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Queen Latifah to Deliver Musical Number at 2010 People's Choice Awards

30 December 2009 12:41 AM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Being tapped to host the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards, Queen Latifah will give audience a treat with a musical number. The 39-year-old songstress, who has starred in two successful musicals "Chicago" and "Hairspray", has recently been reported to kick off the award show by leading an all-star musical number.

Details of which stars will join the star of "The Secret Life of Bees" on the stage as well as what songs will be featured are yet disclosed. However, executive producer Mark Burnett has promised that the award show itself will be packed with performances. "We have jam-packed this show with epic performances, surprises and huge show moments that will be sure to keep the audience glued to their seats," he said.

"The stars are coming out in droves to thank the millions of fans who showed their love and support by voting," Burnett continued. "And with exclusive sneak peeks »


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Dakota Fanning Flashes Skin in 'The Runaways' Teaser Trailer

17 December 2009 6:47 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

The first teaser trailer for "The Runaways" finally arrived. Brought forth by MTV on Thursday, December 17, the less-than-a-minute clip gives fans glimpses of 15-year-old Dakota Fanning showing off her sexy side.

In the teaser trailer, the depicter of Cherie Currie clearly exposes her body since she only sports sexy black lingerie while performing with Kristen Stewart's Joan Jett and the other members of her bandmates. The clip, moreover, offers a look at how Currie and Jett deal with their abusive manager, all in while their teen years.

"The Runaways" is a biopic of the 1970s all-girl band. The story centers on guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett and lead vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie who struggle through a rocky road of touring and record label woes. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film is scheduled to be dropped in limited theaters across the U.S. on March 19, 2010.

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Dakota Gives Bees and Amazing Box Office Success a Chance

30 November 2009 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Dakota Fanning sported her "Give Bees a Chance" t-shirt after Pilates class in La on Friday. She got some experience with the honey-producing insects when she made The Secret Life of Bees, but these days her biggest project is the Twilight saga. New Moon was once again number one at the box office over the long weekend, which helped make it the highest grossing Thanksgiving holiday ever. The movie has already beat out Twilight's total, which is a pretty impressive feat thanks to Dakota, all her costars and their amazing devoted fans. View 2 Photos › »

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Alicia Keys Wants to Have Baby

29 November 2009 9:11 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

28-year-old songstress, Alicia Keys, recently revealed that she is eager to start a family in the near future. Alicia, who is confirmed to have dated rapper/producer Swizz Beatz, also shared her readiness for a baby.

The "If I Ain't Got You" singer told the Toronto Sun, "I definitely want a family. To be a mother, that's going to be a beautiful time in life." She continued, "I don't feel like I reached the top. I have a lot more to climb. I want to continue growing and expressing myself creatively."

Beside talking about her personal life, Alicia Keys also discussed her newest album "The Element of Freedom" with the publication. The actress of "The Secret Life of Bees" stated, "You will hear a mixture of strong and delicate. A new sound and a new emotion. That's a lot of who I am right now."

"Before, I thought I could »


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Jennifer Hudson Playing Mandela's Wife In Biopic

18 November 2009 6:18 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For her first post-Oscar role, Jennifer Hudson chose a little poorly, playing an underdeveloped saintly assistant character in the Sex and the City movie, and being gifted with a hideous designer bag at the end for all her troubles. Since then she's been doing a little better, taking a decent role in the decent movie The Secret Life of Bees. And now she's going all the way up to the Presidency. Well, sorta. Variety is reporting that Hudson will play Nelson Mandela's wife Winnie in a biopic about the political activist. Winnie is a far more polarizing figure than the widely celebrated Mandela, having been accused of ordering assassinations on political enemies, encouraging violence in the fight to end apartheid, and convicted of fraud in 2003. She stayed married to Mandela throughout his imprisonment on Robben Island, but divorced him soon after he was freed thanks to her own adultery. »

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Jennifer Hudson challenges herself to play Winnie Mandela

18 November 2009 1:19 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

  Jennifer Hudson's career has been remarkable to behold.  She followed up her "American Idol" debut (and elimination) to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Dreamgirls" only to release a Grammy-winning album the following year.  And while Hudson has shown her acting chops in "Sex and the City" and "The Secret Life of Bees," she's about to take on her biggest challenge yet as South African lighting rod Winnie Mandela in "Winnie." According to Variety, the independently financed film will focus on the complicated South African who was jailed for fighting in support of her activist (and »

- HitFix Staff

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Hollywood rethinks use of A-list actors

13 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hollywood studios are now thinking twice about splurging on A-list movie stars and costly productions in reaction to the poor economy, but also because of the surprising success of recent films with unknown actors.

