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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

24 February 2017 1:25 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano With nominees like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, and Mahershala Ali rounding out the acting categories, Sunday night's Academy Awards could potentially deliver the most diverse set of winners in years. The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Fourteen. A whopping fourteen distinguished, talented people in 87 years. »

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Halle Berry's Oscar Acceptance Speech Will Still Make You Cry, Even 15 Years Later

23 February 2017 5:05 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Halle Berry's Oscar win for Monster's Ball made her the first black woman to win best actress and only the second to win an Academy Award since the ceremony's inception in 1929. She gave a heartfelt, emotional speech that still brings us to tears thanks to its sincerity and passion; Berry didn't just accept the honor on her behalf, but paid homage to the women of color who came before her. "This moment is so much bigger than me," Berry told the crowd through tears. "This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened." Berry will be returning to the Oscars stage on Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of her historic win, and »

- Brittney Stephens

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Who is Alvester Martin from Vivica’s Black Magic?

15 February 2017 11:15 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Alvester Martin has been one of the most controversial figures in Season 1 of Vivica’s Black Magic on Lifetime, after feuds with both choreographer Darrin Henson and Vivica A. Fox. But with his hunky good looks, impressive moves and chiselled torso, he got many fans weak at the knees. Fans have been asking who he is — so we delved a little into his background. Alvester actually joined Vivica’s Black Magic after a long run of success as a dancer and actor, with his sights set on smashing it in the music industry too. In the past he’s toured with a whole host more »

- Julian Cheatle

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Alvester Martin disses Vivica A. Fox on Vivica’s Black Magic

15 February 2017 9:59 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Alvester Martin has been nothing but trouble for Vivica A. Fox in her project to create her all-male revue show on Vivica’s Black Magic — and this week he crosses the line. Not only that, but he also disses his boss big-style saying: “I’ve lost all respect for her.” The feud comes in the penultimate episode of the season as the men prepare for their Las Vegas debut with a final performance in Los Angeles. But both Penetration and Alvester — who’s been hard work for the organisers since the start of the season — leave the team high more »

- Julian Cheatle

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Stars Rally Behind Adele After Grammys Tribute Re-Start: You Get Every ‘Do-Over You Ever Need’

12 February 2017 7:27 PM, PST | | See recent news »

They’re making Adele feel their love.

After re-starting her tribute to late music icon George Michael during the Grammys on Sunday, celebrities and fans were quick to rally behind the clearly emotional star on social media.

“@Adele, you get every do over you ever need. Ever. #GRAMMYs,” wrote Ellen DeGeneres.

Echoed Bette Middler, “#Adele taught us a all a great lesson just now. If it’s not right? Start Over And Nail It! And she did. Love you, girl.”

.@Adele, you get every do over you ever need. Ever. #GRAMMYs

Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 13, 2017

#Adele taught us a all a great lesson just now. »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

10 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Girls Trip Red Band Trailer Parties Hard with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith

9 February 2017 9:27 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This July, they're ready to Set. It. Off. The restricted trailer for Universal Pictures' Girls Trip has just debuted online. We also have the first poster and plenty of new images from this R rated party that are sure to get your motor running.

Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, upcoming Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut). When four lifelong friends, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, and Preston Holmes, executive produce.

This comedy also stars Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter, Kofi Siriboe. »

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David Ramsey-Vivica Fox Thriller ‘Illicit’ Bought by Breaking Glass

8 February 2017 6:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer/director Corey Grant’s thriller “Illicit,” starring David Ramsey, Vivica Fox and Dean Cain, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film had its world premiere last year at the American Black Film Festival, and will go on to play the Pan African Film Festival and Toronto Black Film Festival later this year. Breaking Glass is planning a theatrical release in Atlanta and Chicago in early May and a VOD/DVD release on May 23.

The story centers on a well-liked parole officer and a beautiful former model (Shireen Crutchfield) who enjoy a successful marriage until she gets the itch to go back to work. As the wife forms a friendship with an emerging photographer, the husband is dealing with a parolee who proves to be more than he bargained for.

