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Clint Culpepper Out At Screen Gems, Spwa’S Steve Bersch Takes Over

Sony Pictures has just announced that Clint Culpepper is out at Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions chief Steve Bersch will now head both divisions and become head of the genre arm. Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman announced it internally (see the memo below). The exit comes after underwhelming results on the Taraji P. Henson-action film Proud Mary, but it had been in the works for a while as Culpepper’s contract was expiring. It…
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Empire: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five on Fox?

Vulture Watch Will Lucious fully recover and keep the Lyon family on track? Has the Empire TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on Fox? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Empire, season five. Bookmark it or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the Fox television network, Empire stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Xzibit, Rumer Willis, Andre Royo, and Terrell Carter. Guest starring this year are Demi Moore, Phylicia Rashad, Taye Diggs, and Forest Whitaker. In Empire, season four, Empire Entertainment celebrates its 20th
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Taraji P. Henson Says Boyfriend Kelvin Hayden Is Her 'No. 1 Fan': 'He Loves Me for Me'

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Taraji P. Henson Says Boyfriend Kelvin Hayden Is Her 'No. 1 Fan': 'He Loves Me for Me'
Taraji P. Henson is a woman in love!

People caught up with the Empire star on Thursday at Lip Sync Battle‘s live Michael Jackson celebration, and she had some sweet words to share about her boyfriend, former Super Bowl-winning NFL star Kelvin Hayden.

When asked if her man was on site to support her, Henson, 47, told reporters he was back in Chicago — but was definitely tuning in.

“He’s watching right now,” she said. “I just got off FaceTime with him. He was like, ‘Baby, I’m watching right now!’ It doesn’t make me nervous, because he supports me.
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Why Hollywood's Pay Gap for Women of Color Is Wider: Infrequent "Golden Opportunities"

Why Hollywood's Pay Gap for Women of Color Is Wider: Infrequent
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Taraji P. Henson was paid in the low-six figures and had to cover her own lodging during the three-month New Orleans shoot. "The math really is pretty simple: There are way more talented black actresses than there are intelligent, meaningful roles for them," she wrote in her 2016 memoir, Around the Way Girl. "This is exactly how a studio can get away with paying the person whose name is third on the call sheet of a big-budget film less than 2 percent what it's paying the...
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Latest Wreck-It Ralph 2 Peek Follows Vanellope Inside the Internet

Disney has unveiled its 2018 movie preview, which includes a brand new photo from the highly-anticipated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, arriving in theaters this November. This image essentially visualizes the Internet itself, featuring Ralph being bombarded with pop-up ads, while Vanellope runs off to explore another corner of the world wide web. Along with this photo, Disney has also released the official synopsis, which you can check out below.

"Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwaks' video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet-which may or may not survive Ralph's wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph
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New Image and Synopsis For Disney's Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2

Disney Animation has released a brand new image from their upcoming animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. As you can see it shows off Ralph (John C. Reilly), Vanellope von Schweetz (Sara Silverman), and a host of what look to be the avatars of internet users. Ralph's looking a little worried!

We also have a new synopsis for the film to share with you that offers some insight into the story that the movie will tell.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sara Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part of save Vanellope’s video game,
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2018 NAACP Image Awards Praises Ava DuVernay, “Girls Trip,” and More

NAACP Entertainer of the Year DuVernay: Instagram

This year, black actresses and female creators alike dominated the NAACP Image Awards in almost every major category. From Entertainer of the Year to Outstanding Motion Picture, last night’s female wins — and their words — were truly a force to be reckoned with.

Per the official press release, the evening opened with a #Timesup presentation led by Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, and Tracee Ellis Ross. The ensemble of women urged both the crowd and viewers to become more active voters and, as Cox eloquently put it, “Stand by us. Stand for us. Stand with us.”

The various outstanding performance categories recognized Octavia Spencer (“Gifted”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”), and Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”).

Women were also recognized for their work in literature, music, and documentary. Amanda Lipitz’s “Step” received Outstanding Documentary.

Furthermore, despite its absence at past award shows,
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Taraji P. Henson and John Singleton Team Up For An Emmett Till Movie

Taraji P. Henson and John Singleton Team Up For An Emmett Till Movie
All it takes is a cursory glance at the news to know America still has a long way to go in our ongoing reckoning with our country’s racial history. But one way to help heal the wounds of the past is to provide people with knowledge and perspective, and that’s exactly what producer/star Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) and director […]

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Taraji P Henson to Star and Produce a Biopic about Emmet Till, Directed by John Singleton

Taraji P. Henson is no stranger to starring in films that have root in controversy, and the biopic that she’s set to star in regarding Emmett Till, which will be directed by John Singleton, is just such a story. Emmett Till was a 14-year old African American youth that was lynched in Mississippi back in 1955 after supposedly making improper advances towards a white woman in a public market. What those advances might have been might seem trivial in today’s world since the laws regarding colored folk back in those days were somewhat crazy and very restrictive. But the gist

Taraji P Henson to Star and Produce a Biopic about Emmet Till, Directed by John Singleton
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NAACP Image Awards: Empire, Power, black-ish, Insecure Among Winners

NAACP Image Awards: Empire, Power, black-ish, Insecure Among Winners
The 49th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Monday night, coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time in the ceremony’s history.

