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Is Big Rube back in and could Jillian be out?!!! Singer Ruben Studdard is returning to NBC's The Biggest Loser. He was originally asked to leave after a weigh in showed he didn't lose enough weight. Well the
ratings sank, and in TV, ratings are everything. Plus, there's a brewing scandal. Trainer Jillian Michaels stands accused of breaking the rules by giving her group caffeine supplements without telling the show's doctors. The show's producers disqualified the last weigh in because of it. That's why Ruben is back! Is this all publicity stunt, or could rule breaking force Jillian Michaels off the show? Studdard, who started at 462 pounds but then lost over 100, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and knows how important weight loss is. Meanwhile, The First Lady is coming to Loser. Michelle Obama returns to the reality weight loss show to promote her new health campaign. She's encouraging everyone to drink more water as heath experts have long held people don't do enough of. The First Lady first appeared on Loser back in April. Michelle Obama's new appearance is set for this month. The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8pm NBC.
The Best Man Holiday is a must see movie. I loved it..... even though it was not what I expected. You will laugh, cry and walk away from this movie thinking about those you love and friendships you treasure. The
original cast is back: Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard and Harold Perrineau. Once again, Terrence Howard steals the show as “Quentin.” Love that character!
Speaking of The Best Man Holiday cast, Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. You can also check him out on the latest issues of Muscle & Performance and Upscale magazine. Plus, the stars of Best Man Holiday are also featured on the latest issue of Ebony and Jet magazines.
Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson has been immortalized. The singer, who was introduced to the world on America Idol, just got a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. With her fiance Pro Wrestler David “Punk”
Otunga and her son David, Jr. in tow, Hudson was toasted by Jacob Latimore, Clive Davis and Raphael Saadiq. Hudson is on a roll. She's co-starring in the movie Black Nativity, which opens in theatres November 27th.
Black Nativity also stars Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese and Mary J. Blige.
Singer/Producer Pebbles is ready to tell all. In an exclusive TV interview with Wendy Williams, Pebbles says the recent VH1-TLC movie, which portrayed the singer in a bad light, slandered her. She says the movie was a lie.
Peebles also says that TLC singer Chilli slept with her then husband Record Exec/Producer L.A. Reid. Pebbles says she is meeting with her lawyers and she will be writing a book about her life and role as TLC’s manager.
Mike Tyson is telling all in his new autobiography Undisputed Truth. Tyson, 47, discusses his 1992 rape conviction, the 1997 boxing match in which he bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear and blowing through a $400 million fortune. Tyson goes into details about drinking, drugs and women, including how he still had 45 girlfriends while married to his second wife! Meanwhile, on November 16th, HBO presents Mike Tyson's one man show, The Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee.
Three decades after The Cosby Show, Comedian Bill Cosby is eying another return to primetime TV. Cosby, 76, is developing a new family comedy saying he wants to bring back wholesome family comedies to
television. In the meantime, The Cos returns to stand up/sit down comedy on TV. He's coming to cable's Comedy Central with a concert film of his stand up comedy. The special, Far From Finished, is directed by Robert Townsend, who also directed Eddie Murphy's record breaking comedy concert, Raw, 25 years ago. It's a reunion because Cosby was in Townsend's film Meteor Man in 1993. Cosby's Far From Finished will air on Comedy Central on November 24th, marking the 30th anniversary of 1983's Bill Cosby: Himself, the concert film that became the basis of The Cosby Show.
Mariah Carey is promoting her latest project The Art Of Letting Go, and she is speaking out about her experiences as a judge on American Idol. Carey did not enjoy working with fellow Judge Nicki Minaj saying it
was like going to work in Hell with Satan!. (OUCH!)
Newlyweds Film Exec Devon Franklin and his wife Actress Meagan Good have written a book for couples getting married. The Wait is due out next year. In the book, the couple talk about waiting for true love and celibacy before marriage.
Actor Denzel Washington's latest movie is out on DVD. 2Guns also stars Mark Wahlberg and Paula Patton.
Season three of Mary Mary’s reality show will deal with infidelity, fighting with their manager and Erica's voice problems. The show airs on WE-TV.
Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have signed on for season four of American Horror Story. The TV drama has built up quite a fan base on the FX network.
Hunky Actor Idris Elba is off the market. Elba and longtime girlfriend, Hair & Makeup Artist Naiyana Garth, are planning wedding dates as they prepare to welcome their first child. The actor has a daughter from a previous marriage. Elba will be starring in the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom.
Actor Anthony Mackie (Gangster Squad, The Hurt Locker) has been quiet since his recent arrest for drunk driving. The 35-year old actor was arrested in Harlem for driving with tinted windows, and he refused to
take a breathalyzer.
Legendary Actress Angela Lansbury is not happy about the fact that NBC is doing a remake of her CBS classic Murder She Wrote. Lansbury says she respects Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer, who'll take on the “Jessica Fletcher” role, but Lansbury wishes a remake was not in the works. Murder She Wrote was a huge hit for the 88-year old acting legend from the mid- 80’s to the early 90’s.
The 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts/Thanksgiving Day Parade is happening Thursday, November 28th on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Special guests include Cedric The Entertainer and Singers Regina Belle and Jade Starling of Pretty Poison.
So what's new with the James Brown movie Get On Up? How about Singer/Actress Jill Scott and Comedian Actor Dan Aykroyd joining the cast. Scott will play a former wife of “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.” The movie already stars Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in the hit movie 42, Viola Davis and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who both starred in the movie The Help. Oscar Nominee Taraji P. Henson may still join the cast as Tammi Terrell, and Singer Ralph Tresvant may be playing James Brown sideman and solo artist Maceo Parker. The bio-pic, which is being produced by Rolling Stones Legend Mick Jagger, is slated to arrive in theatres on October 17th, 2014.
Major changes are coming to The Soul Train Music Awards. For starters, there'll be no more lip synching. Performers must sing live. The night, hosted by Anthony Anderson, is celebrating today's biggest stars and honoring legends like Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat. Performances that night will include Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Tamar Braxton and Ruben Studdard. The show airs December 1st on the BET and Centric networks.
Speaking of Tamar, her talk show The Real with The Real, with Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, has been picked up for a full season next fall on FOX stations around the country.
Gabrielle Union's new BET drama Being Mary Jane with Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Tika Sumpter and Richard Roundtree debuts January 7th on BET. Check out Union on the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Actor Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) is returning to TV in the cop-drama Almost Human. It premieres this Sunday, November 17th and Monday, November 18th on FOX. Ealy is also returning to the big screen next year in two projects with Comedian Kevin Hart: About Last Night on opening on Valentine's Day with Joy Bryant & Regina Hall and Think Like A Man Part II with Gabrielle Union & Taraji P. Henson hitting theatres next June.
Speaking of Kevin Hart, he's back with The Real Husbands Of Hollywood on BET. Last week, he donated over $250,000 towards computers for his hometown school district of Philadelphia and rec centers. Hart is on
a roll! He just signed a deal with ABC to develop a pilot based on his life as standup comedian and divorced father, and he has another new movie for 2013, Ride Along with Ice Cube and Tika Sumpter, coming out in theatres in January. Finally Hart is also playing a boxing promoter in the new movie Grudge opening Christmas Day with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. De Niro (Oscar winner for Raging Bull) and Stallone (Oscar nominee for Rocky) play two aging boxers who get back in the ring. Hart is also starring in the romantic comedy About Last Night.
One of the greatest basketball players of all time is telling all. Julius Erving, a.k.a. “Dr. J,” has released Dr. J: The Autobiography. In the book, he talks about his great career and his personal difficulties: how an affair led to him having a child outside of wedlock, his turbulent first marriage and the death of his son. The Dr. holds nothing back, including the circumstances of the birth of his daughter Tennis Pro Alexandra Stevenson.
Babyface and Toni Braxton are headed to Broadway next spring in the Wynton Marsalis production After Midnight. The musical is about the Harlem Renaissance and The Cotton Club and includes many top name musicians coming in and out of the production. After Midnight debuts on Broadway with Fantasia on November 3rd. This will be Babyface's Broadway debut. Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway before in Beauty & The Beast and Aida. Braxton and Babyface will be in the musical March 18-30th for a limited run. Their new duet CD, Love Marriage & Divorce, is coming out in December. This week, Babyface got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out February 2014. Babyface and Toni Braxton's new CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, comes out November 25th.
