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It’s about compromise. It’s about love. It’s about a good wingman.
An all-Black cast remake of the 1986 film of the same name, About Last Night starred Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant and Michael Ealy. Released on Valentine’s Day 2014, About Last Night was executive produced by Will Packer under his old shingle, Rainforest Films, and Screen Gems. The contemporized rom-com follows two couples – Bernie and Joan and Danny and Debbie – both on their journey from first date to instant relationship to breakups and all the juicy hiccups in between. Made with a budget of $12.5 million, About Last Night grossed nearly $49 million at the box office. Here are some secrets behind the making of About Last Night.
We all know there’s no such thing as a perfect guy. Even still, it’s nice to dream about meeting a man who is the entire package. Can’t a gal dream? Continue clicking to check out which celebrity men are about as perfect as it gets for us.
What’s there not to love about Idris Elba? With his chocolate skin, captivating eyes and that heartwarming British accent, any woman would fall head over heels for him. Elba first came across our radar as Stringer Bell in HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire and we haven’t had enough of him yet.
Can’t get enough of the new hit thriller The Perfect Guy? Read on for some juicy behind-the-scenes info on this box-office hit!
The Perfect Guy exceeded expectations this weekend, scoring the number one spot at the box office.
According to ABC News, the romance thriller earned $26.7 million at the weekend box office narrowly beating M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit, which earned $25.7 million.
Considering that the PG-13-rated film only cost $12 million to produce, Sony experienced some noteworthy success this weekend. Apparently, supportive female audiences are what helped the film to surge to the number one spot. An estimated 69 percent of The Perfect Guy’s weekend audience were women, and 58 percent were over the age 25.
“It bodes well for the longevity of the film. Not only is it a date movie, but it’s a film that girlfriends are going to go to together as well,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this marks the fifth consecutive weekend that a film starring Black actors and actresses has topped the box office. Labor Day weekend, War Room held the number one spot and prior to that, Straight Outta Compton maintained the top spot for three weekends straight.
Did you check out The Perfect Guy this weekend? What were your thoughts?
The Perfect Guy is number-one at the box-office and we know why. The new love thriller, produced by actress Sanaa Lathan and actor Michael Ealy, who also star in the steamy flick will truly have you on the edge of your seat. With eerie twists and turns, which mirror many new courtships, it is no surprise that The Perfect Guy is the date movie of the season.
After watching this chiller with my partner, we left the screening with a bunch of questions regarding speedy relationships. We asked each other about red flags and deal breakers when it comes to love.
A few days ago, Mommynoire met Michael and Sanaa over brunch at the 40/40 Club in New York City, where they candidly discussed how the film evolved and the lessons they learned about love.
But just a week ago, Mommynoire spoke with every ladies chocolate fantasy, Morris Chestnut, who is also featured in the film. During our interview, we talked about his role in The Perfect Guy, the mistakes men make, and what fans should look for in movie.
Mommynoire: Why did you allow Sanaa’s character Leah to walk out of your life in the first place?
Morris Chestnut: (laughs) – That’s a great question! We were just at a point where we were at different stages in our lives. She wanted something different than I wanted and sometimes as men we don’t take advantage of certain situations when we can. He just let it go. And you are right – it was a mistake that he did that.
Do you think that women are really looking for a man to fight for them?
Morris Chestnut: I think couples need to understand who they are with verses thinking the grass is always greener – basically, looking for the perfect situation.
What do you think are some warning signs that women should pay attention to when looking for the perfect guy?
Morris Chestnut: I think that they should really get to know a person first. I think sometimes people are anxious to be in relationships and be in certain situations to where they kind of rush things. I think if they take the time to get to know who they are with, they can prevent some bad situations.
What was your biggest challenge in this role?
Morris Chestnut: This was a pretty straight forward type of role. It was really just building up the history of the relationship. When the film opens up, Sanaa and I were in a long-term relationship, so building that up was the main challenge.
What should fans take away from this movie?
Morris Chestnut: I want them to really understand and try to get to know who they are with, so they don’t end up in an imperfect situation.
