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THINK LIKE A MAN (2012)
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Tim Story
Screenwriter: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman
Starring: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Michael Ealy (Dominic) quickly rose through the ranks as one of Hollywood's leading young actors after his breakout roles in Barbershop and Barbershop 2. He stars opposite Kate Beckinsale in Underworld Awakening and co-starred in the box-office smash Takers, opposite Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Hayden Christensen. He also starred in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls with Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad. The role earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award from the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).
Will Smith personally selected Ealy to play the pivotal role of Smith's character's younger brother in Seven Pounds. He also starred in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, which portrayed the story of four Buffalo Soldiers who risked their lives to save a young Italian boy while in enemy territory.
On television, Ealy stars in the upcoming USA series, "Common Law," that debuts this summer. He has also been featured on the CBS series "The Good Wife" with Julianna Margulies, Showtime's "Californication" and ABC's "FlashForward." His lead performance on the Showtime miniseries "Sleeper Cell" earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
In addition, Oprah Winfrey chose Ealy to star opposite Halle Berry in the ABC and Harpo Films telepic "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Ealy earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special. He also starred in a Sundance selection: the film noir, Never Die Alone, opposite DMX for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Ealy graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. Shortly after, he headed to New York where he performed in several stage productions, including the off-Broadway hits Joe Fearless and Whoa Jack, for which he earned an Adelco Award nomination for his performance.
Jerry Ferrara (Jeremy), a New York native, born and raised in Brooklyn, is best known for his role as "Turtle" on HBO's hit series "Entourage." He will next be seen in this summer's Battleship for director Peter Berg. His other credits include the action thriller Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf, Where God Left His Shoes opposite John Leguizamo, Gardener of Eden with Lukas Haas, and Brooklyn Rules with Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Caan and Alec Baldwin.
He began studying theater in college, when he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role, the TV series "King of Queens." Ferrara was then cast in the independent feature Cross Bronx, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Meagan Good (Mya) has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. Most recently on the big screen, she played opposite Angela Bassett and Paula Patton in Jumping the Broom. She also garnered attention for her recurring role on the highest rated cable series on BET, "The Game," and Showtime's acclaimed series, "Californication." A versatile actress, Good was seen in the popular horror film Saw V and followed up with the thriller, The Unborn, opposite Odette Yustman. She was also a lead in the comedy Love Guru, opposite Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake. Good is well known from her role in Screen Gems' box-office hit Stomp the Yard, opposite Columbus Short, Ne-Yo and Brian White. She also played lead opposite Tyrese Gibson in Waist Deep.
In addition to acting in front of the camera, Good has also produced three of her own independent films. Miles from Home, an independent feature that Good executive produced and starred in opposite actor/director Ty Hodges, was well received on the independent film circuit. The film premiered at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, Los Angeles, the Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival. It garnered numerous awards––best feature, best actor, best actress and best director. She also produced and starred in, Sundays in Fort Green and Video Girl, the "Gia"-esque film that depicts the sordid and misunderstood life of a music video superstar.
Some of Good's other credits include Roll Bounce, D.E.B.S., The Cookout, You Got Served, Biker Boyz, Deliver Us From Eva, Friday, The Secret Life of Girls, House Party 4 and 3 Strikes. Good received an NAACP Image Award for her acclaimed performance opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the eerie drama Eve's Bayou.
Born in Panorama City, Calif., Good began starring in commercials at age 4, and to date has completed more than 60 national television commercials. She made her prime-time television debut starring as Sarah's best friend, Katie, on The WB's, "Raising Dad." Good's first major television role was as a series regular on the TV hit "Cousin Skeeter." She also guest starred on various shows, including "Moesha," "Touched By An Angel," "The Steve Harvey Show," "The Famous Jett Jackson," "The Division" and "The Parenthood."
Regina Hall (Candace) began her acting career in the late 1990s with several national television commercials, while simultaneously earning a master's degree from New York University. During this same period, she landed a recurring role as a young student on the soap opera "Loving," followed by guest appearances on several episodics, including Fox's police drama "New York Undercover."
Hall will soon begin production for Screen Gems' Phenom starring opposite Chris Brown, Victor Garber, Vanessa Williams and Lance Gross. The film is slated for release in late 2012.
In 2009, Hall appeared in her first major film role playing opposite Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler in The Film Department's dark crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen, which Butler wrote and produced.
Immediately defying genre expectation, in 2010 she was featured in MGM's Neil Labute directed feature Death at a Funeral (opposite Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence), proving her strength and versatility as a comedic actress well-capable of subtle, sophisticated humor.
After completing three years of Meisner technique master training at William Esper Studios, Hall landed her first studio feature film, The Best Man. She left a lasting impression on viewers with her portrayal of the character Candy.
