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Coffee Talk: Octavia Spencer Lands Sci-Fi Thriller Role

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TGIF! Have a sip of our morning brew:

  • Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of "Snow Piercer." The sci-fi indie thriller is about a train that circles the globe carrying earth's only inhabitants after an Ice Age destroys all life. Spencer plays a passenger who participates in a revolt to save her son. [Hollywood Reporter]

  • Rapper Ja Rule has received his GED in jail. He dropped out of high school as a teen to pursue his rap career -- he will begin taking college courses later this month. [EURweb]

  • Brandy and Monica could be making a stop on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno to promote their new single, "It All Belongs to Me." Sources say their record companies are pulling out all the stops with hopes of making history again. [TGJ]

  • Yesterday, Diddy celebrated his eldest son's latest achievement. Justin Combs signed a letter of intent to play football for UCLA and afterwards partied with his father and Spike Lee at Philippe.  [NYPost]

  • Melanie Amaro has a new single out called "Respect." The "X Factor" winner adds her own flair to the classic tune made famous by Aretha Franklin. Check it out. [TGJ]

  • Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is back with new music. "Black Gold" is the lead single from her new album, "Radio Music Society," in stores March 20. Watch the video for it below.

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