*”About Last Night” grossed almost $30 million during its opening weekend.
The films comedic stars Kevin Hart and Regina Hall sat down with The Russ Parr Morning Show and explained why the romantic comedy is not just for black people.
Winfrey was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role” for her performance as Gloria Gaine.
EURweb associate Alex Hudgens of BlacktreeTV spoke to the tycoon on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, about how important it is to have African American history brought to the forefront.
*”I want to go downtown and buy 1,500 tickets to this movie and give them away to the homeless.” Tyrese Gibson wants to “make sure the less fortunate can go see this movie.”
The actor talked to EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas about his new flick, “Black Nativity“ and why it is important to have faith based films in 2013.
“There are a lot of people giving up.” Gibson hopes the films message will “give hope to the hopeless, inspire the uninspired, and motivate the unmotivated.”
“Nativity” is a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play of the same name.
“We all wake up every day with big smiles, big energy but most of us have real situations on our minds. Disappointments, issues, conflicts, and insecurities,” said the singer/actor. “There is so much stuff that gets exposed in this movie, I think it is going to force a lot of people and families to have those conversations they have been running away from because you can only be so busy before stuff catches up to you.”
Gibson said he was “honored to get the phone call to be a part of the movie because the ‘Nativity’ has a different heartbeat.”
The holiday musical follows a street-wise teen boy (Jacob Latimore) as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with estranged relatives. He embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
When asked if he would really buy the tickets the actor said, “I think I will. I just thought about it right now.”
“Black Nativity,” directed by Kasi Lemmons, hits theaters November 27.
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Watch the official trailer for “Black Nativity” below.
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Earlier this year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center commemorated her 45-year career.
In a special screening entitled “Foxy: The Complete Pam Grier,” the actress’s most memorable moments in film was shared with an audience of Pam Grier/Foxy Brown lovers.
During an interview with Essence.com, Pam reminisced on her career, discussing how she shared herself on screen.
ESSENCE.com: How did the retrospective come about?
PAM GRIER: They called me and said they wanted to do it. They had a wonderful explanation of why they wanted to do it. My career spans 45 years. It’s older than you, and most people. And the fact that my grandfather was the first feminist in my life. He wanted me to hunt and fish, not be a victim, and be independent. I brought that to the films I made, which shocked and startled, but women embraced and some men embraced in the closet.
ESSENCE.com: Are you saying some of the roles you took, like Coffey and Foxy Brown, had you inherently in them?
GRIER: Yes — I brought my inner life to the characters and to the story. I was very comfortable with guns. I knew that women had a different way of solving crime. I didn’t want to sweep our problems under the rug like many of the films with Black male leads before me. There were a dozen films with more violence and sex in them until I stepped in the shoes as the lead, and then it became Blaxploitation. Back in the day, my aunts and grandmother chopped wood. They drove a horse and carriage. They drove when they weren’t supposed to drive. So, I wanted to show that women weren’t monolithic.
Check out the full interview here at Essence.
Next up is the remake of Fancois Trauffaut’s 1977 film, “The Man Who Loved Women.”
But it’s not going to be an updated version like most other remakes. The writers decided to move the story from it’s Paris location to Buenos Aires, where Marc Guiness, who will be played by rapper Common, is inspired to compose a memoir of his myriad of relationships throughout his life.
Directed by first-time feature director J. Kevin Swain, the film’s leading ladies could range from Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Frida Pinto, and Eva Marcelle.
Critics say Common as the lead role isn’t a bad choice at all, being that he’s been dominating in his FX western series, “Hell on Wheels.” And a remake isn’t a bad idea either, given the original film was lacking a little substance.
Hopefully it will be a great hit.