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Zoe Saldana stays busy. Not only is the 35-year-old beauty starring in the highly anticipated Nina Simone biopic, but she was also recently cast to play France Davis in Kill The Trumpet Player, a Don Cheadle-directed biopic about the life of Miles Davis. Though it seems like Zoe is always busy filming for a new flick, the newly married actress revealed during an interview with Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine that she actually turns down a lot of the roles that she’s offered. Find out why by checking out her interview highlights below.
On being a woman in a man’s world:
“It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognised it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against – and I’ve always been outspoken. I love learning new skills, especially those you’re told girls aren’t good at – like parallel parking. Hey, I’m going to learn to ride a Ducati!”
On turning down certain roles:
“I’m known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”
On the benefits of ballet:
“Before ballet, I had trouble concentrating, and I wouldn’t even try to concentrate on things I wasn’t interested in. The barre, the piano, the breathing – they calmed and centred me, and allowed me to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best.”
Turn the page for photos from Zoe’s photo spread.
Well folks, Zoe Saldana has been cast in another biopic—hopefully there won’t be any protests this time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Out of the Furnace actress recently snagged a role in Kill the Trumpet Player, a biopic about the life of famed Jazz musician Mile Davis.
The newly married beauty will be playing Miles’ former wife, Frances Davis, alongside Don Cheadle, who will be playing Miles. Reports suggest that the film will revolve around “a few dangerous days” in Miles’ life. Don will also be co-directing the film.
“Don is one of our generation’s greatest actors, and this is the role he was born to play. His take on the conventional biopic of one of music’s most celebrated icons is cinematic ‘jazz’ and too unique to resist,”said BiFrost’s David Wagner, who is financing the project.
“It fits naturally with BiFrost’s commitment to support talent and their passion projects, so we are thrilled to work with Don on his feature directorial debut,” he continued.
Don says that he hopes Kill the Trumpet Player will shatter traditional biopic standards.
“Let’s kill that term, OK? I hope with this film we can kill the biopic. This film won’t try to give a broad overview of Davis’ life and give short shrift to this man’s story. For us as creative people, the time of his life that was most interesting was the five years when he wasn’t playing, when he was silent. What was going on in his mind? And how did he come out of it and return to music?”
It sounds like Kill the Trumpet Player is going to be a pretty interesting project.
Do you think you’d be interested in seeing it?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Kanye always said ”And when you get on he leave your A$$ for a white girl” in regards to black men, but he never mentioned black women.There are quite a few black women that have gained great success through music, acting and sports, but aren’t seen with black men romantically. Check out 15 women that love to date white men exclusively, or so it seems.
After Berry Gordy, Diana Ross hasn’t seemed to find another black man to date or marry. She married Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, the same year her oldest daughter was born. Although her real father was Berry Gordy, Diana failed to reveal that information until years later. She then divorced Silberstein in 1977 and married billionaire Arne Naess, Jr.
Zoe Saldana is one of the top 10 most dangerous celebrities on the internet. Landing at No.5, according to a survey conducted by McAfee, her name has lured many innocent online users into phony links have caused fatal damage to computers such as malware, viruses, and spyware, according to McAfee.com.
The most-used celebrity name to bait internet users to unwillingly relinquish personal data to invasive software is Lily Collins, an actress in the recent film Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones. Collins tops the list with a nearly 15 percent chance of infecting computers under her name. According to McAfee, “Fans searching for ‘Lily Collins and free downloads,’ ‘Lily Collins and nude pictures,’ ‘Lily Collins and fakes,’ and ‘Lily Collins and free app downloads’ are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information, such as email addresses and passwords.”
Cybercriminals capitalize on buzzworthy films, shows, and other pop culture trends that tend to entice large droves of internet traffic, according to researchers. Hidden in these sites are camouflaged dangerous links filled with malware that steals passwords and private data. This year, terms like “free app download” and “nude pictures,” coupled with a celebrity name “resulted in the highest instances of malware-laden sites,” a press statement by McAfee said.
“Today’s consumers often are completely unaware of security risks when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee. “Cybercriminals prey on consumers’ addiction to breaking news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data.”
Without celebrity names attached,”free downloads” is the highest malware-prone search term. ”Beware of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you the content,” the press statement suggests. “You may want to opt to watch streaming videos or download content from official websites of content providers.”
McAfee urges online users to exercise common sense such as refraining from providing personal information to third-party websites such as your credit card, email, home address, Facebook login and more. You can find yourself a victim of identity theft.