The two-hour broadcast featured several first-time winners, including Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Insecure‘s Jay Ellis, the latter of whom nabbed a trophy on his first nomination for the HBO comedy.

Relatedsag Awards: Big Little Lies, Glow, Stranger Things Lead Nominations

There were also a number of repeat victors: ABC’s black-ish took home its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (who
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NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List
Ava DuVernay won Entertainer of the Year and “Girls Trip” won best motion picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday night.

Other honorees included “Black-ish,” which won outstanding actor and actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who is also returned to host the show, while Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” and Omari Hardwick of “Power” won outstanding actress and actor in a drama series.

Danny Glover was presented with the prestigious President’s Award for his Hollywood career and philanthropy efforts. Additionally, Common and Andra Day performed.

The TV One telecast, which aired live on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also saluted the late civil rights icon.

“I think it’s important [the ceremony airs on Mlk Day] this year because we have a president who doesn’t seem to care about anyone but those who look like him and have money like him,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown said on the carpet.

She continued
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Box-Office Weekend: Jumanji Maintains Hold on Box Office

Bringing in an estimated $35.4 million over the four-day holiday weekend allowed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to easily retain its perch atop the box office. In just four weeks, the film has grossed an impressive $291.6 million. Steven Spielberg’s new film The Post locked in at the second spot in its fourth week, and first week of wide release with a showing of $23.4 million.

Liam Neeson’s newest action thriller, The Commuter, debuted with a tangible $16.4 million, which was good enough for third place in this week’s top ten. Meanwhile, the Hugh Jackman vehicle, The Greatest Showman held onto the fourth spot, bringing in $15.3 million to raise its four-week total to $98.4 million. Although Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi fell to fifth place just behind The Greatest Showman with $15.3 million, the film’s five-week total of $595.6 million is probably leaving everyone involved with it smiling these days.

The
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'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle' nears $300m in North America (update)

The Post soars in fourth session; Globes champ Three Billboards closing in on $30m.

January 15 Update: A second consecutive weekend at the top for Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle saw it dominate the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend as an estimated $35.4m propelled the tally to $291.6m after four weekends, ahead of debuts by The Commuter, Paddington 2, and Proud Mary.

DreamWorks/Participant’s The Post from Steven Spielberg vaulted 13 slots to number two through Fox following a theatre expansion from 36 to 2,819 as it added $23.4m for $27.9m in the fourth session.

Studiocanal’s Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter debuted solidly in third place on $16.4m in 2,892 sites. Warner Bros opened Paddington 2 at number six on a decent $15m in 3,702 venues – the $10.9m three-day portion down 21.4% on the $18.9m January 2015 launch of Paddington through Weinstein/Dimension.

Screen Gems opened the action thriller Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson at number eight on $12m in
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'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle' nears $300m in North America

The Post soars in fourth session; Globes champ Three Billboards closing in on $30m.

A second consecutive weekend at the top for Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle saw it dominate the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend as an estimated $27m propelled the tally to $283.2m after four weekends, ahead of debuts by The Commuter, Paddington 2, and Proud Mary.

The adventure smash is expected to gross around $34m over the four-day holiday period.

DreamWorks/Participant’s The Post from Steven Spielberg vaulted 13 slots to number two through Fox following a theatre expansion from 36 to 2,819 as it added $18.6m for $23.1m in the fourth session. The four-day haul is forecast to come in around $22m.

Studiocanal’s Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter debuted solidly in third place on $13.5m in 2,892 sites. Warner Bros opened Paddington 2 at number seven on a decent $10.6m (rising to around $14.5m over four) in 3,702 venues – down 21.4% on the $18.9m
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‘Jumanji’ Dominates MLK Weekend, ‘The Post’ Leads Newcomers

‘Jumanji’ Dominates MLK Weekend, ‘The Post’ Leads Newcomers
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is dominating the North American box office to easily win the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with about $33.4 million at 3,849 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

Fox’s “The Post” is leading the rest of the pack handily and topped forecasts with $22.2 million at 2,819 locations for Friday-Monday after expanding from 36 sites. The opening of Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson’s thriller “The Commuter” also topped expectations in third place with $16 million at 2,892 venues.

