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GLAAD Media Awards Adds Lizzo As Performer; Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Gwyneth Paltrow And More As Presenters

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GLAAD Media Awards Adds Lizzo As Performer; Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Gwyneth Paltrow And More As Presenters
Exclusive: The soulful, flute-playing, twerking queen Lizzo is set to bring her “Juice” to the 30th GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. In addition to Lizzo performing her hit song to open the annual ceremony, GLAAD announced additional LGBTQIA+ luminaries and allies as presenters including Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meghan Trainor, Olivia Munn, Erika Jayne, Adam Rippon, Hayley Kiyoko, and Barbara Corcoran. The ceremony will take place on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton.

“The GLAAD Media Awards advance LGBTQ representation across the media and provide a stage for LGBTQ people and allies to send messages of acceptance that travel around the world,” said Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s Chief Communications Officer and an Executive Producer of the annual awards. “From Phil Donahue speaking at the first Awards in 1990 to Cher surprising her son Chaz after he transitioned in 2012, to the message that Beyoncé and Jay-z will send to LGBTQ people of color this year,
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Movie Review – What Men Want (2019)

What Men Want, 2019.

Directed by Adam Shankman.

Starring Taraji P. Henson, Josh Brener, Aldis Hodge, Tracy Morgan, Shane Paul McGhie, Max Greenfield, Brian Bosworth, Phoebe Robinson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Auston Jon Moore.

Synopsis:

An ambitious female sports agent acquires the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses it to progress her professional and personal life.

The current vogue for gender-flipping old movies, especially in the comedy genre, has seldom yielded fruit. The much maligned Ghostbusters reboot was actually a tonne of fun, but it struggled at the box office, while last year’s Overboard barely registered a flicker in the minds of audiences. Latest out of that particular gate is What Men Want, which turns the misogynist ad exec played by Mel Gibson in 2000’s What Women Want into a driven, badass sports agent portrayed by the brilliant Taraji P. Henson.

What follows is romcom formula down to a tee,
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Get Ready to Bookmark the 2 Dope Queens' Self-Care Advice and Revisit It on the Daily

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Get Ready to Bookmark the 2 Dope Queens' Self-Care Advice and Revisit It on the Daily
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams might be saying goodbye to 2 Dope Queens after its upcoming second season, but they're doing anything but disappearing. The duo, who vaulted their popular podcast to a series of HBO specials, are bringing the project to an end after its second season for a good reason: they're just too damn busy with their various books, TV writing gigs, and movie roles.

We caught up with Jessica and Phoebe at an HBO brunch in their honor at Sundance, where we also witnessed a panel discussion between the dopest of queens and CNN political commentator Angela Rye. The panel covered everything from hair braiding and beatboxing to Michelle Obama - a former guest on the podcast - whom Jessica said "was very hydrated. Her skin was like mmmmmmm. Like when you bite into candied yams and you're like, 'These are amazing.'"

Speaking of women in politics,
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New Clip Lands From Upcoming Comedy ‘What Men Want’

A new clip has debuted for the upcoming comedy What Men Want starring Taraji P. Henson. The film lands in cinemas on the 15th March.

Here’s the official synopsis for the upcoming film.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test. What Men Want is the latest comedy from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and producers Will Packer and
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Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson on Letting the ‘Magic’ of ‘2 Dope Queens’ Shine

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Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson on Letting the ‘Magic’ of ‘2 Dope Queens’ Shine
Ever since a chance meeting in 2014, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson have taken their collaborative friendship to higher and higher heights. Their “2 Dope Queens” show, featuring stand-up sets from talented friends, became a popular Wnyc podcast and toured the country. In February 2018, that podcast became a series of HBO comedy specials, filmed in Brooklyn’s vaunted Kings Theatre, which seats thousands.

The second season of “2 Dope Queens” premieres on Friday, with a new futuristic set and celebrity guests like Lupita Nyong’o and Keegan-Michael Key. On Dec. 5, the morning after taping Key’s episode (“Regal Af”), Williams and Robinson hosted a celebratory brunch in partnership with Girls Write Now, a New York-based non-profit that pairs underserved girls with engaged mentors, to talk about everything from creating the show to honing their self-care routines. Later, they sat down with Variety to discuss coming back to HBO for seconds.

For the second batch of specials,
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What Men Want Women In The Workplace Films

Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want from Paramount Pictures and Paramount Players. © 2018 Paramount Players, A Division of Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Women throughout the years have always been a force to be reckoned in business, big and small. Hollywood has portrayed women past, present and future as an integral part of the workforce. Audiences have witnessed up on the big screen the struggles and triumphs of characters such as Sally Field in Norma Rae, Goldie Hawn in Swing Shift and Lt. Ellen in Ripley in the Alien series.

