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Is There A Conspiracy Keeping Mo'Nique Out Of Movie Roles?

2/20/2015 9:53am EST
Is There A Conspiracy Keeping Mo'Nique Out Of Movie Roles?
Remember that time when Mo'Nique won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious?"

Then, remember that time when she was in zero movies for the next five years? Seriously- Mo'Nique was "Steppin: The Movie" 2009 (the same year as "Precious"), and then nothing until 2014.

Mo'Nique remembers. And she knows why, too. Apparently, she's been "blackballed" by Hollywood.

The comedian/actress revealed what's been going on in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, she learned the truth from "Precious" director Lee Daniels.

"I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six ...

Rumor Patrol: 'The Voice' Judge Situation, Mariah Carey Lip-Synching, Mo'Nique's Weight Loss

5/19/2013 1:07pm EDT
The Voice
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Returning To The Voice? Are two of the original Voice judges returning to their big red seats? Shakira and Usher are departing... or are they?

Verdict: True, and Shakira and Usher are staying. In an interesting movie, The Voice is going into a rotation of judges for the next two seasons. Shakira and Usher are getting a break and will be focusing on family and music while C...

Celebrity Birthdays - December 11, 2011

12/11/2011 3:00am EST
Hailee Steinfeld
Happy Birthday to:

Actress Hailee Steinfeld (1996)

Rapper Mos Def (1973)

Actress Mo'nique (1967)

CSI star Gary Dourdan (1966)

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx (1958)

Singer Jermaine Jackson (1954)

TV/film actress Teri Garr (1949)

Country singer Brenda Lee (1944)

TV and film actress Donna Mills (1942)

Puerto Rican singer/dancer Rita Moreno (1931)

American blues singer Big Mama Thornton (1920; d. 1984)

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John Leguizamo Asks Fans To Stand Behind Gay Marriage

11/9/2011 8:56am EST
John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo has joined the fight for marriage equality by shooting an advertisement to rally support for new legislation.

The star recently sat down to shoot a video for the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality and in the short clip Leguizamo asks fans to stand behind gay couples and acknowledge their right to legally wed.

He says, "Loving, committed couples should be able to marry the person they love and protect their families. And nothing is more important than family. And nothing says family like marriage. So please join me and the majority of Americans who suppo...

Mo'nique's Talk Show Put On 'Indefinite Hiatus'

8/2/2011 8:57am EDT
Oscar-winning actress Mo'nique's talk show has been put on "indefinite hiatus" by TV chiefs.

The Mo'nique Show debuted on BET network in 2009, but after two seasons, bosses admit they have no current plans to film more episodes.

Any recently shot installments will air this month and will be followed by repeats.

However network executives have hinted they may recruit the star for future projects.

A statement from BET to the Los Angeles Times reads, "Mo'Nique Hicks and The Mo'Nique Show are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship with he...

Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

1/25/2011 2:37pm EST
83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations
I was lucky enough to be inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre this morning while the 83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations were announced. Here is a timeline and some insider information on how the morning played out:

2 AM : Time to wake up and get ready for the announcements. Since the nominations are coordinated with morning shows on the East Coast, I knew I would have to try and get some sleep before I had to be up in the middle of the night. My bed time? 5:37 PM. Just enough beauty sleep for this 2 AM wake up call.

3:30 AM: My official call time over at the Academy's headquarters i...

Which Celebrities Are In Open Relationships?

1/17/2011 12:00pm EST
Celebs in Open Relationships
In the upcoming film "No Strings Attached" (in theaters Jan. 21) lifelong friends Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (Natalie Portman) attempt to avoid falling in love after falling into each other's beds. The comedy explores the complexities and quirks of having "friends with benefits." Can that work in real life?

Some celebrity couples agree that they want to be together, but they allow romantic or sexual relationships with additional people. These "open" relationships make big headlines in Hollywood.

Which ones are true and which one's aren't? Check below to find out!

Will Smith & Jada P...

Pink To Receive Human Rights Award

10/6/2010 12:12pm EDT
Pop star Pink is set to be honored for her work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community at a glitzy gala in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

The So What hit-maker will be the toast of the Human Rights Campaign's 14th annual National Dinner this weekend and will be presented with the special Ally for Equality Award by veteran star Bette Midler.

