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Charlie Murphy, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy, Passes Away at 57

Charlie Murphy, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy, Passes Away at 57
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after losing another beloved actor and comedian. Charlie Murphy, the older brother of legendary comedian Eddie Murphy and star of the iconic comedy series Chappelle's Show, has passed away at the age of 57. Murphy's manager confirmed that he died from Leukemia earlier this morning in a New York City hospital, where he was undergoing chemotherapy.

TMZ reports that the actor's death comes as an absolute shock to his family, since they had thought he was improving. The site says that his family would call him frequently, and that he would even joke that they were calling him too much. It hasn't been confirmed how long he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for, before his death.

Charlie Murphy was born July 12, 1959 in Brooklyn to Lillian Murphy, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a New York transit officer who was also an amateur actor and comedian.
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Charlie Murphy, ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Comedian, Dies at 57

Charlie Murphy, ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Comedian, Dies at 57
Comedian Charlie Murphy has died. According to TMZ, Eddie Murphy’s younger brother passed away this morning from leukemia. He was 57.

The sad news was announced by Charlie’s manager, who told TMZ the comedian past away in a New York City hospital. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Murphy, who had made a name for himself in the stand-up industry, co-starred on “Chappelle’s Show.” He also co-wrote his brother’s films “Vampire in Brooklyn” (1995) and “Norbit” (2007).

Read More: ‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report

He made his feature film debut in the 1989 comedy “Harlem Nights,” alongside the elder Murphy. He then went on to appearing in films such as “CB4,” “The Perfect Holiday” and “Night at the Museum.” He also co-starred in TV series like “Are We There Yet?” “Black Jesus,” “The Boondocks” and “Meet the Blacks.”

Recently he headlined “The Comedy Get Down” tour alongside George Lopez,
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Charlie Murphy, ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Comedian, Dies at 57

Charlie Murphy, ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Comedian, Dies at 57
Comedian Charlie Murphy has died. According to TMZ, Eddie Murphy’s younger brother passed away this morning from leukemia. He was 57.

The sad news was announced by Charlie’s manager, who told TMZ the comedian past away in a New York City hospital. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Murphy, who had made a name for himself in the stand-up industry, co-starred on “Chappelle’s Show.” He also co-wrote his brother’s films “Vampire in Brooklyn” (1995) and “Norbit” (2007).

Read More: ‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report

He made his feature film debut in the 1989 comedy “Harlem Nights,” alongside the elder Murphy. He then went on to appearing in films such as “CB4,” “The Perfect Holiday” and “Night at the Museum.” He also co-starred in TV series like “Are We There Yet?” “Black Jesus,” “The Boondocks” and “Meet the Blacks.”

Recently he headlined “The Comedy Get Down” tour alongside George Lopez,
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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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Oscar Diversity: Producer Calls for an African-American Studio (Guest Column)

Marvin Peart, co-founder of Marro Media Co., is executive producer of the 2013 Weinstein Co. release “Escape from Planet Earth” and TV shows including “Mob Wives.” In a guest column for Variety, he calls for people of color in the entertainment business to join forces to create their own content and studios.

A color-free Academy Awards is indeed a strange anomaly, in an America more enriched every day by its people of color. But the problem is one that those less experienced in the art of filmmaking — and the art of the film business — might not recognize.

So I think we should put a magnifying glass on the larger problem — the offices of the studios where projects and budgets are approved.

Minority performers are being watched closely by fellow African-Americans and other communities of color for two reasons: first, they’re in a business they want to join; and second, they most resemble them physically.
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Ash Vs. Evil Dead Adds A Sleepy Hollow Alum To Series!

Earlier this month it was announced that two more were cast in Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead series, which sees the titular deadite slayer and occasional S-Mart employee returning on the small screen. Sleepy Hollow’s Jill Marie Jones is joining the cast as Amanda Fisher, who “following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead.”

