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Actor and comedian Anthony Johnson died after he was found lifeless in a store and rushed to a hospital earlier this month. He was 55.

His death was confirmed by his nephew, who told TMZ Johnson was pronounced dead at the hospital earlier this month. No cause of death was disclosed.

Anthony is best known for his comedic roles in Friday (1995), Menace II Society (1993) and The Players Club (1998).

Johnson's career took off in 1990 after he landed the role of E.Z.E. in House Party and he went on to do stand-up comedy in Los Angeles clubs.

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He also appeared in the films Lethal Weapon 3 and in nearly 50 films and TV shows, including Moesha, Martin, Malcolm & Eddie, and I Got the Hook Up and its sequel. It's also rumored Johnson was cast to reprise his role in the upcoming Last Friday.

Fans and colleagues paid tribute to Johnson on Twitter.com.

Beyonce's new track "Be Alive" will close out Will Smith's new biopic, King Richard.

The song will play during the end credits for the film, in which Smith plays tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams' father.

"Be Alive" was co-written by the "Run the World" singer and DIXSON specifically for the film.
 
READ ALSO: HBO Max releases trailer for ‘King Richard’ starring Will Smith
 
King Richard premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado over the weekend. It will hit cinemas and HBO Max on November 19.

"Be Alive" is reportedly the title track off Beyonce's 7th studio album, set for release sometime during the first quarter of 2022.

While the pop singer is yet to confirm an official release date for her new album, she has said "I've been in the studio for a year and a half."

The mother-of-three celebrated her 40th birthday on Sept. 4, and is officially middle-aged.

Beyonce rose to prominence in the 1980s as an original member of R&B quartet Destiny's Child, consisting of her rumored half-sister Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett.

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Actress Letitia Wright, pictured right, was hospitalized after suffering "minor injuries" when a stunt went wrong on the set of the Black Panther sequel.

Letitia is pictured with co-star Danai Gurira, left, on location in Cambridge, MA.

The 27-year-old Guyanese-British actress, who played Shuri in the 2018 Marvel film, was hurt when a stunt rig malfunctioned during an overnight shoot in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

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"Letitia Wright sustained minor injuries today while filming a stunt for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She is currently receiving care in a local hospital and is expected to be released soon," a spokesperson for Marvel told Deadline.com on Wednesday.

The on-set source revealed the incident was minor and will not have an impact on the film's shooting schedule.

Most of the cast from the original film, including Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett are returning for the sequel, directed by Ryan Coogler.

Chadwick Boseman, who played the title character in the 2018 blockbuster, lost his battle with cancer a year ago.

The Black Panther sequel is set for a July 8, 2022 release.

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HBO Max released the trailer for King Richard, starring Will Smith. The biopic is based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams' no nonsense father Richard Williams.

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The casting of Will Smith as Richard Williams was criticized because Smith is light skin and Williams is dark skinned in real life.

The Williams sisters dominated women's tennis in the 1990s and 2000s. Serena, 39, is on pace to tie the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

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Venus, left, and Serena, right, are pictured with their father, Richard, at a tennis center in 1992.

The movie also stars Demi Singleton as a young Serena and Saniyya Sidney as a young Venus.

King Richard was produced on a budget of $100 million.

King Richard opens in theaters everywhere on November 19.
 

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British actress Michaela Cole has been cast in the new iteration of Black Panther in an unnamed role. Some fans want Cole to play Storm from X-Men in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

However, others want Cole to play Aneka, the lesbian partner of Dora Milaje's second commander Ayo (Florence Kasumba).

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Cole, 33, is an award-winning actress best known for the hit HBO Max comedy/drama I May Destroy You.

Black Panther 2, directed by Ryan Coogler, checks all of the "woke" boxes.

The film features an all-Black cast that includes several down low, homosexual actors, as well as an aromantic actress.

Production began on Black Panther 2 in June at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios.

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Cole identifies as aromantic. Many on Black Twitter are wondering what "aromantic" means.

Aromantic is a sexual orientation defined as showing a lack of interest in romantic attraction.

Aromantic is an individual who is interested in sex without the emotional attachment that goes along with it.

Aromantic is not the same as asexual, which means people who have no desire in sexual relationships.

People who are aromantic desire affection and cuddling in short bursts. They can go days, weeks, or months without sex.

Individuals who identify as aromantic may have trouble distinguishing the affection of family and friends from that of a romantic partner.

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Being aromantic doesn't mean you're not drawn to others, it just means you're drawn to them in non-romantic ways.

Aromantic people typically have zero sex appeal.

Celebrities described as aromantic include music producer Kanye West, singer Demi Lovato and rapper Lil Nas X.

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Even LeBron James can't save the Warner Bros. sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, July 16.

The movie received some of the worst reviews of the year, according to reports.

One reviewer said the movie is vomit inducing. "[I]t all feels like Warner Bros. ingested an emetic and vomited up all their intellectual property."

CNN gave the movie a thumbs down:

"The first Space Jam was hardly a classic, which should temper expectations. Yet even by that standard, this marketing-driven exercise too often plays like the Acme version of it."

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LeBron attended the Los Angeles premiere with his wife Savannah Brinson James and their daughter Zhuri James.

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Space Jam 2 also stars Don Cheadle (pictured with his wife Bridgid); Cedric Joe, Wood Harris, and cameos by NBA and WNBA players Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Sue Bird and Nneka Ogwumike.
 

