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Queen Latifah's Steel Magnolias Confirms Premiere!

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Oh! And it's MUCH sooner than we expected!

Tony nominee Kenny Leon's remake of the 1989 emotional drama Steel Magnolias starring Queen Latifah, Condola Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye, and Phylicia Rashad, will air on Lifetime this October 7th!

This cult film — originally starring Julia Roberts, Sally Fields, Dolly Parton, Shirly MacLaine, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis — centers around a group of Louisiana women who habitually come together at a local salon. The story explores the importance of friendship in the face of life's great tragedies.

We're VERY excited to see this modern take on such a beloved classic… and we instantly adore any film featuring The Queen!

Although we're not sure if Q. Latifah can deliver Sally Field's "Whyyyyyy" cry in quite the same fashion…

Ha!

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Alicia Keys Talks Stick Fly, The Broadway Play She's Producing!

It sounds as though she really contributed to something special here!

Alicia Keys has been hard at work not only serving as producer on the new Broadway play Stick Fly, but also composing its music!

Ch-ch-check out the singer discussing the project alongside writer Lydia R. Diamond and director Kenny Leon (above), which "follows the LeVays, an affluent African American family who come together to spend a summer weekend at their Martha’s Vineyard home. The adult sons, aspiring novelist Kent and golden boy plastic surgeon Flip, have each brought their respective ladies (one Black and one White) to meet the parents. Food, drink and Trivial Pursuit tangle with class, race and identity politics in this contemporary comedy of manners."

Wow! We think that the family dynamics being described here could certainly resonate with lot of people!

And music from Alicia Keys?!

We're excited to check this one out! How about U??

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Katie Holmes Offered Role In Extremities!

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Wow! This is some pretty heavy material for her!

Katie Holmes has reportedly been offered a starring role in the Broadway revival of William Mastrosimone's controversial drama Extremities!

The play, which is expected to run during the 2011-2012 season with Kenny Leon attached as a director, focuses on a woman who turns the tables on her rapist and with the help of her roommates, struggles to decide what to do with him.

Chloe Sevigny has also reportedly been offered a role, most likely as one of the roommates!

Perhaps Katie thinks that this will do for her career what it did for Farrah Fawcett's back in the '80s, and establish her as a serious actress - and maybe it could!

We'd LOVE to see her succeed in a part like this! We definitely think there's potential there!

What do U think?? Should Katie Holmes take a role in Extremities??

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