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Bet to Celebrate Black History Month 2015 w/ 'Being Mary Jane' Return, 'Book of Negroes,' 'Bet Honors'

17 December 2014 7:52 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Bet will celebrate Black History Month with the highly anticipated return of the #1 new original drama series on all cable among adults 18-49 and women 18-49, “Being Mary Jane,” the epic premiere of the miniseries “The Book of Negroes” and the superstar “The Bet Honors” 2015 lineup. The hit original series “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union, is back bigger than ever with 12, one-hour episodes beginning Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. Created and executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, this season of “Being Mary Jane” finds Mary Jane once again juggling more than she can handle between family drama, bold career choices and a budding new relationship - possibly involving a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Charlie Hunnam Doesn't Take Naked Selfies With His iPhone, But He'll Consider Skinny Dipping in Public!

16 December 2014 8:20 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Charlie Hunnam won't get naked in Fifty Shades of Grey, but it's not as if the actor is opposed to doing nude scenes. In fact, the TV star has bared his buns plenty of times as Jax Teller on FX's Sons of Anarchy. It's clear that Hunnam is comfortable in his own skin, but even so, he has to draw the line somewhere. Unlike some of his peers, he's not the kind of guy who will take sexy selfies for his girlfriend. "I just got an iPhone last year. I love Apple products, but I don't use the cloud," he tells Cosmopolitan. "I don't trust it, so you won't find any nude photos from me personally." (Earlier this year, many celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Gabrielle Union and Kate »

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The 6 Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2014: Kimye, Brangelina & More!

15 December 2014 4:35 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

As 2014 nears an end, ETonline looks back at the year's most extravagant, celebrity weddings filled with love and excitement. While many celebrities married this year, these 6 couples really stood out with how they tied the knot. Best of all, these weddings were just as glamorous as they were about family — you may just want to grab a tissue!

6.  Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg: The former View host wed Donnie Wahlberg after dating for a year. The New Kids on the Block singer proposed with the help of Jenny's 12-year-old son Evan in April.

Us Weekly

Date: 8/31/14

Location: St. Charles, Ill.

Venue: The Hotel Baker

Guests: Sherri Shepherd and the rest of New Kids on the Block: Jordan Knight, Danny Wood and Jonathan Knight.

The Dress: An Ines Di Santo glamorous gown

Fun Fact: While Donnie's little brother Mark could not make the wedding, he did send out a cute video message congratulating his brother and new »

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'Top Five's' Gabrielle Union thinks you're underestimating the Kardashians

14 December 2014 1:18 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since she went head-to-head with Kirsten Dunst in "Bring It On," we've been waiting for Gabrielle Union to have her moment. She's shown glimpses of what a great actress she is, but she hasn't really found the role that could take her to the next level. Union's impressive play on a TV reality queen in Chris Rock's "Top Five" is just another welcome tease on how talented she really is. Far from the streets of Manhattan, where Andre Allen (Rock) and Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) conduct their interview, Erica Long (Union) is preparing for a televised wedding spectacle in the film. America's biggest comedy movie star, Andre, and its biggest reality TV star are going to walk down the aisle and every moment will be recorded for viewers to salivate over. Andre is pretty uncomfortable with this, but as "Top Five" rolls on we discover why he's so »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Gabrielle Union Gives You Her Best Holiday Gift Picks

14 December 2014 1:54 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Gabrielle Union is sharing her top picks for this season's best holiday gifts! It's an extraspecial time of year for the star - it's her first holiday season since marrying Dwyane Wade in August, and it was this time last year that Dwyane "knocked [Gabrielle] right off her feet" with a proposal (one of her favorite holiday memories). While some of Gabrielle's favorite presents, like spending quality time with family or taking a lavish trip, can't be put in a box, she's selected plenty of other amazing items to give (and get!) this year. Scroll through to see Gabrielle's top picks - including some great ideas for guys - and make sure to check out even more celebrity gift guides to help you wrap up the perfect presents. And while you're in the giving mood, don't forget to give back - Gabrielle and her girlfriends started an organization called A Step »

