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Premiere of 'Knock 'em Dead'

Rae Dawn Chong - Snaps from the red carpet ahead of the Premiere of comedy thriller 'Knock 'em Dead' which was held at the Arena Cinemas Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 9th November 2014

Jackee Harry and Rae Dawn Chong
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TFF presents NY Premiere of Keep on Keepin on

Rae Dawn Chong, Guest and Whoopi Goldberg - TFF presents the New York Premiere of 'Keep On Keepin' on' - NYC, New York, United States - Sunday 20th April 2014

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Tribeca Film Festival 2014 - 'Keep On Keepin' On' premiere

Rae Dawn Chong, Guest and Whoopi Goldberg - 'Keep On Keepin' On' premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 19th April 2014

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The Eighth Annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Kick-off 'When the Garden' at BMCC Theater

Rae Dawn Chong - The Eighth Annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Kick-off With the World Premiere of the ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Documentary When the Garden at BMCC Theater - NYC, New York, United States - Thursday 17th April 2014

Ronen Rubinstein and Rae Dawn Chong
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Rae Dawn Chong Apologizes (More Or Less) For Hurtful Comments Directed Towards Oprah

Rae Dawn Chong Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an expert in conflict resolution – and she’ll need every last bit of those skills to win back former co-star Rae Dawn Chong. The actress starred with Oprah in The Color Purple and apparently, everything was fine while the two were working together. But once she moved on to Commando, O’s attitude apparently changed and so did Rae Dawn Chong. The actress has been hanging on to so much resentment that she let it all go in one massive rant… and it certainly wasn’t pretty. Chong claimed that Oprah was a self-centered fat "biotch" who would have been a "field n**ger" back in the slave days.”

Oprah Winfrey, Harvard
The Forbes billionaire was slammed by a former colleague.

Chong, who is black herself, unleashed the torrent of anger on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour" – and she didn’t stop at the slur either. She explained: "I starred in Commando. And she just wasn’t having me. She’s competitive. She didn’t like me. She just wasn’t having me."

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Rae Dawn Chong, Oprah Winfrey: This One Could Get Ugly. Quick.

Rae Dawn Chong Oprah Winfrey

Rae Dawn Chong has launched a blistering attack on her 'Color Purple' co-star Oprah Winfrey, unloading on the Queen of daytime television in an audio recording from her appearance on Matty P's Radio Happy Hour. The audio - up at TMZ.com - is an eye-opening insight into Chong's feelings on her former colleague.

Rae Dawn starts out by saying Oprah was "lovely" to be around on the set of Purple in 1985, though became "a total biotch" by the time she had moved onto her next movie, Commando.

"I starred in Commando. And she just wasn't having me. She's competitive. She didn't like me. She just wasn't having me," said Chong.

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home Review

While not hugely memorable, this enjoyably ridiculous comedy has moments that are sharp, thoughtful and hilarious. And the filmmakers give their gifted cast the space to create characters who are amusing and resonant.

At 30, Jeff (Segel) is wasting his life in his mother's basement. Frustrated that he's not more ambitious, like older brother Pat (Helms), Mom (Sarandon) sends him out on an errand. But everything that happens when he's outside reinforces his belief in some sort of cosmic destiny that's guiding his every step. He also gets involved with Pat, who's showing off his new Porsche just as he learns that his wife (Greer) might be cheating on him. Meanwhile, Mom is perplexed by the fact that she has a secret admirer at work.

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Jeff, Who Lives At Home Trailer

Jeff could not be more different from his brother Pat. Where Pat is a successful businessman in a happy marriage, Jeff lives in his mother's basement all day, smoking weed and watching his favourite film, Signs. Drawing deep significance from the film, Jeff starts to believe that everything in life has a purpose. This takes its toll on his mother, who is tired of Jeff staying indoors all day. Also becoming irritated by his brother's behaviour is Pat, who has much better things to do than pick up after his brother.

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Commando Review

The director's cut of Mark L. Lester's Commando couldn't come at a better time. Action movies are getting increasingly cerebral and character-driven, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Batman Begins was so focused on character analysis and stark photography that director Christopher Nolan seemed determined not to entertain anyone. As for the exploits of Spider-Man, when the writer of Ordinary People (the movie responsible for unleashing the touch-feely antics of Timothy Hutton onto the nation) is in charge of the script, no one is safe.

Commando, first released 22 years ago, has the simplest of premises: Arnold Schwarzenegger kills bad guys in every way imaginable for about 90 minutes. That's it. There isn't a subplot about reforming veterans' benefits or an extensive introduction into Latin America's political climate. Commando is one of the best arguments available for the action movie as pure entertainment.

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Highball Review

Noah Baumbach gathered up his Kicking and Screaming and Mr. Jealousy buddies and threw together this little flick in six days. He then stuck an alias (Ernie Fusco) on it, and that was about it. Mostly consisting of recycled jokes that didn't make it into his earlier films, Highball is still frequently funny while it's perpetually random. Gotta love Carlos Jacott no matter what he does, though. And extra points for creative use of two giant lizard suits.

Hideaway Review

Let's get this straight. Hideaway is the worst movie I've seen in months. Watch Jeff Goldblum dance around for two hours trying to keep Aerosmith's favorite video girl, Alicia Silverstone, from getting whacked by the bad guy. Yawn. Only the heavy metal soundtrack is redeemable: it keeps the audience awake.

The Visit Review

Earnest, heartfelt, and soul-searching. These are qualities that are great to see in a film. It's too bad that those qualities don't necessarily mean the film will be any good.

The Visit is a prime example of a movie that has clearly been agonized over and loved, but to virtually no ultimate effect; writer/director/producer Jordan Walker Pearlman is so obviously enamored with the material he can't see the forest for the trees. Adapted from a play, The Visit still has that boxed-in feeling, with virtually all of the action taking place in the visiting room of the prison where Alex (Hill Harper) is incarcerated. Wrongly so, we are led to believe.

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The Borrower Review

The Borrower is another movie in which a hideous, murderous space creature (which looks like a low-budget version of the monster in Alien) runs to Earth, borrows human heads and wanders around Chicago. The creature kills many people. In the sequel, it will kill a lot more. Sooner or later, we'll all die of old age.

The Borrower, directed by John McNaughton (who directed Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, briefly mentioned in this film), is one more movie in this hoary tradition. Movies just like this air weekly on cable, so why do actors, writers and directors bother to make more? Why not just show one from a couple of years back that nobody saw?

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