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Flashback: Tina Turner Sings a Stunning Al Green Cover on 50th Anniversary Tour

Flashback: Tina Turner Sings a Stunning Al Green Cover on 50th Anniversary Tour
When Tina Turner launched her 50th Anniversary Tour in 2008, she was 68 years old and hadn’t been out on a major tour in eight years. By the time she was onstage in Chicago, though, on the tour’s second date — a decade ago this week — she declared to the audience, “I’m back and I can do it,” and she proved it with 22 tracks, including some of her biggest hits: “Nutbush City Limits,” “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

One of the evening’s standouts
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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook

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Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston To Star In ’12 O’Clock Boys’; Angel Manuel Soto Directing Film From Sony & Overbrook
Exclusive: Teyonah Parris, Jahi Winston, and Will Catlett are attached to star in the dirt-bike drama, 12 O’Clock Boys, with Puerto Rican filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto at the helm. Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins wrote the initial draft for the script, while Sherman Payne did the rewrites.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Marc Bienstock, and Clarence Hammond of Overbrook Entertainment are producing the pic with Sony serving as the studio. Filming will begin next month.

The film is based on the Lotfy Nathan-directed documentary of the same title. It follows Mouse, a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a part of the Midnight Clique, a tough group of Baltimore bike riders who rule the summertime streets. As he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a complicated world,
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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Cast on Their Ambitions to Win the Mirrorball Trophy

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Times Square was twirling with dancing feet on Wednesday as “Good Morning America” announced the 13 teams going after the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on Season 27 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Cast members going for the glittery glory with their dance partners include Alexis Ren with Alan Bernstein, Bobby Bones with Sharna Burgess, Danelle Umstead with Artem Chigvintsev, DeMarcus Ware with Lindsay Arnold, Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile with Jenna Johnson, John Schneider with Emma Slater, Juan Pablo Di Pace with Cheryl Burke, Mary Lou Retton with Sasha Farber, Milo Manheim with Witney Carson, Nancy McKeon with Val Chmerkovskiy, Nikki Glaser with Gleb Savchenko, and Tinashe with Brandon Armstrong.

An energetic performance to “Proud Mary” started the news segment as the cameras rolled on show icons Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli, who were on hand with “Gma” hosts Michael Strahan, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos
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‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Can Hear All Of Your Misogynistic Thoughts

‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Can Hear All Of Your Misogynistic Thoughts
Taraji P. Henson and director Adam Shankman are flipping the script on Mel Gibson and Nancy Meyer’s 2000 romantic-comedy “What Women Want” with Paramount’s 2019 comedy “What Men Want.” The film stars Henson as a sports agent who is gifted with the power of hearing her male co-worker’s thoughts, which gives her an unexpected professional edge but a personal life crisis. The supporting cast includes Max Greenfield, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tracy Morgan, and Aldis Hodge.

What Men Want” is Shankman’s first directorial effort since 2012’s “Rock of Ages.” The director is also known for “Bringing Down the House” and “Hairspray.” The movie will kickoff a busy 2019 for Henson, including her role in the drama “The Best of Enemies.” The actress starred in “Proud Mary” and “Acrimony” this year and has a voice role in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters November 21.

Paramount Pictures will open “What Men Want
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‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’: Feminism Means Leading Ladies Are Allowed to Be Flawed Women

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’: Feminism Means Leading Ladies Are Allowed to Be Flawed Women
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Midway through the first act of Susanna Fogel’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” best friends-turned-accidental-spies Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) have already endured a kidnapping, an attack in their own home, and a bonkers shootout in a classy European cafe. Audrey and Morgan, who don’t seem to be trained in much of anything (let alone spycraft), don’t become suddenly handy with a gun or trained in martial arts: They shuffle out of the cafe hiding behind a hardshell suitcase, and then they run.

