Kandi Burruss says she’s more than what you see on ‘RHOA’: “I’m not just a reality TV star who got a break”

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Kandi Burruss had success as a member of Xscape and star of Real Housewives of Atlanta, and now she’s displaying her versatility with acting and producing her first Broadway play.

Last year she made her acting debut in the role of Roselyn Perry in season three of Lena Waithe’s The Chi, set on the south side of Chicago.

“I wanted people to see me in this light of being an actress and really feeling like I have embodied the character,” she tells Hello Beautiful. “I’m not just a reality TV star who got a break.”

The 45-year-old entertainer admits she was nervous, especially for her first sex scene.

“I was already trying to prepare my mind for it,” she recalls, “but, it’s like, I have to go through the motions with somebody that was a complete stranger.”

The Grammy-winning composer and singer also had to face jealousy from her husband, Todd Tucker.

“He was like a little weird about it,” she remembers. “He was supportive, but it was a little awkward for him. I’m not gonna lie about that, but he was still supportive. It wasn’t like, he was like, ‘No, you can’t do this show.’ He had to deal with it in his head.”

Now Kandi is focusing on her debut as a Broadway producer for Thoughts of a Colored Man which opens October 31, starring Dyllón Burnside from Pose.

“Broadway has been known as ‘The Great White Way’ for a long time in past history,” she says. “To have a show like this with all of us, you know, being a part of it, championing it. It has to be a success. It’ll be a win for not just us, but for the whole culture.”

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“Round 2” — Another baby on the way for Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Big-screen tough guy Jason Statham and his actress fiancée Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are apparently expecting their second child. “Taaa daahhh !! #Round 2,” Rosie wrote on Instagram today, along with some cute emoijis, and photos of her showing off her tiny baby bump in various outfits.

Wrath of Man star Statham, 54, and Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Huntington-Whiteley also have a 4-year-old son, Jack Oscar.

The celebrity couple reportedly met in 2010, and in 2016 they made a red-carpet splash at the Golden Globes, announcing they’d gotten engaged.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lucille Ball’s daughter raves about Nicole Kidman’s “astounding” performance in upcoming biopic

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Nicole Kidman is set to star as comedy legend Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming Amazon Studios biopic, Being the Ricardos, and although Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, hasn’t seen the finished product, she’s already raving about the actress.

Speaking with The Palm Springs Life magazine on August 18, Lucie gushed, “Nicole did a spectacular job.” 

“The two days that I watched, though, were both little flashbacks, so she was playing Lucy in the late ’30s and mid-’40s,” Arnaz went on. “She wasn’t Lucy of Lucy Ricardo fame yet, so it was a trifle different. And I know she meant it to be, so it could feel different. But boy, what she did was astounding. She’s got such poise and class,” Arnaz said of Kidman.

Alongside Kidman, Javier Bardem was cast as Dezi Arnaz, Ball’s husband and Lucie’s dad.

In January, Lucie defended Kidman’s casting after some expressed that they felt Debra Messing or others would be better suited for the role. 

“Here’s the deal. You should understand we are not doing a remake of I Love Lucy. No one has to impersonate Lucy Ricardo nor do the Vitameatavegamin routine or the chocolate factory routine or any of the silly things,” Lucie explained in a Facebook video at the time. “It’s the story of Lucille Ball, my actual mother, not Lucy Ricardo, and her husband, Dezi Arnaz, my dad, not Ricky Ricardo.”

A release date for Being the Ricardos has yet to be announced. 

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Jennifer Hudson defends ‘CATS’, says the movie is “misunderstood”

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The critically-panned movie CATS will always have a special place in star Jennifer Hudson‘s heart.  

Speaking to Total Film, the singer defended the 2019 movie musical, which flopped at the box office and became a certified punchline at various award shows — with fellow CATS alums James Corden and Rebel Wilson ripping the movie at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Unlike some of her peers, however, Hudson demonstrated how much she cares for the movie when praising the interviewer for even mentioning it during her interview.

“I loved that you asked about CATS!,” she exclaimed. “You know what? I think it was a bit overwhelming. It’s unfortunate that it was misunderstood.”

“I think later down the line, people will see it differently. But it is something I am still very proud of and grateful to have been a part of,” the Respect star continued, adding that she is honored to have played Grizabella — who belts out the musical’s most famous song, “Memories.”

