Meet the Blacks starring Mike Epps, Lil Duval, Gary Owens, King Bach and Bresha Webb hit at number eight at the box office opening weekend. Director, Deon Taylor, and the cast members gave us an exclusive interview on you should support this movie.
“Jokes came out naturally,” says Taylor about working with a group of funny guys. The film is a spoof of one of Taylor’s favorite movies, The Purge. Meet the Blacks is about a Chicago family that moves to a mansion in Beverly Hills. Unfortunately, they move at the wrong time- a 12 hour period in which all laws are suspended. People are free to do whatever they want. Epps, who plays Carl Black, is the head of this family who previously left his job as a cable installer after stealing a giant stack of cash.
Epps, who is also a fan of the film The Purge, met with Taylor and fell in love with the idea of the movie. He quickly signed on and helped Taylor land other talent like Mike Tyson and Snoop who make a cameo appearance. Taylor’s idea for this film was also confirmed as brilliant after sharing it with Jaime Foxx who could not stop laughing. It took only about 7 months for Taylor to finish the script.
We are very excited to see break out social media star, King Bach, take on his character as love interest to Bresha Webb. King Bach has been known for his hilarious vine videos. This will be the stars film debut. To prepare, King Bach says, “I do a lot of improv.” He also talks about studying at Florida State and how that helped the Canadian born actor create his character for the big screen.
Taylor’s luck continued at he was able to have the movie scored by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. With so much talent, it is hard to think that this film will not be a success. We hope Taylor gets to laugh…all the way to the bank.
MillionaireMatch: I definitely want to hear about your new book, Dr. Feel Good. When did you first start writing?
Christian: When I was twelve. I started writing when I was a kid. Grew up in the foster care system, so paper and pencil were always available and it was kind of an escape, a vehicle. It was nice to have a place where you could go and create a world that was better than mine so that’s kind of the way I started writing and fell in love with writing.
MM: Tell me about the main character, Phillip in your new book, Dr. Feel Good.
Christian: The main guy is Dr. Phillip Gooden and we kind of follow this journey from a failed engagement through kind of burying himself so he didn’t have to deal with the pain of that failed engagement. He is focused on helping other people, which is a great thing, but at the cost of not wanting to deal with his own issues. He also has his best friend who isn’t the most responsible doctor. His friend is trying to sleep with the hot patients, updating Instagram and not paying attention. He's hung over from the night before a lot. He’s a very good doctor, but he just doesn’t take it seriously. Between that and all the antics of the other patients in the story and Phil eventually falling for someone and then the ex trying to come back into the picture, there's just a lot going on. There are a lot of layers and levels to the story, which I like.
MM: I love that. Do you and Dr. Gooden have any similarities?
Christian: Well, we share similarities but both of these stories are completely fiction. In my first book, Ladies Night, there's a robbery scene in there that actually did happen to me. I was working at 7 Eleven and I got robbed. The guy robbed the store with a machete.
MM: Oh my gosh!
Christian: The scene in the book is exactly the way it felt in real life. I tried to give him everything in the damn store. I gave him a couple of cartons of cigarettes voluntarily. I was like, “You smell like you smoke. Cool. Is it Newports? We have cartons of Newports. Can I get you a couple of cartons?” He was like, “Yeah gimme a couple cartons”.
Christian: I just started offering, “We got cereal down there, so you can have something for your kids to eat tomorrow for school. Are you thirsty? We got Slurpee’s over here. You want to get some beer out the cooler?” I just wanted to get him out of the store and keep him in a good mood. So occasionally something like that would happen and it was a cool story from my life or like a bad dating experience, but other than that it would be 98% fiction. In the new book Dr. Feel Good, he and I do share a caring to help other people work through things. That is definitely similar.
MM: You're always busy, you’re always working. How do you continue working so much?
Christian: Grace and favor, honestly.
Christian: I mean ultimately, you put in the work and then a lot of it is opening the right doors and connecting with the right people. I feel like the more we’re prepared and put in the work the more opportunities you can capitalize on. It creates a steady stream of work.
MM: Let’s switch to your dating life. What do you like appearance wise when you meet a woman?
Christian: When it comes to women, I believe confidence is attractive. Like a genuine confidence, not arrogance but confidence. If she's petite, she owns it. If she's curvy, she owns it. If she's BBW, she owns it and rocks it. I think that is attractive. When it’s that genuine humble confidence, a really nice smile and some pretty eyes I think that it’s intriguing. Clearly as a man you want a woman who keeps herself together, who keeps herself up. I'm an active man, I work out a lot. A woman, she doesn’t have to have a six pack, to have certain measurements, but work out just for the sake of longevity and for her wanting to be on the earth for a long time.
