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In Theatres This Week: Bernie Mac in two films - "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," "Soul Men"

2 November 2008 11:55 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Bernie Mac will be sorely missed. This weekend, he appears in two films, both lighthearted and fun and a great tribute to the versatile actor. DreamWorks and Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" opens this weekend, promising a ton of laughs to both fans who have seen the first film and those eager to explore the sequel. The first film opened on May 27th, 2005 and, after a $47.2 million debut weekend, went on to gross $195.5 million in the U.S. and a big $339 million overseas. The sequel stars Ben Stiller (Alex), Chris Rock (Marty), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria), David Schwimmer (Melman), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien), Cedric the Entertainer (Maurice), Bernie Mac (Zuba), Andy Richter (Mort), Alec Baldwin (Makunga), Sherri Shepherd (Mom). What's the second film about? In the highly-anticipated sequel to “Madagascar,” Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. »

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Three join 'Soul Men'

13 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK - Jennifer Coolidge, Sean Hayes and (no relation) Isaac Hayes are joining Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac in Malcolm Lee's comedy Soul Men for Dimension Films.

Musician John Legend, Affion Crockett, Adam Herschman, Fatso Fasano and Jackie Long are also joining the feature about two former bandmates (Jackson and Mac) forced to reunite when a third member (Legend) passes away. The pair fight with each other all the way across the country when they're forced to take a road trip together for a reunion concert.

Soul marks a return to the big screen for former South Park voice star Hayes, who plays himself. The veteran soul singer suffered a stroke in 2006.

Longtime Christopher Guest ensemble member Coolidge (For Your Consideration) plays Mac's love interest. Former Will & Grace star Hayes plays the band's obnoxious manager.

The film, written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone, is now shooting in Shreveport, Memphis and Los Angeles. Producers David T. Friendly, Charles Castaldi and Steve Greener are aiming for an October theatrical release through MGM. »

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