While action comedies like “Private Benjamin” and “Spy” hinge on seemingly inept women rising to the challenge presented by wild situations that require actual military precision, the current crop of a female action movies often rely on heroines who are almost too perfect in their butt-kicking abilities. “Atomic Blonde,
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Win Proud Mary on DVD

To mark the release of Proud Mary on 30th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Lethal, professional hit-woman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) works for the most notorious crime family in town, headed by Benny (Danny Glover). When Mary shoots a protected mobster in order to save a young boy, she must take on a rogues’ gallery of crime figures, from the Russian Mafia to those closest to her, including her former lover. Armed with her wits – and a closet full of guns – Mary must do whatever it takes to be the last woman standing in this energetic and explosive action thriller. Directed by Babak Najafi with a screenplay by John Stuart Newman & Christian Swegal and Steven Antin and a story by John Stuart Newman & Christian Swegal, Proud Mary was produced by Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan, with Glenn S. Gainor and Taraji P. Henson as executive producers.
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‘Proud Mary’ Review

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough | Written by John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal, Steven Antin | Directed by Babak Najafi

Lethal, professional hit-woman Mary (Taraji P. Henson) works for the most notorious crime family in town, headed by Benny (Danny Glover). When Mary shoots a protected mobster in order to save a young boy, she must take on a rogues’ gallery of crime figures, from the Russian Mafia to those closest to her, including her former lover. Armed with her wits – and a closet full of guns – Mary must do whatever it takes to be the last woman standing…

Billed as akin to the classic Blaxploitation films of the 70s, I was Really looking forward to seeing Proud Mary, however that excitement was tempered somewhat by the delay in between the Us release and the film finally debuting in the UK… That’s usually not a good sign.
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Hail Mary! Six of The Best Taraji P. Henson Films

Taraji P. Henson’s star is in the ascendant – ‘P’ for Penda, for the curious among you. An increasingly familiar face in hit TV shows like Boston Legal, Person of Interest and Eli Stone, Henson has quietly been chiseling away at a Hollywood career for over a decade. It has been an unshowy rise: comfortable in ensemble pieces, she often selflessly lets other more gregarious actors take the limelight away from her.

Not that she hasn’t gone unnoticed by those in the critical know. She’s a multi-award-winner and as executive producer and star of Proud Mary, she is finally an above-the-title name. The action thriller from director Babk Najafi has Henson leading a cast which includes Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Danny Glover, Billy Brown , Xander Berkeley, and Margaret Avery. Henson brings her trademark charisma and presence to the screen as a hardworking hitwoman whose life derails when a
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Taraji P. Henson Sold Chicago Condo After Buying Another

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Taraji P. Henson Sold Chicago Condo After Buying Another
Taraji P. Henson, newly engaged to Chicago born and raised former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, took in $1.429 million on the sale of a 2,159-square-foot, high-floor condo in the same luxury high-rise in Chicago’s upscale Streeterville neighborhood where late last year she surreptitiously snapped up a somewhat larger unit on a slightly lower floor for $1.925 million. Unfortunately for the 2009 Oscar winner (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons”) and 2016 Golden Globe winning “Empire” star she barely broke even on the three bedroom and 2.5 bathroom 38th-floor urban aerie she picked up in May 2015 for $1.408 million and first made for sale in late 2017 at $1.525 million.

There are dark brown hardwood floors and huge windows fitted with electronic sun shades in the adjoining living and dining rooms, the former a wedge shaped space with an awkwardly positioned fireplace and the latter open to the kitchen with access to an east-facing glass-railed terrace from where
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‘Greatest Showman’ Tops Disc Sales Charts as ‘Last Jedi’ Slips to No. 2

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After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts to a new release from 20th Century Fox.

The Greatest Showman,” a musical biopic about circus showman P.T. Barnum, took the No. 1 spot the week ended April 14 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“The Last Jedi” slipped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about one-third as many discs as the Fox musical, which earned over $173 million in U.S. theaters.

No. 3 on both the overall and Blu-ray disc sales charts was Sony Pictures’ successful “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The No. 4 spot on the two sales charts went to two different new releases. On the overall disc chart, season three
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Sony Honchos Rally the Troops at All-Hands Meeting (Exclusive)

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Sony Honchos Rally the Troops at All-Hands Meeting (Exclusive)
Fresh off the box-office success of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Sony honchos — chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, studio chief Tom Rothman and newly-installed TV chief Mike Hopkins — held an all-hands meeting Thursday to talk about how Sony is positioning itself in the era of studio consolidation and fierce competition from streaming giants.

