Kevin Hart kicked off an epic Essence Fest weekend here in New Orleans, celebrating a sold out super dome What Now tour concert, a 3-year partnership with Verizon Wireless and today he celebrates his 36th birthday!
I caught up with Terrence J and Kevin Hart at the grand opening of the Verizon Live Experience booth at Essence Festival, where Kevin shares his thoughts on the moment he realized he’s achieving his life long dreams. Hart sat down with E News! correspondent and actor Terrence J to discuss some upcoming projects and how his fans have played a role in his success.
“I now understand that the one thing that people need and that we love is laughter. That’s the one thing that puts everybody together. That’s the one thing that takes any worry away. I provide that…I’m thankful, I’m blessed, but more importantly, I’m apart of a group — the fans that are doing this with me. We’re making history together.”
“It’s not just a Kevin Hart thing.” Looking onto the audience Hart continued. “You guys have been riding with me for so long so as I grow I share the success with my fans.”
Check out the exclusive chat with Kevin Hart below:
Kevin Hart officially opened the Verizon booth during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed fans with an exclusive meet and greet plus activations, games, prizes and more kicking off the 3-day Essence Festival weekend.
Verizon Wireless is all about keeping you connected to capture, share and relive your favorite moments from Essence Fest weekend forever. I’ve been keeping up with all of Kevin Hart’s behind the scenes fun on Periscope (If you haven’t watched yet, you’re missing out!) To keep up with all the Essence Fest fun and Verizon Live moments, stay connected by checking out #VerizonLive online!
This post was sponsored by Sony through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about The Wedding Ringer, all opinions are my own.
Everyone loves weddings, it’s one of those joyous occasions that create cherished memories for the Bride, Groom, family and friends forever! Weddings are steeped in tradition – no matter whom you are or where you live. Plenty of brides and grooms search for ways to make their special day as unique and special as they are. No matter if you’re the bride, groom or the best man, here’s a few ways (inspired by the new movie – The Wedding Ringer) that will help you put your own special spin on your upcoming special day and make it truly unforgettable below.
A guest book you’ll actually use. Signing the guest book is one of the most common traditions found at weddings (you’ve probably signed a few in your lifetime.) Break from tradition by creating a guest book you’ll actually use for years to come. Find a great coffee table book that interests both the bride and groom and claim it as your guest book! Your wedding guests can sign their names in the margins and afterwards you’ll be left with a functional guest book to display for visitors and friends for a long time.
Looking to create a one-of-a-kind wedding experience? Whether you host a reception indoors or out, its all about the dance! You can rent a dance floor from a local rental facility and dance underneath the stars or choreograph an epic dance routine that will live on forever! Check out this hilarious first dance video starring the groom and his best men below.
Treasure the memories. Get your guests involved in the event by placing blank cards and pens at each seat location. Ask your guests to write about their favorite memory of you and/or your spouse. Collect all of these cards and turn them into a scrapbook for a treasured keepsake. Don’t forget that photos make the best treasured memories. You can also practice your best photobomb and create your special “fake”moments with your best man (just like in the movie) with weddingringerphotobomb.com.
Remix The Menu. Ditch the chocolate fountains and opt for unique snack options you can include in your special day. If you’re getting married in the blistering heat, rent a snow cone machine to offer your guests some sweet relief. If you and your spouse are big movie buffs or your wedding has a Hollywood theme, rent a popcorn machine to complete the look. For more foodie ideas you’ll love, from the family dinner to the reception check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:
Synopsis: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
The Wedding Ringer hits theaters nationwide January 16th 2015.
With one of the biggest summer comedy movies of the summer, Kevin Hart celebrated Essence Music Festival this weekend with Verizon Wireless. Joining a weekend cast of celebrity Verizon wireless customers which includes Chrisette Michelle, Laz Alonzo, Jill Scott, Marvin Sapp & Will Packer – each had a unique story and perspective about their love for social media, technology and the Power of Verizon Wireless.
