Taraji’s Movie Misfires, Seal’s Sexual Assault Allegations: Celebrity Wrap Up
by G. Brown
“Proud Mary’s” Shameful Opening Weekend The MLK Holiday weekend killed the dream of a big box office opening for Taraji P. Henson’s “Proud Mary”. The film stars Henson in the title role as an assassin left to mother and mentor a teen boy after a hit goes sideways. Henson’s who’s been a fan delight on the small screen in the FOX hit show “Empire” has in the lead role as an assassin been in the critics cross-hairs with negative reviews. Those bad reviews didn’t help at the box office with “Proud Mary” missing it targeted $20 million opening projection and bringing in half that amount to finish out the weekend number 8 in money grossed behind films like Paddington 2. Some fans griped on social media over the weekend that the film has been poorly promoted. In spite of all the bad mojo, moviegoers who did see the film gave it a B+.
Sealed With Allegations of Sexual Assaults Singer Seal has had one busy week. He popped up in the news last week after a misunderstood post that caused a lot backlash when it looked like he was attacking Oprah. By week’s end, Seal had cleared up that mess, but this week he’s got a bigger mess on his hands. According to Billboard Magazine, Seal is “under criminal investigation for alleged sexual battery stemming from a reported incident that took place at his home in November 2016.” The article goes on to say actress Tracey Birdsall claims “that she and the singer were neighbors in Los Angeles at the time and they developed a close friendship….she went to Seal’s house to retrieve a salad spinner when he allegedly lunged at her, forcing himself on her and attempting to kiss her as she shouted, “What are you doing?,” Birdsall says the “Kiss from a Rose” singer then tried to grope her breast. The singer released a statement refuting the claims and a spokesperson says, “Seal vehemently denies the recent accusations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct of more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”
Baby Makes Three Babies for Kanye and Kim Rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian welcome their third baby to the family on Monday. The baby girl weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 6 oz at Cedars-Sinai early Monday morning. TMZ caught up with Kanye near his Calabasa studio and reports he was all smiles as he head back to work. Kanye and his wife relied upon a surrogate to birth their third child after Kim experienced complications following her delivery of their son Saint born two years ago. Kim posted a big thank you to the surrogate under the title “She is here” saying, “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.” No word on the name of their latest offspring, but fans have been stalking the site waiting for babygirl West’s name. Congratulations to the proud parents.
For this week’s look at the lives of some of your favorite celebrities, that’s a wrap!