“The Hunger Games” Stars Cover Entertainment Weekly Magazine!
While the end of the “Hunger Games” franchise is bittersweet, fans are getting pumped for the November 20th release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”
To that end, Entertainment Weekly is featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth on the latest cover, and Lionsgate just released a handful of new still images from the forthcoming flick.
Of the way he’s greeted in public, Hutcherson shares, “When you see the tons of people screaming and going crazy… I have the same problem that Peeta does of distinguishing reality from not reality. So for me, that’s not real. It seems so strange.” Lawrence adds, “It’s like you’re an avatar of yourself,” and Liam chimes in, “You get back in to the car after a premiere and it’s dead silent and you’re like… ahhhh.”
TRUE or FALSE? A Real-Life BEEF At EMPIRE? Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard ALLEGEDLY BEEFING On the Set of "Empire" ?!
While Taraji P. Henson famously lobbied Lee Daniels to hire Terrence for the lead role on "Empire," one insider claims the two are not getting along.
The source opened up to In Touch magazine, revealing Taraji and Terrence constantly bicker back and forth, and it makes everyone on set uncomfortable. The relationship has become sour, allegedly. According to the source:
“It’s gotten so bad that Taraji can’t be on set for more than 30 seconds without staring daggers at him,” the source said. She’s irritated by the pompous, bigheaded braggart that Terrence has become.”
While Taraji and Terrence have been close friends since their Hustle & Flow days, insiders say the success of the show might be getting the best of Terrence. And ya'll know Terrence has anger issues and doesn't do well around powerful women!
“In the beginning, Taraji was the key supporter and apologist for his behavior. But as his arrogance increased, she began to get annoyed."
Within all this rumor and speculation, it's also being alleged that "Empire" producers think tension between Taraji and Terrence will “prompt some amazing, volatile scenes between them. The animosity is working to the show’s advantage.” #Messy
Meanwhile, Taraji’s rep shot down any reports that she and Terrence are beefing. In fact, the rep says the two “are the best of friends and professional colleagues … always."
Do we believe it? Or are rumors like this expected to be concocted when a hit show has an ensemble cast? Whatever the case may be the execs at FOX still seem pleased with how the show is going.
In R.H.o.A News: Kim Field speaks on how it’s like being an Atlanta Housewife!
Lil Tootie, from ‘Facts of Life’ or Regine Hunter from ‘living Single’ but she’s just Kim Fields and she has made the foray into the reality world by becoming a cast member of Bravo's #1 rated Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fields will be joining the cast of: Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams. Noticeably missing from the lineup is Nene Leakes who announced that she would not be coming back to the reality show that turned her into a celebrity.
Fields is most recognized as roller-skating Tootie from the 1970's mega-hit show, Facts of Life and as the super, sassy Regine Hunter from the 1990's hit Living Single. Fields has been in front of the camera since she was 7 years old and continues to hone her craft as an actor. Her most recent acting credits are a Hallmark TV movie, For Better or for Worse, and motion picture, What to Expect when you are Expecting, starring Cameron Diaz. She has also been very busy behind the scenes as a sought after director and producer. She has directed successful televisions shows on TBS, BET and TVOne. Fields said, "I'm an actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, mom and wife."
It's because of Field's celebrated history as a "legit" actor and director that many have questioned her choice to join a sometimes tasteless, oftentimes embarrassing, generally degrading and always controversial reality show like the The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fields said, "When there were rumors about me joining the The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast I was intrigued by how much chatter there was. I was humbled by how many fans were protective of me. Not the brand, but of me."
In an interview with Tanya Young Williams for The Huffington Post, she gave a very candid and humorous Kim Fields opens up about her entertainment career, her decision to join The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Atlanta drama, and her family.
Tanya: Over the past few years you have taken on more directing jobs than acting. Are you still passionate about acting?
Acting is my first love. There are still so many characters inside of me that are waiting to come out.
You are married and have two children. How do you balance your career and family?
Yes, my husband's name is Christopher Morgan and we met in Atlanta. My two children are Sebastian and Quincy. I am 46 with a two year old and an eight year old. You'd think I would be a size two running after my kids like a do. There is no nanny. We have the occasional sitter. If my work causes me to be gone more than 2 days, the kids come with me. My husband and I are involved in school activities. Again this year, I am the Chair of the Black History Month events. The kids have lots of extracurricular activities too. We are 1000 percent hands on. We just make it work.
