v19_mary_j_bligeE! Entertainment Television will today announce it has picked up “Opening Act,” a new talent competition by “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, R&B singer Mary J. Blige, and producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia.

The trio will search the Internet to find talented amateurs and give them a chance to open for an A-list music star, reports Deadline.com. Music acts on board to take in aspiring musicians to open for one show on their current tours are Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jason Mraz and Gym Class Heroes.

v19_Marlon WayansMarlon Wayans is ensuring the family’s legacy will continue to thrive.

He’s investing in his nephews Craig Wayans and Damien Dante Wayans as executive producer of their new BET series called “Second Generations Wayans.” It’ll be a cross between popular show “Entourage” and “How to Make It in America.”

v19_CharlieWilsonCharlie Wilson is on a mission. He’s taking advantage of his celebrity to bring awareness to prostate cancer.

A survivor of the disease, the singer wants to send a message to African American men, alerting them of the issue through national campaign, M.A.P. (Making Awareness a Priority).

v19_WilliamBlack Eyed Peas star and “The Voice” U.K. coach Will.I.Am faced some criticism after being seen on the BBC talent show’s first live broadcast on Saturday playing with his mobile phone.

v17_octavia_oscarOscar winner Octavia Spencer and “Friday Night Lights” vet Michael B. Jordan are in negotiations to star in “Fruitvale,” a timely indie drama based on the young black man who was shot in the back and killed by Bay Area Transit Authority police on New Year’s Day 2009.

v17_sanaa_headshot2Cable channel Starz’s has announced it will begin the second season of its original series “Boss” on Friday, August 17, reports Deadline.

The show stars Kelsey Grammer in his Golden Globe-winning role as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane and co-stars Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson, Troy Garity and Rotimi.

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v14_kevin_navayneFile this one under "things that make you go hmm..."

I'm hearing through several sources that a Marcus Garvey biopic is indeed in development (all pending negotiations as one source says) that will be produced by Don Cheadle's Crescendo Productions, directed by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Barber Shop), written by Sonni Kojo the child of the late John Henrik Clarke, and starring Kevin Navayne (above photo) as the lead.


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