Saturday, May 18, 2024

Paula Patton Gets a Co-Star for “Baggage Claim”


Paula Patton — she’s beautiful and talented, married to singer Robin Thicke. She co-starred in “Precious” and “Mission Impossible 4.” Now she’s going to star in a romantic comedy for Fox Searchlight called “Baggage Claim.” And I can tell you her co-star will be one of my favorite people, Derek Luke, who got his start in “Antwone Fisher.” Since then, Derek has played everything and everyone from Puff Daddy in “Notorious” to Jordin Sparks’s love interest in the upcoming “Sparkle” remake. He’s an overnight sensation for ten years. But “Baggage Claim,” written and directed by David Talbert, from his novel of the same name, should put Derek over the top. It’s great news for many reasons. Talbert will be making his feature film debut as a director, too. Smart African American comedies are starting to take root, with new directors. Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Kasi Lemmons and John Singleton can be proud that it’s all happening, at last. They were the pioneers.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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