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It’s no secret that Kevin Hart’s star is on the rise right now. He’s making history, collecting awards and getting paaaaid. Where there was once a time where only black folk knew him, he’s quickly becoming a household name. Just the other day the Mrs. Obama said she saw his movie Ride Along and found it hilarious. And according to Kevin’s Instagram page, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
The comedian posted this picture with Oprah with the following caption:
Wow…today was unbelievable, @oprah just came to my house & interviewed me for 2hrs. She is such a amazing woman!!! Her spirit is everything that I thought it would be. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now! #Blessed #GoodTimesWithGreatPeople #Wow #STayTunedForTheTelevisedInterviewInformation
Good for Kevin!
Seems like these two have been running into each other quite a bit lately. Last month, when Kevin won an NAACP Image Award, Oprah gave him one of her famous hugs in a congratulatory gesture. Check it out below.
No word on when this will air but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Each February we take time out to look at the progress of Blacks in the United States — where we have been and where we are going. As this year’s Black History Month draws to a close, it’s an interesting exercise to take a look at the past month or two of 2014 to see what pages we’ve added to our history, for better or for worse. Here are some memorable moments to reflect on from Black History Month 2014.
Her ex-husband’s star is shooting to the stratosphere. And now Torrei Hart, previously married to Kevin Hart, is stepping out and building her own brand. She joined the cast of the reality show Atlanta Exes. And now she has just launched her Cherry Lemonade-flavored drink mixer with the Skimpy Mixers product line, reports The Grio. Torrei has partnered with the new Dallas-based beverage company as one of the faces of the brand, which is a line of low-sugar drink mixers made from real fruit juice.
“It’s a good brand to be associated with,” said Torrei at her launch event. “When the opportunity came along I just wanted to be involved.”
Torrei’s likeness and signature will be used on the zebra-print packaging for the hot pink mixer. Her flavor joins a line that already includes Orange, Pineapple, Berry Lemonade Sweet ‘n Sour and Skimpy Margarita. Skimpy Mixers was created by a group of female entrepreneurs.
“I love the women, their energy and aura,” says Torrei of the women behind Skimpy Mixers.
“We’re excited about kicking off our partnership with her and having Skimpy Mixers featured in an episode of Atlanta Exes,” said Megan Toole, president & CEO of Skimpy Mixers.
Torrei is a reality star newcomer. The Atlanta Exes cast includes Christina Johnson (Cee-Lo’s ex), Sheree Buchanan (ex-wife of NFL player Ray Buchanan), and Monyetta Shaw (Ne-Yo’s former flame). Tameka Raymond (Usher’s ex wife) reportedly just dropped out of the show, which is set to debut this summer.
Torrei told The Grio that besides the drama, viewers will be able to relate to the women. Atlanta Exes would be an empowering, “positive” show.
“We all sincerely love each other and are getting on great,” she said.
Kevin Hart’s short and funny self is on a roll! And if you thought he had any intention of slowing down, you gon’ learn today!
Think Like a Man Too is on Hart’s horizon along with Get Hard in 2015 – a comedy starring Will Ferrell as Hart’s co-star. Yes you heard me right. Will Ferrell. Kevin is ditching his C-list costars and snagging roles with Hollywood powerhouses like Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match.
Who knew the little munchkin had it in him back when he piloted Soul Plane? Let’s take a look at Hart’s trajectory from “You see, the way I got my bank account set up…” to “ @oprah gave me a big congratulation hug last night.” And we know damn well Oprah ain’t checkin’ for you if you’re irrelevant.
This movie is absolutely, positively — for the lack of a better word — ratchet. A purple plane with spinners? Really? And the safety video was a spoof of the Destiny’s Child song “Survivor”! Not to mention they served KFC in economy class. Though Kevin Hart’s character, Nashawn Wade, owned the plane — Kevin’s performance was drowned out by the likes of Mo’Nique, Snoop Dogg, and John Witherspoon. It just wasn’t his time to shine.
After Soul Plane, Kevin Hart did a slew of parody films such as Epic Movie, Superhero Movie, and Extreme Movie – which did next to nothing to boost his career. (Do they ever help anyone’s career?) And quite honestly, even during Death At a Funeral, which starred Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, we still pointed to Kevin Hart and said “Hey, it’s that guy from Soul Plane!” Nothing more, nothing less. Particularly since he wasn’t even in the movie poster. (But Peter Dinklage! He wins every time.)
35 & Ticking provided viewers an ensemble cast of our favorite Black Hollywood actors and actresses. You’ve got Wendy Racquel Robinson, Nicole Ari Parker, Clifton Powell, Kym Whitley — and way, way, down at the bottom of our list, next to Meagan Good, lies Kevin Hart.
