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WATCH: Martin Lawrence and Will Smith on the moving ‘Big Reach’ at the center of ‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’

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The solid discusses the iconic improv that helped define their hit series, in addition to the deeper message behind the motion and comedy

hits theaters later this week, and the fourth installment of the buddy cop motion comedy has already been hailed as the funniest ride yet.

The franchise’s longevity across nearly three a long time and 4 movies that proceed to garner ever-increasing attention from audiences might be primarily attributed to the palpable chemistry between its important stars. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett, the quintessential cop duo that mixes comedy and motion.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO CITY – MAY 31: Martin Lawrence and Will Smith pose during a photograph shoot for “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” at Angel de la Independent on May 31, 2024 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Because each actor was a comedic genius in his own right, many of the golden moments in the story that got the most laughs from the audience weren’t even originally included in the script – which is probably unsurprising. The two are known for going off script and letting their banter drive the narrative through improvisation. For Lawrence and Smith, one of their favorite improvs got here in 2003 with Reggie [Dennis Greene] arrived at the Burnett house to take Marcus’ daughter on a date.

“Literally every word in that scene was improvised,” Smith tells ESSENCE. “To do this, it turned out to be such an iconic scene… you simply needed to let it rip. It’s kind of a comedy, and every shot is different, just beautiful.”

The moment, which Lawrence said was actually Greene’s first appearance in front of the camera since he wasn’t even an actor, become a full-on in-universe subplot – which this time will profit attentive fans greatly as the film unfolds around them.

WATCH: Martin Lawrence and Will Smith on the moving 'Big Reach' at the center of 'Bad Boys: Ride Or Die'
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MAY 30: Dennis Greene attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Bad Boys: Ride Or Die” at the TCL Chinese Theater on May 30, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

“There are few payoffs in cinema as good as the one in this movie,” Smith says of the character’s story, which guarantees to be a treat for individuals who didn’t make it from day one. “No spoilers, but viewers who were fans of this series will scream and cheer loudly during the scenes in this movie.”

Another treat for fans is the film’s message about fate, destiny and trust in the Universe, delivered with the trademark comedy and motion that only Smith and Lawrence can deliver.

“We don’t compromise on being a popcorn movie, but I like the idea of ​​having something as poignant as we’re trying to say in a Bad Boys movie and just hiding it under the beauty and comedy of what we’re trying to do for a summer audience.”

in cinemas nationwide from June 7, 2024.

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Stargazing: Stars end the year on the court and meet up

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This time of year is normally reserved for cozying up by the fire and keeping the room warm from the winter chill, but there have been still loads of stars on the streets this week to shut out 2022 with a bang.

Amazon Music Live held its last show of 2022 in Los Angeles on December 29 with headliner 21 Savage, and Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties continued in New York with Offset and Hot 97 DJ Funk Master Flex.

Other stars hung out on the court cheering on their favorite teams during a few of the last basketball games of the year, and artists akin to French Montana and Nick Cannon were spotted helping those in need during the holidays.

Scroll below to see what your favorite stars have been up to this week.

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Here’s who will perform on Sunday evening at the ESSENCE 2024 Cultural Festival

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As the 2024 ESSENCE Cultural Festival approaches, excitement is running high for the thirtieth anniversary of the beloved celebration in vibrant New Orleans, happening July 4-7. The evening concluding the series of evening live shows at Caesar’s Superdome guarantees to be a spectacular finale featuring star artists, phenomenal artists, whose essential characters are Janet Jackson and Victoria Monét.

Hosted by the dynamic trio of Keke Palmer, Big Tigger and DJ Beverly Bond, Sunday evening offers an eclectic mixture of musical genres and unforgettable moments. Attendees may expect the harmonious sounds of SWV, a genre-bending set from Tank and The Bangas featuring Teedra Moses, Hasizzle and Dawn Richard, in addition to a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Frankie Beverly. Additionally, special guests will honor musical legends in a segment produced by Bryan-Michael Cox.

Get ready for an evening filled with star-studded performances, heartfelt tributes and unforgettable moments at Essence Festival 2024 on Sunday, July 7. See you!


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EXCLUSIVE: Lee Daniels on Harnessing Power Majeure and Collaborating with Mo’Nique Again for ‘The Deliverance’

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Deliverance. Athony B. Jenkins as Andre in “Deliverance”. Cr. © 2024 Aaron Ricketts/Netflix.

