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Sanaa Lathan Cast As Lead In Fox Drama About Police-Related Shooting

October 7th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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2015 has been kind to Sanaa Lathan.

In addition to her summer romance thriller The Perfect Guy opening at number one at the weekend box office, the 44-year-old has been cast in a primetime police drama for Fox.

According to Deadline, the untitled series will be directed by Love & Basketball visionary Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood will executive produce the show alongside Reggie Rock Bythewood, who co-wrote the project.

The series will explore the aftermath of a fatal police-related shooting when an African American cop kills a white teenager in Tennessee. Lathan has been cast as the expert investigator hired to dig into the shooting case, along with a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Justice Department. Together, Lathan’s character and the prosecutor are tasked with navigating “media attention, public debate, a race war and the social unrest” that is usually birthed from cases of this nature.

According to reports, Fox has every intention of “picking up the project straight to series.” In other words, executives are confident that it’s going to be a hit.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of The Perfect Guy

September 18th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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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” Steals Weekend Box Office

September 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Sony Pictures

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?

Pass Or Play? Sanaa Lathan Gives Singing A Shot With Debut Single “Emotional” Ft. Dej Loaf

September 13th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Sanaa Lathan is making headlines for more than just the release of her highly-anticipated big screen thriller, The Perfect Guy.

The 43-year-old actress is stepping outside of her comfort zone of acting and is giving singing a shot with her debut single, “Emotional.” Lathan tapped Dej Loaf to lend her smooth rhyme game to the Detail-produced track, who is widely known for his work on Beyonce’s Grammy winning single “Drunk In Love,” and “7/11.”

In an interview with Yahoo!, Detail shared that track was recorded just two weeks and came about from a conversation he had with Lathan after seeing the film’s trailer. “I was looking at the trailer and I said, ‘Wow. That’s an emotional n***a,” Detail said. “Everybody started laughing and Sanaa said, ‘Exactly.’

Also, he details that it was Lathan’s idea to add Dej Loaf to the track – smart move!

“Emotional” will be featured on The Perfect Guy soundtrack.

Take a first spin of “Emotional” below.


Popcorn Love: Morris Chestnut Talks The Perfect Guy

September 11th, 2015 - By Kay Hudson
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The Perfect Guy

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.

How Sanaa, Michael, And Morris Knew “The Perfect Guy” Was The Perfect Movie

September 10th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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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.

This Weekend On Café Mocha: Sanaa Lathan And Michael Ealy Talk Sex Scenes In “The Perfect Guy”

August 14th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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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Sanaa Lathan Cozies Up To French Montana [Watch]

July 20th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Saturday night while you were busy laying out your church clothes (Lol, joking–kind of), our bestie in our heads, Sanaa Lathan, was enjoying a night out on the town with Diddy and French Montana.

In footage uploaded to Instagram by the Bad Boy Records founder, the trio can be seen partying it up at the Playhouse nightclub in Los Angeles. Judging by the footage, it seems obvious that they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Interestingly, the group left the club together. In a follow-up Instagram post, Sanaa appears to be sitting on French’s lap while stroking his face as Diddy releases a drunken cackle.

All parties involved are grown, unattached and free to do whatever they please; so there’s definitely no judgement here. But we have to say that we were a little surprised to see our girl letting her hair down and turning up like this.

Check out the clips and weigh in below.

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WCW: 15 Brillant & Beautiful Sanaa Lathan Moments

June 17th, 2015 - By Rich
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Sanaa Lathan is every homegirl’s homegirl right? Which is why we’re quite excited to present her as our Woman Crush Wednesday. We’ve hollered and cried right along with this sweetheart through Love & Basketball and The Best Man (both of ’em) and we’re looking forward to checking out her latest film Perfect Guy with Michael Ealy and catching her in the upcoming Omar Tyree flick: Flyy Girl.

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WCW: 15 Brillant & Beautiful Sanaa Lathan Moments

Sanaa Lathan To Star In “Flyy Girl” Movie

June 17th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Black girls rejoice.

Codeblack is moving forward with a film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl book trilogy that includes For The Love of Money and Boss Lady, and our beloved Sanaa Lathan is at the helm of the venture.

Wednesday, the Lionsgate-affiliated film company, announced that Lathan snagged the leading role as the iconic novel’s protagonist Tracy Ellison. The Perfect Guy actress will also serve as an executive producer for the project.

“I’m pleased to executive produce and star in Lionsgate and Codeblack’s incredible adaptation of Omar Tyree’s iconic Flyy Girl trilogy,” the beauty said in a statement. “So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film. It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”

We’ve been hearing whispers about a Flyy Girl movie for years now, but some pretty big names are being dropped, which makes us hopeful that this version of the project will actually come to fruition. According to VarietyDear White People producer Effie Brown has been hired to produce the project and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Geoffrey Fletcher, who penned the script for Precious, will be writing the treatment.

“Both Sanaa Lathan and Geoffrey Fletcher are welcome additions to this project and we could not be happier to have them on board to help us bring this story to life,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Lathan’s star power paired with Fletcher’s nuanced script work – we’re confident that Flyy Girl will prove to be a classic.”

I can still remember the day that I finally got my eager hands on a copy of Flyy Girl. My tenth grade English teacher Miss Greene left it sitting on her desk, and I would not leave her alone until she agreed to let me borrow it.

Hopefully, Lathan and the folks over at Codeblack do this book justice. A film adaptation of this classic novel is long overdue.

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