It’s attractive to me when you don’t show everything. Leaving some things to the imagination, there’s something to be said about that. When everything’s out, it’s terrible. Literally, I’ve been out and seen a woman turn and her whole chest is spilling out the side. It kind of defeats the purpose. It backfires when they are doing a little too much, but that’s my preference. I am not judging the people that love to dress wild, but I like a little mystery. Let me guess what’s under there.
MM: I love it! That’s old school. That thinking still exists?
Christian: It does.
MM: If you had to choose between having a lover that was poor versus a lover that was rich which would you go with?
Christian: I don’t know. I really don’t because I think there would be the benefit of both to be honest. It’s a tough one. The woman with her own money is a plus. Of course she’s bringing something more to the table other than coming to the table and looking to see what YOU are going to bring to the table. But you may find a woman that may not be financially blessed and she’s a great woman. A woman who has a lot of money may think you’re going to jump when she says jump and that’s not how I’m built. So it’s tough. I would prefer a lady to be a blend of both. She doesn’t have to be rich, but I’d like to mix the two if possible. I don’t know if I can pick one.
MM: Have you ever did online dating?
Christian: I would just rather meet somebody and let things happen naturally. I can kind of feel people out when I am around them and I know if that’s somebody that’s good for me and need to be in my life or somebody that’s not. You can’t do that with online dating, but I have had friends, a good friend of mine, that met her husband on there. I have had some people that have had some success.
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If you want to meet Christian in person, he will be having a book signing in Atlanta on April 1st at Barnes and Nobles downtown and on April 15th in Los Angeles at the Grove. Be sure to connect with him on social media @christiankeyes.
Jill Marie Jones: “I’m just a blessed little girl from Texas that gets to live her dreams.”
Jill Marie Jones is best known as the sassy and sexy Toni Childs from the hit UPN show Girlfriends, which also starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks and Persia White. Booking the role of Childs was huge for Jones since it was only her third audition. Now, you can see her in the unapologetic role of Amanda Fisher on the popular Ash Vs Evil Dead show kicking butt and shedding lots of blood. MillionaireMatch got the inside scoop to how she landed the role and what life has been like since Girlfriends.
MillionaireMatch: How has it been working on Ash Vs Evil Dead?
Jill Marie Jones: It’s been incredible. I really love the blood.
MM: How did you get the role of Amanda Fisher?
Jill Marie Jones: The role came through my rep. The script was tightly held, because they didn’t want the script to get leaked. I only had the sides for Amanda. When I saw ‘comedy’ on the appointment sheet, I thought it was a typo. I thought, ‘there’s no way.’
MM: Have fans received you well?
Jill Marie Jones: The fans have been so supportive of me since day one. I mean Girlfriends has the most amazing fan base and followers. Now, I have this other huge fan base as well. I mean, those are loyal fans with the Evil Dead. It’s scary entering into something that’s so iconic. It’s definitely a lot of fun.
MM: Tell us about being on set.
Jill Marie Jones: We shot in the beautiful, beautiful New Zealand. It’s literally a backdrop to a postcard. I mean it’s just that gorgeous. One of the benefits of shooting away from your home is that you really get to bond with your cast and crew. So, we are like family. You’re spending weekends together that we don’t talk about in the press. Like, that’s our secret.
MM: What has changed since being on Girlfriends?
Jill Marie Jones: Girlfriends was a shock for me. I never studied comedic acting. I didn’t know I was funny. I kept thinking that first season, they’re (executives) gonna find out I’m a fraud. Like, I’m really not funny. They’re gonna figure it out. With Ash Vs Evil, I found out I love physical combat, shooting guns and fighting people.
MM: Do you think television has gotten better or worse?
Jill Marie Jones: I’m so in love with television today. In the last five or six years, there’s some great television out there. There’s some meaty stuff you could just chomp your teeth into.
MM: What is your ideal role to play?
Jill Marie Jones: I’m just a blessed little girl from Texas that gets to live her dreams.
MM: Would you consider doing theater?
Jill Marie Jones: I did a play once. I was so nervous, but one of the best experiences I have had. I would love that. It’s like running with bulls.
MM: Has social media changed the way you do business or get work?
Jill Marie Jones: I guess, maybe. What I love so much about social media is that I have my arms around those who support me. It helps for sure. I love it, because I get to really have a conversation with the people who supported me for years.
From Days of Our Lives to Guiding Light, daytime soaps have been known to have some of the sexiest men on this planet. Though their on-screen lives are filled with love triangles and family drama, they may be a great match in real life.
Last month, Soap Opera Digest celebrated its 40th anniversary and we are happy to say MillionaireMatch got up close and personal with a few of the hottest men on television.