The civil rights organization will also bestow prizes on others who have taken a stand for equality - Precious filmmaker Lee Daniels will be handed the Visibility Award by the film's Oscar-winning star Mo'Nique, while the Na...

Mo'nique And Kim Kardashian Offer Support To Lindsay Lohan

9/28/2010 8:27am EDT
Actress Mo'nique and reality TV star Kim Kardashian have offered their support to Lindsay Lohan, calling for the star's critics to "stop judging her."

The Mean Girls star has endured a turbulent summer which has seen her jailed twice and sent to court-ordered rehab. And now Precious star Mo'Nique has spoken out to defend the troubled actress, insisting Lohan needs to left alone so she has space to overcome her troubles.

She says, "Stop judging her! That baby simply needs some help and if it was your baby, would you want to turn on the TV every night and hear people's horrible opinions a...

ELLE Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Some Of Hollywood's Hottest 25-Year-Olds

9/9/2010 2:31pm EDT
ELLE October 2010
The October 2010 issue of ELLE magazine is the publication's 25th Anniversary, and to share the celebration they've featured 25 different women under 25, including Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad, Gabourey Sidibe and Amanda Seyfried - all four of whom have their own cover for the issue.

Sound bites:

Lauren Conrad:
Best part of being in her twenties: "It's your time to be selfish; you still have freedom."
Where she thought she'd be now: "I was never that girl who just wanted babies. I wanted a career before all of that."

Amanda Seyfried:
What are the best and worst things about turning 25? "The ...

Mo'Nique Involved In Elevator Scare

3/24/2010 9:10am EDT
Mo'Nique was given a scare on the first night of her comedy tour - she was trapped in an elevator for 20 minutes after the show.

The Oscar-winner kicked off her Spread the Love stand-up shows in New Orleans, Louisiana last Friday, but the opening night turned sour after the jokes ended and the star was ushered off to meet fans backstage.

Mo'Nique entered an elevator with several associates and a camera crew from Entertainment Tonight when the carriage came to a sudden halt and they were left stranded. The comedienne soon became irritated and phoned her husband, Sidney Hicks, to complain...

Mo'Nique Offers To Help Sandra Bullock

3/22/2010 10:21pm EDT
"Precious" star Mo'Nique has offered fellow Oscar winner Sandra Bullock her support as the actress battles to save her marriage following an alleged cheating scandal.

"The Blind Side" star has walked out on husband Jesse James following a tabloid expose about his reported relationship with tattoo model and porn star Michelle McGee - aka "Michelle Bombshell" - and Mo'Nique insists she's there for Bullock if she ever needs to talk to someone who has no links to her marriage.

In an appeal to Bullock, who befriended Mo'Nique on the recent awards season circuit, via news show "Entertainment To...

Stars Who Are Not The 'Hollywood Ideal' But Are Beautiful Anyway

3/16/2010 9:40am EDT
Queen Latifah
Jessica Simpson sets out to find beauty in all ages, sizes and colors on her new reality show, "The Price of Beauty," which premiered on VH1 last night. We agree with Jessica that beauty is found everywhere and in everyone, but in Hollywood it is tough to stand out if you aren't tall, thin, young and gorgeous.

We think curvy women are hot, funny women are fabulous and women over 40 are still marvelous. Here are some women who may not be the "Hollywood ideal" but are beautiful to us.

Gabourey Sidibe - This Oscar-nominated actress may be new to Hollywood but she possesses a certain stayin...

Mo'Nique's Flower Was A Gift From McDaniels' Friend

3/8/2010 9:02pm EST
The gardenia Mo'Nique wore in her hair at the Oscars on Sunday was a very special gift from a close friend of "Gone With The Wind" star Hattie McDaniels' family.

The actress/comedienne started thinking her Academy Awards win was destined when the flower arrived in the post as she was getting ready for her big night in Hollywood.

She says, "Something really strange happened - as I'm going through hair and make-up, someone knocked on our door... There's a letter and there's the gardenia flower. The letter is from a woman I've never met before, who is friends with Hattie McDaniels' family me...

