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Halle Berry Opens Up About Witnessing Domestic Violence As A Child

This past Thursday Halle Berry was honored and given the Creative Conscience Award for her volunteer work at the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program in Los Angeles.

She recalled a traumatic occurrence of domestic abuse that she witnessed at five-years-old.

According to E! News:
In her acceptance speech she said: “I’m a victim of domestic violence,”…. “I wasn’t married to a man that beat me up, but my mother was.”

The Oscar winner recalled watching her mother get “kicked down stairs” and hit in the head with a wine bottle.
“Knowing that she wanted nothing more then for her little girls to see her be empowered and be a woman of strength, but having no way to make that happen was heartbreaking for me,” Berry said.

“She stayed for too long and her children, my sister and I, saw far too much and I’ve suffered the damage of being a child of domestic violence,” Berry continued.

Berry began working with the Jenesse Center 15 years ago. “The reason I say this organization is my heart and soul is because I understand the good that it does and the lives that it changes and the impact it has on women and the children in our community,” she said.


Photos: 2nd Annual unite4humanity

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Halle Berry: Plastic Surgery Is Pushed “Like Crack” in Hollywood, Pressure Is Constant

Swimming upstream! Unlike some of her Hollywood peers, Halle Berry told Yahoo! Beauty on Friday, Feb. 13, that she’s resisting the urge to go under the knife.

“It is pressure,” Berry, 48, confessed of plastic surgery. “When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, ‘To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?'”

The Oscar-winning beauty admitted that she has personally been told to get work done. “I won’t lie and tell you that those things don’t cross my mind,” she continued, “because somebody is always suggesting it to me. ‘You know if you just did a little bit of this and that, lift this up, then this would be a little bit better.’ It’s almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That’s what I feel like.”

The mother of two offered advice to those struggling with similar surmounting pressure to preserve their youth.
“I just have kept reminding myself that beauty really is as beauty does, and it is not so much about my physical self,” Berry reflected. “Aging is natural, and that’s going to happen to all of us. I think of those women that I thought aged so beautifully, like Lena Horn. Even how Jane Fonda is aging — I don’t know what she has or hasn’t done, but she looks beautiful as she’s going about her way. I just want to always look like myself, even if that’s an older version of myself. I think when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way.”
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Berry acknowledged, however, that accepting one’s age is no cakewalk. “We have to stop wanting to look like that decade before,” Berry told Yahoo! “We have to stop coveting that. Let it go and embrace it now and really be okay. It’s easy to say, I guess, but that’s the goal.”

The A-lister’s comments about aging and plastic surgery come at a timely junction, after one of Berry’s fellow age 40-plus peers recently made headlines for her transformation. Uma Thurman became a trending topic worldwide this past week after sporting a shocking new look on the red carpet.

While the Internet speculated about possible plastic surgery, Thurman brushed off the comments on Thursday. “I know I look weird!” she said. “I guess nobody liked my makeup.”


Halle Berry to Headline Action Comedy Mother

Universal Pictures has secured the big screen rights to an action comedy pitch titled Mother that has Halle Berry set to star. Deadline has the news, reporting that Man on a Ledge scribe Pablo Fenjves is attached to provide the screenplay. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on exactly what the plot might be. Feel free to pitch out your own ideas in the comments below!

Berry is set to play a mother, however, in her next project. Kidnap, which hits theaters October 9, is said to feature the Oscar winner as a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Lew Temple, Sage Correa and Chris McGinn also star in the Luis Prieto film.

In addition to making a brief appearance as Ororo Monroe (aka Storm) in last summer’s Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Berry has been busy on the small screen where she headlines the CBS sci-fi series “Extant,” starring as an astronaut who returns from a 13 month solo mission only to find that’s she has somehow become pregnant. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, “Extant” is set to return for a second season later this year.

Berry is also attached to produce Mother alongside her 606 Films Production partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.


Halle Berry details new underwear line Scandale Paris

Halle Berry’s underware line for Target is washing machine proof.
The 48-year-old actress opened up about the durability of the items from her new lingerie collection in a recent interview with ABC News.

“I think that’s what makes a good bra… when you put it in the washing machine it’s not going to fall apart,” Berry said. “And that all starts with the quality of the materials that you’re using and how you put it together.”

