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‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Has No Problem Playing Hollywood’s Mother (Exclusive)

‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Has No Problem Playing Hollywood’s Mother (Exclusive)
Since making her Broadway debut in Eubie! in 1979, Jenifer Lewis has become a fixture onscreen with roles on A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Girlfriends and Meet the Browns, as well as starring in films like Jackie’s Back and The Cookout. She’s perhaps best known for playing a string of iconic mothers; her onscreen offspring includes Taraji P. Henson (Not Easily Broken), Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do With It), Whitney Houston (The Preacher’s Wife) and Tupac Shakur (Poetic Justice).

“I was everybody’s mama because I was a born leader,” Lewis boasts to Et. She has no qualms about the mothers she’s played, or even about taking on the roles that some of her colleagues in Hollywood may have viewed as stereotypes.

“Obviously, I’ll do anything,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t care what it is; for that kind of money, I’ll play the
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La La Anthony’s ‘Love Playbook’ Movie in Development With Queen Latifah, Codeblack (Exclusive)

La La Anthony’s ‘Love Playbook’ Movie in Development With Queen Latifah, Codeblack (Exclusive)
Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Codeblack Films are partnering to co-produce and co-finance a slate of films, starting with an adaptation of La La Anthony’s “The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness.”

“The Love Playbook” was published in 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller. Anthony channeled her life and love lessons into a personal playbook, offering no-nonsense advice on dating, love and marriage — advising women on how to take control of their relationships, rise above adversity and live their lives by their rules.

Anthony will also executive produce for the project through her Lala Land company.

The slate will be co-produced By Flavor Unit Entertainment’s Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah. Quincy Newell and Jeff Clanagan will also serve as producers on the projects.

Codeblack Films and Flavor Unit Entertainment will collaborate on the marketing of the films under the slate.

Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate,
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Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Carl Weber Team on Producing Deal

Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s One Unit is partnering with Carl Weber’s Urban Books Media for a multi-year co-production agreement that will cover both film and TV projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

The projects will be based on books from Weber’s publishing unit of more than 2,500 titles. Weber has written 26 novels, including 18 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

“The deal unites two amazing teams in a dynamic partnership that will serve our audience on multiple platforms and take Urban Books Media to the next level,” Weber said.

“Great storytelling is what makes Latifah and I so passionate about this business,” Compere said. “Carl Weber tells the stories we cannot get enough of and we are excited for this journey.”

One Unit has also agreed to partner with Freestyle Releasing to distribute the ensemble drama “The Man in 3B,” adapted by Weber from his novel of the same name,
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Interview: Wamg Talks To Actor Jonathan Silverman From Beethoven’S Treasure Tail

Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America’s favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven. Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Beethoven’S Treasure Tail is on Digital HD now and on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet on October 28, 2014.

The new movie is a follow up to Beethoven’s Big Break (2008), the sixth installment in the Beethoven film series.

After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven’s Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley, Ted), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Ja Rule Kicks Off His Acting Career

Ja Rule Kicks Off His Acting Career
After being released from jail in May, rapper Ja Rule is kicking off his acting career with a new movie.

Ja Rule stars in "I'm In Love with a Church Girl," a drama due out in October. HuffPost Entertainment somehow missed the film's first trailer earlier this month, but a Ja Rule movie is too good to pass up. The trailer for "I'm In Love with a Church Girl," shown above, features Ja as a high-flying man about town who has made his fortune on drug-trafficking. As the police look into him, he is encouraged to look for a second chance in the church, where he meets an attractive, church-going young woman.

This isn't Ja Rule's first foray into acting, as the 37-year-old rapper has held bit parts in various films over the years. Ja Rule appeared in movies including 2001's "The Fast and the Furious," 2003's "Scary Movie 3,
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Queen Latifah Jumps Into Bed With Bet

Last night, Bet announced a multi-year deal with Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit Entertainment production company, which will include the production of an original scripted comedy project, Let’s Stay Together.

Written and produced by Jacque Edmonds Cofer, and billed as a romantic comedy, the series will star Malinda Williams and Bert Belasco, and will make its debut in early 2011.

Latifah’s Flavor Unit will also produce the The Cookout 2, a sequel to the feature The Cookout., although it’ll be a made-for-tv movie that will air exclusively on Bet.

Here’s a Cookout reminder:
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Queen Latifah Jumps Into Comedy With New Projects!

We just discovered that Black Entertainment Television is about to enter a multi-year deal with Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, and we also hear that there is an official greenlight of the original episodes of The Game- the former hit show that was formerly on the CW network.

The shocking news about this is that both of these shows are new for Bet in the scripted arena.

