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3 items from 2008

Hustle + Flow Star Saves New Orleans Family

10 September 2008 11:58 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hustle + Flow star Taraji P. Henson was so devastated by the sight of families struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when she filmed The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button in New Orleans, Louisiana, she 'adopted' a single mother and her kids.

The actress, a single mother herself, admits she couldn't just buy toys for the homeless kids or offer support, she had to get involved in rescuing the family from despair.

Henson tells WENN, "This woman lost everything during Katrina and came back and got her little apartment. She had two daughters she was raising by herself and then her apartment caught on fire, so she lost everything twice.

"I wanted to give her something besides toys because where would they put it? They didn't have anywhere to stay. So I collected three months' worth of rent to make sure she got a place to stay." »

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Howard: 'Cosby Row Nearly Destroyed Me'

15 July 2008 9:00 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-nominee Terrence Howard almost destroyed his promising acting career when he was axed from The Cosby Show.

The Crash star landed his first acting part in the legendary comedy show in 1988 - but he was sacked before any of his scenes were aired.

He explains, "I was 19 and had just moved to New York from Cleveland, I got on The Cosby Show on my second audition ever."

Howard was so angry that his scenes were cut, he confronted the show's star and producer Bill Cosby - who he claims subsequently blacklisted him in the entertainment business.

He explains, "I told him, 'I'm a man just like you.' He didn't like it, and the casting agent never took my calls again."

Howard didn't work for four years, but recovered to forge a successful acting career - landing an Academy Award nomination in 2006 for his role in Hustle + Flow. »

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'Hamlet 2' to be Focus feature

23 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of the biggest sales in the history of Sundance appears to have been sealed, with Focus Features reportedly nabbing world rights to the high-school satire Hamlet 2 for what sources say is about $10 million.

The deal, closed at the CAA condo at about 8 a.m. after a night of intense negotiations, would mark the biggest bidding war of the festival to date and one of the biggest in fest history, rivaling Little Miss Sunshine, Hustle and Flow, and Happy, Texas.

Hamlet stars Steve Coogan as an overly dramatic drama teacher who attempts to salvage his high-school theater department by staging a controversial sequel to Shakespeare's play.

Andy Fleming's pic, a late edition to the fest, had top film execs gushing outside the Library after the Monday night screening, with the Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight and Par Vantage all interested in the picture. A post-screening dinner at Main Street eatery Jean Louis saw a number of execs huddling with the sales agent and the producers, which include L&E's Eric Eisner as well as Little Miss Sunshine producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. »

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