ITEM! Mos Def will star in a biopic about legendary jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk.
ITEM! Neil Giamin's book "Anansi Boys" will be adapted as a TV series by Amazon.
ITEM! Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy and Lorne Michaels are among those to be honored by the Kennedy Center this year.
ITEM! Marvel is setting up a mini-studio to work on animated projects.
ITEM! "In the Heights" actress Leslie Grace will play Barbara Gordon in a new "Batgirl film."