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Kerry Washington, Daddy Pope, Uzo Aduba And More Snag Emmy Nominations

July 10th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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The 2014 Emmy Nominations are in and there are some exciting names in the running. Kerry Washington is once again up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” Don Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Marty Kaan on “House of Lies,” and Chiwetel Ejiofor is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the Starz film “Dancing on the Edge.”

Other exciting nominations include:

“Orange is the New Black” – Outstanding Comedy Series

Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Treme – Outstanding Miniseries

“The Trip To Bountiful” – Outstanding Television Movie

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” – Outstanding Television Movie

Idris Elba, “Luther” – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful” – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Kate Burton, “Scandal” – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Joe Morton, “Scandal” – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black” – – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black” – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards air August 25 at 8 pm on NBC. Will you watch?

Don Cheadle Gives First Look Into His Miles Davis Movie And Says Biopics Need To Have The Family’s Blessing

July 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you missed out on the memo, Don Cheadle launched an Indiegogo campaign earlier this year to help raise money to create a film that has taken 10 years of planning and work to put together: Miles Ahead. It turns out that Cheadle (who did put a lot of his own money into the project if you were wondering) and crew have the money they need and are all set to start filming this week in Cincinnati. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cheadle talked about working with the family (who only saw him as the right person to play Davis) to bring the movie together, what fans can expect from it, and why it’s not just “another biopic.”

What It’s Like To Be In Costume And To Finally Begin Shooting The Film

“It’s a great shot; it’s kinda cool, huh? I attribute that to my department to more than anything I’m doing: That’s hair, makeup, wardrobe, and props. But it’s cool to be sitting on it and have it all begin. At this point, with everything that’s happening, its real and surreal and hyperreal and every version of it that I can think of.”

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Davis Family Wanting Him To Play Miles And Why He Was Leery At First

“I never thought about portraying him, really. I had done several other quote-unquote biopics and was always struck by the limitations they presented, because they were trying to be historically accurate. Let’s be honest, any biopic is a series of omissions and conflations of events and amalgamations of characters. And you’re trying to have a movie experience under three hours, so in the process you condense people’s lives from cradle to grave, so things tend to feel episodic and event-oriented as opposed to a story about people and relationships and a character.

So I didn’t want to do another biopic. So when I heard the idea, from various people who had played with him, producers, writers, that this could potentially be something, I thought, ‘if the script is great, I would be open to it since he’s always been a fascinating figure to me.’

And then, in 2008, when Miles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his nephew was interviewed and was asked, ‘Would you ever do a movie on his life?” He said yes, and that Don Cheadle is going to play him. And I was like ‘I am?’”

What Part Of Davis’ Life The Film Will Focus On

“Well, the construction of the movie is the parallel story of Miles in 1979 at the end of this quiet period he was in, the five-year stretch of time when he wasn’t playing and performing and recording, juxtaposed against the 10-year period where he was with Francis Taylor Davis, who, at the time, was the love of his life and his muse.”

Why So Many Biopics Struggle When The Family Is Hesitant, And Why The Davis Family Approved Of Him

“They should be hesitant. I can’t imagine handing over the keys to my loved ones life to some writers and you know, a bunch of people I don’t know and say, ‘ok produce a story on my mom.’ [Laughs] They have their experience of their father, their uncle, their bandmate, their leader, and, at the end of the day, I don’t know why they said me. Maybe it has to be with the kind of roles they’ve seen me play before, maybe it’s because I’ve been in other biopics. Maybe it’s a resemblance, whatever the concoction was that made sense to [Miles Davis’ nephew] Vince Wilburn to say, ‘Don is going to play my uncle.’ That’s a question I never really asked, to be quite honest.

We wouldn’t have been able to use the music we’re using if the estate hadn’t signed on and hadn’t been on board. We’re working with Sony and Columbia and the family and between the agreements of that triumvirate, we’re able to use the music of his life, during the Columbia years.”

You learn so much about Davis, Cheadle’s work on the film (including learning to play the trumpet) and more from this interview with EW. It’s a lengthy one, but worth reading in full, and you can check it out over at the Entertainment Weekly website.

Are you excited about the film?

Don Cheadle Launches An Indiegogo Campaign For His Directorial Debut, A Miles Davis Film Called “Miles Ahead”

June 5th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Don Cheadle has launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of raising $325,000 for his directorial debut film about Miles Davis called Miles Ahead.

In the campaign pitch, Cheadle calls music his “passion,” and notes that there’s never been a movie about Davis. This film will focus on a few days in the mid-1970s when the jazz musician and trumpeter was making a return to music after battling drug addiction.

Davis’ family is supportive of the project, according to the Los Angeles Times, and Cheadle himself will not only direct, but star in the film. Ewan McGregor will play a Rolling Stone reporter, and Herbie Hancock has signed on to help with the music.

Cheadle is clear that this is not a biopic. “Standard biopics touch all the standard benchmarks for five seconds, then move on,” he told USA TodayHe wants this to be lively storytelling rather than a visual retelling of various facts.

