April 24, 2014

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“BLACK NATIVITY” will open wide in the US on November 2013

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson).
Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
Screenplay by: Kasi Lemmons
Directed by: Kasi Lemmons
Based on the play by: Langston Hughes
Produced by: Bill Horberg, Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer
Executive Producers: Trudie Styler, Joy Goodwin
Executive Music Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Jacob Latimore, Nasir Jones and Jennifer Hudson
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The Avengers’ Smashes Records…$178 million

HollywoodNews.com:In the weekend before the official start of the summer season, four new releases, all of which were relatively smaller fare, all debuted to numbers ranging from not awful to genuinely awful (or example 4,321 on why comparing total weekend box office is stupid). The top film this weekend was once again Think Like A Man, which dropped a surprisingly decent 46%, earning another $18 million. The ensemble romantic comedy has now earned $60 million, putting it on track to be among the domestic bigger grossers of the first 1/3 of 2012.
If we’re specifically talking ‘black-films’, then the Tim Story picture is a few days from outgrossing every Tyler Perry movie save Madea Goes to Jail, which grossed $90 million three years ago (the second highest-grossing Perry film is the $63 million-grossing Madea’s Family Reunion). With a smaller drop and a larger second weekend off a $8 million-smaller opening weekend, it may pass that mark all the way to $100 million if it can hold onto screens as summer begins. It will soon surpass the $65 million gross of Barbershop 2, the $67 million gross of Waiting to Exhale, and the $75 million gross of Barbershop within the next full week. It’s also out-grosssed and/or will likely out-gross any number of higher-profile ‘white’ romantic comedies or dramas (the $81 million-grossing Dear John, the $84 million-grossing Stupid, Crazy Love, the $54 million-grossing New Year’s Eve, etc). Usually when a $12 million-budgeted film ends up flirting with $100 million, studios respond with sequels and/or star-vehicles for certain higher-profile cast-members. We’ll see if Hollywood again writes off this ‘unconventional’ smash hit as a ‘fluke’ or whether Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, and Meagan Good (among others) get any ‘bumps’ off this film’s unquestionable success.
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Whitney Houston’s daughter reportedly starring in Tyler Perry sitcom

HollywoodNews.com: Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is moving forward with her life as she has reportedly landed a starring role in a Tyler Perry sitcom.
Bobbi Kristina will reportedly have a recurring role on his TBS show ‘For Better Or Worse,’ states RadarOnline.com. She will reportedly be playing the daughter of one of the stylists at the salon on the show.
This will be Bobbi Kristina’s first major role.
Do you think she’s handling all this well?
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Jada Pinkett Smith dedicates new song to Will Smith

HollywoodNews.com: While rumors keep trying to make it seem that these two are having problems, it sounds like Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have a marriage that is stronger than ever.
Jada posted a new song, “Burn,” on her Facebook page and dedicated it to her husband of over thirteen years, states UsMagazine.com. “Will, I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day. This is for you,” Jada commented in a note that also discussed the many recent losses the music industry has suffered.
The two shot down rumors last year about marital trouble and seem to be very much together and happy now.
Do you think they’ll last?
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Tyler Perry explains casting of Kim Kardashian in film

HollywoodNews.com: Tyler Perry received a lot of criticism for his casting of Kim Kardashian in his upcoming film ‘The Marriage Counselor,’ and now he is explaining that controversial choice.
Perry recently commented on his site that he thinks casting Kim will help others, states UsMagazine.com.
“Millions of young people adore her and are following her every move. If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I’m being led to do here,” Perry commented about the casting choice.
A number of his fans have commented that they will boycott the film as they do not agree with his decision.
What do you think about the casting decision?
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Kim Kardashian finally on the set of ‘Marriage Counselor’

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian is finally on the set of her new project, Tyler Perry’s latest film ‘The Marriage Counselor.’
Kardashian flew down to Atlanta to play a supporting role in the film, states RadarOnline.com. She was reportedly just spotted on set reading the script as filming is soon to take place for her.
And while she may be happy to focus on a new project, Perry’s fans have been upset with his choice to cast her and some even plan to boycott the project.
Do you think she will do well in the film?
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Kim Kardashian off to film ‘Marriage Counselor’

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian is geting back to work in the midst of her divorce drama as she is off to film Tyler Perry’s ‘The Marriage Counselor.’
Kim is reportedly headed to Atlanta to film her part in the movie where she plays a co-worker who gives the main character a makeover to gain confidence, states People. She allegedly plans to fulfill her requirements on the film and then head home and keep a low profile.
Kim has been traveling quite a bit as she recently returned from Australia and then headed to Minnesota to meet with Kris Humphries.
Do you think she will be any good in the movie?
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Kim Kardashian reportedly cast in Tyler Perry movie

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian is moving from reality TV to movies as she has reportedly landed a new role.
Kim has allegedly been cast in a new Tyler Perry film called ‘The Marriage Counselor,’ states UsMagazine.com. The film will reportedly start filming in Atlanta next week.
Kim will reportedly play the role of a coworker who helps one of her friends gain more confidence thanks to a makeover.
Do you think she’ll be any good in the movie?
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Nick Ashford’s memorial service

HollywoodNews.com: Nile Rodgers, Paul Shaffer, Michael Douglas, Cissy Houston, Felicia Collins, Russ Titelman, Sylvia Rhone, Nona Hendryx, and Sue Simmons were among the luminaries who attended the Monday night memorial service for Nick Ashford at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. JIM BESSMAN was kind enough to write us an account of what went on because I could not be there. No sign of Diana Ross, Chaka Khan or Whitney Houston, but plenty of towering talent from Roberta Flack to Edgar Bronfman, Jr. participated. Nick’s death is a huge blow to his family, friends and the world. –RF
To those who spoke on his behalf at his memorial service yesterday, Nickolas Ashford was a giant, a saint, a talent whose contributions, as Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley dramatically stated, matched those of the likes of James Brown, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Dr. Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison and Duke Ellington, and, after a pause, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.
To his family, of course, Ashford was also a loving husband, father and brother. But to his many friends at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church–and the general public who filled the building to capacity and those who couldn’t get in–he was a true man of the people. More than one speaker noted how he offered his radiant smile–the one that flashed out of the stunning portraits on the altar and in the vestibule–to anyone who approached him, accompanied, more often than not, by the warmest bear hug.
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Jada Pinkett Smith defended by ‘HawthoRNe’ crew

HollywoodNews.com: In the middle of the rumor about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith splitting up was a rumor about her having an affair with her ‘HawthoRNe’ costar Marc Anthony, but her TV crew won’t sit for that.
Crew members for the show have reportedly commented that they know nothing was going on, states TMZ. They have reportedly commented that the two were never hanging out in private, rather, they would run lines in the open with an acting coach present.
Crew members have also reportedly commented that Will has stopped by the set at times and, not only were things fine with Jada, but the two reportedly “looked like they were on their honeymoon.”
Do you think their marriage will stay strong?
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