Plus, Questlove shouts out to the late Robin Williams, Spike Lee's 'Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson' event will return, Patti LaBelle joins American Horror Story cast.
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Mike Epps has come out first in the running to play Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, reportedly beating out Michael B. Jordan and Marolon Wayans. Both Epps and Wayans were set to be in previous Pryor productions, both of which fell through. Back in 2005, when the comic was still alive, Epps worked on a biopic with Pryor and his wife. [Deadline]
Like most of us, Questlove turned to social media to pay his respects to Robin Williams, sharing a story about his interaction with the late actor backstage at the 2001 Grammys. "The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn’t even know it." The Roots bandleader. "He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys...a legend acknowledged us and really knew who we were." [BuzzFeed]
Spike Lee's "Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson" event will return this month after a two-year jiatus. The event will give fans a chance to remember the king of pop in the best way possible. "Brooklyn Loves MJ" event will be held at Bed-Stuy's Reservation plaza on August 24. [TheSource]
American Horror Story: Freak Show has recently picked up a new cast member in Patti LaBelle. The legendary singer will be featured in four episodes of the fourth season, alongside Angela Bassett. [TheRoot]
Pharrell is taking his talents to the gaming world, by becoming the music curator for the best-selling basketball video game ever: NBA 2K. The new edition, 2K15, will feature 27 tracks, picked freshly by the Grammy-winner. According to him, it will be an "eclectic mix," which will include three of his own songs. The game will go on sale October 7. [AssociatedPress]