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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.
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?
Nia Long recently sat down with the hosts of Access Hollywood Live to discuss her new role in Showtime drama House of Lies. She also chatted it up about what life is like being a mom for the second time and whether or not a wedding is in the near future for her and boyfriend, Ime Udoka. Check out some of what she had to say.
On being a mom for the second time:
“I have a 12 year old and a 15 month old, he is so juicy. That’s my juicy baby… They have the cutest relationship. I was kind of worried because of the age gap, but they have the most delicious relationship. The little guy looks at the oldest like ‘Oh my God you’re my hero,’ and my big boy is like ‘Oh, I can actually rough house you because you’re so juicy.’ They’re awesome. It’s very different [having a baby right now] because I get very little sleep. There’s been longer than a 10-year age gap, but it’s all just so wonderful because it really enriches your life. I just have such a clear perspective of what my needs are and where I’m going and what kind of job works for me and what doesn’t work for me. Babies are like light in your life.”
On the possibility of marriage:
“I don’t know [if we'll be getting married anytime soon]. You know, he’s assistant coaching for the Spurs, so we spend a lot of time going back and forth to San Antonio. It’s tough. It’s hard. It’s a challenge. But we are committed to one another and our babies. You know, you just do what you gotta do. It was a great opportunity for him, coming from being a player. It was like the perfect way to parlay into his coaching career and so I have to support that.”
On predicting Don Cheadle’s Golden Globes win:
“We actually shot [for House of Lies] a couple of days before the Golden Globes and I said ‘I just have a feeling you’re going to win. Congratulations this is great,’ and he goes ‘I’m never winning.’ So I was watching the show and just before he went on I had this vision of him winning. So the next day we all had a table read and they scheduled the call for 6:00 am and he was so tired. He gets to work and he’s wearing his Golden Globe like a Biggie Smalls album cover. I’m like ‘You look like Biggie Smalls with a big medallion.’ It was so funny. He was so cute”
Check out footage of Nia’s full interview on the next page. Do you have any thoughts regarding her nonchalance about exchanging vows?
Showtime’s hit series House of Lies has earned much attention since it debuted in 2012. Now in its second season, the clever comedy about an over-the-top consultant, played by Best Comedy Actor Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle, continues to up the ante with guest stars. Nia Long is among the selected actors to appear on the series this season and we hear her upcoming episode may raise some eyebrows.
Nia talks about her character, Tamara:
“The very first time you meet her, she talks about how she’s been out of the game raising children. She’s a wife. And coming back into the game she wants to have some sort of integrity for herself. When you look at the characters on House of Lies, they are all very twisted. They are not what they seem. They’re back stabbing. They’re just ugly people, not nice people. They go for theirs. I think Tamara’s approach to things isn’t that way. She has a different way of getting what she wants.”
On what it’s like working with Don Cheadle:
AH-MAZ-ING! He is probably my new favorite person right now. At first I was so intimidated and nervous and I never get that way. I don’t know what it was about him. I don’t know what it was that made me feel that way. I think it was me coming on to a show that’s already established. I’ve seen almost everything he’s done. I’ve always wanted to work with him. I really like him because he stays under the radar and does great work. He doesn’t care about the fanfare or the fame.
Don’t you just love her? It’ll be great to see her back to work. You can read the full interview on Essence.
Do you watch House of Lies?
Black actors have come a long way in the last few decades. These stars may be one of the only black actors on their shows but not only do they hold it down, they steal almost every scene they are in. If you haven’t tuned in to any of these shows, click through for a reason to.
Last year, RZA gave us a reason to watch Californication, a show starring David Duchovny as a boozing writer who slores around town. In it, RZA plays a rapper named Samurai Apocalypse (of course). Since RZA is basically playing himself — a ride or die preacher/prophet with a sharp tongue — he is a lot of fun to watch.