Friday, July 28, 2017

First Look: Halle Berry In L.A. Riots Drama 'Kings'

The Orchard has released the first photos of the upcoming L.A. riots drama 'Kings', from Academy Award-nominated director Deniz Gamze Ergüven in her English language debut and starring Academy Award-winner Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.

The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 7-17, and The Orchard is planning a fall release date during awards season.

Synopsis: A recluse (Daniel Craig) helps a woman (Halle Berry) and her 12 foster children when riots erupt in Los Angeles following the 1992 beating of Rodney King, in the English-language debut from writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.

Halle Berry-Starrer 'Kings' To World Premiere At 2017 Toronto International Film Festival In September

Halle Berry has been a busy woman promoting 'Kidnap', which hits theaters next week on August 4th, 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', which is due September 22nd, but her third film set for release this year and arguably the most exciting, 'Kings', has been slotted to debut at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 7-17.

Also starring Daniel Craig, the film is set against the explosive riots that rocked L.A. in the aftermath of the acquittal of the cops who brutally assaulted Rodney King. The Orchard has acquired the U.S. rights for the picture with a release date planned for the fall.

Halle Berry Hosts 'Kidnap' Screenings In Miami & Chicago

Looking like the perfect vision of beauty in white, Halle Berry attended the Miami premiere of her upcoming film 'Kidnap', which hits theaters on August 4th.

Luis Prieto, the film's director, was photographed with Berry at one point taking a stage beneath a huge screen, addressing the crowd who'd turned out to the Miami venue.

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

On Tuesday (July 25th), the 50-year-old actress hosted another screening of the action thriller at Kerasotes Showplace in Chicago, Illinois, where she stunned in a black dress.

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Halle Berry Promotes 'Kidnap' On 'Despierta America'

Looking stunning in silver, Halle Berry stopped by Univision's Despierta America in Miami on Monday, July 24th, to promote her upcoming film 'Kidnap', which hits theaters on August 4th. Watch a clip and a behind the scenes look at her appearance beneath:

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

Halle Berry Appears On 'Conan' With 'Kingsman 2' Cast

Halle Berry and the cast of the upcoming 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' joined 'Conan' during his week of Comic-Con shows to talk about the action flick, which races into theaters on September 22nd. Watch a couple of highlights from her visit beneath:

Official Movie Trailer #2: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

Watch the second trailer for 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', the sequel to the over-the-top 2015 spy action that returns stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, alongside new stars Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Sir Elton John.

Comic-Con 2017 Recap: Halle Berry Promotes 'Kingsman 2' By Chugging A Glass Of Whiskey (Photos & Video)

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On Wednesday (July 19th), actress Halle Berry joined her 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' castmates at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego to promote the action flick.

The following day (July 20th), she participated in a panel with her co-stars and to entertain the crowds at the San Diego Comic Con event in San Diego by downing a glass of whiskey after being challenged by her hunky co-star Channing Tatum.

"Why do I have this much and they have that much? That's what I want to know," the actress questioned, but when the crowd began chanting "chug! chug! chug!", she willingly accepted the challenge and downed the liquor at the Hall H panel much to the crowd's delight.

In addition to Taum, the Academy Award-winning actress was joined by the rest of their star-studded cast including Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Pedro Pascal.

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Halle Berry To Appear On 'Conan' With 'Kingsman 2' Cast

DEADLINE: We learned today that Kingsman: The Golden Circle is coming to Comic-Con, and now we know that the stars of the Secret Service sequel plan on spending some time with Conan O’Brien on July 20.

SDCC vet Halle Berry along with Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Taron Egerton and Colin Firth are set to appear on the TBS host’s show on Thursday, I’ve learned. The Conan sit-down is set to happen just hours after the cast, screenwriter Jane Goldman and Kingsman co-creator and Watchmen legend Dave Gibbons are onstage at 11 AM in the huge Hall H.

Halle Berry Set For Comic-Con With 'Kingsman 2' Cast

Halle Berry is returning to Comic-Con!!! The actress will join Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal will be joined by screenwriter Jane Goldman and co-creator and ComicCon stalwart Dave Gibbons for the 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' panel at 11 AM Thursday, July 20th in Hall H.

