Lots circling today but here’s what caught my eye: Wesley Snipes chats with “Entertainment Tonight” about his new film and future plans, Jada Pinkett Smith discusses her new TV role and Beyonce’s Instagram photos counter divorce rumors. Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” memes) and not (the fast food restaurant employee who dissed Aretha Franklin). Enjoy!
Wesley Snipes talks about getting another chance in Hollywood
You know, I’m happy for Wesley Snipes. Seriously. When I watched his recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight” about working on “The Expendables 3,” his first film since being released from prison last year, I found myself smiling that things were working out for him. No, I don’t have a particular affinity for jailbirds; nor is my self-esteem challenged, since it’s been determined that Wesley Snipes “hates” black women based on a 1997 Ebony magazine article (he never said he hated black women though some of his thoughts about relationships seemed misguided.). I just always liked him. My mother used to say that Wesley was “our” [read: black America's] action hero. You know, like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger or a few of his “Expendables 3″ costars. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed his movies, though, I ditched trying to determine what possessed him to play Noxeema Jackson. And it doesn’t hurt that more than 20 years later, Mr. Snipes is still very easy on the eyes. When “E.T.” asked what he’s focusing on, Wesley, who was imprisoned for nearly three years on tax evasion charges, says, “making more, better movies.” All right, all right, all right! Watch more from the interview below. “The Expendables 3″ hits theaters August 15.
Jada Pinkett Smith on Gotham
How many ways can one tell the story of Bruce Wayne aka Batman? Dozens, apparently. “Gotham,” the latest interpretation, courtesy of Fox, is a prequel that shows the origins of the superhero story’s villains like the Penguin, Catwoman and the Joker. This highly-anticipated series will also debut a new bad girl–Fish Mooney–played by Jada Pinkett Smith. “There is so much to how Gotham and how Batman began that we have not explored yet,” Jada tells “Entertainment Tonight.” Sporting an edgy look that includes a pixie ‘do with red bangs, Fish Mooney is a “hothead sadistic gangster boss” who own one of Gotham’s hottest nightclubs, according to Eonline. This street-smart chick possesses “almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book,” Eonline continues. Oh, this sounds perfect for Jada! She says playing Fish allows her to “explore that shadow parts of [her] personality.” We remember how feisty, kick-ass and smart she was as Niobe in “The Matrix” films. I imagine Fish will be similar just not as forgiving. See why Jada’s hubby Will Smith agrees that Jada’s perfect for this role in the “Entertainment Tonight” clip below. “Gotham” premieres September 22.
The Carters calling it quits? Not according to Bey’s photos
Word on the street is that Beyoncé and Jay Z may be headed for divorce, but the photos Mrs. Carter recently posted on her Instagram account suggest something totally different. King B posted photos from a quick getaway she and her hubby had last weekend before hitting the next stop on their “On the Run” tour. The photos look cutesy and relaxing. Good for ‘em. Personally, I’ve decided to refrain from putting too much stock into the coulds and could nots of their relationship. Primarily because I’m not there and can’t say what’s really happening. And because they have very savvy PR and marketing teams charged with keeping the Carters on everyone’s minds. So, to me, good news, bad news, it doesn’t matter (well, embarrassing news may be the exception), they’re in the headlines and that works to their benefits. Yes, so even as I type this and will post video footage of the pics Bey shared, I acknowledge that I am feeding the beast.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: The U.K. clothing line Taller Than Your Average (I am tall. I am thin. And (I do eat–sucks that I have to add that in here) I love this line. Thanks Ebony.com for sharing it!).
NOT: The two armed older men who robbed a Chicago clinic of viagra (I can’t make this ‘ish up…).
HOT: Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” memes (They are hilarious!).
NOT: The Johnny Rockets employ who served Aretha Franklin D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T (They didn’t know who they were messin’ with. LOL).
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