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Puff Daddy has produced a documentary about Puff Daddy, which contains a lot of praise for Puff Daddy. Like this, courtesy of Nas: “Puff changed the whole thing.” And the following from Mary J. Blige: “He believed in me, even more than I believed in myself.” Also Read: Chris Cornell Told His Wife, 'I Am Just Tired' Before Hanging Himself, Police Say A little later, Clive Davis lauds Puffy’s “vision.” It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, however. “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop,” which is technically about Bad Boy Records, also covers the murder of Sean Combs’ top artist and best friend. »
- Tony Maglio
For those who have never heard of him, Larry Sims is someone who started out as a dancer and choreographer in his hometown of Chicago but managed to make a successful transition to one of the most celebrated hair stylists in Hollywood. Something that can be seen in his winning a Hollywood Beauty Award as well as the celebrities included in his clientele, who range from Gabrielle Union and Tracee Elle Ross to Jurnee Smollett and Mary J. Blige. Furthermore, Sims is well-known for his fun and sometimes outlandish wardrobe, which happens to include an amazing selection of hats that
Does Invite Only Cabo Have a Chance to Make It? »
- Nat Berman
Bravo’s newest reality series Invite Only Cabo stars celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims as he takes friends — who he normally doesn’t mix — on a joint vacation. But who is Larry and how did he make a name for himself in the hair industry? Larry is originally from Chicago and actually started out working as a choreographer and dancer before he moved into the world of hair. His big break came when he created Victoria Beckham’s iconic “bob” cut. Since then he’s built up a big client base of famous faces with clients including Mary J Blige, Queen Latifah, Kerry...read more »
- Julian Cheatle
Dee Rees: GoldDerby/YouTube
Dee Rees’ next project will be a horror film exploring domestic life, race, sexuality, and small town America. Originally reported by the New York Times, the Tracking Board and Shadow and Act have confirmed that Rees is collaborating with “Get Out” producer Jason Blum on a horror movie about a black lesbian couple living in a rural town.
According to the Times, the “Pariah” and “Bessie” director informally pitched Blum the idea, which is inspired by her own life. Rees told Blum about her move to a small town: “You’ve got me and my wife, two black lesbians, and when we first moved in, we fought every day over all these little things: ‘Why is this over there? Did you move that?’”
“Maybe it was a ghost,” she observed. “Or maybe it was some other force — like us not wanting to be there or fitting in.”
Blum was intrigued by the pitch and followed up with her. Rees said that she is ready to “make the best possible version of what I want to make.”
“Visibility is great because it shows other African American women they can be whatever they chose to be. But for me, the story comes first. If I’m visible fine, but I really want the story to come first,” Rees told us, referring to opportunities for black women directors. “I stand on a lot of shoulders: Euzhan Palcy, Kasi Lemmons, and Julie Dash. It was great to be pursuing my dreams and hopefully I’ll build a body of work and I will be among them one day.”
Rees’ latest film, “Mudbound,” earned rave reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Set in post–World War II South, the drama centers on two families facing racism and poverty. “Mudbound,” which Rees co-wrote with Virgil Williams, sold to Netflix for $12.5 million — the biggest deal of Sundance 2017. It stars Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”), Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), Mary J. Blige (“The Wiz Live!”), Rob Morgan (“Stranger Things”), Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), and Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”).
“Mudbound” doesn’t have a release date yet, but is expected to debut sometime this year. Most recently, Rees has helmed two episodes of “When We Rise,” an ABC miniseries chronicling the gay rights movement in the U.S.
Dee Rees Working on a Horror Film About a Lesbian Couple in a Small Town was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
[[tmz:video id="0_ju0qdse3"]] David Foster has anointed Kanye West .... as the new Bob Dylan. David -- a 16-time Grammy winner -- was leaving Craig's Tuesday night when he gave our photog his take on Yeezy's trek to the Wyoming mountaintops to muster inspiration for his new album. Far as David sees it ... Brilliant idea! So brilliant, the legendary producer's got visions of Dylan. David -- who's produced the likes of Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston and Rod Stewart »
- TMZ Staff
Mary J. Blige is on an emotional journey, but she has no regrets. The 46-year-old singer, who split from estranged husband Kendu Isaacs, last year, is opening up about her personal life, and the therapeutic process of recording her new album, “Strength of a Woman”. Related: Mary J. Blige Recalls ‘Breaking Point’ In Her Marriage […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Mary J. Blige is on an emotional journey, but she has no regrets.