What made you decide to sign on to The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
I've been asked for years to do a reality show. One of my criteria is that I would be given the opportunity to show a strong family unit. When they came to me to do the show, they said, "We love you. We love your light and we love your opinions and you can give them in your way." So far they have been great in letting me be me.
In order to be a part of the Housewives of Atlanta cast, the ladies live in the Atlanta area. What brought you to Atlanta from California?
There has been a tremendous growth in the entertainment industry throughout Atlanta. There are many opportunities in film, television and theatre. I was offered an opportunity to direct Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. It was a time when I was thinking about leaving California anyway so it was a great fit.
How has your experience been during taping The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
Overall, its been an quite the adventure. Let me just say, it's been "different". But at this stage of my life I welcome - "different". This experience has awakened many creative voices in me. I love that I get to be me and not play a character. It has been an eye-opening experience to say the least.
How has it been working with the ladies in the cast?
For 14 years I was in an ensemble cast filled with women. I can surely navigate my way through this. Throughout the process, I've gleaned a little something from each lady. A pinch of each of them is in me. Kenya is very girly, ultra famine - in terms of her exterior. I say, yeah, I can do more of that. Kandi is straight forward - all the time. I'm a bit more diplomatic - sometimes to a fault. Yet I say, how can I use some of her candid style. Going out with ladies and having ladies night out has been very healthy for me. I give and give and sometimes I can't find me. I'm sure many moms and wives go down that same rabbit hole. I realized that I hadn't really had "me" time since 1998. Living Single was ending and I was going through a divorce, contemplating a move from Los Angeles, so I thought that since I was by myself I was having "me" time. But my sister said, "healing time" is not "me time". I realize that I was healing from a lot of pain and my faith was shaken. So I was just going through the motions of being happy. Hanging with the ladies helps me see that "me time" doesn't mean I'm a bad mom or wife. If fact, it recharges my battery to be a better mom and wife.
Are you prepared to deal with the attacking and controversial conversations that are the breeding grounds for high drama on all of the reality shows?
I don't have the brain space to worry about, or strategize what I'm going to say in an upcoming conversation. I'm too busy worrying if I've missed my son's appointment, making sure by boobs aren't hanging to low, or what I will I feed my family for dinner. I don't have time to prepare for pettiness. What you see is what you get. My faith keeps me grounded. My faith causes me to hold myself to a higher standard. It takes a lot for me to reach my tipping point. Also, I don't take for granted the love and respect the public has for me. They've invited me into their living rooms for many years. They've experienced the highs and lows of my life. They don't view me as a stranger, they see me as their sister, niece or cousin and so, I will always be the Kim they know and respect.
Well just hang on and see how she will fair in the new season of R.H.o.A when it premieres on Sunday, November 8 at 8/7c.
ALSO IN R.H.o.A NEWS……………………………………………
Peter Thomas has been HIT with another LAWSUIT!
A few months ago Real Housewives of Atlanta husband Peter Thomas was sued by his landlord for back rent. Well Pete just got slapped with another lawsuit…
According to LA Late Motion Picture Music Inc. is suing Peter Thomas personally and his business Bar One LLC for breach of contract.
Peter's wife Cynthia is not named in the suit and details are not available…..DAMN!
JANET NATION! What The Fans Are Saying About Queen Janet Jackson’s New Album, ‘Unbreakable’
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for … Janet Jackson has officially released her first album in seven years!
The pop star, who kicked off her world tour this summer, dropped Unbreakable on Thursday night which fans are absolutely loving … and so are we.
Out the gate, the 19-track disc gives us the Janet we love, nostalgia at it’s highest. After a stellar introduction, the album goes right into the singer’s new track, “BURNITUP!” with Missy Elliott, who tweeted on Friday morning her excitement for Janet’s new project.
It is also worth noting that the only other feature on the project is J. Cole, who collaborated with Jackson on her lead single, “No Sleeep.”