Under the deal with Flavor Unit, the company has come on board to produce its first scripted comedy project, titled Let’s Stay Together. The new show is written and exec produced by Jacque Edmonds Cofer, and is a romantic comedy starring Malinda Williams (of Showtime's Soul Food fame) and Bert Belasco. We hear that the show is set for a launch in January 2011.

But that's not it for the Flavor Unit, as we hear they will also produce the new
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Bet Gives Royal Treatment To Queen Latifah

A multi-year deal with Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment and the official greenlight of original episodes of The Game highlight Bet’s upfront presentation in New York tonight. Both are part of the cable network’s new push in scripted television. Under the deal with Flavor Unit, the company has come on board to produce its first scripted comedy project, Let’s Stay Together. Written and exec produced by Jacque Edmonds Cofer, the romantic comedy starring Malinda Williams and Bert Belasco has been picked up to series to launch in Q1 2011. Flavor Unit will also produce the telefilm The Cookout 2, a sequel to [...]
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Farrah Fawcett Dies After Battle with Cancer

Farrah Fawcett, one of the original Charlie's Angels cast members and the best-selling pinup girl in history, died this morning in Santa Monica, Calif, three years after being diagnosed with cancer. Actor Ryan O'Neal, with whom she'd had an on-again/off-again relationship for nearly 30 years, was at her side. Fawcett was 62.

The Corpus Christi native and University of Texas at Austin alumnus had become relatively famous in the early 1970s doing modeling and guest spots on various TV shows, but it was her role as one of the three sexy crime fighters in Charlie's Angels, in 1976, that made her a superstar. The iconic poster of her in a red swimsuit sold 12 million copies -- the most ever for a poster -- and adorned teenage boys' bedrooms all across America. When she appeared mostly nude in Playboy in 1995, at age 48, it became the magazine's bestselling issue of the 1990s.

She left
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Farrah Fawcett of TV’s ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Dies of Cancer at 62

Chicago – Actress Farrah Fawcett, who rose to fame by starring in 29 episodes of TV’s “Charlie’s Angels” from 1976 to 1980, has died of anal cancer in the Icu at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., according to her representative. She was 62.

Farrah Fawcett died of cancer at 62 on June 25, 2009.

Photo credit: Everett Collection Throughout her carrier, Fawcett also was featured in “The Cookout,” “The Guardian,” “Spin City,” “Dr. T & the Women,” “Ally McBeal,” “Silk Hope,” “Man of the House,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Partridge Family” and “I Dream of Jeannie”.

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. She was pronounced dead at 9:28 a.m. on Thursday. Farrah Fawcett’s only child, Redmond Fawcett, was not present.

Longtime partner Ryan O’Neal along with Alana Stewart were at her bedside. Redmond Fawcett’s father is Ryan O’Neal. Redmond is 24 and is presently serving a prison
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The Perfect Holiday

The Perfect Holiday
If This Christmas served up a crowd-pleasing portion of yuletide Soul Food, then The Perfect Holiday offers dried-out leftovers.

The sentiments of the season ring awfully hollow in this uninspired urban comedy, even with the likes of Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut and Charles Murphy among the ensemble.

Even if it had been better, this stale sophomore effort from filmmaker Lance Rivera (The Cookout) would be facing a considerable challenge at the ticket counters, seeing as it's catering to the same audience so recently sated by This Christmas, not to mention the fact that it's opening the same week as I Am Legend, starring Mr. Boxoffice himself, Will Smith.

Meet Benjamin (Chestnut), a struggling songwriter working as an outlet-mall Santa, accompanied by his pal/oversized elf, Jamal (Faizon Love).

Meet Nancy (Union), the romance-starved, divorced mother of three young children whose ex is a pompous boob of a rapper-producer called J-Jizzy (Murphy).

It's clear that Benjamin and Nancy were meant to be together (this is, after all, something like the fourth time Chestnut and Union have shared the screen), even if her eldest son, John-John (Malik Hammond), does what he can to discourage the liaison.

Meanwhile, Latifah and Howard occasionally pop in and out as an angel/devil duo, though it often seems like they're not in the same film, or at least not on the same shooting days as the rest of the cast.

There's not a single scene in Holiday that doesn't feel like it was copied from any number of other cookie-cutter rom coms, Christmas-themed or otherwise, nor are there any moments in the script -- penned by Rivera and Marc E. Calixte -- that would qualify as genuinely heartwarming, believable or remotely funny.

Even with the easy-on-the-eyes presence of Union and Chestnut, as well as the normally amusing Murphy (as demonstrated on "Chappelle's Show") and Katt Williams as Murphy's long-suffering assistant, this shot-in-New Jersey production feels about as inviting as warm eggnog.

