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Gabrielle Union shared a shocking secret that explains why the "Bring It On" trailer is so different from the movie.

For years, fans of Bring It On wondered why certain scenes in the trailer were left out of the movie.

Now Gabrielle explains that the scenes were not in the movie because they were shot after the movie wrapped.

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Gabrielle played "Isis," the head cheerleader of the Clovers, a Black cheerleading squad from Compton that takes on a team from an affluent school in the cheerleading championship.

The cult classic also starred the late Natina Reed and Shamari DeVoe as the Clovers and Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, and Jesse Bradford as the rival cheerleaders who lose the title to the more talented Clovers.

"Story time!," Gabby said at the beginning of a now-viral TikTok video, that featured clips from the trailer.

"So, we shot these snippets that you see here after the movie wrapped, because once test-audiences saw the movie they wanted more of the Clovers. We shot these [scenes] only for the trailer, not for the movie, to make people think we were in the movie more than we were. The end."

Over 2 million viewers watched the Tiktok video.

Watch the Tiktok video and movie trailer below.


 

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Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died at age 94. His death was confirmed by the office of the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

TMZ reports the circumstances surrounding his death were not disclosed. It isn't clear when, where, or how Poitier died.

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Poitier broke barriers for Black actors in Hollywood. In 1964, he became the first Black actor to win an Oscar for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

He is best known for his roles in the films A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night and, most notably, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Poitier played a Black man who meets his white girlfriend's conservative parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey) for the first time over dinner.

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Poitier is one of the most celebrated actors of our time. He is pictured with former President Barack Obama at the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room at the White House on March 12, 2002. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami, while his parents were visiting for the weekend from the Bahamas. His birth granted him automatic U.S. citizenship.

Sidney grew up in the Bahamas, but moved back to Miami at age 15. He moved to New York at age 16, and joined the North American Negro Theatre. He landed his breakthrough role as a high school student in the film Blackboard Jungle (1955).

In 1958, Poitier and white actor Tony Curtis were chained together as escaped convicts in The Defiant Ones. Both actors received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Poitier also directed various comedy films including Stir Crazy (1980) starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, among other films.

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He leaves behind his wife, Joanna Shimkus, and 6 daughters. Poitier is pictured with his wife, Joanna, and their daughter, Sidney, at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, CA. in 2007.

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Actor Maxwell Banks, best known as Max Julien, died from natural causes on his birthday, January 1. He was 88.

His wife, Arabella Julien found him unresponsive at his Sherman Oaks, California home on Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at Sherman Oaks Hospital.

His death was confirmed to TMZ by his publicist. Julien was best known for starring and writing 1970s blaxploitation films such as The Mack (1973), about a smooth-talking pimp named Goldie.

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Rappers still sample tracks off The Mack's soundtrack by singer Willie Hutch ("I Choose You", "Brothers Gonna Work It Out").

Julien channeled his Goldie persona as Uncle Fred in Def Jam's How to Be a Player, Bill Bellamy's 1997 comedy film.

Julien wrote the screenplay for blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones (1973), starring Tamara Dobson. He also acted in The Black Klansmen (1966), Psych-Out, Getting Straight (with Candice Bergen), Thomasine & Bushrod (with his then-partner Vonetta McGee), The Mod Squad, The Bold Ones: The Protectors and One on One.
 

 

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The bromance between macho actors Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (left) and Vin Diesel (right) is over. Johnson made it clear that he's done with the Fast & Furious movies.

Diesel, 54, wrote an Instagram post pleading with Johnson to return to the Fast & Furious franchise, but Johnson said Diesel's IG post only made matters worse.

He was annoyed that Diesel made a public plea and mentioned his children in his post.

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"I didn't like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker's death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding," Johnson told CNN.

He continued:

"I was very surprised by Vin's recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem."

Johnson, 49, played Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011), helping to make it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011. He reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and in the 2019 spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

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Johnson expressed his appreciation for the franchise and the success that followed his first big box office film.

"My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace. It's unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I'm confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter."

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Comedian/actor Faizon Love is complaining about the $2,500 he received for his iconic work as Big Worm in Ice Cube's classic 1995 comedy film "Friday."

"It wasn't iconic when we did it," the comedian told "Comedy Hype."

"See, it wasn't really about the money then," said Faizon, looking back on the role that launched his career. "I got to say I'm working, pay my rent, I ain't out in the street doing no bulls—t. It wasn't iconic when we did it."

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Faizon said Ice Cube's offer to double his pay to $5,000 for "Next Friday" wasn't enough for him to reprise his role.

"They wanted to give me double-scale. The scale was $2,500, right. So that was $5,000," he said. Instead he accepted a forgettable role in "The Replacements" for $100,000.

Ice Cube responded angrily to the suggestion that he short-changed Faizon in 1995.

"I didn't rob no f**kin body," he tweeted on Wednesday.

"The 1995 Friday movie cost $2.3m to make. Shot it in 20 days. Fazion worked 1 day, maybe 2. All the actors got paid scale to do the movie. They could've simple said "No" but they didn't. So miss me with that shit...

"We were ready to pay Chris Tucker $10-12m to do Next Friday but he turned us down for religious reasons. He didn't want to cuss or smoke weed on camera anymore."