Read on for the rest of the release below, which includes a brief synopsis of what to expect!

Jones is best known for starring as Toni Childs in “Girlfriends” and also appeared in “American Horror Story.” Her feature film credits include 35 and Ticking, The Perfect Holiday, Major Movie Star and Meeting Spencer among others.
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Ash vs Evil Dead Adds Sleepy Hollow’s Jill Marie Jones

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We have news of another actress that will be fighting the evil dead. It has been announced that Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has just joined the cast and we have details on how her character gets caught up in Ash's latest adventure:

"Beverly Hills, Calif., February 19, 2015 - Starz has announced today that Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) will play the role of Amanda Fisher in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.

Following the grisly murder of her partner, disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead,
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Perfect Primers To Achieve Your Best Makeup Look Ever — Shop

If you are dying to get a celebrity makeup look then you Must use primer to enhance your products and help them last! Primer is the perfect ‘before’ product that many people forget about — but not anymore! Check out our gallery of some of our favorite primers to help you get that flawless look!

Is using a primer worth the extra step? Yes! Primers help to create a layer between your foundation and your skin — giving you a more even complexion. This extra step will help your makeup go on smoother and will help your makeup last longer throughout the day. Celebrities always wear primer before red carpet appearances — want to get luminescent and radiant skin like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez? To improve your makeup look Shop our gallery of primers below to find the one that works for your face and your budget!

Best Makeup Primers — Shop Our Top Picks

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The Best Blushes For This Fall Season — Shop Our Top Picks

You no longer have to worry about getting washed out this holiday season — add that extra pop of color to your look this fall and winter with a blush! HollywoodLife.com has compiled a list of our favorite blushes and you won’t be disappointed. Shop our gallery of 13 different blush products that will suit your skin tone and your budget!

Blush is one makeup product that you do not want to be without! Blush is the perfect product to help brighten up your face and highlight your cheekbones. It also adds some color to the skin tone — so you no longer look pale or washed out. Blush comes in multiple shades and types so find the one that’s right for you right here!

Powder Blush — Find Your Perfect Fit

Do you think you’d best like a hot pink powder blush, a cheek stain, or maybe a tan
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Best Foundations For Your Skin — Shop Our Favorite Products

Finding the perfect foundation to suit your skin needs can be a hassle — but not anymore! We have compiled a list of our top foundations that will surely give you the flawless complexion that you’ve been dying to achieve! Check out our products and Shop our gallery!

Foundation is the base for all great makeup looks — so having the shade or product that best fits your skin type is crucial! Our 13 products are a mix of powders, concealers, and liquid foundations that will help you create your best look ever! With different skin types and different price points in mind — we are sure that these products will help everyone! Shop now and comment below!

Best Foundation For Your Skin Type — First Step: Finding The Perfect Concealer

When you wanna look your best, a great concealer can be your answer! Covering up flaws and dark circles will never be a problem again.
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Columbus Day: Olivia Wilde & More Celebs Tweet

It’s Columbus Day and celebrities are tweeting up a storm about the American holiday. Keep reading for some pretty fun tweets!

Celebrities are taking to social media to give their thanks to Christopher Columbus, the man responsible for discovering the great country of America.

Celebrities Tweet About Columbus Day

There have definitely been some funny tweets from celebs on Oct. 14 and we can’t help but post some of our favorites, just for you!

Columbus Day Edition of @RuPaul drives… @thekatvond! Watch: http://t.co/6F36gZKohe pic.twitter.com/H4TrGEsaGA @biggalreviews

— RuPaul (@RuPaul) October 14, 2013

But Rupaul isn’t the only celebrity tweeting about the holiday.

