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That Was You!? Small Roles Big Celebrities Had In Your Favorite Shows And Movies Before They Were Famous
Everyone has to start off somewhere, and some of the biggest stars we’re into now were scraping and fighting for roles and big opportunities back in the day. Here is a list of 15 famous folks who had small roles in some of your favorite shows and movies, and you didn’t even notice (cause they weren’t famous yet of course).
Jennifer Love Hewitt in Sister Act 2
Before becoming one of the big teen stars of the ’90s, Hewitt played a makeup-obsessed student in the popular sequel and had the chance to show off her vocal talents with the cast (she did try to put out an album in ’96…).
Finely groomed gray-haired men are proof that as males age, they just look more distinguished, more elegant and, in general, more like they’d know how to make you feel like a woman. Here are 15 salt and pepper celebrities we wouldn’t mind growing older with (if they were all single).
Everything about this man says distinguished gentleman and though it’s sometimes hard to believe celebrity endorsements, whenever we hear him on AllState commercials we really do feel like we’re in good hands.
The NBA playoff season is heating up with the Miami Heat looking to three-peat while fighting off championship contenders such as the Oklahoma City Thunders, Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets. In honor of this exciting time of year, we take a look at some of our favorite basketball movies.
He Got Game
Spike Lee and Denzel Washington have collaborated on several films together including his 1997 film He Got Game. Washington played Jake Shuttleworth, a prison inmate and the father of the country’s top high school basketball star who was granted a one-week parole release to convince his son to play for the governor’s alma mater. Real life NBA player Ray Allen made his debut into film as the star player Jesus Shuttleworth but he wasn’t the only hoops star cast in the movie. Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Rick Fox, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Bill Walton also appeared in the film.
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If you thought you could not love Denzel Washington more, here is your chance to completely adore him!
In a 2012 Times Talk interview that we’re just catching, Washington claims he turned down the chance to act in a film despite providing him a hefty salary. Taking advice from a Hollywood icon, Denzel says Sidney Portier warned it would change his brand as an actor. According to Upworthy, Washington stated to the interviewer, the role and synopsis would only “perpetuate racism in the name of comedy.”
I got a part in a movie in 1986. I call it the “N****r They Couldn’t Kill.” [The character] He raped a white woman; they tried to electrocute him but it didn’t work and he became a cult hero. Then they tried to hang him. There were some Jewish people in the audition room who said “it is funny.” And I said to them “yeah, it’s like you bring some Jewish people into a room and they think it is a shower but it is gas. And they said “right!” And I said “Right! That ain’t funny!” So to me it was not funny to put a rope around my MFing neck and I made a point. I called Sidney (Portier) and told him “man they are offering me $600,000 to play the “N****r They Couldn’t Kill.” And he told me, “I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I will tell you this, the first, two, three or four films you do in this business will dictate how you are perceived.
That was sage advice! And they’re wise words for everyone. When you’re just starting out, you’re eager to get your foot in the door and you think you ought to say yes to anything that’s thrown your way. But you should never leave your better judgment at the door. If something doesn’t feel right, or you find it outright offensive to you or to others, it’s probably best to wait until you find something more in line with your brand of work.
Check out Denzel’s interview, below. We wish other black performers would take heed to the same advice, too.
In this day and age where celebs and everyday folks take to their social media pages to share every little detail of their lives, there are still some stars who like to keep their private lives very private.
Cassie and Diddy
Rumor had it Diddy and Cassie were dating well before they were ever photographed together. Caught up in a love triangle with Cassie and his children’s mother Kim Porter, Diddy snuck around with the “Me & U” singer showing up at the same events but making sure to never arrive or leave together. Recently the two have been more open about their relationship in public and on social media. Diddy has posted photos professing his love for Cassie and last month sparked rumors when he put up a picture of an engagement ring with the caption, “Baby do you like it? I just want to get you wat you Like!” he added. “I just wanna Mk you smile #takeDat!”
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LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s Wife, To Take Diahann Carroll’s Role In “A Raisin In The Sun”
Last summer we told you that Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington were going to be starring in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun . And then a few weeks ago, we learned that Diahann Carroll had to drop out.
Well, today we learned that LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife is set to take her place. Richardson Jackson was last on Broadway in 2009 when she starred in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Richardson was asked to take Carroll’s place last Saturday.
Richardson Jackson said, “This is not even serendipitous. This is a miracle. This is an incredible dream. I could cry, but I don’t have time.”
