SPIKE LEE UNVEILS SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT TEASER: The streaming giant Netflix has pegged Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, for the premiere of Spike Lee’s 10-episode She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of his 1986 indie classic. Netflix also released the first teaser for the show, which stars DeWanda Wise in the role of Nola Darling, a Brooklyn artist trying to define herself. The original, shot on a shoestring budget in 12 days, ended up grossing more than $7 million at the box office and changed forever how African Americans are portrayed in movies.
JORDAN PEELE’S NEXT FILM TO DROP IN 2019: Comedian Jordan Peele had a huge success with his horror satire Get Out, which cost $5 million to make and brought in $250 million. His next film (with a budget of $25 million) is due out in 2019 and he tells The Hollywood Reporter to expect the unexpected. “It’s going to be a very different movie … Don’t expect a sequel,” Peele says. What would you like to see from Peele?
PENN BADGLEY TO RETURN TO TV: Five years after signing off from Gossip Girl, Penn Badgley is set to take on the lead role in Lifetime’s upcoming thriller You, E! reports. Badgley kept a low profile for several years, just popping up here and there, most notably in a handful of episodes for NBC’s mini-series The Slap in 2015. The series is based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel of the same name. The story revolves around Joe (played by Badgley), a bookstore manager who uses technology to make women fall in love with him. The actor was also recently in the news for marrying (for a second time, this time more lavishly) Domino Kirke on Saturday, June 24th. Glad he’s back!
ABC LAUNCHES TALENT COMPETITION: ABC’s annual search for new acting talent is happening now. The 2017 ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition kicked off Monday, June 26th and will run through Sunday, July 9th. Actors 18 and older can submit a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on ABCdiscovers.com. The prize is a one-year talent deal with ABC worth $25,000. Past winners continue to pick up quite a bit of work at the network. The 2014 contest winner, Cornelius Smith, Jr., is a regular on Scandal and last year’s winner Beth Triffon has a regular role in the upcoming ABC series Ten Days in the Valley.
VIMEO CANS PLANS FOR SVOD SERVICE: Vimeo, which was set to launch a subscription VOD service, will no longer proceed with the plans. “Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering a subscription based original program service scheduled to begin in ’18,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement.
AMAZON GREENLIGHTS TOUR DE FRANCE DOCUSERIES: Amazon has given the green light to an as-yet-untitled docuseries inspired by Hannah Grant’s The Grand Tour Cookbook, about the athletes competing in the 104th Tour De France and the food that fuels them. The show will follow Grant – dubbed the Queen of Performance Cooking by pro cyclists – as she and her team make delicious, healthy feasts during the 23-day endurance race.