Grammy winner Ashanti joins the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about her role in “Stuck,” a movie musical about strangers from different backgrounds who use music to confront their differences.
Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles and Mercedes Ruehl are also in the cast. The film is being directed by Lorene Scafaria.
The movie, originally set up at Annapurna as “The Hustlers at Scores,” is inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler. It’s set in New York City in the wake of the financial crisis and follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Will Packer’s ‘Little’ bumps “Hellboy” from the number #2 spot.
In the latest box office news, Ticket sales for “Hellboy” weren’t enough to secure it second place on box office charts. That honor went to “Little,” a body-swap comedy about a tech mogul (Regina Hall) who transforms back into the 13-year-old version of herself (Marsai Martin) just before a major work presentation. Despite mixed reviews, it generated $15 million when it launched in 2,667 locations. That marks a solid debut, considering Universal spent $20 million to produce “Little.” “Little” also began its international rollout this weekend, grossing $1.9 million from 11 foreign markets.
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The singer dropped by The Breakfast Club to talk about her new single ‘Medicine,’ as well as her upcoming movie Hustlers. The movie, which she’s filming now in New York City, follows “a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.” JLo is also producing the movie, which co-stars her fellow Bronx native Cardi B.
As for why she decided to take on the role, she said she just “felt like it was a really gritty, good role for me.” She went on to say it’s a “really scary” for her, as well, because she’s “never really exposed” herself “in that way” before. JLo also spoke about how she personally reached out to Cardi to ask her to appear in the film. “I said ‘it’s not something you have to go out and get an acting coach for, it’s your natural, like, who you are. That’s all you have to do,'” she explained. Cardi also offered up some firsthand information about the world of stripping.
When asked about that thirsty comment her ex-boyfriend Diddy left on her Instagram a few months ago, JLo revealed Diddy privately apologized to A-Rod after the former baseball player called him out. “Just so you guys know, he wrote Alex after that. He was like ‘I didn’t mean anything by it. I have nothing but respect for you guys. I’m so happy for you guys,'” she said.
“We were boyfriend and girlfriend when we were little. That was so long ago. It was a different type of relationship…we were kids,” JLo said of her relationship with the rapper. When Envy pointed out that A-Rod still immediately checked Diddy, JLo laughed and said “no, no, no he doesn’t play. He’s a crazy Dominican. He will…No. Do not disrespect that man.”
Also, She address Jose Canseco‘s claims that A-Rod was cheating on her with Canseco’s ex-wife. “It doesn’t matter. I know what the truth is. I know who he is. He knows who I am. We’re just happy. We’re not going to let other people come out and tell us what our relationship is. We know what our relationship is,” she said.
Issa Rae was nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her starring role in the critically-acclaimed HBO series, “Insecure.” She is also the show’s creator and executive producer. In her new movie, “Little,” Rae portrays April, the assistant to a demanding tech mogul. Rae joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss her role and finding her voice. She also describes the “devastating loss” of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Black-ish star Marsai Martin is the youngest executive producer of a studio film, with the upcoming Little, in which she also stars, and the teenager this year became the youngest person to get a first-look deal at any studio in recent memory, with her Genius Productions Company inking a pact with Universal.
The 14-year-old opened up about the idea behind Little and her life as a young producer when she visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday.
“Long story short, you know when your parents tell you all these things about what their favorite movies were growing up. One of them was Big starring Tom Hanks,” she said. “I was watching it and that’s when I was thinking, ‘What if we do this with a modern perspective? Give it a fresh take and make it more our time and have it a female empowerment- all black women cast.'”
While in Big a child turns into an adult, Little, which also stars Issa Rae and Regina Hall, follows an adult that reverts back to a child.
Martin added that it wasn’t difficult to play an adult stuck in a teenager’s body. “The character was kind of made for me,” she said.
She also opened up about her production company, in which she has the corner office. “It’s in a hidden place that no one knows where we are,” she said about the company’s office location. “It’s our creative space.”
The company has six or seven employees that she hired with the help of her parents, she said. Martin works as the CEO, while her father is the president and her mother is the vice president. She clarified that she is the boss, though they are still her parents and she has to respect them. “It’s everyone’s money I guess, but I’m making it,” she said. “We work as a family.”
Kimmel later asked if she ever tried to fire her parents. “No. If I ever did that, I don’t know what would happen next,” she said.
Martin explained that while she’s the boss of her parents in the office, they are her bosses everywhere else. “As soon as we’re done in the office and we get home, it’s like, ‘Do your homework,'” she said.