B.B. King Estate at Odds with Wendell Pierce Over Movie About Blues Legend

Exclusive Wendell Pierce might be singing the blues soon, because he’s NOT been tapped to play B.B. King in an upcoming film as he’s proclaimed … according to King’s estate anyway. Pierce — known for his roles on “The Wire” and “Treme” — made his announcement Monday, saying … “We are official. Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great, BB King. Humbled.” Something doesn’t add up though, because Vassal Benford — chairman of B.B.’s estate — tells TMZ … they’re furious Pierce…

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‘Tiger King’ Zookeeper Erik Cowie Gets New Teeth

Exclusive 3:28 PM PT — We spoke with the folks over at Done In One who tell us THEY were the ones to first reach out to Erik. They first got in touch with Jeff and Lauren, who set up the connection with Cowie. We’re told Lowe handled Erik’s flight to Florida … but the plan from the beginning was to give Erik the new chompers for free. Erik Cowie, one of the ”Tiger King’ stars who you saw caring for the zoo’s animals, has a nice new set of…

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