If you didn’t notice Kevin Hart before, you definitely were aware of his presence during the Laugh at My Pain mania. Having the whole nation in hysterics, people took to social media, memes, and GIFs and Kevin’s jokes spread like wildfire. “Say it with your chest!” a GIF proclaimed. ”Pineapples!” another meme said. Laugh At My Pain reeled in $1.9 million in just 98 theaters — “The best per-theater average of that weekend.”
People flocked to watch Kevin Hart play Wendy Williams’ divorcée in Think Like a Man and the film grossed $99,105,477 worldwide! Kevin won his very first trophy for the film — a BET award for Best Actor. Of course, since the movie did so well, Think Like a Man Too is in the works. At this point in his career, Kevin Hart is aflame, but not yet on fire.
Ricocheting off Laugh at My Pain‘s buzz, Kevin Hart had us gasping for air in Let Me Explain‘s stand-up routine. The 5’2″ comedy firecracker pulled in a whopping $32,244,051. Kevin financed the movie himself with a $2.5 million budget “which means he took home almost all of the profits,” Forbes said.
Oh yeah, now Kevin Hart is on fire, baby! Ride Along, a buddy cop flick, took home $41.2 million the first weekend. This is way higher than the $28 million industry “experts” had predicted. “‘Ride Along’ is the #1 Movie in America for the 3rd week in a row! This is huge, I’m about to run outside & smack the sh** out of sumbody,” Kevin Hart tweeted.
Just a couple weeks later, a frustrated Kevin Hart tweets, “ #1 ROMANTIC COMEDY in AMERICA…make these week a special week by going to see the DAMN movie.” About Last Night, remake of the 1986 film of the same name, didn’t come up to par with Ride Along, but it still did well. “The $12.5 million film has grossed $30 million so far,” Forbes said.
It’s becoming clearer by the day that the mainstream (i.e., white folk-majority) really does have a hard time differentiating between black folks.
I’m not just talking about the many instances in the media of mistaken identities between two black celebrities (i.e., confusing Sam Jackson with Laurence Fishburne or Nelson Mandela with Morgan Freeman) whose only shared attributes are the color of their skin and hair. But I’m also talking about the act of lumping all black occurrences together, regardless if those occurrences have anything to do with each other or not.
Take for instance this profile of Kevin Hart and his rise in Hollywood. Variety‘s film reporter, Andrew Stewart, is confused by it and is trying to figure out how two films (Ride Along and About Last Night), starring teeny-tiny Hart, both have become box office smash hits. Understandably, everyone, including yours truly, has spoken about the amount of work Hart has been getting as of late. I speculated that we might be seeing too much of him. However, Stewart presents a much more peculiar theory about Hart’s star power:
“Hart’s seemingly overnight hit status also is due, in part, to the recent success of urban-targeted films in general, including “The Best Man Holiday” and “12 Years a Slave,” both of which were released late last year.”
Um, say what now?
Now I know I spent a considerable amount of time, weeping through some very real and very angry tears during Steve McQueen’s masterpiece, so my memory may be a bit foggy. But I do not recall Hart’s munchkin behind in the film. And now that I think about it, he wasn’t in The Best Man Holiday either. So what does either film’s success have to do with Hart’s rise in Hollywood? I thought that maybe if I look to the next line or paragraph in the report, I might get a better understanding. Nope. Just more shock and awe about how well a film with a black lead did at the box office, considering “African American-themed films typically do not travel well outside the U.S. (Side note: I never understood that logic considering I’ve been told that most of the bootlegs of black films online always have some Eastern European or Asian languages subtitled into it).”
Now I know Hart is not some folks’ favorite person (for a mirage of reasons), but even still, this bit of shade from a respected industry publication is a bit ridiculous. Okay, lots of ridiculous. I’m not going to even get into the question of how and why the writer drew correlations between 12 Years A Slave, a film based on the personal accounts of a free black man being kidnapped into slavery, and The Best Man Holiday, a comedy about fictional black friends with loads of personal relationship drama – other then to say that both films did well and have black people in them, which might make them easier to malign by those with existing racial biases. I mean, this is the same Hollywood, which will fawn over Slumdog Millionaire and Amelie (sorry, those are the first foreign and English-based films that came to mind), but can’t sit through an American-born Negro-produced film without it being classified as not for them (i.e., “urban-targeted”).
Likewise, if Stewart wanted to speculate about correlation and causation between black Hollywood and the trajectory of Hart’s career, than perhaps a better place to start would be with Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Will Smith, Idris Elba or the other single leading men, whom Hollywood only seems to recognize at one time. Because a story like that would probably peel back the curtains on a number of other black actors and actresses, who have been 12 Years A Slav-ing away for years in all those urban-targeted movies Stewart doesn’t think are for him.
