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Emeraude Toubia Joins Gloria Calderon Kellett at Variety's Power of Women Event

Emeraude Toubia Joins Gloria Calderon Kellett at Variety's Power of Women Event

Emeraude Toubia looks gorgeous in a green dress while stepping out for the Variety Power of Women event held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday (September 30) in Los Angeles.

The 32-year-old actress joined Gloria Calderon Kellett as her date to the event.

Gloria was on hand to honor her One Day at a Time actress Rita Moreno.

“About last night… I had the great pleasure of presenting Rita with the @variety power of women award. Thank you to Variety for making an event that required proof of vaccination, required a negative Covid tests and that was outside. 💉❤️,” Gloria wrote on Instagram the next morning. “Thank you to my beautiful date @emeraude & thank you for the pleasure of your company and for reciting a beautiful new poem for us @amandascgorman 🥰”

If you didn’t know, Emeraude is starring in a new romantic comedy series With Love, which was created by Gloria. Find out more here!

Also in attendance was One Day at a Time‘s Justina Machado, Family Reunion‘s Tia Mowry and director/producer Ava DuVernay.

FYI: Emeraude is wearing a Dodo Bar Or dress with vintage earrings.

Click through the gallery for more photos of Emeraude Toubia and more celebs…

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Barry Watson To Return To The CW In 'Naomi' Pilot, Along with Mouzam Makkar & More!

Barry Watson To Return To The CW In 'Naomi' Pilot, Along with Mouzam Makkar & More!

Barry Watson is heading home to The CW for the upcoming pilot, Naomi!

The actor has landed a series regular in the potential new DC Comics series from Ava DuVernay, Deadline reports.

Also new to the cast are Mouzam Makkar, Mary-Charles Jones, Aidan Gemme and Daniel Puig, who join previously announced Kaci Walfall as Naomi.

Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson and newcomer Camila Moreno are in the cast as well.

Barry will play “Greg, Naomi’s adoptive father, a veteran military officer who is serious about his responsibilities at the town’s military base. He is happily married to Jennifer and sees Naomi as the perfect daughter.”

Mouzam is set as Jennifer, who is “Naomi’s adoptive mother, who dotes on her bright and gifted daughter. She is happily married to Greg and teaches linguistics at the town military base.”

Mary will star as Annabelle, Naomi’s fiercely loyal classmate and best friend; Aidan as Jacob, Annabelle’s boyfriend; and Daniel will play Nathan, a high school jock who briefly dated Naomi before she ended the relationship.

This is Barry‘s first series regular role on The CW (formerly The WB) since season six of 7th Heaven in 2002. He’s also appeared in other CW series Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie.

Ava DuVernay's CW Pilot 'Naomi' Casts Kaci Walfall In Lead Role

Ava DuVernay's CW Pilot 'Naomi' Casts Kaci Walfall In Lead Role

The CW’s new DC pilot Naomi has cast it’s lead role!

The potential new series comes from Ava DuVernay and follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse.

When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.

According to Deadline, the lead role of Naomi has been cast with actress Kaci Walfall. She has most recently been seen in an episode of Power, as well as roles on Army Wives and Person of Interest. She also made her Broadway debut at nine years old as Young Nala in The Lion King, and originated the role of Lavender in the first national tour of Matilda.

Check out Kaci‘s Instagram account HERE!

Naomi is described as “an effortlessly cool and confident high school student who is the adopted daughter of doting parents. Popular with all the kids in her military town, Naomi is unafraid to embrace her AP-student, comic book–loving nerdiness. After a supernatural event leads to the discovery of her powers within, Naomi pursues her hidden destiny.”

Also cast in the new show as series regulars include Alexander Wraith as Dee, the owner of a local tattoo parlor; Cranston Johnson as Zumbado, the mysterious owner of a local used car lot.; and newcomer Camila Moreno as Lourdes, a young woman with a sarcastic sense of humor who works in a vintage collectibles shop.

If you somehow missed it, another CW pilot has set it’s star filled main cast!

