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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS PATTI LABELLE AND BRANDY NORWOOD TO JOIN “STAR”

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

An All-New Episode of STAR Airs Wednesday, November 15, on FOX

Grammy Award-winning artists Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will guest-star in multi-episode arcs on STAR, beginning this spring on FOX. LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine; and Norwood will play Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.

 

In the next all-new episode of STAR, “Faking It,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Ayanna (Michael Michele) must quickly do damage control to restore Midtown’s image, amidst all of the heat the label is catching from the tragic police incident. Desperate for a spot in the showcase, the girls (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) work on convincing hot recording artist – Joyce Sheree (guest star Teyana Taylor) – to do a featured verse on one of their songs. Carlotta continues to fight for custody of Simone; a misleading photo of Noah (Luke James) and Alex goes viral; and Cotton (Amiyah Scott) juggles two relationships. Meanwhile, Brody’s (Stephen Dorff) motivation for his return to Atlanta is revealed.

 

With a career that spans more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle has earned 13 Grammy Award nominations and two wins, and sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was awarded the “Legend Award” by the World Music Awards. In addition to her success as a music artist, LaBelle is a bestselling author, actress, humanitarian and entrepreneur, with a successful product line, Patti’s Good Life. Her most recent projects include the cookbook Desserts LaBelle (April 2017), jazz album Bel Hommage (May 2017) and forthcoming holiday album Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays (November 24, 2017). 

 

Brandy Norwood is a multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress. She was one of the most successful multi-media stars of the past two decades, with a constant presence on pop and R&B charts, the hit sitcom “Moesha” and the TV movie phenomenon “Cinderella.” Her additional film and TV credits include horror film “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and TV series “The Game” and “America’s Got Talent.” Norwood made her Broadway debut as “Roxie Hart” in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” and recently appeared on FOX’s “My Kitchen Rules.”

 

STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators and executive producers of the series. Pamela Oas Williams also serves as executive producer. Karin Gist is an executive producer and serves as showrunner of the series. “Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.

The Perfect Match ( a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“The Perfect Match” is delightful, enjoyable and fun.  While the film may not be deep or wonderful, and is predictable, it’s still a romantic comedy worth watching.

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TITLE: The Perfect Match

FILM RELEASE: 2016

DURATION: 96 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: R (Violence and Some LanguageSexuality, Some Nudity and Language Throughout)

Release Date: July 19, 2016


Directed by Billie Woodruff

Written by Brandon Broussard, Gary Hardwick

Screenplay by Dana Verde

Produced by Yaneley Arty, Alex Avant, Otis Best, Johnson Chan, Shakim Compere, Terrence Jenkins, Paula Patton, Douglas Shaffer

Co-Producer: Kimberly Hardin, Tamanna Shah

Executive-Producer: Queen Latifah, Stephanie Rennie, Lisa Reppert, Vincent Reppert, Jacob York

Cinematography by Tommy Maddox-Upshaw

Music by Kurt Farquhar

Edited by Michael Jablow

Casting by Kimberly Hardin, Natasha Ward

Production Design by Niko Villaivongs

Set Decoration by Azul Hicks

Costume Design by Janelle Nicole Carothers


Starring:

Terrence Jenkins as Charlie

Paula Patton as Sherry

Kali Hawk as Karen

Lauren London as Ginger

Brandy Norwood as Avatia

Cassie Ventura as Eva

Donald Faison as Rick

Robert Christopher Riley as victor

Layla Jama as Dana

Dascha Polanco as Pressie

Beau Casper Smart as Abram

French Montana as French Montana

Joe Pantoliano as Marty

Steven Daniel Brun as Kareem

Timothy DeLaGhetto as Timothy DeLaGhetto


Charlie (Terrence J) is a bachelor who’s convinced that relationships are dead despite attempts by his therapist sister (Paula Patton) and his friends to tell him otherwise. On a bet, he decides to stay with one woman for one month to prove that he is immune to love. Soon, he meets the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura) and coaxes her into a casual affair. But as Charlie spends more time with Eva, he begins to question whether he may actually want more than just a one-night-stand.


Billie Woodruff (director of “Honey”, “Beauty Shop”, “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish”) returns with a romantic comedy titled “The Perfect Match”.

