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Fans of the late Whitney Houston have less than 24 hours to wait for the nationwide release of her final movie, Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Derek Luke. Sparkle is loosely based on the 1976 film starring Irene Cara and Phillip Michael Thomas, about a 1960s girl group loosely based on the Supremes.

The cast is rounded out with a bevy of beautiful women, and supported by handsome men, including Omari Hardwick, 38, who plays Levi. Hardwick says he "goofed around" with Whitney on the set.

He said the set was filled with laughter due to Whitney's practical jokes. "Having fun was a big thing for Whitney," he said.

Sparkle is in theaters today!

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Steve Harvey's best-seller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, is now a big-screen movie with an all-star cast. The movie Think Like A Man will do well in theaters when it's released on April 20, because the one thing black women have in common is trifling black men.

But who raised men to be what they are today?

If women really want to better understand men, we need only to look inside ourselves since men sprang from our loins. The problem women have in relationships has more to do with our way of thinking than with theirs. Most women go into relationships with an unrealistic list of expectations and demands -- when all a man wants is sex and a hot meal when he comes home from work.

Women are quick to demand that men put a ring on it after the dating grace period is up. But what are women doing to earn that ring? Steve Harvey was right: men need loyalty and respect from women. And in return, women will get that protector and provider of their dreams. Thinking like a man won't solve your relationship problems if you refuse to act like a lady.

Do you have the ingredients for the perfect date? Find out if you’ve got smooth moves or if you end up on the flipside of flirty. Go on a virtual date and see if you’ve got what it takes to get that special dessert. You’ll need to use your skills to impress your date and keep them in the prefect mood to make it through each course to get the cookie in the ThinkLikeAMan Virtual Date app. You’ll find out quickly if you think like a man or just act like one.

Click below to download the Think Like A Man Virtual Date app and Let The Games Begin!

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Maria Bello stars as Jane Timoney, a forceful, willful, reckless and brilliant detective who always keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect.

Premieres tomorrow at 10/9c on NBC.

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If you missed Tyler Perry's "Madea’s Big Happy Family" when it was in theaters, you can now own it on DVD & Blu-ray! "Madea’s Big Happy Family" DVD, Blu-ray combo pack, Digital Download, and Movies On Demand are available on August 30!

Actor/director Tyler Perry reprises his signature role as Madea, the sassy, gun-toting matriarch in the movie adaptation of his popular 2010 stage play.

In Lionsgate's "Madea’s Big Happy Family", Madea comes to the aid of his niece Shirley (played by Loretta Divine) who's just been hit with bad news about her health.

Shirley wants to break the sad news to her three grown children, Tammy (Natalie Desselle-Reid), Kimberly (Shannon Kane) and former drug dealer Byron (Shad "Bow Wow" Moss) who is fresh out of prison. But the children are too wrapped up in their own problems to listen to her. So enter Madea, who dispenses healthy doses of tough love to bring the family together

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The new film 'Jumping The Broom' celebrating the joyous tradition of marriage, is in theaters now!

And, just in time for Mother's day, Sony Pictures is giving you an opportunity to create your own personalized Mother's Day eCard for your mom, your family, or that special friend in your life!

'Jumping The Broom' stars Laz Alonso and Paula Patton as a couple whose bond of love is tested when their families from opposite ends of the tracks meet for the fist time for their wedding on Martha's Vineyard.

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'Jumping The Broom' is a new film by director Salim Akil that celebrates the African tradition of jumping the broom to signify a marriage when it wasn't always legal for blacks to marry in the 18th century.

'Jumping The Broom', produced by Tracey Edmonds and Bishop T.D. Jakes, is a romantic comedy that explores today’s difficulty in abstaining from sex until marriage.

Marion "Pooch" Hall of BET's 'The Game' plays Ricky, the best friend of the groom, Jason (Laz Alonzo). And Romeo Miller ("Dancing With The Stars") plays Sebastian, the cousin of the bride, Sabrina (Paula Patton).

