quits his job at a securities firm to pursue his real dream in the ring and travels to Philadelphia to train with his Dad’s old friend and rival Rocky Balboa. The first “Creed” movie grossed a worldwide box office total of $173 million dollars and received critical acclaim earning a 95 on Rotten Tomatoes which hailed , “”Creed”…extends the boxer’s saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors’ roots.” In “Creed” 2 Donnie seeks revenge in a toe to toe match up against the man who killed his father. Jordan will be reuniting on screen with Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky. Stallone posted on IG that he’ll be serving triple duty on the sequel. He’ll step into the director’s role replacing Ryan Coogler and serving as a producer. “Creed 2” is slated to hit theaters in 2018.
Dunbar & Hinds Answer Call to Join “9-1-1” The FOX drama is adding Dunbar as a series regular for the upcoming season. “9-1-1” is a procedural drama that gets personal by taking us into the lives the cops, paramedics and firefighters who put their lives on the line as the first responders when tragedy strikes. Audiences will remember Dunbar from roles like Kenny Chadway on Showtime’s “Soul Food”, Sheriff Roosevelt on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and FBI Agent Gaines on the long running CBS drama “The Mentalist”. Another familiar face also joining the show as a regular-actress Aisha Hinds. Hinds’ portrayal of abolitionist Harriet Tubman in WGN’s “Underground” generated some strong Emmy buzz. No details on the roles Hinds and Dunbar will play on “9-1-1”, but they’ll be joining a stellar cast that already includes Angela Bassett. “9-1-1” is set to debut in the new fall season with a mid-season premiere.
The Sell Out Struggle is Real for Jay Pharoah in “White Famous” Showtime’s new comedy may be loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx, but it’s a story which minorities struggling to succeed in any profession can relate. Jay Pharoah stars as young comedian Floyd Mooney trying to navigate Hollywood while staying true to himself as a Black man. Mooney’s agent wants to make the comic not just famous, but “white famous.” Pharoah may not have to dig to deep for this role. He was touted as the next big thing when he joined the cast of “SNL” in 2010, but was unceremoniously dropped from the show last year. The comedy also stars Cleopatra Coleman as the mother of Mooney’s son and Foxx joins the cast for a recurring guest star role. “White Famous” is set to premiere on Showtime October 15…until then, here’s your First Reel Look at the new comedy.