Vincent Irizarry (Days of Our Lives) took charge of the red carpet in a dapper looking black suit and his beautiful smile. Reminiscing on one of his favorite storylines, he says it was "probably about a baby I thought was mine. I thought the baby was mine for a long time and then I found out it wasn't. It was emotional and intense." I imagine this zapping the energy out of a person. To detach from the emotional draining, Irizarry says he chooses to "relax with my woman right here, Donna." That's the perfect way for a man to relax.
As far as a real-life love triangle, Christian LeBlanc keeps it pretty simple. “Me, my ego and soup was the last triangle I had,” he explains. Playfully joking on the red carpet with guy pal Tyler Christopher (General Hospital), LeBlanc sounded like he may be catching baby fever. He says while pointing at Christopher, “He has babies and I see pictures of babies all the time. Michelle Stafford’s baby, Jessica Collins’ baby, I’m surrounded by babies right now. I see him [Christopher] with his little baby and I want to get me some.” The actor has had over 30 years working in daytime television. The only thing missing is a love story where he plays the main character in real life. Maybe this will be the year of switching things up and making major changes.
Not too different from how the industry has had to change. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called insanity, and the soap opera industry has taken note. The Bay, a soap web series created by Gregory J. Martin, has changed the game. Last year, the internet-based soap became an Emmy Award-winning show. “It was surreal for me because I grew up watching soaps,” he said remembering his first day shooting The Bay. “To see all those icons in one room was great. Like, wow, this is amazing. This is exactly what I imagined the show would be,” Martin said.
In addition to fans now viewing their favorite daytime stars online, they can give their opinion faster than you can blink. Lawrence Saint Victor (The Bold and the Beautiful) says that social media has made a huge difference in connecting with fans and hearing what they have to say. “Fans, I think their voice is heard way more than when I started back in 2006 on Guiding Light. Twitter and stuff, they let you know right away and they also talk about it with each other. It's more of a community. People chime in on what they love and hate,” says Saint Victor. Good thing his character “Carter” is one of the good guys. On what he has learned from playing the good guy, he says, “Work out a lot.” We are sure fans are grateful for that.
Last week, Soap Opera Digest celebrated their 40th anniversary bringing together past and present stars of all the daytime shows at The Argyle in Hollywood. Soap Opera Digest is the number one soap magazine providing the inside scoop, breaking news and interviews for thousands of viewers. This event was soap opera heaven. We were lucky enough to score an interview with the lovely Terri Ivens, who is currently on The Bayas Orchid, a spicy call girl. Ivens is best known for her role as Simone Torres on All My Children.
Millionaire Match: How do you feel being here tonight to celebrate the 40thanniversary of Soap Opera Digest?
Terri: I grew up with soaps. I had my stories. My first job when I started was on Days of Our Lives. Mrs. H, who is no longer with us, and Patch when he use to wear a patch was in the make-up room. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. Mom! Look who I worked with today.’
MM: What has been your favorite story line?
Terri: Any one with me in it. [Laughter] With a nice arc. Hopefully landing in bed with a not too early call time. [Laughter]
MM: With all the drama and love triangles, how do you detach from that once you leave the set?
Terri: It’s called children, right. [Laughter] I have one daughter. She’s 11-years old. She grew up on the studio floor in New York City of All My Children. They don’t know how famous you think you are. They don’t…they are hungry, they need this and they want that. ‘What about me?’ Right. And that’s the beauty of it. That’s the best thing that ever happened was to have this wonderful creation help me take my eyes off myself. I’m a better person for it.
MM: Is it hard dating as a celebrity?
Terri: Yes! I haven’t dated in over two years. [Laughter] I noticed that…I don’t know if men are intimidated. There are certain age categories, right. I need mature so I’m actually attracted to the older man which is probably more fitted for my age. But, I like the 30-hunking, you know, six-pack abs, but I freaking scare them. I have a house. I drive a nice car. I have a kid. I like to go out and have dinner. So, I noticed that the guys 40 and under, unless they are successful, they can hang with me for a little while and then they start feeling guilty. Cause they are not suppose to take from a single mom. [chuckle] If they were raised right, they suppose to be paying.
MM: Somebody is waiting for you.
Terri: I hope so. I hope he’s inside. [Laughter]
MM: Would you ever do online dating?
Terri: You know, I toiled around with it. My sister signed me up for Tinder. It’s hilarious. I got really scared, because you’re suppose to left swipe, left swipe. But I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s okay!’ My sister’s like, ‘But he’s just okay.’ And I’m so lazy. You have to be location attractive, desirable. If you aren’t in a 5 mile radius, good luck, because I am not sitting in traffic. [Laughter]
Well, we hope Terri finds that lucky guy soon. The Bay was created by Gregori J. Martin. To see more of this beauty, tune into The Bay online at www.thebayseries.com or the stars’ on-camera radio show, “Going to Bed with Terri Ivens”.