Written by Brandon Broussard, Gary Hardwick (“Deliver us from Eva”, “The Brothers”) and a screenplay by Dana Verde, “The Perfect Match stars Terrence Jenkins (“Battle of the Year”, “Entourage”, “Think Like a Man Too”), Paula Patton (“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, “Deja Vu”, “Precious”), Kali Hawk (“Brides Maids”, “Couples Retreat”, “Get Him to the Greek”), Lauren London (“I Love You, Beth Cooper”, “The Game”), Brandy Norwood (“Moesha”, “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”), Cassie Ventura (“Step Up 2: The Streets”), Donald Faison (“Scrubs”, “Remember the Titans”, “Clueless”), Robert Christopher Riley (“The Bourne Legacy”, “Hit the Floor”), Dascha Polanco (“Joy”, “Orange is the New Black”, “The Cobbler”) and Beau Casper Smart (“Step Up 3D”, “Street”, “Honey 2”).

The film was produced by Queen Latifah’s company, Flavor Unit entertainment and will be released on Blu-ray in July 2016.

The film revolves around music exec, photographer and playboy named Charlie (portrayed by Terrence Jenkins) who is not into relationships or commitment and tends to take part in one night stands.

Meanwhile, his friends Victor (portrayed by Robert Christopher Riley) and Ginger (portrayed by Lauren London) are getting married, while his buddy Rick (portrayed by Donald Faison) and Pressie (portrayed by Dascha Polanco) are trying to have a child.  And they all wonder when Charlie will grow up and get into a relationship.

Even Charlie’s sister Sherry (portrayed by Paula Patton), a psychologist tries to get her brother to open up of why he has difficulties getting into a relationship.

But one day, Charlie meets his match, a mysterious woman named Eva (portrayed by Cassie Ventura) and Charlie starts to contemplate on having a relationship with her.


VIDEO:

“The Perfect Match” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio). The film looks vibrant in outdoor scenes and close ups are full of detail. Skintones look natural. I didn’t notice any banding or artifacts during my viewing of the film. For the most part, picture quality for the film is great!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Perfect Match” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The soundtrack is primarily dialogue and music driven with ambiance used for the surround channels.  But the dialogue and music are both are crystal clear.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Perfect Match” comes with the following special features:

  • Chillin’ Wit the Perfect Crew – Cast & Directors Commentary – Featuring an audio commentary by director Billie Woodruff, actor Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Lauren London and Donald Faison.
  • Making the Perfect Match – (10:21) The cast and crew discuss working on the film and wanting a film like “Boomerang”.
  • What’s Love Without comedy? – (5:03) The cast talk about the comedy in the film.
  • Let the Good Times Roll – (1:22) The dance sequences in the film.

EXTRAS:

“The Perfect Match” comes with a slipcover an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


What I enjoy seeing today is seeing smaller production companies creating their own content.

In the case of “The Perfect Match”, it was great to see Queen Latifah’s, Flavor Unit Entertainment company come and produce a romantic comedy with primarily an African American cast and creating a film that I found delightful, entertaining and a lot of fun.

I have really enjoyed comedies such as “Think Like a Man”, “Think Like a Man too”, “Jumping the Broom” that touch upon relationships and also paying respect to classics such as “Boomerang”, “Love Jones”, “The Best Man” to name a few.

The film revolves around a playboy named Charlie who never sees himself getting into a relationship.

While his friends are getting married or trying to have children, for Charlie, he just loves beautiful women.

But when he meets the beautiful Eva, she is also a person that doesn’t want a relationship and Charlie starts to find himself attracted to her.  To the point that he wants more….include a relationship?

Featuring a fun and enjoyable cast with solid chemistry, while I enjoyed the film, I do admit that the film is predictable and compared to other romantic comedies, for those wanting something deep or something wonderful, “The Perfect Match” doesn’t reach that height and coming a bit short.

Partly because the reason is that the protagonist, Charlie, can really be a jerk at times and you just don’t feel like rooting for him or whatever he has going on with Eva.  Especially the way he treats people including his friends.

But I did enjoy the film, its humorous moments and the cast.

As for the Blu-release, picture quality is solid, lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue and music and you get a few entertaining special features.

Overall, “The Perfect Match” is delightful, enjoyable and fun.  While the film may not be deep or wonderful, and is predictable, it’s still a romantic comedy worth watching.

 

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