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v32_RushHour3“Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian confirmed over the weekend that “Rush Hour 4” is finally in production with its two returning stars.

”I am working on ‘Rush Hour 4’ right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan,” he said. “I’m trying to do it closer to how I did ‘Rush Hour 1’, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real, the way the first one was.”

Sarkissian says the new production will be ”more gritty” in a similar way to the franchise’s 1998 debut, which saw the pair portray cops who team up to retrieve a kidnapped child.

v32_OprahWe don’t think you want to mess with Oprah unless you’ve got all your facts right. And even then, it still might not be a good idea.

One of her Twitter followers, AWALK @awalkdatalk, found that out Sunday evening after tweeting this:

@Oprah when are u going 2 give back 2 the ghettos in america?

v32_SappWhat’s it like to be a single father? Marvin Sapp knows now.

The Gospel singer just landed a reality show that documents his life as the

only parent for his three teenage children.

Two years ago, his wife MaLinda died after losing a battle against colon cancer. The pair ran Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Since her passing, the singer and now full time dad says life is an adventure.

“There are days when I get up and I cry, thinking of her. There are days thinking of her and I smile. There are days when I’m angry. Days that I’m not… we miss her.”

v31_hensleyAlthough the cause of Hemsley's death is unclear, TMZ reports that the actor passed away at his El Paso, Texas, home.

Hemsley made a name for himself as George Jefferson, carrying the iconic sitcom for a decade and earning a 1984 Emmy nomination for his work as lead actor in a comedy series. The actor went on to appear on a handful of other classic television shows including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Hughleys." He also starred as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series "Amen" for several years.

v31_DarkKnightThere’s no question that “The Dark Knight Rises” will be another box office biggie, but how big – and how badly attendance was hurt by the Colorado theater massacre – will remain a mystery until Monday, reports TheWrap.

On Sunday, Warner Bros., rival studios and box office data firm Rentrak held fast to their decision to withhold early numbers and their estimates for the weekend. In a Friday release, the studio said it delayed the report “out of respect for the victims and their families.”

At 9:01 a.m. PT Sunday morning, Rentrak Theatrical sent out its box office data spreadsheet titled Weekend Estimates as usual — but it was blank. The blackout means that there was no official data on any film, from art-house indie to blockbuster.

Based on Friday’s grosses, pre-sale figures and anecdotal reports, analysts see the film taking in between id="mce_marker"50 million and id="mce_marker"70 million for the three days.

“By not releasing box office numbers this weekend, the studios are attempting to turn the focus away from the accustomed monetary rankings, and instead keep the focus on what’s really important — discussing the tragedy and its aftermath,” Exhibitor Relations senior analyst Jeff Bock told TheWrap on Sunday. “We can all certainly wait one more day to pontificate on the tabulations.”

v31_BarryBerry Gordy is gearing up for something totally new. He’s writing a Broadway musical about his life.

But don’t expect a whole lot of the real Motown in there. It could be void of many themes most are familiar with.

One critic is on the fence about how this actually might turn out. Thankfully Motown has some great music so if it is thrown in there, the show will be an automatic hit.

His story is an interesting one, but is colorful with drama and conflict that isn’t so flattering to his character.

There’s a good chance, though, the juicy stuff won’t be included.

The 82-year-old legend is best known for making music giants like Smokey Robinson and nurturing the talent that makes singers great.

He brought up artists like the Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gay, among many, many other music legends.

It’s official… almost.

Mariah Carey will be the next “American Idol” judge, replacing J.Lo on the show.

If all goes just right, the singer will be making more than id="mce_marker"7 million for one season.

At first, her hubby Nick Cannon, doubted the show had enough cash flow to fund the superstar’s presence on the show.

“I don’t know if they can afford Mariah Carey,” Cannon told TMZ earlier as we reported. “That’s a lot of money.”

Let’s not get too excited though. This isn’t the first time she’s been rumored to be the next judge. In 2010, thus was the same story.

In the meantime, another judge needs to be replaced. Artists like Nicki Minaj have even come up, but one diva is hoping to have her name called.

Aretha Franklin has publicly lamented her not being even called up for the gig.

She suspects with all of her experience and lovely personality, she should be the next judge. She even suggested other legends like Patti LaBelle.


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