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[Watch] Gabrielle Union Is An Attention-Seeking Reality Star In Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’

October 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A trailer has finally been released for Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, which tells the story of wildly successful comedian and movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock), whose run-in with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) causes him to reexamine his life and career. Gabrielle Union plays rocks superficial reality TV star fiancée, Erica Long, who’s never around without a gang of reality TV cameramen.

The all-star cast also includes Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. According to Deadline, the film triggered a pretty competitive bidding war last month at the Toronto Film Festival. Paramount Pictures eventually won for a whopping $12.5 million.

Top Five was both written and directed by Chris. Interestingly, Jay Z and Kanye West are credited as co-producers for the project. Judging by the trailer, it’s going to be pretty funny. The comedy is slated to hit theaters in December.

Watch the trailer below. Is this something you’d be interested in checking out?

New Chris Rock Film Prompts Bidding War At Toronto Film Fest

September 10th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the closely-watched film festivals that take place during the course of the year. And at this year’s event, Chris Rock’s new comedy, Top Five, seems to be burning it up.

Rock wrote, directed, and starred in the new flick, about a comedian, Andre Allen, at life’s crossroads. The main character is a recovering alcoholic who is attempting to be taken seriously with a movie centered around the Haitian slave rebellion. At the same time, he is getting ready for his wedding to a reality TV star (Gabrielle Union), which will be televised. Talk about contrast.

Top Five entered the festival sans a distributor; but it has a power list of producers–mega producer Scott Rudin, media exec Barry Diller along with Jay Z, and Kanye West. It was such a hit at the festival, there was a bidding war with Paramount coming out the victor for the rights to the movie, paying in the $12.5 million range. There will also be $20 million spent on marketing. This will make it one of the largest acquisitions ever at TIFF.

Because of the buzz, Vulture has made a top five list of things you should know about Rock’s latest.

–“The movie’s title refers to a debate about the all-time greatest hip-hop artists; Andre’s list is Rock’s in a slightly different order: Jay Z, Nas, Scarface, Rakim, Biggie, and LL Cool J, because everyone always asks for six,” reports the site.

–Tracy Morgan, still in a wheelchair following a serious car accident, is in it. So prepare for some heartrending and possible tearing up.

–Rock offers in the credits “the greatest slam from a fake film critic ever: ‘I wouldn’t see it if it was playing in my glasses.'”

–Hmm. There are some feather-related sex scenes.

–And even more curious. “You will never think of tampons the same way again,” says Vulture.

–“Because everyone always gives six! You will hear a very plausible theory on where Tupac is, but only if you’re willing to watch every Tyler Perry movie when you leave the theater in order to follow up on it,” concludes Vulture.

Sounds like it might be pretty funny!

*This story has been updated to reflect that the deal has closed.

Hotness Or Hot Mess: Who’s The Finest Comedian Around?

September 2nd, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Monday is here which means it’s time for another episode of Hotness or Hot Mess. Today’s potential #ManCrushMonday is going out to one of these funnymen — Mike Epps, Dave Chappelle, Katt Williams, Chris Rock, or Lil Duval — but that all depends on whether the ladies in the video above deem them hotness or a hot mess. Check out the video and weigh in in the comments section.

Does Size Matter? How 14 Comics Stack Up At The Box Office

June 27th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Forget what you heard. Big things can come in small packages — just ask many of the funny people dominating movie theaters with their hilarious films. The folks at Entertainment Weekly hinted inside their June 27 issue at an interesting correlation between a comic’s height and their success at the box office. Do “height-challenged” actors in comedies have more success? Let’s take a look at comics, their height, and how much success they have seen at the box office*. We, of course, use the word comic loosely as it defines one who provokes laughter, or is humorous.

*Estimated box office power is based on average of top three films with starring roles — not including animated features.

 

Girls Like Ball Too! 15 Of The Best Football Movies Ever

January 29th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and in honor of the biggest game of the year, here are some of our favorite football movies.

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Famed director Oliver Stone decided to enlist an all-star cast to focus on the game of football for the film Any Given Sunday. Al Pacino plays coach Tony D’Amato who’s in charge of motivating an embattled team with the new owner (Cameron Diaz) breathing down his neck. With their star quarterback out, he has no choice but to turn to the nervous third-string quarterback Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx). The cast included James Wood, Dennis Quaid and LL Cool J along with legendary NFL Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor.

Actors Who Played Convincing Drug Addicts On The Big Screen

August 1st, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Contrary to popular belief, being an actor isn’t always glamorous. These stars had to reach deep inside themselves and take a walk on the dark side to play a part most weren’t familiar with at all — a drug addict.