Thousands of employees from across the various studio divisions gathered inside Stage 15, the largest sound stage on the Culver City, Calif. studio lot. The meeting was also live-streamed internally to all Sony employees worldwide.

The gathering occurred amid a number of headwinds Sony faces, as well as changes like the sudden stepping down of Sony Corp. CEO Kaz Hirai in February. Seen as a big booster of the entertainment assets, Hirai’s departure sparked speculation of whether Sony’s film and television studios would be sold.

Sony increasingly stands out amid the shrinking studio landscape after a
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Tuesday Blus: A Child is Waiting in Najafi’s Action Ms.-Fire | Proud Mary (2018)

If blaxploitation had been granted the opportunity to morph into characterless soap opera, it would have been a movement populated by the likes of Proud Mary, a risible attempt to launch “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson into action star status (a distinction which usually excludes women and people of color). Leaving behind the problematic dynamics of blaxploitation film (which did grant us the iconic Pam Grier, at the very least), black women positioned as action stars are few and far between, and prior to recent turns from Lupita Nyong’o or Danai Gurira, a few directors attempted to elevate Angela Bassett
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‘American Idol’: Which of the Group 1 Top 24 singers was robbed of a place in the Top 14 of season 16?

‘American Idol’: Which of the Group 1 Top 24 singers was robbed of a place in the Top 14 of season 16?
On the April 9 episode of “American Idol,” Ryan Seacrest revealed that only seven of the dozen singers were moving on to the live shows. This meant that five contestants in Group 1 of the Top 24 saw their dreams of winning season 16 end. Which of these artists do you think was wrongly eliminated and was most deserving of a place in the Top 14? Vote in our poll below and then sound off in the comments section.

In episodes taped weeks ago, the remaining two dozen artists from the Top 50 had been split into two groups. Each of those Top 24 contestants had to perform both solo and in duets with celebrities in front of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. That trio of talent then determined if each contestant deserved a place in the Top 14.

Photos ‘American Idol’ Season 16: Top 14 Finalists

The five singers in contention in Group 1 to be eliminated were: Kay Kay Alexis,
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‘American Idol’ season 16 spoilers: Seven Group 1 singers to make Top 14 are …

‘American Idol’ season 16 spoilers: Seven Group 1 singers to make Top 14 are …
American Idol” has reached the Top 24 stage of the competition and these would-be winners have been divided into two groups. Every one of these two dozen hopefuls had to perform twice more in front of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie who then determined if they deserved a place in the Top 14. They had to sing both solo and in duets with celebrities.

The four episodes hosted by Ryan Seacrest in which these two dozen artists were divided into two groups were taped weeks ago. The first of these, featuring the Group 1 solos, aired on April 8. The Group 1 duets air on April 9 while Group 2 will be showcased on April 15 and 16.

Photos ‘American Idol’ Season 16: Top 14 Finalists

Only seven artists from each group made the cut. Scroll down to find out the names of the lucky seven from Group 1 who will get to sing on the first
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‘American Idol’ season 16 spoilers: Top 14 to sing on live shows beginning April 22 are …

‘American Idol’ season 16 spoilers: Top 14 to sing on live shows beginning April 22 are …
The revival of “American Idol” on ABC is following the same format that worked so well for 15 seasons on Fox. This new season 16, which is also hosted by Ryan Seacrest, has moved on to the Top 24. They now compete to make the cut and get a chance to sing on the first live show on April 22. They have to sing both solo and in duets with celebrities and convince the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — that they deserve a place in the Top 14.

These four episodes, in which these two dozen artists were divided into two groups, were already taped and will air on April 8, 9, 15 and 16. If you can’t wait to find out the results scroll down to see the names of the six women and eight men that made it through to the Top 14. We’ve also listed the titles of the songs they
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'Peter Rabbit' holds off 'Ready Player One' at UK box office

Sony’s family animation is up to an impressive £24.3m after three weeks.

