#Equallyjoked? Eddie Murphy’s son and Martin Lawrence’s daughter confirm they are dating

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Eddie Murphy‘s eldest son, Eric, and Martin Lawrence‘s oldest daughter, Jasmin, have made their relationship Instagram official.

Over the weekend, Jasmin, 25, shared a photo of her and Eric with a loving caption in celebration of his 32nd birthday.

“Happy birthday, my love!,” she wrote. “I’m so incredibly blessed to know you, to love you, and to have you by my side. Cheers to many more blessings, laughs, and beautiful memories! I love you so much!!”

Jasmin’s sweet post comes just weeks after Eric declared his love for her in an Instagram post.

“Head over heels in LOVE with YOU,” he captioned the selfie, adding the hashtags “#myotherhalf,” “#equallyyoked” and “#iloveyou.”

For those who may not recall, Eric is the firstborn son of Eddie and his former girlfriend Paulette McNeely. Meanwhile, Jasmin is the daughter of Martin and his ex-wife Patricia Southall.

Although the two legendary comedians have not commented on their kids dating, the now-public relationship could offer a reason for Eddie and Martin to work together again. They previously starred in Ted Demme‘s 1999 comedy Life and in Murphy’s 1992 comedy Boomerang.

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Scarlett Johansson on what makes her Black Widow “stand out” among other superheroes

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Marvel Studios’ Black Widow had a super-sized $215 million worldwide debut over the weekend. But stateside, the $80 million it made in theaters, along with the more than $60 million it generated via Disney+ Premiere Access, gave the character’s standalone adventure the highest domestic opening weekend for a Marvel Cinematic Universe origin story after Black Panther and Captain Marvel

Scarlett Johansson, the star and executive producer of Black Widow, explained at a recent press event what makes her character, AKA Natasha Romanoff, so special in a field of super-soldiers and hammer-wielding gods.

“I was going to say the pose, but then Florence, poo pooed on that,” ScarJo said to laughs, referencing Florence Pugh‘s Black Widow character poking fun in the film at Natasha’s trademark pouncing hair flip. 

“I think Natasha…has a lot of integrity,” Johansson says. “She’s a she’s a big character. And she’s…not afraid to admit when she’s wrong. She’s endearing that way. And I think she’s curious about herself and curious about other people. And I think it makes her stand out as superheroes go.”

Disney Studios Content Chairman Alan Bergman apparently agrees with the audience. “[T]his spectacular opening weekend shows just how eager fans have been to see this beloved Avenger in her own story,” he said in a statement.

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Cedric the Entertainer to host the 73rd Emmy Awards


Cedric the Entertainer will be the host of this year’s 73rd Emmy Awards.

On CBS’ social media accounts, Cedric announced the news in the form of an “and the winner is…” envelope reveal. “I’m about to be hostin’ the Emmys! And I ain’t even a Jimmy!” he laughed, before yelling the news off-screen: “Hey babe! I’m about to be hosting the Emmys!” 

In a statement, the comedian noted, “Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year’s Emmy Awards.”

He continued, “Throughout the roller-coaster of a year that we have all lived through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before. It not only entertained us, but as it always has, it helped to open our eyes, educate us, and hopefully brought about a better understanding of who we are as a people.”

It is the first time Ced will host the event. The stand-up comic and Barbershop veteran stars on The Neighborhood on CBS. 

The Emmys will be held live and in person from on Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

The hosting news comes a day before the Emmy nominations will be announced virtually, streaming live on Tuesday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on Emmys.com.


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‘Boyz n the Hood’ turns 30: John Singleton, Tyrese Gibson share the importance of giving opportunities to new talent


John Singleton wasn’t afraid to take a chance on new talent when he made his feature directorial debut Boyz n the Hood in 1991. As the seminal film celebrates its 30th anniversary, Singleton, who passed away in 2019 after suffering a stroke, told ABC Audio two years prior that looking at the success of the actors he helped “put on,” like Ice Cube, was always a source of pride for him as a director.

“It’s a pleasant surprise. I mean to see that people have had long careers and they’ve gone on to do other things,” Singleton said. “Ice Cube has transitioned from being an actor-producer to almost mini mogul — making a lot of things happen in different ways in film and television.”

Even though Boyz n the Hood also was Cube’s acting debut, the accomplished filmmaker — who, at 24,  became the youngest person to receive a Best Director Oscar nomination thanks to the movie — says he takes no credit for the rapper’s success.

“I can’t take credit for any of that stuff — those of really talented people,” he says. “All they really needed was an opening in the business and they just ran with it.”