Kevin Hart has put so many years into building his brand. Outside of a bit role in Scary Movie 3, Hart would first catch the public’s eye in the disastrously bad cult classic Soul Plane and then again when he delivered one of the most classic Negro-moment, “pop the trunk,” scenes in cinema in the film, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. Folks didn’t know his name yet, but by 2006, Hart produced and released his first stand-up album and film called I’m a Little Grown Man, which slowly help to create a buzz around barber and beauty salons all across America. It would be his second album and film, Seriously Funny, which was released four years later, that would propel him into a black household name.
Armed with a dedicated fan base, Hart would again produce and release Laugh at My Pain, which opened in 90 cities and grossed more than $8 million. His recent concert film, Let Me Explain, which was released last year, grossed nearly $32 million, which is a fantastic profit considering it cost only $2.5 million to make. According to Box Office Mojo, Let Me Explain and Laugh At My Pain are both within the top ten grossing comedy shows of all times. And according to every single person in my timeline, Hart just might be the most quoted contemporary comedian of the last 20 years. Oh, and then there is the little romantic comedy film Think Like A Man, which Hart would star in as part of an ensemble cast. That film would gross more than $96 million worldwide and would secure the number one spot at the domestic box office for two weeks straight. All of this is to say that Stewart had a lot of available information, which he could have used to explain Hart’s rise.
Not to mention his wildly popular BET show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, which even has the critics at Roger Ebert.com’s Balder & Dash, perplexed as to why it is not as hyped as other cable TV shows on air right now – especially since last year, RHOH was cable’s number-one sitcom among adults in the 18-to-49 demographic. As B&D writer Craig D. Lindsey wrote of the RHOH snub:
“Once again, you should see Hart’s mug on all the magazine covers, not unlike fellow stand-up sensation Louis C.K., whose acclaimed, Emmy-winning FX show “Louie” helped him land covers on Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. Unfortunately, even with web sites like Slate declaring he is the most successful comic working today, I’ve only seen Hart on the cover of Ebony.”
As this New York Times article points out, Hart’s audience has largely been around 60 to 70 percent black, which may explain why his success at the box office might seem strange or a surprise to some, including Stewart. But let it be clear that’s Hart’s rise is not because of the success of 12 Years…or The Best Man Holiday, but rather, a result of many years of work he put into connecting and building a fan base in audiences, whom many in Hollywood seems dead set on writing off in the first place.
Kevin Hart Shares Why Girlfriend, Eniko, Is Wife Material And Why That Takes Nothing Away From His Ex-Wife, Torrei
Kevin Hart still catches a lot of heat for his current relationship with girlfriend, Eniko Parish, but he continues to profess his love for the long-legged beauty, despite what the critics have to say. During a recent interview with Necole Bitchie, the “About Last Night” actor explained just a few of the many reasons why he believes that Eniko is wife material.
“I found somebody who put a smile on my face,” he confessed. “I found somebody who genuinely made me happy. Which people don’t realize is not an easy task. You know, the word ‘happy’ is a strong word. I’m not talking about facilitating happiness, I’m talking about genuinely making me happy. And she does that.”
He went on to say that Eniko’s strength and commitment to him is a lot deeper than what meets the eye and dates back a lot farther than most people realize.
“Eniko is a strong woman in my life. Not [just] in the way she embraces me but from the way that- in the beginning of our relationship, for years I kept my kids away from what we were doing until I felt [they] were ready and when I finally did [put her around my kids] she embraced that as well.”
“The way that she stepped up to the plate and just accepted me for who I am, accepted me as a man coming in with kids and not even blinking an eye. I think she’s shown that she’s a woman who has my back. And that’s what you want when you’re in the position that I’m in and you’re in the entertainment business. Everybody’s going to question everything you do. Everybody’s going to question everything you say, but you have to come to a strong decision of what’s right and what’s wrong. And right now, the one thing I can say is right is having that woman in my life.”
Kevin also expressed that his love and desire to be with Eniko takes nothing away from his ex-wife, Torrei.
“To be honest with you, me and my ex-wife, we had our problems. We had REAL problems. So we both walked away from that. And we’re happy that we did and we’re in a better space.”
“At the end of the day, you gotta realize that sometimes people just aren’t meant to be together and you find that out differently,” he said. “But you know, I think the good thing about me and my ex-wife [Torrei] is- I love the fact that [she] is the mother of my kids. I wouldn’t ask for a better person to do it. She gave me two amazing kids and because of that, that’s [her] invaluable purpose to our relationship and in our life.”
“So from this day on, we’re in each others’ lives. We’re friends. We’re [amicable]. It’s not a thing where we don’t get along or we’re fighting all the time. We’re good.”
He makes great points and he seems extremely happy with Eniko.
‘Kevin Called My Breasts Sandbags:’ Regina Hall Talks Shooting Sex Scenes While Kevin Hart’s Girlfriend Was On Set
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for celebs who have to shoot sex scenes with a camera crew and spectators standing around, “About Last Night” actress Regina Hall says it’s pretty awkward—especially when one of those spectators is your on-screen love interest’s girlfriend.
