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'NCIS: Los Angeles' Enlists Nia Long as Series Regular for Season 9

CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles is building up its ranks for season nine.

Nia Long has joined the cast of the NCIS spinoff as a series regular. She will make her debut in the season nine premiere slated for Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 p.m.

Long (Boyz N the Hood, Soul Food, The Best Man) will play Shay Mosely, the team's new executive assistant director. As a former secret service agent now working for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Mosely is an experienced Washington insider who brings an East Coast style and demeanor to the West Coast team.

“The character was...
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Michael Beach Joins Cast of Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’

Michael Beach Joins Cast of Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’
Michael Beach has joined Jason Momoa in the cast of “Aquaman” for the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, currently being shot in Australia by director James Wan.

Beach has been cast as Jesse Kane, part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman. Beach guest-starred alongside Momoa on “Stargate: Atlantis” several years ago and acted in Wan’s “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

The cast also includes Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Ludi Lin, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Peter Safran is producing. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Rob Cowan and DC Film’s Geoff Johns and Jon Berg are executive producing.

Aquaman” is based on the DC Comics character who’s king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. He was first introduced in the early 1940s. Momoa made his debut as Aquaman last year in a cameo in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and will reprise that role later this year in “Justice League.”

Heard will also star in “Justice League” as Mera, Aquaman’s love interest. “Aquaman” opens Dec. 21, 2018.

Beach recently starred in Lionsgate’s “Patriots Day.” TV credits include “Third Watch,” “ER,” “Sons of Anarchy” along with feature films “Waiting to Exhale,” “One False Move,” “True Romance,” “A Family Thing,” “Soul Food,” and Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts.”

Related storiesWill Ferrell, Jason Momoa to Play TV Father-Son in ComedyDolph Lundgren Joins Warner Bros.' 'Aquaman''Aquaman' Concept Art Makes a Splash at CinemaCon
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The 100 Best Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

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The 100 Best Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable
Looking to make a reservation somewhere new this weekend? You’re in luck.

OpenTable—the app that allows you to make online reservations, read and write reviews—has revealed their Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017, and the list is making our mouths water. The winning restaurants span across 25 states with Florida, California, New York and Ohio claiming the most top-rated spots.

The winners, which were determined by more than 10 million OpenTable reviews submitted by the site’s users, offer a variety of environments—including those with live entertainment, low-key ambiance and interactive dining experiences. The menus also vary among American,
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Hap and Leonard's 'Mucho Mojo' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, Trailer

Hap and Leonard's 'Mucho Mojo' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, Trailer
The “Boys Are Back” in the first trailer for Season 2 of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard, which also now has a premiere date — Wednesday, March 15 at 10/9c.

RelatedIoan Gruffudd, Joanne Froggatt to Star in Sundance Miniseries Thriller

In the series’ “Mucho Mojo”-themed, six-episode sophomore run (based off the second Joe R. Lansdale novel), Hap Collins (played by James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) find themselves caught in the middle of a murder mystery, one that begins with a skeleton, Trudy’s missing ashes, a literal pissing match with a neighborhood drug dealer and a piece of MeMaw’s famous pie.
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Watch Now: Byron Hurt’s Entertaining, Thoroughly Researched and Revealing ‘Soul Food Junkies’ Documentary

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In “Soul Food JunkiesByron Hurt created a vastly entertaining, hilarious, passionate, revelatory and thoroughly researched documentary which examines Soul Food’s significance in Black American culture. Hurt narrates the project, edited by Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez, via his personal journey. His family members… Continue Reading →
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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link
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Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Gifted Fried Chicken Cakes From Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Find Snow in Calabasas

Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian Gifted Fried Chicken Cakes From Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Find Snow in Calabasas
Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to gift her friends with fried chicken.

The Cravings author and her husband, John Legend, sent the Kardashian sisters a very unique gift: a caked made of fried chicken and mashed potatoes. (The model is a longtime friend of the reality stars -- Kim Kardashian even threw Chrissy a baby shower earlier this year.)

Exclusive: Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Kim Kardashian Post-Robbery

Kourtney Kardashian's daughter, Penelope, may have been the most excited recipient, gleefully running through the items in the dessert-like object as her mom took videos on Friday.

"And we like the cake and we like the chicken... [and] yams," the 4-year-old rattled off, as her mom also reminded her that there was also mac and cheese in the concoction.

Khloe Kardashian also received a cake, though she jokingly scolded her friends for the gift, saying they know she's trying to lose weight.

