Don Cheadle to Replace Terrence Howard in ‘Iron Man’ Sequel
In a surprise move, Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard as Robert Downey Jr’s best friend in “Iron Man 2,” the sequel to the superhero saga. In the Marvel Studios summer smash, Howard played Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark/Iron Man’s future armor-clad hero War Machine. One scene featured Howard looking at a silver suit of armor and saying “Next time,” a line that caused great delight for fans. But there will be no next time for Howard. Marvel had no comment, but sources close to the deal said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons. Marvel, which had wanted to work with Cheadle, then decided to take the role in another direction and approached the actor, who is shooting Antoine Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke. (Continue Reading…)

Mo’Nique Offers Her ‘Novel’ Ideas in Series
Mo’Nique has always been one to put it all out there — from discussing her “open” marriage in a magazine article, to the recent revelation that she was molested by her own brother growing up. Considering that, readers should expect nothing less than truth and real-life stories in her latest venture, a series of novels that kicked off last month with Beacon Hills High. (Continue Reading…)

‘New Pathway’ for African Exodus
Researchers have found a possible new route taken by early modern humans as they expanded out of Africa to colonise the rest of the world. A study published in the journal PNAS proposes a “wet corridor” through Libya for ancient human migrations. Rivers once flowed from the central Saharan watershed all the way to the Mediterranean, the team explains. This might have enabled modern humans to spread beyond their ancestral homeland about 120,000 years ago. (Continue Reading…)

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