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Denzel Washington in Talks to Star in Macbeth Film

Denzel Washington is in talks to star in the new screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth, Deadline reported. He will join his fellow Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Joel Coen, who received an Oscar nomination for Netflix’s anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, will write and direct.

Per Macbeth‘s storyline, a Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he is destined to become the king. With the help of his ambitious wife, who encourages him to speed up the process by murdering the sitting king.

Shakespeare’s tragedy was first adapted for the big screen back in 1948 by Orson Welles and most recently in 2015.

Washington recently starred in Equalizer 2 and is set to direct Journal for Jordan, Sony Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of Pulitzer-winning journalist Dana Cadendy’s bestselling memoir starring Michael B. Jordan. Macbeth will reportedly go into production at the beginning of 2020.

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‘P-Valley’: Starz New Original Series Proudly Features the Work of All-Women Directors

Starz has released the official trailer and key art for its upcoming original drama series P-Valley.

Based on Katori Hall‘s play Pussy Valley, the hour-long drama tells the story of a small strip club in the South and all the different characters who come through its doors.

The cast of P-Valley includes Brandee Evans (The Bobby Brown Story), Nicco Annan (This is Us), Shannon Thornton (Power), Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Skyler Joy (Ma), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Just Mercy), Parker Sawyers (Southside With You), Harriett D. Foy (Elementary), Tyler Lepley (The Haves and the Have Nots), and Dan J. Johnson (Underemployed).

According to a statement by Starz, the series features the work of a group of women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: Nice for What, SZA: Garden), who directed the premiere episode, Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Millicent Shelton (30 Rock), Tamra Davis (Single Ladies), Geeta V. Patel (Superstore), Tasha Smith (Black Lightning), Sydney Freeland (Grey’s Anatomy) and Barbara Brown (Scream Queens).

P-Valley premieres at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Sunday, July 12th. Watch the trailer below.

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‘Respect’: New Trailer Released During This Year’s Virtual BET Awards

The Liesl Tommy-directed biopic follows Aretha Franklin’s life (played by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson) from singing in her father’s church to becoming one of the most legendary musicians of all time.

The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Tate Donovan, Tituss Burgess, and newcomer Sky Dakota Turner.

Watch the newly released trailer below

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Comedy Central Picks Up ‘Daria’ Spin-Off Series ‘Jodie’ Starring Tracee Ellis Ross

In a recent announcement, it was confirmed that Comedy Central will house Jodie, a Daria spin-off series starring Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ross has signed on to voice the titular character and to also executive produce. The show is penned by the original writer Grace Nkenge Edwards.

Jodie is one of the key characters in Daria, an animated spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, that had a 5-year run on MTV (1997-2002). Originally voiced by Jessica Cydnee Jackson, she represented one of the strongest female voices on Daria that shaped a generation of feminist women.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the spin-off series “will follow Jodie as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students from Daria‘s Lawndale High will also appear. Jodie will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines, and explorations of privilege.”

The premiere date for Jodie is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned!

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