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“Selma” actress, Carmen Ejogo (who by the way played hell of out of Coretta Scott King), is reportedly starring in another biopic along with Ethan Hawk titled, “Born to Be Blue.”  The film will follow the story of jazz trumpeter, Chet Baker and features Hawk in the lead along with Ejogo as his bi-racial lover. Set in the 1960’s, the film takes a look at Baker’s comeback attempt after a violent attack almost ended his career. Reportedly, Hawk learned how to play the trumpet and performed all the scenes in film. [INDIE WIRE]

Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawk are teaming up again for a remake of “Magnificent Seven.” Reportedly, Hawk is in final negotiations to star in the film that will be directed by Antoine Fuqua. The classic 1960 film, which starred “Ten Commandments” actor Yul Brenner, tells the story of seven American gunfighters hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from a group of marauding native bandits.  Also said to be on board are Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. [VARIETY]

Despite recent headlines that she was “blackballed” by Hollywood, Mo’Nique continues to get love from the indie film community. The Oscar winning-actress is appearing in a new project titled, “About.”  The film is centered on 13 different stories of people struggling to get over some form of adversity including loss, homelessness, addiction and suicidal tendencies. The stories are based on real life situations and includes some of the real-life people. “This is the first time that I’ve really played someone that is living, and I want to make sure that I’m telling her truth,” stated Mo’Nique.  She will also appear in HBO’s “Bessie” and Patrik Ian-Polk’s “Blackbird.” [INDIE WIRE]

Veteran actor Wesley Snipes is back on the scene with a new series and a new deal with NBC. In addition to starring in the network’s drama pilot,”Endgame,” Snipes has also signed a deal to “produce diverse projects that will appeal to his international audience. The partnership is with Snipe’s Maandi Media.  “It’s very exciting to be putting on my producing hat again,” Snipes said. “I’m looking forward to reuniting with the studio responsible for the success of my film The Fan.” [THR]


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