Weekend Box Office: ‘Fast and Furious 6’ Beats ‘Hangover 3’ With $98.5 M

In the battle between “Fast and Furious 6” and “Hangover Part III,” Vin Diesel and crew crossed the finish line in first place. Between Friday and Sunday, “Fast” racked up $98.5 million dollars, with estimates pointing to a $122.5 haul by the end of the Monday holiday, with an additional $275.5 million internationally. This will put it at the second biggest opening of the year, just behind “Iron Man 3.” Even more remarkably, pre-weekend estimates had pegged the sixth installment of the series to top out at $80 million over the four day opening.

“Hangover Part III” landed in second place with $42.4 million between Friday and Sunday, and is aiming to close out the long weekend with $64 million. Last week’s number one movie “Star Trek Into Darkness” dropped to number three, bringing in $38 million between Friday and Sunday. Totaling up receipts for all the big releases should bring this Memorial Day weekend to $323 million, shattering 2011’s previous record-breaking weekend.

The full top ten:

1. “Fast & Furious 6” – $98,500,000
2. “The Hangover Part III” – $42,400,000
3. “Star Trek Into Darkness” – $38,000,000
4. “Epic” – $33,500,000
5. “Iron Man 3” – $19,213,000
6. “The Great Gatsby (2013)” – $13,620,000
7. “Mud” – $1,928,000
8. “42” – $1,270,000
9. “The Croods” – $1,220,000
10. “Oblivion” – $840,000

Production begins on ‘Think Like a Man Too’

Production on Think Like a Man Too has officially begun, according to a press release from Screen Gems.

All the couples return for the highly anticipated sequel to Think Like a Man, a film inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

Think Like a Man brought in $91 million in the United States alone after its opening in April 2012. The original Screen Gems film grossed $33 million on opening weekend, almost double what studio executives had expected.

Starring Meagan Good, Regina Hall, La La Anthony and Keven Hart, among other big names, Think Like a Man Too centers around a wedding the couples attend in Las Vegas and their misadventures surrounding the big event.

Tim Story returns as director, Will Packer returns as producer, and Keith & David A. Newman return to write the screenplay for the sequel.

Think Like a Man Too is scheduled to hit theaters on June 20, 2014.

Tamela Mann “Take Me to the King” was spoofed by Darlene McCoy

Darlene McCoy’s Funny Spoof of “Take me to the King” by Tamela Mann released today on iTunes. The video to “Take Me to Burger King” was launched in 2012 and with now over 150,000 hits on Youtube, is up for grabs on iTunes.

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Fans can enjoy the full single and wait patiently until the album release date Tues August 6, 2013.

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Check out Beyonce “Irreplaceable” Spoof by Artist Darlene McCoy

If you are a fan of Parody Songs by Comedians Weird Al Yankovich or Dave Chappelle, you will love the spoof Artist Darlene McCoy did on Beyonce’s Single “Irreplaceable”. Very funny song of a Pastor being put on blast. Her most recent single “Take Me to Burger King” has garnered now over 140,000 hits on Youtube. Its a spoof of the  hit song “Take Me to the King” by Actress & Artist Tamela Mann. This song is apart of her New Album “Random Foolishness” which showcases R&B and Gospel Hit tracks from well-known artists like Tupac, Kirk Franklin, James Fortune, Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams to name a few. Album releases Tuesday August 6, 2013 everywhere music is sold!!!!

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Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry grace cover of ‘Essence’

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are teaming up again, and this time the two megastars are gracing the June cover of Essence magazine.

The cover displays the media moguls along with a headline that reads “Dream big!” while the issue features an interview with the stars as they talk about personal power, handling criticism, and their thoughts on mixing business with friendship.

“We both know how rare this is. Where else in the history of our African-American culture have two really, really successful people who can do whatever they want said, ‘Let’s come together and be even more powerful—let’s take it to the tenth power?’” Winfrey says in the cover piece.

Perry, who has directed a plethora of both big screen films and TV projects, is now heading over to launch two new shows on Winfrey’s network OWN.

The shows will premiere on consecutive nights, beginning with The Haves and the Have Nots, on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor on Wednesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET

William Levy and Jada Pinkett-Smith will star in new salsa film

William Levy proved he can steal hearts while shimmying on the dance floor and it looks like he’s ready to do so again with the announcement that he will star alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith in a new dance-themed flick.

Pinkett-Smith will both produce and star in the film titled “Salsa,” which shares the story of a woman who is at a crossroads in her life when she meets a smoldering salsa instructor, who sweeps her off her feet through Latin dance.

It’s a huge starring role for Levy, a telenovela actor who first became America’s sweetheart last year on “Dancing with the Stars.” Since then, Levy has appeared on screen in multiple commercial campaigns for Pepsi. He’ll next be seen in “Addicted” and Tyler Perry’s “Single Moms Club.”

And if the idea of a big screen Latin dance film seems like an unlikely smash success, think again. Vanessa Williams and Latin music star Cheyenne teamed up for 1998’s “Dance with Me,” which successfully introduced Cheynne to mainstream audiences and cemented Williams’ reputation as a sexy leading lady.

Lauryn Hill sentenced to three months in prison for not paying taxes

Newark, NJ — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

She was also sentenced Monday in Newark to three additional months of home confinement.

The 37-year-old South Orange resident pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Before the sentencing, her attorney said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each of the three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

It’s not clear when or where she’d report to prison.