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Exclusive Photo: Gabrielle Union for ‘We’re Going to Need More Wine’

Chicago – Actor Gabrielle Union is pulling no punches in her first book, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.” The memoir includes Union’s account of rape when she was a teenager. And at her book event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville (Ill.), she spoke of her experiences with sexual harassment in her career.

Gabrielle Union for Her New Book, ‘We’re Going to Need More Wine’

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Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and after her family moved to California, she attended both the University of Nebraska and UCLA. After modeling her Senior Year in college, she got roles in the teen movies “She’s All That”, “10 Things I Hate About You” (both 1999) and “Bring it On” (2000). She had her first lead role in “Deliver Us from Eva” (2003), and got good reviews for the offbeat independent film,
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TV Review: ‘Will,’ TNT’s Punk Rock Take on William Shakespeare

TV Review: ‘Will,’ TNT’s Punk Rock Take on William Shakespeare
The oddest assumption “Will” makes is in assuming that William Shakespeare, the Og of the English language, needs the patina of punk rock to make him cool. I’m no expert on cool, but haven’t we all trod this ground many times before? The executive producer and writer of the pilot, Craig Pearce, wrote the screenplay for “Romeo + Juliet,” along with director Baz Luhrmann and, of course, the Bard himself. It’s been over 20 years since that film and “Shakespeare in Love”; about a decade since teen movies “She’s the Man” and “Deliver Us From Eva” applied the Shakespeare formula to high school. To belabor the point: Joss Whedon’s black-and-white, modern-day “Much Ado About Nothing” is just five years old, 2014’s “The Hollow Crown” on BBC cast well-known heartthrobs like Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead roles, and for pete’s sake, “The Lion King” is based on “Hamlet.”

But
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Kenya Moore Is Married! Details from The Real Housewives of Atlanta Star's Romantic St. Lucia Getaway

Kenya Moore Is Married! Details from The Real Housewives of Atlanta Star's Romantic St. Lucia Getaway
Kenya Moore is a married woman!

The 46-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta star twirled down the aisle last weekend, in an intimate beach getaway in St. Lucia surrounded by family and friends, People can exclusively confirm.

Her husband — a businessman she first met a year ago and began dating a few months later — is choosing to stay out of the spotlight for now, his identity being kept private from the press.

“I’m just ecstatic,” the star tells People. “This man is the love of my life and I’m so happy to begin our lives together as husband and wife.
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[Review] The Perfect Match

Pleasant enough, if not paper-thin and featherweight, The Perfect Match is a bland picture starring attractive people that never quite seems to connect the dots. The romance at the core of the story is between Charlie (Terrence Jenkins), an agent with an incredible home, and Eva (Cassie Ventura, perhaps best known as R&B singer Cassie who had a hit single Me & U a few years ago), a gorgeous women of little substance — although we learn she does like House of Cards. At one point in their friends with benefits arrangement, director Billie Woodruff (Honey, Addicted) makes his point with a montage scored to current radio hit Player by Tinashe, in one of the many moments that feel a little too on the nose.

With an uneven ensemble, The Perfect Match attempts to add context to Charlie’s life: his sister Sherry (Paula Patton) is conveniently a therapist who offers
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L.M.A.O. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Announces Premiere of 'Murder At Thick City'

Actress Dawna Lee Heising of MoreHorror in Hollywood plays Layla in the over the top murder mystery Murder at Thick City.

Check out all the full details and video in the official release below.

From The Press Release

This hilarious, over-the-top, murder mystery written by Gary Hardwick (Deliver Us From Eva, The Brothers) and directed by actress/producer, Nina Womack (The Power of Love, Melrose Place, Pacific Palisades) takes place present day at a fictitious strip club called "Thick City."

Starring Patrick Faucette (Tyler Perry's The Haves And The Have Nots) as Detective Monroe; Dawna Lee Heisling (MoreHorror in Hollywood; After School Massacre) as Layla; Rico McClinton (Battlefield) as Damien; Angel Aviles (Mi Vida Loca, Desperado) as Gina; Nina Womack (Melrose Place, Power of Love) as Angela;; Shaun Gerardo (Clock Out, Alpha & Omega 2) as Taylor; Richie Lillard (Club Lingerie) as Cinique; and last but not least, NeiCe Knight-Preuitt (Get Thee Behind Me,
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Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Phaedra Parks Flees Home in Fear of Apollo Nida's Wrath Before Prison Sentence Begins

Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Phaedra Parks Flees Home in Fear of Apollo Nida's Wrath Before Prison Sentence Begins
There’s peril in the Peach State! Kenya Moore wants to get back behind the camera — to create a shady show about her frenemies, Porsha Williams and Claudia Jordan still can’t get along, and Apollo Nida uses his last few days of freedom to terrorize wife Phaedra Parks. Oy. Photos: Before They Were Real Housewives! Life Twirls On Lights, camera, action! Kenya misses the spotlight — or being behind it. As a noted actress (who could forget her role in Deliver Us From Eva?!), she’s had her share of [...]
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Eva Longoria Is Maxim's Woman of the Year 2014: See Her Sexy Cover!

