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Due out September 16, When The Bough Breaks is a thriller about a surrogate mom who loses her sh-t when her advances toward the soon-to-be father are rebuffed. It’s also the second film of Morris Chestnut’s three-picture deal with Screen Gems. The first was The Perfect Guy starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut.
In this psychological thriller, Regina Hall and Chestnut play Laura and John Taylor, a successful couple who are struggling to have a baby. When they hire a young woman named Anna (played by newcomer Jaz Sinclair), she seems perfect. But as her pregnancy advances, Anna becomes obsessed with John, and all hell breaks loose…see what I did there with the title?
The first trailer for the film came out this week, and it was the public’s first look at the picture. But I was able to visit the set of the Jon Cassar-directed film last spring in the bayous of New Orleans while cast and crew finished shooting one of the last scenes of the picture. Before much had materialized of the movie or promotion for it, the stars were giving reporters (like moi) the inside tea on it (including that the film was originally written for a White cast) and what to expect. Here’s a little without giving too much away.
“I love Laura, she’s amazing,” said Hall of her character, a major stretch from her usual comedic turns. “She goes through a lot. You see a woman who just really wants her child. It makes you think of the lengths that a mother really goes through for her children. I think Laura, although she’s not carrying the baby, the moment that baby has life, she’s like, ‘That’s my baby.’ So she has a different kind of fight, a different kind of strength.”
And as for John, Chestnut said his character is not what you think.
“He’s a loving husband who gets caught in a situation where he has to make some decisions. He’s an alpha male, so he feels what he does is best. But it turns out probably not to be the best decision.”
And Sinclair’s character of Anna definitely changes drastically from start to finish. Pregnancy hormones and unrequited love are just not a good mix.
“You never quite know who this girl is,” newcomer Sinclair said, “because she changes as the story changes.”
But we know that things are going to get very interesting–and violent. (We saw a scene that involved a lot of blood, a shotgun and a lot of bayou mosquitos…) And despite early questions of whether or not When The Bough Breaks is similar to other girl-falls-in-love-with-other-woman’s-life-and-tries-to-take-it films like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Obsessed, Single White Female and more, Hall assured me that it’s different. But it never hurts to be compared to such great thrillers.
“There are always going to be comparisons, but I think on its own, the movie is great,” Hall said. “I mean, I think our director is so smart, and he’s done such beautiful work. I think it stands alone. Every culture is different, and it’s a different movie. But I loved The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. So if we’re compared to that, that’s where I would want it to be.”
Check out the trailer for yourself below and let us know if you will give this one a chance come September.
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.
[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.
Morris Chestnut And Verizon have worked together during EssenceFest for the past several years, often discussing the intersection between technology and entertainment, and spreading the word about the wireless carrier’s Domestic Violence initiative, HopeLine. This year, though, the “Perfect Guy” star and Verizon did something even more incredible to support women — specifically local New Orleans women — during the annual Essence Festival and Morris told us all about it. Check out our interview with him above as he reveals the work they did this year and why participating in efforts like this is so important to him.
More and more of our favorite black actors are heading to the small screen.
A few months ago, we reported Morris Chestnut will be staring in a new crime drama, Rosewood on FOX. Now, we have a first look at the trailer for the project.
According to Shadow & Act,
Chestnut plays the title character, Rosewood – as in Dr. Beaumont Rosewood – a gifted, charismatic pathologist, and the best at what he does in all of Miami (FL), who owns one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, and finds the secrets in corpses that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death, Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism frustrates the cynical female detective he often works with (played by Jaina Lee Ortiz), but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.
The new series will air Wednesdays, right before FOX’s hit show Empire.
Ladies that means Terrence Howard and Morris all in one night. How will you deal?
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.
Fox has come to understand that the Black folks can bring the money. So in addition to “Empire,” they’re launching two, new shows with Black leads. The network recently announced that Megan Good and Morris Chestnut will star in the shows “Minority Report” and “Rosewood,” respectively.
And lucky for you all, the network has also released trailers for the shows. Take a look at them, both below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Minority Report,” picks up where the popular movie starring Tom Cruise left off. You may remember that in the film, robots were not only predicting the crimes citizens were going to commit, they were arresting them before they ever even happened. The new series takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, the psychics who predicts the crimes, is struggling to live a normal, human life while being haunted with visions of the future. In the meantime, he meets a detective, Meagan Good, who is haunted by her past. Together, they’ll find purpose for their gift.
Sounds fascinating right?
Check out the trailer for the new show in the video below.
Learn about Morris Chestnut’s new show on the next page.
If all goes well, prime time television is about to get a lot more colorful. Last week, we told you about Whoopi Goldberg’s new ABC pilot, “Delores & Jermaine.” It was also recently confirmed that Morris Chestnut has been tapped for a new Fox pilot, Deadline reports.
The potential series, which was previously named “Rosewood,” but remains untitled at this time, will center around the life of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., a remarkably “gifted private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book” and is based out of Miami. Check out more about the plot below.
“As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.”
What’s even better is that the Todd Harthan-produced drama was written with an African-American lead character in mind.
While we haven’t been hearing much about the Mr. Chestnut lately, he’s been getting his share of camera time. He most recently appeared in the fist season of TNT’s “Legends” as a series regular. He’ll also be returning to season two for guest appearances. Not to mention his three upcoming films, Bus 657 with Robert DeNiro, When the Bough Breaks and The Perfect Guy with Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy.
Work, Morris. We’re here for all of this.