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Marrakech: Europa International, Cinando Ready Launch of Festival Submission Applet

Marrakech, Morocco — Europa International, the European sales agents’ organization, is advancing on the creation of a common entry form for sales agents aimed at streamlining festival submissions – achieved via an applet integrated on the Cannes Film Market’s Cinando platform.

Tested at the Tribeca Film Festival and Luxembourg City Film Festival, the common entry form simplifies the workflow between sales agents and festivals. Up until now, the applet has worked as a closed system, only available to sales agents from Europa International, which has 45 members. The new common entry form includes all submission details, as well as items for a catalogue entry if a film is selected.

After Tribeca and Luxembourg City Fest trials, a second stage will be to test the digital entry form with ten festivals, which will be contacted in mid-December. The aim is to complete this test stage before Berlin in 2017.

“Once we have all the feedback,
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Inside Erykah Badu’s Intimate Vegan Soul Food Dinner Celebration

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Inside Erykah Badu’s Intimate Vegan Soul Food Dinner Celebration
It was all about love, light and delicious fare at Erykah Badu’s Soul Food Vegan Dinner Party on Monday night. Held at New York City’s popular private dining space The Kitchen Table, the Grammy-award winning singer celebrated her hosting gig on the upcoming Soul Train Awards with a savory seven-course meal created by friend and popular Oakland-based vegan chef Bryant Terry. To quote another soulful star, Solange, People was happy to have a seat at the table!

“I just want to thank you all for coming. Please eat with me, drink with me and talk with me,” Badu,
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‘Almost Christmas’ Review: This Warm Family Film Is Just What the Holiday Season Ordered

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‘Almost Christmas’ Review: This Warm Family Film Is Just What the Holiday Season Ordered
Holiday season movies are a time-honored tradition, but African American holiday season films exist in a genre of their own. From Malcolm Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday” to Preston A. Whitmore II’s “This Christmas,” the nuances of black life at the proverbial “most wonderful time of the year” have enraptured audiences for years. David E. Talbert’s latest entry “Almost Christmas” just might be the most satisfying entry in this genre to date.

Led by the ever-reliable Danny Glover as heartbroken family patriarch Walter Meyers, “Almost Christmas” benefits from a robust cast in tune with the material. Mo’Nique stars as Walter’s hilarious and outspoken sister-in-law May. Strong supporting work comes from Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Omar Epps and Jessie T. Usher.

Almost Christmas” follows the eclectic Meyers clan as they embark on their first Christmas since burying their beloved mother,
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Days of Our Lives Recast: Melrose Place Alum Takes Over Groundbreaking Role

Days of Our Lives Recast: Melrose Place Alum Takes Over Groundbreaking Role
Dr. Valerie Grant is — after a decades-long absence — back in.

NBC’s Days of Our Lives has cast Melrose Place and Soul Food actress Vanessa Williams as Dr. Grant, a role that originated in the 1970s and was controversial at the time, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedSusan Lucci: All My Children Creator Agnes Nixon ‘Was All I Hoped to Be’

In the late ’70s, Valerie (then played by Tina Andrews) and David Banning were daytime’s first interracial couple. They planned to marry, though that endeavor went south after he had an affair. Diane Sommerfield later took
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Vanessa Williams Joins ‘Days Of Our Lives’ As Dr. Valerie Grant

Vanessa Williams Joins ‘Days Of Our Lives’ As Dr. Valerie Grant
Dr. Valerie Grant is returning to Days Of Our Lives. Soul Food alumna Vanessa Williams has signed on to play the character who was originally part of a groundbreaking storyline for NBC’s long-running soap in the 1970s when she was one half of daytime's first interracial couple. The courage and perseverance Valerie had back then is still very much a part of her character today. She is now a well-respected cardiologist, who returns to Salem to attend to her old friend, and…
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Today in Film History, Sept. 26, 1997, ‘Soul Food’ Opened – How About a Sequel?

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Today in film history, September 26, 1997, “Soul Food” opened in USA theaters. Produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds and Robert Teitel, and released by Fox 2000 Pictures, the film was effectively George Tillman, Jr.’s break-out film (he wrote and… Continue Reading →
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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 23: 5 Things to Know About Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 23: 5 Things to Know About Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Fans of Dancing with the Stars may not immediately recognize Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, 58, but there's zero doubt they're familiar with his music. Edmond's songs have been performed on The Voice, American Idol, Lip Sync Battle and The X Factor, been featured in movies (Waiting to Exhale, Boomerang, The Bodyguard and Soul Food), on TV series (Friends, New Girl, Beavis and Butt-Head) and served as the soundtrack for choreographed numbers on SoYou Think You Can Dance as well as DWTS.