She went on to supporting roles in Love and Basketball and Disappearing Acts. Adding comedy to her repertoire, Hall's career further expanded when she won the role of Brenda Meeks in the comedy-horror spoof Scary Movie. She went on to star in all sequels of the franchise. She also played the role of Coretta Lipp on Fox's "Ally McBeal". Since then, she has appeared in leading roles in Paid In Full, Malibu's Most Wanted, First Sunday, Screen Gems' Mardi Gras: Spring Break and more. She also appeared on "Law and Order: LA" as Deputy D.A. Evelyn Prince from 2010-2011.
Regina currently resides in Los Angeles.
Kevin Hart (Cedric) has burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television.
In September 2011 Hart released "Laugh At My Pain," the feature film version of his comedy tour (under the same name). The movie grossed over $7 million, and was 2011's most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters. The LAMP tour made Hart 2011's number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and in February 2011 Hart sold out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row to break the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. The LAMP DVD hit double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for one month.
Hart is currently on the road with his new tour "Let Me Explain." This tour will take him to 90 cities in the US, and internationally to cities in Europe and Africa.
Next o n April 27, 2012, Hart can be seen in Universal's Nick Stoller comedy Five Year Engagement by producer Judd Apatow.
Hart was last seen Little Fockers with Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller, and in Death at a Funeral, alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence. He also co-starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in Fool's Gold, as well as opposite Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Hart's other film credits include: Soul Plane opposite Tom Arnold, Method Man and Snoop Dogg, Not Easily Broken, Extreme Movie, Drillbit Taylor, Epic Movie, The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, and In the Mix, Meet Dave and Superhero Movie.
Hart's DVD Seriously...Funny is one of the fastest selling DVDs in recent years and has gone triple Platinum. His comedy central special of the same name isthe highest rated comedy special of2010.
In 2009, Hart's one-hour comedy special "I'm a Grown Little Man" on Comedy Central was also one of the highest rated specials for the network. Hart was the host of BET's classic stand-up comedy series "Comic View: One Mic Stand." Hart's other television credits include ABC's "The Big House" which he also executive produced and wrote, as well as recurring roles on "Love, Inc," "Barbershop," and "Undeclared."
Hart began his career in comedy on amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club, and was instantly hooked. He quit his job as a shoe salesman and began performing full time at such clubs as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline's, Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. However, it was his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival that led to work in such feature films as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. With his passion for stand-up, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences.
Hart currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Taraji P. Henson (Lauren) earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Taraji is a 2011 Emmy® nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Lifetime's Taken From Me. She stars as Detective Joss Carter in the new J.J. Abrams crime drama "Person of Interest" for CBS opposite Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. Henson stars in From the Rough based on the true story of Catana Starks, a former swim coach at Tennessee State University who became the first woman ever to coach aNCAA Division I men's golf team. Rough will be released nationwide in 2012.
In Larry Crowne she co-starred with star and director Tom Hanks alongside Julia Roberts and Cedric the Entertainer. She starred in the hugely successful Karate Kid opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and in Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. For her role in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, she received the 2009 Diversity Award for Best Actress. She also starred in the upcoming Peep World playing Rainn Wilson's love interest; The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom and Once Fallen costarring Ed Harris.
Henson received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features' Talk to Me opposite Don Cheadle. She costarred in the ensemble action drama Smokin' Aces with Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys. Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film by the Black Movie Awards and received the BET Best Actress nod for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama Hustle & Flow also starring Terrence Howard. She starred in Sony's Not Easily Broken opposite Morris Chestnut, opposite Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, and with Kathy Bates in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.
Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow and performed the Academy Award®-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," on the Oscar® telecast. She reunited for the third time with John Singleton to film Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000 for Paramount. Henson costarred with Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan in Focus Features' Something New. Henson is well remembered for her role as Yvette opposite Tyrese in Baby Boy.
On television, she received an Emmy® nomination for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-series for her starring portrayal as the title character in Lifetime's " Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story," which depicts the true story of a mother whose child was illegally taken from her. Taraji was a series regular on David E. Kelly's "Boston Legal" and recurred on ABC's "Eli Stone." Taraji was featured in Jamie Foxx's video, "Just Like Me," and also appeared in Estelle's video, "Pretty Please."
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides in Los Angeles with her son. Henson has a strong dedication to helping disabled and less fortunate children and reveals, "I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves—the greatest recipe for success is self confidence."
Terrence J (Michael) is an actor, philanthropist, CEO of a full service entertainment-consulting firm, appropriately titled Jenkins Entertainment Group, and the host and producer of the longest-running music countdown show in history, "106 & PARK." Terrence J is well on his way to becoming the next leading multimedia brand and is clear that his passion is about making history.
