Courtney Vance will be playing another attorney on TV, but this time it will be the late Johnnie Cochran. HipHollywood caught up with Vance at The NAACP Image Awards to talk about playing the iconic attorney right after news broke. “I’m humbled he was a great man, I met him actually at their house, so I’m blessed to say I sat down with him.”
Vance has been tapped to star in the Ryan Murphy FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum joins previously cast “Dream Team” players John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.
“I’m excited, I don’t know much about it, I haven’t done any of the research yet,” explained Vance, “But we gonna have fun.”
Cuba Gooding Jr. will portray O.J. Simpson, and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) was cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark. “American Crime Story” is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Production begins in Los Angeles this year.
Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In
Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.
Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.
The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.
Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”
She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”
She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.
Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.
When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”
Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”
Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”
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