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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood

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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood
It’s no secret that Mary J. Blige can do it all.

The Grammy Award winner, celebrated for both her singing and songwriting skills, has also been acting for years in TV and film.

But this year the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” has taken her acting career to the next level: Blige is starring in Netflix‘s potential Oscar player Mudbound — a Dee Rees film adaption of the 2008 novel — where she plays a mother-of-four dealing with racial prejudice on a Mississippi Delta farm during the Jim Crow South.

How did the 46-year-old R&B icon become a respected actress? Here
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Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’

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Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’
Mary J. Blige is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Her leading role in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” was a breakout at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and shows that the singer has successfully transitioned into a serious acting career. She will receive the IndieWire Honor for Breakthrough Performance (Film).

In “Mudbound,” Florence Jackson is a character who sees everything, but says very little. Yet behind the quiet strength of the wife and mother of a family of sharecroppers – refusing to lose their dreams or dignity in the face of the South’s insurmountable racism – Mary J. Blige delivers a performance in which we see precisely what Florence is feeling and thinking.

“Mary’s able to affect this reserved exterior, but have this very empathetic, alive interior,” said “Mudbound” writer-director Dee Rees in an interview with IndieWire. “Her eyes always are thinking,
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Diego Boneta on Hosting Latin AMAs 2017: 'I’m a Bit Nervous' (Exclusive)

Diego Boneta on Hosting Latin AMAs 2017: 'I’m a Bit Nervous' (Exclusive)
Diego Boneta is hosting the 2017 Latin American Music Awards! Because, let’s be honest, Ryan Seacrest and James Corden can’t host every awards show.

“It’s my first time hosting anything, period!” Boneta tells Et about booking the gig, before admitting, “I'm a bit nervous, but at the same time, it's the good nerves.”

Hopefully, the nerves wear off before Boneta hits the stage as the third annual Latin AMAs go live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood later this month. Boneta will be joined in his emcee duties by singer and actress Becky G, who will also be performing on the show, as part of a lineup that features international superstars like Pitbull, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce and Camila Cabello.

“We’ve met before, so it’s cool to be doing this with someone I already know and we’ll have a blast,” he says of his co-host.

Exclusive: Becky G Breaks
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Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out

Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out
Gratitude, juice-making and days off from working out are just a few of Julianne Hough's top health and fitness rituals.

The 29-year-old actress and dancer posed for the cover of Health magazine while flashing her impressive abs for the publication’s November issue and opened up about marriage, working out and her struggle with endometriosis.

“I always try to wake up and think about three things that I’m grateful for: something that has happened already, something I’m currently grateful for, and something that I’m wanting that I can achieve that day," the Rock of Ages star shared about how she stays healthy.

“I always wake up and we make fresh juices,” she added about her morning rituals. “It’s mainly kale, cucumber, spinach, sometimes beets, celery, lemon, ginger. For sweetness we’ll do apple or carrots. I have half a protein shake before I work out because I need a little bit of
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Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs on ‘Health’ Cover, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out

Julianne Hough Flaunts Toned Abs on ‘Health’ Cover, Talks Morning Rituals & Taking Days Off From Working Out
Gratitude, juice-making and days off from working out are just a few of Julianne Hough's top health and fitness rituals.

The 29-year-old actress and dancer posed for the cover of Health magazine while flashing her impressive abs for the publication’s November issue and opened up about marriage, working out and her struggle with endometriosis.

“I always try to wake up and think about three things that I’m grateful for: something that has happened already, something I’m currently grateful for, and something that I’m wanting that I can achieve that day," the Rock of Ages star shared about how she stays healthy.

“I always wake up and we make fresh juices,” she added about her morning rituals. “It’s mainly kale, cucumber, spinach, sometimes beets, celery, lemon, ginger. For sweetness we’ll do apple or carrots. I have half a protein shake before I work out because I need a little bit of
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New Celebrity Big Brother USA Cast Rumors Have Already Started Popping Up, New Details

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According to a new report from the people over at the Christian Post , some new celebrities names have already started turning up as possible houseguests for the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother edition that's due to air this winter 2018. Before we start running off these names, we want to say that none of these people have been officially confirmed to appear on the show. Some of them are just rumored to possibly be in talks to appear on the show, but no official decisions have been made by CBS. It does make sense that the network would actively be in talks right now with multiple celebrities as they're trying to get the season put together in time for a possible January or February 2018 premiere date. With all that said, the Christian Post is reporting that Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach is reportedly in talks with the show to possibly participate.
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Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?

Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?
Mudbound” had hit a raw nerve. On the afternoon Dee Rees’ operatic drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, it was met with rapturous reviews and Oscar buzz. Surely, distributors would be duking it out for the rights to the picture with a sprawling cast, led by Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke.

