Michael Shannon is set to star alongside Taylor Kitsch in Waco, an event series based on the true story of the 1993 FBI siege of the religious sect in Waco, Texas, which resulted in a deadly shootout and fire.

Penned by John Erick and Drew Dowdle, with the former directing, the project sees Shannon playing lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, while Kitsch is David Koresh, the notorious leader of the religious group the Branch Davidians, holed up in their compound for nearly two months.

The story will explore the true-life events leading up to and chronicling the 51-day siege, and will be told from several perspectives of those who were involved — from both sides of the conflict. The two actors will also executive produce along with the Dowdle brothers, while Ludacris is being eyed to portray Branch Davidian member Wayne Martin.


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The Soul Singer in the Shadows: She was Miles Davis’ second wife with a killer set of pipes and attitude to spare. For the first time in decades, Betty Davis talks about walking away from the business

Before she was “Betty Davis, recluse,” Davis was Betty Mabry of Durham, North Carolina. Her family later moved to Pittsburgh and at sixteen, the preternaturally talented gamine leapt to New York, where she immersed herself in design study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Gorgeous, with a smile that could ignite wet paper, she began modeling and landed spreads not only in Ebony, but Glamour, too, almost unheard of for a black woman in the late sixties.

She was the twenty-three years old when she became Miles Davis’ second wife and part-time muse, introducing the iconic trumpeter and composer to her close friends, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. Betty wasn’t merely arm candy, however – she was a musician in her own right, a fact that likely added to the mercurial nature of her marriage to Miles, which ended after a year. “The focus on my personal makes me a bit uncomfortable sometimes,” Davis says. “It doesn’t really matter to me in that degree.” Which is fitting for a woman who wrote and arranged all her songs and turned down collaborating with Eric Clapton, reportedly because she found his work too staid.

“My impression was that Betty seemed humble, but not shy,” recalls renowned drummer (Sly and the Family Stone) and producer, Greg Errico, who helmed Betty Davis. “She was focused, had a plan, and knew just what she wanted. I was at CBS Recording Studio in San Francisco. It was in 1972 and I was producing an album with Michael Carabello, the original percussionist from Santana. He brought Betty by the studio to meet me. We chatted briefly and she asked if I would produce an album for her and that she had just signed a record deal with Michael Lang, the creator and producer of Woodstock.”

Lang says today, “What prompted me to sign her was the combination of her personality, her look, the freshness of her approach to music, and her self-confidence. The grooves were monstrous, the lyrics explicit and outrageous, and the singer very much ‘in your face’.” Indeed, when Davis sang “I used to beat him with a turquoise chain” on Different’s “He Was a Big Freak”, she exuded a sly and volcanic carnality that was unprecedented in 1974. And while she was a feminist and as Carlos Santana later recalled, “a real Black Panther type woman”, she frequently performed in lingerie and fishnets, which set her apart and guaranteed she fit in nowhere.

“I really didn’t think that I was writing about sex or anything like that,” Davis says. “I was just writing music, you see.” After the lukewarm reception to 1975’s Nasty Gal, she quit the music business in disgust. “However I was perceived, I had nothing to do with that,” she says. “It wasn’t difficult to walk away.”

Today, Davis is lauded as a visionary, albeit one few people under the age of thirty can remember by name. Her legacy lives on. Ice Cube, Talib Kweil, and Ludacris have sampled her tracks and Lenny Kravitz and Skin just covered “Anti-Love Song” off Betty Davis. “They did a really good job,” she says, her enthusiasm palpable for the first time. “I’ve been writing recently. And I’ve been thinking about having other people do my material,” she continues. “Maybe get into production. I don’t really know. I’m not interested in getting back into the business yet.” When asked if there’s a fraction of a chance she would take the stage again, the answer is a flat “no,” a faint growl in her voice punctuating her resolve to stay in the shadows. [Read More]

Ludacris and Ciara talk to 95.5 PLJ Radio about Taylor Swift
  • Interviewer:Taylor Swift?
  • Ludacris:America's sweetheart.
  • Ciara:Girl power. I got to join her on the stage this past fall, at the Century Link Field. Her fans are craazzyy. She has what you call true fans (laughs), but she's awesome. She's a true, true superwoman.