The 46-year-old singer, who split from estranged husband Kendu Isaacs, last year, is opening up about her personal life, and the therapeutic process of recording her new album, Strength of a Woman.
Related: Mary J. Blige Recalls 'Breaking Point' in Her Marriage to Kendu Isaacs: 'I Had to Save Myself'
"Every day is a process because it's a lot that's going on. But, there's a lot of light in all this darkness," the singing powerhouse told Power 105.1 host Angie Martinez during her iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City on Tuesday.
At one point in her chat with Martinez, the Grammy winner was almost brought to tears when referencing the "hurt" and "betrayal" that led to her breakup with Isaacs.
"You found out you [weren't] what this person wanted, for all these »
Among the many skills that Sean “Puff Daddy/P. Diddy” Combs has (or has not) displayed over the years, the greatest might be a preternatural ability at self-promotion that borders on self-mythologizing. And with the aid of first-time director Daniel Kaufman, and the extended family and friends around Bad Boy Records, the wildly successful record company Combs founded in 1993, the documentary “Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Bad Boy Story” — which premiered on Thursday at New York’s Beacon Theatre as part of the Tribeca Film Festival — goes a long way toward sealing that myth.
While the story of Combs and the label is compelling — fatherless kid rises up from the streets and founds company that leads him to become one of the greatest black entrepreneurs in history, overcoming adversity and tragedy along the way — the fact that the filmmakers didn’t really have much to work with beyond »
- Jem Aswad
In a move that's definitely going to inspire some #friendshipgoals, Gabrielle Union shared a thoughtful message about Bff Taraji P. Henson on Wednesday. Her sweet #WCW post gave a nod to the early days of their friendship, saying that one of the first times they hung out, they "were dancing to old school at a tiny lounge in NYC with Mary J. Blige while @iamterrencej ended up doing shirtless push-ups on the dance floor." File under: nights we wish we'd witnessed. She went on to highlight Taraji's many accomplishments, calling her a "force to be reckoned with." This Howard graduate has done it all. Oscar nominations, hit TV shows, wrote a best selling book and did it all as a single mom raising her son. Her hustle knows no boundaries...she is a force to be reckoned with and she sets the bar higher and higher each time out. Hidden Figures »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler's daughter is marrying Rock's son. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.
Mary J. Blige just wants no more drama, but sometimes she can’t help it.
According to new court documents obtained by People, Blige, 46, claims her estranged husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs spent more than $420,000 during their marriage on “travel charges” that involved his girlfriend, not her.
Blige also claims that Isaacs drives a Mercedes that she pre-paid the lease on and that he refuses to turn over possession of her “Grammy and other achievement awards.”
The singer says she has long been the only bread-winner in the family and she is burdened with all of the debts, which she claims »
- Nicole Sands
Mary J. Blige is ripping into estranged husband Martin "Kendu" Isaacs for spending her hard-earned money on his new girlfriend, and demanding she support his kids from a previous relationship. TMZ obtained new docs filed by Mary in the divorce, and she says during the marriage Martin took more than $420,000 and chalked it up as "travel charges." Remember, he was her manager ... but Mary says those expenses were not business-related and did Not include her. »
- TMZ Staff
Mads Mikkelsen is set to follow-up Doctor Strange, Star Wars: Rogue One, and Hannibal, by starring in survival thriller, Arctic. Directed by Joe Penna, Arctic will be produced by Armory Films, with Martha De Laurentiis serving as Executive Producer. De Laurentiis previously worked with Mikkelsen on Hannibal and it’s a partnership that clearly works.
The film has been shot in the beautiful outdoors in the Icelandic Mountains, during what was one of their snowiest and coldest winters. The reason for this extreme location is that Iceland itself will be a character within the film. The main story surrounds a man stranded in the Arctic; he’s just about to receive his long awaited rescue when there’s a tragic accident. He must then make the ultimate decision – should he remain in the relative safety of his camp, or does he embark on a deadly trek through the unknown? »
- Kat Hughes
Chvrches has created a new version of their song “Down Side of Me” in support of Planned Parenthood. The Scottish band has just teased the upcoming video for the song, which was directed by Kristen Stewart. The actress broke the news about this collaboration during an interview with The New York Times last month.