Now comes the latest movie from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) – What Men Want.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the
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‘What Men Want’ Review: Toothless Retread Flips the Genders but Not the Script

‘What Men Want’ Review: Toothless Retread Flips the Genders but Not the Script
Taraji P. Henson powers through the comic clichés of What Men Want like a supernova engine that could. She’s a hot-wired riot, but her movie stalls almost as soon as it starts. It’s a gender flip on What Women Want, the nearly two-decades-old Nancy Meyers rom-com in which Mel Gibson (before he was revealed to be a raging bigot) played a piggish Chicago ad exec suddenly able to hear what women are thinking — which is nothing positive about him. In this inverted update, Henson plays Ali Davis, a
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What Men Want Review: A Raunchy Remake with Big Laughs

What Men Want Review: A Raunchy Remake with Big Laughs
What Men Want is the female oriented remake of Mel Gibson's hit 2000 comedy. Taraji P. Henson stars as a successful woman who can hear what men are thinking. The premise is a gold mine of awkward sexual encounters. The low brow humor and healthy sprinkling of F-bombs delivers several laugh out loud moments. Henson shows off her dynamic range with a surprisingly physical performance. An overly dramatic subplot and nearly tedious two hour runtime threaten the giddy mood. I mentally checked out for the sappy scenes, but was reeled back in by the raunchiness.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a high powered agent for an Atlanta sports management firm. She's the only black woman in an office of cutthroat, sexist men. Ali is livid when passed over for a promotion to company partner. She dumps her frustrations on her diminutive homosexual assistant, Brandon (Josh Brener). Ali doesn't realize
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‘What Men Want’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Is Hysterical in an Otherwise Bland Remake

‘What Men Want’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Is Hysterical in an Otherwise Bland Remake
Nancy Meyer’s 2000 rom-com fantasy “What Women Want” succeeded because it imbued an inane premise with purpose: The idea that alpha male Mel Gibson could suddenly hear the thoughts of the opposite sex yielded a savvy critique of workplace sexism. Nearly 20 years later, the loose remake “What Men Want” offers something more and less at the same time.

On the one hand, the movie fits the zeitgeist, foregrounding a strong-willed woman. The gender-flipped revision gives Taraji P. Henson the welcome opportunity to play a fast-talking hotshot who intimidates male colleagues at every turn, and her energetic performance provides a hysterical, often sobering window into the challenges facing a black woman in a white man’s world. But the dumb, predictable studio comedy surrounding her plight lacks the same sophisticated bite.

Still, “What Men Want” establishes its core target in credible terms. “You don’t connect well with men,” Ali (Henson
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‘What Men Want’ Film Review: Taraji P. Henson Hilariously Shatters the Glass Ceiling

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‘What Men Want’ Film Review: Taraji P. Henson Hilariously Shatters the Glass Ceiling
It’s hard to believe that after more than 20 years in Hollywood, Taraji P. Henson (“Hidden Figures”) is only just now headlining her first big-screen comedy, but here we are. Director Adam Shankman’s “What Men Want” is the latest in a long line of gender- and race-swapping remakes (“Ocean’s 8” and “Ghostbusters” are a few others) that Hollywood has determined to make its new cash cow.

So on the one hand, it’s great that Henson has this major vehicle that will hopefully catapult her to the status she deserves. But on the other hand, an actress of her caliber should also be entitled to an original franchise of her own.

All that aside, “What Men Want” is a classic example of a film that is amplified by the climate in which it’s born. Contrary to the original 2000 film starring Mel Gibson — which sees him as a sexist
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How Sundance Became a More Inclusive and Diverse Film Festival

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How Sundance Became a More Inclusive and Diverse Film Festival
In the lead up to this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Mindy Kaling noted that “Late Night,” the story of an aspiring writer who endures a “Devil Wears Prada”-like initiation into the world of comedy, is a familiar story about breaking into the entertainment business. But, the Indian-American Kaling noted, her version has one key difference.

“So much of this movie is about being a fan and being on the outside of the entertainment business,” Kaling told Variety. “That story has been told many, many, many times by 52-year-old white men, and I love all those movies. And as a comedy nerd I’ve always identified with them because it was the closest thing that I could identify with. There was no one like me making those kind of films.”

Late Night,” which scored a record $13 million domestic distribution deal following its premiere last week, isn’t the only
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Mike E. Winfield Tops The 15th StandUp NBC Comedy Competition

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Mike E. Winfield Tops The 15th StandUp NBC Comedy Competition
The winner of the 15th annual StandUp NBC comedy competition is Mike E. Winfield, who beat out 1,600 applicants to win the network’s annual search for comedians of diverse backgrounds.

Winfield has been awarded a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (Naca) annual convention, where he will perform for talent bookers from across the country. He will also headline the regional semi-finalist showcases for the 2019 StandUp NBC competition.

Baltimore native Winfield was chosen from eight finalists, including Vincent Bryant, Ali Clayton, Calvin Evans, Sohrab Forouzesh, Jay Jurden, Luz Pazos and Venessa Peruda. They were among 1,600 stand-up comedians who auditioned last year through online submissions and open calls in Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas and New York.

