Entertainment News: Short Cuts: Tyra Dumps Benny Medina

Entertainment News: Short Cuts: Tyra Dumps Benny Medina

Published August 23, 2007

Posted Aug. 23, 2007 -- Tyra Banks is done with Benny Medina, the hot shot talent agent whose clients have included Jennifer Lopez, Brandy and Mariah Carey.

According to reports, the supermodel has announced that his company, Handprint Entertainment, is no longer in charge of her career, and there are differing viewpoints on what happened.

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"Tyra Banks is a highly regarded artist, entrepreneur and producer, and I respect her vision for developing her own bankable brand," Medina said in a joint statement. "Tyra and Handprint Entertainment look forward to the opportunity to work together on existing or new ventures. This is a great thing for everyone involved.”      

But there may be more to the split. An executive at TelePictures, which syndicates her talk show, reportedly told the New York Daily News that Banks severed ties with Medina after complaining about his constant suggestions and demands. The source says Medina asked for private jets and votive candles to be lit before he made it to the set. "He forgot who the star was."  

Still, the official rep for TelePictures says: "We have a good relationship with Benny, and we appreciate his contributions to the show. He will continue as an executive consultant on the show."  

What's certain is that Banks will move on with the new season of both of her hit shows: "The Tyra Banks Show," now based in New York, starts Sept. 10, while the next cycle of "America's Next Top Model" premieres Sept. 19.  

Timberlake Goes to "The Love Guru"

Singer-actor Justin Timberlake re-teams with his "Shrek the Third" pal Mike Myers in "The Love Guru" for Paramount Pictures. The cast also includes Jessica Alba, Romany Malco and Verne Troyer.

"Love Guru" finds an American (Myers) raised by gurus on an Ashram in India. Returning to the U.S. to make a fortune in the self-help biz, his unorthodox methods are put to the test when he provides marriage counseling to a hockey star. The wife of the hockey star retaliates by starting to date a rival player (Timberlake).

Timberlake, who is on tour with his "Future Sex/Love Show," which HBO will air on Labor Day, most recently appeared on the bigscreen in "Alpha Dog" and "Black Snake Moan."

Howard Puts Up His Dukes in New Film

Terrence Howard is set to star in an untitled street-fighting film for Rogue, reports Variety. Howard will play a veteran street-fighting coach who mentors a young man who had been scraping up a living scalping tickets in Gotham. Shooting is scheduled to begin in September. Look for Howard to star in the upcoming films, "The Brave One," "The Hunting Party" and "Iron Man."

Cube, Durst Make "Comeback"

Ice Cube will produce, while rock group frontman Fred Durst is in talks to direct "Comeback," an inspirational sports film for Dimension.

Based on a true story, Cube also stars in the project, playing a former high school football star who takes his niece under his wing as she becomes the first female quarterback in Pop Warner football history. The 11-year-old quarterback, Jasmine Plummer, led her team to the Pop Warner tournament, and became the first female to play in the tournament's 56-year history.

Nick Santora penned the script, with Doug Atchison ("Akeelah and the Bee") doing a rewrite. Santora is also producing along with Cube and his Cube Vision buddy Matt Alvarez, whose deal with Dimension is bringing forth a remake of "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "Tough Love." Shooting for "Comeback" begins Nov. 26. The film makes the second directorial turn for Durst, who debuted with "The Education of Charles Banks."

Written by BET-Staff


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