Dominant Entertainment & Music News in The Daily Wrap-Up of Oct 12, 2016
Tommy Ford, Actor Known for ‘Martin’ and ‘The Parkers,’ Dies at 52
TMZ Reported, Actor Tommy Ford, known for his role on the 90s hit show Martin and UPN’s sitcom The Parkers, has died after being taken off life support. Ford had been on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. Ford played Martin Lawrence’s best friend for all 5 seasons of the show.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Poster Revealed
Disney releases a new poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ahead of Thursday trailer debut on Good Morning America on ABC. The movie arrives in theaters on Dec. 16.
First Look at Amber Heard as Mera, Queen of Atlantis
Via Variety: Warner Bros. has released the first look at Amber Heard as Mera, the Queen of Atlantis who will appear in Zack Snyder‘s “Justice League” and upcoming “Aquaman” films. Warner Bros. will release “Justice League” on Nov. 17, 2017 with a yet-to-be titled sequel expected to be released on June 14, 2019.
Activists And Entertainers Star in Powerful Police Violence PSA
Via Indiewire: Civil rights activist Harry Belafonte released a social justice short film, titled “Against the Wall,” highlighting police brutality towards African Americans. Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the video features stars like Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Michael K. Williams, and many others, forced against a wall, as audio of police calls and shooting incidents play in the background.
‘Showtime at the Apollo’ Revival Set To Be Hosted by Steve Harvey
Fox is reviving the long-running “Showtime at the Apollo” as a pair of specials and Steve Harvey is set to host. During its 21 Season run from 1987 to 2008, Showtime at the Apollo featured live performances from both professional and up-and-coming artists, and also featured the Amateur Night competition.
“A two-hour version of the classic talent showcase from New York’s Apollo Theater will be broadcast on Fox Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. A one-hour special will follow in early 2017. The specials will feature elements of the Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night competition”
Drake Leads All Nominees for 2016 Soul Train Award Nominations With 12
Drake snagged 12 nods for the Soul Train Awards, the most of any artist including Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Music Video of the Year. Beyonce follows Drake with eight nods.Erykah Badu is set to host the Soul Train Awards, which are set to air November 27 on BET.
Murs Attempts to Set World Record for Longest Rap Session
Via Pitchfork: Los Angeles rapper Murs is attempting to set the world record for longest recorded rap session. The session will air as a part of the season finale for the series “Where You AT? LA” with Boost Mobile. There is no previous Guinness World Record for longest rap session; in order to qualify, Murs has to record for 24 hours straight (with a five minute break for every hour).
Amazon Launches New Music Streaming Service, Music Unlimited
Amazon has paired its new music streaming service with the Amazon Echo, a voice-activated speaker system. For Echo owners, the service costs $4 a month; users of Prime will pay $8 a month, on top of the $99 a year charge for free Amazon shipping, video streaming, and other features. The new service looks to compete directly with Spotify, Apple Music and other outlet in the increasingly crowded on-demand audio market.The service can only be used on one Echo device, with no access through a phone or laptop.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Take on Big Pharma in New Single “Drug Dealer”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tackle addiction on their anti-drug anthem “Drug Dealer” featuring Ariana DeBoo. The Seattle rapper reflects on his own issues with addiction and how drugs have impacted Hollywood.
T.I. Joins VH1’s The Breaks
T.I. has joined the cast of the hip-hop drama “The Breaks,” VH1 announced. He will have a recurring role as defense attorney Paul Anders, a lawyer to one of the show’s main characters. “The Breaks” first aired on the network as a movie earlier this year and follows three friends trying to become stars in New York City in 1990.