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Ga Ga: Former Rent Star Antonique Smith Goes from Mimi Valdez to Faith Evans in Notorious

One of Blindie's favorite Broadway stars Antonique Smith (right), who played Mimi Valdez in the musical hit Rent, is jumping to the big screen as Faith Evans (left) in Notorious. The upcoming biopic, which chronicles the life and death of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), stars Angela Bassett as Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur, and unknown actor Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G. The highly-anticipated film hits theaters on January 16.
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GIMME FIVE: Actresses Who Should Replace Beyonce in Eartha Kitt Biopic

As previously reported, pop diva Beyonce Knowles will portray Eartha Kitt in a recently greenlit biopic of the late singer's life. Kitt, who died on Christmas day at age 81, expressed her disapproval of the "Bootylicious" singer's casting in her life story. "I do not think I have quite the derriere of Beyonce," she said. And we believe such a legend deserves a real actress with real talent beyond singing. Here are Blindie's top five actresses who can do Miss Earth Kitt justice: Thandie Newton She was cheated in casting last year when Angelina Jolie was cast as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart ---a role Blindie felt was a match-made for the Brit talent. But Kitt could earn Newton a call from Oscar Taraji P. Henson She's gaining critical acclaim and a SAG award nomination for her role opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Although she consistently supports leading men, we think she would be a strong choice as Kitt. Halle Berry She definitely did Dorothy Dandridge justice on cable TV....plus Kitt herself said, "Give me Halle Berry instead!" Robin Givens We should follow up her film comeback in Tyler Perry's A Family That Preys with a hefty role as the purring singer-actress. Plus, with Berry, she starred with Kitt opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992's Boomerang! Zoe Saldana Having seen her be the "girl-to-get" in many flicks, it's time that Star Trek's Uhura tests her acting chops with a heftier role. Maybe she could pull a Marion Cotillard--who nabbed the Oscar playing much-older legend Edith Piaf.
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At the Movies: Oliver Stone’s Official W Trailer Finally Hits the Web

Risk-taking film director Oliver Stone is making a ballsy move with his upcoming President George W. Bush biopic W. And the final trailer has finally hit the web! Starring Josh Brolin (Pres. Dubya), Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice), Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush), Richard Dreyfuss (Dick Cheney) and Jeffrey Wright (Gen. Colin Powell), W. is the first film about a president still in office.
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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Ga Ga: Former Rent Star Antonique Smith Goes from Mimi Valdez to Faith Evans in Notorious

One of Blindie's favorite Broadway stars Antonique Smith (right), who played Mimi Valdez in the musical hit Rent, is jumping to the big screen as Faith Evans (left) in Notorious. The upcoming biopic, which chronicles the life and death of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), stars Angela Bassett as Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur, and unknown actor Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G. The highly-anticipated film hits theaters on January 16.
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GIMME FIVE: Actresses Who Should Replace Beyonce in Eartha Kitt Biopic

As previously reported, pop diva Beyonce Knowles will portray Eartha Kitt in a recently greenlit biopic of the late singer's life. Kitt, who died on Christmas day at age 81, expressed her disapproval of the "Bootylicious" singer's casting in her life story. "I do not think I have quite the derriere of Beyonce," she said. And we believe such a legend deserves a real actress with real talent beyond singing. Here are Blindie's top five actresses who can do Miss Earth Kitt justice: Thandie Newton She was cheated in casting last year when Angelina Jolie was cast as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart ---a role Blindie felt was a match-made for the Brit talent. But Kitt could earn Newton a call from Oscar Taraji P. Henson She's gaining critical acclaim and a SAG award nomination for her role opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Although she consistently supports leading men, we think she would be a strong choice as Kitt. Halle Berry She definitely did Dorothy Dandridge justice on cable TV....plus Kitt herself said, "Give me Halle Berry instead!" Robin Givens We should follow up her film comeback in Tyler Perry's A Family That Preys with a hefty role as the purring singer-actress. Plus, with Berry, she starred with Kitt opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992's Boomerang! Zoe Saldana Having seen her be the "girl-to-get" in many flicks, it's time that Star Trek's Uhura tests her acting chops with a heftier role. Maybe she could pull a Marion Cotillard--who nabbed the Oscar playing much-older legend Edith Piaf.
Read More

At the Movies: Oliver Stone’s Official W Trailer Finally Hits the Web

Risk-taking film director Oliver Stone is making a ballsy move with his upcoming President George W. Bush biopic W. And the final trailer has finally hit the web! Starring Josh Brolin (Pres. Dubya), Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice), Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush), Richard Dreyfuss (Dick Cheney) and Jeffrey Wright (Gen. Colin Powell), W. is the first film about a president still in office.
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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