Eva Longoria Is Maxim's Woman of the Year 2014: See Her Sexy Cover!
Deliver Us from Eva! Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria has been named Maxim's Woman of the Year, the magazine's publishers announced Monday, Jan. 6 -- and the cover girl, 38, looks super sexy in the accompanying spread. "It’s especially awesome after how long it’s been since my first cover," she said of the honor. "I’ve had a beautiful relationship with Maxim over all these year," she added of her multiple recognitions from the magazine, including topping Maxim's Hot 100 two consecutive years in a row back in [...]
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Which Former Miss USA Might Be Joining the Real Housewives of Atlanta?

Less than a month after Sheree Whitfield decided to leave The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the show may have already found someone to replace her. It's being reported that former Miss USA Kenya Moore is poised to go head-to-head with the ladies from Georgia. According to the website Straight From the A, Moore, who won her beauty pageant title back in 1993, does not currently reside in Atlanta, but is said to be looking to relocate there to be on the Bravo series. A rep for Bravo told E! News, "Nothing official yet." After being crowned Miss USA, 41-year-old Moore went on to appear in such movies as Waiting to Exhale, Deliver Us From Eva and the Lindsay Lohan thriller I Know Who Killed...
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Atkins Becomes A Christmas Day Mum

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Atkins Becomes A Christmas Day Mum
Actress Essence Atkins received an extra special present over the holidays after giving birth to a baby on Christmas Day.

The Deliver Us From Eva star and her businessman husband Jaime Mendez became proud parents to a baby boy on Sunday.

Atkins took to her Twitter.com page to share her happy news with fans, writing, "Found (happiness)... our 1st baby, a beautiful healthy boy, was born on Christmas Day! Blessing... All I can say is this: God is so generous!"

The couple married in 2008 after meeting on an online dating website.

40 Actors and Actresses We Love

40 Actors And Actresses We Love40 Actors and Actresses We LoveWith the Academy Awards announced this morning, all eyes are fixed on Hollywood. Even though no Black actors and actresses were nominated this year, we take a moment to honor 40 actresses and actors we love. Their work has made us laugh, made us cry, allowed us to step away from the pressures of our day-to-day lives, and taught us more about ourselves and our culture. Check out who made our list. Who would you add?Jennifer HudsonFavorite role: Effie White in "Dreamgirls." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007.Halle BerryFavorite role: Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball." Won Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2002.Jamie FoxxFavorite role: Ray Charles in "Ray." Won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.Nia LongFavorite role: Nina Mosley in "Love Jones.
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6 Things You Didn't Know about Kym Whitley (and Nas?)

Kym Whitley needs no introduction. Since her breakout cameo as "Suga" in "Next Friday" in 2000, she's been a wisecracking Bff in "The Salon," a sex-starved hair stylist in "Deliver Us from Eva" and a soft-spoken supportive mom in "College Road Trip." Kym's been on our radar for years, but in her current role as a celebrity co-host on NBC's reality makeover show "School Pride," we're learning about the real woman behind the laughs. She's no joke. Here are six things you didn't know about the wisecracking Ohio native...
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Gabrielle Union Signs on for FlashForward

Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Bad Boys II) is joining the cast of ABC's exciting new fall drama, FlashForward in a recurring role as Zoey, a criminal defense attorney who will have a romantic arc on the show. FlashForward premieres Thursday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.

"We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast," said executive producer David S. Goyer. "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey. She's witty, soulful and beautiful. I've been wanting to work with her for a long time."

What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? In FlashForward when the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come
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HBO Films taps Amato senior vp

NEW YORK -- Producer Len Amato has been named senior vp at HBO Films, overseeing production and development of all films made for the pay TV channel.

Amato will report to president Colin Callender and be based in HBO Films' Los Angeles offices.

He arrives at the company after serving as president of Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg's Spring Creek Prods., with a strong list of big-screen credits behind him. Since joining the company in the mid-1990s as vp development, Amato served as producer and executive producer on such films as Analyze This, Analyze That, Deliver Us From Eva, Rumor Has It, Blood Diamond and the recent release The Astronaut Farmer.

The new post marks Amato's return to his roots. His producing debut was Charles Dutton's 1997 drama First Time Felon for HBO, and he worked with the network again in 2004 as executive producer of Katja von Garnier's political drama Iron Jawed Angels.