In addition, Hudson revealed that CATS also inspired her to open her heart and home to two actual cats.  She added that she even named her new felines after the characters Grizabella and Macavity, the latter played by Idris Elba in the film.

Said the Grammy winner, “They are the best thing I’ve ever had. I love them so much.”

CATS debuted December 29, 2019 and earned a lukewarm $27.2 million during its North American box office run.  The movie was also panned on Rotten Tomatoes, where it currently sits with a 19% rating.

 

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“When you love something, you protect it”: Check out the new trailer for Marvel Studios’ ‘The Eternals’

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Marvel Studios has released a sweeping new trailer for Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao‘s The Eternals

Along with some eye-popping visuals, the trailer details the movie’s plot, and also answers the question non-comics readers might have been asking themselves: “Um, who are The Eternals?”

The trailer explains that the super-powerful figures were created 7,000 years ago by god-like characters known as The Celestials — Kurt Russell played the Celestial Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and another, seen in the new trailer, was shown laying waste to a planet in the first Guardians film.

The new footage clarifies the Eternals were created to protect our planet from an alien menace known as The Deviants — and only The Deviants.

“Why didn’t you guys help fight Thanos…or all the other terrible things throughout history?” Kit Harington‘s heroic Black Knight sarcastically asks Gemma Chan‘s Eternal Sersei.

“We were instructed not to interfere…unless Deviants were involved,” Sersei responds.

Salma Hayek‘s Ajak explains that the Avengers’ victory at the end of Endgame — bringing back all the life that Thanos had snapped away — created The Emergence, an awakening of The Deviants, that will destroy the planet in seven days, unless The Eternals reunite from all over the globe to stop them. 

“We’ve loved these people since the day we arrived,” Angelina Jolie‘s Thena says in voiceover. “When you love something, you protect it”

“You can’t protect any of them,” replies the Deviant leader Kro.

The footage also shows the other Eternals — including Richard Madden‘s Ikaris, Barry Keoghan‘s Druig, Kumail Nanjiani‘s Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry‘s Phastos, and Lia McHugh‘s Sprite — using their respective powers to combat the threat.

The Eternals movie opens November 5 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Marlon Wayans says he wants to be the “Prince of acting and comedy” in Hollywood

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Marlon Wayans is ready to up the ante on his career. After his dramatic performance as Aretha Franklin‘s first husband, Ted White, in Respect, the comedian-actor says he’s also working behind the scenes to develop new projects.

“I’m going to start developing more drama — a few that I’m developing now,” Wayans tells ABC Audio. “I have a deal at HBO Max. And so, we’re developing all kinds of different vehicles, because [after] Respect…I have my standup special on HBO Max, You Know What It Is, coming out August 19th.”

Marlon says working on other projects besides those that are comedy-based allows him to show his “range and versatility” as an actor and creative.

“I want to be able to do it all,” he says. “I don’t wanna be pigeonholed. I want to be able to do everything: from parody to sketch to romantic comedies to dramatic leads…and give 150 percent of myself to everything I do. Even standup comedy.”

While Wayans says he hopes “audiences” simply view him a “dope artist” that they want to go see and support, the Scary movie standout reveals that his personal aspirations are much higher.

“I want to be like the Prince of acting and comedy,” he says. “It’s like, ‘Hey, he’s on the drums. He did a spin, he’s dancing. He got three guitars in his hand. Oh, he’s playing bass now? And he’s singing the high notes and dancing?’ That’s the kind of performer I want to be.”

Respect, also starring Jennifer Hudson, is in theaters now. Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is is now available on HBO Max.

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Anthony Mackie will star in fourth ‘Captain America’ film

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There’s no official announcement from Marvel Studios yet, but The Hollywood Reporter says Anthony Mackie will star as the star-spangled man with the plan in a fourth Captain America film. 

The Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showed Mackie’s character wrestling with, and ultimately embracing, the mantle and shield he was given by Chris Evans‘ Steve Rogers at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

The series ended with a key change in the title card, reading, “Captain America and The Winter Soldier,” and the word then was that series creator and head writer Malcolm Spellman had been tapped to start crafting a script for a fourth Captain America film, with Mackie in the lead.

