Vanessa Fights For Her Marriage But Fox Wants The Single Life

Sexy VANESSA WILLIAMS is desperately trying to save her marriage to retired basketball superstar RICK FOX, despite his plans to divorce the singer and enjoy the single life.

Williams, 42, admits the couple had sex at Christmas (04) when they spent the holidays together - four months after Fox started divorce proceedings.

She says, "It was a mutual thing and it was good."

But she's coming to terms with the fact that her feelings for Fox might not save her marriage.

She explains, "I still have some anger issues, for sure (but) I'm still in love now with him. But he wants to be single out there. That's the dream.

"He filed for divorce. It wasn't my decision, that's for sure. He just didn't want to be married."

Williams claims her estranged husband came to his decision to file for divorce while he was in therapy last year (04).

She adds, "I got a phone call saying he's in therapy... and the therapist said, 'Maybe you're not the marrying type of guy.'"

01/04/2005 02:34

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Miss America 2014 Winner Nina Davuluri Chooses To "Rise Above" Racist Comments 3870118 News

Nina Davuluri made history after being crowned Miss America 2014 at Sunday's ceremony held in Atlantic City. Nina Davuluri is the first winner of the crown of Indian descent. The New Yorker celebrated her heritage by performing a Bollywood dance for the talent section of the pageant, also another first. On this subject, whilst being interviewed on Good Morning America, Davuluri said "It's the first time Bollywood has ever been performed on the Miss America stage and it's such an honour for myself, my family and the Indian community, as well."

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Nina Davuluri after being crowned Miss America 2014.

However, the response to the crowning of Davuluri was shocking, as many viewers took to social media sites to racially abuse the new Miss America. Some users of Twitter referred to American born Davuluri as "the Arab" and "Miss 7-11." Yet another user wrote "This is America, not India", according to USA Today

Davuluri was not perturbed by the ridiculous comments made by some viewers. The 24-year-old winner on the subject of the social media reaction said, according to the Associated Press, "I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American," also stating, "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity. I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."

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Nina Davuluri made sure no one could doubt her national pride by visiting New York and paying tribute to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She posted a picture on the official Miss America Instagram, adding the caption "With great American pride I'm honoured to begin my year of service as Miss America with a visit to the Freedom Tower; a symbol of our nations resilience, strength, and unity. #ProudToBeAnAmerican".

Nina DavuluriNina Davuluri at one of the Miss America pageant events in Atlantic City.

This is not the first time a Miss America contestant has been subject to insults. Vanessa Williams, best known to us due to her roles in Ugly Betty (as Wilhelmina Slater) and as the singer of the Pocahontas film song 'Colours of the Wind', won the pageant in 1983 and was the first African American woman to win the crown. Another Miss New York, the model turned singer turned actress received death threats and negative attention owing to the release of nude photographs. PBS argues the reaction to such images would not have been so violent had Williams not been an African American woman.

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Nina Davuluri performing her Bollywood style dance at the Miss America pageant.

Nina Davuluri made history after being crowned Miss America 2014 at Sunday's ceremony held in Atlantic City. Nina Davuluri is the first winner of the crown of Indian descent. The New Yorker celebrated her heritage by performing a Bollywood dance for the talent section of the pageant, also another first. On this subject, whilst being interviewed on Good Morning America, Davuluri said "It's the first time Bollywood has ever been performed on the Miss America stage and it's such an honour for myself, my family and the Indian community, as well."

Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri after being crowned Miss America 2014.

However, the response to the crowning of Davuluri was shocking, as many viewers took to social media sites to racially abuse the new Miss America. Some users of Twitter referred to American born Davuluri as "the Arab" and "Miss 7-11." Yet another user wrote "This is America, not India", according to USA Today

Davuluri was not perturbed by the ridiculous comments made by some viewers. The 24-year-old winner on the subject of the social media reaction said, according to the Associated Press, "I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American," also stating, "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity. I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."

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Nina Davuluri made sure no one could doubt her national pride by visiting New York and paying tribute to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She posted a picture on the official Miss America Instagram, adding the caption "With great American pride I'm honoured to begin my year of service as Miss America with a visit to the Freedom Tower; a symbol of our nations resilience, strength, and unity. #ProudToBeAnAmerican".