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa is tapped to play funk legend George Clinton in a long-delayed biopic about disco music mogul Neil Bogart.

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Spinning Gold, which has been in development for years, initially cast pop singer Justin Timberlake as Bogart, reports Deadline.com.

Supergirl actor Jeremy Jordan has since taken over the lead role as the Casablanca Records boss.

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Now Khalifa has been reported to play Clinton - a part that originally went to Samuel L. Jackson.

Also joining the star-studded line-up is singer Tayla Parx as Donna Summer, and Ledisi as Gladys Knight. Also cast is singer Jason Derulo, who was previously tapped to portray Ronald Isley.

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George Clinton (right) and Parliament Funkadelic perform perform at Taste of Chicago 2018 at Grant Park in 2018.

Production on Spinning Gold, written and directed by Bogart's son Timothy Scott Bogart, is already underway in New Jersey.

The film will chronicle the rise of Bogart's hit labels Buddah and Casablanca in the 1960s and 1970s, when his artists included Donna Summer, Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic group, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, Village People, KISS, and Bill Withers, among many others.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized for not insisting on more Afro-Latino or dark-skinned actors in the movie adaptation of his 2008 Broadway musical hit 'In the Heights.'

In the Heights debuted on streaming site HBO Max and in theaters on Friday, June 11, but didn't have the blockbuster opening weekend that many had predicted.

In the Heights was expected to break box office records for a musical with opening weekend estimates of $25 million to $35 million.

However the woke musical was a crushing disappointment, coming in 2nd behind 'A Quiet Place 2' with just $11 million in box office receipts.

In the Heights carried a production budget of $55 million. $110 million gross is required to break even.

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Some viewers criticized director Jon M. Chu and Miranda, who has a small part in the film, for being colorists.

Chu, who faced similar criticism for his film 'Crazy Rich Asians,' addressed the controversy by stating the 'colorism' debate was "a fair conversation to have".

Chu told The Root, "Listen, we're not going to get everything right in a movie. We tried our best on all fronts of it."

Miranda took to Twitter to address the "whitewashing" allegations with his followers on Monday.

"I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. I'm learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I'm listening."

Mexican actress Melissa Barrera, who plays Vanessa in the film, said the producers were looking for actors who fit the white Hispanic residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood.

"In the audition process, which was a long audition process, there were a lot of Afro-Latinos there. A lot of darker skinned people. And I think they were looking for just the right people for the roles. For the person that embodied each character in the fullest extent."

Barrera, best known for her role as Lyn in the Starz LGBT+ series Vida, added:

"Because the cast ended up being us, and because Washington Heights is a melting pot of black and Latinx people, Jon and Lin wanted the dancers and the big numbers to feel very truthful to what the community looks like."

In the Heights was delayed for a year due to the Covid outbreak.

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More actresses have come forward accusing Hollywood director and acting coach Troy Rowland of asking them to film themselves partially nude in audition tapes.

Rowland, who is related to singer Kelly Rowland, directed the films Gracefully Broken, Morbius (2022), Black and Blue (2019) and Merry Liddle Christmas (2019), starring Kelly (pictured below).

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He is best known for coaching actress Hillary Duff in Disney's hit show Lizzie McGuire.

The FOX 5 I-Team previously reported that seven actresses from around the country accused the Atlanta-based director and acting coach of luring them into sexually charged auditions for a role that didn't exist.

Now five more women have reached out to FOX 5 I-Team after seeing the original report, saying the same thing happened to them.

One actress filed an FTC complaint accusing the acting coach of coercion, fraud and revenge porn, the I-Team reports.

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Rowland reportedly met the women through acting classes that he offers in Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles. Actresses pay $400 a night to attend his classes.

Rowland, who is married and has a daughter, allegedly urged the women to try out for a role as a stripper named Keisha in a spin-off for the TV series "Power."

Rowland allegedly told the women to record themselves partially nude and send the audition tapes to him.

However, "Power" casting director Rori Bergman told FOX 5 I-Team there was no role for a stripper named Keisha in the TV spin-off and she had no working relationship with Rowland.

Bergman told the I-Team the auditions were "reprehensible" and that "I want this guy to never be able to do this to anyone else again."

The women said Rowland preyed on them and used the "God-fearing man" angle to reel them in.

One woman said: "He reels you in. He was God-fearing, and he loved and adored her (his wife). We wouldn't expect anything like that from him. It was easy to trust (him)."

Rowland has not responded to requests from the I-Team for a comment.

Watch the I-Team report below.
 

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Marvel Studios announced its upcoming movie release scheduled for the next 2 years. Included in the list was the official title treatments for many of its upcoming releases, such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022), Black Widow (July 9, 2021), Ms. Marvel (Fall 2021), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec. 17, 2021).

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Marvel fans were excited about Black Panther's official title treatment. The new Black Panther, currently filming on location in Atlanta, will be a tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman who died from colon cancer last August at age 43.

Fans wonder how Marvel will explain Wakanda's king dying from cancer with all of the fictional country's advanced technology.

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One Reddit user wrote: "I wonder if they'll outright just be like 'it was a rare cancer. even with all of our technology we could not cure cancer.'"

Another user wrote:

"Yea. Because I don't see anyone killing T'challa. He must either go voluntarily back to the D'jalia (ancestral plain) or he has to have an ailment from the snap and the heart shaped herb. No one should kill him. After all he told his father that he had to make things right before he joined him in the Djalia."

Question: How do you think Marvel will explain T'Challa's disappearance?