Okay, casting and acquisition news! Let’s get to it.

Alfonso Ribeiro is now the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos!

Benicio Del Toro starrer A Perfect Day, by Spanish writer-director Fernando Leon de Aranoa, has been sold to IFC Films. 

Sembene!, the documentary on Senegalese director and the “Father of African Cinema” Ousmane Sembene, has now been acquired by Kino Lorber. 

Grandmaster Flash is now an associate producer and adviser on Baz Lurhmann’s Netflix 1970s rap project, The Get Down. 

Rae Dawn Chong leads horror anthology 7 Magpies, created by black female directors. 

Kat Graham is going to play Motown singer Tammi Terrell. She’s a good pick. I thought Beyonce would have been cast, since she looks exactly like Terrell. Will the film include Marvin Gaye?

You’ve heard about Robert Rodriguez directing Jonny Quest on COLOR. My post is here. 

Tokyo Tribe, a manga about African American culture (I’m assuming gang culture), will be adapted by producer Patrick S. Cunningham and director Daryl Wharton-Rigby.

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Belle director Amma Asante will direct David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in drama A United Kingdom, detailing the scandal of the interracial marriage between a royal member of what would become Botswana and a white woman.

Is Tyler James Williams going to become Spider-Man after all? He seems to think he’s got a running chance. Maybe he’s not going to be in the movies, since it seems like they’re leaning towards white boys for that, but he seems to think he’s going to be doing something with Marvel. 

Salma Hayek starrer Tale of Tales, a fantasy directed by Matteo Garrone, has been bought by IFC Films. 

Trevor Noah’s iteration of The Daily Show has an official date!

Azealia Banks, Jill Scott, Lorraine Toussaint and Common are going to star in RZA’s It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme. Banks will play a rapper who develops a love for slam poetry.

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s movie project, directed by Peter Atencio, finally has a name—Keanu—and Will Forte is joining them. Key and Peele are playing two friends who feign gangster cred in order to get back a stolen kitten.

Bessie and Pariah director Dee Rees and Shonda Rhimes are combining forces to adapt The Warmth of Other Suns for FX. 

Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright have joined the cast of HBO’s Anita Hill and the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, Confirmation.

Singer Jana Mashonee has been cast Native American warrior Nasbah in The Search for Shana Star

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