Gabrielle Union throws support behind A League of Their Own sequel

Gabrielle Union has thrown her support behind a sequel to A League Of Their Own, which would follow the rise of three female Black stars of post-war baseball.Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry first pitched the idea of a follow-up to the hit 1992 movie, which…

Gabrielle Union has thrown her support behind a sequel to A League Of Their Own, which would follow the rise of three female Black stars of post-war baseball.

Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry first pitched the idea of a follow-up to the hit 1992 movie, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, and followed the beginnings of the first female professional baseball league in the 1940s.

Back in December 2018, the Oscar-winning director suggested in a post on Twitter that a sequel to late director Penny Marshall’s flick should pick up at the point in the film when a Black woman in the crowd at a game throws a ground ball back to the team, impressing Davis’ character Dottie Hinson.

“Imagine A League Of Their Own sequel that starts with the scene of the Black woman throwing the ball back from the stands and you stay with her and it becomes a biopic on (Toni Stone, Mami (sic) ‘Peanut’ Johnson & Connie Morgan),” the Hair Love director wrote.

Toni, Mamie and Connie broke new ground when they played professional baseball in the 1940s and 1950s.

On Monday, Gabrielle took to Twitter to share Matthew’s post, and implored Hollywood bosses to look at getting the potential project off the ground.

“Can we make this please?” the Bring It On actress wrote. “Asking for a bunch of us.”

Fans of the 47-year-old went wild for her idea, and suggested Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay could helm the sports biopic.

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Gabrielle Union: ‘There’s no one way to be beautiful’

Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and i…

Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.

Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and in a new interview with Shape magazine, Gabrielle said she’s been working hard to set a good example to Zaya.

“I love that in our household there are so many different ways of expressing ourselves,” the 47-year-old explained. “And watching Zaya clock all of it. Right? That there’s no one way to be a woman. There’s no one way to be a Black woman. There’s no one way to be beautiful. There’s no one way to dress or to love your body.”

And Gabrielle is also learning from Zaya, and recalled an incident in which she tried to teach her stepdaughter how to shave her armpits.

“Zaya was like, ‘But Amandla Stenberg doesn’t shave her armpits. And I was like, ‘No, she does not!’” she laughed, referencing the non-binary American actress, and said she was forced to examine her own beliefs about gender.

“You are a woman because you are. Because that is your identity,” Gabrielle added.

Zaya was behind the lens of her Samsung smartphone as she photographed her stepmother for the Shape cover shoot, and the L.A.’s Finest star was curious to see how the teenager saw her.

“I’m just interested to see myself through Zaya’s eyes,” she explained. “I think that’s really actually… really interesting. Because I trust her. And she has a story to tell.”

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Gabrielle Union determined to get plus-size clothing right in new holiday collection

Gabrielle Union was determined to “get it right” when it came to designing plus-size clothing for her new holiday collection with New York & Company. The Bring It On actress has been collaborating with the American womenswear retailer on clothing coll…

Gabrielle Union was determined to “get it right” when it came to designing plus-size clothing for her new holiday collection with New York & Company.

The Bring It On actress has been collaborating with the American womenswear retailer on clothing collections since 2017, and recently launched a holiday line which features 51-pieces including metallic dresses, party-ready jumpsuits, satin sets, and leather staple pieces.

Gabrielle was intent on making the collection inclusive but didn’t just want to simply extend the size range – she was determined to create clothes that fit plus-sized consumers well.

“If it doesn’t fit right, it ain’t right. That’s what it all came down to,” she told People.com. “When you’re not doing it right, you’re ignoring 67 per cent of Americans who are plus-sized.”

She explained that she would have “failed miserably” if she didn’t make the clothes trendy and flattering for all sizes, with her adding, “I don’t want to fail at anything… I have to get it right.”

The 47-year-old made sure she hired a team that could execute plus-size designs and address the “blind spots” with her line.

“This is where you lead humbly… It’s easy to lead with your numbers and your success but a better business move is to centre where you are weakest,” the star said. “Centre your blind spots. But if you don’t have the right people on your team, you’re not going to ever know what those blind spots are.”

Her holiday collection, which ranges in price from $55 (£42) to $200 (£152) and in sizes from XS to XXL, launched earlier this week.

In addition, she has also unveiled a 13-piece collection of holiday dresses with the brand’s plus-size division, Fashion to Figure.

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Kirsten Dunst wants to do a musical

Kirsten Dunst would love to star in a musical.The Bring It On actress has starred in a wide variety of films since she made her movie debut as a child, appearing in movies such as Jumanji, Spider-Man, Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides. When…

Kirsten Dunst would love to star in a musical.

