After smashing the box office with last year’s ‘A Haunted House’, Marlon Wayans returns with its aptly titled sequel ‘A Haunted House 2’ (due 2014).

Check out the newly released trailer above.

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Things have certainly been looking up for former Destiny’s Child starlet Latavia Roberson.  After kicking the year off with news of a reality show and book, now reports have surfaced indicating the songstress is the latest addition to TV One’s top-rated ‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’.

Joining fellow newcomer Meelah of 702, Roberson will fill out the season 3 cast of the show alongside Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Monifah, and Angie Stone.  But, two faces fans shouldn’t expect to see aboard the next season are those of Nicci Gilbert‘s and Xscape singer Latocha Scott.

Via our friends at S2Smagazine:

“…[Gilbert’s] not totally done with “R&B Divas.” She pointed out, “I’m still getting a check as a producer, so please, tune into R&B Divas!”
According to TheJasmineBrand.com, Nicci is working on a spin-off for next year!”

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The news follows reports that both editions of ‘R&B Divas’ (Atlanta and Los Angeles) have been renewed for new episodes.

 

 

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The past weekend saw the opening of ‘The Best Man Holiday’ (Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut) – the long awaited sequel to the hit film ‘The Best Man’ – wow critics and audiences alike.

Raking in over $30 million for its premiere weekend, the showing at the box office surpassed expectations in a grand way.  So much so, apparently, that Universal Studios is already in talk with the film’s director Malcolm D. Lee to write and direct another installment of the hit romantic comedy.

While the negotiations are just “in talks” right now, word has it the follow-up would be expected much sooner than the 14-year gap between parts 1 and 2 of the film.  No word on if all members of the cast can be expected for the next installment.

 

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There are multiple ways to “win” and ‘The Best Man Holiday’ is achieving many of them – ironically without hitting #1 on the charts.

Despite being blocked from the top spot by the omnipotent ‘Thor: The Dark World’, the Malcolm D. Lee movie (which hit #2) is this week’s hottest topic after grossing a whopping $30.6 Million in the US during its opening weekend (November 15th-17th).

A major success on the merit of those numbers alone, its blockbuster status is cemented by the fact that it cost just $17 Million to make – meaning that the film almost doubled its production cost immediately.

Qualitatively, the dramedy echoes the message ‘Think Like A Man’ sent to Hollywood big wigs last year year:  Black audiences do support Black movies when they’re: a) well written, acted, produced, and promoted and b) aren’t stereotypical re-hashes that reek of blaxploitation.

‘Holiday, which serves as the sequel to 1999’s ‘The Best Man’, reunites the entire cast of the first film which includes Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, and Sanaa Lathan. The narrative of the latest instalment sees the college friends reunite over the Christmas holidays after 15 years apart. As audiences are learning, the crew quickly discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. {Source}

Check out That Grape Juice TV’s recent interview with the cast…

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Like millions the world over, we love us some ‘Scandal’ here at That Grape Juice TV!

And while the Shonda Rhimes serial has captivated courtesy of Kerry Washington and a consistently epic  script writing, actress Bellamy Young has also emerged as one the show’s biggest assets.

Young, who plays (and slays) the role of First Lady Mellie, is renown for serving up meddling performances on the ABC hit.

This week saw the 43-year-old stop by The Wendy Williams Show to discuss her breakout success, the show’s astronomical rise, and much more. An insightful watch. Check it out below…

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Porsha Stewart dropped by “The Wendy Show” today to discuss the latest season of the hit Bravo TV show, her highly publicized divorce from NFL superstar Kordell Stewart, rumors about his sexuality, and so much more.

As always, Wendy did not hold back.  How did Porsha fare against Williams’ grilling?  Find out above:

 

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As reported here, Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is set to lead the NBC reboot of famed 1980s television series ‘Murder, She Wrote’.

While the news was greeted with mixed reviews, one particular naysayer recently made headlines for her disapproval – Angela Lansbury, the show’s original star.  Recently speaking to Associated Press, Lansbury revealed:

“I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote,” she’s quoted saying.  “I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it’s their right,” she added. “I saw [Octavia Spencer] in The Help and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” Lansbury said. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in Murder, She Wrote.”

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After the debacle that was Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj‘s stint on American Idol, it appears producers are looking to defrost the ice on the panel and re-embrace the warmer tone of previous seasons.

Set to return to FOX in January, a new teaser for season 13 has been unwrapped, featuring judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and new Idol freshman Harry Connick Jr.

Check it out below…

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Following the ratings success of pilot movie this Summer (see: 4 million viewers), BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ is back in January — as a serial drama.

The gorgeous Gabrielle Union reprises her role as lead, Mary Jane. Peep the revealing teaser below, where a synopsis of the show also awaits…

Synopsis:

“Mary Jane Paul has it all: she’s a successful TV news anchor, entirely self-sufficient – an all-around powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. As Mary Jane juggles her life, her work and her commitment to her family, we find out how far she’s willing to go to find the puzzle pieces that she, and society, insist are missing from her life as a single Black female”

‘Being Mary Jane’ debuts on BET on January 7th. We’ll be watching. Will you?

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