Monday, January 18, 2021

Wendy Williams Gets Raw In New Biopic On Lifetime

Wendy Williams (Black Enterprise File)
Wendy Williams (Black Enterprise File)

Wendy Williams, the self-anointed “Queen of all Media,” sheds her private persona in her new biopic, Wendy Williams: The Movie, premiering 8 p.m. EST, January 30, on Lifetime.

Executive produced by Williams, the authorized biopic gives fans a raw glimpse into her life, revealing the highs and lows she has experienced. Williams has made herself the go-to source for celebrity gossip on her hit daytime talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, but recently the spotlight has turned toward her. The movie takes viewers on her real-life journey from a complicated child with big dreams, to becoming a successful radio and TV host, along with other challenges she has faced. Williams is portrayed by actress Ciera Payton, who previously appeared in Tyler Perry’s, The Oval, while Morocco Omari stars as Williams’ ex-husband, Kevin Hunter.

The authorized project provides a revealing look at the talk show host’s journey.  Wendy Williams: The Movie is produced by Front Street for Lifetime and executive produced by Wendy Williams, Will Packer, and Sheila Ducksworth. Darren Grant directs from a script written by Leigh Davenport and Scarlett Lacey. Check out the trailer for Wendy Williams: The Movie below.

Following the release of Wendy Williams: The Movie, Lifetime will also air a new original documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess! on January 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

In this feature length documentary, Williams, speaks directly to the camera, discussing every inch of joy and humiliation she has experienced since childhood. From her apartment in Manhattan, we’re with Wendy during the course of her divorce, as she deals with being a “Hot Topic and finds a way to right her ship. It’s a candid look ripe with revelations about the talk show queen’s notorious feuds with celebrities, her shocking divorce, her childhood, and the private darkness she has endured.

The documentary is produced by eOne and Creature Films for Lifetime. Executive producers include Williams, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, Sarah Girgis, and Joie Jacoby. Brie Miranda Bryant and Gena McCarthy serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Here’s a look at Wendy Williams: What a Mess!


Saturday, January 9, 2021

50 Cent Debuts First Look At ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Photo Credit: Steven Ferdman)

The “Power” Universe Never Ends. Just as fans are still catching their breath from the high-octane season finale of “Power Book II: Ghost”, franchise creators and EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp add another layer to the successful Power franchise unveiling the upcoming show’s theme song, “Part of the Game” for Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

The theme song visuals by Fiddy and NLE Choppa debuted on STARZ after the season finale of Power Book II: Ghost. Fans got a glimpse of what’s to come on the series that takes us back to the 90s.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan Cast (Photo Credit: Starz Entertainment LLC.)

“A small crew pleasantly surprised neighborhood residents with a pop-up video shoot in Southside Jamaica Queens, New York, which is both where the new series is set and 50 Cent’s old stomping ground,” STARZ said in a statement.

Directed by 50 Cent and Eif Rivera the video spotlights the authentic ‘90s world that viewers will be taken back to in the upcoming “Power” Universe prequel series, the music video opens with 50 Cent sporting a classic ‘90s bucket hat and features numerous cars that were popular in that era for a little old-school NYC nostalgia, check out the music video for “Part of the Game” below:

“Power Book III: Raising Kanan” is the third installment in the expanding “Power” franchise. The prequel takes viewers to the ‘early years of the now-deceased iconic “Power” character Kanan Stark, portrayed by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in the original series from Courtney A. Kemp and Jackson. Fans of the original series are well aware of how Kanan’s story ended but not how it first began – that is, until now. The trailer introduces viewers to some of the characters who will be featured in the series- either to help him on his journey or to end it before it’s even begun.

Power Book III is executive produced by original series creator Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode’s Chris Selak and Danielle DeJesus, Shana Stein, Bart Wenrich, and Kevin Fox are also executive producers. Rob Hardy directs the premiere episode and also executive produces, with Lionsgate TV producing for STARZ.

Here’s a look at Power Book III: Raising Kanan set to drop Summer 2021: Watch trailer below.

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