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Paula Patton to reprise ‘Sacrifice’ role in BET+ series

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Sept. 28 (UPI) — Paula Patton will reprise her role in the BET+ streaming service’s first original film, Sacrifice, which has been picked up as a series, BET announced Monday.

The legal thriller launched on BET+ in December as a back-door pilot for the series, BET said in a press release.

Similar to the film, the 10-episode series will center around a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Daniella Hernandez (Patton), and her clients’ “nefarious lives,” according to the release.

However, the series will reflect more of Hernandez’s personal life. As a recovering alcoholic, she uses men and the adrenaline rush from defending her clients to cope with her suppressed addiction.

“I am excited to reprise the role of Daniella Hernandez. Her strength and ability to overcome incredible challenges is inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with BET,” Patton said in the release. “It is a wonderful experience to work with our cast and crew to create characters and stories that entertain and move people.”

Patton earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for her role in the award-winning film, Precious. She is also known for her roles in films including Mission Impossible, Baggage Claim, Warcraft and playing opposite Denzel Washington in Deja Vu and 2 Guns.

Other cast members who will return from the film include Marques Houston, James Trevana Brown, Veronika Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Liliana Montenegro, Michael Toland and Nelson Bonilla.

Chris Stokes executive produced, wrote and directed Sacrifice the movie, and Houston served as the film’s co-executive producer for Footage Films. For the series, Kevin Arkadie will join them as an executive producer and Patton will serve as co-executive producer.

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‘Respect’: Aretha Franklin biopic delayed to August

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Oct. 28 (UPI) — Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, has been delayed seven months to Aug. 13, 2021, MGM announced.

Respect was set to be released on Dec. 25 with a wide release coming on Jan. 15. The film is titled after Franklin’s 1967 hit song of the same name.

Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skya Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige also star in the biopic from director Lisel Tommy.

“Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing her father’s church choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice,” reads the synopsis for the film.

Franklin died at the age of 76 in August 2018.

MGM also announced that its planned Tomb Raider sequel, starring Alicia Vikander, has been delayed.

The studio’s first Tomb Raider film arrived in 2018 and also starred Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas.



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Allison Tolman, Nick Frost land leads in ‘Why Women Kill’ Season 2

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Oct. 28 (UPI) — Fargo and Castle Rock actress Allison Tolman and Into the Badlands and Shaun of the Dead alum Nick Frost have signed on for roles in Season 2 of CBS All Access’ anthology series, Why Women Kill.

“I’m heading back to work in this strange new Covid safety landscape, thankful to be alongside good natured individuals also up for an adventure,” Tolman tweeted Tuesday.

The show was created by Marc Cherry of Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids fame.

“This season of the dark comedy features a new ensemble cast and story lines set in 1949 that will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society, and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong,” the streaming service said in a press release.

Tolman will play Alma, “a timid and awkward housewife,” while Frost will portray her husband Bertram, “who spends his days as a veterinarian putting sick and injured animals out of their misery.”

Season 1 of the show debuted last year and featured Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.



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Two celebs will be sent packing on Monday’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Oct. 28 (UPI) — Monday’s edition of Dancing with the Stars is expected to feature the elimination of not one but two contestants, ABC said.

“As the show gets closer to its season finale, nine celebrity and pro-dancer couples face double elimination as they compete for this season’s eighth week live,” the network said in a press release Tuesday.

“The show’s cold open will be a sketch aimed at encouraging people to vote as part of a nonpartisan initiative. Later, Tyra Banks will walk out to ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars.”

Cheer coach Monica Aldama got the boot on this week’s episode.

Charles Oakley, Carole Baskin, Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe and Vernon Davis were previously eliminated this season.

Still in the running for the coveted mirror-ball trophy are The Bachelorette alum Kaitlyn Bristowe, Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause, actresses Skai Jackson and Justina Machado, reality TV stars Jeannie Mai and Nev Schulman, Backstreet Boys singer A.J. McLean, rapper Nelly and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.



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