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Alfre Woodard

Famed actress Alfre Woodard has played many characters. One unforgettable role was friend and neighbor to a gay drag queen played by Ving Rhames. Woodard was Wanda in the 2000 movie Holiday Heart, a drug-addicted single mom with a heart of gold who was down on her luck. This isn’t the first time Woodard portrayed a character addicted to a substance. Two years earlier she starred in Down In The Delta as an addict forced to move to Mississippi with her children.

She Stays Working: Gabrielle Union To Star In New Chris Rock Film

May 22nd, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Sources have informed The Wrap.com that Gabrielle Union is set to play Chris Rock’s fiancée in his new movie Finally Famous. Rock wrote, will direct and star in the movie about a recovering-alcoholic comedian turned actor who is trying to be taken seriously in industry.

Union’s fame-hungry character, who is responsible for Rock’s sobriety, tries to convince him they should get married on a reality tv show.

Alcoholism, engagements and second chances, sounds like a lot for one movie but we won’t write it off just yet.

In addition to Rock and Union, Rosario Dawson also joins the cast as a journalist assigned to interview Rock’s character for a magazine. Dawson’s character is a reformed party girl who’s settled down and is also engaged. But there’s an attraction between she and Rock’s character.

Ooo, so potential betrayal too.

Scott Rudin, the producer behind  movies like Sister Act, No Country For Old Men, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, along with many, many others, has signed on to produce the film.

Shooting will begin this summer in New York City.

Hitting Her Stride: Gabrielle Union Lands Role In New Chris Rock Film!

May 19th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Sure, she’s in the midst of filming Think Like A Man Too and is the star of BET’s new scripted show, Being Mary Jane, but Gabrielle Union isn’t stopping there.

According to BlackFilm.com, the actress just signed on to play in comedian/actor Chris Rock’s new film.  In the film Finally Famous, Union will play a reality show television star who is engaged to Chris Rock’s character.

For his part, Rock will play a comedian-turned-actor who is trying to be taken seriously as an actor – while being a recovering alcoholic. Union, dying to become a bigger star, tries to convince him that the best way for both of their stars to shine is if they get married on the reality show.

Actress Rosario Dawson will also be in the film and plays a journalist who has a little “personal” chemistry with Rock.

Gabrielle Union is super busy these days, which is great considering we hadn’t seen her in any roles for a while prior to her 2012 appearance in Think Like A Man.  You often hear that celebrity women get fewer roles as they get older but for Union, who turned 40 in October, she seems to have hit a great stride.

Finally Famous, directed by Chris Rock and produced by Scott Rudin, will begin filming this summer in New York City.

The BET Nominations Are In And Drizzy Drake Is Leading The Pack With 12!

May 15th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Guess we know why Drake is all about “no new friends,” he doesn’t need them! BET just released it’s list of nominees for the 2013 BET Awards set to air June 30 and Drake has clearly arrived after starting from the bottom. The Canadian rapper leads the pack with the most nominations — 12 — mostly due to being a part of some of the hottest musical collaborations this year. But 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, who are the other half of some of those collabs, are quickly gaining on Drizzy with eight nominations each.

Here’s the full list:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Elle Varner

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Justin Timberlake
Usher

Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
Slaughterhouse
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weeknd

Best Gospel Artist
Deitrick Haddon
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhané Wallis

Best Movie
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Sparkle
Think Like a Man

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis

Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”

Centric Award
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Fantasia – “Lose To Win”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Nas – “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson – “My Love Is All I Have”

Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)

Best International Act: U.K.
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé
Wiley

We already learned last month that Chris Rock would host this year’s show, and MTV just confirmed Chris Brown and R. Kelly will hit the stage as performers. Wonder what else is in store! What do you think about this year’s nominees?

You Might Be The Father! Groupies Looking for Their Baby Daddies Among The Stars

April 22nd, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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For a groupie, there is no bigger prize than getting pregnant by your celebrity lover. It’s like winning the lottery — so they think. More often than not, headlines about them and their baller boyfriends read like an episode of the Maury show, particularly for these 15 women who hung their heads in shame after they heard the judge say “You Are Not the Father.”

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Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith should have looked for a better baller to blame. He’s the world’s most famous basketball player and he made it to 50 without a paternity scandal.

That’s a man who’s too smart to let a groupie get her paws on his millions. In March, a judge ordered  MJ to take a paternity test to determine if Pamela’s 16-year-old son Grant Taj Reynolds was his. But seeing as Pam already sued MJ for paternity years ago and lost, no one expects Mike to be the father.