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A biographic film about the life of comedian Bernie Mac is in the works with Get Lifted, the production company of award-winning singer-songwriter-pianist John Legend

“We just partnered with Bernie Mac’s estate to cover Bernie Mac’s story,” Mike Jackson revealed during the 2021 Tribeca Festival.

Jackson’s news seemed to even surprise Legend, his production partner. 

A biographic film about the life of comedian Bernie Mac (above) is in the works with the production company of multiple award winner John Legend. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

“Look at you breaking news over here,” Legend replied, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Jackson called the acquisition a full-circle moment as Legend appeared in one of Mac’s final films, the 2008 hit Soul Men, in which the artist portrayed Marcus Hooks, a bandmate of Louis Hinds, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Floyd Henderson, the character Mac portrayed. Legend recalled that during the making of Soul Men, Mac “truly just got joy from lighting people’s faces up with laughter.”

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Both Legend and Jackson reflected on the life of Mac, who died in 2008, saying The Bernie Mac Show was “beautifully done.” 

“His humor was always edgy, but it always had so much heart to it at the same time,” Legend said. “You could tell he was a family man. You could tell that he loved the people he was talking about.”

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Get Lifted was launched in 2012 by Legend, Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. The company produced the TV series Underground for WGN and the Academy Award-winning La La Land. It also produced a 2017 revival of August Wilson’s Jitney, which won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. 

In a 2020 interview with IndieWire, Jackson said, “Hollywood has changed over the years, for women and people of color, because it was hard when we started. 12 Years a Slave hadn’t won an Oscar. And so we would pitch projects like a black historic biopic for example, and executives would scoff. So it’s been revealing to have been there before, and then to now see so much more openness and interest in the kind of stories we wanted to tell, but couldn’t.”

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Five-Lane Configuration Opens On Peña Blvd. Approaching DIA

DENVER (CBS4) – People driving to Denver International Airport will notice five lanes of inbound Peña Boulevard are now open between Jackson Gap Street and the Jeppesen Terminal. Peña Boulevard now features three through lanes as well as dedicated travel lanes from the Jackson Gap Street on-ramp.

Aerial view of Peña Blvd. in 2019. (credit: CBS)

The new lanes are part of the $30 million Peña Boulevard Improvement Project. Officials say the lanes and new signage will help improve safety and traffic flow by eliminating weaving patterns caused by merging traffic.

“We began this critical work on Peña Boulevard last summer and expedited work to take advantage of the lower passenger volumes,” said airport CEO Kim Day. “The additional lanes coming from the Jackson Gap Street on-ramp will greatly improve safety and operations as our passenger volume continues to increase. Additionally, in the coming weeks, we will open the new Return-to-Terminal loop, which will improve safety on Jackson Gap Street. Ultimately, these improvements prepare DEN for future growth as we continue to make our way to 80 million annual passengers.”

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The project aims to replace aging infrastructure and relocate the Return-to-Terminal route, which allows drivers leaving the airport to turn back to the terminal. Officials say the new loop at Jackson Gap Street will simplify the route for traffic returning to the terminal.

Officials say drivers should expect nightly lane closures through September on Peña Boulevard as crews install new signage. Nightly lane closures are closed on June 22 and 23 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for sign installation.

The project is expected to be mostly complete by mid-August with some work planned in September.

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