Preview Nia Long’s New ABC Comedy ‘Uncle Buck’

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Nia Long’s new ABC pilot “Uncle Buck” has officially been picked up by the network and will begin airing this fall alongside other family friendly comedies “The Real O’Neals” and “Black-Ish.”

“Uncle Buck” is a remake of the 1989 John Candy film of the same name and co-stars James Lesure and comedian Mike Epps in the title role.
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Nia Long Nabs Role in ‘Uncle Buck’ Remake

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Nia Long is the latest Brown Sista to book a gig this pilot season. According to published reports, the 44-year old actress will join comedian Mike Epps in the ABC remake of the John Candy film “Uncle Buck.”

Nia was last seen in the short-lived WeTV drama “The Divide,” which was unfortunately cancelled after its initial eight episode run last summer. Since then Nia’s been mostly a free agent, with IMDB showing her only upcoming role as that of Jordan in the third iteration of “The Best Man” franchise.
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Whitney Houston to Star in Sparkle Remake

According to the Hollywood Reporter, comedian Mike Epps and singers Whitney Houston and American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, have signed on to star in the remake of the 1976 classic ‘Sparkle.’

As previously reported, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, creators of ‘Girlfriends’ and ‘The Game,’ will be writing, directing and producing the movie themselves. Distribution will be through Sony Pictures, with production to start in the summer of 2012.

Editors Note: I checked out the Akil’s Facebook pages and no casting decisions are listed there. However, the Hollywood Reporter is a trade publication and thus, I doubt they would publish inaccurate information.

That said, I cannot understand in what capacity Whitney, who lost her voices ages ago, would fit into this film. What role could she possibly play? Sista? I think not.

The first half of the film totally hinges on that character, which I can no longer picture the once mighty Houston playing. I love her dearly, but her voice is gone and this movie is all about the voices.

I am just as disappointed in the decision to cast Jordin Sparks, who clearly would be playing the title role of Sparkle. Yes, Jordin has a voice- but she lacks any type of discernable charisma. I don’t see her being able to carry a film on her name or talents alone.

The decision to cast Mike Epps however is by far the biggest mistake of them all. Mike dumbs down every movie he is in. When I think of Epps, I think buffoon.

I really don’t mean to be a negative Nelly, but if you are going to remake a classic you should think long and hard about the names you bring in to take on such iconic roles. Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps have no place in a Sparkle remake unless they are playing supporting roles.