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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.
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.
Tags:Angelina Jolie, Anna Kournikova, Brad Pitt, bridgid coulter, Cassie, celebrity couples, Chrissy Lampkin, diane kruger, Don Cheadle, Enrique Iglesias, george clooney, Goldie Hawn, helen bonham carter, jane fallen, jennifer westfeldt, jim jones, jon hamm, joshua jackson, kourtney kardashian, Kurt Russell, Liev Schreiber, naomi watts, Oprah Winfrey, ricky gervais, Scott Disick, sean "diddy" combs, Stedman Graham, the game, tim burton
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
Tags:carl anthony payne, D.L. Hughley, denzel washington, derek luke, Don Cheadle, eddie george, flex alexander, gina torres, Grant Hill, laurence fishburne, LL Cool J, Macaulay Culkin, melissa mccarthy, Morris Chestnut, paula patton, Reagan Gomez-Preston, rene elizondo, robin thicke, Shanice, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George, tamia
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.
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.”
Kerry Washington And Don Cheadle Talk Race In Hollywood, Starring On Their OWN Shows, And Being Activists In “Variety”
Who doesn’t love Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle? They hold things down on their respective TV shows, ABC’s Scandal and Showtime’s House of Lies. They are exceptional actors in some of our favorite movies. And when they’re off-camera, they fight for causes, social issues and the democratic process as involved activists. They’re more than just red-carpet mainstays and the usual over-exposed celebrities. In an interview with Variety, the two powerhouses discussed their road to primetime success, being black in Hollywood, and using their celebrity powers to improve the world around them. Here are some of the highlights from their interview below:
The role race plays in their career, and if they think it’s something “overplayed in the media as part of your story?”
Cheadle: I think I’m somewhat defined by my race for sure, and I’m good with that and I actually want that to be a part. … I think that should be fodder for our work — we should use all aspects of ourselves. I’m always trying to find a place where that’s actually an impact on what I’m doing as opposed to going, “Well, we’re all just people and we’re the same.”
Washington: I agree. I think it’s relevant. I think gender is relevant. I bring something to the table as a woman; I bring something to the table as a woman of color. So I feel like, if it’s the only thing you focus on, then it’s a danger, and if you never talk about it then it’s a danger.
Finding work and opportunities as black actors and actresses when roles are so scarce:
Cheadle: There’s not enough work for anybody, so whenever there’s not enough for anybody, the people who are somewhat already marginalized, the margin is going to be even smaller. … That being said though, where we are is sort of antithetical to that: She’s the lead of a hit TV show, and she’s not the only black actor on network TV in the lead of a show. That’s amazing.
Washington: That’s huge right now, and different. I think you’re really right. I think there’s that curve, but I do have a sense that it’s curving upwards and that I have more opportunities than Josephine Baker and Lena Horne and Diahann Carroll had. … This is a business where, if you’re looking for consistency and dependability in your work, this is not the career for you. But I think as more women are in positions of power, more people in color are in positions of power, the stories become more inclusive, the casts become more inclusive.
How they use their celebrity to fight for big causes and important issues:
Cheadle: You’re there because you can draw focus and attention and attraction, but really what you’re (trying) to do is go, “That’s the expert, that person really knows a thousand times more than what I do about this issue and these are the people who it’s about. Yes, I would love to talk about Iron Man with you, but I want you to talk to them about their thing.”
I’m trying to pass the ball like Brad Pitt was saying: “We can’t get out of the light, and they can’t get in the light.” So, we’re trying to use that bounce and go, “Oh you’re looking me? Bing! Now go look at that.” … A lot of it is frustrating to me because — and I see (this) when I get the feedback from the organizations I work with — when I pull out of it, a lot of times that whole energy gets sucked out of it, too, and now it’s hard to get that issue back in the press.
Washington: It’s one of the reasons I feel like it’s so important when we do this kind of work to shine the light on the organization but to also encourage our fans to become involved, because that’s what it requires: the ongoing momentum of people being involved. For me I remember a point when — I come from a family that is pretty politically active and politically engaged — and for me there was a point in my career where I thought, am I going to have to stand back and not be involved because I’m in the public eye?
