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The New Exclusive Place To Stay On Kauai

In Kauai, the 700 acres on the North Coast, the former Kahu Aina plantation, that Mark Zuckerberg recently bought for a reported $100 million will remain private but on other land, the Discovery Land Company is planning the Hanalei Beach & Golf Club on 8000 acres on the island’s North Coast and Timbers Resorts is transforming a 450 acre stretch with knockout views of the mountains and the ocean into a combination private residence club/hotel/Jack Nicklaus golf course development, Hokuala, slated to open in 2017.

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Janet Jackson to Exec Produce Lifetime Movie on 1920’s Harlem Mobster, Stephanie St. Clair + Serena Williams to Produce ‘Sister Dance’
Janet Jackson to Exec Produce Lifetime Movie on 1920’s Harlem Mobster, Stephanie St. Clair + Serena Williams to Produce ‘Sister Dance’
By Tambay A. Obenson

Lifetime today unveiled its 2016/2017 development slate. Skimming through the press release, of note, with respect to this blog’s interests, are:

Serena Williams will executive produce on original movie for the network titled “Sister Dance” (a working title), which tells a story that’s inspired by the annual dance-off competition which she hosts with her sister, Venus. In the scripted telepic, two sisters become rivals once they pit themselves against each other and their respective dance teams in an epic dance battle.

– Next, Janet Jackson will executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie – the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club. Born Stephanie St. Clair (1886–1969), Queenie (photo above) was a mob boss who ran numerous criminal enterprises in Harlem, NYC in the early part of the 20th century. She even bumped heads with the then Italian mafia, and managed to stay entirely independent. In Bill Duke’s  gangland crime drama “Hoodlum” (1997) she was played by Cicely Tyson, as some of you might recall. Kenny Leon is attached to direct the film.

Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate to reunite for Landline

Set in Manhattan in 1995, “Landline” centers around a dysfunctional family coming undone and trying to keep together after a shocking revelation. The youngest daughter, Ali, discovers her father is having an affair, which forces middle child Dana to explore her wild side and mother Pat to confront the truth that her life can’t have it all.