She went from the top runways to TV screens as Fancy on “The Jamie Foxx Show.” Now, Garcelle Beauvais finds herself as part of what may be a TV One movie franchise as she stars in “Girlfriends’ Getaway 2,” premiering on the network at 8 p.m. Aug. 29.
“It’s surreal,” she said about the experience of going to exotic locales – like Puerto Rico this time – with her friends Malinda Williams (“Soul Food”), Terri J. Vaughn (“Daddy’s Little Girls”) and Essence Atkins (“A Haunted House”) and producer/director Roger Bobb to again make magic. “You can’t believe this is happening.”
Beauvais’ has graced the silver screen in films from “Wild Wild West,” “Flight,” “Barbershop 2” and “White House Down” to a recurring small screen role last season on NBC’s “Grimm.” And to think it all began with a role on that sitcom featuring a fictitious TV family called The Huxtables.
“I’m not going to comment on Cosby just yet, if that’s okay with you,” she said to a question that begged asking. “I just think it’s sad. That’s all I’ll say.”
Next month will see the release of her third children’s book, “I Am Awesome,” beautifully rendered by Corey Webster, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Beauvais then is off to work with Fonkoze, a micro financing charitable company that helps women start businesses in her native Haiti.
At this point in her career she says she’d like to “play a sexy role like Sharon Stone in ‘Basic Instinct.’ I would love to work with F. Gary Gray, Ava DuVernay and Don Cheadle.
“Idris Elba, I’d do it for free,” she added, perhaps only half-jokingly.
Before all that, Beauvais will walk the red carpet as a best supporting actress nominee – for the buzzworthy independent film “A Girl Called Grace” – at the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards ceremony in Los Angeles next month.
“I got to push myself and the result is it’s getting a lot of good buzz,” she said. “Oprah’s in the same category so I figure I’m just going to get a pretty dress and show up.”
CINE-FILES: A couple of independent films are opening this weekend with ambitious aims. Do we all deserve grace, is asked (and answered) by the religious drama “War Room.” Award-winning filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick may top the success of their previous faith based movies, “Fireproof,” “Courageous” and “Facing The Giants” with this one.
“War Room” stands out with its fresh cast of African American actors Priscilla Shirer, TC Stallings (doing good work as a straying married Big Pharma rep), Michael Jr., and Karen Abercrombie. So far, there are more than 20 buyouts for show times in California on opening weekend alone.
Also in theaters is “Unsullied,” the feature film directorial debut of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end and NFL Super Bowl champion Simeon Rice. The suspense thriller follows a track star (versatile Murray Gray in her first leading role) who is kidnapped by a pair of sociopaths after her car breaks down on a deserted road. Expect lots of action.
FLYING HIGH: Erica Campbell was announced as co-host (with Sadie Robinson) of the Gospel Music Association’s 46th Annual Dove Awards on Oct. 13 in Nashville.
Meanwhile, the multi-Grammy Award Winner is having a homecoming as her Help 2.0 Tour hits The Tabernacle in Inglewood on Aug. 28. Joining her for the event are Brian Courtney Wilson, Gerald & Tammi Haddon, Livre and other friends. Visit etix.com for more.
TASTY QUIP: “I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored. I feel like it’s another ’60s moment, where the people themselves had to expose how ugly they were before things could change. I’m hopeful that that’s happening now.” – QUENTIN TARANTINO to New York Magazine
CLIPPETTES: Tyra Banks and Zendaya are set to guest star on this season of ABC’s “black-ish”…
The Sax Pack (Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa & Kim Waters) will celebrate their 10th anniversary Aug. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Raul Midon opens…
Avery Sunshine and the band doing Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” on the 365Black Awards was fire!…
DJ Questlove is celebrating Michael Jackson with Remember the Time #4 on from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Grand Park… Also that day, Erykah Badu and St. Vincent will perform at The Hollywood Bowl…
Actor and reigning dominoes champion Omar Gooding (“Baby Boy,” “Family Time”) puts his title on the line on Mondays, starting Aug. 31 at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood. “Dominos After Dark” offers players a chance to take home over $3,000 in cash and prizes. The tournament begins at 7 and ends at 10. Registration starts at 6 at the door or in advance online at www.universaldominoleague.com.
TASTY QUIP: “I want to do [Ibsen’s] “Hedda Gabler” only because I think a lot of people got it right. I also want to revisit Isabella in “Measure for Measure” (by Shakespeare). I think it’s a very difficult role. And all the roles that I really want to play, I’m producing: Harriet Tubman, because I want to be reintroduced to her. Who she really is.” – VIOLA DAVIS on “Close-Up with The Hollywood Reporter”
TC ON TV: Aug. 30 – “Sunday Best” (BET): Season finale… “2015 Video Music Awards” (MTV): Kanye West will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s event hosted by Miley Cyrus, with The Weeknd performing…
Aug. 31 – “Summer Under the Stars” (TCM): “A Patch of Blue” starring Sidney Poitier and Shelly Winters… “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NBC): Michael B. Jordan…
Sept. 2 – “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC): Terrell Owens/Robert Carradine…
Sept. 3 – “Fresh Dressed” (CNN): Caught a premiere screening of this absorbing hip-hop fashion tutorial at South Carolina’s Blaktastik Fest. Pharrell Williams, April Walker, Russell Simmons, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Dapper Dan, are witnesses in director Sasha Jenkins’ documentary.
TASTY QUIP: “It’s just that we’re living in a time when celebrity appears to be a lot more important than talent… And talent is something that I really feel has to be understood. It’s not just luck. It’s not a given. It’s a gift. And you gotta have to do some things in order to express that talent. – JILL SCOTT to Smokey Fontaine on TV1’s “Interludes Live.”
“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists on television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.