pop circumstance impactWelcome to Pop & Circumstance. This new column will be UrbanFaith’s weekly spin on the latest entertainment and pop culture news. If you read something you agree or disagree with, want to share your personal reviews of the latest movies and music, or if you just want to let us know about something we should be covering, please don’t hesitate to chime in. Well, here goes …

• If you’re like me and are still having a hard time with Jamie Foxx following his brutal verbal attack on teen actress/singer Miley Cyrus, you might want to pass on his new film, The Soloist, this week, at least until your disappointment has subsided. Instead, maybe you’ll want to check out Beyoncé’s new movie Obsessed, starring Idris Elba, lately of NBC’s The Office (but we’ll always remember him as Rev. Charles Frank in The Gospel). Obsessed centers on an asset manager whose picture-perfect life with wife Sharon (Beyoncé) starts to unravel when a temp employee (Ali Larter) begins to stalk him. The film’s getting positive buzz from fans, and for the first time Beyoncé isn’t leaning on her vocal chops to deliver an impressive performance. Some are calling the movie a fresh take on Fatal Attraction. At the very least, it could be a good deterrent for any man who’s considered cheating on his wife.

• For someone who didn’t actually win the Miss USA crown, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, has certainly been making the rounds. Last night, Prejean attended the Gospel Music Association’s 40th Annual Dove Awards in Nashville and hung out with several Christian music luminaries, including multi-Dove and Grammy winner Larnelle Harris (right). Prejean, a devout Christian and the first runner-up in the 2009 Miss USA pageant, made headlines this week when she was asked during the pageant how she felt about the legalization of same-sex marriage. Prejean said she thought marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman. While critics said her answer may have cost her the Miss USA crown, supporters have praised Prejean for giving an honest answer to a controversial question. By the way, does anyone even remember the poor young woman who actually won the pageant?

• If you’ve ever chuckled at the lifestyle habits in the Old Testament or thanked your lucky stars that you can wear polyester without offending God, this news might just improve your day. Comedian Marlon Wayans has signed on to star in and produce a new film from Paramount called The Year of Living Biblically, which will be based on the book by Esquire magazine editor-at-large A.J. Jacobs. The youngest Wayans brother, best known for his Scary Movie series of films and White Chicks, will bring a humorous urban slant to an already irreverent story of one modern-day agnostic’s attempt to follow the laws of the Bible to the letter.

• All the world’s atwitter thanks to Oprah. Following her first tweet on-air during last Friday’s Oprah Winfrey Show, the number of visits to the micro-blogging site Twitter jumped 24% in one day. Her first words were: “HI TWITTERS. THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY.” The onslaught of rookie users has sparked renewed interest in the site leaving bloggers and journalists everywhere wondering if we all really need one more outlet to express ourselves. Some people regularly tweet, or post an update on the site, to answer the question “what are you doing right now?” in the 140-characters allotted. However, research from the social media guide Mashable shows that more people are using Twitter as a learning resource, benefiting from the updates from experts and various media outlets (feel free to “follow” UrbanFaith on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UrbanFaith). One cautionary word of advice for newbies: follow few, and seek many followers. It’ll help keep you sane, and it’s just good Twittequette.

• One of Tyler Perry’s fans faces up to ten years in prison following her arrest last Wednesday, April 15th. According to reports from TMZ.com, Dawne Wilson violated a previous restraining order Perry obtained when she pretended to be an extra in order to gain access onto a set at the Tyler Perry Studios in Georgia. Perry is currently finishing up his latest film, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, set to release this fall. The new Madea movie features Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige.

• If there was any doubt left, a rep from BET confirmed with BV Buzz that 106 & Gospel has been canceled. The faith-based music show has been rumored to be on the chopping block for weeks due to low ratings. However, it seems like the network never gave the show a fighting chance by airing episodes on Sundays around lunchtime, when most potential viewers (including myself) were likely still in church.

Share This