Mo'nique Takes Aim At Her Bitter Critics

3/8/2010 12:18pm EST
Mo'nique took aim at stuck-up movie reporters who urged Oscar voters to "teach Mo'Nique a lesson" and snub her backstage at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Minutes after winning gold for her role in Precious, the pre-show Best Supporting Actress award favorite came face to face with some of her harshest critics, who bashed her for not attending certain minor awards shows and festivals last year.

Her decision not to show at select events became a major talking point during awards season in America, and she briefly addressed the controversy in her acceptance speech, thanking me...

They Said It - Oscar Quotes

3/7/2010 9:23pm EST
James Cameron
"We made three times what we thought the movie could make. Three seems to be the number because everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, 'I saw the movie three times'." Three is lucky for "Avatar" director James Cameron.

"It is a life-changing film and it changed my life. So this is appreciated but the win is when someone says, 'My life is different because of the film.' That's priceless." Oscar contender Mo'Nique on being nominated for her role in "Precious".

"I'd like a nice juicy burger and some deep, deeply fried fries... and maybe a milkshake." Sandra Bullock has fast food plans...

Wolfgang Puck Gets Ready For Oscar's Big Night (Photos)

3/6/2010 1:00pm EST
2010 Academy Awards
Wolfgang Puck and a whole lot of other folks are busting their humps getting ready for Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. The following images will give you a bit of a look into what goes on behind the scenes and the amount of planning that goes into Tinseltown's biggest event of the year.

Here, Chef Puck is readying some of his world-famous cuisine at the Oscar Food and Beverage Preview while the red carpet is rolled out along Hollywood Boulevard in anticipation for the bevy of A-listers (and not A-listers) to rub elbows and answer countless "what...

'Precious' Night For Gabourey Sidibe At Independent Spirits Awards

3/6/2010 8:35am EST
Gabourey Sidibe
Academy Award nominees Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Woody Harrelson got their Oscars weekend off to a great start in Los Angeles on Friday night by picking up top acting prizes at the 25th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Mo'Nique and Sidibe's Precious was the night's big winner, claiming five honors - including Best Feature. Bridges' Crazy Heart and the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man were double winners and other major awards were shared by The Messenger, (500) Days of Summer and Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Highlights of the night included Bridges' performance of Falling &...

Mo'Nique: 'I Wouldn't Divorce My Man Over An Affair'

3/4/2010 9:13am EST
Oscar favorite Mo'Nique has given her manager/husband a free pass to be unfaithful, insisting an affair wouldn't mean the end of their marriage. The Precious star has revealed she and husband Sidney Hicks have an open marriage - and she has known her soul mate for too long to file for divorce over any infidelity.

In a candid new pre-Oscars chat with newswoman Barbara Walters, Mo'Nique says, "Could Sid have sex outside of his marriage with me? Yes. That's not a deal-breaker. That's not something that would make us say, 'Pack your things and let's end the marriage.'

"What if it's 20 times...

Mo'Nique Isn't Ashamed Of Her Hairy Legs (Photos)

3/3/2010 12:17pm EST
"He loves the hairy legs and if Sid likes the hairy legs, there you go. I tried shaving one time, and it was so uncomfortable and painful. I said never again would I do that to myself. I'm 42 and I'm very hairy." Actress/comedienne Mo'Nique refuses to shave for husband, Sidney Hicks.

At the 41st NAACP Image Awards last week the spotlight was on "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." Mo'Nique picked up the Outstanding Supporting Actress honor for the film. The actress also picked up a supporting actress award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Feb...

Mariah Carey Squeezes Into A Tight Blue Dress - Hot Or Not

3/2/2010 11:01am EST
Mariah Carey's obviously closing her eyes and wearing sunglasses to hide the pain from squeezing into this tight little number that she wore while hosting her official end of tour party at Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Although Mimi looks quite curvy in this snug navy blue dress, we can't help thinking back to when we pointed out how her legs look a little bigger - and it seems that her hips are getting into the action too. Is our favorite diva starting to really put on the pounds?