Problems crop up for Jason and Sabrina when their two families from opposite ends of the tracks clash on Martha’s Vineyard during their dream weekend wedding.

"Help me Jesus, that boy is fine!," says Shonda (Tasha Smith) after meeting Sebastian, who prefers "a more seasoned woman with a little more experience."

Later, Jason, Ricky, Sebastian and Malcolm (DeRay Davis) get together for an impromptu bachelor party before the wedding. Ricky, Malcolm and Sebastian each take opposing views of what it really means to be a man in this clip from the movie.

'Jumping The Broom' is in theaters May 6th.

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The new Columbia Pictures film 'Jumping the Broom' produced by Tracey Edmonds and Bishop T.D. Jakes is a romantic comedy that explores today's difficulty in abstaining from sex until marriage.

Bishop Jakes fuses religion and comedy to challenge the film's audiences to explore the option of abstinence before marriage.

The film asks the question how easy is it to abstain from sex until you jump the broom? And which guy would make you want to Jump The Broom?

Laz Alonso and Paula Patton play Jason Taylor and Sabrina Watson, a young couple who decide to spend the rest of their lives together in Holy matrimony. But when their two families from opposite ends of the tracks converge on Martha's Vineyard for their dream weekend wedding, problems crop up and threaten to derail the happy event.

After meeting with Bishop Jakes for a counseling session, Taylor makes the decision to abstain from sex until his marriage to Watson.

In addition to abstaining from sex, Watson has to deal with her parents (played by Angela Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell) who have problems in their own marriage and appear on the brink of divorce.

And Taylor faces pressure from his friends who scoff at the idea of abstaining from sex until marriage.

'Jumping The Broom' also stars Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, and Valarie Pettiford.

'Jumping The Broom' opens everywhere on May 6, 2011.

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Watch brand new, back-to-back episodes of the hit sitcom “Are We There Yet?” on TBS tonight at a new time - NINE/EIGHT CENTRAL!

At 9p EST - "The Fall of Troy" Episode: When Troy provokes a school bully, Kevin strikes up a friendship with his tormentor to avoid a beat down. But he soon learns the meaning of real friendship when he finds the courage to stand up for himself. The Fall of Troy was written by Jason Palmer, directed by Ali LeRoi and guest stars Bobb’e J. Thompson ("Let's Stay Together").

At 9:30p ESTThe Pole Dance Episode: After catching Nick watching a racy rap video, Suzanne makes a friendly wager that she can out dance any of the video vixens on the screen. The Pole Dance Episode was written by Royale Watkins and directed by Alfonso Ribeiro ("Fresh Prince of Bel Air")

All-new Tonight @ 9/8c

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The fierce foursome is at it again, bringing viewers their no-holds-barred commentary on the 2011 Academy Awards® Red Carpet fashions.

Tonight @ 10/9c on E!

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From Executive Producer Ice Cube, hit comedy series Are We There Yet? is back with BRAND NEW, back-to-back episodes at 10p and 10:30p (ET/PT) on TBS.

First up at 10p is “The Gold Party Episode”, starring ice Cube; the Kingston-Pearsons family keeps the comedy coming! Since Suzanne (Essence Atkins) always leaves her wedding ring lying around, Nick (Terry Crews) decides to play a joke on her by taking it. But the joke is on Nick when he finds out her ring is a fake!

Should Nick tell his wife the truth about the fake ring he bought her? (WATCH a Sneak preview)

In tonight's 2nd episode at 10:30p -“The Boy Has Style” - Nick and Suzanne suspect that the boy Lindsay (Teala Dunn) likes is not really her type. How will Nick and Suzanne handle the touchy situation of telling their teenage daughter that the boy she likes is just not that into her – or any other girl for that matter?

“The Gold Party Episode”, guest starring Ice Cube, was directed by Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and written by Luisa Leschin.

“The Boy Has Style Episode” was directed by Ali LeRoi and written by Jacqueline McKinley & Antonia March.

