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Not Done With TV: Halle Berry’s 606 Films To Produce Medical Drama For CBS

September 10th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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HOscar-winning film actress Halle Berry seems to be liking television. Not only is she starring in the hit science-fiction television drama series Extant, Berry is now stepping behind the cameras. Her 606 Films has sold its first project under the first-look deal it has with CBS TV Studios, reports For the project, she is partnering with House executive producer Katie Jacobs for another medical drama with an unusual main character.

Written by Larry Kaplow, the untitled project focuses on a surgeon who actually imprisons himself in high-tech private hospital on the grounds of a prison, reports Black America Web. So it sounds like a lot of drama.

Berry along with Kaplow, her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Jacobs will executive produce for 606 Films and CBS TV Studios.

606 Films’ has a first-look deal at CBS TV Studios that derived from Berry’s starring role in Extant, which will air its season finale next week. Berry also executive produces the successful series.

Berry has many producing credit thus far to her name, including  Frankie & Alice (producer), TV movie Lackawanna Blues (executive producer), and  Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (executive producer).

Her company 606 is working on feature film projects as well. Lotus Entertainment thriller Kidnap stars Berry and will be directed by Luis Prieto. Relativity picked up U.S. distribution rights to the film, which will start shooting this fall.

That Was You!? Small Roles Big Celebrities Had In Your Favorite Shows And Movies Before They Were Famous

August 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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…).

Halle Berry Expands Her Fragrance Line WIth A New “Wild” Scent

August 21st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Halle Berry wants you tap into your wild side. The actress has a new scent called Wild Essence Halle Berry, and Berry shows her wild side in the new advertisement, dressed in a sheer, black mesh dress against a jungle backdrop. The fragrance “captures the sensual essence of a women in nature.”

Berry herself says in a press statement, “With my newest fragrance I wanted to go deep into the rainforest where I could capture the primal richness of nature in an effortless scent.” The latest perfume features Sicilian bergamot, “juicy black currant and mandarin zest” with lighter hints of sandalwood bark and white patchouli and is priced around $28.00, reports Sandra Rose. “I love the idea of creating a fragrance that will allow women to connect with nature, through perfume,” added Berry in that press statement. Berry already has four other scents on the market: Exotic Jasmine, Closer, Halle, and Pure Orchid. All are through her brand Halle Berry Fragrances under a deal with Coty.

When her first fragrance Halle was launched in March 2009 it debuted as the best-selling fragrance at such stores as Target, CVS, Walgreen and Kohl’s, reports Forbes.

One of the reasons for its successful debut was its price point. The scent was teamed with other Berry products such as shower gel, body lotion and natural deodorant spray and retailed for just $17 to $35.

Still, Berry fragrances have not remained in the top 10 best-selling celebrity fragrances. “While the late actress Elizabeth Taylor remains number one with sales of US$55 million in 2013, the number two and three positions are held by singer/actress/producer Jennifer Lopez and singer Justin Bieber. Singers Beyoncé Knowles and Rihanna hold the number four and five positions,” reports Euro Monitor.

Overall celebrity scent sales are down. In 2013 celebrity fragrances equaled about 11 percent of the US fragrances market, a decrease from 12 percent in 2012.

Why Black Actresses Still Aren’t Permeating The Big Screen

August 20th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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Now that we are slowly recovering from “Lupita Nyong’o fever”, it is back to the drawing board when it comes to the representation of Black actresses on the big screen. Yes, Lupita is lovely, and her Oscar win for her hauntingly beautiful performance in 12 Years a Slave, will never be forgotten, but what happens now? The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has managed to stay relevant through her various ad campaigns and cosmetic deals, and has also scored a major role in the upcoming Star Wars movie being helmed by director J.J. Abrams. Despite all the accolades, it’s hard to gauge what lies in store for Nyong’o in terms of career trajectory. As we all know, being an Oscar-winner doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of the list for every casting session. Halle Berry certainly did not fare too well after her Best Actress win for Monster’s Ball back in 2002. Octavia Spencer, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Help in 2012, has been steadily working, but it is clear that she will never be regulated to leading lady status.

In fact, it is hard to imagine why Black actresses are still not in a position to nab significant roles in films, unless they are being subjected to the tutelage of Tyler Perry or other Black filmmakers. A recent piece in Vogue Magazine highlighted the new breed of “Young Hollywood”, and as expected the ingénues were Caucasian, with no actress of color in sight. Is it possible that there are no young Black actresses under the age of 35, who are coming into their own, with beauty and talent to match?

There are few of them floating around, Yaya DaCosta, 31, could have easily made the list. The America’s Next Top Model alumn, has proven beyond a doubt that she is much more than just a pretty face. From The Kids Are All Alright to The Butler, DaCosta commands the screen with every appearance, and her latest venture will have her portraying the late songbird Whitney Houston for a Lifetime movie being directed by actress Angela Bassett. English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 30, held her own opposite Tom Hanks in 2011’s Larry Crowne, and most recently wowed critics with her performance in Belle, where she played the title character Dido Elizabeth Belle to perfection. Former soap star, Tika Sumpter, 34, has managed to parlay her undeniable charisma to the big screen. Her notables include, Think Like a Man, Sparkle, A Madea Christmas and the summer hit Get On Up. It is somewhat hard to understand why Naturi Naughton, 30, former member of the girl group 3LW, still isn’t being adequately utilized. Her performance in the 2008 film Notorious, where she portrayed Lil’ Kim, was her first lead role and demonstrated her burgeoning talent. She has had other opportunities to shine but not as brightly as she deserves. Actress Adepero Oduye, 36, gave a stunningly heartbreaking performance in the 2011 film Pariah, which garnered her an Independent Spirits Award nomination and an inclusion in The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Fastest-Rising Stars list for 2011. Since then she appeared opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 years a Slave, and in the remake of Steel Magnolias. But despite her winning accomplishments, it is clear that the industry still doesn’t know what to do with highly-skilled actresses who are presumably not bankable.

There are many others that fall into the same category of “young, talented and underused”. And then the movies that present and all Black cast almost always feature the same faces. Regina Hall, Nia Long, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Sanaa Lathan and Gabrielle Union dominate the circuit while Zoe Saldana has been certified as the leading Black actress of the moment, even nabbing a role that many thought was grossly miscast. The 35-year-old actress was tapped to play the iconic crooner and civil rights activist Nina Simone, and the announcement did not sit well with fans, who feel Saldana’s physical attributes will not translate simply because both women do not share similar characteristics. The shots from set of Saldana with purposely darkened skin is evidence enough, and inspires the question of why a more suited actress wasn’t awarded the part.

The answer to that question is an infuriatingly long-standing one. Hollywood is a business, and actors are regarded as money-makers first which means that even though being skilled is a necessity, studio heads have to be convinced that you are viable enough for them to bet on you. When pitted against their White counterparts, Black actresses are still not able to prove their worth and are only allowed regulated access to sought-after scripts. The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Emma Stone currently dominate the market for leading actresses, and the veterans like Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts, are not letting up because the hits keep coming.

There has been some progress made, but it is hard to be specific because so much more work needs to be done to help give Black actresses the chance to shine in the spotlight long enough for them to swiftly pass on the torch to the generation after them. In the meantime, secondary roles will have to do unless another Lupita is on the horizon, and since we are only allotted one shining star every few years, that is highly unlikely.


And The Oscar Goes To… Halle Berry’s Best Pop Moments

August 14th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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It’s one of the biggest Hollywood actresses, Halle Berry’s,  birthday. And MadameNoire is recapping some of her biggest pop and barrier-breaking moments on film and TV. And let’s not forget to mention how beautiful she is. She had a song dedicated to her by Hurricane Chris, “Halle Berry (She’s Fine).” That’s how much her beauty has inspired folks :).

Giveaway: Win A “Frankie & Alice” DVD And Revlon Makeup Kit

August 7th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The past spring we reported on the biopic, “Frankie and Alice” which tells the story of Frankie Murdoch (played by Halle Berry), a Black ’70s go-go dancer who struggles to maintain her sanity after finding out she suffers from multiple-personality disorder. Interestingly, Frankie struggled with two distinct personalities — a 7-year-old version of herself and Alice, a Caucasian southern belle bigot who was constantly in conflict with Frankie’s actual race and culture.”

If you haven’t seen this film yet you’re in luck because we’re giving away two free copies along with a makeup kit from Halle’s favorite brand, Revlon, and a signed poster from the actress!

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Frankie & Alice DVD will be released on Tuesday, August 12!

Halle Berry Can’t Compete With ‘America’s Got Talent!’ CBS Pushes ‘Extant’ Up An Hour

July 29th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Halle Berry in Extant, photo credit CBS

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Even with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer and Halle Berry as the lead character, Extant is drawing in less-than-stellar ratings. Could America’s Got Talent, the summer’s No.1 show, be too competitive for the sci-fi extraterrestial drama? CBS is shifting Extant up one hour to escape the head-to-head face-off, EurWeb reports.

Last week, America’s Got Talent devoured the out-of-this world series with 11.09 million viewers — compare that to Extant’s 6.48 million. On its third episode, Extant scored a 1.1 rating among the key demo, 18-to-49-year-olds. That’s a 27 percent plummet from Extant’s 1.5 rating from the previous week.

It’s clear that everyone is flocking to watch the likes of Heidi Klum and Mel B, not Berry, to quench their viewing pleasures.

The debut had actually been strong enough for people to start calling it a “breakout hit.” But the July 9th launch was lackluster with the key advertising demographic. “The series premiere drew a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers,” TheWrap wrote. That’s down from CBS’ Under the Dome (written by Stephen King), another Spielberg production, which drew in a 3.3 rating during its summer premiere last year.

Working fast to save intergalactic space fantasy, CBS has decided to push Extant into the 10 p.m. time slot on Wednesdays, swapping with the vet series Criminal Minds.

The time slot shift has helped a couple of CBS shows in the past. Reckless and Unforgettable both saw a surge in total viewers after the time changes.

Though Extant, which follows Berry as an astronaut who comes home mysteriously pregnant after a 13-month solo mission, is doing just okay in the U.S., it’s a top-performing show for Amazon Prime users in the U.K.

Extant’s time change is effective immediately. Watch the Spielberg series at 10 p.m., this Wednesday, on CBS.

Do They Have A Case? 10 Celebrity Lawsuits Of 2014

July 22nd, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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It’s no secret that most celebrities make tons of money — or at least more than the average person. This is why it might be hard for some of us to have sympathy when they are involved in a lawsuit.

There are tons of claims of stolen ideas and images. Then again, being a high-profile figure can make you a target for others trying to get in your pockets. Check out these 10 celebrity lawsuits. Do you think they’re justified?

Ready To See Them Again? Former TV Stars Returning To Television

July 16th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Halle Berry in Extant, photo credit CBS

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Television shows have certainly changed over the last several years. Once known as a platform for up-and-coming actors, there appears to be a growing trend of “A-list” stars looking to get in on the action. Gone are the days when celebrities were “too good for television.” You now have Academy Award winners like Matthew McConaughey starring in HBO’s True Detective, Kevin Spacey in the Netflix hit House of Cards, and Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle on House of Lies.

Well we are here to inform you of another trend — the rise of former TV stars coming to a small screen near you. Are you surprised by any?

Read 10 Television Comeback Stories

Halle Berry’s TV Sci-Fi Drama, ‘Extant’, Pulls In High Ratings For Debut

July 16th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Halle Berry’s movies may be hit-or-miss at the box office these days, but television seems to like her.  The Academy Award winner just took home first place in the television ratings for her summer drama Extant. The limited-run series pulled in 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, according to Nielsen.

In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously comes back from a solo space mission pregnant. The drama was the most-watched prime-time show during the week. “By comparison, the second-season debut of ‘Under the Dome’ a week earlier had 9.4 million viewers, a number considered disappointing given its hit status a year earlier,” reports Black American Web.

The long July 4th holiday weekend helped increase the total viewership for Extant to 11.9 million.

The scary sci-fi drama also stars Pierce Gagnon as Ethan, a boy robot who may be murderous.

The show has been already called a breakout hit. This is a far cry from her films as of late, which, to put it politely have bombed. When looking at her resume following her Oscar winning performance in Monster’s Ball, her only hits have been the X-Men series of films.

“Outside of those movies, she’s had a string of either very bad luck or she’s made some very bad decisions. 2004′s Catwoman was a disaster bringing in only $82 million at the global box office…2010′s Frankie & Alice, where Berry played a woman with multiple personality disorder, was ignored by audiences and derided by critics. The film earned a terrible 14 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes,” reports Forbes. Then Cloud Atlas, though much-hyped and supported by a big budget and co-star Tom Hanks, only earned $121 million at the global box office.

Forbes speculates that being a 47-year-old black actress stacks the odds against Berry in the white male dominated world of Hollywood. “Studios just aren’t looking to finance movies that star middle-aged black women no matter how beautiful they are. They’re not financing many movies starring white middle-aged women either so it’s not even like there are color blind roles that Berry could be getting,” reports the magazine.

Maybe Extant will translate into a box office win for Berry’s next feature film.

CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers. NBC came in second with 4.6 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.7 million.

Did you watch Extant?