Grant directed from his own script, written with co-star Lanett Tachel. The film also stars McKinley Freeman, »

- Dave McNary

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Thunder From Down Under’s Las Vegas hunks on Vivica’s Black Magic

8 February 2017 9:35 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Get ready for a double dose of ripped torsos on Vivica’s Black Magic this week — as the hunks from legendary Las Vegas revue show Thunder From Down Under make an appearance. Vivica A. Fox wants to go all-out to find success with her own show in Sin City, so calls in the Thunder From Down Under guys — who have their own show at the Excalibur hotel and casino — for some inspiration. But the blokes from Australia get a bit of a frosty reception when they turn up, as Michael ‘Bolo’ Bolwaire speaks for them all when he more »

- Julian Cheatle

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Darrin Henson and Alvester Martin nearly come to blows on Vivica’s Black Magic

1 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Choreographer Darrin Henson is back at work on this week’s Vivica’s Black Magic — but things don’t go smoothly when he nearly comes to blows with dancer Alvester Martin. The pair have a history of not seeing eye to eye, and it comes to a head this episode when their feud hits new heights. Vivica A. Fox is excited after managing to get top Vegas promoter Marklen Kennedy to see the guys dance, and she’s happy with their “Matrix meets Mad Max — but with a whole lot of skin showing” routine. But she then has to deal with a more »

- Julian Cheatle

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This Is What Date Night Looked Like at the Oscars in 1997

30 January 2017 2:10 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

As we prepare to celebrate films like La La Land and Hidden Figures at the Oscars in late February, it's important to remember the historic award show's roots (and let me tell you - those roots are covered in a hell of a lot of satin). Two decades earlier at the 1997 Academy Awards, the red carpet was crawling with celebrity couples. From enduring Hollywood duos like Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn to some short-lived flings (Vivica A. Fox and Dennis Rodman, anyone?), the Oscars that year were a hotbed of Pda, hand-holding, and some very . . . um . . . interesting fashion choices. Bask in the glory of all of these late-'90s couples ahead! Related:20 Power Couples Who Ruled the Red Carpet at the 1997 Golden Globes »

- Quinn Keaney

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Vivica A. Fox flips out at hunks for ‘awful’ Vivica’s Black Magic dance

25 January 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Vivica A. Fox totally flips out on Lifetime’s Vivica’s Black Magic this week — when she finds the dancers don’t know their moves after a week of rehearsals. The guys have been practicing an Egyptian-themed routine but when they show it to Vivica they totally crumble and she is totally taken aback at how bad it is, describing it as “pretty f***ing awful”. And she then hints that heads will start to roll if the guys don’t fully commit to rehearsing properly and pull their routines out the bag. Vivica tells them: “I am so sick of excuses. This more »

- Julian Cheatle

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First Look Image: Vivica A. Fox Plays President of the USA in Sci-fi Indie, ‘Crossbreed’ (First Black Woman to Play Potus in a Film?)

25 January 2017 5:29 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Up next on the big screen for Vivica A. Fox is the sci-fi film “Crossbreed,” in which the actress plays the President of the United States, in a project directed by Brandon Slagle. First-look image from the film above. And since it’s… Continue Reading → »

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Movie News: Anne Hathaway Joins Rebel Wilson in 'Nasty Women'; Watch First 'American Fable' Trailer

20 January 2017 1:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Nasty Women: Anne Hathaway (Colossal, above) is in talks to join Rebel Wilson in Nasty Women. It's described as a gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, which itself was a remake of 1964's Bedtime Story, starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. If things work out, Hathaway and Wilson will play con artists who compete to cheat a tech prodigy out of his fortune. Jac Schaeffer wrote the new version. [Deadline]   Crossbreed: Vivica A. Fox is showcased in the first image from Crossbreed. She portrays the president of the United States in the sci-fi movie, which revolves around a mission "to retrieve an extraterrestrial being from an illegal medical facility using its DNA to manufacture weapons." Daniel...

