12 years after it first debuted in theaters, The Best Man is finally getting the sequel that fans have been desperately clamoring for. Deadline reports Universal has signed Best Man writer-director Malcolm D. Lee to craft a follow-up to his 1999 comedy, about a writer (Taye Diggs, pictured right) whose best pal (Morris Chestnut) is about to marry a woman (Nia Long) who, unbeknownst to the groom-to-be, he once slept with. Lee was reportedly inspired to pursue the project after a reunion dinner with some of the original castmembers, whom he hopes to bring back for the sequel.
On the big screen, Taye Diggs most recently starred in the little-seen comic-book flick Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. He currently plays Dr. Sam Bennet in the ABC drama Private Practice. Click on the image below for more pics of the actor:
After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
For more on Margaret check out Indie Seen: Margaret the Long Lost Anna Paquin/Matt Damon Movie
"Gwyneth told me recently, 'I saw Beyonce, and we talked about you all night.' I have no idea what they spoke about, but I’m hoping all good things. They better not be talking c**p behind my back!" Glee star Heather Morris on learning she's a topic of conversation when superstar pals Paltrow and Beyonce get together. The former dancer once backed Beyonce and she has worked with Paltrow on Glee.
"Implants were something I thought I wanted when I was younger, and now I don't. It was hard being active with them, because my chest was always sore. It hurt a lot, and I didn't like always being in pain, so they had to go!" Glee star Heather Morris on removing her breast implants.
The In Plain Sight star and her husband, Brothers & Sisters producer Michael Morris, welcomed a baby girl on Saturday morning (10Sep11).
The tot joins sisters Margaret, seven, and four-year-old Rose.
McCormack is yet to choose a name for her latest arrival.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com she writes, "It's a girl! She's not named yet... She's so great but I'm biased."
The actress sported fake bruising to her face as she posed for the camera in the recent photoshoot, but the pictures stirred controversy as critics lashed out at Shields for the insensitive theme.
He defended his "bruised up Barbie" images as works of art, stating, "In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We both loved the idea and we both love the photos."
But Shields has now decided to make amends for the uproar by selling one particular shot of Morris and donating the profits to a charity for victims of domestic violence.
The starting price for the photo will be $100,000 (£62,500), reports TMZ.com.
The blonde actress poses for the cameras sporting a black eye and is even tied up with the cord of an iron in one daring image.
The pictures have been posted on Shields' website, depicting Morris as "a subversive 'Barbie style' housewife".
In the accompanying blog post, he writes, "Even Barbie bruises. We have been talking about shooting for a long time and we finally made it happen! Some magic, irons, and bruises later it was complete."
But not everyone is a fan of Shields' shots.
One website user writes, "I do.not.get.it. Why do you keep producing photos glamorizing violence against women?" Another adds, "So wait… we’re glamorizing bruises/abuse now?"
However, Shields has defended the photoshoot as a work of art.
He tells TooFab.com, "It was something we both wanted to do, a bruised up Barbie. In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We both loved the idea and we both love the photos."
Shields is no stranger to controversy - he previously photographed Lindsay Lohan holding a gun to her head.
Bosses at the Channel 4 network have confirmed they will broadcast satirist Chris Morris' film Four Lions - about a terrorist cell's plot to target the London Marathon - early next month (Sep11).
They insist the movie, starring Riz Ahmed, will not be shown on September 11, but will be aired as part of a season of programmes commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 atrocity.
The network's chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, says, "I've just had a robust conversation with Chris Morris about Four Lions and the scheduling of that and how close it is to 9/11. I think we should absolutely continue to push those boundaries.
"It is going out in the next week-and-a-half or so. It is not going out on 9/11 itself. But it is around then because it speaks to that issue."
Victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London called for a boycott of Four Lions following its release last year (10). In 2001, Morris sparked outrage when he produced a spoof TV news show mocking the media's coverage of paedophilia.
The Glee Live in Concert tour has been on the road in both America and Europe and the latest leg came to an end with a concert in Dublin, Ireland at the weekend (02-03Jul11).
The audience at the city's O2 venue was given a surprise during a skit in the middle of the show when Naya Rivera, in character, gave Heather Morris a smooch on stage, while Darren Criss and Chris Colfer also locked lips as part of the one-off addition to the show.