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FRIDAY NIGHT VIBES!

Here’s some clips from a weekly talk show I produce on TBS.

It stars the hilarious Tiffany Haddish and Deon Cole.

Here is Cedric the Entertainer and D-Nice talking about the worst jobs they ever had.

Here are the Migos and DeRay Davis talking about which city has the best ‘hood.

Bill Bellamy and Andra Day discuss dating advice.

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ICON AND ROCKET RETURN!

I haven’t written an ongoing comic book series since BLACK PANTHER. While most of my timein the comic book world has been focused on managing the rebirth of the entire Milestone Universe, there was one book I wanted to personally write. Check out this preview of ICON &ROCKET! Book in stores Tuesday, July 27 th .

SNEAK PEEK: Preview DC Comics ICON & ROCKET SEASON ONE #1

By Carlos Morales  

Long ago, the stranded alien known as Arnus gave up hope of returning to his home planet. Tragically, he’d also realized that his adopted home of Earth was beyond saving. Content to waste away his long life in a human guise, Arnus was past caring…until the day a young woman named Raquel Ervin crashed into his life. Soon she’d convinced him to put his incredible power to work again as the heroic Icon…and to transform her into his sidekick, Rocket! But an innocent question on Rocket’s part-Why can’t we do something about the drugs on my corner?-quickly set a chain of events in motion leading to the pair becoming the most hunted beings on Earth…and they’re not just being pursued by Earthlings, either! Writer, director, and producer Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite unleash a tale of power and responsibility that will stretch from the boardrooms of corporate America to the jungles of South America and the depths of deep space! If you’ve ever thought there were certain things that a superhero story just couldn’t do, it might be time to start thinking different…

Written by: Reginald Hudlin

Penciled & Variant Cover by: Doug Braithwaite

Variant Covers by: Taurin Clarke & Darryl Banks & Reina Koyano

In shops July 27, 2021

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Cedric The Entertainer To Host 2021 Emmys With Live Audience On CBS; Reginald Hudlin & Ian Stewart Back As EPs

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Cedric the Entertainer, star of hit CBS comedy series The Neighborhood, has been tapped by the network and the Television Academy to host the 73rd Emmy Awards on Sept. 19. The live ceremony will be held in-person at the Microsoft Theater with a limited audience of nominees and their guests.

Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart, who executive produced the well received virtual 2020 Emmys on ABC, and Hamish Hamilton, who directed it, are returning in the same capacity this year, with Done+Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment producing. The ceremony will air on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

This marks Cedric the Entertainer’s first time hosting the Emmys but he has extensive experience emceeing such ceremonies as the American Music Awards, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, NAACP Image Awards, the Soul Train Awards and the TV Land Awards.

“Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year’s Emmy Awards,” Cedric the Entertainer said. “Throughout the roller-coaster of a year that we have all lived through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before. It not only entertained us, but as it always has, it helped to open our eyes, educate us, and hopefully brought about a better understanding of who we are as a people. I can’t wait to take the stage to celebrate all of the great shows and performances that made us laugh, cry, dance and sing over the past year.”

Cedric the Entertainer also made a video announcement of his hosting the 2021 Emmys. You can watch it below.

This is only the third time in the past decade that the Emmy Awards are not hosted by a late-night personality on the network that carries the show. The other two times also featured stars of one of the host network’s top comedy series, How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris (CBS, 2013) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andy Samberg (Fox, 2015).

Cedric the Entertainer’s Emmy hosting gig also makes for a seamless scheduling transition and creates strong promotional opportunities as The Neighborhood opens CBS’ Monday lineup the night after the awards ceremony.

“Over the past year, television has united us as a community more than ever, bringing vital information and inspiring entertainment to viewers at a critical time in our lives,” said Jack Sussman, EVP, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming for CBS. “Now, who better to bring television audiences together to celebrate the industry’s top achievements than our very own King of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer.”

Like last year, nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards will be a virtual event. It will stream live tomorrow, July 13, at 8:30 AM PT on Emmys.com.

“Cedric the Entertainer has been a wonderful friend to the Television Academy and our Foundation, and we are thrilled that he will bring his unique comedic perspective to the Emmy ceremony and telecast that marks our return to celebrating nominees and presenters live and in-person,” said Frank Scherma, Chairman and CEO of the Academy.