In 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', out on September 22nd, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit.

Halle Berry Featured In 'Kingsman 2' Character Poster

The upcoming movie 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is set to be represented at Comic-Con this week and new character posters have been released in anticipation of the event!

Halle Berry is shown as Ginger (above) and the first movie’s stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong are also featured on posters along with fellow franchise newcomers Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal.

In 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', out on September 22nd, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit.

Halle Berry Dishes On Key Secrets For Business Success

FORTUNE: Halle Berry’s achievements are countless. She was the first (and only) woman of color to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, she was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s, and she has been involved in the production of several films.

But in the last five years, her focus has been shifting more and more toward business. She has founded a production company, launched a fragrance line, and bought a 50% stake in lingerie company Scandale.

“It’s time for me to not be the ‘dancing bear’ anymore and do things on my terms,” she said in 2014.

On Thursday, Berry reinforced her commitment to entrepreneurship by judging the Chivas Regal third annual startup competition in Los Angeles, which awards money to founders with social impact companies. She and a panel of judges selected Peetachai “Neil” Dejkraisak to receive $400,000 for his startup Siam Organic, which trains small-scale farmers in organic farming methods to grow Jasberry rice.

In an interview with Fortune, Berry shared insights about entrepreneurship, the role business plays in society, and the best advice she’s ever received.

This Q&A has been edited for length.

Before investing in a company or striking a partnership, what do you look for in a founder?
Berry: I’m looking to see if their business model is sustainable. I’m looking to see how passionate they are about their cause. I really believe that in order to win, it takes a person who just will not stop. You need to have an insatiable passion to succeed.

As someone who’s invested in companies and launched her own ventures, what were some of the biggest mistakes you made along the way?
Berry: I think it’s important to make sure you have the right partner. Whenever I’ve gone awry, I’ve realized maybe we weren’t quite aligned like I thought we were. You need to make sure you’re aligned with your business partners so that you have the same end game, and you both want the same thing out of the company.

How do you make sure you’re aligned?
Berry: It’s about having different types of conversations. I’ve learned you can’t just blindly take someone’s word—it’s about looking at their track record. Have they really put their money where their mouth was in the past? You need to make sure there’s evidence, because anyone can sit down and tell you anything. It’s about learning to see through that and paying attention to their track record more than the presentation they’re putting before you.

Is there a specific problem area in our society you think should be addressed in a bigger way?
Berry: For 18 years, I’ve worked with an organization that provides shelter for battered and abused women and children. I have been heartbroken year after year and very frustrated at how hard it is to raise money and to get people to get on board to help those who suffer from domestic violence. There’s a general misconception that these women are weak and uneducated and they should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and leave. If it was that simple, I’d clean this town up in a week flat. If it was that simple, I’d have it covered.

I’m a child of domestic violence, and I saw my mother suffer and, as a child, I also suffered. I know just how hard it is. It’s frustrating, and I wish more businesses would give more to help these families in need.

What’s the best business advice you’ve received during your career?
Berry: There are two things that come to mind: Only do something that you’re completely and 100% passionate about. You need to wake up every day dreaming about it and thinking about it. You need to enjoy fighting for a cause that is so near and dear to you.The other piece of advice is to surround yourself with people who are smarter. Take their advice. Learn how to allow other people to help you achieve your goals. The most successful business people I’ve met have always said that to me: Surround yourself with smarter people than you and be brave enough to listen to them.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Halle Berry Turns Heads At 2017 Chivas Venture Event

Academy Award winner Halle Berry was a vision in black as she arrives at The Final Pitch event hosted by Chivas Regal at the LADC Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 13th.

Chivas Regal launched the Venture in 2014, a $1 million annual fund and global search to reward those who are using business to create positive change.

The ageless beauty was joined at the event by Javier Bardem, Josh Gad and Don Cheadle.