The fifth weekend of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $14.7 million at 3,090 sites is fourth and Fox’s fourth weekend of “The Greatest Showman” with $14.5 million at 2,938 screens takes fifth place at the holiday box office.

Warner. Bros.’ launch of family comedy “Paddington 2” was battling for sixth place with Universal’s second weekend of “Insidious: The Last Chapter” with about $14.1 million each. Sony’s launch of action-thriller “Proud Mary” came in eighth with $12 million
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‘Early Man’ Review: Nick Park’s Stop-Motion Marvel Is More Advanced Than Its Primitive Protagonists

With all due respect to Pixar and Studio Ghibli, can we start acknowledging Nick Park and Aardman Animations as the innovators they are? Those who’ve seen the “Wallace & Gromit” shorts and 2005 movie tend to love them, but the studio responsible for that iconic duo doesn’t get a fraction of the acclaim. Maybe it’s because the British studio has never been especially prolific, but with “Early Man,” its first feature film since 2015’s delightful “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” Aardman once again reminds viewers that its stop-motion creations are consistently joyous spectacles.

Beginning, as it must, with a primordial prologue about the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs — just as it strikes, two dinos who were fighting moments before embrace in fear — the film concerns a tribe of well-meaning cavemen whose happy existence is disrupted by the arrival of civilization: Bronze Age intruders show up one day, there
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Review: ‘Proud Mary’ Undercuts Taraji P. Henson’s Talents

The first trailer for Proud Mary hit the internet in July of 2017. After that came a few badass 70s-style James Bond-like posters with star Taraji P. Henson in shadows, gun drawn. It was hard not to get excited for what appeared to be a stylized assassin flick in the vein of John Wick with a bona fide bankable black woman in the lead, Tina Turner’s emotional adaptation of John Fogarty’s anthem rocking in the background. But then the release date hit with a January bow. Critics were told it wouldn’t screen for them even in the big cities. And Thursday night shows were canceled despite ticket buyers arriving with excitement. It’s one thing to block out press, but a whole other to do so to the public.

The only fathomable excuse — because I don’t want to believe a studio put up the money for
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‘Jumanji’ Tops MLK Weekend Box Office Over New Entries

‘Jumanji’ Tops MLK Weekend Box Office Over New Entries
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is likely to win the crowded four-day Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with around $29 million from 3,849 domestic locations, ahead of openers “The Post,” “Paddington 2,” “Proud Mary,” and “The Commuter.”

Fox’s “The Post” is set to lead the quartet of new releases in second place, with its wide release giving it 2,819 North American locations to draw in around $21 million. Lionsgate’s “The Commuter” should take third place with $14 million from 2,892 locations, with the fourth weekend of Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” battling for fourth place with Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi’s” fifth frame, each at around $13.5 million. Warner Bros.’ “Paddington 2” is set to vie with “Insidious: The Last Key” for fifth with around $13 million each from 3,702 and 3,150 sites, respectively, and Sony’s “Proud Mary” should slot into sixth, taking in about $12 million from 2,125 cinemas.

“Jumanji,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has been surprisingly
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'Proud Mary' Review: Taraji P. Henson Gunned Down By Her Own Action Flick

'Proud Mary' Review: Taraji P. Henson Gunned Down By Her Own Action Flick
Taraji P. Henson is such a firecracker she almost makes you believe Proud Mary might have been a decent crime flick – if she fired the asses of the clueless dudes who wrote and directed it and took on those jobs herself. Surely, the Oscar-nominated actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), the one who lights up the screen in Hidden Figures and as Cookie Lyon on TV's Empire, could have just done an improvisation on this premise and come up with something livelier than this dipshit drivel. As the film's executive producer,
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‘Proud Mary’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Deserves Better than this Glorified Direct-to-Video Garbage

‘Proud Mary’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Deserves Better than this Glorified Direct-to-Video Garbage
A dreary mess of missed opportunities, “Proud Mary” isn’t quite as bad as some of the other glorified direct-to-video dreck that’s slipped onto screens in recent months (shout out to the likes of “Marauders” and “Collide”), but it’s nevertheless significantly more disappointing. This should have been a sure thing, especially at a time that feels ripe for a modified revival of blaxploitation cinema; to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard: “All you need to make a movie is Taraji P. Henson with a gun and a good reason to use it.”

Throw in a soundtrack that can keep up with the “Empire” star’s natural swagger and you’re really cooking with gas. How the hell do you mess that up? How do you start with “‘Foxy Brown’ meets ‘John Wick’” and end up with a bargain bin action vehicle that will bore fans of either and frustrate fans of both?
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