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Mary J. Blige Song ‘The Living Proof’ Featured on The Help, in theaters August 12, 2011

The Help Movie in theaters August 12, 2011On Thursday, May 26, 2011 DreamWorks Pictures and Geffen Records announced today that multiple Grammy® Award–winning recording artist Mary J. Blige wrote and recorded an original song for the soundtrack of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s THE HELP, a film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, opening in theaters August 12, 2011. “The Help” soundtrack – music from the Motion picture, will feature the original song from Mary J Blige “The Living Proof.”  The soundtrack, from Interscope Records, will be available Tuesday, July 26 at select Starbucks locations.

The song, “The Living Proof,” was written and recorded by Blige especially for THE HELP after she saw a screening of the film, which takes place in 1960s-era Mississippi and chronicles the journey of three very different women who come together and embark on a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. “The beautiful thing about these women is that they were very smart,” says Blige. “They chose to walk in love and forgiveness.”  The film really celebrates the courage to inspire change, “To speak to so many women with this song means a lot to me” says Blige. “I wanted to be involved with this film, because I think we need to encourage each other more, we are here to tell a story.” Blige has received 9 Grammy® Awards and four American Music Awards as well as recorded eight multi-platinum albums. Mary J. Blige has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and her next album “My Life Too….The Journey Continues” will be released Sept 20, 2011.

Starring: Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures (Walt Disney Studios)
Release Date: August 12, 2011

Mary Jane Blige (play /ˈbl/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. A recipient of ten Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. Blige has received the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s. She was ranked number 100 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. In November 2010, Billboard Magazine ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, she ranked second, placing her ahead of Janet JacksonMariah Carey, and Whitney Houston.

Blige started her musical career in 1992, releasing her multi-platinum US selling debut album,What’s the 411? on MCA Records and Uptown. What’s the 411? gave Blige her first Billboard 200 top ten album, which has continued since the release of her debut album until her latest album, Stronger with Each Tear (2009), which became Blige’s seventh consecutive album to debut at number one or number two on the Billboard 200. As of 2010, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles.[1][2]

About The Help Movie: Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.  From DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media, “The Help” is directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, with screenplay by Tate Taylor. “The Help” releases in theaters August 12, 2011. For more information visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/


Sources: Wikipedia, Walt Disney Studios, EPK.TV
Photo credit to: The Help Facebook

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Jennifer Lopez Named World’s Most Beautiful Woman By People Magazine

April 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Breaking News, FEATURES

Jennifer LopezOn Thursday, April 14, 2011 People Magazine (www.people.com) Named Jennifer Lopez as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman. Jennifer Lopez will never have to fear the dreaded bottom three! The ‘American Idol’ judge has been named People‘s 2011 World’s Most Beautiful Woman.
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Despite her success over the years as a singer, actress, and now judge, Jennifer told People that she was excited to top the list. “Rarely am I left speechless, but I feel honored,” she says. “I feel not worthy, you know? I feel happy and proud. Proud that I’m not 25!”

Jennifer believes that her beauty isn’t on the surface but comes from how she feels on the inside. “I think it’s because I have a lot of love in my life,” she tells the magazine. “I feel lucky to be an attractive person, but I’ve always felt that real beauty always comes from your heart.”


Jennifer LopezBut the one thing she wants people to remember? She has to look beautiful and glammed up for her job. “I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy,” she explains. “It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend!”

Other female celebs joining Jennifer as “World’s Beautiful 2011” honorees include Reese WitherspoonJessica Simpson and Emma Stone, while male stars like Zac EfronRyan Reynolds and Kellan Lutz also made the list.

About Jennifer Lopez:
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969[1]), often nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, fashion designer and television producer. Lopez began her career as a dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color. Subsequently venturing into acting, she gained recognition in the 1995 action-thriller Money Train.

Her first leading role was in the biographical film Selena (1997), in which she earned an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress. She earned her second ALMA Award for her performance in Out of Sight (1998). She has since starred in various films, including The Wedding Planner (2001),Maid in Manhattan (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004), Monster-in-Law (2005), and The Back-up Plan (2010).

Lopez came to prominence within the music industry following the release of her debut studio album On the 6 (1999) which spawned the number one hit single “If You Had My Love“. Her second studio album J.Lo (2001) was a commercial success, selling eight million copies worldwide. J to tha L-O!: The Remixes (2002) became her second consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 while her third and fourth studio albums – This Is Me… Then(2002) and Rebirth (2005) – peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. In 2007, she released two albums including her first full Spanish-language album Como Ama una Mujer, and her fifth English studio album Brave. Returning to music with a new record label, Lopez is scheduled to release her seventh studio album, titled Love?, on April 19, 2011. Its single “On the Floor” is currently impacting charts worldwide. Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including two Grammy Award nominations; two Latin Grammy Awardnominations; three American Music Awards, amongst six nominations; and the estimated sale of over 55 million records worldwide.[2][3][4] Billboard ranked her as the 27th Artist of the 2000s decade.[5] Lending her musical knowledge to others, Lopez is currently a member of the judging panel of American reality television competition American Idol.[6][7]

She led People en Español‘s list of “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in February 2007.[8] She has parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.[9] Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Lopez advocates human rights, vaccinations and is a supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

 

Sources: MySpace.com, People.comWikipedia

Photo Cover Credit to: People.com