Lee Daniels returns to the director’s chair and tells a story unlike anything he’s ever done before.

His latest film is a supernatural thriller with an all-star solid that diverts attention from the standard, memorable story. It’s a story told with a mix of religion, horror and trauma – a departure from the director best known for creating drama.

finds Ebony Jackson (Andra Day) battling demons, each figuratively and literally, as she grapples with the echoes of pain from her own childhood while attempting to coexist with her mother (Glenn Close) and raise three children of her own (Caleb McLaughlin, Demi Singleton and Anthony B. Jenkins).

EXCLUSIVE: Lee Daniels on Harnessing Power Majeure and Collaborating with Mo'Nique Again for 'The Deliverance'
Deliverance. (From left to right) Anthony B. Jenkins as Andre, Demi Singleton as Shante and Andra Day as Ebony in Deliverance. Cr. © 2024 Aaron Ricketts/Netflix

Loosely based on the real-life 2012 case of LaToya Ammons and her family, the story is something Daniels looked into shortly after his 2009 success. Although he was desperate to challenge himself and create a “throwback to old-school horror” within the sort of or , the director was hesitant to take it on on the time.

“I didn’t want to make this movie 15 years ago,” Daniels tells ESSENCE exclusively. “I was just upset about it all.”

“Then, over time, I realized that I wasn’t really telling a horror story,” he says. Instead, Daniels realized he could use this true story of darkness to guide viewers to the sunshine. “I think we live in dark times and we need to find our higher power, at least Buddha, Jesus, Allah, someone.”

“Everything I did, whether as a producer or director, I felt was on point. I don’t look at it as a horror film, but rather as a film about trying to find your higher self-worth. power and how I am trying to find my higher power. Can I grow closer to Jesus through this process?”

EXCLUSIVE: Lee Daniels on Harnessing Power Majeure and Collaborating with Mo'Nique Again for 'The Deliverance'
Deliverance. (Left to Right) Caleb McGlaughlin as Nate, Anthony B. Jenkins as Andre and Mo’Nique as Cynthia Henry in Deliverance. Cr. © 2024 Aaron Ricketts/Netflix

In creating this path to greater closeness with the Lord, Daniels also found himself reconciled and working again with an old friend.

Mo’Nique won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her last project with Daniels. Famously, there was a long-running dispute between them that was reflected within the press for over a decade. However, after their miraculous reconciliation in 2022, the duo immediately returned to the set to create much more movie magic.

“Unreal, unbelievable, magical feeling, joy, everything. It was perfect,” Daniels said about reconnecting with the actress and comedian. “Listen, we made the decision right away. It was as if our 15 years of fighting had never happened. We just got back to the rhythm of her jumping into character and it’s a tour de force. The two of us together are crazy. We create magic.”

EXCLUSIVE: Lee Daniels on Harnessing Power Majeure and Collaborating with Mo'Nique Again for 'The Deliverance'
Deliverance. (Left to right) Mo’Nique as Cynthia Henry, Glenn Close as Albert and Andra Day as Ebony in Deliverance. Cr. © 2024 Aaron Ricketts/Netflix

Daniels’ full solid was magical, including three other Oscar-nominated actresses, including eight-time nominee Glenn Close and 2022 Best Supporting Actress nominee Aunjanue Ellis. In the highlight is Andra Day, who earned a nomination during her last project with Daniels. Day gives a transformative performance as Ebony Jackson, a mother of three struggling to beat alcoholism and trauma-induced poverty, yet still on the brink of a very powerful battle of her life.

“I love working with women, especially black women. Love it. We’re becoming one,” Daniels said of Day’s recasting in the lead role. “That’s why I just want to work with her over and over again. She is like a muse to me and she just trusts me.”

“As a director, you possibly can’t expect people to perform if there isn’t any trust. Andra and Monique, Aunjanue and Glenn…It’s rare. My dream is for the director to seek out an artist who will do anything, doesn’t query it, just does it, just blindly jumps into the abyss with you. When we’re in situation and you trust, it’s a strong thing and it shows on the screen.

will hit select theaters on August 16 and shall be available to stream on Netflix from August 30.

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