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Will Arike Ogunbowale have the game-winning moves to win ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?

Will Arike Ogunbowale have the game-winning moves to win ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?
Arike Ogunbowale, a guard for the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team, has become the it-girl in sports thanks to her two game-winning baskets in the Final Four and championship games during this year’s Ncaa women’s tournament. Ogunbowale’s dazzling performances received praised from stars like Gabrielle Union, Ice Cube and even her basketball idol Kobe Bryant. Now she continues to blaze a trail as the first Ncaa player and the first female basketball player ever to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.” Will she rise to the occasion and deliver another game-winning moment? Let’s consider the pros and cons.

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Ogunbowale has the advantage of being the most recent athlete to gain nationwide attention among the “DWTS” contestants this year. As mentioned above, her spectacular athleticism has helped her gain her a fan base even among other athletes and celebrities, which in turn could
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11 Actors and Directors Share the Films That Define Them, From Barry Jenkins to Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, and More

FilmStruck, the streaming platform from Turner Classic Movies that specializes in arthouse and foreign films, has started a viral movement on social media with the #FilmStruck4 challenge. The company posted to its official Twitter page on April 17 an announcement asking people to share the four films that define them. The challenge quickly grew to include some of the best actors and directors working today, from Guillermo del Toro to Jessica Chastain, Barry Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Edgar Wright, and more.

Del Toro had a hard time narrowing down his picks to just four, so he posted two separate posts with the eight films that define him. Fans of the director won’t be surprised to see Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” included among his choices. Jessica Chastain split her list into two, one for performances that define her and one for movies.
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Gabrielle Union Signs First Look Deal with Sony Pictures TV

Union on “Conan

Gabrielle Union is well on her way to becoming a mogul. According to Deadline, the “Being Mary Jane” star and producer has inked a first look deal with Sony Pictures TV. The two-year agreement will see Union develop broadcast, cable, and digital projects for Sony via her I’ll Have Another production company.

Sony TV is behind Union’s next project, “L.A.’s Finest,” in which she’ll reprise her “Bad Boys II” character, Special Agent Syd Burnett. The NBC drama pilot will follow the uninhibited Syd as she joins the Lapd. “She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy.” Union and Alba are among the pilot’s EPs.

“I am so excited to be back in business with my old ‘Bad Boys’ family, and to have the opportunity
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Bad Boys TV spinoff titled L.A.’s Finest

NBC has announced that its upcoming Bad Boys spinoff pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba is going by the title L.A.’s Finest.

L.A.’s Finest has been written by Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis (The Blacklist), and sees Union reprising her Bad Boys II role as Syd Burnett, sister of Martin Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett. The former DEA agent is now working as a police detective in Los Angeles, where she is partnered with Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mother who can’t help but look at Syd’s free-spirited lifestyle with some grass-is-greener envy.

Union and Alba are joined in the cast of the pilot by Ernie Hudson, Zach Gilford, Duane Martin, Ryan McPartlin and Zach McGowan. The two actresses also both serve as executive producers on the show alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad, Sonnier Margolis, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin and Jeff Morrone.
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Exclusive: Here’s the first look at The Boy Downstairs movie poster

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We are delighted to give our audience an exclusive first look at the UK poster for Altitude’s The Boy Downstairs.

Written and directed by newcomer Sophie Brooks, The Boy Downstairs stars one of film and television’s most promising young talents Zosia Mamet, whose most notable credit is HBO’s multi Award Winning show, Girls. Alongside Mamet is Matthew Shear, who is a favourite of renowned director Noah Baumbach having featured in Mistress America, While We’re Young and The Meyerowitz Stories. We will also see Shear later this year in the highly anticipated television series The Alienist.

Also in trailers – Gabrielle Union goes into fight mode to save her children in trailer for Breaking In

The film is released June 8th.

The Boy Downstairs Official Synopsis

The Boy Downstairs tells the story of Diana (Zosia Mamet), who moves back to New York City after a few years in
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Legal Drama, a Break Up and Heart-Wrenching Tragedy: How Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Emerged Stronger Than Ever

Legal Drama, a Break Up and Heart-Wrenching Tragedy: How Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Emerged Stronger Than Ever
Gabrielle Union doesn't do passive. When she found herself unfavorably comparing her successes to others'—"I felt like you see everyone is having so much more," the actress admitted on the Today show Apr. 9—she decided to implement a change. Turning to her vision boards, she stopped "chasing after specific things and asking for stuff," she explained and pared down her desires to one specific request. "I asked for more joy, peace and grace," she noted. "And it's been coming in abundance." Take her nearly four-year marriage to NBA champ Dwyane Wade. Having weathered a lawsuit from his ex-wife, a brief pre-engagement split and what the We're Going to...
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Gabrielle Union goes into fight mode to save her children in trailer for Breaking In

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Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer for thriller Breaking In; starring Gabrielle Union as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security.

