Naomi Ackie Plays Whitney Houston in the I Wanna Dance With Somebody Movie

Naomi Ackie, the English actress who won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2020, featured in the new “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” trailer as Whitney Houston, the late legendary American singer.

The biopic is directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Anthony McCarten, who also wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Along with Ackie, the trailer features Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, Stanley Tucci as Davis, Clarke Peters as Whitney’s father, John Houston, and Tamara Tunie as Cissy Houston.

The film chronicles a teenage Whitney from her minor music career to the height of her popularity, with executive producers Clive Davis and Pat Houston, the singer’s longtime manager. Houston is regarded as one of the greatest American vocalists of all time, having sold over 200 million albums worldwide and ranked among the best-selling musicians of all time.

The trailer includes clips from Houston’s career, notably her rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” during Super Bowl 25 in 1991.

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Idris Elba and Our Planet editor team together for Netflix documentary series.

Workerbee has ordered a Netflix series narrated by Idris Elba exploring the origins of the world’s most distinctive sports.

Human Playground is a six-part documentary series titled ‘Why We Play’. This will look at extraordinary activities such as robot camel racing in the United Arab Emirates, huge wave surfing in Portugal, and eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan. The programme is co-produced by Manchester-based Banijay label Workerbee and its Dutch counterpart Scenery.

The show’s theme was inspired by photographer Hannelore Vandenbussche’s work on the photobook, Before They Pass Away, which captured the fast vanishing world of indigenous cultures.

“Human Playground takes a look at the most spectacular playing grounds in the world and illustrates how far individuals are prepared to go when it comes to practising a sport,” she added.

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Pulse and A&E reunite for a second hip hop documentary

Broadcast has learned that A&E Network and Pulse Films are regrouping for a second hip hop documentary series after Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

The company is said to be developing a multi-part concept centred on recounting the story of hip hop through historic relics.

The show will seek for artefacts such as Run DMC’s Adidas shoes, Notorious B.I.G.’s crown, or LL Cool J’s Kangol cap and utilise them as a gateway into the genre. Hip hop stars are anticipated to come, as is New York’s Bronx-based Universal Hip Hop Museum.

A&E and Pulse announced in April that they were vying for a feature-length biopic based on the life of late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard. The two-hour documentary is directed by Sam and Jason Pollard and produced in collaboration with US production / management business Four Screens and ODB’s estate.

Pulse, the producer of Gangs of London, is also responsible for music documentaries such as Apple TV+’s Beastie Boys Story, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, and the Sundance-selected Meet Me in the Bathroom, as well as the Amazon Freevee single Post Malone: Runaway, which debuted in May.

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Ministers will look into the privatisation of Channel 4 and the elimination of the BBC licence fee

Ministers are revisiting plans to privatise Channel 4 and abolish the BBC licence fee, according to the new culture secretary, who says she is “re-examining the financial case.”

Michelle Donelan indicated that as culture secretary, she would consider the BBC licence fee “in its whole,” but she would not say if it might be eliminated. Donelan also stated that she would reconsider the internet harms law and the aspects concerning “legal but destructive” speech.

All of those measures were announced by her predecessor, Nadine Dorries, who turned down an offer to be culture secretary under Liz Truss.

Donelan also stated that she would reconsider the BBC licence fee, despite Dorries earlier stated that the next licence fee arrangement “would be the last.”

“It is no secret that I have long been a sceptic of the licence fee and that we need to ensure the BBC’s long-term viability.” So I’m taking this in the round,” Donelan explained.

“I’m someone who listens, someone who bases policy decisions on data, and that’s what I’ll be doing in the next weeks.”

She declined to say whether she still thought the licence fee should be abolished outright, but said rival TV services like Netflix and Amazon raised concerns about whether “the current model that the BBC uses is actually sustainable in the long term and is providing that choice element to the general public.”

“The new prime minister has made it plain that her objective is to stimulate growth,” said John McVay, chief executive of Pact, the trade association representing independent TV and film production businesses. Privatising Channel 4 would have the opposite effect, jeopardising the survival of hundreds of British production firms and jeopardising the chances of a robust sector with a presence all throughout the nation.

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