…but I said, “No, I participate because I’m an American, and I live in a democracy that needs me to participate.” So I can’t stand back and let go of my responsibility because I’m an actor, but the hope is that other people will know it’s their responsibility to also participate, because if they want to be like us in these other ways — in terms of what shoes are they wearing and where are they going on vacation, what are they eating, what all the weekly magazines are telling you — then they should also want to be engaged with their friends and want to do something more meaningful. So you hope that example is part of what comes out of it.
Check out their full sit-down (and the video of it, which is a hefty 30 minutes) over at Variety where they talk about the paths their career have taken, and let us know what you thought of their comments below!
Fight The Power! Don Cheadle Talks About His Super Hero Role In “Iron Man 3″ And What He’s Got Coming Up!
“I had a great time in this movie being outside of the suit and getting to really be a part of the action as a regular guy,” says Don Cheadle on starring in the colossal blockbuster, Iron Man 3. Cheadle spoke with ESSENCE.com about playing an action hero, his experience filming the movie and who his real-life superheroes are.
How he prepared for his role as War Machine:
I bought a cape and tried to fight a human size tuna can. [Laughs] No, I really just read the comic, got involved with the script and really tried to make him what he was in the second movie but even more beefed up.
His real life superheroes:
The people around me and my parents. Especially my dad, knowing what it takes as a father myself to raise a family.
What other projects he’s working on this year:
I’m going to take the rest of 2013 off. I’m doing a lot of things with my production company, developing shows, movies and plays. I won’t be going back to work until August when House of Lies starts up again.
Now who told Don he could take the rest of the year off? Did he get permission from his fans? Just kidding…good for him! You can check the rest of the interview out (and he’s a really funny guy) over on Essence.com.
Have you checked out Iron Man 3 yet?
When Terrence Howard landed the coveted role as Col. James Rhodes in 2008 blockbuster, Iron Man, he believed that his career would only continue to flourish from there. But, when producers put out a sequel to the film and made the decision to replace the Hustle & Flow actor with Don Cheadle, well, it kind of put a damper on things.
According to the Huffington Post, Hollywood whispers suggest that Howard was replaced by Cheadle as a result of Howard’s failure to see eye-to-eye with Iron Man director Jon Farvreau and Marvel executives. Although he initially conveyed his departure from the Marvel saga as mutually amicable, he recently revealed to Hollywood.com that the snub “killed” his career. When asked by the site’s reporter about one of the worst things he’s witnessed in his life, he referenced Iron Man.
“Well, the worst thing I’ve witnessed was Iron Man killing my career,” he semi-humorously expressed.
“They tried to, they tried to,” he seriously continued.
The actor went a bit more in depth about the Iron Man controversy, exactly how it has impacted his career and what he’s learned from the experience, during an interview with Spanish entertainment site, Desde Hollywood. An English translation of his explanation reads:
“It’s similar to what happens with my character in this movie [Dead Man Down]: He had lost a lot. Thought he was maintaining and holding his ground. All the things he was building his future on was not going to sustain him. Unfortunately he went after and tried to seek his own revenge.”
“I had a decision to make. I could have sought revenge against Marvel and all. But I learned something in life. You know? That everything is controlled by this wave particle theory. Often times when we are moving up in this wave field we are looking up. But the moment that we are reaching the descent we are still looking up. Guess what: we are falling. But if you turn and orient yourself in the direction that you are going in, you will gain momentum and a great deal of inertia so you reflect off the valley and you miss the next two or three downward falls.”
“I love the fact that Iron Man put me on a world stage and tested my strength of character. Because I chose not to fight back, not to deal with the allegations, but to continue forward and do what I had to do. I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie, back to $60 thousand a movie. But as long as you don’t give up you are able… I’ll make $20 million soon. Because I have learned the lessons of yesterday.”
What do you think of Terrence blaming Iron Man for the demise of his career?