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Ava DuVernay is on track to become the hottest director this year. And she has now has another notch under her belt. The Selma director is set to head the crew for the upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. The announcement comes shortly after word spread of Ava, Ryan Coogler and Hannibal Buress‘ upcoming #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit taking place Feb. 28. Ava is truly going to be one busy woman this year. It was also announced that the film will be written by Frozen’s writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. We’re excited to see what these two ladies come up with. [Complex]

In a not surprising celebrity endorsement, Spike Lee has broken his silence and proclaimed his vote will be for Sen. Bernie “Feel the Bern” Sanders. In a radio ad, we hear Spike’s reasoning behind his endorsement. He says in the spot, “Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the great recession of 2008, and many are still recovering. And that’s why I am officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes no money from corporations. Nada. Which means he is not on the take. And when Bernie gets into the White House, he will do the right thing.” Listen to the endorsement in its entirety up top. [Deadline]

As Kobe Bryant‘s final NBA season comes to an end, the world will get an in-depth perspective on the man we’ve all come to know as the “Black Mamba.” In an interview with Andrea Kramer, Kobe reflects on being a pillar for his team and also his relationships with other celebrities, most notably, Michael Jackson. The Lakers’ vet recalls a time when the pop legend called him up to offer some advice for his game. Check out the preview for the interview up top and catch the full version Tuesday night on HBO’s Real Sports. [Complex]

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball

In newly revealed information, sources speculate Rihanna‘s “bronchitis” story may not be the 100 percent truth. According the Page Six, the real reason Rihanna pulled out of her scheduled Grammys performance was due to the fear of delivering a lackluster performance. The source told the publication, “She felt like her performance couldn’t compare [to some of the other artists’], and she was trying to avoid the embarrassment because she knew it wasn’t the right comeback performance.” Adding, “She said, ‘I’m not doing this.” [Page Six]

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