Terrence J's determination has led him to multi-million dollar endorsement deals with Sean John, Rockport and Coogi Footwear and has opened doors to Hollywood. Terrence J will appear in two upcoming film projects; the film adaptation of Steve Harvey's book, ‘Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,' by Sony Pictures scheduled for Spring 2012 release and Sparkle, a film directed by Salim Akil set for release Summer 2012 by TriStar Pictures. The film stars Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Cee-Lo Green, and Tika Sumpter.
Terrence J's has appeared in a number of films including Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, Stomp the Yard 2, and The Heart Specialist. He was also a member of BET's hit series "The Game" and E! Network's "Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami." With an undeniable charm, captivating personality and business savvy that rivals entertainment industry veterans, Terrence J is one of the most sought after personalities in media today.
In addition to his acting career, he also serves as the spokesperson for Ronald McDonald's House Charities Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign, is a mentor with Steve Harvey's Disney Dreamers Academy and an avid supporter of the Newark, New Jersey Boys and Girls Club. He is committed to investing in communities that have empowered him by actively working with young people, around the country and across national borders, to discover their voice and encourage them to remain socially and civically engaged.
Born in Queens, New York Terrence J spent his childhood years in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from North Carolina A&T University, and is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Jenifer Lewis (Loretta) is one of Hollywood's busiest actresses, with over 60 films and 200 TV appearances to her credit. Her uniquely recognizable voice is adored by fans worldwide in such animated rolesas "Flo" in Cars and Cars 2 and "Mama Odie" in The Princess and the Frog.Lewis earned the title "Black Mother of Hollywood," thanks to memorableperformances asTina Turner's mother in What's Love Got To Do With It and alongside Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in The Preacher's Wife. She also portrayedthe distraught mother, "Candace," opposite Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter.
Lewis' versatility is at the heart of herlong and diverse career. She is a series regular on NBC's drama, "The Playboy Club" and has also been featured as "Aunt Helen" on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Lana Hawkins" on Lifetime's No.1 hit series "Strong Medicine." She has also had guest-starring roles on "Friends," "Boston Legal," and "Girlfriends." Lewis achieved "diva" status as star of the Lifetime "mock-umentary" "Jackie's Back!" For director Tyler Perry, Lewis created unforgettable characters in Madea's Family Reunion and Meet The Browns. She also portrayed a small yet notable role as Tom Hanks' boss in Castaway.
Lewis is highly respected in the theatre world with five Broadway shows to her credit, including Hairspray, as "Motormouth Maybelle." In 2006, Lewis co-starred opposite Meryl Streep in the Shakespeare In The Park presentation of Mother Courage And Her Children in New York City.Lewis has performed her acclaimed one-woman show,The Diva is Dismissed worldwide.
As an activist, Lewis is proud to support breast cancer awareness and mental health causes. In 2007, Lewis chose "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as a platform to reveal that she has bipolar disorder.
Jenifer Lewis was born and raised in Kinloch, Mo. She holds a bachelor's degree in theater artsfrom Webster University in St. Louis.
Romany Malco (Zeke) is an American-born Trinidadian. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he moved to Texas when he was a teenager and formed the rap group, R.M.G. After graduating high-school, the group relocated to Los Angeles and changed their name to College Boyz after signing with Virgin Records. Years of demonstrating his musical talent, he turned to acting and has since become a successful actor in both film and television.
Currently, Malco can be seen on the new cartoon series "Unsupervised" on FX. The animated, half-hour comedy is about two eternally optimistic best friends "Gary" and "Joel," who are navigating the harsh landscape of adolescence and trying to do what's right, despite having no parental guidance whatsoever. Romany plays the voice of "Darius," which also features the voices of Justin Long, David Hornsby, Kristen Bell and Rob Rosell.
Malco can be seen on the CBS drama series "The Good Wife" and was also on the ABC primetime series "No Ordinary Family." In early 2011, Malco's" Tijuana Jackson: Life Coach" series aired on HBO's "Funny or Die Presents," where he played an ex-convict turned motivational speaker.
Malco's breakout role was as the trash-talking womanizer, Jay in Judd Apatow's 2005 box office hit, The 40 Year Old Virgin opposite Steve Carell. He is also known for his role in the Showtime hit series " Weeds" as Conrad Shepard, the love interest and business partner to Nancy Botwin played by award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker. Malco also gained attention for memorable supporting roles in films such as Blades of Glory, The Love Guru, and Baby Mama opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He continues to land roles in A-list productions, as he was cast in Earthbound, starring Kate Hudson.
Showcasing his versatility in critically acclaimed art-house productions Malco was in the indie comedy The Chateau alongside Paul Rudd. Other titles include The Prime Gig opposite Vince Vaughn, and the wit-filled Saint John of Las Vegas with Steve Buscemi.
Malco currently resides in New York City.