One of those “really talented people” is Tyrese Gibson, who starred in Singleton’s 2001 film Baby Boy. Gibson says he’s “grateful” that the director also saw something in him like he did Cube.

“John Singleton chased me for five years the way he did Ice Cube, the way he did a lot of people that made their acting debut in a film,” Tyrese says. “He was a visionary. He envisioned a lot for people that we may have not envisioned for ourselves.”

He continues, “There would not be a such thing as a Fast and Furious, Four Brothers, Waist Deep, Baby Boy, Transformers,” listing off his acting credits. “All of the movies that I’ve been able to do [would] be no such thing if John Singleton didn’t see something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”

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In Instagram message, Patricia Heaton marks three years of “freedom from alcohol”

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Former Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton chose an Independence Day-themed greeting to fans to celebrate her three years of independence from booze. 

“It’s July when we celebrate our nation’s freedom,” the Emmy winner posted Sunday to Instagram while on a 3.5 mile hike. “Also celebrating three years of freedom from alcohol for me.”

The former star of The Middle pledged support to fans who might need a boost, too. “Message me if any of you are thinking about doing that, any of you are doing that now and need some encouragement or anything at all,” she said before closing with, “Have a great day.”

Heaton told Parade magazine last year that she decided to give up booze because she found herself partaking a bit too much. “I noticed that I was looking forward every night to cocktails. And if I happened to go to lunch, I might have a glass of wine or Prosecco,” she explained.

The 63-year-old actress told the publication, “I miss it terribly, but at the end of the day, I feel better.”

She also added, “There’s an actual statistic that women who were moderate drinkers in their 30s and 40s often become alcoholics in their 50s and 60s. I think it’s something about your children leaving the house and the things that used to anchor you are no longer there. You’re a little bit at sea, and so you reach for the bottle to dull the uncertainty. I sensed that a bit with myself.”

Heaton said then, “I’ve stopped, and my life has improved significantly. My kids are in their mid-20s and I’ll probably be in my 70s by the time I have grandchildren. I want to be healthy for them.”

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‘Black Widow’ sets pandemic record with $80 million at U.S. theaters; makes $60 million+ on Disney+

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Marvel’s long-delayed Black Widow had an explosive debut, making more than $215 million worldwide, Disney has announced.

The film had an $80 million domestic haul that crushed the $70 million pandemic-era record set by F9: The Fast Saga just three weeks ago. Additionally, the prequel adventure of star and executive producer Scarlett Johansson‘s titular Avenger also raked in more than $60 million via Disney+ Premier Access, where it could be streamed for around $30.

Black Widow, also starring Florence PughDavid HarbourO.T. FagbenleOlga KurylenkoWilliam HurtRay Winstone and Rachel Weisz, cleaned up overseas as well, bringing in an estimated $78 million.

The aforementioned F9: The Fast Saga dipped to second place with an estimated $10.9 million, bringing its stateside totals to $141.3 million after three weeks.  Overseas — where the film debuted before it did in the U.S. — F9 has earned $400.5 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $541.8 million.

Grabbing third place is The Boss Baby: Family Business, a follow-up to the 2017 smash, The Boss Baby, delivered an estimated $8.7 million in its second week of release, raising its domestic total to $34.7 million.

Fourth place belongs to the latest chapter in The Purge franchise, The Forever Purge, earning an estimated $6.7 million, for a two-week total of $27.4 million.

Rounding out the top five is A Quiet Place Part II, earning $3 million in its seventh week. Its domestic total now stands at upwards of $150 million. Overseas, the movie has added an estimated $128.3 million so far, bringing its current worldwide earnings to $279 million.

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Bill Cosby reportedly considering lawsuit against Pennsylvania for prison sentence

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After his 2018 conviction on sexual assault charges was overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest court, Bill Cosby is reportedly thinking about suing the state of Pennsylvania.

Cosby was sentenced in September 2018 for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. 

The comedian’s publicist Andrew Wyatt says the state violated Cosby’s due process rights.

Speaking to the Domenick Nati Show Friday, Wyatt explained, “We are looking at what recourse, what legal recourse we can take against the state of Pennsylvania” and added that he believes the state has “an axe to grind against black men.”

Wyatt stated Cosby is hoping to obtain “a couple of hundred grand” in compensation.

On Sunday, Montgomery County PA District Attorney Kevin Steele issued a statement regarding misinformation stemming from the overturned sentence.  The statement was made after state Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer called Cosby’s trial a “reprehensible bait and switch” by the prosecution, in reference to a claim made by Cosby’s legal team that Montgomery County prosecutor Bruce Castor promised not to criminally prosecute Cosby in the Constand case.

