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According to the good people over at Shadow and Act, 2013 was a money-making year for films by and starring black folks. From Lee Daniels’ The Butler, to comedies starring Marlon Wayans and Kevin Hart, the 48 black films that came out this year made a whopping $670 million at the box office. Here are the top 10 “black films” that raked in the most (of your) money this year, via Shadow and Act and Box Office Mojo:
10. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain - $32,244,051
9. 12 Years a Slave - $37,814,000
8. A Haunted House - $40,041,683
7. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas - $43,719,000
6. The Call - $51,872,378
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – $51,975,354
4. After Earth - $60,522,097
3. The Best Man Holiday - $70,279,000
2. 42 – $95,020,213
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $116,146,955
No surprise here is that Tyler Perry’s films made him almost $100 million, or that The Best Man Holiday was a box office a** kicker, but there are some real surprises. Despite not doing oh so well at the box office and being called a “disaster,” a big surprise on this list is Will Smith’s After Earth. It didn’t come anywhere close to its $130,000,000+ budget here in the States, but it still brought in some good money. Plus, Will and Jaden Smith should find comfort in the fact that the film did very well internationally. Another big surprise is that Halle Berry’s The Call was such a hit, and kudos to Lee Daniels for all the success that The Butler had this year. That Oprah effect is something serious!
Click over to Shadow and Act to find out what makes a film like The Call a black film, while Denzel Washington’s 2 Guns is not, and to get more info on the success of black films critically and at the box office this year. Here’s to an even more successful 2014!
Remember when Terrence Howard told us he’s nothing like his “Best Man” character Quentin because he falls in love fast? Well, now we actually believe the actor’s words as a report has surfaced claiming the 44-year-old has just married again for the fourth time.
The lucky — or unlucky — lady, depending on how you judge Terrence’s dating history, is allegedly a Canadian woman named Miranda who he’s only been dating for one whole month. As shocking as that is, the timeline actually makes sense since Terrence hasn’t been legally single all that long. In May, Terrence and his second wife, Michelle Ghent, were finally officially divorced after a bitter battle and plenty of nasty allegations. Michelle filed for divorce from Terrence just one year after they jumped the broom, accusing her husband of abusing her and seeking a restraining order against him. Terrence fought back with accusations of his own saying Michelle was a racist — as if that justified his behavior.
Either way, if this story is true Miranda apparently doesn’t care about the actor’s rocky relationship past, which also includes marrying and remarrying his first wife, Lori McCommas. Radar Online claims a source close to the actor told them Terrence’s latest marriage is “not out of character,” adding:
“It’s another one of his outlandish moves… he only knew and/or dated her for about a month!”
Radar also claims Terrence brought his new wife along to premieres for “The Best Man Holiday” and when we look at pics we do see a wedding band on his ring finger. Guess congrats are in order after all.
If you haven’t seen “The Best Man Holiday” yet I’ll warn you this post may be a bit of a spoiler. For those who have seen the no. 2 movie in the country right now, you know that with the way the “Best Man” sequel ended, we were pretty much set up for a part three. And when Morris Chestnut popped up on moviegoers at Rave Cinemas in Baldwin Hills this weekend he pretty much confirmed a third installment of the movie is in the works.
According to Necole Bitchie, the handsome chocolate specimen told fans in the theater:
“[The director] is already breaking down storylines for my character in the [next] movie so I already know what will happen.”
Please share Morris! Please!
Deadline is also already reporting that director Malcolm D. Lee is already in talks for part three, writing:
“Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy. Sean Daniel is also in talks to come back and produce another film through his The Sean Daniel Company shingle. No word yet on locking in the ensemble cast.”
I was hoping “The Best Man Holiday” would do well enough to warrant a third part, and after a $30.6 million opening weekend I believe it has. But, with the way things ended I’m having a hard time imaging what could possibly happen in a threquel –without throwing off the chemistry of the cast who fits together marvelously, if you know what I mean.
I have absolutely no chill when it comes to this movie and the possibility of another installment so please help me figure out what could go down between the cast members — other than the obvious second wedding. Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?