We are making history!!!! #LetMeExplain I just cried tears of f*cking JOY!!!! I have the #1 comedy concert film opening of ALL-TIME!!! WOW
This is why I work so f*cking hard….this moment is what I’ve been dreaming about!!! Thank you god & thank you fans!!! I love y’all 4 this
Kevin Hart Explains
Kevin Hart Explains
Over the weekend, Kevin Hart’s film, Let Me Explain, had an extra impressive opening, taking in over $17 millions dollars! And because the film only cost Kevin’s HartBeat Productions and CodeBlack Films $2.5 million to produce (the film was distributed by Lionsgate), you can see why everybody’s favorite funny man is laughing all the way to the bank! Hart discussed his love for technology, supporting fellow actors & himself as a businessman below.
“Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s dating-advice best-seller, debuted as the top weekend draw with $33 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s almost double what studio executives had expected for the Sony Screen Gems ensemble movie, which features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.
Produced for about $13 million “Think Like a Man” took in nearly that much on opening day Friday alone, with business getting even better on Saturday. Sony executives had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend. Now you can take “Think Like A Man” with you on your smartphone with the Think Like A Man iPhone App!
To help bring awareness to the movie, you can play the dating game with the Think Like A Man App for iPhone. This app lets you play along with characters straight from the movie. You choose either a female or male date and go through a series of comments throughout a lunch, dinner, and desert. The responses range from funny to serious. Make sure you choose the appropriate answer to advance your date. If you need help with an answer you can ask for help from Cedric’s Words of Wisdom which will have you rolling in laughter. The app is FREE and available in the Apple App Store.
Have you checked out ‘Think Like A Man’ in theaters this weekend? What did you think? Did you like it enough to download the app?
Hey guys – I’m reporting live from the BET Awards here at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Check out the Ford Social Media Lounge, LIVE @DIVASANDDORKS tweets and the #BETAwards hashtag for the latest news, interviews and backstage excitement.
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The hilarious Kevin Hart kept the crowd laughing out loud as a Hollywood House Husband during the BET AWARDS ’11 opening act with Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Anderson, Nelly, and Nick Cannon. Chris Brown’s powerful performance medley of “She Ain’t You,” “Look at Me Now,” and “Paper Scissor Rock” illustrated just why he was named the 2011 Best Male R&B Artist, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award winner when he took to the stage in two performances collaborating with Busta Rhymes and Big Sean. Later, a precocious Justin Bieber propositioned Nicki Minaj on stage when he said, “I’m all grown up now. I turn 18 next year so…what’s up?”
Legendary songstress and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and her tribute was a performance unlike anything ever seen before. Beginning with a special introduction from another musical icon, Gladys Knight, Cee Lo Green took to the stage in a throwback Patti LaBelle costume performing “Somebody Loves You Baby,” while Marsha Ambrosius jazzed up the room with her spot on rendition of “If Only You Knew,” before the great Shirley Caesar took the crowd—and Patti LaBelle—to tears singing “You Are My Friend.” But it was Patti herself that brought the house down performing two of her greatest hits, “Love, Need and Want You” and “Lady Marmalade.” Steve Harvey uplifted the audience in his acceptance speech for his Humanitarian Award.
The cast of the Five Heartbeats movie surprised the audience with a reunited performance with R&B crooners After 7 with the famous hit, “Nights Like This,” for the 20-year anniversary of the film. The beautiful Kerry Washington graced the stage for BET’s Shine A Light moment to honor individuals who make the world a better place for young people.
Celebrating the 10-year Anniversary of her first album, Songs In A Minor, Alicia Keys graced the BET AWARDS ’11 stage for a medley of her hits with Bruno Mars and Rick Ross as well as for the world premiere her latest song, “Typewriter.”
