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‘Hidden Figures’ Zooms Past ‘La La Land’ As Top Grossing Oscar Contender! + Shonda Rhimes Picks Up Luvvie Ajayi’s Book For New Cable Comedy

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Hidden Figures is currently the top grossing Oscar contender zooming past La La Land. Woot! Get the numbers, plus Shonda Rhimes’ new comedy project with Luvvie Ajayi inside…

Looks like that SAG Award for Best Ensemble helped Hidden Figures nab the top grossing Oscar contender spot.

Fresh from the epic win, Hidden Figures has reportedly surpassed best picture frontrunner La La Land to become the top-grossing best picture Oscar nominee of the year. It’s the first time the film about a team of African-American women mathematicians/space heroes has topped the musical.

Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Octavia Spencer, has risen to $119 million in total box office sales while La La Land has raked in $118 million, following last weekend’s box office numbers. By the way, Hidden Figures hit theaters January 6th and La La hit theaters December 25th.

According to Indie Wire, we can expect Hidden Figures to topple over $150 million or more from now till the Oscars. The film has been nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture (up against La La Land), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Good news! Because we love YBF chicks creating fabulousness on their own...

Award winning writer Luvvie Ajayi, creator of AwesomeLuvvie.com, will have her book morphed into a new cable comedy series. And Shonda Rhimes is behind the project.

According to Deadline, the Shondaland honcho and producer Betsy Beers have acquired the rights to Luvvie’s NY Times Best Seller “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual” for a comedy under Shondaland’s overall deal at ABC Studios and the cable division ABC Signature. Yep, Shondaland is taking on comedy.

 

 

"This truth-riot of a book gives us everything from hilarious lectures on the bad behavior all around us to razor sharp essays on media and culture. With I’m Judging You, Luvvie brilliantly puts the world on notice that she is not here for your foolishness ― or mine." - Shonda Rhimes

 

 

“I’m Judging You” is a collections of essays with lessons and side-eyes on life, culture, social media and fame.

We’re HERE for it. Congrats Luvvie!

 

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