Nina DavuluriNina Davuluri at one of the Miss America pageant events in Atlantic City.

This is not the first time a Miss America contestant has been subject to insults. Vanessa Williams, best known to us due to her roles in Ugly Betty (as Wilhelmina Slater) and as the singer of the Pocahontas film song 'Colours of the Wind', won the pageant in 1983 and was the first African American woman to win the crown. Another Miss New York, the model turned singer turned actress received death threats and negative attention owing to the release of nude photographs. PBS argues the reaction to such images would not have been so violent had Williams not been an African American woman.

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Nina Davuluri performing her Bollywood style dance at the Miss America pageant.

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Teri Hatcher is looking for love 3820801 News

Teri Hatcher wants a new boyfriend.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' star, who split from her second husband, Jon Tenney, in 2003 after nine years of marriage, has revealed she recently went on her first date in almost three years, after being set up by her former co-star Vanessa Williams.

The 48-year-old actress told the MailOnline website: ''Vanessa Williams and me are pretty good friends. In fact, she was the one who just set me up on a blind date, the first date I've had in two-and-a-half years.''

The 'Planes' actress recently revealed she would like to find someone special to share her life with now that her daughter, Emerson, is a teenager.

She said: ''I have been really fortunate to have some great experiences in my life, and I look forward to more, and I would really like to have someone special to share those with. I guess that's what I'm looking for. I have a really good life and I'm really self-sufficient. I guess that's a good place to come from -- to be happy and settled. I just want to share that.''

Meanwhile, Teri opened up about why she chopped off her long hair and trained to become a chef in France after 'Desperate Housewives' ended last year.

She said: ''It was some sort of way of just letting go I guess and I actually enrolled in the Cordon Bleu cooking school [in Paris] as a full-time student. So, I would take my new short hair, put it in a ponytail and put my little chef-in-training hat on, my chef coat and no make-up.

''That's how I dressed for six months. I wanted to get completely out of myself, meet different people, focus on different things and be challenged by a new set of skills.''

Teri Hatcher wants a new boyfriend.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' star, who split from her second husband, Jon Tenney, in 2003 after nine years of marriage, has revealed she recently went on her first date in almost three years, after being set up by her former co-star Vanessa Williams.

The 48-year-old actress told the MailOnline website: ''Vanessa Williams and me are pretty good friends. In fact, she was the one who just set me up on a blind date, the first date I've had in two-and-a-half years.''

The 'Planes' actress recently revealed she would like to find someone special to share her life with now that her daughter, Emerson, is a teenager.

She said: ''I have been really fortunate to have some great experiences in my life, and I look forward to more, and I would really like to have someone special to share those with. I guess that's what I'm looking for. I have a really good life and I'm really self-sufficient. I guess that's a good place to come from -- to be happy and settled. I just want to share that.''

Meanwhile, Teri opened up about why she chopped off her long hair and trained to become a chef in France after 'Desperate Housewives' ended last year.

She said: ''It was some sort of way of just letting go I guess and I actually enrolled in the Cordon Bleu cooking school [in Paris] as a full-time student. So, I would take my new short hair, put it in a ponytail and put my little chef-in-training hat on, my chef coat and no make-up.

''That's how I dressed for six months. I wanted to get completely out of myself, meet different people, focus on different things and be challenged by a new set of skills.''

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'Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor' - Kim Kardashian Role Revealed In Movie Trailer 3433159 News

Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy may be all over the news but making babies isn’t all that the reality TV star has been up to lately. She’s also been doing a spot of acting, in Tyler Perry’s latest movie, Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor. Kim appears in the movie alongside Eric West, Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams and Brandy Norwood.

Tyler Perry’s latest venture tells the tale of a marriage counsellor whose own marriage is hit with complications when she starts an affair with one of her clients and her professional and personal lives collide. Kim plays the role of an employee at a matchmaking firm and its her voiceover that open’s the trailer, with the words “we have a billion dollars walking in and out of these offices looking for love.” Dressed in a skin-tight, peach coloured dress, she says to Judith (Jurnee Smollet), “We have a standard to uphold and that blouse, it's telling it all,” to which Judith replies “So does your dress.” When Kim’s character Ava asks what’s wrong with the dress, Judith replies “Can you even breathe?” with a smirk.