The CW Orders Pilot For Live Action 'Powerpuff Girls' & Puts 'The 4400' Reboot Straight to Series

The CW Orders Pilot For Live Action 'Powerpuff Girls' & Puts 'The 4400' Reboot Straight to Series

The live action The Powerpuff Girls series is one step closer to actually happening!

It was first revealed that the show was in the works back in August 2020, but now The CW has ordered a pilot for the show, according to Variety.

Based on the animated Cartoon Network series, the live action will see “the pint-sized superheroes as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?”

Greg Berlanti is an executive producer on the project, with Heather Regnier and Diablo Cody writing and producing.

Also getting a pilot order is Ava DuVernay‘s DC Comics project Naomi, which “follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.”

The 4400 reboot, which has been in the works since 2018, received a straight to series order! In the upcoming show, “4400 overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them.

As the government races to analyze the potential threat and contain the story, the 4400 themselves must grapple with the fact that they’ve been returned with a few upgrades, and the increasing likelihood that they were all brought back now for a specific reason.”

Lastly, a new religious series which is “about two millennial nuns – a devout true believer, and a new arrival who has yet to take her final vows – who start as strangers and become sisters on a funny, spiritual journey to understand their own faith and place in the Catholic church,” has also been given a pilot order.

In case you missed it, these current 12 CW shows just got renewed!

Ava DuVernay Developing DC Comics Series 'Naomi' For The CW

Ava DuVernay Developing DC Comics Series 'Naomi' For The CW

Ava DuVernay is working on a potential new series for The CW – Naomi!

The Oscar-nominated director/writer/producer is developing her third DC Comics project and is hoping to bring it to The CW, THR reports.

Ava is teaming up with former Arrow writer Jill Blankenship for Naomi, which “follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event rattles her hometown, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins. What she discovers will challenge everything people believe about superheroes.”

“Thanks @DCComics for believing in the vision. Barda. Zee Hernandez. Now, Naomi. The third DC project for @ARRAYNow. Working hard to bring these ladies to the screen. Thanks to @BrianMBendis @DavidWalker1201 + my writing partner Jill Blankenship for joining me on NAOMI. Love her,” Ava shared on Twitter after the news was announced.

If picked up to series, Naomi would be the first DC Comics show not produced by Greg Berlanti, who heads the Arrowverse, DC’s Stargirl and more.

Other DC Comics Ava has produced include the upcoming limited series DMZ and upcoming film The New Gods, which she also co-wrote and will direct.

Find out which other female-led DC Comic is in development at The CW!

'Wrinkle In Time' Director Ava DuVernay Calls Out Viral Video of White Woman Taking Photos In Front of Vandalized Store

'Wrinkle In Time' Director Ava DuVernay Calls Out Viral Video of White Woman Taking Photos In Front of Vandalized Store

Yara Shahidi Opens Up About Using Instagram For Fun & For Activism

Yara Shahidi Opens Up About Using Instagram For Fun & For Activism

Yara Shahidi strikes a pose on the cover of Town & Country‘s summer issue, on stands May 14th.

The 19-year-old actress and activist opened up about Instagram, philanthropy and her community around the globe. Check it:

On using Instagram for activism and displaying joy: “I can say, my friends look great today, let’s take a picture’ and be equally concerned with issues globally. There’s a power in just displaying joy.”

On activism without borders: “My love of history, or even being socially engaged, stems from having, firsthand, people to care about around the globe and at a young age expanding my community beyond these fake borders we put on each other.”

On philanthropy as a family value: “I remember when we first got an investment banker, he would meet with me and my brother at 10 and seven. I think from the time I got my first check, you said [her mother, Keri], ‘You have three jars: You have savings, you have spending, and you have donating. What do you want to put in each jar? So it’s already kind of infrastructurally set up – you get, and then you give some.”

Town & Country‘s new issue also features Ava DuVernay, Melinda Gates and Christine Lagarde.

For more from the cover stars, visit townandcountrymag.com.

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