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Reel Talk May 16
By Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor
Published May 17, 2013


Oh No, not again! Another Hollywood filmmaker has made a movie that has parlayed the dreaded N word into the script.

Director Baz Luhrmann not only enlisted Jay-Z to oversee the soundtrack to his remake of “The Great Gatsby,” but also used the rapper’s music to get his actors in the right frame of mind on set.

The Aussie-born filmmaker describes one party scene where he needed his actors to lose all restraint and get buck wild — but it just wasn’t happening.

“We were about 20 or 30 minutes away from wrapping and I go, ‘We still haven’t got that wild party feel,” Luhrmann recalled during a recent presser to promote the film. “We wanted to go there but we weren’t quite sure how to.”

Luhrman ultimately decided to play some music in the background, in hopes that it would loosen up the scene.

“I ran around and had a little chat with everyone – little whispers – I said, ‘We’ve got 20 minutes left, let’s just turn all the cameras on and go for it,’” he said.

The director started things off by piping in some jazz music, but that wasn’t doing the job either.”

When he hit the speakers with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s track “Ni**as in Paris,” which he refers to as ‘N.I.P’ that canned it. Perhaps we should also can the film?


Cee Lo Green is heading back to TV as the star of his own reality series.

The singer and former coach on NBC’s “The Voice” will headline his own unscripted program for TBS called “The Cee Lo Life,” scheduled to air next year.

The six-episode series will feature Green as he strives to balance his recording and producing commitments, all while planning a comeback with his former hip-hop group Goodie Mob.

TBS executive Michael Wright told The Hollywood Reporter, “With his distinctive voice, winning personality and remarkable ability to tap into a wide range of musical styles, Cee Lo Green has risen to the top of the music industry.

“This new TBS series will give viewers the chance to get to know Cee Lo Green, who is without a doubt one of the hardest working men in show business. ‘The Cee Lo Life’ is certain to be a smart, fun and funny journey packed with a lot of great music.”

Green was one of the original mentors on “The Voice” but sat out season four to concentrate on his music career and Las Vegas residency. He was replaced by Usher, but has vowed to take back his spinning chair for the series’ next season.


Comedian and actress Mo’Nique told radio station Hot 97 about her weight loss and her journey and how shoe got Mo So Slim. The trimming was a three-year ordeal that precluded her from gobbling some of her favorite food.

Mo’Nique spoke of not being able to go back to eating certain foods;

“I was a food junkie.”

Food addiction is just as powerful and dangerous as drug and alcohol addictions and in most situations it’s the person who has the addiction who doesn’t realize they are addicted.


Tyler Perry’s non-Madea flick “Peeples” bombed, at the box office. 

If only they could’ve found a way to put Madea in it maybe it would have enough juice to be a winner at the box office.

Speaking of which, “Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples” took in only $4.8 million, well below expectations for a film with low expectations to begin with, according to theWrap.

Kerry Washington, who stars in the ABC TV drama “Scandal,” starred in the film along with Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier. Tina Gordon Chism made her directorial debut on “Peeples,” an African-American meet-the-parents comedy set in the Hamptons.

Perry’s films have made more than $400 million globally and on average opened to more than $20 million in the U.S., but he only produced on this project. Most of the time, he directs and often stars, frequently as his female alter ego Madea.

Oh well. On the upside, the film’s production costs only set Perry and distributor Lionsgate back $15 million.

Kerry Washington, however, is still a winner in Hollywood. She of course had a key role in the smash “Django Unchained” and her ABC series, “Scandal’” has been renewed for another season.

In case you’re wondering who came out on top in this past weekend’s box office, here’s the rankings according to

1. “Iron Man 3,” $72.5 million ($89.3 million international).

2. “The Great Gatsby,” $51.1 million.

3. “Pain and Gain,” $5 million.

4. “Peeples,” $4.9 million.

5. “42,” $4.7 million.

6. “Oblivion,” $3.9 million ($11.7 million international).

7. “The Croods,” $3.6 million ($17.3 million international).

8. “The Big Wedding,” $2.5 million ($2 million international).

9. “Mud,” $2.4 million.

10. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $802,000.

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