SMOLLETT WANTS CHICAGO’S LAWSUIT MOVED TO FEDERAL COURT
CHICAGO (AP) – Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.
The motion filed Wednesday and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.
Prosecutors dismissed charges against Smollett related to making a false report. However, the police department and city officials maintain Smollett orchestrated the January incident and they’re trying to recoup $130,000 the city spent on police overtime.
Smollett’s attorneys argue federal court is the proper venue for the case because the actor, who lived in Chicago while filming the TV show, “Empire,” is actually a California resident.
ZENDAYA GETS A MAKEOVER AFTER “SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME”
LONDON (AP) – Even though Zendaya plays Peter Parker’s love interest, MJ, in the new “Spider-Man” movie, she did not dye her hair red until after filming.
Zendaya plays Michelle Jones, not Mary Jane Watson, in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Zendaya says she has never dyed her hair before but decided to do it as a tribute to Mary Jane, who has red hair.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is in theaters now.
MASTER P AND ROMEO MILLER REVISIT “I GOT THE HOOK UP”
NEW YORK (AP) – Rapper Master P believes he can be a game-changer in Hollywood with the sequel to his 1998 film, “I Got The Hook Up.”
Master P and his son, rapper-actor Romeo Miller, have financed “I Got The Hook Up 2” themselves. Master P says creating films that feature people of color and are owned by them is vital. He says while the black community loved “Black Panther,” Disney is the one who kept the profits.
It’s the theme of “I Got The Hook Up 2” as well. Master P says it shows how gentrification can change the soul of a community.
“I Got The Hook Up 2” opens next week.