Sony Pictures and the creative team of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are officially on board to remake the 1976 classic “Sparkle.” Mara Brock Akil, who created “Girlfriends” and “The Game,” will write the script, while her husband Salim will direct it. Debra Martin Chase, who spent years developing a remake that was suppose to star Aaliyah, will be the film’s producer.
The original film, like Dreamgirls, was inspired loosely by the story of The Supremes. It centers on three Harlem sisters who rise to fame and then slowly watch as things start to fall apart. Originally starring Irene Cara and Phillip Michael Thomas, the movie is a cult classic and one I have written about several times on this blog.
As for who the stars of the new Sparkle will be, I put my money on the usual names being brought up: Beyonce, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
Actress Gabrielle Union is set to become a free agent once again. The Being Mary Jane star will reportedly be hanging up her teleprompter after season five, according to a press release issued earlier today by BET. The network says they’ll be ending their once popular show with a two-hour tele-film, set to air next fall. Continue Reading →
‘Being Mary Jane’ Returns January 10th + Adds New Cast Members
Good news Being Mary Jane fans, BET has set January 10th as the premiere date for the show’s long-awaited fourth season. As previously reported, the show’s return was up in the air for most of the summer due to dwindling ratings and the departure of show creator Mara Brock Akil. Continue Reading →
Gabrielle Union’s popular BET drama, Being Mary Jane, is set to return for its fourth season this coming January. The show has undergone a number of key changes since its season three finale, including the loss of creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil. Mara abruptly left the show last season and has since signed a multi-year deal to create shows for Warner Brothers Television. Continue Reading →
Will Gabrielle Union and her Flash Forward co-star, John Cho, reunite on an upcoming episode of Gabby’s BET drama, Being Mary Jane? If Gabrielle has her way, the answer is yes. In a recent tweet to fans Gabrielle says she was talking to basketball player Chris Bosh about her old TV show, when the idea hit her to invite John on as a possible love interest for her character next season. Continue Reading →
Gabrielle Union and her husband Dwyane Wade will be fronting a new renovation show on HGTV this coming fall. The Being Mary Jane actress and her NBA hubby will star in the Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Project, an hour-long series that features the pair flipping various properties throughout the state of Florida. Continue Reading →
Actress Gabrielle Union has a lot to smile about these days. The 43-year old Being Mary Jane star has just had her show renewed by BET for a fourth season. Gabrielle and BET programming director Stephen Hill announced the news early this afternoon at the network’s 2016 Winter TCA Tour.
The show’s renewal was actually up in the air after creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil abruptly left at the end of season three to join Warner Brothers Televison. Continue Reading →
Jill Scott Joins Being Mary Jane for Season 3 Recurring Role
Being Mary Jane, the hit BET drama series starring actress Gabrielle Union, is getting an infusion of female talent when it returns for its third season on October 20.
According to published reports, singer Jill Scott and veteran actress Loretta Devine will both be joining the cast in recurring roles. Loretta will play a bookstore owner, while Jill will play the mother of Raven Goodwin’s character Niecy. Continue Reading →