Yet as the evening wore on, a bidding war never materialized for the epic about race and poverty in the 1940s Mississippi Delta. “I’m surprised it didn’t sell that first night,” Rees says over a recent breakfast with Variety. “Wait, what the f—? It’s undeniable. The audience is into it. What happened?” Her producers told her that maybe buyers wanted to load up on comedies first. Days passed. “Then, at some point, the rationales fall away,” recalls Rees.

Although there were a few initial offers, they were much lower than the film’s
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Justin Theroux to Guest Star on Emma Stone, Jonah Hill Netflix Series ‘Maniac’

Justin Theroux has been cast in a guest starring role in Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s upcoming Netflix series “Maniac,” Variety has confirmed.

Details on the nature of Theroux’s character are unknown, but the series is a dark comedy based on a Norwegian series. It follows a man who lives a fantasy life in his dreams, but in reality, is locked up at an institution. Both Hill and Stone will play patients in the institution.

Theroux most recently starred in the HBO series “The Leftovers,” which ended its run on the premium cable network after three seasons in June. He has also appeared in the TV shows “Six Feet Under” and “Parks and Recreation.” On the film side, he has appeared in films such as “American Psycho,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” and “The Girl on the Train.” Theroux has also found success as a screenwriter, having worked on the scripts for “Tropic Thunder,” “Iron Man 2
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‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Is A Lacklustre Coming-Of-Age Dramedy [Review]

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Allan Loeb certainly isn’t a household name, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ve might’ve seen one or two of his credited movies. Whether it’s “21,” “The Switch,” “The Dilemma,” “Just Go With It,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “Rock of Ages” or last year’s regrettable “Collateral Beauty,” just to name a handful, Loeb is one of those screenwriters who’s quick to diversify his resume but never able to prove his skills.

Continue reading ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Is A Lacklustre Coming-Of-Age Dramedy [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ Review: Marc Webb’s Romantic Drama Is a Dumb Male Fantasy That’s Dead on Arrival

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‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ Review: Marc Webb’s Romantic Drama Is a Dumb Male Fantasy That’s Dead on Arrival
Five films into his feature directing career, it’s growing increasingly clear that Marc Webb loves telling stories about very special boys and girls. If “(500) Days of Summer” and the two “Amazing” Spider-Man movies didn’t make that obvious enough, Webb’s most recent movie prior to this month was “Gifted,” a schmaltzy (but reasonably satisfying) drama about a brilliant child who’s capable of doing college-level math. Still, as the only thing he’s ever made that doesn’t revolve around a super privileged (or super-powered) white guy who expects the world to fall at his feet, it was something of an anomaly in his body of work.

Unfortunately, “The Only Living Boy in New York” gets Webb back on track in such a big way that it borders on self-parody. Song reference or not, the title alone should be a major red flag, but there’s no way
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Fun Fact: Julianne Hough Has Never Met a Bikini She Hasn't Loved

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Fun Fact: Julianne Hough Has Never Met a Bikini She Hasn't Loved
Julianne Hough has a rockin' body that just won't quit. Aside from flaunting her killer abs whenever she hits the gym, the Dancing With the Stars judge has been known to show off her gorgeous figure from time to time in movies like Safe Haven and Rock of Ages. Not to mention all of her tropical getaways with Bff Nina Dobrev. See some of her best bikini moments! Related18 Times You Wished You Were Friends With Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough
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Jeff Bridges Brings Guidance in First Trailer for Marc Webb’s ‘Only Living Boy in New York’

When you aren’t carrying the weight of a superhero tentpole franchise on your shoulders, it turns out you can get a whole lot more done. Following the Chris Evans-led Gifted in April, Marc Webb‘s second film of 2017 will be arriving just a few months after in August with The Only Living Boy in New York. Ahead of the release Amazon Studios have now unveiled the first trailer.

Scripted by Allan Loeb (who is on some sort of unfortunate streak with The Space Between Us, Collateral Beauty, So Undercover, Here Comes the Boom, Rock of Ages, and, well, the list goes on…), hopefully this one is an uptick for the writer, even if the trailer sells a fairly chintzy feel-good dramedy — one that seems to be skipping a festival debut. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Kiersey Clemons, Cynthia Nixon, Callum Turner, and Jeff Bridges, check out the trailer below.
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5 Ways for Tom Cruise to Resurrect His Career

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5 Ways for Tom Cruise to Resurrect His Career
Tom Cruise’s latest starring role in a franchise-facing actioner may not be the out-and-out disaster so many pictured when the first reviews for “The Mummy” started rolling in (current Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%, his second-lowest of all-time), but it’s still worrisome for a tentpole film meant to launch an entirely new franchise. Box office aside, “The Mummy” points to another troubling element in Cruise’s career: woeful repetition.

