SHORT CUTS: Jackson "Rocks the Cradle"

SHORT CUTS: Jackson "Rocks the Cradle"

Published November 29, 2007

Posted Nov. 29, 2007 -- Samuel L. Jackson is set to star in "Man That Rocks the Cradle," the first project for him since New Line inked a deal with Jackson's Uppity Films banner, reports Variety.

The plot follows an overworked husband and father of four who decides the solution to all his problems is a live-in nanny. Jackson will play the nanny, Marion Delacroix, a reputed "kid whisperer" from the South. Jackson will produce the film with Michael Nash through Uppity Films.

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In other Jackson-related news, Malcolm Lee ("The Best Man," "Undercover Brother" and "Roll Bounce,") will direct the actor in "Soul Men," a road trip comedy also starring Bernie Mac. The pair will play bickering backup soul singers who haven't spoken in 20 years but reluctantly travel cross country together for a tribute concert to honor their famous former band leader. Jackson and Mac will do their own musical and dancing performances for the film, which will begin production on Jan. 21.

Whoopi's Radio Show Cancelled

Whoopi Goldberg's syndicated radio show "Wake Up with Whoopi" is no more. The comedian's morning program was cancelled by WKTU (103.5 FM) after about 15 months on the air due to modest ratings.

According to the New York Daily News, WKTU staff was informed of the decision late Tuesday in a memo stating the station "will stop carrying Goldberg's nationally syndicated show as of this morning." Launched on July 31, 2006, "Wake Up with Whoopi" was intended to be an alternative to "shock jock" and Morning Zoo radio.  But it failed to ever find its footing and never cracked the top 10 in New York.     

Smith Set in Cement at Chinese Theater

Will Smith joins such Hollywood legends as Sidney Poitier, Eddie Murphy and others, whose hands and feet are immortalized in the pavement outside of world-famous Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd, reports

The rapper-turned-actor will hit the wet cement during a ceremony to take place on Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Smith, who stars in upcoming sci-fi action thriller "I Am Legend," was selected for the honor due to his tremendous box-office success in such films as "Men in Black," "Independence Day," "I Robot," "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness." The Grauman's ceremony precedes the Dec. 14 opening of "I Am Legend," which stars Smith as the last man on earth following an apocalyptic event.        


Written by BET-Staff


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