Gary Owen (Bennett) has been entertaining America for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed to sold-out audiences in all the major comedy clubs and theatres across the country, Owen is one of America's most loved comedians. He has just released a new stand-up DVD "True Story" which airs on Showtime this spring and is one of the headliners on the Shaquille O'Neal "All-Star Comedy Jam" tour.
Owen can be seen as Zach the barber on Tyler Perry's successful television series "House of Payne." Perry met Owen on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" (Owen is a regular on the radio show) and immediately knew he wanted to work with him and wrote him into the show. Additionally, Owen has been seen in such films as Little Man with The Wayans Brothers and Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy. He is also recognized around the country for his scene stealing role of "Bearcat" in the MGM film College.
Owen was always the class clown growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After high school, he got serious and enlisted in the Navy. He was chosen for the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard. After leaving his ceremonial position, Owen became a military police officer at the Naval Installations on Coronado Island in San Diego, but he only made two arrests in three years. During that time he embarked on his true calling: stand-up comedy. After only a year of doing stand-up, he was named Funniest Serviceman in America. Owen had a huge African-American fan base and went on to win the "Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego" contest.
Two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase, "BET's ComicView," won him his own one-hour "grandstand" show. At the end of the season he was selected from the year's four "grandstanders" to be the host. Not only is Owen the only white man to have ever hosted "ComicView," but he is the only white on-air personality the network has ever had. In addition, Ebony magazine recently proclaimed Gary "Black America's Favorite White Comedian."
Owen stars in, and produced, two other stand-up comedy DVDs, "Breakin' Out The Park" and "Urban Legend." He can also be seen on "Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment" on the Starz channel.
Gabrielle Union (Kristen) is one of today's hottest stars and continues to shine. Most recently, she starred opposite Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton and Rebecca Romijn in Good Deeds, directed by Tyler Perry. She also appears in Film Science's independent film, Family Tree, starring opposite John Slattery, Zach Gilford and Jena Malone.
Union's film credits also include the critically acclaimed Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday, Tyler Perry'sDaddy's Little Girls, Running With Scissors, Bad Boys II, Breakin' All the Rules, Deliver Us From Eva, Bring It On, Welcome to Collinwood, Abandoned, Two Can Play That Game, Love & Basketball, Cradle to the Grave, Ten Things I Hate About You, The Brothers, Neo Ned, The Honeymooners, Meet Dave and She's All That.
On the small screen, Gabrielle made her debut in UPN's hit comedy "Moesha," and then went on to guest star on hit shows such as "ER," "Dave's World" and "The Steve Harvey Show." Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle had a recurring role on two of The WB's hit shows, "Sister, Sister" and "7th Heaven." Union stirred things up when she guest starred as a love interest to both Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer) on "Friends." With this role, Union marked the first African-American love interest on the series. She also joined the cast of Steven Bochco's "City of Angels" for one season. Her other TV credits include ABC's "FlashForward," "Ugly Betty" and "Night Stalker," NBC's "Life" and HBO's award-winning film "Something the Lord Made."
Gabrielle's passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as her support for the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. In her free time, Gabrielle often travels on behalf of Susan G. Komen and the YSC to share her story of losing a friend to breast cancer and inspire others to talk to young women. In 2004, she also helped launch A Step for Success to raise funds for Kelso Elementary School in Los Angeles. The program holds fundraisers to help pay for books, classroom supplies and many other daily needs that teachers have fallen burden to paying for themselves.
She is also a brand ambassador for Neutrogena and featured in the brand's national television and print campaigns. She has been a spokesperson since 2004.
Native of Nebraska, Gabrielle currently lives in Los Angeles.
Chris Brown (Alex) is a renowned singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He made his recording debut in 2005 with the self-titled album Chris Brown at the age of 16. Brown's next three albums, Exclusive, Graffiti and F.A.M.E received international critical acclaim. He has sold over 2million albums to date.
He has won over 25 awards, including Billboard's Artist of the Year in 2006; three American Music Awards® in 2007, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist-Pop; two People's Choice Awards® in 2009, including Favorite Male Singer; and has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards® and dozens of others.
The Virginia native is an emerging movie star with leading roles in This Christmas and Takers and an appearance in Stomp the Yard.
Brown also owns the successful MechanicalDummy.com blog site. An avid artist himself, Brown wants the lifestyle site to serve as a platform for artists who aspire to excel in the technological, cultural, style and branding realms.
As he works to help the next generation of artists, he also gives back to those less fortunate. He's been affiliated with Best Buddies, an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities and is developing his own Symphonic Love Foundation, which aims to provide support and funding for arts programs dedicated to the artistic development of children.
He has also been an incredible supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. His largest and most visible involvement with St. Jude to dateis with its Math-A-Thon program.
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