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This Month's celebrity pick is the awesome Comedian and Actor, Mike Epps
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Mike Epps has generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers within the entertainment industry for being one of the funniest comic actors toe emerge in the Hollywood scene as of late. 2008 proved to be an impressive year for Epps. In February, Epps appeared in the Universal Studios ensemble comedy “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Joy Bryant. In April 2008, he appeared in the indie film “The Grand,” directed by Zak Penn and starring Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines. He can also be seen in the following 2008 releases: MGM’s “Soul Men” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes; Sony Pictures’ “Hancock” starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron and “Open Season 2” in which he lends his voice. Upcoming, Epps re-teams with Ice Cube to star in “Janky Promoters,” a comedy about two shady concert promoters (Cube and Epps) who get into hot water when their chance to book a superstar rapper goes awry. “Janky” is due in theateres March 2009. Epps will also star oppositve Mos Def in the dark comedy, “Next Day Air,” which is set to release in May 2009. In 2007, Epps reprised his role as ‘LJ’ in Sony’s futuristic action franchise, “Resident Evil: Extinction,” which placed number one at thte box office for two consecutive weeks in September ‘07. Epps also had as small but dramatic role alongside Don Cheadle in “Talk to Me” for Focus Features in August 2007.

When Epps isn’t filming, he is touring the country and performing his comedy act, The Mike Epps on the Edge Tour to sold-out theaters and arenas across the country. Last year Mike’s one hour comedy special, “Inappropriate Behavior” aired on HBO and was one of the network’s top-rated one-hour specials of the year, followed by its subsequent DVD release that same month. Later that fall, Mike transitioned from his HBO comedy special to hosting duties as the new host of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, which aired on September 10, 2006. Since 2000, Epss’ comedic film roles have exploded. In March 2002 Epps was seen starting opposite Ice Cube in New Line Cinema’s “All About the Benjamins.” Epps also reprised his role as Day-Day in “Friday After Next,” the third installment of the “Friday” series. In 2003, Epps appeared in the Paramount comedy, “The Fighting Temptations” alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles, and in 2004 he played the comedic relief as a loud mouthed garbage manin Fox Searchlight’s “Roll Bounce,” a film set in the late 1970s about the rollerskating lifestyle which also starred Bow Wow, Chi McBride, and Nick Cannon. Mike then went on to play a pivotal role in the Focus Features romantic comedy, “Something New,” starring Sanaa Lathan as a black career woman who unexpectedly finds love with a white working-class man, played by Simon Baker. Earlier that same year, Epps starred in two classic remakes — first Epps was seen in Columbia Pictures’ well received, “Guess Who”, starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac which was released in March of ‘05. He then starred in Paramount Picture’s remake of “The Honeymooners,” in which he played comedic legend Ed Norton, alongside Cedric the Entertainer as Ralph Kramden. A native of Indiana who has steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks for the last seven years, Epps’ comedic talent was recognized by a national audience in 1995 when he appeared on the Def Comedy Jam tour and appeared on HGO’s Def Comedy Jam broadcasts. Epps moved to Los Angeles after his successful performance at the 1999 Laffapalooza festival in Atlanta. During his performance at LA’s Comedy Store, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube. This led to him being cast int he co-starring role of Day-Day in his feature film debut, 2000’s hit comedy “Next Friday.” Epps has also appeared in “Bait” with Jamie Foxx, “How High” with Method Man and Redman and was the voice of Sonny in “Dr. Dolittle 2.”

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This Week's Celebrity pick is the beautiful comedian, actress, & late night talk show host, "Mo'Nique
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Mo'Nique was born on December 11, 1967 in Baltimore,

Maryland. She started in stand-up comedy on a dare and was soon appearing on It's Showtime at the Apollo and Def Comedy Jam. She made appearances on Moesha and The Bernie Mac Show before landing a starring role on The Parkers. In 2009, Mo'Nique won an Academy Award for her performance in Precious, a film based on the novel Push by Sapphire.