This labor of love, produced by legendary producing duo, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, includes a sweet tribute to the 49-year-old’s late brother, Michael Jackson, who passed away in 2009. “It was a long, long time ago, But I remember it like yesterday, Amazing times while we were growing, Round all the bright stars,” Janet sings.
“The fall and winter never felt so cold, And though the words can never express it, I guess you feel I miss you much, There were days like never before, We can’t laugh together till we cry, But our love ain’t no material thing, And shall I see you in the next life,” the beauty sings before launching into the chorus.
‘UNBREAKABLE’ project is available now on iTunes.
Meet Tiffany Hines she’s been casted to play Toni Braxton In Lifetime’s Toni Braxton Biopic ‘Un-Break My Heart’
According to The Grio, Tiffany Hines will play Tamar Braxton in the upcoming film.
The TV movie will be directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall and executive produced by Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer and Marcus Grant. The biopic will focus on the life and career of Toni Braxton.
R&B Diva Angie Stone releases her New "2 Bad Habits" Video
Soul songstress Angie Stone is ready to take over the music scene with a brand new album. The 53-year-old songstress has a new musical project and a new killer bod to match, dropping 75lbs. And she looks LOVELY!
The Grammy nominated singer is gearing up to release her 7th studio album titled DREAM, which is expected to drop November 6th. Angie has been working in the studio with superproducer Walter W. Millsap III (Beyonce, Mariah Carey & Brandy). She also called up on R&B legend Dave Hollister (Blackstreet) to be featured on a track called “Begin Again.”
Check out her brand new video for "2 Bad Habits" that shows a new side of Angie HERE:
If you thought Angie was through with churning out R&B hits, she may prove you wrong.
Nice, Rihanna Brings Mother, Brother & Bestie to Dior Show at Paris Fashion Week
Rihanna hit the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week, at Louvre.
Rocking a light pink fur, RiRi brought along her mother, brother and BFF (Melyssa Ford).The flix from a courtesy of Rihanna fan-site.
Only Grace! Grace Jones Flashes Full Boobs During Book Signing
The legendary model hit the red carpet for her I’ll Never Write My Memoirs book signing on Thursday night in New York and spiced things up when she not only showed up two horse late, but when she flashed everyone in the room. Photographers had a field day and of course, the photos hit social media in a blink of a nipple eye.
The 67-year-old’s body, however, looked amazing. What’s ironic about this entire situation is that Jones’ flash session was during the promotion for her book where she calls out Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and other world renown pop stars for being “copycats” and following trends.
“Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend’. There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Si. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them – except to the extent that they are already being like me,” she wrote.
Jones continued, “I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.”
Showing off nipples in 2015 isn’t exactly what we would call out the box, but it is very … Grace.
The Festival of Praise Fall Tour 2015 is Coming to a City Near You
The biggest Gospel tour of the year – The Festival of Praise International Tour – is coming to a city near you.
Festival of Praise, a 50-city concert tour features some of the best names in Gospel music including multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, with Hezekiah Walker (in concert 9/30-10/31) and Israel Houghton (in concert 11/1-11/29). The tour also features Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez.
Marcus Wiley of the “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” will be this year’s festival host. The national tour kicks-off at Fallbrook Church in Houston, TX today, September 30, and runs through November 29. The Festival of Praise International Tour will kick off in the first quarter of 2016.
Festival of Praise Tour 2015 will be held at arenas, performing arts centers and theaters, across the country. The family style tour, a phrase coined by Hammond and McClurkin, is a platform to uplift, motivate, encourage, inspire and entertain. The tour will feature some of Gospel’s biggest and brightest on the same stage with ensemble performances and music by each artist highlighting their classic hits and most memorable anthems.
In conjunction with this year’s theme, Hammond produced “Trying to Make It Home,” a song which features vocal performances by Hammond, McClurkin, Burrell, Walker, Carree, Reedy and Cortez. The single is co-written by Hammond, Burrell, Carree, Reedy, Calvin Rodgers, and Phillip Feaster.
“The concept of ‘Trying to Make it Home,” is a collaborative effort by the artists on this tour and ties in perfectly with our purpose,” says Hammond, the co-creator of Festival of Praise. “With all the discourse, upheaval and negativity happening around the world, we all agreed that there’s one common thread that people are searching to find. People are trying to reach a safe place and home represents that for many people.