It all starts TONIGHT at 10/9c on TBS!

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The family sitcom 'Are We There Yet' is back with brand new episodes tonight featuring guest stars Sandy "Pepa" Denton (of rap duo Salt 'N Pepa) and model/actress Toccara Jones. Pepa plays the part of the new field producer for Terry Crews’s sportscaster character, Nick, and Toccara plays the over-the-top cousin of Suzanne’s best friend.

'Are We There Yet' stars Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and Essence Atkins (Half and Half) who plays his doting wife. Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart are their precocious children, Kevin and Lindsay.

Will Nick's wife Suzanne (Atkins) be jealous of Pepa working so closely with her man? You'll have to tune in tonight and see!

The series co-stars include Keesha Sharp (best known for her role as Monica on Girlfriends) who plays Suzanne's sassy best friend, and recurring characters played by comedian Christian Finnegan, veteran actress Telma Hopkins and special guest star Ice Cube, who also serves as executive producer.

Upcoming episodes will feature celebrities such as comedian Sinbad (Cosby, Resurrection Blvd.), David Rasche (Ugly Betty, Rubicon), former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan, boxer Laila Ali and old school rapper Chubb Rock!

Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) directed tonight's episode.

It all starts TONIGHT at 10 p.m. (9c) on TBS!

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TBS’s hit comedy ARE WE THERE YET? returns with new episodes beginning Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 10 and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).. The series stars Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and Essence Atkins (Half and Half) as a newlywed couple whose blended family faces the challenges of everyday life. Brand new episodes will feature an extraordinary roster of guest stars to keep the comedy sizzling all winter long.

ARE WE THERE YET? Guest stars include comedian and actor Charlie Murphy (Night at the Museum, The Boondocks), who plays the ex-husband of Atkins’ character, Suzanne, in the season opener on Jan. 5; recording artist and actress Sandy “Pepa” Denton (of Rap Duo Salt ‘n’ Pepa), as the new field producer for Terry Crews’ sportscaster character, Nick, on Jan. 12; improv star and television host Wayne Brady (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) as an ad man from Nic’s job who encourages the family to send the children to private school on Jan. 26; and model/actress Toccara Jones (America’s Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show) as an over-the-top cousin of Suzanne’s best friend on Jan. 26.

In episodes slated for February and March, comedian Sinbad (Cosby, Resurrection Blvd.) will play a small claims court judge working out an issue between Nick and Suzanne; David Rasche (Ugly Betty, Rubicon) will guest-star as a weatherman with eyes for Suzanne’s mother; former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan will play a bouncer who gives Nick a hard time; boxer Laila Ali will portray herself. Also appearing will be recording artist Chubb Rock.

After a tremendously successful first season this past summer, ARE WE THERE YET? ranks as basic cable’s #1 sitcom of the year among adults 18-49. It also ranks as television’s #1 scripted series for the year among African-American adults 18-34 and 18-49. Co-starring in the series are Teala Dunn, Coy Stewart and Keesha Sharp (Girlfriends), with recurring characters played by comedian Christian Finnegan, veteran actress Telma Hopkins and special guest star Ice Cube, who also serves as an executive producer.

In addition, actor Alfonso Riberio (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) directed 6 out of 12 of the new episodes airing Wednesday 1/5 through Wednesday 2/9.


Enter to win a brand new Basic Instinct iPAD from Ciara loaded with her Basic Instinct CD and the official videos for "Ride", "Speechless" and "Gimmie Dat."

The new Basic Instinct album is available now in stores and online!


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Music video for the title track off T.I.'s album No Mercy featuring The Dream. No Mercy is in stores tomorrow, Dec. 7!

Check back tomorrow for details on how you can enter to win a Toys"R"Us shopping spree for your little one! He or she can be your child, brother, sister, cousin, it doesn't matter!

10 children will be taken on a *shopping spree at Toys"R"Us, courtesy of T.I., Young Dro, Grand Hustle and Atlantic Records!