Aspiring Comedian

Comedian, actress. Born Monique Imes on December 11, 1967, in Baltimore, Maryland. One of three children born to Steven Imes Jr. and his wife Alice, Mo'Nique has parlayed an extremely successful stand-up profession into a career that's seen her become an actress, author, clothing designer, and even the host of her own late night talk show.

Mo'Nique got her start as a young college student when, on a dare from her brother Steven, she took the stage one night during an open mic session at the Comedy Factory Outlet in Baltimore. The audience loved her, and the club owners offered her the chance to host her own show at a local beauty parlor the following week for $25.

Soon, Mo'Nique was taking the stage every chance she could. When she was offered the chance by her employer to relocate to Atlanta, Mo'Nique jumped at it, believing she'd catch more breaks and find more opportunities in the South to pursue her comedy.

Big Break

It proved to be a smart move. Just two years after that initial dare from her brother, Mo'Nique had earned enough stand-up work that she could pursue comedy full-time. Known for her less-than-svelte size, Mo'Nique celebrated her girth and her womanhood in a way comedy fans adored. Soon, she was on the music circuit, her brand of comedy tapped to open up for musicians like Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown.

In 1989, Mo'Nique got her first significant break when she was selected to appear on It's Showtime at the Apollo. Other big-ticket appearances soon followed, including Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comic View.

After a handful of appearances on the UPN comedy Moesha, and several other television spots, including an appearance on The Bernie Mac Show, Mo'Nique was launched full-time in the living rooms of American homes in 1999 with a starring role in the UPN sitcom, The Parkers.

Mainstream Success

In the show, the comedian played the rather outlandish mother, Nikki Parker, who attends college with her daughter and can't quite straighten out her love life. The comedy ran five seasons, and garnered Mo'Nique three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Even while keeping up with the rigors of a full-time television series, Mo'Nique made sure her stand-up career didn't suffer.

"Stand-up keeps you on your toes because it's instant," she told reporters. "With TV and movies you have to wait for the numbers to come in to see what happened at the box office. With stand-up, it's right there, that night, in your face."

To help stay atop her game, Mo'Nique headlined the 2001 smash hit Queens of Comedy, the successful female version of The Original Kings of Comedy tour. The album produced from those Queens shows, which also featured Adele Givens, Laura Hayes, and Sommore, earned a 2002 Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Comedy Album. From there, Mo'Nique returned to the Apollo, this time as host of the program, It's Showtime at the Apollo, the first female comedian to ever hold that title.

In 2003, Mo'Nique added author to her expanding resume when she penned the riotous Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World. A second title, Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted was published in 2006.

Diverse Roles

Despite her lack of any kind of formal training, Mo'Nique's acting started landing her movie work around the same time The Parkers run was coming to a close. A year before the sitcom's cancellation, the actress was cast alongside Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg in the Showtime film, Good Fences (2003).

Her comedy was also the focus of smaller roles in Soul Plane (2004) and Hair Show (2004). In addition she co-starred with Vivica A. Fox in Two Can Play That Game(2001), which earned her an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

In 2005, Mo'Nique returned to television to host the Oxygen Network's Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance, a beauty contest featuring all plus-sized women. In 2006, the comedian's extra pounds were at the center of Phat Girlz, a film about an overweight fashion designer in search of love.

That same year, Mo'Nique stepped into her meatiest role yet in Shadowboxer (2006). Starring Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr., and directed by Lee Daniels, the film cast the actress as a drug-ravaged woman, a role that turned the heads of critics and audiences who had grown accustomed to Mo'Nique's loud-and-proud brand of comedy.

Precious

But not everyone was surprised by the performance. Least of all the film's director, who had first met Mo'Nique a few years before and raved to her about her acting abilities. So, it was no surprise he tapped the actress again for his next project, Precious (2009), a film based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Daniels cast Mo'Nique as Mary Jones, an angry and abusive mother.

It was an ugly role, but one Mo'Nique knew how to play. As a child, she herself had been molested by her oldest brother, Gerald, and she says she drew on that experience to play the part.

