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Gabrielle Union Should Be a Bigger Star. Why Does Hollywood Underestimate Her?

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“‘You and me both!’ Gabrielle Union utters this halfway through Breaking In, as shes cornered by one of the men who has broken into her house and held her family hostage, in response to him saying, I underestimated you.

The line feels incredibly meta, considering Union has also been underestimated by Hollywood. In part because Hollywood underestimates black women. Two years ago when Viola Davis won her Emmy for her role in How to Get Away with Murder, Union was one of the actresses she shouted out in her speech: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity, Davis said. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So heres to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line.

Two years later, Union attended the Emmys for the first time. Last September before the ceremony, she tweeted: Ive been doing TV since 1995. This will be my 1st time going to the Emmys & Im presenting an award! 22 yrs later. #OvernightSuccess. Its evidence that the Emmys never paid much attention to black actresses before Davis win, or before Kerry Washington became the first black female lead on a drama in decades with Scandal. Union starred on BETs Being Mary Jane for five years but Mara Brock Akils fantastic and critically lauded show never got the awards recognition it deserved for the barriers it broke.

So when Union demands respect from her assailants in Breaking In, shes definitely talking to Hollywood. Shes a recognizable name in the black community but why isnt she a bigger star? Perhaps because her shows have all been made by and geared toward black people. Being Mary Jane at its best was a portrayal of a black woman with a messy interior life unlike anything that had ever been…”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/gabrielle-union-should-be-a-bigger-star-why-does-hollywood-underestimate-her

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Lady Gaga shares the devastating personal story behind the final song in ‘A Star is Born’

Charmaine Blake

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Warning: Contains *huge* spoilers for the ending of A Star is Born.

“Anyone’s who seen A Star is Born will know that the final song in the movie is by far the most gut-wrenching and emotional moment.

Lady Gaga sings “I’ll Never Love Again” — a song written about her by her late husband Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) — in tribute to him. It’s a powerfully moving moment that reduces you — and everyone else in the cinema — to a sobbing wreck.

Lady Gaga has shared a personal story about the day that scene was filmed and the reason that scene was so important to her. Right before filming the scene, Gaga received a phone call that her best friend Sonja Durham was about to pass away from stage IV cancer.

“On that day my friend Sonja — who had been battling cancer for years — her friend called me and I could hear her moaning in the background and she said she’s not doing well,” Gaga told Zane Lowe. “And I thought she was dying so I left the set……………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/lady-gaga-a-star-is-born-ill-never-love-again/

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Juicing, workouts and monetised self-obsession acting aint what it used to be

Charmaine Blake

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Hollywood was once all about tradecraft. But not any more, as Mark Wahlbergs ridiculously brilliant daily schedule makes all too clear

“When the famously dissolute movie star John Barrymore died, having spent much of the last year of his life passed out at Errol Flynns house, the brilliant character actor Peter Lorre bribed the funeral homes director to loan him the corpse for a night. Lorre, Humphrey Bogart and a couple of others sneaked into Flynns Mulholland Drive home while he was shooting late, arranged the body in a chair near the bar, then hid and waited. When Flynn returned home from set, he nodded at Barrymore, and continued to walk over to fix himself a drink. After a few steps, Flynn froze. He went back to the chair, touched Barrymores ice-cold body, then shouted: All right, you bastards, come on out!

I know what youre thinking. This is all very well; but did any of these ill-disciplined men make Daddys Home 2, Mark Wahlbergs highly called-for sequel to his turn in Daddys Home? Alas not. At the time of this late-night incident, Bogart was shooting a picture called Casablanca, and though well probably never know his workout schedule for the movie, I guess we can say for sure that he could bench-press at least a quarter of John Barrymore. But only after tipping-out time at the Cocoanut Grove.

And so to the much-remarked-upon daily routine of Wahlberg, which is here reproduced in full:

2.30am wake up
2.45am prayer time
3.15am breakfast
3:40-5.15am workout
5:30am post-workout meal
6:00am shower
7:30am golf
8:00am snack
9:30am cryo chamber recovery
10.30am snack
11:00am family time/meetings/work calls
1:00pm lunch
2:00pm meetings/work calls
3:00pm pick up kids @ school
3.30pm snack
4:00pm workout #2
5:00pm shower
5:30pm dinner/family time
7:30pm bedtime

Hey, dont knock it. Its called acting.

Or is it? Is that what this life is? For many, Marks schedule is the equivalent of letting daylight in on tragic. Once the inspiration for Entourage indeed, that comfortingly silly………………………..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2018/sep/13/juicing-work-outs-monetsising-self-obsession-acting-mark-wahlberg

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Assassination Nation wants to get under your skin

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“Assassination Nation” is trying to make you uncomfortable. The film even starts out with about a dozen “trigger warnings” previewing the horror that is to come in this internet age Salem witch trial about four teenage girls who become the enemies of an entire town when a hacker stars leaking individuals’ information.

Morality, sexuality, female nudity, homophobia, misogyny, pornography, pedophilia, mob mentality and gun violence are just a few of the subjects and taboos addressed in writer-director Sam Levinson’s purposefully insane film…………………..”

Read More Here: https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/assassination-nation-skin-57972864

 

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