Kim unveiled the trailer on her blog, writing “I'm so excited to reveal the trailer for the new Tyler Perry movie I am in called Temptation.
This has been an incredible experience for me and I'm so excited for the movie to come out on March 29, 2013.”  

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Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy may be all over the news but making babies isn’t all that the reality TV star has been up to lately. She’s also been doing a spot of acting, in Tyler Perry’s latest movie, Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor. Kim appears in the movie alongside Eric West, Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams and Brandy Norwood.

Tyler Perry’s latest venture tells the tale of a marriage counsellor whose own marriage is hit with complications when she starts an affair with one of her clients and her professional and personal lives collide. Kim plays the role of an employee at a matchmaking firm and its her voiceover that open’s the trailer, with the words “we have a billion dollars walking in and out of these offices looking for love.” Dressed in a skin-tight, peach coloured dress, she says to Judith (Jurnee Smollet), “We have a standard to uphold and that blouse, it's telling it all,” to which Judith replies “So does your dress.” When Kim’s character Ava asks what’s wrong with the dress, Judith replies “Can you even breathe?” with a smirk.

Kim unveiled the trailer on her blog, writing “I'm so excited to reveal the trailer for the new Tyler Perry movie I am in called Temptation.
This has been an incredible experience for me and I'm so excited for the movie to come out on March 29, 2013.”  

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Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor 3433125 Videos 3rd January 2013

Judith is a marriage counsellor who, ironically, has little experience of relationships as she has been with her first boyfriend for nineteen years and married for six. Despite this, she works at a well-respected clinic with regular high status clients, though she does have dreams about setting up her own practise. One day, a major social media inventor comes in for a consultation with her and they find they recognise each other from their regular running routines. Although Judith is at first unimpressed by him and even a little disapproving, she soon finds herself falling for his charms as problems in her own marriage begin to escalate and he does his best to persuade her that things could be better away from her husband despite her beliefs that they are perfectly compatible. However, he is womanising, abusive and destructive and it doesn't take long before their affair spirals out of control and her husband discovers what she's been trying to hide.

This story of the trials and tribulations of love and marriage is the thirteenth movie by Tyler Perry ('I Can Do Bad All by Myself', 'Why Did I Get Married?'), director, writer and producer, based on a play of the same name he previously wrote. 'Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor' will hit movie theaters on March 29th 2013. 

Director: Tyler Perry

Starring: Eric West, Jurnee Smollett, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Robbie Jones, Lance Gross, Sharon Oliphant, Andrea Moore, Ella Joyce, Candice Coke, Nickolas Wolf, Cara Mantella, Denise Pereira, Zach Sale,

 

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Kim Kardashian Flexes Acting Muscles In Trailer For New Tyler Perry Movie 3429066 News

Kim Kardashian must really be sick of people asking her what she's famous for because she has actually been doing what can only be described as work (in a sense) over the past few months.

Now, her latest professional turn sees her in front of the camera and actually acting (well...) rather than whatever she normally does when she's being filmed. Clearly, this is big news.

The new trailer for Tyler Perry's next movie, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Councillor, shows Kim K in the role of Ava, a sassy matchmaker, who in the trailer is seen disparaging a co-worker's fashion sense since it’s not representative of their business - I wonder where they came up with that character development? As well as talking about clothes, Kim's character also dates rich men, but then again did anyone really expect to see her as Lady MacBeth in her first role?

Vanessa Williams, Jurnee Smollett and Brandy Norwood also star in the film, which was written, produced and directed by Perry. In the film, Judith (Smollett), a marriage counselor turned high-profile matchmaker, has an affair with a client (Robbie Jones) that wreaks havoc on her personal and professional lives. Things get even more complicated when the consequences of her temptation impact her long-term relationship with husband Bryce (Lance Gross).

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor hits theatres on March 29, 2013.

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Kim Kardashian must really be sick of people asking her what she's famous for because she has actually been doing what can only be described as work (in a sense) over the past few months.

Now, her latest professional turn sees her in front of the camera and actually acting (well...) rather than whatever she normally does when she's being filmed. Clearly, this is big news.

The new trailer for Tyler Perry's next movie, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Councillor, shows Kim K in the role of Ava, a sassy matchmaker, who in the trailer is seen disparaging a co-worker's fashion sense since it’s not representative of their business - I wonder where they came up with that character development? As well as talking about clothes, Kim's character also dates rich men, but then again did anyone really expect to see her as Lady MacBeth in her first role?