The Bring It On actress has starred in a wide variety of films since she made her movie debut as a child, appearing in movies such as Jumanji, Spider-Man, Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides.

When asked by Vogue.com what genre she would still like to explore, the 37-year-old shared that she would love to appear in a musical because she didn’t get the previous musical role she went for.

“I honestly fought so hard for this one role – some other actress got it. But I wanted it so badly. It was a musical. You’re so right. I love musicals, so I would do that in a heartbeat,” she gushed.

The Fargo actress also acknowledged that she hasn’t ventured into the horror genre, but she’s not interested in exploring that, with her adding, “I don’t really wanna run around screaming either, you know?”

Dunst took two years off work following the birth of her first child with partner Jesse Plemons, and she admitted becoming a mother has given her a newfound sense of freedom with her acting roles, as she has become more of a risk-taker.

“There’s a sense of freedom post having a kid,” the star continued. “I don’t know if other actresses have said this to you, but for me, something inside just freed up, and you don’t care. I’ll do anything or go anywhere.”

Dunst, who is now promoting her kooky TV comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida, credits her longevity as an actress with discovering her own voice and learning which stories she wants to tell.

“I want to look back when I’m old and say I’m proud of the movies and television that I was a part of. For me, it’s trying to pick and choose wisely so I can keep doing this until I’m an old f**t,” she stated.

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Kirsten Dunst open to Bring It On movie sequel

Kirsten Dunst is open to dusting off her cheerleader uniform for another Bring It On film.The actress recently reunited with Gabrielle Union, her co-star in the popular 2000 movie about a team preparing for cheerleading championships, for a Rodarte fas…

Kirsten Dunst is open to dusting off her cheerleader uniform for another Bring It On film.

The actress recently reunited with Gabrielle Union, her co-star in the popular 2000 movie about a team preparing for cheerleading championships, for a Rodarte fashion campaign.

Accordingly, the photoshoot prompted fans to dream up a big screen get-together, and now, Dunst has shared that she would be interested in reprising her role as Torrance Shipman.

“If they wanted to make another movie, I would make another movie,” the 37-year-old said during a recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “Why not? It’d be so fun!

“We made that movie for no money, zero money. It was a Universal movie, but like one of those that they were like, ‘Go and do what you want’, like this little, whatever, cheerleading movie.”

Dunst went on to explain that she loves it when her projects exceed expectations.

“Opening weekend, we were all so surprised,” the star insisted. “It was huge. That’s always the best – when you don’t expect anything and then it became so huge.”

Several direct-to-video Bring It On sequels were made in the mid-2000s, but none featured the members of the original cast.

And in a recent chat with Sirius XM’s In-Depth With Larry Flick, Dunst revealed that Bring It On tends to be the film fans recognise her from, despite having starred in critically acclaimed movies like Marie Antoinette and The Beguiled, as well as in the second season of TV series Fargo.

“I’ve never been nominated for anything. Maybe like, twice for a Golden Globe when I was little and one for Fargo. I always feel like nobody – I don’t know, maybe they just think I’m the girl from Bring It On,” she commented.

Dunst is currently promoting her new TV show, On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

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Gabrielle Union feared she was too old to snag fashion gigs

Gabrielle Union was convinced she had missed her chance to front the fashion campaign of her dreams with New York & Company.The 46 year old actress, who has been snagging screen gigs since she the late ’90s, thought she had reached her heyday in the st…

Gabrielle Union was convinced she had missed her chance to front the fashion campaign of her dreams with New York & Company.

The 46 year old actress, who has been snagging screen gigs since she the late ’90s, thought she had reached her heyday in the style industry, admitting she was surprised when the brand bosses asked her to become an ambassador.

“The CEO of New York & Company came to me and was like, ‘We are looking for a new brand ambassador. We would love to create a Gabrielle Union line and would love for you to be the face of the 7th Avenue (collection),” she said on the latest episode of the Variety podcast Strictly Business. “I was sort of in disbelief… we’re not supposed to be getting these offers. I’m not supposed to be having this career resurgence, my value isn’t supposed to be this high.”

The Bring It On star thought that she was too old to bag an opportunity to create her own fashion line in her forties.

“They tell you that after 26, ‘Honey, hang it up,’” she explained. “Get prepared to play long suffering mothers who set up jokes and you don’t get to be a star. You’re past the ingenue stage.

“Your best days are behind you as a brand ambassador unless you can sell bleach. They don’t ever position it (age) as being in a position of power.”

Gabrielle launched her first line with New York & Company in 2017 and her latest collection dropped in January (19).

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