And most importantly, according to McAfee, if you catch yourself saying “this is too good to be true,” it probably is.
Here is a full list of McAfee’s 2013 Top 10 Most Dangerous Celebrities:
When she’s not having fans at the edge of their seat on Scandal (we can’t wait until October 3!), these days, Kerry Washington is out on these red carpets being a sartorial slayer; rocking colors and fabrics that others are too scared to, wearing unique fabrics and patterns, and taking her spot at the front of the Hollywood A-list. And while we’ve noticed her fabulous fashions for a while now, People magazine has also taken notice, and decided to name her the “World’s Best Dressed Woman.” As my co-worker would say, the love for Kerry is real.
When asked by the magazine the key to her style, Washington says, “I like to find balance in an outfit where it doesn’t feel too much of any one thing. It’s not dressing like a nun and it’s also not dressing like I’m in a swimsuit competition. It’s finding the middle ground.”
Runners up behind Washington include Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Chastain, Solange, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Lily Collins. You can check out the full list over at People.
Washington is definitely one of our favorites and her style is truly impeccable. Check out just a few of our most loved looks from her below and let us know if you agree with the “fixer” winning the title of the “World’s Best Dressed Woman.”
Last week there was speculation that Zoe Saldana And Marco Perego secretly wed in London this past June. This week, the news has been confirmed.
Us Weekly got the scoop on the couple from an inside source who told them the newlyweds have ”known each other for a long time.” Another sourced added in their two cents on the union, saying “They have great chemistry.”
Speaking specifically on the private nuptials, another contact said the ceremony was “super small but very romantic and beautiful,” and only attended by a few close friends and relatives.
In light of this news, I think it’s safe to say when Zoe Saldana moves on, she moves on. After an 11-year relationship with Keith Britton, CEO of My Fashion Database, Zoe moved on to her “The Words” co-star, Bradley Cooper, with whom she had a very short fling. Now it seems “androgynous” Zoe won’t be making good on her musings that she might end up raising her children with a woman one day because 34-year-old Italian artist Marco Perego has snatched her up and made an honest woman of her.
Wonder how long it will be before these two start popping out bambinos?
Congrats to the newlyweds!
It appears that an increasing number of celebs are getting sick of nosy folks like us being all up in their wedding plans, as more and more of them are passing on highly publicized engagements and star-studded wedding ceremonies in exchange for quiet engagements and top secret nuptials. Back in July we were shocked to learn that actress Kerry Washington had secretly gotten married to her long-time boo—whom no one knew about— Nnamdi Asomugha. Now, it appears that fellow actress Zoe Saldana has followed suit.
Back in May we told you that the Star Trek Into Darkness actress found love in the arms of a very attractive Italian artist by the name of Marco Perego. It appears that their hot and heavy romance is still going strong as recent reports speculate that the two secretly eloped over the weekend. Now this of course is pure speculation, but according to The YBF, the lovely couple was spotted in London over the weekend and strangely, it was pretty obvious that they were both attempting to hide their left hands. The paps being the paps, however, found a way to snap photos their hands anyway. While Marco rocked appears to be a simple gold wedding band, Zoe’s left finger bore a huge diamond ring.
Now we’re no rocket scientists or anything, but the signs are certainly pointing to a secret marriage or a secret engagement at the very least.
Check out the photos here. Thoughts?
Zoe Saldana, who received a lot of flack for her selection to play of Nina Simone in a biopic that has yet to be released, has partnered with Lionsgate Entertainment to create film and television content for the Hispanic market. Saldana is half-Dominican, half-Puerto Rican.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal was inked by Zoe and her sister Cisely’s company Saldana Productions. Pantelion Films — a Latino-focused Hollywood studio — will develop new projects similar to their past multicultural movies like “Hecho en Mexico” and “Casa de mi Padre,” starring Will Ferrell.
It seems this is Lionsgate’s newest effort to attract more Latino-based audiences, a population that is growing four times faster than the rest of the U.S. According to the Motion Picture Association of America in 2011 “As in past years, Hispanics and 12-to-24-year-olds are the most frequent moviegoers among their respective demographic categories.”
“We look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship with Pantelion,” Zoe said in a statement.
When last we heard from Saldana Productions, the company had optioned the movie rights for the film version of the mystery novel Hell Or High Water, the debut novel from Joy Castro. The story is set in New Orleans and the movie will likely star Saldana, IndieWire reports. Saldana was most recently in the latest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness.