"He was a monster to me so when [Lee] said 'action' I became a monster," she said on The Ellen Show.

It's a performance, too, that's proven to be cathartic for Mo'Nique, helping her deal with her brother, whom she has not spoken to in years. "It allowed me not to hate him," she said. "It allowed me not to be angry. It allowed me not to be the victim anymore." It also delivered plenty of Oscar buzz, from critics and audiences who couldn't get enough of the comedian's transformation and performance, which resulted in the actresses first Academy Award win. And it's put her on a path for other, meatier roles. Already on tap is another Lee Daniels production, a biopic about Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar for her role in Gone with the Wind (1939).

?Recent Work

That's not to suggest, however, that Mo'Nique has turned her back on the laughs. BET forked over the most money it ever has to a performer for her to host her own late night talk show, The Mo'Nique Show, which debuted in the fall of 2009. And there's sure to be more stand-up and more comedy for her in the future.

"I'm gonna play this game the way I want to," she has said. "It might be serious, it might be a comedy, it might be a dramedy, it might be variety, it might be a talk show, whatever. There's no box."

But there is a little less of her. After tipping the scales at 262 pounds, Mo'Nique cut out red meat and started working out when her husband, Sidney Hicks, asked her to place more attention on her health. By the time Precious had debuted in November 2009, she'd lost more than 40 pounds.

Mo'Nique and Sydney are the parents of twin boys. The comedian and actress also has a son from a previous marriage.

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Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest comedians to ever rise
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Eddie’s career represents a typical Hollywood rags-to-riches story as he was catapulted from humble and tough origins in Brooklyn to movie superstardom by the time he was just nineteen!

The youngest out of two sons to mother Lillian, Eddie was young when his father died. Later his mother remarried and together with new husband Vernon and a stepbrother, the would-be megastar grew up on the streets of New York.

Having shown an aptitude for comedy and impersonations during his teenage years Eddie got his break as a stand-up at Manhattan’s comedy showcase ‘Comic Strip’ club in the early 1980’s. Shortly afterwards he successfully auditioned for ‘Saturday Night Live’ (1981-84) where Eddie nurtured his comedic talents and created memorable Afro-American characters.

1982 proved to be Eddie’s breakthrough year when he won a coveted role at only twenty two co-starring with Nick Nolte in the classic buddy-cop flick ’48 Hrs’. Further hits followed with the off-the-wall John Landis comedy ‘Trading Places’ co-starring Dan Aykroyd and a very revealing Jamie-Lee-Curtis.

A somewhat forgotten cameo in the mediocre ‘Best Defense’ was thankfully overshadowed by Eddie’s hugely successful franchise ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ (1984) which had originally been written for Sly Stallone.

The Beverly series (three movies in total) transformed Eddie into a bona fide mega-salary movie star. Playing Alex Foley, a cheeky, irreverent and hip Detroit cop who is transposed to La La Land, the role earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Murphy was at the time one of only a few black actors who could be counted as box office stars and the young actor played it safe by appearing in crowd-pleasing blockbusters. However, some movies missed the mark altogether, such as ‘The Golden Child’ (1986) which although critically panned was still a box office hit due to Eddie’s starring name on the posters.

It was probably inevitable that ‘Beverly Cops II’ (1987) wasn’t going to receive favourable reviews as sequels usually fail to deliver the goods. But still the movie was a massive earner for the star and studio.

‘Coming To America’ (1988) another John Landis comedy partnership continued box office success until sadly Murphy’s very own directorial debut with the 1989 flick ‘Harlem Nights’. This spoof ‘Godfather’ style comedy-thriller set in the 30’s and co-starring Richard Pryor, failed to set the box office alight.

Perhaps this set back enticed Murphy to take up the buddy-cop reins again on ‘Another 48 Hrs’ (1990) reuniting him with buddy Nick Nolte, but the sequel was a disappointing near replica of the original despite Walter ‘Red Dawn’ Hill in the director’s chair.

