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The movie will reportedly be brought to life by DreamWorks (along with Warner Bros.), who had major success last year with the film Lincoln. According to reports, both of the studios have been trying to get a picture on Martin Luther King, Jr. made for years now, dating back to 2009. The story would follow King from his early days as an activist and go all the way to his assassination in 1968. The script has already been put together by Kario Salem, and producers behind the project include Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi.
As Variety pointed out, for both Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx, biopics are pictures they do some of their best work in. Of course, Foxx picked up an Academy Award for his role as Ray Charles in Ray, and Stone is known for his biopics, including, JFK and W.
As talented as Foxx is, do you think he would be a good fit for Martin Luther King, Jr.? Would you go see it? Or are you too through with the stream of biopics coming out these days?
From Black Voices
Students at Carrick High School in Pittsburgh planned to wear hoodies to school on Wednesday to honor the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was the same age as many of them when he was killed.
The school called it “Trayvon Martin Day,” as part of its homecoming spirit week, but the announcement was met with mixed reactions from parents, ultimately leading to its cancellation, according to a report from CBS Pittsburgh.
“I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they’re going to react,” said parent Jennifer Kagle.
Explaining her thoughts to a reporter about why she believed it was the event was important, one student asked “Is George Zimmerman in jail yet?” To which the reporter responds, “No,” prompting the student to simply say, “That’s why.”
Since the incident, Martin’s hoodie has become a symbol worn in remembrance of the slain teen.
In March of last year, a group of California lawmakers made headlines after wearing hoodies in a legislative session, while countless celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Diddy posted photos of themselves in hoodies, to raise awareness about what the teen’s death has meant to many.
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Out of all the truly interesting and moving speeches that were given during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington, we had to highlight one from singer/actor Jamie Foxx, which challenged famous folks to step it up and stand for big things like Martin Luther King Jr., Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and others did before the original march on Washington and after. But it was also a major call for such celebrities, as well as young people in general, to have more respect for their elders, who sacrificed and paved the way for them. Here’s what Foxx had to say in his speech (which you can watch below in case you missed it).
“I’m here to celebrate what Dr. King did 50 years [ago], I’m not even probably going to read from the teleprompter because I’m just going to speak from my heart. I’m going to tell you right now, that everybody my age and all the entertainers, it’s time for us to stand up now and renew this dream. That’s what we got to do. I was affected by the Trayvon Martin situation. I was affected by Newtown. I was affected by Sandy Hook. I’m affected by those things, so it’s time for us now to pick up. Harry Belafonte saw me at the Image Awards and he asked me what am I willing to do. He took it a step further and we went to dinner and my daughter who is 19 years old –I said, ‘Listen, if you want to get inspired, come listen to this man speak.’ When I sat with Mr. Belafonte, he asked my daughter [in Belafonte voice], ‘How old are you?’ And my daughter said, ’19.’ I said, ‘Mr. Belafonte what were you doing at 19?’ He said, ‘I was coming home from World War 2 and when I got back to America I wasn’t allowed to vote. I love America, but I realized I had more work to do. So myself, Al, Jesse, and Martin, we marched.” I said, ‘Wait a minute man, you sound like you’re naming a boy band group, what do you mean? Who are these guys’ names?’ He looked at my daughter and he said, ‘Martin Luther King, have you heard of him?’ And we sat there and we cried.
What we need to do now, is pick it up now so when we’re 87 years old talking to the other young folks, we can say, ‘It was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington,’ the list goes on and on. Don’t make me start preaching up here. Last but not least, I have to recognize Mr. Berry Gordy, and not only did Harry Belafonte bail Martin Luther King out of jail so that he could march he also paid for all of Coretta Scott-King’s bills as long as she was on this planet. Young folks let’s have some respect for our elders, ya’ll…”
He definitely made some good points, especially when he touched on the fact that we need to have respect for our elders. With Jay Z walking around calling Belafonte “boy” in his lyrics, it’s clear said respect is lacking these days. What did you think of Foxx’s speech?
Oprah Winfrey has been in our lives for decades, but never ceases to amaze in her ability to get even the most guarded Hollywood A-listers to give fans a glimpse behind the glitz and glamour. Though Oprah Winfrey’s transition from talk show host to mogul and television station owner hasn’t been the smoothest, that hasn’t stopped Winfrey from landing some of today’s biggest interviews, mostly recently with actress Lindsay Lohan. So in honor of her tradition of journalistic excellence and her ability to go where were few other hosts have gone before, the are the most interesting Oprah Winfrey interviews from over the years.
You know when a celebrity starts to make money, its all in the smile (literally). So many celebs transform their look with dental veneers, which is always done with the intent to improve their smile. However, dental veneers can either come out really nice or really bad, see who has the best and worst celebrity dental veneers.
With all the drama on Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta K. Michelle’s smile does bring some sunshine to the show. Without veneers the songstress may not have the flawless style she exudes, so she definitely has some of the best veneers.
The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.
Day job: Rapper
Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman
C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.
