The Queen is heading back to daytime.
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit announced Monday that they will be partnering with Sony Pictures Television to produce a new sydicated talk show for 2013 with Latifah serving as host. She is expected to join an already crowded landscape that is likely to include Katie Couric, Steve Harvey and Jeff Probst.
The deal was spearheaded by Flavor Unit co-founder Shakim Compere and Overbrook’s Miguel Melendez. Both men will serve as executive producers alongside Overbrook trio James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Latifah on the daytime effort.
“We share a common vision and have been wanting to collaborate for quite some time,” said Compere. Added Melendez, “We have known and admired Latifah for over 20 years: dating back to our music days, to her first television role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and years alter when she worked with Jada on the film Set it Off.”
For Latifah, who has added movie star (Joyful Noise), spokesperson (CoverGirl) and producer (BET’s Let’s Stay Together, VH1′s Single Ladies) to her resume, this can be seen as a return to her roots. She first hosted a daytime talker in 1999; the Telepictures production, Queen Latifah Show, ran for two seasons.
from The Hollywood Reporter
Archive for November 1st, 2011
The Queen is heading back to daytime.
Rick Turley was 18 when he learned that Scouting offered a unique opportunity to meet boys.
He would show up in a uniform with a sash full of merit badges, charm parents with claims of being a “top” leader and offer to take their preteen boys out for a swim or drive. Then, often after plying them with alcohol, he would fondle or rape them — once going so far as to kidnap a boy in a stolen plane.
Over nearly two decades, Turley molested at least 15 children in Southern California and British Columbia, most of whom he met through American and Canadian Scouting, a Los Angeles Times and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. investigation has found.
Scouting officials on both sides of the border not only failed to stop him, but sometimes helped cover his tracks, according to confidential Scouting records, court files and interviews with victims, families and Scout leaders.
At one point in 1979, Boy Scouts of America officials decided not to call police after Turley admitted molesting three Orange County boys, the organization’s records show.
“We were following exactly the national recommendations of the Boy Scouts of America and its board who set up the rules,” said A. Buford Hill Jr., a former Orange County Scouting executive, in a recent interview. “You do not want to broadcast to the entire population that these things happen. You take care of it quietly and make sure it never happens again.”
But it did.
Turley returned to British Columbia, signed on with Scouts Canada, which is separate from its U.S. counterpart, and continued his abuses for at least a decade.
Turley, now 58, is still surprised at how often he got away with it.
“It was easy,” he said in an interview this month at the Alberta truck-stop motel where he now works.
Turley is one of more than 5,000 suspected child molesters named in confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America. The documents — called the “perversion files” by the organization — include unsubstantiated tips as well as admissions of guilt.
Those records have surfaced in recent years in lawsuits by former Scouts, accusing the group of failing to exclude known pedophiles, detect abuses or turn in offenders to the police.
The Oregon Supreme Court is now weighing a request by newspapers, a wire service and broadcasters to open about 1,200 more files in the wake of a nearly $20-million judgment in a Portland sex abuse case last year.
The Scouts’ handling of sex-abuse allegations echoes that of the Catholic Church in the face of accusations against its priests, some attorneys say.
“It’s the same institutional reaction: scandal prevention,” said Seattle attorney Timothy Kosnoff, who has filed seven suits in the last year by former Scouts but was not involved in the Oregon case.
Current Boy Scouts of America officials declined to be interviewed and would not say how many files exist or what is in them. Their lawyers have said the records are confidential, in part to protect victims and because some of the files are based on unproven allegations.
“The BSA has continued to enhance its youth protection efforts as society has increased its understanding of the dangers children face,” the Scouts said in a statement.
In the 1980s, the Boy Scouts began requiring that at least two adults be present for troop activities. The following decade, it mandated criminal background checks for staffers, a requirement that was expanded to the organization’s nearly 1 million volunteers in 2008. Last year, it required child abuse prevention training as well. All suspicions of sexual misconduct must now be reported to police.
Kim Kardashian’s mini-marriage became an instant rallying cry among same-sex marriage advocates who pointed out that she was allowed to make a joke of the institution while many gay couples who want lifelong marriages still aren’t allowed to wed.
“Kim Kardashian files for divorce after 72 days. Another example of how same-sex marriage is destroying the sanctity of the very institution,” joked Geoge Takei on Twitter, expressing the sentiment of many.
Tweeted gossip blogger Perez Hilton: “Straight people do a damn well good job themselves of ruining the sanctity of marriage! #MarriageForAll.”
Kardashian joins Britney Spears and other celebrities whose quickie marriages have made gay marriage advocates shake their heads.
Kardashian filed for divorce Monday after 72 days of marriage. Her wedding in August earned her and husband Kris Humphries an estimated $18 million in profits.
Joan Rivers hosted a book party at the 21 Club yesterday for Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood, by Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine, which chronicles the 50-year relationship of a gay male couple. On that note, does Joan really think gay men dress better than straight ones? “Of course. Gay men have better bodies, on the whole. That’s number one, and number two: They care more about what they look like. Very seldom will you find a gay schlep. Am I right? Very few homeless.” She continued, “This is why there are no gay protestors in Zuccotti Park. Because there’s no place to change, and no closets.” So how does she feel about Occupy Wall Street, in general? “I think Occupy Wall Street was terrific the first week, and it has now turned into a very happy druggy party. I suggest they all get jobs and go back to work,” she responded. “What was an amazing and wonderful thing, I now find just ridiculous. Everyone’s on drugs and everybody’s singing, and they now have a DVD out, and now they want to do a reality show.” Any fashion advice for the protesters? “Wash, rinse, and repeat.”
from New York Magazine
Aristide Laurent, a longtime gay rights activist and one of the founders of The Advocate, died at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday following a long battle with cancer.
Along with Richard Mitch, Bill Mau, and Sam Allen, Laurent in 1967 created the gay newspaper The Los Angeles Advocate; it would soon become a national magazine known simply as The Advocate. Laurent, an ABC television employee, produced early issues of the The Advocate clandestinely in the studio’s basement print shop. Laurent used a pseudonym, as most did at the time, and wrote a nightlife column for the nascent publication.
When The Advocate briefly moved to the Bay Area in 1975, Laurent stayed in Los Angeles and started NewsWest, a gay-related newspaper that printed until 1977.
Laurent fought vociferously against police harassment of gays, participating in riots at L.A.’s Black Cat bar, which predated Stonewall by two years. Laurent was also active in ACT UP in the ’80s, and attended the March on Washington in 1993.
The activist was born in Magnolia Springs, Ala. in 1941, the son of a farm hand and his wife. Laurent was an altar boy and choir leader at his local church before joining the Air Force in 1960, where he served for four years as a signals intelligence operator in Turkey, as well as an instructor to new recruits.
Laurent is survived by nieces Tina Weeks and Natalie Dykes of Magnolia Springs, Ala. and a nephew, Kevin Weeks of Baton Rouge, La. Services will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Magnolia Springs on Nov. 5. Memorial contributions may be sent to Best Friends Animal Society.
from The Advocate