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Jamie Chung's Reasons Why 'Hangover 2' Lives Up To The First

VIBE caught up Jamie Chung, who plays Stu’s (Ed Helms) fiancé in The Hangover 2. We chatted briefly about why she thinks this movie lives up to the first one, the Korean version of Jersey Shore and her up coming role in a RZA produced kung fu flick. —Starrene Rhett

Stu’s fiancé in the first one was a bitch so is your character different? What’s she like?
She’s completely opposite. I really feel like she’s the one for Stu. She’s calm, she’s understanding, she’s easy to get along with. She really, really cares for Stu and I feel like Stu’s ready. This is the one. He has all these obstacles in the way and he has never really been accepted by Lauren’s father because Lauren’s father is uber wealthy and successful and owns these hotel chains in Thailand and to him, Stu is just a dentist, he’s not a real doctor, so there’s that on going joke about acceptance and then he loses Lauren’s younger brother the day before the wedding and he’s (the brother) is missing a finger and it’s all these crazy obstacles getting in his way. It’s really funny but my character is a sweetheart. Like, Stu went from uber biatch to Lucy Goosey in Vegas and now he’s with the one. I have to say Stu has gotten more action in the movie than any other character [laughs].

What are some other cool points about this one?
You do get to see Bradley Cooper’s wife a bit more. I mean, it really is these three guys and their crazy night in Thailand but people often ask can it really live up to the first one and yes, absolutely. Thailand is completely different from Vegas. It’s a whole other dynamic and they really go above and beyond the comedy and the relationships like, it’s just so good and so funny.

The filming environment must have been interesting because Thailand can be hot and humid, which means that there were probably weird creatures running around on setbesides the monkey [laughs]that may have helped create memorable moments. With that, was there anything wacky that happened on set that you can share?
Zach’s character wore this silk genie outfit and it was hot and he was sweaty, so before every take he would have to have sand on him so the sweat wouldn’t bleed through the silk clothing. But as soon as he walked out in that outfit with the socks and the sandals I could not keep from laughing. It was so hard not to break because whenever he’d do all this improv in these ridiculous outfits it was too funny. And there were a lot of times when I would be cracking up. You always have to stay on your toes when you’re around comedians because they’re so funny and so witty and smart.

This is random but relevant to you because of your reality TV background and the fact that you're Korean. But did you know that there was a pilot shot for a Korean version of Jersey Shore that takes place in LA’s K-Town and…
Holy cow! I heard about that. I’m kind of blown away. I think it’s more close to home for me, so I don’t know. I think it would be more weird watching that than watching the Jersey Shore, because watching the Jersey Shore it’s such a different world to me, I feel like an anthropologist. I feel like I’m doing a human study on these human beings who live this crazy life but with K-Town, I don’t’ know, it’s pretty interesting, I didn’t know that there was this subculture with K-Town. I’m really interested in seeing it. So it’s really different.

Lastly, what else are you working on?
I have the honor of working with RZA for this project called Man With the Iron Fist,. He is a genius. He produces all of these amazing tracks, weather it’s for Kanye or Black Keys or whatever. He’s everywhere. Like, the way he thinks with music⎯he’s a genius. And if you know him very well, you know that he’s is such a big fan of kung fu. He was a mentor to other kung fu students and really lives by that philosophy and way of life. And he kind of educated me on all of these old school kung fu movies that he’s been a big fan of, so it was kind of a dream come true to make his own kung fu movie that is like a throwback homage to some of the older popular kung fu movies but with a modern twist. So even though it takes place in ancient china it still has a modern twist. It’s Quentin Tarantino presents, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu⎯I mean he really got a fabulous cast together and it was a really cool shoot. We shot that in January and February in Shanghai. And then I also did this great film with Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez. It’s called premium rush and it’s about bike messengers in New York City and it’s an action thriller that comes out next year.

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Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

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Lee Daniels Details 'Empire' Cast's Feelings About Jussie Smollett Case

The cast of Empire is currently in the process of healing in the aftermath of Jussie Smollet's hate crime scandal. In a new interview with Extra, series creator, Lee Daniels detailed how the actors and crew feel about Jussie and the whole debacle.

"The cast is upset," he admitted. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing."

Daniels did not reveal whether the cast believes Smollett staged his alleged hate crime earlier this year, but he said that he will not judge him. "What I am learning right now is that I can’t judge," he explained. "That that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with a gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him. I can only support him and I can only give him compassion."

As previously reported, the actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox drama, told Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. As the investigation continued, the attention turned to Smollett. He was arrested on Feb. 20, and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report and allegedly staging the incident. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but the city of Chicago is suing the actor for $130,000 for the time spent investigating the matter.

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Police Conducted Welfare Check On Wendy Williams Over Alleged Poisoning

Police reportedly conducted a wellness check on Wendy Williams at her New Jersey home earlier this year after an anonymous caller claimed the TV personality's husband, Kevin Winter was poisoning her, People reports.

The incident reportedly occurred during Williams' television hiatus in Jan. 2019. According to the police report obtained by People, police arrived at Williams' residence shortly after the call was made. Hunter reportedly answered the door, claiming his wife was recovering from an illness.

Authorities noted that Hunter was "hesitant" to let the police inside the house but eventually did. There, they found Williams in bed with a "blanket covering her from neck to toe." Williams told the cops she was recovering from a broken shoulder.

Williams reportedly "became tearful" when they asked if there was any truth to the poisoning allegation, but she ultimately denied that any wrongdoing was taking place. Police said Hunter "then responded saying something to the effect of there had never been any calls to his house regarding domestic violence."

While the couple might not have received calls to the house, there have been rumors of domestic abuse. Many assumed that was one of many reasons why Williams filed for divorce against Hunter earlier this month. Even so, the Williams maintained that she was leaving on good terms.

"I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he said a recent episode of her self-titled show. "No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine."

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