Many of us were pleasantly surprised when Kerry Washington sat down with Jordin Sparks at the Teen Choice Awards for a quick interview that turned into a duet of Disney’s “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin. The whole duet began when Jordin Sparks asked Kerry what her favorite karaoke song was, which is when she mentioned her love of Disney and then the two decided on singing the popular Aladdin theme song. Kerry sounded very good, prompting us to ask, who knew she could act and sing? We should’ve known though, the woman is full of many surprises these days! And she’s not the only one. Check out these other actors who can sing.
We were all shocked to learn that Scandal actress Kerry Washington secretly tied the knot while no one was watching, to her NFL-playing beau Nnamdi Asomugha. It was even more surprising when news leaked that Kerry and her new hubby had been dating exclusively for three years before they tied the knot. The number one question on the minds of many is how the two love birds managed to keep their romance a secret for so long. However they did it, Kerry’s Django Unchained co-star, Jamie Foxx, says it was definitely a good thing.
“I think it’s fantastic in the fact that she kept it quiet. I think it’s great that she kept in the background,” the White House Down star told Hip Hollywood.
He went on to say that it’s no easy task for a celebrity of her caliber to keep a relationship under the radar.
“In our business it’s tough when it’s so bright and so shiny, but being able to have a wonderful relationship under wraps really makes you happy for her.”
The 45-year-old actor also wished the beautiful Kerry a wonderful marriage.
“Fingers crossed that she has a wonderful marriage,” he expressed.
In case you blinked and missed it, Kerry and San Francisco 49ers player, Nnamdi Asomugha, exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony in Idaho back in June.
Turn the page to watch footage from Jamie’s interview.
Contrary to popular belief, being an actor isn’t always glamorous. These stars had to reach deep inside themselves and take a walk on the dark side to play a part most weren’t familiar with at all — a drug addict.
Famed actress Alfre Woodard has played many characters. One unforgettable role was friend and neighbor to a gay drag queen played by Ving Rhames. Woodard was Wanda in the 2000 movie Holiday Heart, a drug-addicted single mom with a heart of gold who was down on her luck. This isn’t the first time Woodard portrayed a character addicted to a substance. Two years earlier she starred in Down In The Delta as an addict forced to move to Mississippi with her children.
Jamie Foxx and Will Smith (alongside his son) tirelessly promoted their films White House Down and After Earth, respectively, but their efforts fell flat with disappointing numbers at the box office. Despite some flops, however, this summer box office might actually hit record numbers with hot new films like Denzel Washington’s 2 Guns, reports the TheWrap.
Along with Fox and Smith, Johnny Depp—a money-making favorite for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and other films — failed to draw in his swashbuckler-loving audience for Lone Ranger and shipwrecked at the box office. Even the smoldering-hot actor, Ryan Reynolds could not save R.IP.D, a $130 million film that raked in a deathly $12.7 million, Huffington Post says.
With all this chatter about film flops, it’s easy to assume that this summer’s movie season will be a dud. But there have been many more hits than misses to salvage the summer box office. “The total domestic gross for the summer to date is $342 billion, better than last summer’s $3.09 billion to this point,” according to a source at TheWrap.
“It’s human nature. It’s a lot more fun to talk about bombs than hits,” Matthew Harrigan, senior analyst of Wunderlich, says. He believes since the negative talk outweighed the positive, it dimmed the reality of this summer’s movie success.
With high-profile movies such as Fruitvale Station looking promising, “this summer could still top the $4.32 billion record set in 2011,” adds TheWrap.
Comic book films are helping to set the tone for a great summer film season. Iron Man 3 pulled in more than $400 million. Man of Steel pulls in at second place raking in $285 million. This is not too bad considering the public’s “increasing appeal of cable and digital entertainment,” says HuffPo, “Hollywood has tried to lure moviegoers with bigger (and more expensive) 3-D extravaganzas.”
Spike Lee, as we recently reported, isn’t all too pleased with Hollywood’s ploy to capture the audience: “Superhereos, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly Through the Air wile Transforming is not my Thang…”he said. He is currently seeking financing to put out his next film using the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. He stopped by the MadameNoire offices yesterday to talk with us about the effort, among other things.
Thankfully, it seems like Fruitvale is fulfilling Lee’s goal of revitalizing more heartfelt films. And the success of movies like The Conjuring, a horror flick that didn’t cost $100 million to make, shows that there’s room for something other than a tremendous budget. Perhaps, tiring of the tech-filled blow-em-ups that usually top the box office during the summer months, the viewing audience is looking for something with a little more diversity (of thought and of people), a little more story, and a little more soul. Now that doesn’t mean we’re turning our back entirely on popcorn entertainment. Wolverine is already on track to be a big hit. Then there’s the aforementioned Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. And 2 Guns, as the name indicates, is going to rely on a lot of firepower, though it looks to be following in the footsteps of an old-school action movie rather than a sci-fi creation.
But days, making sequel after sequel, remake after remake, and throwing around a ton of cash just isn’t going to cut it. The doors could be opening for movies with new stars and directors, new looks, and fresh perspectives.