Actor and comedian Mike Epps will play the boundary-breaking comedian Richard Pryor in new HBO series that chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers.
Originally, in 2014, it was announced that Epps had been tapped to play Pryor in a biopic directed by Lee Daniels. That project, however, never happened. “I met Richard and felt like I was in Oz the whole time,” Epps shared in an interview back then. “It’s hard to describe what he means to me or any stand-up comic. You could say he’s paid the dues for everything we do up there.” Luckily, The Upshaws star will get his chance to play the comedy legend after all.
The untitled L.A. Lakers series cast includes Rory Cochrane as Jerry Tarkanian, Danny Burstein as Vic Weiss, Austin Aaron as Mark Landsberger, Ta’Nika Gibson as Debbie Allen, Gillian Jacobs as Chris Riley, Wood Harris as Spencer Haywood, Brett Cullen as Bill Sharman, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, Sally Field as Jessie Buss, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tamera Tomakili as Earletha “Cookie” Kelly, and Bo Burnham as Larry Bird.
Starz Releases Official Trailer for ‘Run The World’ Season 2
The squad is back! Starz dropped the new trailer for ‘Run The World’ season 2, and it looks like our favorite NYC girls are in for more fun and drama. Bresha Webb, Amber Stevens West, and Corbin Reid are reprising their roles as Renee, Whitney, and Sondi, respectively. Andrea Bordeaux (who played Ella in Season 1) departed the show over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The new season will follow the “euphoric highs and heartbreaking lows that Whitney, Renee, and Sondi must endure in their pursuit of world domination,” says the official synopsis. “Whitney must follow the road of self-discovery to thrive in her life with or without Ola, while Renee and Sondi must decide what they truly want out of life — both in love and their careers. Whether they reunite with a past love, taste the life of a millionaire, or see their career take off in a radical new direction, these powerful Black women, fortified by their impenetrable friendship, won’t let anything get in their way.”
The new episodes of ‘Run the World’ will premiere on Friday, May 26.
‘The Best Man: Final Chapters’ Trailer
Based on The Best Man film franchise the upcoming limited series will catch up with Harper (Taye Diggs), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Lance (Morris Chestnut), Quentin(Terrence Howard), Shelby (Melissa De Sousa), Candace (Regina Hall), and Murch (Harold Perrineau) as their relationships evolve and past issues resurface.
Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the creator of the franchise, The Best Man: Final Chapters was filmed in multiple locations, including New York, New Jersey and the Dominican Republic.
“I am very excited to bring these iconic characters back to the fans who have supported us through this franchise,” said Lee when the series was first announced. “We are thrilled to deliver everything one would expect from this group of friends in ‘The Best Man’ universe and take them through their final chapters.”
The Peacock limited series will premiere all eight episodes December 22. Watch the trailer in the video posted above.
Martin Reunion First Look Trailer
BET+ debuted the first look trailer for its highly-anticipated Martin reunion. Three decades later, the cast is reuniting for a special episode dropping on June 16.
Participating stars include Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, and Carl Anthony Payne II.
The trailer opens with a dedication to Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy in the series. The actor sadly passed away in 2016 from an operation complication. He was 52.
Hosted by comedian Affion Crockett, the special will focus on the show’s origin and evolution. In addition, it will feature interviews with the surviving cast, original directors, special musical performances, and behind-the-scenes must-sees.
Martin, which premiered in 1992, starred Lawrence – who played various characters, Campbell as Martin’s girlfriend and later his wife, Gina; Arnold as Gina’s best friend, Pam; and Martin’s two best friends, Cole (Payne) and Tommy (played by the late Thomas Ford). The series concluded with season five due to the tensions between the two main cast members. People reported that Campbell sued Lawrence for “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse, and related threats” in 1997. The two later reconciled, with Campbell announcing in 2020 that she was “so glad that we’re in a good place right now.”