Winfield and this year’s finalists join Michelle Buteau (Isn’t It Romantic?), Deon Cole (Grown-ish), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Hasan Minhaj (Patriot
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of What Men Want – Stars Taraji P. Henson

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

What Men Want is the latest comedy from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and producers Will Packer and James Lopez (Girls Trip), co-starring Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu. The story is by Jas Waters and Tina Gordon,
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New Poster & TV Spot For Comedy ‘What Men Want’ Starring Taraji P. Henson

A new TV spot and one-sheet poster for the upcoming comedy What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson has landed online courtesy of the fine folks over at Paramount Pictures.

The film arrives in cinemas on 15th March.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test. What Men Want is the latest comedy from director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and
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Sundance 2019: The Ultimate Party Guide

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Sundance 2019: The Ultimate Party Guide
The Sundance Film Festival is all about independent film — but is it really?

In between screenings and late into the night, Park City is actually Party City. From intimate cocktail soirées to musical performances, this year’s film festival has something for everyone.

Here is Variety’s ultimate party guide for Sundance 2019…

Thursday, Jan. 24

Lyft & Neon Kick Off Party

Celebrating “The Biggest Little Farm” and “Apollo 11”

Lyft Lounge, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, Jan. 25

30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominations Announcement

Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos

At&T Hello Lounge, 8 a.m.

Danny Clinch Pop-Up Gallery Opening Party

Salesforce Music Lodge, 4-6 p.m.

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Cocktail Party

At&T Lounge, 4:30-6 p.m.

SundanceTV’s Sundance Film Festival Kickoff Party

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jenna Elfman, Rhea Seehorn, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Sarah Wayne Callies

SundanceTV HQ, 5-8 p.m.

Honey Boy” Party

Shia Labeouf, Fka Twigs, Maika Monroe,
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Get Tickets Today To What Men Want Screenings On Wednesday, February 6th At 7:00pm

Paramount Pictures announced today that on Wednesday, February 6th, fans at select theatres in the U.S. will have the chance to attend paid What Men Want Girls’ Night Out Screenings.

Fans who participate in this one-day only event will get the chance to grab their friends for a fun night out and see the film on the big screen before it opens nationwide on Friday, February 8th. Tickets will be on sale for the prevailing price at participating locations, and each paid admission includes a ticket to the movie, bonus content and a free What Men Want cocktail glass at all participating theatres – while supplies last. Some circuits will offer special concession deals, specialty beverages themed around the movie, and/or more. Offers will vary from circuit to circuit and theatre to theatre.

Showtime will be 7:00Pm at all participating locations, with 335 theatres participating in over 70 markets. Over
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops First Trailer for Natasha Lyonne Series ‘Russian Doll’

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix dropped the first trailer for its upcoming comedy series “Russian Doll” starring Natasha Lyonne, and Disney has ordered a second season of its animated series “Star Wars Resistance.”

Dates

Fox is set to premiere its new competition series “Mental Samurai” on Feb. 26 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, the show will feature contestants testing their acumen in categories of knowledge, memory, puzzles, and sequencing all within a specially designed capsule capable of rotating 360 degrees and moving around the set at high speeds. “Mental Samurai” is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and Apploff Entertainment with Arthur Smith, Toby Gorman, Jeff Apploff and Noah Bonnett executive producing.

2 Dope Queens” is returning to HBO on Feb. 8 at 11:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Adapted from the hit podcast of the same name, season
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‘2 Dope Queens’ Announce Four More HBO Specials

‘2 Dope Queens’ Announce Four More HBO Specials
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will return to HBO on February 8th with four more 2 Dope Queens specials. It follows the first run of four specials last year, which were based off their now finished podcast of the same name.

Filmed at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, the forthcoming specials will feature a mixture of interviews and stand-up, all hosted by Williams and Robinson. Each episode will be themed: fashion, nostalgia, music and “regal Af” will be explored across the hour-long episodes. Special guests will include Lupita Nyong’o, Janet Mock,
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Taraji P. Henson stars in UK trailer for ‘What Men Want’

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Paramount Pictures has released the first UK trailer for the remake ‘What Men Want’, the role reversal version of Mel Gibson’s What Women Want.

Taraji P. Henson plays a successful sports agent who is constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. One day, she suddenly gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses that power to outsmart her colleagues and try to sign the next basketball superstar.

Her actions soon put her relationships with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

Directed by Hairspray’s Adam Shankman, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.

Also in trailers – Stan and Ollie feel the strain of friendship in new Us trailer

What Men Want Official Synopsis

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent
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Stars Join The 2018 (Red) Shopathon To Fight AIDS

As women and girls continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS, a galaxy of brands and stars are once again stepping out for the annual World AIDS Day Campaign, the (Red) Shopathon, to raise money and bring urgency to the AIDS fight.

Ahead of the Global Fund to fight AIDS’ mobilization of countries to finance the fight for the next three years, (Red) is mobilizing companies and their customers, and celebrities and their fans, to generate millions and give people everywhere countless ways to get involved.

(Red) co-founder, Bono, said: “If you think the HIV virus is in the rear-view mirror, think again — because all I see are flashing red lights. It’s still an emergency, especially for women and girls. AIDS is the biggest killer of young women globally. Our complacency today could be complicity tomorrow in the deaths of millions who are needlessly infected.”

“That’s
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