In a recent video created for Logo, T.R. Knight, Janet Jackson and Ashanti are among the many celebs showing their support in a new anti-hate video, shortly after the much scrutinized murder of Lawrence King. King, only 15 years old, was found dead last month after a student allegedly shot him because he was gay.Your take: What are your thoughts on the PSA created in honor of Lawrence King?
Ashanti canceled a Saturday concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, when her cousin, Quinshae Snead, was killed by a 17-year-old drunk driver. Snead, 20, was being taken on a preshow errand for her cousin when her driver's vehicle was rear-ended. Ashanti is expected to escort Snead's body back to the United States today.
For her feature-film debut in Coach Carter (opening Friday), R&B idol Ashanti got to work with both Samuel L. Jackson and Finding Forrester star Rob Brown. But her preferred leading man is the one she shares the screen with in her next movie, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. "I'd have to say that Pepe the Shrimp is my favorite costar," the 24-year-old fledgling actress laughs. "He had a wonderful personality."
In case you're confused, no, Pepe is definitely not playing Ashanti's love interest in the made-for-TV movie, which is set to air in May on ABC. Instead, the hyperactive shellfish plays Toto to his leading lady's Dorothy. Naturally, he's not the only familiar Muppet face who turns up in Oz. Gonzo appears as the Tin Man (or the Tin Thing, as he's called in the film), Fozzie is the Cowardly Lion and everyone's favorite green thespian, Kermit, takes on the role of the Scarecrow.
As for Miss Piggy, she steals th
Someone alert the Lollipop Guild: Miss Piggy's coming to town — and she's brandishing a broomstick! This May, ABC will air The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a two-hour twist on the classic fable that casts Kermit as the Scarecrow, Gonzo as the Tin Man, Fozzie as the Cowardly Lion and Miss Piggy — in a tour de force that is already garnering Emmy buzz — as all four witches. During a break in filming, the ageless beauty chatted with TV Guide Online about her latest acting challenge and rumors that the Vancouver set wasn't big enough for her and pop star Ashanti, who stars as Dorothy.TV Guide Online: Did you have a favorite witch?Miss Piggy: It is so difficult to choose a favorite when moi is so exquisitely good as all four witches. But I must admit that after years of playing the adorable ingenue in my movies, it was a lot of fun to play that bad girl, The Wicked Witch of the West. Of course, it was difficult for someone as