Actress Essence Atkins added wedding officiant to her resume over the weekend (30-31Aug14) by presiding over the nuptials between her best friend Gabrielle Union and basketball ace Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star decided against having bridesmaids accompany her down the aisle in Miami, Florida on Saturday, and instead turned to her close pal and former Deliver Us from Eva co-star Atkins and her husband, Jaime Mendez, to lead the ceremony.
Speaking before the weekend celebration, Atkins revealed she got ordained some time ago, but admitted Union and Wade's wedding was going to be her first time serving as an officiant.
She said, "I'm actually officiating the ceremony... My husband and I are officiating the ceremony. My husband did the ceremony for (actor) Alfonso Ribeiro about two years ago and then they (Union and Wade) asked us to do it together, so we are officiating."
Guests at the Chateau Artisan castle ceremony reportedly included comedian Kevin Hart and Wade's basketball star pals LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, while R&B star John Legend was on hand to serenade the newlyweds.
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Will Ferrell will put on the dunce cap once again. According to Deadline, TriStar has purchased The Yank, in which he'll play a mild-mannered insurance courier who finds himself in the middle of a heist to steal the crown jewels. Since the large majority of us don't stumble our way into the middle of gigantic, illicit conspiracies, it's safe to say that Ferrell's latest character won't be the brightest bulb in the box. In fact, Ferrell has made a career of playing dim-witted dunderheads. Even his ostensibly smart characters are clearly lacking a couple thousand brain cells. But which is the dumbest dope that Ferrell has ever played? We've decided to rank all of Ferrell's idiots in ascending order of stupidity.
Megamind (Megamind) Megamind is actually a genius, albeit an evil one, so he gets the top spot. However, he is a dope when he comes to relationships.
Harold Crick (Stranger Than Fiction)Sacrificing your life in the name of great art is quite an academic pursuit, so cheers.
Det. Allen Gamble (The Other Guys) Under a slightly frumpy and dopey exterior is actually the mind of a pretty gifted detective. In any case, you have to be doing something smart to attract Eva Mendez.
Buddy (Elf) Buddy isn't stupid as he is just lost in a world that isn't constantly running in full-on Christmas mode. The North Pole is a long sleigh ride away from Manhattan.
Chazz Michael Michaels (Blades of Glory)It does take some smarts to weasel your way back into a sport you were banned from. Too bad the tapes of him figure skating with Jon Heder will exist on the internet forever. That's quite the oversight.
Dr. Rick Marshall (Land of the Lost)Marshall is actually a gifted scientist, but for all of his fancy book learning, he does lack an incredible amount of common sense.
Phil Weston (Kicking and Screaming)Getting that wrapped up in pee-wee soccer, the least worthy pee-wee sport there is, is almost criminally stupid.
Cam Brady (The Campaign) Cam Brady nearly makes real politicians seem smart...nearly.
Jackie Moon (Semi-Pro)In Jackie Moon's world, wrestling a bear is a good way of promoting your failing basketball franchise.
Mustafa (Austin Powers) He's quite the survivor ("I've been very badly burned"), but if you can only take three questions before spilling clandestine info, then you're the worst henchman possible.
Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby)Sweet baby Jesus is Ricky Bobby dumb. He's the epitome of every Nascar stereotype every conceived.
Steve Butabi (A Night at the Roxbury) These club-addicted idiots have nothing rattling around their heads beyond velour suits and Haddaway's "What is Love."
Brennan Huff (Step Brothers)Brennan is probably the biggest and most spoiled man-child ever produced by the Ferrell and McKay tag team.
Ron Burgundy (Anchorman)Ron is pretty close to the top. Fortunately enough for him, though, the rest of the world surrounding him is nearly as stupid as he is.
Frank "The Tank" Rickard (Old School)Frank the Tank is definitively the stupidest person Will Ferrell has ever played. He somehow manages to shoot himself with a rhino tranquilizer just in time to ruin a kid's birthday party.
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
In December, America was lucky enough to receive the gift of Young Adult: Diablo Cody's intriguingly dark story of a narcissistic thirty-something who never developed emotionally beyond her self-absorbed, destructive seventeen-year-old state of being. Star Charlize Theron wreaks her havoc in the movie on her ex-boyfriend, her new friend, and her poor dog Dolce. Now, imagine if she had a kid: stakes immediately skyrocket. That seems to be what we're getting in Girl in Progress.
Eva Mendes plays a suspended-adolescence type who is "raising" a teenaged daughter on her own. As we can see in the below trailer, there's a lot more of her daughter (Cierra Ramirez) taking care of her than the other way around. The film pledges a story about both young women coming into their own, despite the struggles of being responsible for one another.
Girl in Progress also stars Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette, and is directed by Patricia Riggen. The film opens Apr. 27.
The Deliver Us From Eva star and her businessman husband Jaime Mendez became proud parents to a baby boy on Sunday.
Atkins took to her Twitter.com page to share her happy news with fans, writing, "Found (happiness)... our 1st baby, a beautiful healthy boy, was born on Christmas Day! Blessing... All I can say is this: God is so generous!"
The couple married in 2008 after meeting on an online dating website.