- Lauren-Turner

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New Chris Rock ‘Top Five’ Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

12 December 2014 1:58 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Paramount Pictures released their new Chris Rock comedy film, "Top Five," into theaters today, and the the top movie critics in the biz, have served up their reviews for it. It turns out that most of them really enjoyed it, rewarding it with an overall 83 score out of a possible 100 across 30 reviews at the Metecritic.com site. The movie stars: Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Jb Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che. We posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a perfect 100 score! He said: "In setting Andre on his search for self, Mr. Rock has carved out a third way, in the process creating a black character who’s fully human and a comedy that’s wholly a blast." Betsy »

- Andre Braddox

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Film Review: Top Five

12 December 2014 9:52 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Chris Rock writes, directs and stars in the new comedy "Top Five", his most mature work as a director to date. Rock plays Andre Allen, a recovering alcoholic movie star/comedian who doesn't want to be funny anymore. It takes place on the day his new dramatic movie "Uprize" opens, as he spends the day with a New York Times writer who is doing a profile on him. It is also the eve of his marriage to his reality TV star fiancee, played by Gabrielle Union. The Times writer, Chelsea Brown, is played by Rosario Dawson, and she challenges Andre to reveal more of himself to the media and public than he's ever done before.

Now, those going in expecting a full blown comedy might be disappointed. There are quite a few explosively funny scenes, such as a Houston hotel room rendezvous and Rock's character's bachelor party, but there is »

- Daniel T

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Chris Rock’s Star-Studded ‘Top Five’ Is a “Proper Film” with Heart and Gross-Out Humor

12 December 2014 8:30 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

After all of the amazingly spot-on quotes Chris Rock has given over the last two weeks, we almost forgot he has a movie to promote. Top Five, written, directed by, and starring Rock, hits theaters Friday and brings with it a pack of today’s most hilarious comedic voices. Aside from great cameos, the film is an accurate look at the concept of celebrity culture (reality stars included). As Andre Allen, Rock plays a successful movie star at a crossroads in his career. He wants to be taken seriously but loses sight of what he’s best at after fat Hollywood check for a Tracy Jordan-esque franchise and too much drinking. Uprize, a super serious depiction of the Haitian revolution is supposed to put him back on top, but all anyone wants to talk about is his upcoming wedding.

Don’t let the Golden Globe snub fool you, because »

- Emily Exton

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‘Exodus’, ‘Top Five’ Kickstart Weekend With Thursday Shows — Update

12 December 2014 8:19 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, 8:19Am: Fox is reporting a solid first night for Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus: Gods and Kings with $1.2M from 2,500 theaters. Current three-day estimate is in the mid $20Ms, however, the hope is that this film can at least bow in the same vicinity as Scott’s Gladiator, a film which made sword and sandal epics popular again with a new generation. That film bowed to $34.8M and legged out to $187.7M during the summer of 2000.  Thursday night previews aren’t necessarily an accurate predictor of opening weekend box office: Sony’s Fury posted $1.2M on its way to a $23.7M opening weekend while Fox’s Gone Girl made $1.25M, posting a $37.1M three-day. 

Previous, 7:41Am: Chris Rock’s Top Five started off the weekend box office with an estimated $191,324 in evening shows at some 800 theaters last night, Paramount reports. The pic, written, produced by and starring Rock, »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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'Top Five': Top Five Reasons to See Chris Rock's Latest

12 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With the holiday season approaching, there are a lot of movies out there vying not just for attention from awards voters this December, but from audiences too. And over the next couple weeks, there's something for everyone at the box office, from family films to the annual Oscar bait to Ya action to the final chapter in a certain juggernaut fantasy franchise. But if you haven't already, you should go ahead and add Chris Rock's "Top Five" to your December movie wishlist.