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY

Yari Film Group Releasing

Destination Films, Capital Arts Entertainment, Truenorth, Flavor Unit Films

Credits:

Director: Lance Rivera

Screenwriters: Marc E. Calixte, Lance Rivera

Producers: Shakim Compere, Leifur B. Dagfinnsson, Mike Elliott, Joseph P. Grenier, Queen Latifah, Marvin Peart, Lance Rivera

Director of photography: Teodoro Maniaci

Production designer: Anne Stuhler

Music: Christopher Lennertz

Costume designer: Francine Jamison-Tanchuk

Editor: Paul Trejo

Cast:

Benjamin: Morris Chestnut

Nancy: Gabrielle Union

Narrator: Queen Latifah

Bah-Humbug: Terrence Howard

Jamal: Faizon Love

Delicious: Katt Williams

Brenda: Rachel True

Robin: Jill Marie Jones

J-Jizzy: Charles Murphy

Mikey: Jeremy Gumbs

John-John: Malik Hammond

Emily: Khail Bryant

Running time -- 96 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

Trio wades into 'Waist Deep' pic

Trio wades into 'Waist Deep' pic
Rogue Pictures said Thursday that hip-hop star the Game and actors Meagan Good and Larenz Tate have joined Tyrese Gibson in the urban action thriller Waist Deep, written and directed by Vondie Curtis Hall. Waist Deep follows an ex-con, O2 (Gibson), who while trying to go straight for the sake of his young son Junior is forced to go back outside the law when Junior is kidnapped in a carjacking. In his acting debut, the Game will star as a vicious criminal leader, Good (The Cookout) will play a street-smart hustler, and Tate (Crash) will be featured as O2's shady cousin.

'Hero' fends off newcomers with $11.5 mil b.o.

While Hero, director Zhang Yimou's sumptuously color-coded martial arts epic from Miramax Films held on to the top spot at the boxoffice for the second week in a row with an $11.5 million four-day haul, 20th Century Fox's torn-from-the-tabloids thriller Paparazzi made the best impression of the new arrivals, checking in in fourth place with a $7.9 million four-day bow. All in all, though, it was a relatively listless weekend. Traditionally, the last weekend of summer sees a falling off at the boxoffice as potential moviegoers turn their attention to outdoor activities. That situation was compounded this year as Hurricane Frances forced Florida theaters -- along with virtually everything else in the state -- to shut down, denying Hollywood a market that normally accounts for 5.5% of the national gross. The other new arrivals jostled to carve out their own corners of the market. MGM's Wicker Park, a suspenser about romantic obsession starring Josh Hartnett, logged in sixth place with a $6.75 million four-day bow. Focus Features' Vanity Fair, Mira Nair's adaptation of the William Thackeray novel starring Reese Witherspoon, took eighth place with $6.12 million. And Lions Gate's urban comedy The Cookout debuted in ninth place with $6.1 million.

Audiences hold out for a 'Hero' -- $8.8 mil boxoffice

Audiences hold out for a 'Hero' -- $8.8 mil boxoffice
Miramax Film's epic Chinese martial arts period piece Hero retained its crown as North America's top-grossing motion picture over a slow four-day holiday weekend with domestic boxoffice receipts of about $8.8 million. At No. 2 was Paramount Pictures' comedy Without a Paddle, which splashed in with about $7.1 million, followed at No. 3 by Screen Gems' Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, which tallied about $6.4 million. 20th Century Fox's Paparazzi was No. 4 with about $6.3 million, and at No. 5 was Lions Gates' comedy The Cookout with about $5.6 million. Landing at a disappointing No. 8 was Reese Witherspoon vehicle Vanity Fair from Focus Features with about $4.9 million. Tying at No. 6 were MGM's Wicker Park and Buena Vista's The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement with about $5.4 million apiece.

Boxoffice preview: Rookies try to bring down 'Hero'

The weather gods might make the studios' transition into fall a more difficult proposition as Hurricane Frances batters Florida. Some theater chains have shut down in the face of the biggest evacuation in state history. In the meantime, four films will attempt to acclimate audiences to the fall fare during the Labor Day weekend, often the weakest holiday frame of the year. MGM, on the verge of a buyout, will unveil the romantic thriller Wicker Park, its widest release since April, while 20th Century Fox will bow its Hollywood revenge pic Paparazzi. Indie units Focus Features and Lions Gate are likely to post the strongest per-screen averages with their genre entries: Focus' period piece Vanity Fair and Lions Gate's urban comedy The Cookout. Nevertheless, Miramax Films' martial arts spectacle Hero is likely to hold on to the No. 1 spot for the holiday frame.

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