This marks Done+Dusted’s fourth time producing the Emmys and a second teaming with Hudlin and his Hudlin Entertainment after the Covid-impacted 2020 ceremony.

“Last year, the restrictions of Covid freed me and the awesome talents at Done+ Dusted to do a show that was different than any other award show,” Hudlin said. “We don’t plan on repeating ourselves, but we certainly want to try some new ideas that could only be done on the Emmys.”

Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer stars in and executive produces sitcom The Neighborhood, which is headed into its fourth season, and The Greatest #At Home Videos, both on CBS. He also co-stars in TBS’ popular comedy series The Last O.G. Recently, he was seen in a dramatic role portraying civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy in the feature Son of the South, and appeared in The Opening Act. He stars in and produces the upcoming sequel to his hit film Johnson Family Vacation.

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Interview in Film Stories Magazine

Here is a link to a very nice article about my latest movie Safety as well as a review of my career.

Safety article – Film Stories magazine

Reggie Hudlin and Shane Hurlbut on the set of SAFETY. Photo: Toyia Brown

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Black Cotton Star Release Date, Cast, And Plot – What We Know So Far

BY KEEGAN MCGUIRE/JULY 7, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

An exciting new graphic novel adaptation is in the works from ZQ Entertainment, who have acquired the rights to “Black Cotton Star.” The original work, first published in French by Dupuis and later brought to the United States by Pegasus Books, tells an epic World War II story about three black American soldiers who travel across Europe looking for a stolen artifact from US history.

Deadline first reported the project, which will be directed by the famous Reginald Hudlin, who was a producer on “Django Unchained,” a writer for Marvel’s “Black Panther” comic books, and has previously directed films such as “Marshall” and “House Party.” While “Black Cotton Star” may not have the same name recognition as some of the comic projects that Hudlin has worked on previously, the graphic novel was well-reviewed by critics such as Publisher Weekly and Atomic Junk Shop.

While there are still plenty of unknowns out there for when fans will see “Black Cotton Star” on the big screen, the studio has released a few details about the film for fans to go off of. Here is everything we know about the release date, cast, and plot of “Black Cotton Star.”

When is the release date for Black Cotton Star?

With only the rights acquisition and director currently being reported, it is pretty difficult to estimate the exact arrival window for “Black Cotton Star.” However, fans can still make some educated guesses.

Without any announcements concerning the film’s cast or a shooting schedule, it can safely be assumed the film is still in its early stages. Location scouting and casting both take time and resources. Once those projects are completed, the actual work of shooting, editing, and advertising the film can begin. Considering all that, “Black Cotton Star” is likely at least a year out, meaning it may arrive in the summer or fall of 2022, at earliest.

However, that quick of a turnaround time assumes that absolutely nothing goes wrong and might be too tight for the film’s scope, which explores the lives of Black Americans in multiple periods. For that reason, it may be more realistic to expect the movie towards the end of 2022, and it may even slip into 2023.

No cast announcements have yet been made for “Black Cotton Star,” although Deadline did list some of the creative minds behind the project.

The script is being adapted for the screen by Benjamin Raab and Deric Hughes, writing partners who have previously written scripts for shows such as “The Flash,” “Arrow,” and “Scream.” The author and illustrator of the original graphic novel, Yves Sente and Steve Cuzor, have been named producers, as has director Reginald Hudlin.

If there are any clues at all as to who may be cast in the three lead roles of the Black American soldiers who travel across war-torn Europe to recover the object that gives the film its name, it may be in Hudlin’s past as a filmmaker. During his 20 year career, Hudlin has worked with many talented Black actors on movies like “Marshall,” “Safety,” and “The Great White Hype.” While it is too early to say if he will reconnect with any of them, there is a chance he might opt to work with someone he has already established a professional relationship with.

What is the plot of Black Cotton Star?

“Black Cotton Star” is based on the French graphic novel of the same name, and fans have no reason to believe that the film will significantly deviate from the original story.

