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By day, they are actors, but by night these 15 male stars could be seen on the small screen moonlighting as one-time video vixens.
Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.
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Last month we told you that Eddie Murphy threatened to sue up and coming comedian, Brando Murphy, for allegedly getting gigs under the false pretense that he’s Eddie’s son. It appears that the tables have turned though. According to TMZ, Brando has beaten Eddie to the legal punch and is suing the “Tower Heist” actor for a whopping $50 million!
In the lawsuit, Brando, who is suing for defamation, claims that Eddie is determined to sabotage his career. He also responded to claims made by Eddie that he only changed his last name to Murphy so that people would associate him with the 52-year-old comedian.
“The name Murphy is of Irish decent … and not exclusive to Eddie Murphy, a ‘Black Man’ of African Ancestry and a purported African American,” an excerpt from the filing reads.
As for Eddie’s claims that Brando tries to look and act like him, Brando says:
“[I] did not create [myself] and that the way [I] looks is an act of GOD.”
He went on to argue that he has never once tried to pass himself off as Eddie’s son, despite the fact that he appeared in a stage act along with Richard Pryor’s son titled “Sons of Comedy.” Taking things a step further, he also claims that an associate of Eddie made death threats against him. Eddie’s camp isn’t too concerned about the lawsuit though. His legal team says it’s ridiculous.
“This is an absolutely ridiculous lawsuit, and we are confident it will be immediately dismissed by the court,” said Eddie’s attorney, Marty Singer.
At this point, it seems pretty clear that Brando is just mocking Eddie. We’re interested in seeing how this plays out though.
It may be 2014 but there are still some celebrities out there who refuse to confirm their sexual preference for one reason or another.
Queen Latifah blazed a trail by becoming successful in a male-dominated rap world. As her popularity grew, so did questions about her sexuality. Dogged by rumors for much of her career, Queen Latifah has refused to comment about her personal life. Paparazzi have caught the New Jersey native numerous times with her then-personal trainer/long-time ex-girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins but she has still been adamant about keeping her private life private. At this year’s Grammys, many thought the “Ladies First” rapper would finally come out of the closet while officiating a number of gay marriages at an event before the ceremony, but she didn’t.
If you ask some folk, mainly white folk, Eddie Murphy’s star had dimmed by the early to mid ’90′s. Folks weren’t feeling Beverly Hills Cop III, they thought Harlem Nights, Eddie’s directorial debut was narcissistic and there were some who even took issue with Coming to America, when we all know it was, and still is, a classic. But The Nutty Professor was too good to deny and folks started calling it his comeback role. While I would argue, Eddie never left, get into some of the behind the scenes secrets from The Nutty Professor.
I’m not sure why I find this to be so funny, but there’s a young comedian by the name of Brando Murphy, who has supposedly been insinuating that he’s the offspring of famed comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. According to TMZ, Eddie is not at all thrilled about the not-so-subtle hints that Brandon has been dropping and has threatened to take legal action against the up-and-comer.
In a cease and desist letter that is addressed to Brando and said to be written by Eddie’s attorney, Marty Singer, Brando is accused of changing his last name to Murphy, performing with Richard Pryor’s son, Mason, in the “Sons of Comedy” tour and showing up to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf—a café that Eddie frequents—and screaming, “My father won’t talk to me!” Eddie and Marty are reportedly threatening to sue Brando for millions if he doesn’t knock it off.
Brando, however, is not backing down. He reportedly responded to Marty and Eddie’s letter with a few threats of his own. According to Brando, he never presented himself as Eddie’s son and called their accusations “vile, base, contemptible, miserable, wretched and loathsome.” In turn, Brando says he will sue Eddie for defamation if he continues with the accusations and his “campaign of intimidation.”
Ha! How bizarre is this story?
Check out footage of one of Brando’s standup routines below.
From The Grio
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube is headed back to the big screen early next year in the highly anticipated buddy-cop comedy Ride Along.