Stevie Wonder is planning to release two new music projects next year. The 63-year old Motown legend says his recent divorce from Designer Kai Millard Morris inspired him to do a new project. The album, When The
World Began, will be produced by fellow Music Legend David Foster. Wonder is also working on a gospel album, which he plans to dedicate to his late mother.
Oscar Winner Morgan Freeman will be re-teaming with Angela Bassett in a sequel to the movie Olympus Has Fallen.
There's good news and bad news for Robin Thicke. The good news is the singer/songwriter will be directing and starring in a movie called Mercy with his wife Actress Paula Patton. The movie is about a family man dealing with his drug addicted wife. The bad news is two of Marvin Gaye's children, Nona and Frankie, are suing Thicke. They now say that Thicke and his collaborators definitely used Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up in Thicke's song Blurred Lines. The Gaye children also accuse their father's music publisher of not properly protecting the rights to their late dad's music. No word yet on whether Marvin, III will join his brother and sister in this suit. Thicke is currently touring the country, and he is set to go nationwide in February.
The Queen Latifah produced drama Single Ladies, starring LisaRaye, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi, is returning to VH1 for a third season in January.
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun running March 8th –June 15th
2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where the original play opened. A Raisin In The Sun also stars Diahann Carroll and Anika Noni Rose, and is slated for a 14-week run.
Actress Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends) is joining the cast of the FOX hit drama Sleepy Hollow with Nicole Beharie.
Kem, Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley are joining forces for a new holiday song called Jesus. The song appears on Kem's holiday CD What Christmas Means, which is out now.
The American Music Awards are set for Sunday, November 24th on ABC.
Chris Tucker is hosting The 2013 Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center. The event, saluting Motown Founder Berry Gordy, is happening Tuesday, November 19th. Boyz II Men, Kool & The Gang and Smokey Robinson are performing. Philadelphia International Records Founders Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were once songwriters at Motown, are doing tributes. Past winners include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Richard Gere, Mia Farrow and Quincy Jones. For more information call 215-893-1999.
Tyler Perry will be joining Oscar Winner Ben Affleck in the movie Gone Girl. Perry will play a lawyer assisting Affleck. Filming starts next month. Meanwhile on December 13th, get ready for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas starring Anna Marie Horsford (Amen) and Tika Sumpter (The Haves & Have Nots). Perry is also working on new DVD projects: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned and Madea's Neighbors From Hell.
Get ready for A Very Mary Christmas, Mary J. Blige’s first holiday album. The CD will features 12 classic holiday remakes and duets with Barbara Streisand, The Clark Sisters and Marc Anthony. Grammy Award-winning Producer David Foster produced the project.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night live broadcast is happening from Ms. Tootsie's, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
This Saturday, November 16th- The Ivy Legacy Chapter of The A.K.A.’s presents The 2013 Philly's Men Are Cooking at The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These two reconciled after some heavy words back and forth for years. We're only hearing one-side of the story so far, but can the truth be far behind?
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, November 16th- Kanye West at the Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, November 23rd - India.Arie in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, November 24th – Will Downing in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, November 24th – Jaheim & Chrisette Michele in concert at the Tower Theatre.
Friday, November 29th- R&B Divas in concert starring Kelly Price, Chante Moore, KeKe
Wyatt, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans and Dawn Robinson at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Saturday, November 30th- Brian McKnight/ Avant/ Musiq in concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Thursday, December 5th –Cedric The Entertainer comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, December 14th- Chaka Khan in concert at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, December 14th- Jon B, Carl Thomas and Glenn Lewis in concert at The Temple
Performing Arts Center, Broad and Pollett Walk.
Sunday, December 29th- Jill Scott in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, January 10th- Patti LaBelle at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, January 18th- Morris Day & The Time at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Sunday, January 19th- The All-Stars of Hip Hop: Party Edition starring Ice Cube, Doug E.
Fresh, E.U., Fat Joe's and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, February 16th- The Top Shelf Comedy Tour starring Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J,
Dominique and Gary Owens at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
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