Actress Gabrielle Union is the cover girl for Women’s Health magazine’s latest issue.
The 46-year-old movie star talks about her fitness routines, her surrogacy journey, as well as how she has been able to stay on top of her game for decades.
Read excerpts below.
On her fertility problems: “There’s nothing more that I wanted than to cook my own baby…the idea of it felt like surrendering to failure.”
On maintaining an active lifestyle: “I need sun. I need Vitamin D on my face. Give me a trail, a park, a walk down the street with the dogs, a breeze, rain. I’ll go hike. I’ll get a lawn chair and sit outside my trailer so I’m not trapped inside.”
On choosing a surrogate for her daughter: “Some people care about the race, religion, or food habits of their surrogate. I was like, ‘I want a reader.’”
On how it was tough to overcome the public opinions: “People want to see the bump, hear that you got hemorrhoids—they want to know you’re like them. I was like, ‘This is going to seem like the most Hollywood sh*t ever. Will I be embraced as a mom?’ It’s terrifying.”
On the birth of her daughter: “I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is my baby. I wanted to fight everybody in that room for various reasons and no reason.”
Read the interview here.
Johnson Named Forbes’ Highest Earning Male Actor Of The Year.
Dwayne Johnson has been named Hollywood’s highest paid male actor for the second year in a row.
According to Forbes, the former wrestler has earned an estimated $89.4m in the last 12 months thanks to roles in Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, action thriller Skyscraper and his HBO comedy Ballers, which makes him $700,000 an episode. A large portion of his wealth is down to a lucrative back-end deal that sees him earning up to 15% of the box office from his films.
The star will also pick up his biggest upfront payday to date with Jumanji: The Next Level earning him $23.5m. Next year will also see him star with Emily Blunt in Disney adventure Jungle Cruise.
Johnson is followed by Avengers stars Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr in second and third positions, respectively. Hemsworth netted a reported $76.4m for his Marvel work and his role in Sony’s commercially misfiring reboot Men in Black: International while Downey Jr was close behind with $66m.
Other Marvel stars on the top 10 include Bradley Cooper in sixth with $57m, Chris Evans in eighth with $43.5m and Paul Rudd in ninth with $41m. For Cooper only 10% of his earnings came from Marvel, with the majority stemming from A Star is Born. The actor-director forfeitted an upfront salary and instead bet on a back-end deal which paid off: the film earned $435m worldwide and earned him $40m.
While the list is dominated by American stars, Indian-born Canadian actor Akshay Kumar has taken the fourth position thanks to Hindi-language hits Kesari and Mission Mangal. Jackie Chan is also in fifth place thanks to international co-productions such as Viy 2: Journey to China co-starring Charles Dance and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The list also includes Adam Sandler, who continues to profit from his deal with Netflix, and Will Smith, who recently starred in the Disney hit Aladdin.
Reeves To Return For The Matrix 4.
Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. Sources say the film is eyed to begin production at the top of 2020.
Warner Bros. has been trying for the last of couple years to find a way to get back into “The Matrix” universe, but a hold-up over producing rights slowed the project down. Over the past couple of months, the studio saw an opportunity to ramp up development, with Reeves boasting a strong summer that included box office hits “John Wick 3” and “Toy Story 4″ and a script from Wachowski that drummed up excitement.
Plot details are currently unknown, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. Some sources say the role may be recast for a younger take.
The three previous films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly, and starred Reeves and Moss.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.
The first “Matrix” had its 20th anniversary this year, marked by special screenings at select AMC locations starting on Aug. 30.
Wachowski is represented by WME, Circle of Confusion and attorney Peter Grossman. Reeves is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Moss is represented by WME, longtime manager Elizabeth Hodgson and attorney Bob Lange.
The 10 Best Family Movies To Watch With The Kids.
Curling up on the sofa with your loved ones for a fun family movie is a decades-old tradition. There really are few things nicer than settling down in front of the television, snacks in hand, for a film that everyone – young and old – can enjoy.
However, finding the perfect movie, one that suits parents and children alike, can be a daunting task. On the one hand, you don’t want to sit through an obnoxious children's movie that been produced by a corporate marketing team with the sole purpose of making your young'uns obsess over getting their latest toy. On the other, you don’t want to prematurely introduce your offspring to Terminator, thus giving them Arnold Schwarzenegger-shaped nightmares for the next fortnight.
Luckily, there are an amazing number of movies, both live-action and animated, that appeal to viewers of all ages – movies that will entertain the kids while either sparking childlike nostalgia in your cold, hardened adult heart, or have you snickering at clever innuendo while your children stare at you quizzically.