Lionsgate is the company that has found a good deal of success from Tyler Perry’s films, The Hunger Games, and horror films like You’re Next.
Cynthia Mort, Director of “Nina,” Starring Zoe Saldana, Says People Should Give The Movie A Chance Before Bashing It
Since the news broke that a biopic about Nina Simone’s life was coming to the big screen, and that it would be starring Zoe Saldana–an artist much lighter than the pianist/activist, there has been a full-out push-back on the movie and it hasn’t even come out yet. Just last month, Saldana spoke on her disappointment with people’s negative reactions to her casting (and the fact that they darkened her skin, gave her a prosthetic nose and fake teeth to play Simone), and she said it definitely hurt:
“All I can say is, though it did sting for a bit, that a community that you feel most identified with, would have such a negative backlash and you are at the epicenter of it all, it was very disappointing. But at the same time too, it is understandable. All I can say is the people that came together to do Nina, came together out of love for Nina and that will never be wrong, and I will always stand behind that.”
Another person standing behind the film is the director of Nina, Cynthia Mort. And while she claims that she’s not surprised by the backlash, in an interview with theGrio, she says she’s just bothered that people wouldn’t wait to see the film first before judging it so harshly based on casting:
“This was a creative endeavor, and to judge and to hijack a creative endeavor before it’s finished is the only thing I take any issue with. When it’s done you can say whatever you want.”
But she says she is okay with folks questioning the casting, it’s only natural:
“It’s fine. They should. Nina was about how you feel. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say she was about some of the stuff that’s going on, but that’s not my business.”
But in her opinion, Zoe is the best choice:
“Zoe’s life vision is very clear, and very strong and very direct. She’s a fantastic actress. She’s brave. She’s courageous and she’s super-talented. She’s astonishing in all of her films, which I don’t say lightly. I think Zoe embodies a lot of the characteristics [that] I was looking for. She’s compelling and she’s fierce and she’s strong and she pulls us in the way Nina’s music pulls us in. You know what? That’s hard to come by.”
What everyone has to remember is that ‘Four Women,’ which everyone has to remember is one of [Nina’s] most powerful songs, is about different shades of four different women.”
Also interviewed about the film for the same article was executive producer Gene Kirkwood (previously behind Get Rich or Die Tryin’), and he believes people are going to have something to say about everything, but no press is truly bad press:
“People don’t like anything. If Jesus Christ walked in here right now, they’d say, ‘Great carpenter, but terrible guy.’ They’ll find something about everything. There’s nothing positive until they see it. Diana Ross was as close to Billie Holiday as you can get, but when [Lady Sings the Blues] came out, they were worried about that[.] With Rocky they said, ‘Who wants to see a fight movie?’ You had to get them in there. There was only one fight in the whole movie. The picture is eventually going to have to make its own track no matter what. But I think every knock is a boost, as long as they’re talking about it.”
Interesting point. Folks had a lot to say about Django, but we see how well that did and was received. But check out her full interview with theGrio and let us know what you think of her comments on the Nina backlash.
Earlier this month Page Six reported that Star Trek Into Darkness actress, Zoe Saldana was spotted smooching with attractive Italian artist, Marco Perego at a private movie screening in LA. It appears that the rumors are true because the new couple was also recently spotted enjoying a lovely get-a-way in Capri, Italy during Memorial Day weekend!
According to The Post, Zoe and Marco were seen strolling around, hand-in-hand all over the Italian isle as they shopped at a multiple boutiques. We hear they also enjoyed a speedboat ride and were scoped out on the balcony of their hotel room in matching robes.
“Zoe is superhappy right now. She’s in a really happy place,” a source told E! News.
In an interview earlier this month, Zoe discussed the possibility of being with a woman someday.
“If I look at beauty, I’m going to love and admire beauty no matter if it comes in the form of a masculine essence or a feminine essence. Beauty is beauty. So, up until now, I’ve known my life to be with men, I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and I want to be with a woman, I’m going to do that.”
I guess that someday won’t be anytime soon. And in case you were hoping to learn a little more about Zoe’s new beau, Marco is an Italian-born professional soccer player-turned-artist. One of his most famous pieces is a sculpture he created in 2008 titled, “The Only Good Rock Star is a Dead Rock Star,” which depicts William Boroughs murdering Amy Winehouse. Yeah, it’s pretty morbid.
But yeah, congrats to the new couple!