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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Will Smith has busy schedule

Like the gist of Chris Rock’s Oscars night joke, there’s no reason to cry for Will Smith. Despite being snubbed according to some for his performance in last year’s “Concussion,” the former box-office star has plans to return to the top beginning with this summer’s DC Comics based “Suicide Squad.”

Then in December, he goes for awards season gold again with “Collateral Beauty.” In the film co-starring Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Michael Pena, Smith plays a New York ad exec recovering from tragedy.

Smith has also signed up for “Bright,” a modern fantasy buddy cop film with Joel Edgerton; the Hurricane Katrina set “The American Can;” “Bad Boys 3 & 4” with Martin Lawrence; and “Suicide Squad 2.” If only he had given the yea to “Independence Day 2!” And how about another “Hancock?”

WATCH THIS: The 33rd annual PaleyFest LA (March 11-20 at the Dolby Theatre), billed as the premiere television festival in the country, has partnered for the first time with Hulu to be its official media sponsor. Some tickets for the panels with the casts and creators of “black-ish,” “Scandal,” “Empire,” “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Supergirl” are still available at paleycenter.org. Hulu subscribers can access the proceedings and exclusive footage afterwards through Video On Demand.

FEEL THE FORCE: Comic/author Franklyn Ajaye wrote Tasty Clips to ask how the popular top grossing and universally critically acclaimed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was not nominated for best film? “That is completely nonsensical to me,” he said.

Well, the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards has given it that nod among its leading 11 nominations. Fans can vote at www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/ for the show to be hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart (co-stars of June’s “Central Intelligence”) airing April 10.

TASTY QUIP: “So in the context of the politics of race in America and the politics of race in the entertainment industry in America, to make a movie about a person like [Nina Simone] and cast an actress that has to wear blackface and a prosthetic nose is tone-deaf. To propagate that institutionalized racism that is historical in Hollywood in a movie about her is ironic in the worst possible way.” – INDIA.ARIE to HuffPost

CLIPPETTES: Billy Dee Williams and Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of the Pussycat Dolls) have nabbed supporting roles in ABC’s three-hour remake of “Dirty Dancing” …

Zendaya has apparently been cast in the new “Spider-Man” relaunch as a supporting player …

Waka Flocka Flame brings his tour to Club Nokia on March 11 …

Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and rapper Joey Bada$$ are additions to season two of USA’s Golden Globe-winning cyber drama “Mr. Robot.”  After this, Robinson will host Spike TV’s “Caraoke Showdown,” poised to be like a musical version of Discovery’s “Cash Cab” …

“Hidden Figures,” the biopic about African-American women behind the NASA Friendship 7 mission starring Taraji P. Henson, has added Kevin Costner (as astronaut John Glenn) and Janelle Monae to the cast …

Rahsaan Patterson will perform his hits March 12 at the Huntington Beach Library Theatre …

Kanye West took to Twitter to announce he prefers streaming and that there will be “No more CDs from me.”  Bootleggers are probably anxiously awaiting the addition to their inventory …

“American Fault Line: Race And The American Ideal with Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates Jr.” will be livestreamed March 16, with NPR host Michel Martin moderating.  Visit bam.org for info …

The premise of the now shooting “Nine Eleven,” has Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Sheen, Luis Guzmán, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda stuck in a World Trade Center elevator when the first plane hit …

TC ON TV: March 10 – “El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle” (Reelz): This behind-the-scenes look inside that ill-fated rendezvous features insights from comedian and El Chapo relative Paul Rodriguez, Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato, Emmy-winning TV judge Cristina Perez, and actress and former Penn co-star Maria Conchita Alonso.

March 12 – “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” (HBO): Audra McDonald’s Tony Award-winning performance as jazz singer Billie Holiday has been captured for the ages.

March 13 – “Super Soul Sunday” (OWN): Convict turned author and motivational speaker Shaka Senghor opens the season. “The Walking Dead” (AMC): Last week saw this show go to the point of no return! “The Carmichael Show” (NBC): This episode called “Fallen Heroes” focuses on the Bill Cosby scandal. “I want the show to reflect real life as real as it possibly can,” series star Jerrod Carmichael explained to Variety. “We couldn’t wait on a topic that the world seemed to be talking about.”

March 14 – “Ebola Trilogy” (HBO): Short documentaries including the 2016 Oscar nominated “Body Team 12.”  “BET Honors” (BET): Eric Holder, Patti Labelle, L.A. Reid and Mellody Hobson are among those lauded in this ceremony hosted by Arsenio Hall.

March 15 – “L.A. Clippers Dance Squad” (E!): Goes behind the scenes on these fan favorites.

March 16 – “2016 Woodie Awards” (MTV): Harlem rapper and cultural tastemaker, A$AP Rocky hosts from SXSW in Austin, Texas. Performers include Anderson Paak, A$AP Ferg, Jidenna, Kehlani, Lukas Graham and Travis Scott. “Underground” (WGN America): The hip hop score was jarring but kudos to Alano Miller as Cato, that brother you’ll love to hate or vice versa!

TASTY QUIP: “There’s been a lot of talk of lack of diversity in Hollywood. I’m trying to understand it myself.  I just don’t blame Hollywood. For me, I get my own money, I get my own actors, I make my own material and I do my own thing.” – LEE DANIELS to Cynopsis“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.