Thursday, September 18, 2014

Memphis International Fashion Gala

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Syleena Johnson Reveals 'Chapter 6: Couples Therapy' Cover & Tracklisting

( If her previously released singles “Perfectly Worthless” and “My Love” are any indication, Syleena Johnson’s upcoming album Chapter 6: Couples Therapy will be fierce…especially after viewing the cover art and tracklisting!

The opus’ cover photo features a glamorous Syleena in a black, embroidered dress with pointy, haute couture shoulder embellishments. The tracklisting features appearances by Leela James, Dave Hollister and Willie Taylor…good stuff!

Check out the list of tracks below!

1. All This Way For Love
2. Fool’s Gold featuring Leela James
3. Heaven In Hell
4. My Love
5. If I Was Your World
6. Harmony featuring Dave Hollister
7. No Beginner featuring Willie Taylor
8. Boom
9. If You Need To Know
10. Perfectly Worthless
11. Silence
12. Unstoppable
13. I Cut My Hair

No Good Deed’ Wins Weekend Box Office

( Taraji P. Henson fought hard to get No Good Deed made. And her battle paid off. The Sony thriller co-starring a murderous Idris Elba defeated mega movie Guardians of the Galaxy at movie theaters this past weekend. Henson and Elba proved they have major appeal with the box office win.

In No Good Deed, Elba portrays an escaped convict and Henson is the innocent woman he tortures. The flick came in No. 1 earning $24.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. This despite very mixed reviews. But Sony says it was counting on it and Henson recently complained that Hollywood executives underestimate her appeal.

“It’s a movie that we really loved and felt that it was going to win,” said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer. “You have to give it to the cast in Idris and Taraji. Their chemistry together is fantastic.”
There was also the issue of canceled preview press screenings of the film. The night before last week’s scheduled previews, everyone who has RSVP’d (including us here at MadameNoire), received an email that the event had been canceled because filmmakers didn’t want a big “plot twist” to be revealed. That got the side eye with many jumping to the conclusion that they just didn’t want folks to start talking about how bad the movie is.

Moviegoers are clearly paying that no mind. It’s already turned a profit, as it reportedly nearly doubled its budget in its first week of release, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

“It’s the first brand new, post-summer release to really catch on,” he said.

The family friendly Dolphin Tale 2 came in second place with $16.5 million. Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd reprised their roles from the 2011 original.

Guardians dropped to third with $8 million in ticket sales, reports Black America Web. The space adventure had held the No. 1 spot for four weeks and is the top-grossing film of the year domestically so far. It has pulled in more than $300 million in North America and $600 million worldwide.
In fourth was Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $4.8 million, followed by the Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops ( $4.3 million). Finishing up the top ten were (in order):  Crime drama The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini with $4.2 million even though only played in 809 theaters; If I Stay, $4 million ($3.2 million international); The November Man, $2.7 million; The Giver, $2.6 million ($3 million international); and The Hundred-Foot Journey, $2.4 million.

Did you see No Good Deed?

Robin Thicke ‘I Was High on Vicodin & Alcohol’ While Recording Blurred Lines’

( The Hollywood Reporter got hot hold of the April deposition tied to the lawsuit from Marvin Gaye’s family against Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams alleging they used elements of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines” without permission.

While Thicke maintains that the song isn’t stolen, according to his testimony, not only did he lie repeatedly about co-writing the song, he also was in the throes of a serious poll and alcohol addiction when he recorded the single and did the subsequent promotion.

Below is the exchange when the Gayes’ lawyer asks Thicke if he was in the studio when the song was created:

Q: Were you present during the creation of ‘Blurred Lines’?

Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there
Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?

Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that

Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

Later in the deposition, Thicke says he was “high and drunk every time I did an interview last year” and that his honesty issues led to his split with Patton.

Q: Do you consider yourself an honest person?
Thicke: No. That’s why I’m separated. …

Q: Do you pick and choose when to tell the truth?

Thicke: Absolutely not. I told my wife the truth. That’s why she left me.
When asked if he was high or drunk during the deposition, Thicke said he had been off pills for two months, but was still drinking. “When your wife leaves you, it gives you good reason to sober up,” he said.

And he wasn’t just high in the studio. Thicke also admitted during the deposition that he was high when Oprah Winfrey interviewed him for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” — and pretty much every other day, too.

“Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews. … The ‘Oprah’ one I remember because it stands out. It was in the afternoon. … It was actually a Norco (that he took), which is like two Vicodin in one pill. … I was drinking openly in front of everyone, but no, nobody else besides my personal assistant would have known I was taking Vicodin.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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