Many of us are trying to make it home to family, trying to make it home from college, trying to make it home to a better marriage, trying to make it home from sickness and disease, and ultimately, all of us are trying to make it home to heaven.”
The Festival of Praise Tour 2014 was overwhelmingly successful, “We were blessed,” continues Hammond. “But we are back bigger and better. It will be an awesome evening of inspiration filled with a message of hope and restoration.”
The Festival of Praise Tour is created by Fred and Ray Hammond and produced by Face To Face, Inc. Adam Zagor of Universal Attractions Agency is the booking agent and Al Wash of ALW Entertainment is the entertainment consultant.
Festival of Praise 2015 Tour
- Friday, October 2/Montagne Center/Beaumont, TX
- Saturday, October 3/Frank Erwin Center/Austin, TX
- Sunday, October 4/Bethany World Prayer Center (NORTH Campus/Baker, LA
- Sunday, October 6/Orpheum Theater/Memphis, TN
- Thursday, October 8/Faith Assembly/Summerville, SC
- Friday, October 9/Ovens Auditorium/Charlotte, NC
- Saturday, October 10/Crown Coliseum/Fayetteville, NC
- Sunday, October 11/Veterans Memorial Arena/Jacksonville, FL
- Monday, October 12 /Harborside Event Center/Ft. Myers, FL
- Tuesday, October 13 /Savannah Civic Center/Savannah, GA
- Thursday, October 15/Pompano Beach Amphitheater/Pompano Beach, FL
- Friday, October 16/The Lakeland Center/Lakeland, FL
- Saturday, October 17/Fox Theatre/Atlanta, GA
- Sunday, October 18/The Columbus Civic Center/Columbus, GA
- Wednesday, October 21/Constant Convocation Center/Norfolk, CA
- Thursday, October 22/Township Auditorium/Columbia, SC
- Friday, October 23/Altria Theatre /Richmond, VA
- Saturday, October 24/Lyric Opera House/Baltimore, MD
- Tuesday, October 27/Hershey Centre/Toronto
- Thursday, October 29/Wang Theatre—Citi Performing Arts Center/Boston, MA
- Friday, October 30/Kings Theatre /Brooklyn, NY
- Saturday, October 31/Ritz Theater/Elizabeth, NJ
- Sunday, November 1/Constitution Hall/Washington, DC
- Monday, November 2/Heinz Hall/Pittsburgh, PA
- Tuesday, November 3/Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium/Chattanooga, TN
- Wednesday, November 4/Embassy Theatre/Fort Wayne, IN
- Friday, November 6/Foxwoods Grand Theater/Mashantucket, CT
- Saturday, November 7/Blue Cross Arena/Rochester, NY
- Sunday, November 8/Liacouras Center/Philadelphia, PA
- Monday, November 9/Palace Theater/Albany, NY
- Wednesday, November 11/Aronoff Center/Cincinnati, OH
- Thursday, November 12/Municipal Auditorium/Nashville, TN
- Friday, November 13/Palace Theater/Columbus, OH
- Saturday, November 14/Joe Louis Arena/Detroit, MI
- Sunday, November 15/Van Andel Arena/Grand Rapids, MI
- Tuesday, November 17/Ralston Arena/Omaha, NE
- Wednesday, November 18/Morris Performing Arts Center/South Bend, IN
- Thursday, November 19/The Dow Event Center /Saginaw, MI
- Friday, November 20/Murat Theatre/Indianapolis, IN
- Saturday, November 21/Horseshoe Casino/Hammond, IN (Chicago market)
- Sunday, November 22/Milwaukee Theater/Milwaukee, IL
- Monday, November 23/Municipal Auditorium/Kansas City, MO
- Wednesday, November 25/UNO Lakefront Arena/New Orleans, LA
- Friday, November 27/Wolstein Center/Cleveland, OH
- Saturday, November 28/Louisville Palace Theater/Louisville, KY
- Sunday, November 29/Fox Theatre/St. Louis, MO
AND FINALLY FROM “’THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘PEP IN YOUR STEP’
Whew! I thought that said ‘Pappy’s Playground’ for a second. Awkward…
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AHEAD ALL!!