News that Berry was relaunching French underwear line Scandale broke last October and according to the star, she got the idea to bring quality products to a broader group of consumers while “tooling around” in Paris with her husband Olivier Martinez.

“I’m now married to a Frenchman so I’ve spent lots of time now in France,” she said. “And one of our escapades walking around shopping, I came across this really beautiful, feminine, luxurious lingerie line called Scandale Paris.”

Admitting she owns and has been gifted bras that retail for hundreds of dollars, Berry asserted the Scandale Paris bras will be for sale “for 16 bucks and [are] going to last you just as long and be just as beautiful, I guarantee you.”

Berry’s Scandale Paris collection is currently available at Target and ranges in price from $7 to $18. A new line will be unveiled in the spring.


Variety to Honor Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor and More at unite4:humanity Event

Global philanthropy initiative unite4:good and Variety announced the honorees for the second annual unite4:humanity event on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Seven entertainment figures will be recognized for their philanthropic work, including:
Halle Berry; Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenessee Center, a domestic violence intervention and prevention program

Ewan McGregor; International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK, an organization promoting the rights and well-being of children

Lauren and Aaron Paul; unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign, a documentary and school campaign working to end girl-against-girl bullying

P!nk, who will also perform at the event; Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end childhood hunger

Josh Hutcherson; Young Humanitarian Award, for his work with Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT ally organization for straight youth and young adults

Christina Applegate; Saint Vintage Love Cures Award, for her work with Right Action for Women, her breast cancer awareness and action foundation

The event serves as a preview of the conference4:change, hosted by unite4:good, Variety and the University of Southern California’s Media Institute for Social Change at USC on Mar. 14. The conference bring together media figures including writers, directors, musicians, producers, actors and industry executives for discussion aimed at creating action for positive change.

“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. Unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said unite4:good founder Anthony Melikhov. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”

UG4 Group is the presenting sponsor of unite4:humanity, with premiere sponsors including Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage and official sponsors including Jet Edge International.


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Extant Finale Recap: This Boy Is on Fire

Sorry for posting this so late. Spoiler warning!

Never underestimate the things a son will do for his mama.

That’s the takeaway from the Extant series finale, in which both of Molly’s (for lack of a better term) “kids” play a significant role — and one of them sacrifices himself to protect her and the rest of the world.

But which non-human saved the world: the robot or the alien? Read on to find out.


Relativity Acquires US Distribution to Halle Berry Thriller, Kidnap

Relativity Studios announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights from Lotus Entertainment to the thriller Kidnap, starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Monster’s Ball).

Luis Prieto (Pusher) is attached to direct the film, based off Knate Gwaltney’s first screenplay. The film is set to begin production in late fall 2014. Lotus Entertainment and Gold Star Films financed the film with Lotus handling international sales.

Di Bonaventure Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam are producing the film. Executive producers are Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian alongside Gold Star’s Joey Tufaro and Colin Bates, Knate Gwaltney, Halle Berry and her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through their 606 Films production banner.

The film is a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.

This is the second acquisition announced by Relativity this week, along with The Woman in Black 2.


Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, and Halle Berry Will Be Handing Out Emmys This Year

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

In a statement Monday, executive producer Don Mischer said 13 celebrities have been confirmed so far as trophy presenters for the Aug. 25 awards.

The three Oscar-winning actors have small-screen credentials: Berry is starring in the summer series “Extant,” Roberts is nominated for the TV movie “The Normal Heart” and McConaughey is up for honors for the drama series “True Detective.”

Their willingness to dabble in TV is a sign of the medium’s creative strength and increasing appeal to top-tier actors and others in Hollywood.

Other presenters will include Emmy nominees Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” Woody Harrelson of “True Detective,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep,” Julianna Marguilies of “The Good Wife,” Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory,” Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation” and Kerry Washington of “Scandal.”

Also handling trophy duties are “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel and music artists Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, both part of “The Voice.”

The 66th Emmy Awards, with host Seth Meyers, are airing on NBC and on a Monday instead of the ceremony’s usual Sunday. The switch was made to avoid a conflict with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” as well as the MTV Video Music Awards.


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