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

Halle Berry On Taking Risks & Getting Paid What You're Worth

FORBES: I was excited to interview actress, producer, philanthropist and mother Halle Berry when IPG brought her to the Girls' Lounge Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. She has won numerous awards, from an Academy Award for Best Actress for Monster’s Ball (to date she is the only black woman to have won this award) to a Golden Globe Award for Their Eyes Were Watching God to a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

I knew she was a very talented actress but what really struck me when sitting down with her was how much she is a leader who wants to activate change for women. Her passion was completely transparent, and she shared many lessons that can be applied to the issues women often face when trying to rise up in the messy middle, from advice on mothering to asking for equal pay to how to make your voice heard. You can watch the Facebook Live video to listen to all of her smart insights. Here are some highlights:

On How To Know When It’s Okay to Ask and Fight For Equal Pay:
"I think when you believe you’re worth it, that’s when you’ll fight for it…When you know that the work you’re providing is worth more than they’re willing to pay you, then you’ll ask for it. That’s when you’ll be willing to walk away from it if they say no. But you have to be willing to walk away...We have to own our worth and know our worth."

On Authenticity and Taking Risks:
"When [Monster’s Ball] came to me, I thought, okay, I’m getting no money to do this movie and it could either catapult my career or it could end it instantly. The sexual component to that movie was so risky and…I was so worried about being exploited and having people feel like I was being exploited, but at the end of the day, at my soul, I’m an artist.

I connected to that character and to that woman’s struggle and that interracial relationship, which is so much a part of who I am, being of a white mother and a black father, that it kept calling me to tell that story, to put some light on that dark subject…I risked that this is the end of my career but this is how I’d want to go out, doing something that I believed in wholeheartedly.

Then the opposite actually happened. That just confirmed to me that life is about being authentic and doing what we believe in and not worrying about the outcome. If you’re doing something for the right reasons, then that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do and you have to have a knowingness about this. It’s largely why I’m sitting here…and why I’m able to influence people at all is because of those risks."

On Advice She Gives Her Daughter:
"She’ll ask me sometimes, “Mommy, should I do this?” I’ll say, “Check in with you. Do you want to do that? Does it make sense for you?”"

On Being A Change Agent:
"It’s about daring to do the right thing and daring to live awake. I think many people are not living in an awake way…We have to use our power for good and start being change agents. We have to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk…What little thing have you done to start moving the energy in that direction?"

On Vulnerability:
I’m here at Cannes Lions and this is the first time I’ve ever been here…and I worry…am I asking the right questions and am I getting out of it what I came here for?...I also tell myself, “You’re here to learn, and so what if you don’t know? Ask the questions! That is what life is…find out while you’re here!”

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jay Z References Halle Berry On New '4:44' Album

Even at 50, Halle Berry is still considered the pinnacle of beauty and Jay Z references that on his new '4:44' album, which debuted on June 30th.

The Oscar-winning actress is subtly addressed on the first track of the rapper's new album and he calls out Berry's ex husband Eric Benét, 50, for screwing up a good thing.

Berry divorced Benét in 2005 after he was caught cheating and admitted to having several affairs throughout their marriage. Jay uses that relationship to shine a light on his past indiscretions. "You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don’t even know what else to say," he raps on his opening track.

Benét responded on Twitter with the following post:

Halle Berry Stuns At Essence Music Festival In New Orleans

Stunning!!! Halle Berry, who turns 51 next month, opened the Essence Music Festival with an appearance on the Empowerment stage on Friday, June 30th in New Orleans.

The actress recently revealed that she is developing and producing a comedy with Kevin Hart for Universal, loosely based on their characters from 'What Now?', and she is also working on a new television show, which she will also produce.

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

Halle Berry Clarifies Her Controversial Oscar Comments

Recently, Halle Berry reflected on her Oscar speech during an interview with Teen Vogue, and said that her triumph in 2002 "meant nothing" because it didn't seem to open the door for women of color in Hollywood, as she hoped it would.

She didn't actually mean that literally, but the Internet ran with it and the actress clarified her comments at the pop-up screening of her new film 'Kidnap' in New Orleans.

Halle Berry Hosts Pop-Up Screening Of 'Kidnap' In New Orleans

On Thursday (June 29th), Halle Berry attended a pop-up screening of her new action thriller 'Kidnap', which finally hits theaters on August 4th, at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana as a part of the Essence Music Festival.

Prior to the screening, the actress sat down with Essence's Cori Murray and talked about what attracted her to the film, why awards aren't as important as simply doing the work and how we can finally achieve true diversity. Watch her candid Q&A beneath: