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Is Hollywood Cursed? 15 Superstitions And Industry Curses People Swear Are True

June 18th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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We all know that Hollywood is a weird place. But is it cursed? These stories sound out there. But these stars say the evidence speaks for itself. These are superstitions and “curses” that people believe to be true.

15 Child Stars Who Made It And Are Killing It In Hollywood

June 12th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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We’ve all seen the stories about child stars gone wild. From Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges to Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes, making the transition from child star to an adult actor (or musician) can sometimes be rocky and filled with drama. Still, it is possible to make it out unscathed. Let’s look at 15 child stars who successfully transitioned and thrived!

The Ultimate Read: 15 Celebs Who Need To Write A Tell-All

June 9th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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This promises to be a big year for Black autobiographies. With Issa Rae’s book of short essays in stores everywhere, Amber Rose preparing her scandalous tell-all, and the announcements of memoirs coming from Shonda Rhimes and Gabourey Sidibe, we are hype. But we would be even more excited if the following stars shared their stories. Here are 15 celebs who need to write tell-all books!

Is Anyone Else Getting Tired Of Hollywood Remakes?

June 3rd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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For the love of all that’s good, please stop remaking movies.

Hollywood generates billions of dollars a year. Is there really a need to remake movies? Perhaps they should call in Shonda Rhimes or some up-and-coming talent to fill the void of creative ideas.

I love The Rock as much as the next woman (that man is some serious eye candy). Worth an estimated $52 million, he has successfully transitioned from the realm of professional wrestling to the big screen. With box office hits like The Game PlanFurious 7 and now San Andreas under his belt, it’s no wonder why Hollywood keeps knocking at his door. It’s estimated his movies earn an average of $92.8 million in theaters, which is pretty amazing.

That doesn’t mean I need to see him as Jack Burton or whoever he plans to play in the upcoming remake of Big Trouble in Little China though. It’s okay if you’ve never seen it. It’s an ’80s flick that starred Kurt Russell as a witty truck driver who gets caught up in a Chinese street gang battle with mystical elements. In many ways, it was a bit cheesy, but it’s still considered a cult favorite in many circles.

This is not a diss to The Rock. Heck, if someone decided to pay me millions to play make-believe, I might jump on the opportunity as well. My frustration is more with Hollywood and their failure — or unwillingness — to give us moviegoers something new and exciting to see. I guess originality goes out the window when you can regurgitate a previous story line.

Sure, there’s probably no such thing as reinventing the wheel; many blockbusters have been based on a book, comic or mythology. Those of us who love cinema can, in fact, enjoy movies here and there based on an adaptation, but would also like to see a different approach on film.

One of the most recent remakes that comes to mind is Poltergeist. It tanked at the box office. Debuting in the number four spot, it has since grossed $38.5 million, which is a far cry from being successful in Tinseltown. Another remake that premiered in May was Mad Max: Fury Road. Sure, it generated some buzz over the whole “feminism” controversy, but filmmakers should be very thankful for foreign markets considering it barely made back its investment in the U.S. (It had a $150 million budget with $116.4 million in ticket sales). And who can forget Robocop, the random reboot that came out last year? That poor movie had a $100 million budget and only grossed $58.6 million. The list can go on and on with other reboots like Godzilla (2014) and Carrie (2013) that received so-so reviews and box office sales.

On the flip side of the coin, certain reboots delivered a fresh perspective. Many Christopher Nolan fans still thank him today for Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a far cry from the “Boom!” “Pow!” of the TV show and ’90s versions. Some also enjoyed the 2014 film About Last Night starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy that grossed $48.6 million at the box office (it had a $12.5 million budget).

And let’s talk about Annie. This was one of the most controversial reboots considering America’s beloved orphan was portrayed by a person of color (Quvenzhane Wallis). That, however, did not stop moviegoers from supporting the film. It grossed $85.9 million — and scored Wallis a Golden Globe nomination.

With more reboots on the way (Fantastic Four and reportedlyJumanji remake), time will tell whether or not folks will grow tired of supporting reboots. After all, is it wrong to want something new if you’re going to pay a small fortune to see it? Perhaps this is where independent films can step in and gain more eyeballs and award recognition.

Then again, Hollywood is pretty notorious for sequels given there are tons in the Fast & Furious franchise, another Terminator coming out, and Jurassic World that will make its debut later this month.

At the end of the day, you’ll pay to see what you want. It’s just interesting how many remakes are coming to a theater near you.

Related: 15 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You

Double Tap That! 15 Celebs You Should Follow on Instagram

June 2nd, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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We are in the midst of the age of Instagram. With more than 150 million users, people do the absolute most for the ‘gram and celebrities are no exception. Candid moments, epic clapbacks, apologies, and plenty of s*xy pics can be found from Hollywood’s elite on IG. Here are 15 celeb Instagram accounts that you will be sure to double tap on. Go ahead and follow!

Hollywood Might Not Love A Mature Woman But Black Film Does

May 26th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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mature black actressesAccording to Maggie Gyllenhall, Hollywood has no love for almost middle-aged women.

In a interview with The Wrap Magazine Gyllenhall, who was nominated for an Academy Award and currently stars in the IFC series “The Honourable Woman,” said that she was recently turned down for a film because, according to Tinsel Town, she’s too old to be a love interest. As reported in a blurb on The Wrap’s website, Gyllenhall said specifically:

“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”

That truly sucks. I have always hated how in mainstream films, an older shriveled up actor is always cast as the love interest of a young beautiful woman half his age. But that’s the white male ego for y’all. For once, it seems, white women are in a position worse than Black women. Or it could be that, once again, the mainstream has lumped all women into one category in spite of what might not be a universal problem.

Either way, this ageism crap really isn’t a Black woman’s issue. What I mean is that when it comes to Black Hollywood, love has no age.

Let’s take last year for example. While white actresses like Gyllenhall were being tossed aside for younger models, Black actresses above thirty were coming into their own and finding love all over the place. Like Regina Hall, age 43, who had played opposite Kevin Hart, 35, in “About Last Night” and Terrence J, who is only 33 years old, in “Think Like a Man Too.” In fact, Hall will be 44 years old when she revives her part of Candy, the former sexy stripper in “The Best Man Wedding” next year. Let me say that again: 44 years old.

Hall is not the only one who appears to be drinking from the anti-discriminatory fountain of youth. Edwina Finley, 35, also co-starred with Hart in “Get Hard.” Then there are Gabrielle Union, age 42, Sherri Shephard, 48, and Rosario Dawson, age 36, who all played love interests of 50-year-old Chris Rock in “Top Five.”

In fact, Black film has long shown love and appreciation for the cultivated woman.  For instance, Queen Latifah was 41 years old and Paula Patton was 35 years old when they both played love interests of the now 43-year-old rapper Common. Patton, again, was 38 when she played a young bride in Jumping the Broom. Janet Jackson, 49, Jill Scott, 43, Tasha Smith, 44, and Sharon Leal, who is a shocking 43 (seriously she looks got-damn great), were well into their thirties and beyond when they starred in the first “Why Did I Get Married,” which came out in 2007 and even more seasoned in “Why Did I Get Married Too,” which was released in 2010. In fact, it would seem that out of all the Black films, which centered around May-December romances, it is usually the Black woman who is “Getting her Groove Back.” By the way, Angela Basset was 39 years old when she played Stella.

And it is not just in the roles of love interests where Black women are shinning. “Selma,” which was directed by 42-year-old Ava DuVernay, starred several Black women well into their 30s and beyond, including Carmen Ejogo who will be 42 this year, Lorraine Toussaint, who is 55, Niecy Nash who is 45 and Oprah Winfrey who is 61. In fact, the youngest recognizable actress in the film was Tessa Thompson who is 31 years old. Even the white women cast in the film were middle-aged women, including Tara Ochs, who is 38, and Elizabeth Wells Berkes and Haviland Stillwell, who both don’t have their ages listed anywhere online, which is a tell-tale sign that neither are spring chickens anymore – at least by White Hollywood standards.

White actresses have longe complained about sexism, particularly around the issue of ageism, in Hollywood, but perhaps the answer has been under their orthopedic shoes the entire time. Perhaps actress like Gyllenhall should consider auditioning for roles in the next Tyler Perry flick — he loves a mature woman — or better yet, perhaps Hollywood should consider hiring more Black creatives. Obviously, they are not scared of a mature woman.

15 Celeb Kids Following In The Footsteps Of Their Parents

May 13th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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When you have a father at the top of the box office or an Emmy-winning mother, it can be intimidating when trying to decide if you should follow in your parents’ footsteps or journey out and do your own thing. These celeb kids decided to follow the lead of their parents and prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Oh, You Tried It: 15 Epic Clapbacks From The Stars

April 29th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Mo'Nique reveals strained relationship with her 25-year-old son and that she has prayed for "another chance."

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Everyone likes a good clapback but everyone loves watching a celebrity set their haters straight. From singers and actors, all the way to the President of The United States, let’s take a look at 15 celeb clapbacks that had us screaming, “B***h, you guessed it!”

Native American Actors Walk Off Set For Racist Images; Should Black Actors Do The Same?

April 27th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Yesterday, I finally had the chance to watch the 2012 Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, and Ray Liotta flick, Killing Them Softly. And while I won’t ruin it for you, let’s just say that it is your typical Boston-area mafia-related heist film. (Which is no surprise considering that it features both Gandolfini and Liotta, right?) You know, it’s about White people engaged in criminal activity while looking cool doing it.

Also of no surprise, the cast is all White – well, most of the cast is White…

The film’s only person of color comes by way of a Black prostitute. What is her name? We’re never told because obviously it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that she is there to service Gandolfini’s character, an alcoholic hit man on the verge of losing his freedom and his lady, in a dusty motel room. She’s also there to take his abuse. And during her brief appearance in the film he tells her that one day, she is going to get cut up into pieces by one of her johns. It is violent as much as it is dysfunctional. Yet, her only response is to make some wisecrack comment about how if that happens, it will likely be the first time that she can reach orgasm.

Now, I have nothing against who women are often forced, for economic reasons, to engage in sex work; but when it comes to the White imagination, Black women are routinely painted as jezebels, sapphires, and mammies and never fully actualized human beings with names or multi-dimensional identities of our own.  And quite frankly, it is offensive, and I am sick of seeing it.

But in spite of my personal disgust of watching a Black woman once again be demeaned in the most violent of ways for the entertainment and enjoyment of mostly White America, the question always remains: Why do we keep taking these roles?

This question becomes an especially poignant one as I read the article from Indian Country about Native American actors who decided that they had enough of how White Hollywood portrays them.

According to the publication, a dozen Navajo Nation actors and actresses, as well as the Native American cultural advisor, walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production called The Ridiculous Six. The film, which is being produced for Netflix, is supposed to be a parody of 1960 Western classic The Magnificent Seven, however, the Native American actors and actresses just saw it as another example of mostly White Hollywood exploiting and mocking their culture. As the paper writes:

Among the actors who walked off the set were Navajo Nation tribal members Loren Anthony, who is also the lead singer of the metal band Bloodline, and film student Allison Young. Anthony says that though he understands the movie is a comedy, the portrayal of the Apache was severely negligent and the insults to women were more than enough reason to walk off the set…Anthony says he was first insulted that the movie costumes that were supposed to portray Apache were significantly incorrect and that the jokes seemed to get progressively worse.

Actress Goldie Tom would go on to say that poor treatment from production and crew was the final straw.

The consultant, Bruce spoke to the crew and told them we should not have braids and chokers and he was very disappointed. He asked to speak with Adam Sandler. We talked to the producers about other things in the script and they said ‘It’s in the script and we are not going to change it.’ Overall, we were just treated disrespectfully, the spoke down to us and treated everyone with strong tones.

The Gawker-run website, Defamer, has a copy of the script, and in addition to getting the Native American clothing all wrong, the film is also filled with jokes like “Beaver Breath” and “Sits-On-Face,” which parodies Native American traditional names.

Now, some folks may want to shrug their shoulders and claim that the Navajo actors and actresses decision to walk off set is just the result of an overly-sensitive people being upset over what is supposed to be a comedy. And I’m certain that some folks have been this dismissive. But we see white Hollywood do this to the culture of people of color all the time in ways that it will not do to cultural and historical events that are of importance to them. In particular, Black culture — how we dress and our use of certain mannerism down to our sexual prowess — is turned into fodder for their entertainment. And rarely is it funny. To the contrary, the best way to devalue a culture is to “other” it as something other than normal.  This cultural othering, through mockery, is not only how White culture defines itself, but it is also how the culture retains its domination by further perpetuating that there is an inherent “right” way to be a civilized human being.

Unfortunately, many of us buy into this. And no, I’m not talking about those who personally embody the stereotypes in real life. I’m talking about those of us who know these roles are offensive and dangerous, but will accept and play them in film and television anyway. Black actors regularly discuss their frustrations with playing drug dealers, prostitutes, maids, butlers and other domestics. And yet, there are very few Blacks in Hollywood who do not have a couple if not more, of those characters on their professional reels.

I get it: There are not a lot of options available for a working Black actor or actress in Hollywood. Therefore, beggars can’t be choosers. But the same could be said for the Native American actors and actresses. Heck, the only time we ever see them on screen is when a film has to do with the past. Yet, these actors and actresses were willing to put their careers on the line and never work again for a bigger cause, one that may seriously alter how we showcase Native Americans in future films.

Now, I don’t expect that tomorrow there will be a massive boycott in Hollywood over these demeaning roles – although it would be nice. However, I do hope that when material in a film is super questionable and outright offensive, some of us will also be brave enough to walk away.

Paper Or Plastic? 15 Celebs Who Went From Customer Service To Hollywood

April 14th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.