By G. Brown
Golden Brooks is out, Keesha Sharp is in “Lethal Weapon” the TV show Sharp will now co-star in the hourlong pilot named after the popular movie franchise. The TV show will be based on the original three movies but not a carbon copy. The series will follow former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs who joins the LAPD after losing his wife and child. He’s partnered with detective Roger Murtaugh who is trying to do the job and recover from a recent heart attack. Sharp plays Murtaugh’s wife Trish. She replaces her former “Girlfriends” co-star Golden Brooks who was originally to play the role but was replaced after a table read of the script. Sharp’s TV husband will be Daman Wayans reprising the role made famous in the films by Danny Glover. “Lethal Weapon” the TV series went into development last fall.
Michael Ealy climbing the ladder of success in the reboot of “Jacob’s Ladder” The remake is based on the 1990 psychological thriller centered around Jacob. The Vietnam vet tries to get to the bottom of his fragmented flashbacks and hallucinations that force him to relive past horrors. The original which starred Tim Robbins and Danny Aiello wasn’t a big hit at the box office bringing in only 25 million, but it was a critical success and has grown into a cult classic. Ealy will team up again with his director from last year’s “The Perfect Guy”. Production is set to get underway in May.
Queen Latifah part of the miraculous weekend box office for “Miracles from Heaven” The faith-based movie didn’t cinch the number one spot at the box office, but it managed to demand a very respectable third place on its opening weekend. Pulling in $15 million at the box office, movie-goers apparently wanted to spend the weekend leading up to the biggest holiday on the Christian calendar believing that miracles still happen. Latifah plays a waitress who befriends a sick little girl and her family. The waitress soon finds her life changed by the miraculous healing the little girl experiences after suffering an incurable condition. Bishop T.D. Jakes helped to produce the movie along with DeVon Franklin and Joe Roth—the same trio that brought a heavenly touch to “Heaven Is for Real” which grossed over $100 million worldwide. “Miracles from Heaven” came in third at the box office following “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and “Zootopia” is still king of the jungle hanging onto the number one spot since its February release.
For this week in Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!