Nicki Minaj announces her retirement

Forget “Pink Friday.” It looks to be a blue Thursday for Nicki Minaj fans.

The rapper and singer has Tweeted that she’s chosen to retire and “have my family.”

She added a note to her followers, asking them to “keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, [x] in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me” — a reference to her collaboration with Alicia Keys on a remix of the singer’s hit “Girl on Fire.”

Minaj recently told listeners of her “Queen Radio” show that she and boyfriend Kenneth Perry had applied for a marriage license and would be wed in “about 80 days.”

CNN has reached out to Minaj’s representatives for verification of this news as well as clarification as to whether this means the Grammy-nominated musician, who is also a producer and actress, will be retiring from all her endeavors.

Third entry of ‘Bad Boys’ comes out in January

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in the new trailer for “Bad Boys for Life,” the third installment in the “Bad Boys” series. The action film, the long-awaited sequel to 2003’s “Bad Boys II,” arrives in theaters Jan. 17.

As laid out in the trailer, the Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are back on the streets for one last case. They reunite when an Albanian mercenary, the brother of one of their former foes, makes an offer they can’t refuse just as the duo is about to retire. The trailer features plenty of action mayhem and comedy, with the Bad Boys’ signature one-liners (“I’m gonna penetrate him … with my heart”) sprinkled throughout.

“Bad Boys For Life” is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah — taking over the series from Michael Bay – from a screenplay by Joe Carnahan and Chris Bremner. The cast also includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Nunez, Kate Del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano and DJ Khaled.

Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish to star in new comedy

Billy Crystal is ready to work with Tiffany Haddish.

Astute Films announced Wednesday the Golden Globe-nominated comedy legend will team up with the “Girls Trip” breakout star and comedienne for a new feature titled Here Today.

Crystal co-wrote the screenplay for the film with fellow Saturday Night Live alum Alan Zweibel (“It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”) — based on the latter’s 2011 short story “The Prize” — with Haddish in mind for a lead role.

Here Today is billed as a romantic comedy without the romance as it follows a veteran comedy writer named Charlie Berns (“Crystal”) who slowly loses his grip on reality before meeting a talented street singer, Emma Paige (Haddish, also a producer on the project alongside Crystal and Zweibel), with whom he starts a hilarious, touching, and grounding friendship with.

Drake to join British drama ‘Top Boy’

Netflix’s revival of British drama “Top Boy” had its world premiere in London on Wednesday night, we’re more excited than ever. The cast walked the red carpet and were joined by Drake, who is one of the key reasons the show is returning for the first time since it was canceled in 2013.

The show will kick off as Dushane returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. Speaking at the world premiere, Drake explained why he was driven to revive the show. He said that he grew attached to “Top Boy’s” original storyline and characters because of the similar scenarios he experienced while growing up in Toronto, Canada.

The show will premiere on the streaming platform Netflix on Sept. 13.

NBC’s Holt spends 2 nights in prison for show

NEW YORK — Lester Holt laughed when his colleagues proposed that he spend a couple of nights locked up in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for an NBC News report on criminal justice reform.

“At first, I was like, ‘it’s dangerous,’” Holt said. “This is one of the most notorious prisons of the world, and you want to lock me up? What about safety?”

It also had the whiff of a stunt that could overshadow serious intentions. Instead, the sobering trip frames Friday’s “Dateline NBC” report about 1990s-era “tough on crime” legislation and what it has meant for society today. The show is repeated Sunday night on MSNBC, along with a Holt-moderated town hall meeting from inside another well-known prison, New York’s Sing Sing.

Holt gained access to the sprawling Louisiana prison known as “Angola” because the desire to confront these issues coincided with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ attempts to lower the population inside his state’s facilities. As Holt rode a prison bus to the 28-square mile (72-sq. kilometer) former plantation that houses some 5,500 inmates, he reflected on how many people took the same ride knowing they might never return.

For two nights, he slept in a cell in Angola’s death row, alongside prisoners who were locked inside except for an hour a day of recreation in the prison yard. The man in the cell next to him hadn’t been outside in four years.

“The only time I did feel perfectly safe was inside my cell with the door locked,” Holt said.

—Compiled from Tribune News Services

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