Queen Latifah's TV series Single Ladies has been saved from cancellation thanks to bosses at a new U.S. network aimed at black females. In March (14), executives at America's VH1 network decided not to order a fourth season of the programme, which the rapper, actress and talk show host executive produced via her Flavor Unit Entertainment company, but Latifah has struck a new deal with BET Network's new channel Centric, and the series will pick up where it left off.
The partnership will not only revive Single Ladies for a fourth season, but Latifah and her partners will produce new shows for the network, and episodes of her syndicated daytime talk show will also air on Centric.
Single Ladies, which launched in 2011, follows the love lives of three best friends, played by Charity Shea, Denise Vasi and LisaRaye McCoy.
Queen Latifah's TV drama series Single Ladies has been cancelled after three years on air. The rap icon-turned-talk show host served as executive producer via her Flavor Unit Entertainment company, but bosses at America's VH1 network, which broadcasts the show, have decided not to order a fourth season of the programme.
Single Ladies' season three finale will air later this month (Mar14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show, which launched in 2011, followed the love lives of three best friends, played by Charity Shea, Denise Vasi and LisaRaye McCoy.
Vasi joined the cast in 2012 to replace leading actress Stacey Dash, who exited the show after the first season.
VH1's scripted series Single Ladies is in its third season, and the show is getting a lot of things right. The drama is there, the fashion is there, and the eye candy is definitely, totally, 100 percent there. But dudes — don't let the title of the show mislead you! It may be called Single Ladies, but it's appealing in more ways than one to the fellas. Allow us to persuade you to tune in.
First of all, there's plenty o' eye candy for the straight guy with LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, Denise Vasi, and Charity Shea as the leading female ladies:
And the musical guests on the show are pretty awesome too. Mac Miller, Meek Mills, and Eve are just a few artists to have made appearances and since the artists usually play themselves, it makes for some cool storylines. It's always fun when some rapper turns into a love interest for one of the women, even if it's just for one episode.
And while you guys may not be into the steamy scenes d'amour, you could certainly learn a few things from these guys.
Seriously. Start watching this show, men of the world. Watch. And learn.
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The 31-year-old model/actress's longtime boyfriend, music video director Anthony Mandler, popped the question during a romantic vacation in Greece and she said yes.
Speaking about his excitement in a post on Twitter.com, the groom-to-be writes, "Me and you...unforgettable moment The yes was the best part."
Mandler has directed promos for artists including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Usher.
First thing's first: Magic Mike delivers on the eye candy. Club Xquisite the wildest male strip club in Tampa sports an ensemble of muscled men ready to flash their ridiculous moves in even more ridiculous dance numbers (this crew has never seen a pair of assless pants they didn't like). Bringing a few dollar bills to the movie is recommended — Magic Mike is shot up close and personal enough that flailing them about will come naturally.
But between the codpieces air humping and penis pumps Magic Mike tells a surprisingly relatable funny and poignant parable centered on a character all too familiar to anyone with an ounce of ambition. Mike (Channing Tatum) leads a triple life: By day he's a roof tiler; by night an exotic dancer; and in his dreams he's a furniture craftsman and entrepreneur. When Mike first crosses paths with Adam (Alex Pettyfer) his worries about the future are dispelled slipping right into mentor mode to show the 19-year-old the wonders of sex drugs and rock and roll. Adam's broke and without direction — the perfect state of being for a stripper-in-the-making. Mike's sales pitch is irresistible and when Adam unwillingly takes the stage for the first time he feels the rush of a dozen woman screaming groping and stuffing singles down his jock strap. There's no question: A stripper's life is a journey worth embarking on.
In his typical fashion director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic Erin Brockovich) defies conventions sticking with Mike's ups and downs rather than transforming Magic Mike into a Goodfellas-esque "newbie in over his head" story. Between playing protector to the mesmerized Adam and attempting to strike up an actual relationship with Adam's sister Brooke (Cody Horn) Mike finds himself for the first time looking inward. Does a job define a man? He's convinced it doesn't but as Adam loses himself to the profession becoming the Xquisite's cutthroat owner Dallas' (the wonderfully slimy Matthew McConaughey) right-hand man and parlaying the gig into more dangerous ventures Mike realizes breakdancing in thongs may be more poisonous to his dreams than he ever realized.
Exploitation Magic Mike is not. The film's dance sequences are sexy and sleek but only to clue the audience into the job's allure. Backstage is equally important; Soderbergh does an amazing job constructing the boy's club atmosphere that keeps Mike and Adam coming back. Lively characters like Ken (Matt Bomer) and Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) say little but speak volumes in the background of every scene. They're palling around and when they finally do reach out to Adam to profess their friendship it makes perfect sense. For a guy without a family the dancers are a perfect replacement.
While the cast is stellar Tatum continues his streak of star-making performances in the role of Mike. Obviously the man can dance — and he blows any memories of Step Up into oblivion. Beyond that he's perfectly in tune with Soderbergh's naturalistic style cool on his feet with the comedy and devastatingly subtle in the drama. His rapport with Horn who is equally striking in her casual approach is sweet and real a constant reminder that even a guy who lap dances in a fireman costume for a living has feelings too. Soderbergh enhances each of his performers with spot on photography: His Tampa is gritty and yellow-tinged the interior of the club a safe haven from the blase nature of reality. Magic Mike carries a full package.
Magic Mike hits all the right notes of comedy and drama that's completely unexpected in the summer blockbuster surroundings. Come for the stripping stay for the high-caliber filmmaking. Magic Mike is one of the year's best.
In the romantic comedy What’s Your Number? Anna Faris plays Ally Darling a fun-loving 30-something who learns via a magazine article that a woman’s chances of marrying become infinitesimal if she’s slept with more than 20 men – a number which just so happens to be Ally’s exact tally. Apparently the highly suggestible sort she accepts the magazine’s somewhat dubious findings at face value. Loath to embrace a spinster future she gives up sex and concocts a scheme to revisit each of her past lovers to see if any of them might actually be The One enlisting the aid of Colin (Chris Evans) a crass but amiable ladies’ man from across the hall who dabbles in detective work to track them down.
The immutable laws of rom-com dynamics dictate what happens next. One by one Ally pursues each of her exes to see if any of her old flames might be worth reigniting even as it becomes increasingly obvious that she and Colin are meant for each other. Ally’s quixotic endeavor lands her in one awkward and humiliating situation after another. True love eludes her; laughter eludes us. Faris is one of the most skilled comedic actresses in Hollywood today but even her formidable talents can’t do much with the hackneyed scenarios proffered by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden’s middling script.
Faris and Evans make a pleasing pair and their chemistry is one of the few aspects of What’s Your Number? that doesn’t feel forced. It’s what keeps it afloat in between each unfunny gag. Sure Ally and Colin’s eventual union is telegraphed from the opening frames but that isn’t necessarily a problem. What is a problem is the story’s slavish adherence to formula which renders not just the outcome but also the preceding plot points achingly predictable.
What’s Your Number?’s R rating and saucy subject matter portend raunch but in truth the film’s humor is actually quite tame save for a handful of filthy lines. For all its flaws the script is not without wit. There just isn’t nearly enough of it.