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West Side Story failed to meet box office estimates on opening weekend. West Side Story 2021 earned just $10.5 million in ticket sales and streaming sales.

The movie missed predicted box office sales of $12-$17 million.

The Steven Spielberg–directed movie is a "woke" remake of the 1961 original, which won 10 out of 11 Oscar Awards including Best Picture of 1961 and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno.

The estimated budget for the remake was over $100 million - and doesn't include the estimated $50+ million in marketing and advertising expenses.

Critics praised the young cast who dazzle in the remake, but others slammed Spielberg for trying to improve on a classic that is already perfect in every sense of the word.

Spielberg dismissed complaints that there were no English subtitles in Spanish-speaking scenes.

"If I subtitled the Spanish I'd simply be doubling down on the English and giving English the power over the Spanish," Spielberg said.

In addition to 10 Academy Awards, the original West Side Story won a plethora of awards including Golden Globes and Grammy Awards. It is listed No. 3 on the National Board of Review Awards Top Ten Films and is considered one of the greatest musicals ever made.

West Side Story 1961 grossed $44.1 million worldwide -- the highest grossing movie of 1961 and the second highest grossing musical ever.

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Coronji Calhoun Sr., who played Halle Berry's abused son in Monster's Ball, passed away from congestive heart failure on October 13. He was 30.

Calhoun was only 10 years old when he was cast to play Halle Berry's son Tyrell Musgrove in Lee Daniels' Monster's Ball.

Berry played Leticia Musgrove in the role that won her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002.

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Berry and Monster's Ball director Lee Daniels each donated $3,394 to a GoFundMe account created by Calhoun's mother, Theresa Bailey.

Bailey wrote:

"Coronji Calhoun Sr. recently joined the ancestors in watching over me and our family on October 13, 2021.

"We are blown away by the outpouring of love the community and Coronji's adopted family has shown during our process of grief. As we close this chapter, we ask that in your remembrance of him, you remember to love your neighbor as yourself, because that is what Coronji did for his entire community."

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Will Smith's first marriage was tested by his emotional crush on actress Stockard Channing (pictured). Smith opened up about his emotional crush on Channing in his memoir titled WILL.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star was in the first few months of his marriage to Sheree Zampino when he played con artist Paul Poitier in the film Six Degrees of Separation.

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The movie was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a homeless homosexual who stole from wealthy elites on the Upper East Side. They welcomed him into their homes when he said he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier.

Smith said Method acting help him to become Paul Poitier in the flesh. He reveals he couldn't shake the character he played.

He wrote:

"Sheree and I were in the first few months of our marriage with a brand-new baby and for Sheree, I can imagine that this experience was unsettling to say the least. She'd married a guy named Will Smith and now she was living with a guy named Paul Poitier. And to make matters worse, during shooting I fell in love with Stockard Channing.

"After the film wrapped, Sheree and (son) Trey and I moved back to L.A. Our marriage was off to a rocky start. I found myself desperately yearning to see and speak to Stockard."

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In an Esquire interview in February, 2015, Smith said "my character was in love with Stockard Channing's character, and I actually fell in love with Stockard Channing."

He added:

"So the movie was over and I went home, and I was dying to see Stockard. I was like, 'Oh no! What have I done?' That was my last experience with Method acting, where you're reprogramming your mind. You're actually playing around with your psychology. You teach yourself to like things and to dislike things. It is a really dangerous place when you get good at it."

 

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Once again, Beyonce is not following anyone on Instagram. Her husband Jay Z deleted his IG page after just one day.

The 51-year-old rapper caused a minor frenzy when he joined the platform on Tuesday, but, despite amassing more than 2 million followers, his account was disabled.

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During his brief time on Instagram, Jay only followed his wife Beyonce and she followed him back.

His first post featured a movie poster promoting the release of new Netflix western movie, The Harder They Fall.

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The film features an all-Black cast, including Idris Elba, Regina King, Jonathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Deon Cole and Damon Wayans Jr.

Jay Z opened up about opening doors for other minorities in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in October.

"I love to be a part of projects that widen the lens. Once it's widened for us, it's widened for Asians. For Mexicans. For everyone.

"[For years], one of the only things on public television was Westerns, every week, and we weren't represented in those at all. In fact, our characters were taken from us. The Lone Ranger was based on one of the characters from this film."

The "99 Problems" rapper serves as a producer for the film - which launched on Netflix this week - and he also produced the movie's soundtrack.

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Once again, "woke" Hollywood is accused of "sanitizing" a movie poster to appease officials in the People's Republic of China.

Warner Bros. obediently removed a Black actress from the movie poster for the new blockbuster Dune.

Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Jason Momoa, opened in theaters everywhere on October 22.

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British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster, 45, is conspicuously missing from the poster, which is being distributed in China.

The most famous example of Black erasure from movie posters in China was the release of the new Star Wars trilogy. Black actor John Boyega, who was central to the storyline, was minimized and moved to the bottom of the movie poster.

This isn't news to the Black community. China is notoriously anti-Black. Black people are banned from shopping in certain stores in China.

Dune, which is also available to stream on HBO Max, has topped the U.S. box office with $41 million.