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Queen Latifah to star in Bessie Smith biopic, Beyonce and Jay Z in concert special on HBO

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - HBO says Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in a concert special and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network.

The music special will feature the married couple on their "On the Run Tour" performing in Paris. It will air in September.

Starring Queen Latifah, "Bessie" is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees. Co-stars include Michael K. Williams, Oliver Platt and Mo'Nique. It premieres in 2015.

Sister network Cinemax shared good news about its upcoming series "The Knick," rewarding this drama of a circa-1900 New York hospital with a second season prior to its Aug. 8 premiere. "The Knick" stars Clive Owen, with both 10-episode seasons directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The announcements were made Thursday at the summer TV critics' tour.

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