Okay, so we know this post is long overdue, but we were so caught up with all of the drama on Empire that we forgot to weigh in on it. So, without further ado, here is a round-up of the five things Blindie loves about Lee Daniels’ Empire, besides the obvious -like Cookie, and Gabourey … Read more
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but outright copying in the media industry can smell of desperation!
For its April issue, the voice of Black women in America, Essence magazine, has (from the looks of it) stolen the annual age issue concept from Glamour—even completely translating their three-actresses-of-varying-ages cover concept.
For their age issue, Essence recruited 27-year-old tennis star Serena Williams, 53-year-old supermodel Iman and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson. See past examples of original Glamour covers from 2007 and 2008 below.
“I was sound asleep thanks to Pinot Noir, and the phone rings at 5:30 a.m.” she recalls to People.com. “I knew why it was ringing, so I woke up screaming and it wasn’t a nightmare!”
“I wasn’t expecting anything. All I expect is for my work to touch people, to move and inspire people. That’s all I expect,” she added. “I don’t get into the award stuff so this is just icing on the cake!”
“This is the highest honor for what I do in this industry,” Henson said. “Think about it, for the rest of my career I will be known as ‘Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson.’ That changes everything!”
Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire nabbed 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader), Taraji P. Henson (Best Supporting Actress in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their acting work.
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After nabbing a SAG award nomination for her supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Taraji P. Henson revealed her secret to falling in love with an reverse-aging robotic doll.
“I knew that the moment Queenie saw Benjamin, she had to fall in love with him right away, because if she didn’t, the audience wouldn’t,” Henson, 38, tells Entertainment Weekly.
“So I stared at that little ugly animatronic baby,” she added of her role as Brad Pitt’s adopted mother. “I stared at it so much that after a while I thought it was cute!”
EW says the actress, best-known for her role in 2005’s Hustle & Flow, is a huge contender and on the “short list” for a supporting actress Oscar award.
Original posters for the buzzworthy film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have surfaced online, as producers campaign for Oscar.
The new posters, which are vastly more telling in terms of the film’s story line of a tale of a man aging backward, features Taraji P. Henson holding an aged infant in her hands.
While producers have yet to comment on their decision to shelve the dramatic image for the more movie star friendly, yet vague shot of stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, Blindie can’t help but to wonder if it was just modesty or money or possibly race that resulted in their poster switch.
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:
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.
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!
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.