After buddy comedy "The Hangover," a movie with a little-known cast, made $459 million at the global boxooffice this past summer, several films have shown that a great concept or story can trump star appeal when it comes to luring fans.

"District 9," a low-budget movie in which the biggest stars were space aliens treated like refugees and the lead actor was South African Sharlto Copley, made $200 million. Thriller "Paranormal Activity," starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, has cash registers ringing to the tune of $100 million.

Next up, on Nov. 20, comes Summit Entertainment's relatively low-budget ($50 million) franchise movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," a sequel to 2008 hit vampire romance "Twilight" which made global stars of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. »

- By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

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The Powerful Volturi Featurette

3 November 2009 11:55 PM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

Werewolf overload has plagued us these past weeks but today we have the cure and it comes in the form of a new video from MySpace. MySpace caught up with Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, Michael Sheen, Christopher Heyerdahl, Jamie Campbell Bower, Cameron Bright, and Stephenie Meyer onset of The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009). The cast is giving fans a treat by talking about the all powerful Volturi and giving us a sneak peak at some new scenes from the upcoming film set to release on November 20th. Has it been awhile since you read New Moon? Don't worry, we have you covered and today we are breaking down the Volturi family so when you see the film you won't be caught behind. If you have to pick just one Volturi power, what would it be and why? Come and meet the all powerful and mighty Volturi family. Aro »

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More Than 'Skin' Deep

22 October 2009 6:02 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Playing a biographical figure poses a host of challenges—most pointedly accuracy, or at least capturing the person's essence. Sophie Okonedo doesn't dispute that, though she insists mimicry is not her style and in the end the script is her bible. In her latest film, the weird and disturbing "Skin," she plays the still-living Sandra Laing, a woman of mixed heritage. Set in apartheid-era South Africa, it recounts the tormented experiences of a black child born to two white Afrikaners who are unaware of their black ancestry and determined to raise their child as a Caucasian. Sandra has no idea she is black—or even of mixed race—until she is 10 years old and brutalized and ostracized at the white school she attends. The film follows Sandra's 30-year journey, including her love affair with an abusive black man, estrangement from her parents, and ultimate reconciliation with her mother.Okonedo met »

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Tyler Perry to write and direct a feature film version of "For Colored Girls"

7 September 2009 2:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A few months ago I wrote about Jasmine Guy directing a stage version of Ntozake Shange's famous 1976 play For Girls Who Have Committed Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf in Atlanta this summer.

Now Lionsgate has announced a feature film version of the play to be adapted, directed and produced by Tyler Perry.

Tyler Perry plans to tell us about black women's experiences

Yes, that Tyler Perry — the man who made $125 million last year by bringing us movies like Madea Goes to Jail, the latest in his popular franchise of wacky-grandma movies he has written, produced, and starred in.

Because there's nothing funnier than movies starring a black man in a dress — especially to all the talented black actresses who can't get good roles if their names aren't Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, or Beyoncé.

Perry as Madea in Madea Goes to Jail

To be fair, Perry has »

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North Carolina ups production tax credit

27 August 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue on Thursday signed a bill that boosts a state tax credit for film, TV and other productions from 15% to 25%.

Eligible productions include film, TV, direct-to-video releases, animation projects and commercials. An episodic TV series is considered one production. 

The bill retains minimum spending and hiring requirements for qualifying companies working in the state.

"This legislation is vital to the growth of our $91 million motion picture industry in North Carolina," said Perdue. "This bill will preserve thousands of jobs for our deserving residents, increase investment in our economy and help showcase our state's rich offerings to film and TV audiences around the world."

Companies must spend a minimum of $250,000 on production costs in the state to be eligible for the tax incentives.

"This incentive will help keep film production in North Carolina," said Nc commerce secretary Keith Crisco. "It will be a major »

- By Georg Szalai

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Nominees for Humanitas Prize announced

17 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Finalists for the 2009 Humanitas Prize, which honors writers whose work "affirms the dignity of the human person and reveals our common humanity" include the scribes behind "Slumdog Millionaire," "Milk," "The Secret Life of Bees," "Doubt" and "Wall-E."