“I had been asking them to let me do something for them for a while,” Stewart told the Times of the pop trio. “They’re so good. I ended up with a pretty simple but definitive narrative arc that highlights the cause in a sweet but quiet and confronting way.”
The remake of the song, which hails from the trio’s 2015 album “Every Open Eye,” will be part of the “7-Inches For Planned Parenthood,” a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group and Pegasus Pictures announced today that Mads Mikkelsen (Dr. Strange, Star Wars, The Hunt) is starring in the survival thriller Arctic, directed by Joe Penna. Co-written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, the film is being produced by Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Armory Films and Noah C Haeussner of Union, and is being executive produced by Martha De Laurentiis, Einar Thorsteinsson and Cassian Elwes. The film also marks the first re-teaming of Mikkelsen and De Laurentiis since NBC’s “Hannibal.” Production is currently underway, with Xyz Films handling international sales.
The story surrounds a man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation. »
- Tom Stockman
She was a universal pick for best dressed/most glamorous/just all around gorgeous at the 2017 Oscars, though Taraji P. Henson admits it “took me a while to get on the chic bus,” she once told Harper’s Bazaar. “I was coming from the era of Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige, you know, ghetto fabulous. I came from nothing, I was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!”
That larger-than-life aesthetic — and-larger-than-life personality — is just part of why Henson, 46, is number six in our seven days of beauties, leading up to the reveal of »
- Kate Hogan
“Moonlight” was among the big winners at last weekend’s GLAAD Media Awards, taking home the award for Outstanding Film — Wide Release. Co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney — on whose unproduced play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” the film was based — accepted the prize from Mary J. Blige, and his impassioned speech has been provided exclusively to IndieWire ahead of the ceremony’s broadcast tomorrow night. Watch below.
“We win when we give our children, the ones who are going missing in the night, or wondering how much they matter to us, to each other, to the law…give them the courage, the tools and resources to scatter their light across the cinema walls and make the face of heaven so fine,” says McCraney during his remarks. “We won for ‘Moonlight’ today, but how are we winning tomorrow? »
- Michael Nordine
Imagine turning a Real Housewives cast trip into a season-long show of its own. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it, because Bravo is bringing that concept to life in the form of Invite Only Cabo.
Et has your exclusive first look at the new series, which follows the drama that goes down when celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims (known for working with Mary J. Blige and Tracee Ellis Ross) throws a luxury vacation for his circle of friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The show comes from the minds behind Jersey Shore, 495 Productions. The group’s only common thread is Larry, with most guests knowing next-to-nothing about Larry’s other friends. Naturally, that combo leads to some clashes -- and even some hook-ups!
The gang includes professional makeup artist Kamani Alana, single mom Bianca Banks, Larry’s oldest pal, Jermane Britton »
Paris Jackson is stunning!
The 18-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson wowed in a gorgeous multi-colored gown at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday night.
Watch: Paris Jackson Says She Was ‘Perfect’ in Dad Michael’s Eyes, Says She Has Days When She’s ‘Too Sensitive’
Jackson could not have looked more radiant in her show-stopping gown on the red carpet before the event. The budding model is expected to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
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Watch: Paris Jackson Teases Guest Appearance on 'Star,' Wants to 'Show My Acting Capabilities'
The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards will air on Logo this Thursday, April 6th at 10:00 Pm Et/Pt, after the world »
Paris Jackson is one of the many stars who will be celebrating the Lgbtq community's biggest night on Saturday.
Et can exclusively confirm that the 18-year-old model and daughter of the late Michael Jackson will be presenting at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
Watch: Paris Jackson Is 'Very Scared' of Increased Attention Following 'Rolling Stone' Tell-All
The model will take the stage to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, which will go to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grace and Frankie, Modern Family, One Mississippi, The Real O'Neals, Steven Universe, Survivor's Remorse, Take My Wife or Transparent. See the full list of nominees Here.
GLAAD kicked off the event-filled weekend »
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