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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Carl Weathers returns to television

Famed film actor Carl Weathers is making a rare return to television with the high concept series “Colony” (Thursdays on USA). The premise of the show, co-starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), explores how a community reacts to an occupation by unknown entities enforced by sentries and a really huge wall.

“It’s prescient, isn’t it,” Weathers said when asked about the similarities with the campaign promises of a certain presidential candidate. “I actually had the same thought. When it comes to fear mongers that kind of thing may be enticing but personally I find it really to be an abhorrent idea and just another way of peddling fear.”

The former Oakland Raider who counts “Predator” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” among his credits, said “Colony” is not just the idea of something that’s science fiction driven but also what happens to human beings under certain kind of stresses whether from a fascist takeover from this planet or another.

Last year saw the resurrection via flashbacks of his most iconic portrayal, that of boxing champ Apollo Creed from the first three Rocky movies. Weathers denied the rumor that a riff stripped him of the opportunity to film new scenes in “Creed.”

“I had nothing to do with the film and I was never asked,” he said. “The only statement I made about it was that I really like what [director Ryan] Coogler did. I think Michael B. [Jordan] was wonderful in it and I think it’s the best work that I’ve ever seen Sly [Stallone] do.”

Regarding the Oscars snubs, he admitted he was an Academy member and that he felt strongly about some of the performances that he saw that were at least worthy of nominations.

“I think Idris [Elba for “Beasts of No Nation”] for one, without a doubt,” Weathers said. “Straight Outta Compton” was a brilliantly made film and not only that I really, really was shocked with Ice Cube’s son [O’Shea Jackson] who played him. All those young guys were good, but I thought he particularly stood out with such ease and a graceful edge.”

On the wish list for the still strapping giant who was close to being Marvel’s first filmed Luke Cage in the 1980s, are biopics of Bass Reeves, the black marshal who the Lone Ranger was modeled after; and the great orator/abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

He would also like to produce a film on Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers. “We met four or five times and it was just the two of us,” Weathers said. “The conversations would last for a few hours. I’d go away and think about it and write some notes down. Huey gave me several of the books that he’d written or co-written and pretty much basically told me his story. He was a fascinating, incredibly handsome and charismatic guy.”

TASTY QUIP: “Things I just want to get off my chest since I came out of the coma. Balboa lost that second fight. Apollo Creed carried that bum for 15 rounds — and two movies.” – TRACY MORGAN on “The Tonight Show.”

CLIPPETTES: Fox is reportedly moving ahead on the reboot “24: Legacy” while looking for an African-American actor to lead the Counter Terrorist Unit instead of Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer character …

Epix announced that Shonda Rhimes, Common and Norman Lear are joining forces to produce the new documentary series “America Divided.” America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Jesse Williams and Amy Poehler are also participating …

Rapper Talib Kweli is at The Observatory on Jan. 23 as Snoop Dogg rocks the Canyon in Agoura Hills …

Mobile recording studio app Speazie has a contest allowing fans to record verses on top of Gyptian’s “All On Me” for the next three weeks. The Jamaican reggae singer will pick his top 3 for cash and an autographed copy of “Sex, Love and Reggae” …

Don Cheadle’s Showtime series “House of Lies” will be the first American scripted show to shoot an episode in Cuba since the embargo has been lifted …

In association with Crossroads Theatre Company, the Pasadena Playhouse is presenting the West Coast premiere of “Fly,” the Tuskegee Airmen drama by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan (who also directs). It runs from Jan. 26 – Feb. 21 …

Apparently the bad blood on the set of “Mad Max: Fury Road” wasn’t just between its stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. A whole lot of shade was on display at the Critics’ Choice Awards between Zoe Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, fiancée of Jason Statham …

Kanye West released the Madlib produced “No More Parties in L.A.,” featuring Kendrick Lamar last week. Lamar will be receiving the key to his hometown Compton on Feb. 13.

TC ON TV: Jan. 22 – “Truth & Power” (PIVOT): “#BlackLivesMatter”

Jan. 23 – “Whitney & Bobby: Addicted to Love” (Reelz): The singer’s publicist Kenneth Reynolds, bodyguard Alan Jacobs and band mates Wayne Linsey and Kirk Whalum, Arista Records’ Gerry Griffith and friend Jermaine Jackson share personal reflections. “It’s Not You, It’s Men” (OWN): Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run host this talk show.

Jan. 25 – “Recovery Road” (Freeform): Sharon Leal and Kyla Pratt are featured in this drama about recovering addicts. “Conan” (TBS): In Qatar with first lady Michelle Obama.

Jan. 26 – “At Midnight” (Cartoon): Marlon Wayans & Affion Crockett

TASTY QUIP: “As I see it, the Academy Awards is not where the ‘real battle’ is. It’s in the executive offices of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. This is where the gatekeepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to ‘turnaround’ or scrap heap. … People, the truth is we ain’t in those rooms and until minorities are, the Oscar nominees will remain lily white. (Cont’d)” – SPIKE LEE in announcing his boycott of the Oscars on Instagram.

“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists in television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com.   

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