Michael Ealy On Black Hollywood Struggles: We Raise Our Children To Want To Shine In Front Of The Camera
Fun fact: “The Perfect Guy” hits theaters today. Extra fun fact: Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, who star in the film alongside Morris Chestnut, are also executive producers of the thriller. It’s that fact that offered great insight into the struggle of Black Hollywood which is a never ending discussion whenever a project with African American leads is released.
At a blogger luncheon in New York City September 10, Ealy and Lathan were asked whether they were cognizant of hiring Black crew members to work on the film, given the greater influence they had for “The Perfect Guy” versus prior movies. Interestingly, in answering that question, Ealy pointed out a fact about so-called Black Hollywood most aren’t aware of: There are actually more Black actors than there are Black production crew members.
“It would be Utopian to say I need at least 16 Black grips and a Black DP (director of photography),” Ealy said. “The reality is, because of access to film, you don’t have a lot of Black people who want to go behind the camera. We raise our children to want to be in front of the camera and shine, and that’s on us. We have to change that ourselves and try to inspire kids to want to be DPs. We have to inspire them to want to do things behind the cameras, be costume designers.
“I’m not saying there are none,” Ealy added in response to a comment from the crowd about there being Black people interested in production roles. “I’m just saying there’s a lot more actors and singers than there are Black costume designers, for sure.”
Speaking less about Hollywood and more about his personal life, Ealy also dropped a piece of advice almost anyone can appreciate when he was asked about keeping his relationship so private. Likening the entertainment industry to high school, Ealy says he learned as a teen it’s best to keep certain things to yourself.
“The less people who are involved in what you’re doing, the more likely it is that you’ll be successful.”
When you see Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy’s names together for a movie titled “The Perfect Guy” you can pretty much guarantee every Black woman with $14 to her name will be in line. Add a little Sanaa Lathan and you’re sure to have a hit on your hands. That’s what Sony is hoping happens when this thriller hits theaters tomorrow. When we got a chance to chat with the stars of this film and we asked them what drew them to this type of flick, in roles we haven’t seem them in before. And of course we had to ask old blue eyes how he plays crazy so well. Watch and tell us what you think.
[Watch] New Clip Of Morris Chestnut And Michael Ealy Battling Over Sanaa Lathan In “The Perfect Guy”
The Perfect Guy will no doubt be one of the most talked about thrillers this year! The film centers around a man named Carter (Michael Ealy) who becomes obsessed with his ex-girlfriend (Sanaa Lathan) after she ends their relationship.
Although the film debuts in two weeks, we know many of you can’t wait much longer. To help with that, we have an exclusive clip just for readers!
In the feature below, Carter is seen stalking his ex-girlfriend and her new beau (Morris Chestnut) at a restaurant. How will Carter handle being confronted by his ex’s beau for his pestering behavior? Watch and see.
This sexy, scary thriller debuts in theaters, September 11, 2015. Click the jump to check out exclusive pictures from The Perfect Guy.
This weekend, Café Mocha is live from The Salute Her Awards in Atlanta, presented by Hyundai Motor America. On top of saluting the accomplishments of female leaders in various industries, in front of a live studio audience Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy also reveal why it was so hard to do love scenes in their new movie, The Perfect Guy. And don’t miss the ladies of Did Y’all See on Café Mocha Radio this weekend and catch them any time on the MadameNoire YouTube page.
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I’m all here for diversity in Black film. While I love the classic Black rom coms like Love Jones and the coming of age stories like Boyz in The Hood, I’m also excited for Black actors, writers and directors tapping into other genres.
Last year, Taraji and Idris had No Good Deed and now, three of our faves: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut are starring in another put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat flick called The Perfect Guy.
Movie Insider described the movie as follows:
Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave (Morris Chestnut), her long-term boyfriend loves her. And yet, at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up.
Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems Leah has met the perfect guy. But if it seems too good to be true… Soon Carter’s protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him.
If you aren’t convinced, check out the trailer for the film in the video below.