In the film (which he also wrote and directed), Rock stars as Andre Allen, a formerly beloved comedian trying to make the transition to "serious actor" status with his latest movie, a failed Oscar-bait retelling of the Haitian Revolution. At the same time, his reality-star fiancée (Gabrielle Union) plans their made-for-tv wedding and a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) attempts to interview Allen about the reason behind his sudden career shift. »

- Rick Mele

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Film Review: Schizophrenic ‘Top Five’ is Evolution for Chris Rock

12 December 2014 2:05 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Chris Rock wants you to take him seriously, so he has made a comedy with inconsistent laughs, and a nod towards the weird fishbowl lives that today’s celebrities endure. It’s a rare film where the last part is stronger than the first few acts, a mishmash that is “Top Five.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Rock writes, directs and stars in the film, his attempt to do a Woody Allen-esque inner exploration of his character’s roots and dynamics. It’s a thinly veiled autobiography, if Rock were in a parallel world where he is a recovering substance abuser and settles on popularity rather than talent. The dialogue is stiff, but the statements are sound, Rock just needed a bit more truth to accomplish what he wanted to say, which is the “path to freedom is paved in love.” The repeat of this shopworn theme – passed through a fairy tale »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Top Five’ delivers raunchy, heartfelt laughs

11 December 2014 11:39 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Top Five

Written & Directed by Chris Rock

USA, 2014


Chris Rock’s new tour de force, Top Five, is so cleverly written that you don’t even realize it’s a romantic-comedy until the deed is nearly done.  By that point, even the coldest, most cynical man is powerless to resist its charms.  Smart, nasty and frequently hilarious, there is more than enough substance to compensate for the occasional missteps.  Between this and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, comedians are flexing some serious cinematic muscle in 2014.

Rock gives a stellar performance as comedian-turned-actor Andre Allen.  Andre’s dubious claim to fame comes from playing a crime-fighting, live-action teddy bear named Hammy.  Similar to Riggan in Birdman, three blockbuster Hammy movies have left Andre hell bent on earning some respect for his acting chops.  Respect is hard to come by, however, when your marriage to a reality television star (Gabrielle Union) is more »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Top Five – The Review

11 December 2014 9:57 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

When a big milestone approaches it’s common for most of us to look back and reflect on our lives and career. With the big 5-0 looming, Chris Rock, one of the smartest and funniest stand-up comedians, has done just that with Top Five (not a reference to the B-day, but a quick listing of favorite music artists used as an ‘ice breaker’, like “Where’d you go to school?” here in St. Louis). Oh, and this is the third feature film he’s directed (he wrote this one, too). Mr. Rock has been part of the national comedy scene for nearly 25 years since he was one of the cast members of TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, with a few movie bit roles under his belt (Beverly Hills Cop 2). He’s gone from cocky kid with a mike to screen veteran, so  now what does he want to say about »

- Jim Batts

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‘Top Five’ Review: Pete Hammond’s 5 Reasons To See Chris Rock’s ‘Annie Hall’

11 December 2014 5:37 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Comedian Chris Rock wrote, produced, directed and starred in Top Five, about a successful comedic actor who makes a stab at a serious acting career after his reality-star fiancee talks him into a very unserious show about their wedding.  Watch my video review above to see my Top Five reasons why you should see this film. There’s lots to love (and probably way more than five reasons).

The top-notch cast also includes a great Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld and Tracy Morgan among many other comedy notables. Other producers include Barry Diller, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush (Kanye West and Jay-z are listed as co-producers).

Paramount is releasing the film this weekend, after spending a record $12.5 million to acquire the film following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Will you see the film? Post your five reasons why you may or may not. »

- Pete Hammond

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Review: Chris Rock's Outrageous, Laugh Out Loud Showbiz Comedy 'Top Five'