Making a definitive list of the best family films is impossible, because, thankfully, people’s taste is vastly different. Plus, we could have been easily filled this purely with Disney’s animated catalogue and Pixar movies (save for Cars). Instead, we have tried to showcase the wonderful variety of family cinema available to you, showcasing movies from around the world and spanning over eight decades.
We have included multiple genres, from silly comedies to dramatic and even horror-tinged entries for older kids, and tried to include only one entry from a franchise of films (even though several might have a legitimate claim for a spot on the list) in order to ensure maximum diversification.
The Lion King (1994)
The movie: Young lion cub Simba will one day take over his father Mufasa’s kingdom. However, Simba’s uncle Scar has his eye on the throne, and in a vicious game of deceit, Mufasa is killed and Simba blamed for his father’s death. Little Simba flees the kingdom and finds friendship in the happy-go-lucky Timon and Pumbaa. In his absence, the kingdom crumbles into despair, but when Simba’s childhood friend Nala finds him by accident, he’ll have to decide whether to continue his carefree life or return, clear his name and save his father’s kingdom.
Why the family will love it: While the 2019 remake might showcase a visually technical achievement, it pales in comparison to the original Disney version when it comes to storytelling, emotion and pure sense of adventure. Not afraid to feature darkness and loss, The Lion King plays with the heart strings of both children and adults in an epic drama that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Shrek 2 (2004)
The movie: After returning from their honeymoon, ogres Shrek and Fiona are planning to settle down in their little hut in the middle of the swamp. However, when Fiona’s royal parents receive news of her marriage, they invite the newlyweds to visit their palace in Far Far Away. With Donkey in tow, and a new companion in Puss in Boots, a new adventure quickly unfolds for our heroes. The quiet family life will have to wait.
Why the family will love it: The original Shrek was great fun, yet its stream of pop-culture references have not aged particularly well. Shrek 2, though, is still as good today as when it came out. Great vocal performances from the whole cast are led by the introduction of the franchise’s greatest character, Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots. Shrek 2 has a wholesome message at its heart, too, and combined with a mix of humour, action and great music choices, it makes for a great family movie night.
The Incredibles (2004)
The movie: Bob and Helen Parr have three children and live in a nondescript suburb. Bob works in insurance and Helen is a dutiful housewife. However, they have a secret past: they used to be the superheroes Mr Incredible and Elastigirl, fighting baddies and saving the world on a weekly basis before superheroes were banned and forced to go into hiding. Bob, nostalgic for his past glory, sees an opportunity to don the supersuit again, but this time it puts his whole family in danger.
Why the family will love it: Along with the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises of the early-noughties, The Incredibles ignited a fire in children’s hearts around the world, and that fire is being stoked and nurtured still today by several superhero films every year. The Incredibles riffs perfectly on ‘60s spy movies for a stylish, adrenaline-filled adventure. And if you’re worried it might be ‘scary’ for tiny tots, take it from this writer: yours truly’s son has watched this and Incredibles 2 approximately once a week since well before his third birthday.
The movie: After a tragedy took his wife and all but one of his children, clownfish Marlin is constantly overprotective of his son, baby Nemo. Despite his best efforts, Nemo is caught by a fisherman, who takes the little clownfish back to his fish tank in Australia. As a result, Marlin is forced to undertake a journey more epic than any clownfish has ever undertaken, helped along by the forgetful Dory and a succession of unlikely allies. But can he overcome the staggering odds and find his dear Nemo again?
Why the family will love it: Finding Nemo shows the love parents can hold for their child, and the lengths to which they will go for them. It’s perfectly paced, the movie filled with great designed and funny characters. Also, Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory might be the greatest fish character ever written.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The movie: Young Kansas girl Dorothy suffers an accident and finds herself transported to a magical technicolour world filled with exotic and whimsical characters, many of whom share characteristics with her family and friends. A shimmering emerald city on the horizon could hold the answers to all her questions, and, if she's lucky, show her the way back to Kansas...
Why the family will love it: The Wizard of Oz will likely to elicit the same sense of wonder to a kid born in this last decade as it did when it came out. You can bring every generation of your family together for this one, and follow that yellow-brick road down memory lane.
The movie: Resourceful ‘street rat’ Aladdin lives day-to-day with his monkey, Abu, stealing food while dreaming of the high life inside the palace walls. At the same time, Princess Jasmine feels suffocated by the pressure to find a suitable partner and dreams of freedom. Thanks to the plotting vizier Jafar, who has his eye on Jasmine, a magical lamp inhabited by a powerful genie and a spiralling game of deceit, the two suddenly find their fates intertwined in a musical adventure.