While we’re living in a world filled with remakes and sequels, The Best Man Holiday manages to stand far apart from its original 1999 debut, and be much different and better than the dry sequels we’ve been bombarded with as of late.
The follow-up brings college friends Harper (Taye Diggs), Lance (Morris Chestnut), Jordan (Nia Long) and the rest of the gang back together to Lance and Mia’s (Monica Calhoun) lavish New Jersey mansion for the holidays. In the midst of all that, Lance, a New York Giant, is preparing to play his final game in the NFL and wants to go out with a bang (And can we talk about how fine Morris Chestnut still is after all these years!? He reportedly dropped 30 pounds for the role).
As promised, there’s drama when Harper comes into town with motives to write a book about Lance’s life, without him knowing of course. And you get to see through his character that everything that glitters isn’t gold after Harper’s follow-up to the book that rocked his friendship with Lance doesn’t sell well, and it leaves Harper and Roybn in a financial mess. While each character goes through some intense soul-searching, and deal with sex scandals, reality TV drama, financial issues and more, the friendship between all of them is heartwarming and realistic, giving the audience some positive people that they can relate to–once again.
Harper and his wife Robyn (a radiant Sanaa Lathan) are expecting, but it doesn’t stop Robyn from cutting her eyes and getting a little jealous when Jordan is around. The love triangle shtick is a little overused, but there’s other issues that will grab your attention, especially one that has everyone in tears by the end of the film.
With time, the gang’s chemistry has gotten stronger, especially the dynamic between Candace (Regina Hall), Mia, and Jordan. Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) is the odd-woman out due to her antics, but still manages to play the villain in a comical yet charming way. The audience ends up feeling bad for the now reality-star when she shuns her child to try and seduce her way back into Julian’s life (there is a cat fight, and yes it is everything.)
Quentin (Terrence Howard) conveniently provides comic relief right when things get a little heavy, especially when Candace’s “Candy” days come back to hurt a business deal with Julian’s non-profit organization. It’s awkward to see Q ‘sexting’ and some of the other new age references that weren’t present back in the day (Shelby was supposed to be a contestant on Flavor Of Love All Stars, Harper writes on his iPad, and more), but one thing that remains intact from the last movie is that the friendship between the old pals is as dramatic but strong as always.
Director and writer Malcolm D. Lee creates another classic story of brother and sisterhood, faith and friendship that reminds us why we missed the gang, and it’s definitely worth the 14-year wait. It moves a little fast, but with perfect use of slapstick jokes and cute romantic moments, it’s an awesome feel-good (and make you appreciate your friends) comedy just in time for the holidays.
Is Quentin anyone else’s favorite character in “The Best Man”? Sure he’s a butthole and has little, if any, respect for women, but he’s also hilarious and steals virtually every scene he’s in.
When we caught up with the man behind Quentin, Terrence Howard, and his on-screen co-star Melissa De Sousa at the press junket for “The Best Man Holiday” we had to ask each of them how much are they like their over-the-top characters in real life. We expected Melissa to say not at all, but we could’ve swore there was a little Q inside Terrence. Surprisingly, he said he’s not like Quentin at all because, shocker, he falls in love really fast. Who knew?
Check out what else these two had to say about reuniting after 14 years and why there’s not enough alcohol in the world for these two to get together in real life.
“It’s A Reflection Of Reality:” Malcolm D. Lee Explains Why He Put Jordan With A White Boy In “The Best Man Holiday”
We’re pretty sure Harper Stewart wasn’t the only one surprised to see Jordan with a white boy in the upcoming film, “The Best Man Holiday.” In previews for “The Best Man” sequel we find out Nia Long’s character Jordan has been “playing in the snow,” as Quentin put it in the film, and when we attended the press junket for the movie in LA, we chatted with director Malcolm D. Lee about why chose to take her story line in that direction.
Speaking on Jordan’s go-getter attitude toward her career and the fact that love has always taken a backseat in her life, he said:
“African American women who are extremely successful can’t always find black male counterparts on that level so it’s a little bit of a reflection of reality that black women are starting to date outside their race — and why not?”