Make sure you buy the album tomorrow for your chance to win!

*Contest is open to readers in the Atlanta or surrounding areas. If your child wins, he or she must be present at the Toys"R"Us location to go on the shopping spree (more on that tomorrow).

Rapper Fabolous is the latest celebrity to join the Louis Stewart movement! Here he is wearing a custom grey python skin Jet Pack. The wildly popular Jet Pack is the newest addition to the Exclusive Louis Stewart Collection.

All Fab could say when he saw the Louis Stewart Jet Pack was "Just throw it in the Bag!!! The Louis Stewart Jet Packs retail for $2,500 and are available by custom order only. There are a variety of colors, skins and fabrics to choose from.


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Our Exclusive contest for the Takers private Atlanta screening and after party was a success and the winners have been chosen by none other than the King of the South himself!

Many thanks to rapper/actor Tip "T.I." Harris for taking the time out of his busy schedule to personally select 5 winners from the family to attend the Atlanta private screening of his new movie Takers and the star-studded after party tomorrow!

You'll have to watch the video to see if you won!

Remember, the comment number that T.I. announces corresponds to the name of the reader in the contest post here.

If your comment number is called, email me as soon as possible at sandra @ (without the spaces) to be placed on the VIP list.

For those who can't view the video, highlight the area below this text:


Special thanks to Tip Harris, Hannah Kang (GM of Grand Hustle); Sony Screen Gems, Rainforest Films, Remy Martin, Grand Hustle, MusicBusinessPolitics and Elliot Carter!

In case you missed it, the TAKERS Hollywood red carpet premiere was live on Ustream tonight. I grabbed some screen shots for you guys to hold you over until the real pics are uploaded to the Internet in the morning.

Troubled singer chris brown was dissed hard by the fans at the Hollywood premiere of TAKERS. As you know, he's one of the stars in the movie.

When cb arrived on the red carpet, the normally boisterous fans fell silent. At first I thought something was wrong with my monitor!

Don't forget, the party continues at 1 AM right here with another LIVE Ustream broadcast from inside the VIP after party! Keri Hilson will be performing, as well as T.I. and chris brown.

But I'll be knocked out by then.

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Popular comedian (and now Louis Stewart spokesman) Alex Thomas writes:

Hey Sandra hope all is well, it's Alex Thomas. Geat news!!!! Usher's artist & Pop Superstar Justin Bieber Loves The Louis Stewart Collection!! Here he is backstage at his concert in LA rockin his custom Purple Suede Louis Stewart Jet pack! Sandra we appreciate you & all the people that Support The louis Stewart Collection....... We love the haters also!!! We actually found out that HATERS ARE THE GREATEST PROMOTERS!!!!!! So to all the haters........... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!



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Fox Searchlight Pictures' Our Family Wedding, starring Lance Gross and America Ferrera, comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray today. Our Family Wedding centers around a loving couple, Marcus (Gross) and Lucia (Ferrera) who are oblivious to the reactions that their respective fathers would have to their wedding. The dads, played humorously by Forrest Whitaker (Brad) and standup comic Carlos Mencia (Miguel) tackles the black and Latino prejudices that exists in our communities, as well as the class differences; Brad's family is wealthy, while Lucia's family is working class.

In Our Family Wedding, Brad and Lucia learn the hard way that the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife. When they return from college and suddenly announce their marriage plans, they soon discover that their fathers - two highly competitive over-the-top egos - can wreak a major amount of havoc on their special day. With insults flying and tempers running high, it's anyone's guess if the alpha dads will survive to make it down the aisle in one piece.

Luxury soft luggage designer Louis Stewart announces his new line of Louis Stewart caps and hats. Here are NBA Superstar Chris Paul and rapper Big Boi rockin' their new Black on Black Cashmere Wool Louis Stewart Caps. The caps and hats are available in a multitude of materials and colors. They retail for an affordable $300. GET YOURS.

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