Anyhow, Mariah's recent film "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" has been cleaning u...

NAACP Award Winners

2/27/2010 1:35pm EST
Keri Hilson
Oscar contender "Precious" was the big winner at the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Friday, with the film's star Gabourey Sidibe landing an Outstanding Actress accolade.

The spotlight was on "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" as Mo'Nique picked up the Outstanding Supporting Actress honor, moviemaker Lee Daniels was named Outstanding Director and Geoffrey Fletcher took home the Outstanding Writing trophy.

The film was also named Outstanding Motion Picture of the year at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Newcomer Sidibe thanked her co-stars as she stepped onstage to collect her prize, cal...

'The Hurt Locker' Wins Big At BAFTAs; Kristen Stewart Wins Popularity Prize

2/22/2010 8:42am EST
Kristen Stewart Looking hot At BAFTAs
The Hurt Locker stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night - scooping six trophies including Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The war thriller also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Accepting her award for Best Director, Bigelow said, "What an honor, especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I've admired and been inspired by for decades."

Colin Firth saw off Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ge...

82nd Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

2/2/2010 3:34pm EST
82nd Oscar Surprises, Snubs & Who Shouldn
And there were ten.

It seems kind of strange to say that, right? Ten Best Picture nominees? We knew it was coming for nearly a year, but now it's actually there. In Black and white. Ten nominees. Strange.

After seeing the list, it's easy to see that the Academy might be on to something. Sure, it would have gotten the biggest blockbuster of all time with "Avatar" earning a Best Picture nomination if there were only five nominees, but it would have missed out on other massive hits like "The Blind Side", "Up", and "District 9".

Now, the telecast is going to get a lot more casual...

'Avatar' & 'The Hurt Locker' Nominated For 9 Academy Awards Each - See Full List Of Nominees!

2/2/2010 8:57am EST
2010 Oscar Nominations
James Cameron's science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This year the Oscars are featuring 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five. The other eight are: District 9, Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education and Precious.

Best Picture: "Avatar," ''The Blind Side," ''District 9," ''An Education," ''The Hurt Locker," ''Inglourious Basterds," ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," ''A Serious M...

SAG Awards Fashion: Crimson Gowns, Bare Shoulders & More (Photos)

1/25/2010 1:30pm EST
SAG Awards Fashion
One-shouldered dresses and vibrant crimson gowns dominated the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards this weekend. Mariah Carey, "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks, and other ladies captivated in red, while celebrities like "30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski and French actress Marion Cotillard were one of the many who opted for the single shoulder look.

Sandra Bullock was named Best Actress for her performance in The Blind Side. She won the same award at last week's Golden Globes. Mo'nique took home Best Supporting Actress for Precious, while Tina Fey and Julianna Margulies claimed...

'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

12/15/2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.


Photos: Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul & More Stars At The LA 'Precious' Premiere

11/2/2009 10:24am EST
LA Precious movie premiere
Lots of stars, including Olivia Wilde, showed up at the premiere of the film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" at AFI Fest 2009 in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 1. See who else posed on the red carpet.

The film is about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child.

Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted int...

Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

9/2/2008 11:11am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most stirring and clever observations were made on the latest stories on Rumer Willis' fashion sense, Brad Pitt's expending brood, and Pamela Anderson vs. Chicken Drumstick, as well as celebrity Trout Pouts.

Topic Highlights = There were some polite and considerate comments made about Sean Bean, Roger Waters and Paris Hilton and there was no love or affection for Toby Keith, Miley Cyrus or Mo’nique.


Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

7/11/2008 12:15pm EDT
1.) Beasizemore asks, "What is Mo'Nique's last name, when did she get married, and how old are her twins?"

Mo'Nique was born in Maryland with the last name Imes. She married Mark Jackson in 1997 and divorced in 2001. In 2006, she married childhood friend Sidney Hicks. The couple has said publicly they have an open marriage, and Mo'Nique told the New York Times, "If sex happens with another person, that's not a deal breaker for us." Mo'Nique and Sidney have twins, Jonathan and David, born Oct. 3, 2005. The twins are 2 1/2 years old.

2.) nado asks, "How old is Joe Jonas?"