Rest in Paradise: Anne Meara, one half of ‘Stiller & Meara’ and mother of Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen), Passes Away

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Comedy great and mother of actors Ben and Amy Stiller, Anne Meara died at age 85 on Saturday, her family said. Anne Meara was married to fellow actor Jerry Stiller, for 61 years and worked together almost just as long.

Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, to parents of Irish-Catholic descent. She studied under acting teacher Uta Hagen and aspired to become a “serious” actor in the tradition of Maureen Stapleton and Kim Stanley.

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Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) Tapped to Join Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) & Michelle Monaghan (@realmonoghan) in “Sleepless Nights!”

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Get yo’ checks Gabby! Fresh off starring as Chris Rock’s fiance in “Top 5″ and in between taping her hit show Being Mary Jane and being the wife of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union is keeping herself busy.

The project, “Sleepless Nights” which is a remake of the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche,” directed by Frédéric Jardin, centers on a character named Vincent Downs (played by Jamie Foxx), described as a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop, who races to save his son’s life, when gangsters kidnap him for a shipment of cocaine Downs stole from them, all while Internal Affairs is investigating him. Monaghan plays officer Jennifer Bryant, who is an Internal Affairs agent investigating Downs who ultimately has to decide which side of the law he’s on.

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Batman at The Prom? Find out which Celebrity Kid went to His Prom as The Dark Knight!

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Batman is arguably the most popular superhero on the planet. His self-made abilities and humanity make him one of comic’s most realistic and relatable characters. The Dark Knight’s reach extends far beyond the pages of any DC comic book to movies, posters, tattoos, and now it seems even the high school prom! One Celebrity Kid went so far as to go to his prom as The Caped Crusader and I have to say I am very impressed!

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Well Said! Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) “Torches The Color Line” and Racism!

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It is a new day–and a more diverse one. Which is why it comes at such a surprise that a great actor like Michael B. Jordan has been met with such racist mantra and outrage over his casting as the new Human Torch in this year’s reboot of Fantastic Four. Honestly, now that we think about it this is not a surprise. Just think about the barrage of racism Amandla Stenberg for being cast as Rue in The Hunger Games, Tyrese when he hinted be the new Green Lantern, or Quvenzhane Wallis for Annie. 

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Michael B. Jordan, however, is no longer let these nasty nay sayers get to him. Via Entertainment Weekly  he penned an amazing response to those to small minded to see the power in his character:

You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.

Kudos, Michael! Kudos!

Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) Wants To Create a Fitness Empire!

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Eva Longoria is more than a former “Desperate Housewife” – she wants to launch her own fitness empire; complete with series of diet and fitness DVDs.

Eva, who owns her own Mexican restaurant is reportedly eager to create a series of diet and fitness DVDs targeted at Hispanic women. A source close to the actress said: “Eva noticed that there is a major lack of health resources for Latinas. So she wants to work with chefs at her Beso restaurant to produce a series of video segments about diet and nutrition in addition to creating her own Jane Fonda-like exercise videos.”

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Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) Puts Career as An Actress First!

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Laverne Cox, the Orange is The New Black star and LGBT activist, has admitted she puts her career as an actress over her beliefs because she loves being an artist.

Earlier this month while speaking at a screening of her series Orange is The New Black in Hollywood, she said: The work of being an artist is about… it’s not about being politically correct. It’s not always about making people happy. It’s not about always being careful what you say, and I love that space of being an artist, and that is what I always prioritize.”

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The new starlet added that she has struggled to adapt since finding fame on the show and still isn’t used to the platform it has given her to express her views. “I’m learning… At the end of the day, I understand that I’m just a storyteller. Even in my advocacy. I’m really telling stories.”

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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Kimora Lee Simmons (@OfficialKimora) leaves Just Fab (@JustFabOnline)!

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According to website WWD, Kimora Lee Simmons has cut ties with online shoe store, Just Fabulous (Just Fab). She reportedly stepped down as creative director of the company to work on fully developing her high-end line called, KLS Kimora Lee Simmons.

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Was the decision a good move for Kimora? Probably.

Let’s look at history.

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