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Sanaa Lathan is speaking out this morning about the heartbreaking passing of director Jonathan Demme.

Demme, most known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, Beloved and most recently, Fox’s Shots Fired, died on Wednesday morning following a battle with esophageal cancer.

Just one day ago, Lathan shared a snapshot with Demme, praising him for a job well done on the episode he directed. That episode is slated to air tonight, the same day of his passing.

What Sanaa didn’t know is that just 24 hours later, she would be writing RIP.

“When I posted this picture yesterday I had no idea we would be losing him so soon. My heart is breaking right now,” she wrote. “I feel so lucky to have given the gift of working with this creative genius. He came on the set with a youthful passion that blew myself and everyone away.”

Lathan continued, “And like a magician he worked his directorial magic. He truly loved what he did and his Joie de vivre was infectious. I felt it. We all felt it. He will be deeply missed. Love and light to his family. Rest in paradise.”

Demme was 73.


Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”



It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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