Changing tack slightly, this time playing a hopeless romantic in ‘Boomerang’ (1992) did very little to revitalise Eddie’s now chequered career, despite having Mr Tyson’s Misses (Robin Givens) as the glamorous love interest.

That same year Eddie’s ‘The Distinguished Gentleman’ kept aboard the comedy track taking on the role of one Thomas Jefferson Johnson, a con man who tries to get one over on Congress. The flick was critically well received and likened to an Ealing comedy. However, its combination of astute political observation and breezy off-the-wall comedy failed to mine the usual box office gold associated with Mr Murphy’s charismatic on-screen persona.

It was the remake of Jerry Lewis’ 50’s comedy caper ‘The Nutty Professor’ that was to bring Eddie back into big-time box office league again. The 1996 movie, this time utilising mid 90’s CGI technology and incredible prosthetics, ensured that this light-hearted fare –with a few vulgar touches- became a huge hit for the now thirty-five year old actor.

‘Nutty’ also spearheaded a move into more obvious family fare for Murphy, miles away from the usual foul mouthed, raw and sometimes violent adult entertainment that he was normally associated with.

The ‘Doctor Dolittle’ remake in 1998, only this time with a black doctor and occasional more gutsy and crude humour, seemed fitting for the late 90’s. But it did characterise an actor, who despite his comedic talent and cutting edge beginnings was becoming more associated with special effects and puppetry.

His next film in the same year with Disney, where he lent his voice to the feature cartoon ‘Mulan’ at least utilised his vocal skills without prosthetic distractions.

 It was therefore a refreshing treat to see Eddie in a totally unexpected and endearing role playing a dork in the Steve Martin vehicle ‘Bowfinger’ (1999). Eddie got the chance to subvert his very own charismatic, sex idol persona to play ‘Jiff’ a bespectacled idiot. But Eddie also sent up his own ‘serious actor’ side by doubling as the fictional movie star Kit Ramsey in the same film. Eddie’s performance was a tour de force illustrating just how versatile the former Brooklyn boy is.

Shrek (2001) allowed Murphy to make a splash with younger audiences utilising his comedic skills once again playing a chatterbox donkey to Mike Myers flatulent green monster in the brilliantly funny animation picture. The sequel ‘Shrek 2’ (2004) reportedly paid him a $10m cheque for his vocal services.

Other action movies followed but without much impact, ‘I Spy’ and ‘Showtime’ both (2002), ‘Daddy Day Care’ (2003) and another ‘Shrek’ outing with the unremarkable ‘Far, Far Away’ and the even lamer family ghost-horror film ‘The Haunted Mansion’ (2003)

Still, maybe Eddie’s getting residuals every time someone jumps on the ride at Disneyland?

Despite being a family man and happily married to Nicole Mitchell, Eddie hasn’t escaped the curse of Hollywood gossip and scandal over the years. Father of five children, two of them are the products of relationships with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely.

Eddie’s late night-time encounter in 1997 with Shalimar Seiuli, a Californian transsexual, was ranked No61 on E TV’s ‘The Greatest Shocking Moments In Entertainment History’

Shalimar, who took her name from a French fragrance was crowned Miss American Samoa Island Queen in 1993. Later she became a celebrity as ‘House Madam’ at the Club7969. She died tragically after an accidental fall in 1998 but was highlighted in Candace Watkin's book ‘In The Closet With Eddie’ which featured interviews from transsexuals who claimed to have bedded the actor.

 

Eddie's fortunes turned around in 2006/2007 with the movie version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in that category.

However the comedian was again embroiled in controversy following a relationship with Spice Girl Mel B. After the couple split up, the singer claimed that Murphy was the father of her child, called Angel. Murphy initially denied the claim until Mel B - real name Melanie Brown - took legal action to establish him as a parent. The 46-year-old later released a statement through his publicist saying he would "honour his responsibilities as a father".

Source: Biorgraphy.com: http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biographies/eddie-murphy.html

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