RankFilm / DistributorWeekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running TotalWeek 1 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £5.6m £24.3m 3 2 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £4.0m £6.7m 1 3 Isle Of Dogs (20th Century Fox) £2m £2.2m 1 4 Black Panther (Disney) £1.1m £47m 7 5 Blockers (Universal) £932,196 £1.7m 1

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Peter Rabbit became Sony Pictures’ widest ever UK release, playing in 694 locations this three-day Easter holiday weekend (the UK has roughly 760 cinemas) and staying top of the box office chart.

Boosted by Good Friday takings of £2.3m, the film was up 21% over the previous three-day weekend,
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‘American Idol’ Reboot Recap: The Top 24 Is Revealed

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‘American Idol’ Reboot Recap: The Top 24 Is Revealed
Monday night’s “American Idol” (April 2) delivered the final judgement, with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan narrowing down the contestants from 50 to 24. One by one, each singer had to look fate in the eyes, and with that came several shocking eliminations.

First on the stage was 16-year old Layla Spring, who bravely took on the Ike and Tina Turner classic “Proud Mary.” Although Bryan said the judges were nervous about putting a teenager through, Spring’s vibrato improved (a directive Perry instructed her to work on), and she made it to the top 24.

Michael Woodward, who seemed so green during auditions, had clearly blossomed in the weeks that followed. On Sunday night’s show, he impressed with the song choice of “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret,” and on Monday he picked an equally risky tune, “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. Although it wasn’t the strongest selection for Woodward,
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‘American Idol’ recap: Top 50 become Top 24 on Night 8 of Season 16 [Updating Live Blog]

‘American Idol’ recap: Top 50 become Top 24 on Night 8 of Season 16 [Updating Live Blog]
On the April 2 episode of “American Idol,” the 50 contestants to survive Hollywood Week will be winnowed down to less than half that when Ryan Seacrest reveals the Top 24. As with the Fox version that ran for 15 seasons, this revival on ABC gave a slew of those who auditioned golden tickets to Hollywood. A whopping 169 made the trip to sing again for the three judges – pop princess Katy Perry, country superstar Luke Bryan and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie .

At the end of the April 1 episode, we learned which 50 would get one more chance to impress. The 26 men and 24 women took to the stage at the Exchange club in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 8. We will see highlights from these performances over the course of two hours. At the end of the evening, we will know the Top 24 who will then be judged on both solo performances and celebrity duets over
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‘American Idol’ spoilers: Which 12 men and 12 women made the Top 24 on season 16?

‘American Idol’ spoilers: Which 12 men and 12 women made the Top 24 on season 16?
The revival of “American Idol” on ABC is following the same format as did on Fox for 15 seasons. On the April 2 episode, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the Top 24 contestants, who will then fight it out over four episodes for a place in the live shows that start on April 22. These two dozen hopefuls were culled from the Top 50 that were revealed on the April 1 episode. To cut this number by more than half, the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — had the contestants sing again.

The Top 50, which was made up of 26 men and 24 women, took to the stage at the Exchange club in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 8. If you can’t wait till Monday night to learn the results, scroll down to see the names of the 12 men and 12 women that made it through to the Top 24 as well as the songs they sung
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‘Ready Player One’ Is Spielberg’s Best Opener in a Decade, Even as the Box Office Falls Behind

‘Ready Player One’ Is Spielberg’s Best Opener in a Decade, Even as the Box Office Falls Behind
“Ready Player One” scored at home and abroad with $181 million worldwide, creating his biggest success since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008. Even so, the box-office slump of 2018 continues. The weekend dropped over 20 percent from the same date last year, bringing the year to over three percent lower through the first quarter of 2018.

Read More: ‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit

Spielberg’s film is the second-best weekend opening of the year, and only the second over $40 million. By this time last year, eight films had better openings, with six of them higher than “Ready Player One.”

If “Ready” has a three-time multiple of its first four days, it would total $170 million. That would be a strong achievement, although his 18th-biggest film overall. The never-certain China dominated the $128 million showing in most of the world (Japan
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