Awarded by the non-profit, Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute, the winners, who will collect $95,000 in prize money, will be announced at the group's annual luncheon on Sept. 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing, worth $10,000, will be presented to Scott Rutherford for the pilot of "Venice Beach, G.E.D." The Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship, also worth $10,000, will be given to Joey Falco for the pilot of "Fortunate Sons."

The writers cited in the feature category, which carries a $10,000 prize, are Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog"), Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") and John Patrick Shanley ("Doubt") as well as Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, who were nominated for the »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Common added to Just Wright with Queen Latifah

20 June 2009 10:23 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Common is going to act. It’s finally going to happen. I know what you’re thinking … he was in Terminator Salvation and American Gangster. But he was just hanging out. He wasn’t acting. Those were small, forgettable roles. Here, in Just Wright he’s the male lead. We’re finally going to see what he’s capable of. Here’s the news release.

Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced today that principal photography on Just Wright will begin in mid July, in New York. Starring Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (The Secret Life Of Bees, Chicago), Paula Patton (Precious, Mirrors) and Common (Terminator Salvation, American Gangster), the film will be directed by Sanaa Hamri (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2), based on a script by Michael Elliot.

The story revolves around a sports trainer (Latifah) who finds herself falling in love with a professional basketball player »

- Jeff Bayer

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Dakota Fanning & Kristin Stewart To Star In ‘Runaways’

6 March 2009 4:10 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart is set to portray rock star Joan Jett in the up and coming biopic about Jett’s all girl band, The Runaways.  Also set to star is Dakota Fanning who’ll be playing Cherri Currie, lead singer of The Runaways.  The story is about Currie’s time as lead singer with the band, which she joined when she was only 15 and the lifestyle that ensued.

Variety has announced:

At 15, Fanning is the same age Currie was when she made her debut with the Runaways as the lead singer who belted out hard-edged tunes like “Cherry Bomb.” Currie became caught up in drugs and a hard-partying lifestyle.

It’ll be interesting to watch Fanning take on this role as this is her initial foray into a more adult role.  She’s recently done The Secret Life Of Bees and Push, but nothing remotely as adult in nature »

- Sabrina Cognata

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The Secret Life Of Bees DVD Review -- Jeff says if only Secret Life of Bees was more of a feature-length drama and less of a Lifetime feature of the week

18 February 2009 | | See recent news »

The Secret Life of Bees (20th Century Fox)Director: Gina Prince-BythewoodStarring: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Tristan Wilds As former celebrities from Michael Lookinland to Frankie Muniz could tell you, making the leap from child actor to adult thespian is a tricky feat; no matter how much the public likes you when you’re eight, transitioning into adult scripts is about as likely as a soap star landing the starring role in an Academy Award-winning film – it can happen, and there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t, but betting on it is probably not a very smart idea. Still, if you were going to put money on one of the current crop of child actors having a lifelong career, Dakota Fanning wouldn’t be a bad name to pick – not only because of her talent, which is formidable, but »

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Knowles And Hudson Shine At NAACP Awards

13 February 2009 12:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Superstars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson have walked away with the top music honours at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards in Los Angeles.

Knowles kicked off the 40th annual ceremony on Thursday with a rousing performance of her new track, Halo, before picking up the award for Outstanding Female Artist.

Hudson was named Outstanding New Artist at the glitzy event, which came just days after her Grammy Award win at the weekend.

Accepting the statuette, the Spotlight singer, who also walked away with the Best Album nod, said, "This is where we come from. So it's always an honour to come home and feel welcome and to feel the love. I really cherish this and appreciate it."

Jamie Foxx beat off competition from troubled singer Chris Brown to land the nod for Outstanding Male Artist at the event, which was hosted by Halle Berry and Tyler Perry.

In the movie categories, Will Smith and Rosario Dawson were named Outstanding Actor and Actress, respectively, for their turns in Seven Pounds.

Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson won Supporting Actress for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Columbus Short earned the Supporting Actor nod for Cadillac Records.

The Secret of Life of Bees won Outstanding Film of the Year and Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed movie Slumdog Millionaire landed the Independent Motion Picture prize.