11 December 2014 3:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"It's never just a movie," says Chris Rock's Andre Allen in "Top Five," and that sentiment definitely applies to the comedy veteran's latest directorial effort. While on the surface it's an incisive and playful look at celebrity, media, and fame, it's also about the difficulty, fear, and risk of stepping outside your comfort zone, whether in your career or personal life. While there are many meta layers to "Top Five"—also written by Rock, clearly drawing from his many years in the industry—it avoids the trap of simply being a celebrity vehicle about celebrity, by displaying a surprising heart beneath its very funny surface. The film follows Andre—a familiar but very fictionalized version of Rock himself—and finds the popular A-lister at a crossroads. His wedding to reality star Erica Long (Gabrielle Union) is just a few days away and will be a big TV event on Bravo. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Top Five Review

11 December 2014 12:55 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There’s more than one way for a stand-up comedian to do a bit, and there’s more than one way for an actor to express frustration with his profession.  Chris Rock is one of the most insightful entertainers working today, and in the press he’s been doing for his new movie Top Five, he’s commented on race, politics, current events, comedy, and much more.  However, his new film is mostly concerned with fame, performance, and the trappings of both.  Although the story is built on a flimsy premise and its constraints create an awkward resolution, Rock has filled his picture with his sharp comedy that skewers celebrity and pride. Andre Allen (Rock) is a stand-up comedian who became a Hollywood sensation with his Hammy franchise where he played a guy in bear suit who fought crime.  But now Andre wants to be taken “seriously”, and is out promoting his new drama, »

- Matt Goldberg

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'Top Five' (2014) Movie Review

11 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Before I saw a single frame of Chris Rock's Top Five, the buzz suggested it was some kind of riotous comedy that would have me bent over with laughter, but it's not, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It's more a drama with comedic aspects and very much a cousin to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman in that it tells the story of an actor whose heyday as a mainstream celebrity appears to be behind him and as a result, he's looking at an indeterminate future. Rock plays Andre Allen, best known as the star of the Hammy the Bear trilogy of movies. The Hammy character was a police officer that was either dressed as a bear or supposed to be an actual bear, I couldn't tell, but now Andre is putting all that behind him as he focuses on more serious fare such as his latest »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review – Top Five (2014)

11 December 2014 11:02 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Top Five, 2014.

Directed by Chris Rock

Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, Tracy Morgan, J.B Smoove, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg.


A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-tv star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.

Here’s an interesting note about my screening for Top Five that perfectly segues into the themes of the raunchy comedy: 30 minutes before the show begins a radio host conducts a number of competitions for the audience, ranging from dance-offs to trivia. All of this is in preparation for the film’s introduction by Chris Rock live in person. For me, it was one of the most entertaining and involving advanced screenings I’ve been a part of, but for Chris Rock it’s something he is doing three-five times a day. It is just publicity for another movie. »

- Robert Kojder

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All the Celebrities That Came Down With Wedding Fever in 2014

11 December 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

From lavish ceremonies like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Italian event to top-secret nuptials like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's, there were many envy-inducing, high-profile celebrity weddings this year - which pair of newlyweds was your favorite? Lauren Conrad, Angelina Jolie, and Gabrielle Union have all tied the knot in recent months, and eternal bachelor George Clooney wed his love, Amal Alamuddin, in multiple overseas ceremonies. Keep reading to see all the big days that happened so far, and don't worry: we're sure there will be much more where these came from in 2015. »

- Brittney-Stephens

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Top Five,' 'Inherent Vice,' 'Broadchurch,' & More (Video)

11 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, Chris Rock directs himself as a comedian trying to turn around his career in "Top Five," Paul Thomas Anderson directs Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-fueled, counter-culture detective in his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice," "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" airs Sunday evening at 9 p.m. on ABC, and Season 1 of the British crime series "Broadchurch" arrives on Netflix this Friday.

Check out Moviefone's "Top Five" interviews with actresses Gabrielle Union and Rosario Dawson and actors Jb Smoove & Ben Vereen.

Also in theaters this weekend: "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is Ridley Scott's retelling of the Biblical epic starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses. In "The Captive," a young daughter vanishes without a trace, leaving her family torn apart and her father (Ryan Reynolds) as a suspect. Eight years later, disturbing incidents indicate that she may still be alive.

Also »

- Jonny Black

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