Chilean miner Edison Pena performed some Elvis for David Letterman. A translator was there to keep the conversation going, since Letterman doesn’t speak Spanish and Pena doesn’t speak English, and it was pretty awesome to watch their exchange about how he went to the bathroom way down in the mine.
Up until this very point, I thought the person on the cover of the November issue of Vogue was Eva Mendez. But last night, Jay Leno whipped out a copy of it and applauded Anne Hathaway for it. I suppose it’s my fault. I should have realized it was her by the bi-line, which said “Anne Hathaway: I’m too trusting.” She told Leno about what it was like to go to Paris to shoot the cover, and how annoying it was to be in Paris while on a diet. Perhaps she'd rather be a miner?
Dr. Phil was on Jimmy Fallon last night and told Fallon how one time, Oprah shaved off his mustache and it was so terrible. Clearly he bought himself a leather jacket to help him recuperate.
Jon Stewart and his crew talked about Obama’s reaction to the election results, after his party drew the shortest straw and had were forced to go back to using the suspicious plant to complete their hygienic routines.
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And David Sedaris sat down for a quick chat with Stewart about his new book, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.” It’s a compilation of fables that are told with animals, which sounds great, but I’d much rather read about what would happen if you put David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs in a freight elevator that’s stuck between floors 5 and 6.
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And Stephen Colbert did his segment, “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger” about how the TSA now is taking pictures of our naked bodies using machines that scan through our clothes to check us for weapons, and how Bert of Sesame Street seems to be finally coming to grips with his sexuality.
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'Old Spice Guy' Talks Winning On 'Weakest Link': Late Last Night
If you don’t know who the “Old Spice Guy” is, you better run home to your apartment and because you probably haven’t watched TV there in a while… so your cat is probably dead, your ferns are probably dead, your neighbors are definitely dead because you used to bring them groceries every night at 8. Think about those catastrophic losses, and reconsider the importance of knowing who the Isaiah Mustafa is. But in the meantime, watch this clip of him on Leno last night.
And Eva Mendez also talked to Leno about her new movie, The Other Guys, with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. In it, she has a love scene with Ferrell, and she explained what it’s like to get freaky in the bedroom with him. Turns out, he’s an Abe Lincoln fan!
Comedian Tommy Davidson told Jimmy Fallon his thoughts on staying in a condominium that was owned by a comedy club in West Palm Beach, that apparently, was haunted by Michael Jackson.
And in case you were wondering what Michael Keaton has been up to these days, it’s recovering from his crazy pet rabbit he had a few years ago.
Jon Stewart pointed out how John Kerry has a $7 million yacht that he hasn’t been paying taxes on. He’s avoided paying them by keeping his boat in Rhode Island, which has no sales tax. So yes, the idea of New Yorkers having to pay taxes on the soda they buy at the grocery store just became a more important issue.
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Oh, and hey, Scott Lively thinks “Adolf Hitler was a homosexual and filled his military with homosexuals, because they were more savage than natural men.” We’ve learned from that Shirley Sherrod incident, right?
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And Stephen Colbert said Bush’s tax cuts that affect 3% of the nation’s wealthiest people, will expire quite soon. He used his popular segment, “The Word,” to figure out the effects of this change. He also recommended a specific product that can work particularly well at stimulating the economy and lessening the deficit.
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TV networks ABC and Univision have teamed up to produce a Spanish-language version of hit show Desperate Housewives.
The program has begun filming in Argentina, with Latin stars Lucia Mendez, Scarlet Ortiz, Lorna Paz, Ana Serradilla, Gabriela Vergara and Julieta Rosen taking on the roles of their Wisteria Lane counterparts.
The production manager of ABC Latin America, Leonardo Aranguibel, says, "There is no doubt that this joint production between Univision and our company is going to have a significant impact on the U.S. Hispanic television audience."
Otto Padron, vice president of programming for Univision, adds, "The worldwide success of Desperate Housewives is due in great part to the actors who give life to the fascinating characters. We're confident that our viewers will really enjoy the new show."
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Alpine University film student Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison) needs to start her senior project but she's stymied by a case of screenwriter's block. Then a chance encounter with the new campus cop (Loretta Devine the only link to the original "Urban Legend") gives her an idea: She'll make a film about a serial killer who slays college students in ways related to urban legends. Needless to say her cast and crew members (Joseph Lawrence Eva Mendez Jessica Cauffiel) start to disappear in a series of bizarre and mysterious incidents. And yes the killer is the person you would least suspect but only because he/she lacks a plausible motive.
Morrison ("Stir of Echoes") never finds the right mix of vulnerability naïveté and attitude to play the slasher flick damsel-in-distress-turned-heroine. (And she's never in any real peril.) Sorely missing are the outrageous performances that Rebecca Gayheart Danielle Harris and Julian Richings provided in the original "Urban Legend" -- the supporting players shackled to tired Hollywood clichés and a lackluster story never get to exercise their dramatic talents.
Freshman director John Ottman struggles with an already sputtering script by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson. Apparently the muse of over-the-top schlock horror blessed the first 15 minutes of the film then succumbed to spontaneous human combustion. With the exception of a mildly amusing "Blair Witch" cinéma-vérité parody the balance of the film generates neither thrill nor swill.