Carroll, who is 78, withdrew from the production, because of rigorous demands for the rehearsal and performance schedule.
Richardson Jackson said the only downside of her starring in this role is the fact that Carroll will not be in the play as she was looking forward to seeing her in it.
The productions will also star Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose.
Denzel said, “Listen, she’s already in there killing it. She’s already pushing me so that’s good. I’m happy that she’s here.”
Richardson Jackson just so happened to be in New York planning to see her friends–Pauletta Washingtong, Denzel’s wife, in a cabaret. But all of that ended on Saturday when her night was spent signing contracts.
“A Raisin in the Sun” starts on March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and opening night is April 3.
Richardson Jackson’s off Broadway credits include “From the Mississippi Delta” and “The Talented Tenth” and her TV roles have included parts on “Ally McBeal” and “100 Centre Street.” She appeared in the films “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Malcolm X .”
At 64, she is five years older than Washington, 59, who will be playing her son. Washington was last on Broadway in the 2010 production of “Fences” for which he won a Tony for lead actor.
This will be the second Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s play. The original featured Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and the 2004 version starred Diddy, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and was directed by Leon.
This sounds like it’s going to be awesome. Will you check it out?
Hollywood just loves to have a white person donning a cape come in and save some poor, Black soul. While some of these White Savior movies were based on true stories, others were just made up and a little too over the top.
Sandra Bullock is known as America’s sweetheart but she won even more hearts over in the 2009 film The Blind Side. Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the film follows Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher’s life from impoverished beginnings to the NFL. Oher had nothing in his life going for him but football until a white couple, played by Bulllock and Tim McGraw, came along to adopt him. The film grossed over $300 million and Bullock earned critical acclaim and accolades for her performance. She also won a Golden Globe and the coveted Oscar gold for Best Actress.
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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.
Any Given Sunday
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.
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Examining each actors’ last three films, Forbes says that Mr. Washington’s superb acting prowess only brought in a return of $8.30 for every dollar paid to him.
As one of Hollywood’s so-called box office heroes, Washington can demand top dollar for working his magic on the silver screen. Denzel makes $40 million annually. “Unfortunately, his films don’t always do great at the box office,” Forbes says.
Let’s look at the revenue 2 Guns pulled in. Denzel, along with his good ol’ sidekick Mark Wahlberg, only reeled in an embarrassing $10 million from 3,306 North American theaters on opening day. This was an unexpected slap in the face for the film’s distributor, Universal. They expected at least $20 million from the ebony and ivory weapon-wielding duo.
But what about Flight? Sure the 2012 riveting drama got two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Screenplay, but box-office pundits weren’t too impressed with Flight’s numbers. During it’s opening weekend, the film pulled in $25.1 million at 1,884 locations.
While this isn’t too bad, as it was ranked No.2 in America, ALT Film Guide notes that this Oscar-sweetheart should have drew in more cash:
“Even ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3′, considered a major box office disappointment, opened in June 2009 with $23.37 million at 3,074 locations,” it added.
Denzel’s Safe House pulled in $28.4 million during its opening weekend and grossed $82.6 million after 11 days, according to ALT Film Guide. But even though the movie was a box office hit, a profit wasn’t yet made, since the film’s budget was $85 million. Thanks to international attraction, however, the film grossed $208 million in total.
So with a salary of more than $20 million a picture, Forbes has deemed Denzel “overpaid.” Sure American Gangster and Safe House are the only Denzel Washington films that have grossed over $100 million during the past decade, but his recent numbers aren’t exactly anything to snooze at.
In case you’re curious, Adam Sandler landed at No.1 on the list, bringing in only $3.40 for every dollar paid. Who could forget his box-office stinkers like Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy?
Forbes method for compiling this year’s “Overpaid” list includes analyzing actors’ last three films over the past three years using data from Box Office Mojo. “Think of it like a star return on investment number,” Forbes concludes.
Do you think Denzel should be on the list?
While nearly every other day celebrity couples are calling it quits, the spouses on this list have lived together happily for years outside of the limelight — so much so that we almost forgot they’ve earned a place among Hollywood’s rare assortment of successful celebrity couples.
Shanice and Flex Alexander
Singer Shanice scored a hit with the song “I Love Your Smile” in the early 90’s. Although her career never quite took off, Shanice quickly settled into married life. It turns out comedian and actor Flex Alexander liked her smile, so much so, he made Shanice his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2000. The happy couple has two children together. Most recently, Alexander made a guest appearance on Vh1’s “Single Ladies” in 2012.