Plus, Denzel Washington in talks to star in Western remake, Tupac's cousin to make film about the late rapper, Jennifer Hudson to perform at the Tony Awards.
The First Lady will speak at the memorial of Dr. Maya Angelou this weekend at Wake Forest University. The White House announced Thursday that Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks honoring Angelou at the ceremony. The service is private but Wake Forest will be streaming it online. [TheGrio]
Denzel Washington is in talks to star in the MGM remake of Magnificent Seven. Washington would reunite with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for the project. MGM is eyeing Brad Pitt as a possible co-star. [HollywoodReporter]
Tupac’s Cousin William Lesane says he’s planning a biopic of his own called The Rise and Fall of Makavelli The Don. Lesane is in the planning stages of bringing the film to life having raised a commitment of $15 million to shoot in Mexico. “The time has come to tell the real Tupac Shakur story…I lived this story with my cousin and paid tremendously for it,” he says. This comes as John Singleton’s Tupac biopic production kicks off. [Deadline]
Jennifer Hudson is set to perform at the 68th annual Tony Awards, singing a number from the new musical Finding Neverland. The evening will also feature appearances from Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J and T.I. The Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sunday June 8 at 8 p.m. EST. [TonyAwards]
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