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First Look: Vivica A. Fox Plays U.S. President in Sci-Fi Film 'Crossbreed' (Exclusive Image)

19 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Vivica A. Fox will be the first African-American actress to play the president of the U.S. in a feature film, and here, debuting exclusively at The Hollywood Reporter, is the first image of her taking on the role.

Fox stars in sci-fi film Crossbreed, which is centered around a group of retired military war heroes who are sent to retrieve an extraterrestrial being from an illegal medical facility using its DNA to manufacture weapons. Fox plays the president, who was a colleague of the team leader and handpicked him to lead the retrieval mission.

In the first image from the »

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VOD Vault #8 – The Good, the Bad & the Dead / Rupture

15 January 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been a few months since our last installment, so what say we kick off this reboot of sorts with two movies on the opposite ends of the filmic spectrum: low-budget Western-style crime action/drama The Good, the Bad and the Dead and Rupture, the latest film – a sci-fi thriller – from actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

The Good, The Bad and the Dead

Stars: Johnny Messner, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Pare, Danny Trejo, Vivica Fox, Natassia Malthe | Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.

Also know as 4Got10, The Good, The Bad and the Dead is the latest film from actor/director/producer Timothy Woodward Jr., lensed as part of his multi-picture deal with Cinedigm. It’s also one of three films Woodward; screenwriter Sean Ryan and actor Johnny Messner, »

- Phil Wheat

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Vivica A. Fox Apologizes For Remarks Perceived As Anti-Gay: ‘My Intention Was Not To Offend’

10 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

While promoting her new reality show “Vivica’s Black MagicVivica A. Fox got into some hot water saying her “Black Magic” show is only for the women. The reality show premiered on Jan. 4 on Lifetime and allows audiences to see Fox putting together her exotic male revue known as “Black Magic”. Related: Gospel Singer Kim […] »

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Vivica A. Fox's 'Black Magic' Partner Bails After 'No Gays' Comment

9 January 2017 8:26 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Vivica A. Fox pissed off the director and producer who made her male stripper reality show possible -- Jean-Claude Lamarre is cutting ties with her after she said gay men aren't welcome at the strip shows. Jean-Claude put Vivica in his movie, "Chocolate City" ... which led to her spinning off 'Black Magic' into a TV show. You'll recall, she was promoting the show last week on "The Breakfast Club" when she strongly objected »

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Vivica A. Fox Says She's Made Peace With 50 Cent: 'It Is So Time for This to Be Over With'

6 January 2017 11:27 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Vivica A. Fox is taking the high road and squashing the long-standing beef with her ex, 50 Cent.

The Empire star, who has in the past traded not-so-subtle shade with the Get Rich or Die Tryin' rapper, revealed on the Wendy Williams Show this week that the two met up recently and made peace.

Watch: 50 Cent Responds to His Ex Vivica A. Fox’s Comments About His Sexuality

"I ran into him last night at the Knicks game," the 52-year-old actress revealed. "It is so time for this to be over with, as far as beefing back and forth... I walked over to him, and I said, 'Happy New Year.'"

"Someone has to be the bigger person," Fox explained. "I gave him a hug, we talked for a few minutes, and that was that."

More: 50 Cent Fires Back at 'Empire' Premiere Diss -- 'Me and Cookie Go Way Back'

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Vivica A. Fox Says Her Male Strippers Won’t Dance for Gay Men (Video)

6 January 2017 10:56 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Vivica A. Fox would like it known: Her new male-stripper revue won’t be dropping trou for guys. Fox, who recently branched out from acting to launch an exotic male revue, shot down the idea of her hearty band of ecdysiasts performing for gay men while appearing on Power 105.1 radio show “The Breakfast Club” on Friday. “Hell no,” the actress/entrepreneur said, when asked if her troupe would take if off for male clientele. “Back all that up.” Also Read: 'The View' Split on Vivica A. Fox's 'Booty Snatcher' Diss of 50 Cent Asked to elaborate on why they wouldn’t do so, »

- Tim Kenneally

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