THR now says Spellman and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier writer Dalan Musson are crafting the big-screen bow for Mackie’s Cap.

The second small-screen spin-off of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a hit for Disney+, and snagged five Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Avengers movie veteran Don Cheadle.

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Alyssa Milano says uncle may not recover after their “terrifying and traumatic” car accident

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Alyssa Milano took to Twitter on Wednesday to report that her uncle was in serious condition, a day after the two were involved in a car accident.

“Yesterday, my family suffered a terrifying and traumatic event,” Milano shared.  “I was a passenger in a car my Uncle Mitch was driving when he suffered a serious heart attack, resulting in a car crash. I am grateful to the people who stopped to help us.”

The 48-year-old actress, in a second tweet, went on to thank the first responders, as well as the doctors, nurses and staff at UCLA Medical Center for the attention they gave both to her and her uncle.

Milano wrote that her uncle is “still in the hospital, and we are unsure if he will recover.”

“Uncle Mitch is such an important part of our family. He’s with us every day, spending time with my children and present in every meaningful part of our lives,” Milano said of Elizabella, six, and Milo, nine, whom she shares with her husband, David Bugliari.

“I hope that you — and especially you in the media — will afford him and my family the kindness of privacy as we move through this incredibly painful time,” she continued.

Alyssa also urged people to learn CPR, explaining, “You don’t know when you’ll be called upon to save a life,”

“The American Red Cross and many hospitals and other organizations offer regular classes. It’s such a small effort and can have a huge impact,” she added.

 

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Rebel Wilson shares throwback photo where she was at her “most unhealthiest”

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Rebel Wilson is celebrating her weight loss journey by looking back at how far she’s come since embarking on her “Year of Health” in 2020.

Sharing an undated throwback photo on Instagram on Wednesday, the Pitch Perfect star opened up about where she was emotionally at that moment in time.

“Okay so I know that I normally post flattering photos of myself…but found this old photo in my emails and was like: whoa! I remember this was when I was at my most unhealthiest, being overweight and indulging way too much with junk food. Using food to numb my emotions,” said Wilson, 41.

The Australian actress explained, “My father had passed away of a heart attack and it was such a sad time. I didn’t think highly of myself and wasn’t valuing myself how I should have.”

“It’s interesting that I’m still smiling and still trying to be active — this was taken at a charity tennis tournament event… despite being in so much pain,” Wilson continued. “I look back now at that girl and am so proud of what she’s become and achieved.”

As for why she wanted to be honest about such a vulnerable moment in her life, the Bridesmaids actress expressed she “wanted to send out some encouragement to everyone out there struggling with weight or body issues or emotional eating. I feel you. I know what it’s like. But it’s never too late to start improving yourself and trying to be the best version of YOU possible.”

“It’s not a race and it’s not a competition — it’s about respecting yourself and doing what’s best for YOU,” Wilson stressed. “So if you’re out there and reading this today, I just wanted to say: keep smiling and keep trying to be active!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Streaming now: Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa in Marvel Studios’ ‘What If…?’

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Marvel Studios released its most recent episode of its animated series What If…?, and Wednesday’s new offering on Disney+ features the final performance of the late Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the character he played in Black Panther and other MCU films. 

The new installment begins as a different take on Guardians of the Galaxy, imagining what would have happened if a young T’Challa was snatched from Earth instead of Peter Quill.

“What If…T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?” also features the voices of other famous MCU alums: Guardians vets Michael Rooker reprises as Yondu, the leader of the space pirates known as The Ravagers; Karen Gillan again plays Nebula; This Is Us Chris Sullivan voices Taserface, who he played in GOTG Vol. 2Benicio Del Toro plays The Collector, Djimon Hounsou voices Korath the Pursuer and Sean Gunn lends his voice to Yondu’s first mate Kraglin. Seth Green even reprises as Howard The Duck.

The episode also features Danai Gurira again playing fearsome Wakandan general Okoye, and Josh Brolin as Thanos — but in this tale, the Mad Titan has given up his galaxy-conquering ways, and fights alongside T’Challa and company. 

The installment ends with a touching coda to Boseman, who died at 43 in 2020 after a private, years-long battle with cancer. A title card reads over a black screen, noting the episode is “Dedicated to our friend, our inspiration and our hero Chadwick Boseman.”

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