Lee also spoke on his ability to incorporate spirituality into both “Best Man” movies without beating people over the head with a message and what he thinks about the current climate of black films. Check out what he had to say about that and more in the video below.
Have we mentioned how insanely excited we are for “The Best Man Holiday” to hit theaters tomorrow? While the stars of the film were in LA working a press junket for the upcoming romantic comedy, we got to chat with all of our favorite actors, including on-screen couple Regina Hall and Harold Perrineau.
We had a million questions for the pair, like have they been in touch over the past 14 years and who’s there favorite “best man” in the movie. But what we really wanted to know from Harold and Regina was whether they really believe an unlikely match like their characters Candace (Candy) and Murch could really get together in real life — i.e. can you turn a ho into a housewife. Surprisingly, they said yes. Check out the video to hear why and weigh in with your thoughts.
From Black Voices
Since the premiere of his debut feature film “The Best Man” in 1999, Malcolm Lee has become one of the most prominent directors in Hollywood. Lee discussed his career journey and the inspiration for his sequel to black cinema classic, “The Best Man Holiday,” starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall exclusively on The Craft.
Watch Malcolm Lee’s interview at BlackVoices.com
I know what you’re thinking…how many trailers are these people going to put out? Well, we were thinking the same thing, but this one definitely gives us a better look at what we can expect from Best Man Holiday this fall.
In the colorful, nearly three-minute long extended trailer, aside from knowing that Nia Long’s character of Jordan is dating a white man (Eddie Cibrian), we learn that Harper (Taye Diggs) and Lance (Morris Chestnut) are still struggling to trust one another and rebuild their friendship 15 years later. Harper and Robin (Sanaa Lathan) are expecting a child, and Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) is STILL trying to get back with Julian (Harold Perrineau), or at least sleep with him, even those he’s happily married to Candy (Regina Hall), the stripper from Lance’s bachelor party years ago. And she has some secrets of her own.
According to Shadow and Act, fans can expect an “emotional rollercoaster” from this film, which is set to debut in theaters on November 15. While we were originally hoping they would leave the classic original as the only Best Man movie, it definitely looks like Best Man Holiday will bring the laughs…and of course, the drama.
Check out the trailer for yourself above and update us on your thoughts about the sequel and if you still think you will or won’t go see it!
We are all on the edge of our seats! Why? The sequel to the 1997 cinematic favorite, The Best Man, is on its way! The Best Man Holiday will be coming to a theater near you on November 15, 2013 and we have the extended trailer right here, in case you missed the premiere on the BET Awards last night. But before you take a look, you are probably wondering how the idea for the sequel came about fifteen years later, right? Well here’s a snippet of director Malcolm D. Lee’s interview with The YBF talking about the revival:
Q: Why a sequel 14 years later?
Malcolm D. Lee: “I would describe this movie as the right script at the right time. It was timing it, that’s how this business works, in success they want to make more of the same thing…We met in Jan 2011 and after everyone said they would do it, Morris said, Ok what is the next step? I said, We have to wait until Jumping the broom comes out and see how that movie does, and Morris said we don’t need them, and that might be true but it will prove to the studios that black people would want to go see movies about successful black people.“ “Nobody up here did it for the money, they did it for the Love of the movie.”
Q: The studio is not sure, even though the first one was a success, and they got the cast and everything and they’re still not sure?
Sanaa Lathan: “All of a sudden the studio wasn’t sure. We are not sure that it has all of the elements as the first one. We couldn’t believe that they couldn’t see it. We did a table read and acted it all out like a play. It was basically like we were auditioning as this cast for the movie. “
Malcom D. Lee: “After the table read, they were just blown away. They said, You know what? Reading it on this page doesn’t compare to hearing the words out loud.”
Q: What should we expect from the soundtrack…
Malcom D Lee: I can’t give away too much, but a couple of artist already contributed to the movie. Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton do a duet that will knock you guys out. There are a lot of Christmas songs and a lot of remakes, it will be a mix but satisfying.
Press play below to soak up The Best Man Holiday goodness! How excited are you?