Vanessa Williams, Jurnee Smollett and Brandy Norwood also star in the film, which was written, produced and directed by Perry. In the film, Judith (Smollett), a marriage counselor turned high-profile matchmaker, has an affair with a client (Robbie Jones) that wreaks havoc on her personal and professional lives. Things get even more complicated when the consequences of her temptation impact her long-term relationship with husband Bryce (Lance Gross).

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor hits theatres on March 29, 2013.

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Desperate Housewives: Teri Hatcher Snubs Wrap Party 3017185 News
Desperate Housewives may be one of the most popular shows on TV but the catty behaviour that you often see on screen seems to have been carrying on whilst the cameras stop rolling. Nicoleltte Sheridan's court case against the show's producers, Abc and its henchman, Marc Cherry is still on-going. And now, the media's attention has turned to the rift between Teri Hatcher and, well, pretty much the rest of the female leads in the show.

Hatcher was notably absent from the show's wrap party - a pretty big omission, given that she has been a part of the show since it began in 2004. Not only that, but she didn't turn up to the more public final farewell party at W Hotel in Hollywood last week. Celebuzz also revealed that the 'girls' (i.e. Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Vanessa Williams. all of the main ones except Teri) clubbed together to buy luggage gifts for the crew as a parting present. "The girls don't get along with Teri so they organized this and left her out," a source told Celebuzz.

Hatcher has sworn that she won't kiss and tell on the behind-the-scenes drama - perhaps she feels that Nicollette Sheridan's court case has done enough damage to the show's reputation. She did, however, recently email TV Guide and say "I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all, but I wish everyone on this show well. Marc created out of thin air a majestic street called Wisteria Lane... and four really complimentary characters: a selfish girl, a harried woman, a repressed control freak and a soul-searching, well-meaning fumbler. Those four characters and the actresses who played them seemed to meld together in a way that harkens the phrase 'once in a lifetime.'"

Desperate Housewives may be one of the most popular shows on TV but the catty behaviour that you often see on screen seems to have been carrying on whilst the cameras stop rolling. Nicoleltte Sheridan's court case against the show's producers, Abc and its henchman, Marc Cherry is still on-going. And now, the media's attention has turned to the rift between Teri Hatcher and, well, pretty much the rest of the female leads in the show.

Hatcher was notably absent from the show's wrap party - a pretty big omission, given that she has been a part of the show since it began in 2004. Not only that, but she didn't turn up to the more public final farewell party at W Hotel in Hollywood last week. Celebuzz also revealed that the 'girls' (i.e. Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Vanessa Williams. all of the main ones except Teri) clubbed together to buy luggage gifts for the crew as a parting present. "The girls don't get along with Teri so they organized this and left her out," a source told Celebuzz.

Hatcher has sworn that she won't kiss and tell on the behind-the-scenes drama - perhaps she feels that Nicollette Sheridan's court case has done enough damage to the show's reputation. She did, however, recently email TV Guide and say "I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all, but I wish everyone on this show well. Marc created out of thin air a majestic street called Wisteria Lane... and four really complimentary characters: a selfish girl, a harried woman, a repressed control freak and a soul-searching, well-meaning fumbler. Those four characters and the actresses who played them seemed to meld together in a way that harkens the phrase 'once in a lifetime.'"
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Vanessa Williams And Mother Sign Book - 'You Have No Idea' 2995133 Celebrity Videos 1983's Miss America Vanessa Williams poses with her mother Helen at a book signing in Barnes & Noble, New York City. Photos are taken of the mother and daughter showing off their new book and posing as they sign a copy together.<br><br>Their book, "You Have No Idea", is an autobiographical account of Vanessa's hopes and ambitions growing up, her childhood traumas and conflict with her co-writer mother. Aside from modelling, 49-year-old Vanessa Williams has had various major acting roles including in the 2006-2010 TV series "Ugly Betty", "Eraser" and "Shaft" 1983's Miss America Vanessa Williams poses with her mother Helen at a book signing in Barnes & Noble, New York City. Photos are taken of the mother and daughter showing off their new book and posing as they sign a copy together.<br><br>Their book, "You Have No Idea", is an autobiographical account of Vanessa's hopes and ambitions growing up, her childhood traumas and conflict with her co-writer mother. Aside from modelling, 49-year-old Vanessa Williams has had various major acting roles including in the 2006-2010 TV series "Ugly Betty", "Eraser" and "Shaft" 20th April 2012 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2012apr/vanessa-williams-and-mother-sign-book-you-have-no-idea_11719.jpg
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Hannah Montana The Movie 2073326 Videos 15th April 2009

