Rihanna Stars in “Ocean’s Eleven” Reboot It’s been a busy year for singer Rihanna. First she lands the role of Marion Crane(played by Janet Leigh in the original movie “Psycho”on which its b
ased) in A&E’s “Bates Motel”…now, she lands a lead role in another remake George Clooney’s hit movie franchise “Ocean’s Eleven”. Rihanna joins Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchette and Anne Hathaway to star in “Ocean’s Eight. The original franchise with Clooney, Matt Damon, Bernie Mack and Brad Pitt followed a ring of master thieves as they pulled off some extravagant heists in Las Vegas and Europe. No word if Clooney, Damon or any of the actors from the first remake will be appearing in this reboot. Filming on “Ocean’s 8” is set to begin this October in New York.
Could Donald Glover be the next Lando Calrissian? The former “Community” star could find himself in a galaxy far away if the online rumors are true. Glover is rumored to be the top contender up for for the role Han Solo’s best bud in the upcoming “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story”. The role of Calrissian was played in the original trilogy by Billy Dee Williams. Glover may be on a roll having just landed a role in another big bank movie “Spider-Man:Homecoming”. The 32-year old also has a new dramedy airing this September on FX titled “Atlanta”. “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is slated to hit theaters in 2018.
Larry Wilmore’s “Nightly Show” Canceled Comedy Central tried something new with its talk show format by adding Black males to host two of its top rated news format shows. When both Stephen Colbert(The Colbert Report) and Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) decided to step down as hosts, Trevor Noah and Wilmore were awarded the top spots. Both shows bring the uncut and unadulterated Black voice to the late night talk show/news arena. Comedy Central says after a year and a half on air, the show simply didn’t connect with the audience. Wilmore talked about the “surprise” termination of his show in a statement to the press; “I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election or ‘The Unblackening’ as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.” Wilmore has worked at Comedy Central for the past decade starting out as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on “The Daily Show”. “The Nightly Show” will air its final episode Thursday night August 18 at 11:30 on Comedy Central.
For this week in Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!