Daily Buzz 7.22.11

    Christina Milian considered for ‘DWTS’

    Christina Milian is among the crop of contestants being considered for the upcoming season of ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars."

    A source close to the show told Us Weekly that "she’s a possibility!" While Christina has yet to comment on her possible casting another prospective contestant’s camp isn’t being so quiet.

    Reportedly, another source said that Mike Tyson "is being considered," but a rep for the former boxer denied the claim.

    To find out who gets called to the dance floor, tune in for the Season 13 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" when it airs September 19 on ABC.



    MJB goes ‘Behind the Music’

    An all-new “Behind the Music,” featuring Mary J. Blige, airs this Sunday on VH1.

    Mary talks about substance abuse, her rise to fame and her struggle to find a loving, healthy romantic relationship.

    “When I stopped drinking, it was willpower. It was prayer. It was hard,” she said about becoming sober.

    Get a sneak peek below.


    Jesse L. Martin makes deal with ABC

    Jesse L. Martin has found a way to stay on ABC’s payroll. According to Deadline.com, the "Law & Order" actor has just inked a talent deal with ABC while his pilot for "Hallelujah" is being reworked.

    Jesse was cast in the Marc Cherry series, which focuses on a town in Tennessee that has become a battle ground for the forces of good and evil. The pilot for "Hallelujah" tested well, but ABC didn’t add it to its roster of shows.

    While most of the cast options expired in June, Jesse’s deal allows him the option of reprising his role in "Hallelujah" if the show is picked up.


    John Legend denies song jack

    John Legend is denying claims that he stole someone else’s song. E! News reports that musician Anthony Stokes filed suit against John for copyright-infringement.

    "This gentleman made an accusation that’s not true and we know it’s not true," John told E! Allegedly, John used Anthony’s "Where Are You Now?" in his 2006 tune "Maxine’s Interlude." But John said there’s no way that’s possible because he wasn’t aware that Anthony’s track even existed before the other musician slammed him with a suit.

    "I never heard of his song until he sued me," John said. "I would never steal anyone’s song. I’ve never, ever done that before. Never even been accused of it before, and we will fight it in court and we will prevail. I’m not worried about it. I know the truth is on my side."


    Cedric the Entertainer hosts new show

    Cedric the Entertainer follows in the footsteps of Sherri Shepherd, Steve Harvey and Wendy Williams as the host of a new game show.

    Cedric’s new show, “It’s Worth What?” airs on NBC. Similar to “Price Is Right,” contestants have to guess how much an item costs, but instead of household products, gamers have to decide whether a pair of Oprah’s old shoes costs more or less than a new pair of Jordans.

    “This really falls in line for me. It is the closest thing to what I started with, as far as stand-up, because of the live audience participation, the opportunity to play along with the contestants and be right there with them,” Ceddy told the Columbia Daily Tribune.

    Watch a clip from the show.



    LaurieAnn Gibson does reality … again

    First it was “Making the Band,” then “Dance Scene,” now LaurieAnn Gibson will star in a new reality series, “Born to Dance,” premiering August 2.

    The BET series follows the Lady Gaga choreographer as she tries to find the next great dance talent. The winner receives $50,000 and the opportunity to perform with Gaga.

    Watch the promo below.



    Afro Samurai hits the big screen

    Samuel L. Jackson will lead a project to bring the animated character Afro Samurai to the big screen as a live-action film.

    “I can’t wait to produce the epic feature film version with our new partners at the Indomina Group,” the actor said in a press release.

    Samuel voiced the lead character in the cartoons, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll play the same part in the film.


    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott



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