"Len is one of the smartest executives in the industry with an impeccable reputation for good taste and great talent relations," Callender said.

Perry gets his 'Girl': it's Union

Gabrielle Union will star in Tyler Perry's latest Lionsgate film, Daddy's Little Girl. Written by Perry, the reverse-Cinderella tale centers on a successful attorney (Union) who falls in love with a janitor who is a single father of three children. This relationship causes a rift between the woman and her father, as he hoped she would marry wealthy. The film is being produced by Reuben Cannon and will shoot in the summer in Atlanta. Union most recently starred in ABC's short-lived series Night Stalker and next appears in Running With Scissors. Other feature credits include The Honeymooners, Bad Boys II and Deliver Us From Eva. She is repped by UTA and manager Jeff Morrone.

LL Cool J, Par busy making 'Holiday' plans

LL Cool J is joining the cast of Last Holiday for Paramount Pictures. He will play an ex-con who has a secret crush on the main character (Queen Latifah) in the remake of the 1950 British comedy. The original film starred Alec Guinness as a poor clerk who, with only a few months to live, decides to take one last holiday, during which he's mistaken for an eccentric aristocrat. In the new version, Queen Latifah will play a shy clerk who goes on a European vacation after she learns that she is terminally ill. Wayne Wang is directing, with Laurence Marks and ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke producing. LL Cool J's film credits include the upcoming S.W.A.T., Deliver Us From Eva and the upcoming Mindhunters. He is repped by WMA.

Trio pucker up for Col's 'Kiss'

With the selection of a trio of actresses, Columbia Pictures has completed casting of its romantic comedy Last First Kiss starring Will Smith as Hitch, a high-flying dating guru, who sets up hundreds of men with the women of their dreams. Julie Ann Emery (Line of Fire, Steven Spielberg Presents Taken) has been cast as Casey, the best friend of Sara (Eva Mendes), the journalist who is out to expose Hitch. Model Amber Valletta (Duplex, Raising Helen) has booked the role of Allegra Cole, while Robinne Lee (Deliver Us from Eva) has been cast as Cressida, Hitch's first love who broke his heart. In addition, Jeffrey Donovan (TV's Touching Evil) also has joined the cast. Andy Tennant (Sweet Home Alabama) is directing the romantic comedy, which is being produced by James Lassiter, Smith and Teddy Zee and executive produced by Wink Mordaunt and Michael Tadross. Emery is repped by Paradigm and Stacey McLaughlin at LMRK. Valletta is repped by Writers and Artists, Evolution and Karl Austen of Armstrong, Hirsch. Lee is repped by Paradigm and Alissa Vradenberg at Untitled Entertainment. Donovan is repped by Paradigm.

'Neo' realism for Renner, Union; Fischer to helm

'Neo' realism for Renner, Union; Fischer to helm
Dahmer star Jeremy Renner has been cast in the title role of the indie feature Neo Ned, with Gabrielle Union as the female lead. Van Fischer, who directed Artisan Entertainment's Blink of an Eye, is directing the project, which is expected to go into production at end of the month in Los Angeles. Written by Wentworth Baughn, Neo Ned is about a troubled young man (Renner) belonging to the Aryan Brotherhood who, while a patient in a psychiatric hospital, falls in love with a fellow patient, a young black mother (Union) who thinks she is possessed by the spirit of Adolf Hitler. Valerie McCaffrey is producing the project, which is being funded through private equity. Renner, repped by WMA, Untitled Entertainment and Nelson-Felker, was nominated for a best actor Independent Spirit Award for Dahmer. He next stars in Columbia Pictures' S.W.A.T.. Union, repped by WMA, Jeff Morrone at Anonymous Content and attorney Michael Fuller, most recently starred in Cradle 2 the Grave and Deliver Us From Eva. She next stars in Bad Boys II and The Break Up Handbook.

LL Cool J tapped for ShoWest nod

LL Cool J has been named ShoWest 2003's Male Star of Tomorrow. The rapper-turned-actor will receive his award at the convention's closing-night awards banquet March 6 in Las Vegas. Following roles in such films as Rollerball, Any Given Sunday and the current Deliver Us From Eva, LL Cool J will next be seen in August in Columbia Pictures' S.W.A.T. opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. He also starred on the NBC sitcom In the House from 1995-98. As a musician, LL Cool J is a two-time Grammy winner and was the first rap artist to have six consecutive platinum-selling albums and six gold singles. His 10th album, 10, was released in the fall. Next fall, LL Cool J will continue to expand his credits as the author of a children's book. And the Winner Is? -- which tells the story of a young basketball player learning to both win and lose gracefully -- will be published by Scholastic as part of its new Kid Hip Hop imprint.

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