Edmonds will have a leg up on his competitors thanks to the innate sense of rhythm that has catapulted him into R&B superstardom. Here's a few more things you should know about Edmonds before he takes to the floor for DWTS season 23.
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TVLine Items: Hell's Kitchen Renewed, Pll Vet to Hunt Supernatural and More

TVLine Items: Hell's Kitchen Renewed, Pll Vet to Hunt Supernatural and More
Hell’s Kitchen‘s renewal news just came in a double portion.

Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition series for Seasons 17 and 18, it was announced Friday.

Related 2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Season 16, meanwhile, premieres in two weeks — on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Supernatural is keeping its promise to put the focus on hunters in Season 12. Kara Royster (Pretty Little Liars) will guest-star in Episode 6 as Alicia, a monster-killer who was raised by a witch, our sister site Variety reports.
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Mat Zo And I See Monstas Upload Truly “Sinful” Video For New Track

One way or another, Mat Zo has resigned himself to controversy. The British DJ/producer has managed to emerge from last year’s Twitter tirade with his music career intact – but the music video he’s offered up for his collaboration with vocalist I See Monstas, “Sinful,” is subversive for entirely different reasons.

Suggestive shots of a futuristic strip club curiously compliment the upbeat nu disco flair of “Sinful.” Exotic dancers twist sensually to the delight of onlooking businessmen – some of whom wear masks whose role in this somewhat dystopian timeline remains tastefully ambiguous.

Following last month’s “Soul Food,” “Sinful” is the second track from Mat Zo’s upcoming album, Self Assemble. If these two singles are any indicator of what’s to come, then the album will be defined by a more instrumental, funk-based style.

Mat Zo‘s Self Assemble is slated for release on March 25th, but
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NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’

NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’
Hollywood’s elite celebrated the year’s efforts to diversify entertainment Friday night at the NAACP Image Awards, where awards season diversity reigned as a hot topic in the wake of the controversy surrounding 2016’s Oscar nominations.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson while accepting her award for outstanding actress in a drama series. “Empire” and “black-ish” topped the television category, both winning three awards.

Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan also won big, grabbing the awards for outstanding actor in a motion picture and entertainer of the year. “Straight Outta Compton” was honored with the award for outstanding motion picture.

“We need to do away with the myth that black film doesn’t have a foreign market, because it does,” “Scandal’s” Joe Morton told Variety before the show,
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NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’

NAACP Image Awards: Taraji P. Henson Says ‘We Don’t Need to Ask for Acceptance From Anyone’
Hollywood’s elite celebrated the year’s efforts to diversify entertainment Friday night at the NAACP Image Awards, where awards season diversity reigned as a hot topic in the wake of the controversy surrounding 2016’s Oscar nominations.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough,” said “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson while accepting her award for outstanding actress in a drama series. “Empire” and “black-ish” topped the television category, both winning three awards.

Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan also won big, grabbing the awards for outstanding actor in a motion picture and entertainer of the year. “Straight Outta Compton” was honored with the award for outstanding motion picture.

“We need to do away with the myth that black film doesn’t have a foreign market, because it does,” “Scandal’s” Joe Morton told Variety before the show,
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Mat Zo Teases “Soul Food,” Announces Release Date Of Album

Mat Zo may have disappointed some fans when he broke news of the delays to the release of his sophomore album, but now Self Assemble is on track for a new release date. In a tweet, the British DJ/producer revealed that the follow-up to his 2013 album Damage Control will arrive on March 25th.

In addition, as a consolation for fans he’s released a track from the album titled “Soul Food” ahead of its release. The track’s soft, disco-tinged groove incorporates subtle elements of electro house in a way that doesn’t encroach on the soulfulness of the melody.

Mat Zo‘s Self Assemble was originally supposed to come out in February, but now it will be available on March 25th. Listen to “Soul Food” to tide your cravings over in the meantime, and let us know what you think of the track by sounding off in the comments section.
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‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations

‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” led the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations on the film front, while “Empire” and “Black-ish” dominated the TV categories.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at a press conference held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Creed” and “Compton” both scored outstanding motion picture noms, along with “Beasts of No Nation,” “Concussion” and “Dope.” Both dramas were also recognized in the supporting actor/actress fields (“Compton’s” Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. for outstanding supporting actor, and “Creed’s” Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson for outstanding supporting actress), writing (Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman for “Compton,” and Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington for “Creed”) and directing (F. Gary Gray for “Compton” and Ryan Coogler for “Creed”). “Creed” topped “Compton” by a single nomination (for a total of six) with a nom for Michael B. Jordan for outstanding actor in a motion picture.
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