Directed by James McTeigue, Billy Burke (Twilight series), Richard Cabral (End of Watch), Ajiona Alexus (Empire), Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim Uprising), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Carr (Black Panther) and Christa Miller (Cougar Town) star alongside Union.

Also in trailers – Sandra Bullock leads the all-female Ocean’s 8 in new trailer

The film see’s Will Packer and Union reuniting as producers.

The film is released in cinemas May 11th

Breaking In Official Synopsis

Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother
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Lily James, Cardi B and More Top This Week's Best Dressed Looks

Lily James, Cardi B and More Top This Week's Best Dressed Looks
Major style inspiration ahead! While many celebrities are headed to Coachella this weekend to embrace their inner boho, there was still tons of great fashion this week that channeled more polished vibes and red carpet glam. Case in point: Lily James showed us how to do spring formal right at the world premiere of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, wearing an off-the-shoulder floral Emilia Wickstead dress. Her emerald-green earrings added the perfect touch.  On the flip side, Cardi B, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington proved that more is more (in terms of layers and accessories) when it comes to street style.  To see the best dressed stars of the week, keep...
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Bad Boys TV Show Spinoff Gets an Official Title & Synopsis

The NBC Bad Boys TV spinoff has finally earned itself a title, as Gabrielle Union gets closer to bringing her Bad Boys II character to the small screen. The action-drama pilot has been filming for some time, and is intended to lead towards an order for a full series. Once simply known as ‘Untitled Gabrielle Union Project‘ by the TV studio and ‘Bad Boys TV Show Spinoff‘ by everybody else, the show is now officially called L.A.’s Finest.
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NBC’s ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot Pilot Has Title

NBC’s drama pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, a spinoff from the Bad Boys movie franchise, finally has a title: L.A.’s Finest. The project follows the Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003's Bad Boys II movie as she moves to Los Angeles and joins the Lapd. Like often is the case with offshoots from popular franchises that don’t feature the lead characters, the TV series could not carry the Bad Boys moniker. The TV show represents a…
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Gabrielle Union Speaks Out After Being Caught in Tristan Thompson Drama

Gabrielle Union Speaks Out After Being Caught in Tristan Thompson Drama
Gabrielle Union would like to be excluded from this narrative. Earlier this week, Tristan Thompson made front-page news after photos and video purportedly of the NBA player surfaced showing the athlete getting close to women other than Khloe Kardashian. In fact, The Shade Room published photos of a lady that caught the eyes of many followers. And yes, Gabrielle inadvertently was behind her when one of the pictures was taken. But before you suspect the actress and best-selling author has anything to do with the drama, you may want to hear from her directly. "Don't know her. Didn't see her," Gabrielle wrote in the comments section of an Instagram post. "I was enjoying...
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Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award

Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award
Star of upcoming thriller Soldado recently named Un Certain Regard chair.

Benicio Del Toro, who stars in the upcoming Sicario sequel Soldado, will receive the CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award later this month.

Del Toro will receive the honour at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on April 26 in Las Vegas.

It was announced last week that the Puerto Rican-born star will chair the Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes.

“From his commanding breakthrough performance in The Usual Suspects to his Academy Award winning role in Traffic, Benicio Del Toro has captivated audiences for years with thought provoking characters and worldly charm,
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Tyler Perry: Can Black Audiences Celebrate His Success Without Enjoying His Movies?

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Tyler Perry: Can Black Audiences Celebrate His Success Without Enjoying His Movies?
Idris Elba. Taraji P. Henson. Tessa Thompson. Alfre Woodard. Thandie Newton. Gabrielle Union. Sanaa Lathan. Cicely Tyson, Beyonce. Janet Jackson. Jill Scott. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mary J. Blige. Tiffany Haddish.

More than a who’s who of black Hollywood, this is a list of black creatives who have worked with writer-director-star and media mogul Tyler Perry. Even global cinematic juggernaut “Black Panther” connects back to Tyler Perry Studios, with part of the film having been shot at his Atlanta studio sound stage.