“You know, Kevin has been running around saying he put the hammer down,” Regina told Arsenio Hall. “There are a lot of sex scenes with Kevin. It was the first day of shooting and we had a lot of sex scenes, but I know Kevin. So his girlfriend was there and I don’t know if that makes it more or less awkward, but she’s sweet.”
Regina adds that because she has an off-screen relationship with Kevin and he’s such a jokester, things were a little less awkward.
“You’re not [really] naked. You have the little covers and the little pasties. We were comfortable, well as comfortable as we could be because Kevin’s like a brother.”
“Kevin called my breasts sandbags. He said, ‘Somebody get Regina something to cover up her little sandbags.’
As for whether it’s easier to shoot a sex scene with someone you know or a complete stranger, Regina says it’s all pretty awkward.
“I’ve done that too… in a film with someone I don’t know. It’s always a little awkward because you don’t have your clothes on.
Watch Regina’s interview on the next page.
The highly anticipated romantic comedy”About Last Night” was released in theaters this past weekend and it didn’t disappoint. According to Box Office Mojo, the Will Packer film came in at number two at the President’s Day weekend box office, grossing $27 million, which is pretty great considering that a little less than $13 million was spent making and marketing the film.
It also appears that movie critics good things to say about the Kevin Hart flick, insisting that the comedic element is what really made the movie such a success.
“It is largely thanks to them [Kevin Hart and Regina Hall] that ‘About Last Night,’ which might have been a pleasant and forgettable date movie, is very often a raucous good time,” wrote the New York Times’ A.O. Scott. “Many of the funniest parts seem to arise spontaneously from Mr. Hart’s uncensored brain and fast-moving mouth. He can swerve from tears to mock outrage to anatomically detailed obscenities faster than just about any other comic performer working today, and in Ms. Hall he has found an excellent match.”
“Frisky fun made all the more entertaining because of the potent chemistry between its quartet of lead actors,” raved USA Today’s Claudia Puig. “Hart’s 80-mph comic pacing is tough to match, but Hall is equally racy. Their scorched-earth takedowns are fast and furious, sometimes seemingly improvised. The actors appear to enjoy each other’s comic energy.”
We’re glad to hear it did so well.
Did you check out “About Last Night” over the weekend? What did you think of it?
I have very fond memories of seeing Think Like A Man in 2012, loving it, raving about it to anyone who would listen and then seeing it again. It was awesome! Completely well done from top to bottom. And the numbers showed that. The film grossed $91.5 million.
So it only makes sense that the producers, writers, directors and actors would come together again to do a sequel. They’re upping the ante this time and taking the crew to Vegas for bachelor and bachelorette parties. No word on who’s getting married but if I had to guess, I’d say Regina Hall because I saw her wearing a tiara in one scene…though Gabrielle Union’s character is the one who walked away with a ring in the last movie. We’ll have to wait and find out.
Anyway, since they’re all in the same place, it becomes a competition to see whether or not the ladies or the menfolk
run this mutha can have the most fun.
In addition to the original cast, stars like Dennis Haysbert (Waiting To Exhale and the All State commercials), Adam Brody (“The O.C.”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and David Walton (“About A Boy”) will appear this second time around.
“Think Like A Man Too” is set to hit theaters on June 20, 2014.
Get into the trailer below and let us know what you’re thinking. Are you excited about seeing this sequel? What do you make of the trailer?
Kevin Hart is one busy man. After celebrating the extremely successful release of his movie “Ride Along,” he is not only gearing up for the February 14th release of his new film “About Last Night,” but he’s also plotting on yet another film project featuring Will Ferrell and rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris. The 34-year-old comedian announced the big news to fans via Instagram.
“Me & Will Ferrell are about to do a movie together people!!!” he exclaimed. “All I can say is HOLYSH*T & and [I'm] happy to say that brother/Friend @troubleman31 will be apart of this amazing project as well!!! My hustle never stops!!! This could be legendary people!!!!”
T.I. also shared the news with Instagam followers.
“Y’all won’t believe what da fux about to happen….#Wait4it!!!! Shits bout to be #EPIC S/O to my BiG(I use that term VERY loosely lol)Patna @kevinhart4real &@WillFerrell #HartBeatprod #GarySanchezprod. It’s…About….To Go….DOWN!!!!!#hustlegangovererrrthang.”
According to Variety, the name of the movie is “Get Hard.” The plot follows a wealthy investment banker who is convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit, as he prepares for prison with the help of the man who washes his car. The film will be directed by Etan Cohen. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart together sounds like a recipe for pure hilarity. So far there’s been no word on exactly when filming is set to begin, but we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Does this sound like something you’d be interested in watching?