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Idris Elba has signed on to star in Jay-Z's all-Black Western flick The Harder They Fall. Elba's fans can't wait to see the hunky British actor wearing leather chaps and riding horseback.

The Harder They Fall is no Brokeback Mountain. The all-black Western for Netflix is produced by rapper Jay-Z, James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender.

The Harder They Fall stars actor Jonathan Majors as an outlaw who finds out that the murderer who killed his parents (Elba) is being released from prison.

According to Deadline.com, Elba is also starring in another Western drama, Concrete Cowboys, which began filming this year.

The 47-year-old Virgo is best known as the sexy drug kingpin Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire.

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Actor and beloved comedian John Witherspoon passed away suddenly at his Sherman Oaks, California home on Tuesday, Oct. 29. He was 77.

Witherspoon's family broke the sad news in a press statement to Deadline.com:

"It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say 'I'm no big deal', but he was huge deal to us."

The family did not reveal Witherspoon's cause of death.

The star of the hit comedy movie franchise Friday launched his standup comedy routines in the 1970s. He began his acting career in The Jazz Singer in 1980. His movie roles included memorable parts in Hollywood Shuffle, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, The Ladies Man and Fakin' Da Funk.

Witherspoon's son, John David Witherspoon, shared an emotional tribute to his dad on Twitter:

"So… my Dad died today & honestly I'm not sure how to feel. I'm sad, but I'm also happy 4 all the great times we had together. We'd roast each other like homes more than Father & Son, and I really liked that. He was my best friend & idol. Love U Dad… I'll miss u."

The comedian's colleagues and fans also paid tribute to him on social media.

Liam Neeson

Actor Liam Neeson ignited a firestorm of controversy on social media after he described seeking revenge on "some Black bastard" when he found out a friend had been brutally raped.

"I asked, did she know who it was? No," Neeson recalled. "What color were they? She said it was a Black person."

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Geoffrey Owens

There is a lesson to be learned after former 'Cosby Show' star Geoffrey Owens was shamed on social media and on Fox News for bagging groceries at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey last week.

A lesbian couple took photos of the 57-year-old actor bagging groceries, and they uploaded the photos to social media.

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Alee Chery

Today's Morning Wood is actor and model Alee Chery, 28. Alee was born in Miami, Florida, but raised in New York for most of his life. The middle child of three children, Alee grew up watching foreign movies and classics films with his stepfather.

His biological father is a well-known actor in Miami's Haitian community. He even appeared in an episode of Miami Vice.

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Mark Salling has died

Actor Mark Salling killed himself months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Salling, who played Noah "Puck" Puckett on the TV series Glee, was found dead near his home on Tuesday. He was 35.

In a previous suicide attempt, Salling slit both wrists less than two months before pleading guilty to downloading 50,000 child abuse images on his computer in October.

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Kanye West, Sttering K Brown

Musician Kanye West, left, and award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, 41, were spotted out and about on the west coast on Monday. Kanye, 40, was all smiles outside his Calabasas office several days after the arrival of his newborn daughter, Chicago West, via a surrogate. The father-of-3 was in a jovial mood as he strolled past the paparazzi, wearing a blue plaid jacket with attached blue hoodie, dark grey pants and a pair of his Yeezy Season 2 crepe sole canvas combat boots (retail $550).

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Robert Guillaume

Actor Robert Guillaume passed away Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89. A rep told the Associated Press that Guillaume had been battling prostate cancer.

Guillaume, whose real name is Robert Peter Williams, gained fame as the sharp-witted butler on ABC's Soap and the spin-off Benson.

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<p>Elba, 43, was <a href=knighted an Officer of the British Empire by Prince William in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Elba received the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award for his excellence in acting drama.

Elba is pictured above with his elegant mom.

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The soft spoken Baltimore drug dealer who portrayed the Deacon in HBO's hit TV series "The Wire" has died.

"Little" Melvin Williams passed away on Thursday after losing his battle with cancer.

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