Additional highlights of the 14 performances include: Trey Songz sexy, shirt-ripping rendition of “Making Love Faces” and “Unusual,” and was later joined by Kelly Rowland to perform her smash hit, “Motivation,” Donnie McClurkin, Deitrick Haddon and Mary Mary uplifted the audience with their rendition of the gospel hit, “Thank You Lord,” in tribute to the late Walter Hawkins; Mary J. Blige, Anita Baker, DJ Khaled, and Jadakiss kicked off the show with a monumental mix of hits “All Night Long,” “Joy,” “Happy,” Dreams,” “Real Love,” “Rapture,” and “Over Til It’s Over”; Jill Scott performed a soulful rendition of “Rolling Hills” with actor and DJ Idris Elba; DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Drake and Lil’ Wayne amped the crowd performing “I’m the One”; and Beyonce “emailed BET a Pre-recorded performance” singing “Best Thing I Never Had” and “End of Time” via live telecast from Britain’s Glastonbury Festival.
This year’s In Memoriam tribute celebrated the lives of Cali Swag District member M-Bone, Clarence Clemons, Teena Marie, Gil Scott Heron and Nate Dogg with performances and appearances by Doug E. Fresh and Cali Swag District, Queen Latifah, Ledisi, Scott Mayo, Snoop Dogg and Warren G.
In continuing the good that BET’s S.O.S.: Saving Ourselves initiative has made over the years, the BET AWARDS ’11 contained a special moment to show support for the victims of the tornadoes in the Southeast through a special message from Rev. Al Sharpton.
We all remember the most OMG moment of the BET Award show night. Tiffany Green – A fan tonight on the BET Awards mixed up Rihanna and Drake for the Viewer’s Choice award, when it was indeed Chris Brown. The audience was in complete shock. BET executive Stephen G. Hill admitted to being the “human” error and apologized.
The award was initially presented on stage by Tiffany Green, a contest winner. Reading from an HTC Evo View 4G tablet, which all presenters used to announce winners, Green first declared Chris Brown the winner, then quickly backpeddled and said the award went to Rihanna.
Terrence J, who was also on stage, then presented the award to Drake, only to have show host Kevin Hart give the award back to Brown at the end of the broadcast. – AWKWARD…
Green explained on Twitter that the tablet had said Chris Brown, but the teleprompter had said Rihanna, hence the on-stage change up (and Drake in turn accepting the award for the song he collaborated with Rihanna on, which seemed to confuse Jenkins). The AP captures the series of events in this video:
In addition to all of these OMG moments, the full list of BET AWARDS ’11 winners are:
Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money
Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kanye West
Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Best Collaboration: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes “Look At Me Now”
Video of the Year: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes “Look At Me Now”
Video Director of the Year: Chris Robinson
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Idris Elba
Young Stars Award: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith
Best Movie: For Colored Girls
Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick
Centric Award: Marsha Ambrosius “Far Away”
Best International Act: 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) and D’Banj (Nigeria)
Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at me Now”
Humanitarian Award: Steve Harvey
Lifetime Achievement Award: Patti LaBelle
This year’s BET Awards will be filled with the usual variety of Hip Hop Superstars, R&B Phenomena’s and A-List Actors – but one thing will be noticeably absent and replaced. The HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint will replace traditional envelopes during each of the BET Awards winner announcement. Viewers will witness this tablet in action for the first time, during it’s product launch weekend.
As previously announced, actor and comedian Kevin Hart will host the BET Awards ’11 with performances by Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Drake, Jill Scott and Lil Wayne.
For more than a decade, the BET AWARDS has reigned as the biggest family event rivaling all top awards shows. Having escalated each year in industry influence with A-list celebrity nominations, star-studded appearances and on-of-a-kind performances, the BET AWARDS has undoubtedly established itself as the gold standard in creating memorable moments year after year. The highly-anticipated event airs live, Sunday, June 26 at 8pm from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA and is guaranteed to be the hottest ticket on television.
Divas and Dorks will be live from the red carpet and the Ford Social Media Lounge giving you the all the HTC gadget & entertainment scoop from backstage before it hits your TV screens.