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T.I. & Phaedra Parks Hit Up "ROOTS" ATL Screening + Lee Daniels Pulls Out Richard Pryor Biopic + “A Different World” Cast Reunite On “Steve Harvey Show”


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In movie and television news, a screening of the upcoming "ROOTS" remake went down in Atlanta last night that brought out T.I. and Phaedra Parks. Lee Daniels has pulled out of directing the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic and “A Different World” will reunite on the “Steve Harvey Show.” Get it all inside….

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Last night in Atlanta, rapper T.I., along with producer Will Packer, hosted a screening for the upcoming "ROOTS" reboot set to premiere on the History Channel in a few weeks. Tip will be featured in the slave film as Cyrus.

The Atlanta elite gathered at the Center for Civil and Humans Rights to peep the first episode of the miniseries, followed by a panel discussion about the new show.

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”Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks came out and was all smiles during the event.

The “Roots” miniseries will premiere Memorial Day airing over four consecutive nights at 9pm EST on May 30th, nearly 40 years after the original film premiered.

The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.

Along with Tip, the cast includes Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, and Roman Armstrong as Kunta Kinte.

Peep the new trailer below:

Will you be tuning in?

In other movie news…..

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“Empire” creator Lee Daniels is throwing in the towel on the Richard Pryor biopic. Word as it the Oscar nominated director, who brought films like The Butler& Precious, has pulled out of directing the project supposedly due to his busy schedule working on “Empire” and his new show “Star.”

Production sources tell THR, The Weinstein Co. is no longer waiting for Lee to clear up his schedule and is currently searching for another director. Filming was supposed to begin in March, but was reportedly delayed due to Lee’s demanding schedule.

The Weinstein Co. then set a new date in October to start filming, but Lee allegedly asked for it to be pushed back and The Weinstein Co. wasn't willing to wait. They’re expecting to keep the October date with a new director. The show must go on!

The film includes a star-studded cast, including funnyman Mike Epps as Richard Pryor and Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother.

On the TV circuit....

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Let the nostalgia begin!

The cast of “A Different World” will reunite on an upcoming episode of the “Steve Harvey Show.”

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Your faves Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer, Charnele Brown and Darryl Bell will be chopping it up with Steve on what they’re up to these days for the show’s “Where Are They Now” Week.

The reunion is set to go down this Friday, May 13th. Check your local listings for the air time.

On yesterday's show...

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90s groups Salt N Pepa and Kid N Play appeared on the show to take us on a trip down memory lane. Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Deidra “Spinderella” Roper opened up about how the group came together and the struggles they faced in the earlier part of their career.

Pepa also dished on the real reason she rocked the asymmetrical blonde cut that everyone copped in the late 80s/early 90s.

Check it below:


Photos: Paras Griffin for Getty for HISTORY/Getty/Tegan Kinane/NBC

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