LeToya Luckett will be hitting the small screen in new drama pilot titled “Love Is A Four Letter Word.” Also, Pharrell Williams speaks for the first time about the “Blurred Lines” verdict, while Chris Tucker & Ice Cube celebrate Friday’s 20th anniversary. Get the deets inside….
LeToya Luckett is making waves on the small screen circuit. On top of starring in Centric’s “Single Ladies” and HBO’s “Treme”, the former Destiny’s Child member has landed a new acting gig on NBC’s drama pilot “Love Is A Four Letter Word.”
The actress/singer nabbed the role of Tandi, a mother with a young son who is experiencing difficulties trying to conceive another child.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Real Husbands of Hollywood” actress Cynthia McWilliams was originally cast as Tandi, but she ended up taking over the lead role as Julie. LeToya will also be joining co-stars Rockmond Dunbar, Colin Donnell, Brian Tee, Nadine Velazquez, Monet Mazur, Lauryn Hardy, Alex Henderson and Iyanna Arrigo for the new FOX television series.
The new series will explore the dynamics when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test, tackling issues such as race, sexuality and gender roles. Sounds interesting. We’ll let you know when it’s scheduled to debut.
In music news, LeToya is readying a new solo LP titled Until Then, following the release of new singles “I’m Ready” and “Don’t Make Me Wait” remix featuring T.I. Chick is BOOKED.
In other music news….
Superproducer Pharrell Williams is speaking out for the first time since he (and Robin Thicke) was ordered by a judge to pay Marvin Gaye’s family $7.3 million for copyright infringement behind their hit single “Blurred Lines.”
In an interview with the Financial Times, P says the verdict handicaps an artist’s creative expression if they find inspiration in someone else’s work. He explained,
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else. This applies to fashion, music, design . . . anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”
He goes on to say that everything around us is/was inspired by something or someone else and if you take that away, it will kill creativity. He added,
“Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”
Not only was the Gaye estate awarded their coins for the track, but they’re also gunning for royalties from T.I. (who dropped a verse on the track) and their record labels. They’re hoping to stop distribution of the track until Marvin receives writer’s credit, in which, they will receive, what they believe, their deserved royalties.
It was rumored that the Gaye family was deciding on hitting P with another lawsuit for his highly successful “Happy” track, which appears on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. But they recently dispelled those rumors as being 100% false, saying “We have absolutely no claim whatsoever concerning ‘Happy.”
In movie news….
Well look who reunited recently…Chris Tucker and Ice Cube!
Friday stars “Smokey” and “Craig” linked up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original 1995 comedy film, in which Chris captioned on Instagram, “Me and Cube hanging celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Friday”. #andyouknowthismaaan !”
You’ll recall, another Friday sequel (following Next Friday & Friday After Next) is reportedly in the works. A few years ago, Cube said he had plans on bringing back the original cast, but, at that time, Chris said he wasn’t sure if he would return to reprise his role because he had doubts that the “magic” would still be there. Cube said he would be making the film with or without Chris being involved.
Hmm…is this pic a sign that they MAY be reuniting to make another classic? Time will tell….
Photos: Getty/Chris’ IG