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You would be hard-pressed to find a black creative who doesn’t similarly connect back to Perry in some way. Directly or indirectly, the multi-hyphenate media mogul has been an innovator of black cinema for the better part of the last 20 years.

Largely removed from the Hollywood machine, Perry founded a studio,
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TV News Roundup: CNN to Air Town Hall with James Comey

In today’s roundup, CNN announced it will host a town hall with former FBI director James Comey, and NBC Entertainment promoted Sahara Bushue to senior vice president of alternative programming.

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PBS named “Today” alumna Meredith Vieira as host of its new series, “The Great American Read.” The show will explore the country in search of America’s top 100 novels, as well as their authors and fan bases. Its first episode, a two-hour special, will air May 22 at 8 p.m. The series will include appearances by Margaret Atwood, Jenna Bush, Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Junot Diaz, Morgan Freeman,
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Bad Boys TV pilot adds Zach McGowan as its villain as filming gets underway

With filming on the Bad Boys TV spinoff now underway, THR is reporting that Zach McGowan (The 100, Black Sails) has joined the NBC pilot as the main villain Ray Sherman, a slick-suited hustler and nightclub owner who has a violent encounter with Gabrielle Union’s Syd Burnett.

Written by Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis (The Blacklist), the Bad Boys pilot sees Union reprising her Bad Boys II role as Syd, the sister of Martin Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett, who is now working as a police detective in Los Angeles. There she finds herself partnered with working mom Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mother who can’t help but look at Syd’s free-spirited lifestyle with some grass-is-greener envy.

Also featuring in the cast of the pilot are Ernie Hudson, Zach Gilford, Duane Martin and Ryan McPartlin.

Sony has also recently announced that it is reviving its plans for
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Zach McGowan Joins NBC's 'Bad Boys' Spinoff (Exclusive)

NBC's untitled Bad Boys spinoff has found its main villain.

Zach McGowan, most recently known for his role as Ice Nation King Roan in CW's post-apocalyptic drama The 100, is set to star opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in the NBC drama pilot. McGowan, who has starred in shows including Agents of Shield, Black Sails and Shameless, will play a slick-suited hustler who runs a nightclub.

McGowan's character — Ray Sherman — has a violent encounter with Union's Lapd homicide detective Syd Burnett (Union, reprising her role from Bad Boys II), who is looking for a criminal he is apparently in...
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Bad Boys TV Spinoff Casts Black Sails & Shield Actor As Its Villain

The Bad Boys TV spinoff continues to come together nicely, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Black Sails actor Zach McGowan joins the cast. He will be costarring opposite the female leads Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, and will reportedly portray the villain who clashes violently with Union’s character in the pilot.

The still-untitled NBC spinoff of the Jerry Bruckheimer action franchise will focus on Sydney “Syd” Burnett from Bad Boys II, with Union reprising her role from that film.
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Gretchen Rossi Hopes to Welcome Baby No. 1 With Slade Smiley After IVF (Exclusive)

She would make the greatest mother! In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi opened up about her plans to undergo IVF, in hopes of welcoming a baby with her longtime love, Slade Smiley. "I am praying that we can have at least two babies — if I had the ideal situation, of course a boy and a girl would be wonderful, but as the saying goes, 'Tell God your plans and watch him laugh.' So, I will be happy and blessed with everywhere he thinks is best for us," she said via e-mail while promoting her Gretchen Christine for Twila True Beauty collaboration. "I used to [want] four, but now I would be happy if we could just have one." This will be Gretchen's first child, while Slade has two sons, Gavin and Grayson. They also underwent the IVF process three years ago,
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Chuck’s Ryan McPartlin joins the Bad Boys TV series

Deadline is reporting that Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) will be joining Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in the Bad Boys spinoff TV pilot at NBC.

Written by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier (The Blacklist), the pilot will see Union reprising her Bad Boys II role as Syd, a former DEA agent now living in Los Angeles and working as an Lapd detective. Syd finds herself partnered with working mom Nancy McKenna (Alba), who can’t help but look at Syd’s free-spirited lifestyle with some grass-is-greener envy.

McPartlin is set to play Nancy’s husband Dr. Patrick McKenna, who is a former Army medic now working as a successful ER trauma doctor in Beverly Hills. The actor joins a cast that also includes Ernie Hudson, Zach Gilford and Duane Martin.

In addition to the Bad Boys pilot, Sony has recently announced that it is moving forward with a third entry in the movie series,
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