Columbus Day is a great day to read Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States". On our national hero: pic.twitter.com/D0NuEBuFU1

— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 14, 2013

Bet my friends in Boston just going to bed after huge night in sports.
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Entourage: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD Arrive November 6th

Entourage: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD Arrive November 6th
They're baaack! Catch the action for the first time or relive the ups and downs that come with fame as Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle take you on a whirlwind ride through the high-stakes world of Hollywood with Entourage: The Complete Series. The perfect holiday gift for HBO fans, Entourage: The Complete Series on Blu-ray ($299.99) and DVD ($249.99) streets November 6, 2012. The set is boxed in a stylishly cool, black casing and features all 8 seasons along with more than 6 hours of bonus content and is the first time seasons one through five are available on Blu-ray.

Entourage: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD sets contain a wealth of bonus materials that give viewers a wildly entertaining look inside one of television's most celebrated comedies. Included are audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, panel discussions and exclusive interviews that offer candid and amusing views of Hollywood and the cost of being a celebrity.
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Entourage: The Complete Series Coming to Blu-ray & DVD November 6th

Catch the action for the first time or relive the ups and downs that come with fame as Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle take you on a whirlwind ride through the high-stakes world of Hollywood with Entourage: The Complete Series. The perfect holiday gift for HBO fans, Entourage: The Complete Series on Blu-ray ($299.99) and DVD ($249.99) streets November 6, 2012. The set is boxed in a stylishly cool, black casing and features all 8 seasons along with more than 6 hours of bonus content and is the first time seasons one through five are available on Blu-ray. Entourage: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD sets contain a wealth of bonus materials that give viewers a wildly entertaining look inside one of television's most celebrated comedies. Included are audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes...
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Tim Gunn’s Take On Accessories: Glitter Pumps, Leopard Print, Cocktail Rings & More

[flv custom_thumbnail="http://youtu.be/wTbJ1HqMRM8 " width="600" height="500"]http://youtu.be/wTbJ1HqMRM8/flv] The style expert shares his opinion on how to work some of the trendiest looks this season without having to splurge! If you're wondering when glitter pumps are a do or don't or how to stack your bangles without seeming too busy, let style expert Tim Gunn lead the way with his tips and tricks! Tim is currently working with Weight Watchers, where he helps share some of their inspiring stories, like that of Abby Dale. Abby, who recently lost over 95 pounds on Weight Watchers, modeled some of the looks Tim recommended -- check them out here! Katrina Mitzeliotis Follow Katrina on twitter for up-to-the-minute style news! More Style Stories: Bella's 'Breaking Dawn' Nightmare Wedding Dress Revealed! Watch Tim Gunn Share Tips & Tricks On Finding The Perfect Holiday Party Outfit Meryl Streep's First 'Vogue' Cover: Check it Out!
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You Can Now Buy Bella’s Breaking Dawn Wedding Shoes: Here’s How

You can now scoop up your very own pair of Bella's Manolo Blahnik embellished wedding pumps! While I thought Bella's Breaking Dawn wedding dress by Carolina Herrera was gorgeous, it was her exquisite Manolo Blahnik pumps that really caught my attention when I first saw the movie. The 4 1/4" satin shoes with a unique, crystal-encrusted vine detailing were like nothing I've ever seen before -- until now! While the shoes were custom-made for the flick, you can now purchase your very own pair for $1,295 -- if you're willing to splurge. Initially, the pumps were planned for release in 2012 -- but luckily, you don't have to wait to purchase the unique heels. Available in both black and white, the shoes are the exact pair we saw on Kristen Stewart in the movie. Designer Carolina Herrera collaborated with the shoe legend on the pretty pumps, which exuded the same vintage elegance that Bella's dress possessed.
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Road Trip Actress Davis Dies Day After Knee Surgery

Road Trip Actress Davis Dies Day After Knee Surgery
Plus-sized Road Trip model/actress Mia Amber Davis has died following complications from knee surgery. She was 36.

Davis underwent surgery to correct an old sports injury in Los Angeles on Monday, but she was re-admitted to a hospital on Tuesday after complaining of dizziness. She later lost consciousness and was subsequently declared dead.