The statement, obtained by ABC News, said, “To be very clear, prosecutors in this case did not believe there was an agreement not to prosecute or immunity for the defendant at the time we moved forward on the case, and we do not believe it now. If we had believed there was an agreement or immunity, we would not have moved forward in our attempt to bring Cosby to justice.”

“Among a litany of reasons, a promise never to prosecute was not mentioned by Bruce Castor when he issued his press release saying he was declining prosecution,” Steele continued. “Despite the extensive investigation we conducted, we found no credible evidence that Castor had given Cosby immunity.”

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And ‘Just Like That…’ cameras are rolling: ‘Sex and the City’ follow-up gets underway


And just like that, they’re back.

With a pic on Instagram from star and co-executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s official: production has begun on the new Sex and the City sequel, Just Like That…

The photo shows Carrie Bradshaw herself with her co-producer co-stars Cynthia Nixon, who;s back as Miranda Hobbes, and Kristin Davis, reprising her role as Charlotte York Goldenblatt, all looking fierce in New York City.

Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the beloved HBO series and its two subsequent feature films, will not return for this new chapter.

The 10-episode series will focus on Bradshaw, Hobbes and York Goldenblatt as they “navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s,” according to a summary of the show.

And Just Like That… will also feature Sara Ramírez, as well as returning SATC stars Chris NothMario CantoneDavid EigenbergWillie Garson and Evan Handler.

A premiere date for the series, which will stream on HBO Max, has not yet been announced.


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Damon Dash to produce docuseries ‘In Love for a Living’; Devon Terrell to star in Issa Rae’s ‘Rap Sh*t’; and more

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 Damon Dash says he’s pushing back at previous reality TV portrayals with his own personal docuseries, In Love for a Living.

In a statement to Deadline, Dash says that his new series, which will “focus on his life and that of his fiancée Raquel Horn and their 8-month-old son Dusko” was an opportunity to hit back at previous shows like We Tv’s Growing Up Hip Hop that had negatively portrayed him. “I wanted to just showcase the reality of what it just looks like to be in a great relationship, as opposed to just showcasing the trauma and the dysfunction of our culture,” he noted. In Love for a Living will be available via Damon Dash Studios, Dash’s forthcoming streaming service and production studio.

In other news, Devon Terrell has been tapped to star opposite Aida Osman and Kamillion in Issa Rae‘s HBO Max comedy series Rap Sh*tDeadline has learned. As previously reported, the series follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group. Terrell will play Cliff, Shawna’s “supportive but long-distance boyfriend who currently attends law school in New York.” A release date for Rap Sh*t has yet to be announced.

Finally, BET has announced the launch of a new original weekly show titled Celebrity Stash. Now available on BET Her’s YouTube Channel, the eight-episode series will feature a new celebrity guest every week that “will invite fans into their home to… help decide which treasures to keep and which to donate.” Featured celebrities include LeToya Luckett, Amara La NegraBow Wow and Eva Marcille, among others.

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HGTV star Christina Haack’s recipe for love apparently involves toad venom

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HGTV star Christina Haack may not have kissed a frog to find a prince, but she came pretty close.

On Instagram, Haack discusses her new relationship with Joshua Hall, but her story about how she found love the same year her short-lived marriage to second husband Ant Anstead ended is turning some heads.

That’s where the amphibian comes in.

“I met Josh when I wasn’t in a state of fear or fight-or-flight,” Haack says, explaining, “I had taken time off social [media], hired a spiritual coach and smoked a Bufo toad (which basically reset my brain and kicked out years of anxiety in 15 mins).”

The venom of the Bufo toad, a substance scientifically known as substance 5-MeO-DMT, can produce psychedelic effects, but a recent European study noted that it also produced “sustained enhancement of satisfaction with life, and easing of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Haack doesn’t elaborate on the substance’s effects, but she’s apparently more comfortable in her skin, so she’s shaking off headlines about her new man.

“I didn’t ever want to see him stress over the media stalking him and his family,” she writes, adding that it’s “already begun to a uncomfortable degree.”

Haack adds of the media, “That’s partly why there is so many failed celeb relationships, they turn new relationships into a circus.”

She concludes, “[Y]es ‘another relationship’ and guess what. I’m 38 — I’ll do what I want.”

Haack, who formerly co-starred with first ex-husband Tarek El Moussa in Flip or Flop, currently stars in her own design show called Christina on the Coast

Apparently, the home decor celeb is setting another trend: The question “How do you smoke a bufo toad?” currently is a leading search on Google, producing some 328,000 results.

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