Watch the trailer for Hannah Montana The Movie

Hannah Montana has had the feature film treatment. To her friends Miley Stewart is a normal girl, she goes to school and plays out just as much as she studies. Little do her friends know, Miley also leads another secret life as pop star Hannah Montana.

When Miley's secret life starts to get out of control and take over her normal life, her father whisks her away for a break. Fun, Romance and adventure are just some of the things that await Miley.

Starring: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Vanessa Williams, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Lucas Till, Moises Arias, Margo Martindale, Melora Hardin, Barry Bostwick, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift

Director: Peter Chelsom

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Johnson Family Vacation 2149023 Film Reviews

When lazy and talentless comedy writers bang their heads together to knock out a road trip movie, they always give away how little they care about cleverness and creativity in the very first reel. If a road trip movie has a good excuse for getting off the beaten track (there's no adventure to be had on the Interstate), chances are you'll have good characters and good laughs.

But if, as in "Johnson Family Vacation," the driver just says "I know a shortcut" (a shortcut from California to Missouri?!), then buckle up -- you're in for a long, laughless ride of tiresome set pieces and second-rate slapstick.

In this case the driver is Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer), an insurance agent and standard sitcom Dumb Dad who drags his estranged family halfway across the country for a family reunion where (feeble gimmick alert!) he's determined to win the "Family of the Year" trophy from the catty clan of his brash, competitive older brother (Steve Harvey).

Do Nate and his family fight? That's a given. Do they run out of gas in the middle of nowhere? Right on cue. Do they pick up a sexy hitchhiker (cue-card bimbo Shannon Elizabeth) over the uncharacteristically meek objections of his wife (Vanessa Williams)? Of course! Do they get pulled over because Nate does something stupid, and then tries to talk his way out of it by being even stupider? Naturally. Do they wreck Nate's brand new Lincoln Navigator, which has to stay in pristine condition (or else!) for some contrived reason? Take a wild guess.

This movie is such a throwaway effort that lethargic first-time director Christopher Erskin doesn't even bother trying to make it look as if the Johnsons are really on the road -- half the movie is shot with the SUV against an obviously blue-screened background.

(It also carries on that exasperating, chauvinistic comedy tradition of fat husbands with skinny, sexy wives -- and even takes this so far as to make a joke of chunky Cedric being horrified at women his own size joining him in a hotel hot tub. Yet, we're supposed to think Cedric and Williams -- a gorgeous former Miss America -- are made for each other.)

A small handful of times, genuine wit stumbles into "Johnson Family Vacation," as when Nate vetoes his son's rap music on the car CD player, throwing Tupac and Biggie discs out the window and declaring that they will not listen to "nobody who's been shot." The boy (played by talented actor/rapper Bow Wow) retaliates by reaching for his dad's music, rolling down his window and chucking a few CDs himself: "Sam Cook...shot! Marvin Gay...shot!"

But 90 percent of the trip to Missouri is telegraphed lowbrow gags (Bow Wow pees in a cup because Dad won't stop the car, then Dad almost drinks it by mistake), ludicrous plot pointers (a billboard in downtown Kansas City reads "Johnson Family Reunion only 200 miles!"), or idiotic contrivances (even through three characters have cell phones, Dad walks for help when they run out of gas).

And it gets only stupider and more creatively bereft once the Johnsons do finally reach the reunion. I don't know which was worse -- the family talent show face-off or the immature father's "You know what I realized today?" moral of the story.

Cedric the Entertainer does have a gift for rip-roaring line delivery no matter how insipid or embarrassing the dialogue, and it gets a workout in "Johnson Family Vacation." But no matter how hard he works, there's just no way around the picture's sorry script.

8th March 2005 http://images.contactmusic.com/images/reviews/johnsonfam.jpg
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