Her husband of three years, Mike Yard, has been left devastated by the sudden loss and is demanding answers, telling TMZ.com, "I want to know what happened to my wife."

The star rose to fame as one of the first black full-figured models and branched out into acting in 2000, when she landed a role in director Todd Phillips' hit comedy Road Trip, starring as Rhonda, the curvaceous love interest of actor DJ Qualls' geeky character Kyle Edwards. At the time of the shoot, she weighed in at 300 pounds (136 kilograms).

She went on to appear as an uncredited stand-in for rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah in TV movie Life Support and romantic comedy The Perfect Holiday, both in 2007.

Hip-hop star Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson of The Roots has paid tribute to Davis on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Road Trip was Just on TV night b4 (sic) last! R.I.P. Mia Amber Davis, Plus-Size Model & Road Trip Comic Seductress."

Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray Box-Set Event and Interviews

Shrek. So thoroughly has the character permeated pop culture and zeitgeist – that no context or explanation is needed with the word. It has an almost pavlovian response on the listener. I say Shrek and images of a green ogre, pop culture references, sight gags, Eddie Murphy and a soon-to-be-eaten ginger bread man pop to mind. This can perhaps be attributed to the character’s ubiquitous nature – from the films to lunch boxes to Halloween costumes to ABC specials to commercial tie ins to action figures, Shrek quite simply is everywhere. DreamWorks will further propel its plan for Shrek domination by releasing all four films in a box set for the very first time December 7th, just in time for the Christmas season. In anticipation of the release of the new digitally remastered Blu-ray, an informal Q&A and discussion was held with the some of the principle visual and audio
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Couples Retreat hits DVD and M&C's giving away prize packs!

Pack your bags for a hilarious tropical vacation as Couples Retreat arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, February 9th, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. M&C.s getting in on the vacation by giving away five Couples Retreat DVDs and Beach Mats! A vacation in paradise goes hilariously awry in Couples Retreat . featuring Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Jason Bateman (.Arrested Development.), Jon Favreau (I Love You, Man), Kristin Davis (.Sex and the City.), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Malin Akerman (27 Dresses), Faizon Love (The Perfect Holiday) and Kali Hawk (Lovers & Haters). The film follows four couples who get way more than they bargained for on a tropical getaway. Their group-rate vacation comes at a price when
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Ready for a 'Couples Retreat' on DVD

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The Fall 2009 comedy, Couples Retreat, had a great run at the box office. Now it's coming to DVD. Around this time every year, studios start to release titles that they expect to do well in their respective DVD run. After an already successful theatrical release, anything Couples Retreat does is just icing on the cake for Universal. Here's all the details about the upcoming DVD release.

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A vacation in paradise goes hilariously awry in Couples Retreat, the laugh-out-loud comedy coming to Blu-rayTM Hi-Def, DVD and Digital Download on February 9, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Jon Favreau (I Love You, Man), Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Malin Akerman (27 Dresses), Faizon Love (The Perfect Holiday) and Kali Hawk (Lovers & Haters) star in this movie about four couples who get way
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 ‘Katt Williams: Pimpadelic’ DVDs With Comic Sensation Katt Williams

Chicago – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have 10 DVDs up for grabs to the new “Katt Williams: Pimpadelic” DVD with comic sensation Katt Williams! Katt Williams has been featured in “Lonely Street,” “First Sunday,” “The Perfect Holiday,” “Norbit,” “Epic Movie,” “Behind the Smile,” “Rebound” and “Friday After Next”.

To win your free “Katt Williams: Pimpadelic” DVD courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is tell us why you love comedy in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! The “Katt Williams: Pimpadelic” DVD was released on Oct. 13, 2009. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The DVD cover for “Katt Williams: Pimpadelic” featuring comic sensation Katt Williams.

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Here is the synopsis for “Katt Williams: Pimpadelic”:

As one of the country’s hottest comedians, Katt Williams
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