Cruise remains one of Hollywood’s last big movie stars, a bankable talent who almost exclusively stars in major films that are expected to make a pretty penny at the box office. In recent years, Cruise has leaned hard on large-scale studio projects, from the enduringly popular “Mission: Impossible” franchise to pricey studio outings like “Oblivion” and “Rock of Ages,” and while he’s still a major marquee name, his career is lacking the kind of daring and exciting choices that once made it stand out.
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Do The Mummy Reviews Spell Doom for Dark Universe?

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Do The Mummy Reviews Spell Doom for Dark Universe?
Universal recently unveiled their very lofty plans for Dark Universe, a cinematic universe centered on their classic monsters that is going to use A-list talent to hopefully get audiences on board for these movies. The first of these thrilling adventures, Tom Cruise's reboot of The Mummy, is set to kick the whole thing off this weekend. To put it lightly, things are not off to a great start. The first wave of reviews for The Mummy have arrived online and they could spell the end of Dark Universe before it even begins.

Tom Cruise is a credit to most movies that he is in, but it doesn't seem as though he is going to be able to outrun some of the problems, at least as far as many critics are concerned, that director Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy has going for it. As of this writing, the movie has
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The Mummy: The Verdict Is In, And Critics Are Not Thrilled

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Eyes have been resting on Tom Cruise’s upcoming film The Mummy for some time now. Ever since Universal announced that they’d be using the film as a launchpad for a shared universe of films, it’s been a project that carried the weight of more than just your average blockbuster. It carried the name of the beloved baddies that graced the silver screen back in the 1930s.

The film hits theaters tomorrow evening in the U.S., and as of this morning, the embargo has officially lifted for the film, and the consensus is…not great. Sad, I know. We always hope that when a universe like this gets kicked off that they do so on the wrong foot, but as of this writing, the majority of critics don’t seem to be on board with what Universal offered in this particular outing.

Overall, the criticism seems to
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Allan Loeb Signs With Wme

Allan Loeb Signs With Wme
Exclusive: Wme has signed screenwriter/producer Allan Loeb. Loeb’s scripting credits include Collateral Beauty, which he also produced, The Space Between Us, Rock of Ages, Just Go with It, 21, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. His next film is the Marc Webb-directed The Only Living Boy in New York, which Roadside Attractions releases August 11, with Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Bridges starring. Loeb, who had been repped by CAA, continues to be managed…
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Review: ‘The Mummy’ Is The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever

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Review: ‘The Mummy’ Is The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever
What made Tom Cruise a movie star? It wasn’t his toothy smile or his all-American dimples. It wasn’t that he was cocky enough to be loved, but also vulnerable enough to be lovable, although that certainly helped. It wasn’t even the fact that the way he runs on screen tells us more about the fundamental nature of cinema than anyone has conveyed with a stride since Eadweard Muybridge trained his camera on a galloping horse. No, Tom Cruise became a movie star because he possessed something that galvanized all of those individual qualities into something special — a need for quality control.

Just consider those credits: “Risky Business.” “Top Gun.” “Born on the Fourth of July.” Cruise was a human seal of freshness decades before today’s Hollywood A-listers needed Rotten Tomatoes to validate their work. If “Cocktail” was the worst movie an actor made in the first decade of their career,
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10 Moments That Prove Jerry Maguire Is Tom Cruise’s Best Performance

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10 Moments That Prove Jerry Maguire Is Tom Cruise’s Best Performance
The idea of “movie stars” has been on life support since the turn of the 21st Century — we live in a world where brands and intellectual property have become more important than people — but Hollywood as we know it will continue to hang on by a thread for as long as one man keeps running for its life. Tom Cruise isn’t just one of the greatest movie stars in the history of the medium, he might just be the last (depending on how Leonardo DiCaprio wants to play middle age). His face is known all over the world. His name is synonymous with big-screen entertainment. His incredible career has spanned more than 35 years, 45 roles, and hundreds upon hundreds of wild tabloid headlines. He’s been a Vietnam vet, a super-spy, a misogynistic self-help guru, a different super-spy, a samurai, a contract killer, another super-spy, a handsy bartender, a horny Chicago teenager,
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‘American Made’ Trailer: Tom Cruise is a Drug Smuggler Turned CIA Informant in Wild True Story

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‘American Made’ Trailer: Tom Cruise is a Drug Smuggler Turned CIA Informant in Wild True Story
Before Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman get to work on the much anticipated “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel, the duo will bring one of the CIA’s most infamous true stories to the big screen this fall. “American Made” stars Cruise as Barry Seal, an airline pilot turned drug smuggler turned CIA informant who worked with the Medellin Cartel and was assassinated at age 46. It’s not going to have the alien combat of “Edge of Tomorrow,” but it’s surely going to be just as wild.

Read More: Doug Liman Has a Title In Mind For An ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Sequel, And It’s Not ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’

American Made” marks Liman’s return to Universal Pictures for the first time since “The Bourne Identity.” Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing through their Imagine Entertainment banner, while Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons and Lola Kirke are staring in supporting roles.
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