Why the family will love it: One of the films that kickstarted Disney’s golden age in the 1990s, Aladdin is still as funny, exciting and accessible today. It has perhaps the second-greatest Disney villain ever in Scar, and Robin Williams’ performance as the Genie is worthy of eternal praise. The live-action remake is fun, but nothing will beat the 1992 original.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
The movie: We’re putting the movie that started the phenomena on this list, but really all eight movies are essential watching for kids of all ages. Harry Potter, an orphaned boy with magical powers, starts attending Hogwarts, a magical school for young wizards and witches. Once there, he realises his destiny is of the rather dramatic ilk, as he is the only person in the world who can possibly defeat the evil Lord Voldemort, who is plotting to defeat the forces of good in the world and rule it himself.
Why the family will love it: Watching the franchise together from start to finish is a wonderful journey for a family to take together. Whether that’s introducing each movie to your kid at the same age as Harry is in the story, or doing one movie a week or month, it’s got adventurous thrills and a classic battle of good vs evil.
Jurassic Park (1993)
The movie: An eccentric millionaire spares no expense creating the world’s most unique theme park, filling it with real dinosaurs. When a group of scientists, as well as a lawyer and two members of the park’s "key demographic" – kids – go on a test ride through the park, things quickly go very, very wrong. Scattered around the park, with no help on the way, they have to fight for their lives. And even when they think they have found safety, danger still lurks...
Why the family will love it: This one’s definitely not for the youngest kids, but (with adult supervision) Jurassic Park is a fantastic family experience. Featuring real horror-like thrills right from the opening hook, Spielberg's masterpiece still appeals to ten-year-olds the world over.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The movie: A classic adaptation of a classic folktale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells the story of a beautiful princess, Snow White, who is forced to flee her kingdom as her jealous stepmother – a witch who can’t handle being only the second-prettiest woman in the realm. Finding refuge among seven friendly dwarfs, she is still relentlessly pursued by the witch, who will stop at nothing to end Snow White once and for all...
Why the family will love it: Out of all Disney’s early classics, none are as accomplished as Snow White. It set a new bar for animation and has been endlessly referenced, imitated and satirised. This version of the tale of Snow White, though, has never been topped. The oldest film on our list, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is now just over eight decades old, but it’s still a classic movie for the entire family. Just take the gender roles with a grain of salt.
The movie: Restless teenage girl Moana has wanted to explore the oceans since she was a toddler, but any journeying out beyond the reef around her island is strictly forbidden by her father, the tribal chief. However, when the islanders’ coconut and fish sources run dry at the same time, she sets out on a voyage in secret. Out on the ocean, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who reluctantly becomes her mentor, teaching her to become a master wayfinder. On their journey, they fight enormous monsters on a quest that seems almost impossibly hard, but will do more than just fulfil her mission if successful: it could help both of them find themselves too.
Why the family will love it: Big in scale, gorgeously designed, and filled with great songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is perhaps Disney’s finest recent animated hit. The heroine of the story, tribe leader-in-training Moana, has also provided inspiration for young girls and boys the world over, while the setting has ignited interest in the history and culture of Hawai’i and Polynesia.
Wesley Snipes, Rick Ross, Michael Blackson join ‘Coming to America’ Sequel.
Eddie Murphy’s highly anticipated sequel to his hit ’80s comedy “Coming 2 America” has added Wesley Snipes to the cast that already includes Arsenio Hall and comedian Michael Blackson.
The original film follows Murphy as Prince Akeem from the fictional African nation, Zamunda, as he sets off on a journey to Queens, New York, to find a wife. This time around, Akeem will return to America 30 years later with hopes of finding his long-lost son.
Snipes will play General Izzi, the ruler of the fictional African nation that borders Akeem’s kingdom. As we previously announced, Arsenio is reprising his role of Akeem’s best friend, Semmi.
“Coming to America” also starred James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. Jones will be reprising his role as King Jaffe Joffer and Deadline reports that 4x Grammy-nominated actor Rick Ross has joined that cast with Paul Bates returning as Oha.
“Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer is set to helm the project. Kenya Barris is re-writing a previous draft of the sequel script from original “Coming to America” writers, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, per comicbook.com.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward. We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen,” Murphy said in a statement.
Barris added: “Craig’s ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life. From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”
“Coming 2 America” is expected to open in August 2020.
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