As for why the Oscar-nominated actor is turning to the public to raise money, he says in the clip below that Davis created “social” music, so it makes sense to use social media to to bring the movie to life. Cheadle is investing a large percentage of the budget himself as well as his fees. The funds raised through Indiegogo will pay for photography in Cincinnati (where the movie will be shot) and incorporating the music.

And there are tons of perks for those who donate. If you give $85, you get a copy of The Miles Davis Art Book along with a link to pre-screen the film. A $200 donation will get you a rare Miles Davis t-shirt. And at the $550 level, there are aluminum and wood “posters” of Davis available.

Will you be donating?

Cut The Games: Couples We Know Are Never Getting Married

March 27th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Most serious relationships head down the aisle toward matrimony within a respectable two-five-year period, but these celebrity couples have decided Nevuary 1st is a more ideal wedding date. Here are 15 celebrity couples we’re more than sure will never he Mr. and Mrs., despite some of them trying to convince us otherwise.

Couples Who Are Never Getting Married

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The Game and Tiffney Cambridge

The Game popped the question to actress and model Valeisha Butterfield, the mother of his first child, but they never made it down the aisle. After falling for elementary school teacher Tiffney Cambridge, The Game became a father two more times. Despite their on and off relationship, the California rapper once again got down on bended knee and proposed to Cambridge. The couple was the star of their own reality show “Marrying The Game” for two seasons but after wedding bells failed to ring, The Game and the mother of his two children called it quits earlier this year.

A-list Movie Stars Joining TV Shows

March 17th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There was a time when A-list movie stars wouldn’t have been caught dead doing television shows but times have surely changed. Instead of catching them on the silver screen, you can now find these actors on the small screen.

Movie Stars Joining TV Shows

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey’s first words ever uttered on the big screen were “Alright, alright, alright” in 1993’s Dazed and Confused. Since that breakout performance he’s gone on to star in over 30 movies. This month the Texas native won the Academy award for Best Actor as ladies man turned AIDS activist Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. Starring in HBO’s acclaimed series True Detective, McConaughey is an early favorite to win an Emmy for his role. If he does, he will become the first to win an Oscar for Best Actor and an Emmy in the same year.

Don Cheadle Is Heading To The Super Bowl (For Bud Light)

January 22nd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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You know the Super Bowl is here when you start seeing teasers for the ads.

The commercial blitz is heating up and, as usual, there are some big names and unexpected surprises in store. Among them, the fact that Don Cheadle will be repping Bud Light. With a llama. And Arnold Schwarzenegger in a wig. And Reggie Watts freestyling in a limo. Oh.

The teasers are newly released in advance of the big game. And they pose a ton of questions. Who’s house is Don going to? Who’s playing ping pong with Ahh-nold? Who’s the bride?

It’s part of a campaign with the tagline “Up for whatever” and a corresponding #upforwhatever hashtag.

These days, all sorts of celebs are lining up to add a quirky spin to ads, television shows, and video clips. Cheadle has shown his sense of humor before, so this could be the set up to something good.

Below, Reggie Watts on the mike. Any ads you’re looking forward to?

And here’s Ahh-nold doing who knows what.

[h/t Business Insider]

15 Hilarious Don Cheadle Moments You Missed

November 29th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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We can’t wait to see Don Cheadle play Miles Davis in “Kill the Trumpet Player.” Until then, let’s take a look back at some of the most entertaining moments in Don Cheadle’s career. Find out who calls him “Don Che Che” and why he loves getting nakey on camera as we celebrate the actor on his 49th birthday.

Zoe Saldana To Play Frances Davis In Miles Davis Biopic, ‘Kill The Trumpet Player’

November 19th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well folks, Zoe Saldana has been cast in another biopic—hopefully there won’t be any protests this time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Out of the Furnace actress recently snagged a role in Kill the Trumpet Player, a biopic about the life of famed Jazz musician Mile Davis.

The newly married beauty will be playing Miles’ former wife, Frances Davis, alongside Don Cheadle, who will be playing Miles. Reports suggest that the film will revolve around “a few dangerous days” in Miles’ life. Don will also be co-directing the film.

“Don is one of our generation’s greatest actors, and this is the role he was born to play. His take on the conventional biopic of one of music’s most celebrated icons is cinematic ‘jazz’ and too unique to resist,”said BiFrost’s David Wagner, who is financing the project.

“It fits naturally with BiFrost’s commitment to support talent and their passion projects, so we are thrilled to work with Don on his feature directorial debut,” he continued.

Don says that he hopes Kill the Trumpet Player will shatter traditional biopic standards.

“Let’s kill that term, OK? I hope with this film we can kill the biopic. This film won’t try to give a broad overview of Davis’ life and give short shrift to this man’s story. For us as creative people, the time of his life that was most interesting was the five years when he wasn’t playing, when he was silent. What was going on in his mind? And how did he come out of it and return to music?”

It sounds like Kill the Trumpet Player is going to be a pretty interesting project.

Do you think you’d be interested in seeing it?

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

They Made It Last: Celebrity Couples We Almost Forgot Have Been Together For Years

November 11th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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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.

Celebrity Couples Who've Been Together For Forever

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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.

And The Award Goes To…The Wrong Damn Person: Actors Who Should’ve Won But Didn’t

October 14th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.

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Denzel Washington: Malcom X

Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”