In the television categories, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne landed four trophies including Outstanding Comedy Series, Best Actor for LeVan Davis, Supporting Actor for Lance Gross and Supporting Actress for Keshia Knight Pulliam.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Outstanding Female Artist - Beyonce Knowles

Outstanding Male Artist - Jamie Foxx

Outstanding New Artist - Jennifer Hudson

Best Album - Jennifer Hudson (Jennifer Hudson)

Outstanding Actor - Will Smith (Seven Pounds)

Outstanding Actress - Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds)

Supporting Actor - Columbus Short (Cadillac Records)

Supporting Actress - Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button)

Best Film - The Secret Life Of Bees

Independent Motion Picture - Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Director - Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life Of Bees)

Writing In A Motion Picture - Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)

Outstanding Drama Series - Grey's Anatomy

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series - Hill Harper (CSI: New York)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Taye Diggs (Private Practice)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Angela Bassett (ER)

Writer in a Drama Series - Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy)

Best Comedy TV Series - Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - LeVan Davis (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Lance Gross (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tyler Perry's House of Payne)

Reality Series - American Idol

Talk Series - The View

2009’s President’s Award - Muhammad Ali

Vanguard Award - Russell Simmons. »

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Blu-Ray Round Up, Feb. 8, 2009: ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ ‘Office Space,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

8 February 2009 2:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Welcome back to the world of the Blu-Ray Round Up, a safety net for all the Blu-Ray titles hitting store shelves that might otherwise slip through the cracks. Every week seems to see more and more catalog releases and new titles hitting the next-gen format and it’s shockingly easy to miss a title that you’d like to add to your collection. That’s why we’re here.

This edition of the Blu-Ray Round-Up presents an amazingly diverse wave of titles from Fox/MGM that includes comedy classics, two best picture nominees, and a couple of new flicks that barely made a dent at the box office.

Igor” and “The Pink Panther” were released by MGM on January 20th, 2009.

Little Miss Sunshine,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Office Space,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” and “Sideways” were released by Fox on February 3rd, 2009.


Photo credit: MGM “Igor” is one of »

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DVD: Natalie Wood 6 Times!, Nick & Norah

3 February 2009 1:10 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Collections ~ It's Tuesday so there are new box sets available highlighting everything from tired hockey masked killers (you know who) to highly respected thespians (Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness) but the big ... make that B-i-g... deal for The Film Experience is the "Natalie Wood Collection" which includes six films. I haven't seen Bombers B-52 or Cash McCall but even if they're bad you still get to stare at her for two hours. Her beauty justifies most any running time.

Natalie Wood *swoon*

The other four are more notable players in her filmography. There's the Edith Head costumed Helen Gurley Brown comedy Sex and the Single Girl (1964) and two true classics: the musical Gypsy (1962) and the legendary 'Warren Beatty Destroys Lives!' teen angst of the unbeatable Splendor in the Grass (1961). Adventurous movie fanatics might be most interested in getting a good long look at the underseen and idiosyncratic inside »


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Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 2/3

3 February 2009 8:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Kevin Smith has finally broken out of the Jay and Silent Bob circle and made a romantic comedy that didn't crumble like Jersey Girl. It's cuter than Clerks 2, but thrives on brief, scene-stealing moments from high-school reunion cameos and Jason Mewes. Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Most of our beloved teen fare comes when music is mixed with turmoil-filled romance and adventure, and Infinite Playlist is no exception. In fact, it hits a lot of different themes all in one -- the gross-out factor from flicks like American Pie, the quirky music loving of Empire Records, ex meddling like Some Kind of Wonderful, and a rather refreshing attitude towards sexuality. Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray.

The Secret Life of Bees

A film that joins Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys, Kim »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Fanning Halted Final Exams To Watch Obama Day

28 January 2009 11:35 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Barack Obama's inauguration will always hold very special memories for actress Dakota Fanning - it was exam day for her. The teenager feared she'd miss the swearing in of the new President - because she was too busy sitting her final exams, but it became a day of hard work and celebration for the actress and her school pals.

She tells WENN, "Our school put the coverage on in the theatre for us, so we could watch it all in there. I was so happy."

And the big day wasn't lost on Fanning - she realised what a special moment it was while she was shooting and promoting period piece The Secret Life of Bees last year.

She adds, "We were dealing with so many civil rights in that movie. One of the key points of that movie is when Jennifer Hudson's character gets beat up for wanting to register to vote, and now we have an African-American president.

"I'm so happy that I get to live in a world where that can happen. I grew up where interracial relationships are normal to me. I see that all the time in school and just walking down the street and I don't think twice about it, so when I see someone like Barack Obama run, I don't see him as a black man or a white man; I just see him as a man. We're all just human beings.

"Anyone that is willing to be the President of our country, who will lead us and protect us is a very inspirational human being, especially him... I just love to listen to him." »

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