Gabrielle Union Talks About Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds," Her Failed Marriage, and Her Passion! 

I love love love Miss Gabrielle Union! Sweet, fun, smart, passionate! I’ve loved her since “Bring It On,” and in the new movie, “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” she creates palpable chemistry with her co-star. Simply put, Miss Gabrielle adds class to any movie she’s in!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Making her character not a typical “bitch” in a cinematic love triangle
*** Adding humility to her character, Natalie
*** What’s her passion?
*** Her failed marriage to Chris Howard
*** Her chemistry with Tyler Perry and the resolution of their relationship
*** Working with Perry as writer, producer, director, and co-star
*** She exudes passion!

Have fun!

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Thandie Newton Interview for TYLER PERRY’S GOOD DEEDS 

It’s always lovely to see Miss Thandie Newton. She’s down-to-earth and fun! In the new film “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” she stars as Lindsey Wakefield, a down-on-her-luck mother whose life is about to change upon meeting Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry).

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What’s her attraction to making “Good Deeds?”
*** Her chemistry with Tyler Perry
*** Perry not wearing any make-up (old woman or man or otherwise) for the role of Wesley Deeds
*** Working with Jordenn Thompson, the young actress who plays her daughter in the film

Have fun!

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Meryl Streep to Present at 84th Oscars! 

All hail Meryl Streep! The greatest living American actress of our time is presenting at the 84th Academy Awards according to telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer.

Streep is nominated for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," and has received a total of 17 nominations -- the most for any performer in Oscar history!

She took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1979 for "Kramer vs. Kramer" and the Best Actress award in 1982's "Sophie's Choice."

Streep will be joining this fantastic list of previously announced Oscar presenters on Sunday, Feb. 26th:

Halle Berry
Rose Byrne
Bradley Cooper
Tom Cruise
Penelope Cruz
Cameron Diaz
Michael Douglas
Will Ferrell
Tina Fey
Zach Galifianakis
Tom Hanks
Angelina Jolie
Milla Jovovich
Ellie Kemper
Jennifer Lopez
Melissa McCarthy
Wendi McLendon-Covery
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
Chris Rock
Maya Rudolph
Ben Stiller
Emma Stone
Kristen Wiig

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"Dragon Tattoo," "Harry Potter," "W.E." Honored by Costume Designers! See Full List of Winners 

The Costume Designers Guild has announced winners of its 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards! In the movie category, nominations are broken down into three separate categories namely Contemporary, Fantasy, and Period.

David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won the Contemporary category; "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" received the Best Fantasy and Madonna's "W.E." took home the Period prize.

The Gala event, hosted by Jane Lynch, was held yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees (To find out other winners/nominees of this awards season, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Excellence in Period Film:

“The Artist” (Mark Bridges)
“Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor)
“The Help” (Sharen Davis)
“Hugo” (Sandy Powell)
*** (WINNER) “W.E.” (Arianne Phillips)

Excellence in Fantasy Film:

*** (WINNER) “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Jany Temime)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose)
“Red Riding Hood” (Cindy Evans)
“Thor” (Alexandra Byrne)
“X-Men: First Class” (Sammy Sheldon)

Excellence in Contemporary Film:

“Bridesmaids” (Leesa Evans & Christine Wada)
“The Descendants (Wendy Chuck)
“Drive” (Erin Benach)
*** (WINNER) “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Trish Summerville)
“Melancholia” (Manon Rasmussen)

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries:

*** (WINNER) "Downton Abbey" (Susannah Buxton)
"The Kennedys" (Christopher Hargadon)
"Mildred Pierce" (Ann Roth)

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:

*** (WINNER) "Glee" (Lou Eyrich and Jennifer Eve)

"Modern Family" (Alix Friedberg)
"Revenge" (Jill Ohanneson)
"Saturday Night Live" (Tom Broecker and Eric Justian)
"Sons of Anarchy" (Kelli Jones)

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:

*** (WINNER) "Boardwalk Empire" (John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani)

"The Borgias" (Gabriella Pescucci)
"Game of Thrones" (Michele Clapton)
"Once Upon Time" (Eduardo Castro)
"Pan Am (Series)" (Ane Crabtree)

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design:

Carl's Jr.: "Miss Turkey" (Francine Lecoultre)
Dos Equis: "The Most Interesting Man in the World" (Julie Vogel)
*** (WINNER) Swiffer: "Country Dirt Cowgirl" (Roseanne Fiedler)

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Anti-Bullying Documentary "Bully" Receives R Rating, Weinstein Company Appealing 

The MPAA has given The Weinstein Company's (TWC) new anti-bullying documentary "Bully" an R rating, so the studio is fighting back, at least, for a PG-13 rating. According to their press release, "Bully" is an urgent and intimate look at Americas bullying crisis. Directed by Lee Hirsch, the R rating was given to "Bully" because of its strong language and therefore, it restricts children under the age of 17 from seeing the film unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

So, the kids, who MUST really see the documentary are not even allowed to do so unless their parent or guardian are present. Isn't this a case of the MPAA bullying "Bully?"

Why? Because as a result of the MPAA rating, the film could not even be screened in U.S. middle and high schools "where it might otherwise reach a mass national audience of students and be used as a tool to stop an epidemic of physical, psychological, and emotional violence."

Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairman, is appealing the MPAA rating and will be joined by Alex Libby, one of the bullied children documented in "Bully." Their hearing will be held this Thursday, Feb. 23rd, at the MPAA's Sherman Oaks screening room.

This is a good cause, and the MPAA should be able to allow "Bully" with a lesser rating. It's a documentary! And when your subject is about bullying, it goes without saying that harsh language would be present.

According to Hirsch, "I made BULLY for kids to see the bullies as well as the bullied. We have to change hearts and minds in order to stop this epidemic, which has scarred countless lives and driven many children to suicide. To capture the stark reality of bullying, we had to capture the way kids act and speak in their everyday lives and the fact is that kids use profanity. It is heartbreaking that the MPAA, in adhering to a strict limit on certain words, would end up keeping this film from those who need to see it most. No one could make this case more powerfully than Alex Libby, and I am so proud and honored that he is stepping forward to make a personal appeal."

Weinstein concurred, "I have great respect for the work Chairman Joan Graves and the rest of the MPAA governing body do. I have been compelled by the filmmakers and the children to fight for an exception so we can change this R rating brought on by some bad language. As a father of four, I worry every day about bullying; it'ss a serious and ever-present concern for me and my family. I want every child, parent, and educator in America to see BULLY, so it is imperative for us to gain a PG-13 rating. It's better that children see bad language than bad behavior, so my wish is that the MPAA considers the importance of this matter as we make this appeal."

We'll give you an update on this. "Bully" is set for release on March 30th. For now, check out the film's trailer:

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