The main arc of “Black Cotton Star” revolves around three black American soldiers during World War II attached to the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division, the same organization depicted in “The Monuments Men.” They enter this division because of a story relayed in the graphic novel about Angela Brown, a black woman who worked for Betsy Ross and sewed a black star on the back of one of the white stars on the original American flag. However, that flag was seized by Hessians during the Revolutionary War, and the three young men believe they know how to get it back.

The resulting story looks at the racism that existed in both time periods, from colonial America to the height of the country’s influence during World War II. The story slowly stretches over Europe as the soldiers pursue the missing American artifact, and eventually, they are placed in the heart of the conflict.

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Director Reginald Hudlin On Chadwick Boseman And The Black Panther Legacy – Exclusive

BY DAVID L. LEBOVITZ/DEC. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

Ahead of the film’s debut on Disney+, Looper spoke with director Reginald Hudlin about his new movie Safety, the story of Clemson football player Ray Ray McElrathbey raising his little brother on campus. Hudlin, of course, has had a long career before Safety — he’s been writing, directing, and producing comics, TV shows, and movies for decades now. To many comic fans, Hudlin will always be associated with Black Panther, and he’s even worked with the late Chadwick Boseman before. During our chat with the multi-talented Hudlin, we took some time to ask him about both.

Hudlin directed Boseman in Marshall, a biopic about the early years of future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, whom Boseman portrayed on screen. The director described working with Boseman as “just a dream,” given that he was “such a dedicated actor, such a wonderful person.” 

Following Boseman’s untimely death in August 2020, Hudlin mourns both the star himself and what could have been for him. “It’s just a horrific loss,” Hudlin told Looper. “It’s hurtful to lose a friend and also a guy I couldn’t wait to work with again. I just thought, ‘God, we could make a movie together every couple of years. That would just be perfect.'”

He was also surprised as anyone about Boseman’s illness and death, having been kept in the dark on it himself. He recalled, “[I was] talking with everybody and we’re all [asking], ‘Did you know? Did you know?’ No one knew. No one had any clue, and we all sort of played things back — ‘Was that a clue? Was that a clue?’ But at the time he just really is a guy who kept his private life private.” 

Hudlin directed Boseman in Marshall, a biopic about the early years of future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, whom Boseman portrayed on screen. The director described working with Boseman as “just a dream,” given that he was “such a dedicated actor, such a wonderful person.” 

Following Boseman’s untimely death in August 2020, Hudlin mourns both the star himself and what could have been for him. “It’s just a horrific loss,” Hudlin told Looper. “It’s hurtful to lose a friend and also a guy I couldn’t wait to work with again. I just thought, ‘God, we could make a movie together every couple of years. That would just be perfect.'”

He was also surprised as anyone about Boseman’s illness and death, having been kept in the dark on it himself. He recalled, “[I was] talking with everybody and we’re all [asking], ‘Did you know? Did you know?’ No one knew. No one had any clue, and we all sort of played things back — ‘Was that a clue? Was that a clue?’ But at the time he just really is a guy who kept his private life private.” 

Hudlin also recognized the herculean effort Boseman put into his work given the circumstances. “I’ve had quite a few friends who’ve fought with cancer. Some of them have won, some of them have lost, but the truth is that’s a full-time job, and the fact that he was performing at the level that he was while battling cancer is a level of heroism that I can’t imagine,” the filmmaker noted.

The Black Panther expert

Few creatives are more associated with Black Panther than Reginald Hudlin. He wrote Black Panther comics for about four years, starting in 2005. His first storyline — Who is the Black Panther? – helped introduce the character to a whole new generation of comic fans. He also wrote two of the most consequential parts of Black Panther lore: T’Challa’s marriage to Storm, and the introduction of T’Challa’s sister Shuri. On top of all that, Hudlin developed and wrote the Black Panther animated series that ran for one season on BET in 2010.

When asked how he feels about Black Panther becoming a cultural phenomenon, Hudlin shared that he knew this time would come sooner or later. “It’s great. People ask me, ‘Oh, did you know it was going to be a big hit?’ Yeah, I did! I absolutely knew, and so it’s great for that validation,” he told Looper. “I think the success of Black Panther will open the door not just for sequels of that film, but also more movies like that. I think we see that already, but I think the best is yet to come.”

Safety is streaming on Disney+ now. Stay tuned to Looper for more exclusive coverage.

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