According to the film’s director, Tim Story, Ride Along is a comedic take on the gritty crime dramaTraining Day.
During a visit on the set of Ride Along in Atlanta last December, Ice Cube opened up about his new role, and talked about his on-screen chemistry with Kevin Hart.
“Working with somebody like Kevin Hart is rejuvenating…” Ice Cube said. “I think Kevin’s brand of comedy is broader. He reminds me of a young Eddie Murphy….when Eddie Murphy was sharp as a tack, witty and on time. And he can pull it all off.. he can pull off the physical, he can pull off the intellectual, he can pull off the subtle. It’s just cool to work with somebody so good.”
Throughout his film career spanning more than 20 years, Ice Cube has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s funniest comedians, including Mike Epps, Katt Williams, John Witherspoon and Chris Tucker.
The 44-year-old actor says that the key to his success in the buddy-comedy film genre has been his ability “to make sure the comedy is funny, and not just comedy.”
“We make sure we have a great script so that we don’t force feed anything,” he says. “I think it helps people relax and laugh at it.”
Read more at TheGrio.com
It looks like there’s some off-camera drama brewing over on the set of VH1′s Hollywood Exes. According to TMZ, one of the mothers of Eddie Murphy’s children, Tamara Johnson, is suing Lynch-Dyson Entertainment, the producers of Hollywood Exes, claiming that they actually jacked the idea from her.
In filed court documents, Johnson insists that she pitched a reality show titled The Hollywood Ex Club to Vernon Lynch back in 2008. According to reports, the show was supposed to document the lives of a group of celebrity baby mamas and was inspired by Johnson’s relationship with Murphy; however, nothing ever came as a result of Johnson’s discussions with Lynch. Four years later, in 2012, VH1 debuted a new show titled Hollywood Exes starring Murphy’s ex-wife, Nicole Murphy, and ironically produced by Lynch-Dyson Entertainment. As you have probably guessed, Johnson wasn’t too happy about this.
Johnson says that she reached out to Lynch-Dyson several times in hopes of receiving credit and money for the alleged stolen idea; however, the issue was never resolved. Now she’s suing for at least $1 million. Of course there are always two sides to a story, but if in fact Lynch-Dyson actually stole her idea, then we can totally understand her frustration. We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
What are your thoughts about this lawsuit?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
It’s been twenty-five years since classic comedy Coming To America was released in theaters and unsurprisingly, folks are wondering why there was never a follow-up movie detailing what happened to Prince Akeem, Semmi and Lisa. Eddie Murphy recently appeared on Arsenio’s night time talk show, where the two discussed the flick’s 25 year anniversary and the reasons why a sequel never happened.
“Now I don’t know if people say this to you. They say it to me because they know I need the money, but umm, a lot of people say, ‘How come there was never a sequel?’ I’m not sure,” Arsenio said to Eddie.
According to Eddie, the film’s plot attracted a lot of lawsuits.
“When ‘Coming to America’ came out, there was like a bunch of lawsuits. It was too long ago for you guys to remember, but there was some dude claiming that he was the prince,” Eddie said.
He went on to hilariously tell the story of being confronted by one man who claimed the movie’s plot was about his life.
“I be out in the club and this African dude would roll up on me and say, ‘I am the real prince! You stole my life from me! And I want my money! I’ll kill you! This happened on a regular basis!”Eddie exclaimed.
Though the story sounds quite humorous, Eddie said that things got very real.
“I actually had depositions where I had to sit across the table from this dude. It was so many lawsuits, so we were like, ehhh.”
Arsenio hilariously reminisced about one part in the lawsuit where the man went as far as to claim that he came to America to find the leading lady from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.
“Remember he said he came here after the girl in ‘Thriller?’ His pursuit was to come to America for the girl in ‘Thriller.’”
Hot mess! It’s great to see these two united and still as hilarious as ever.
Watch footage of Eddie and Arsenio discussing ‘Coming to America’ on the next page.
These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?
Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.