The Hollywood premiere screening of Miles From Home, which hits DVD April 15, drew a host of celebs with their own projects to promote, among them comedian Kevin Hart, who’s juggling standup gigs with movie and TV roles. He shot a comedy TV pilot for Fox called Little in Common, playing husband to Gabrielle Union, and on the big screen he appears in the indie dramas Let Go, Exit Strategy, and in the romance 35 and Ticking opposite Meagan Good.
“It’s about people who are at the point in life where they’re getting the itch to get married and have kids,” says Hart, for whom standup remains his first love. “I’m on the road all the time but it’s the best,” he says. “I have dates this weekend in Richmond, Savannah and North Carolina.”
Loretta Devine is everywhere these days, with a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy as the Chief’s (James Pickens Jr.) wife Adele, a key role in Jumping the Broom as the mother of the groom, a part in Madea’s Big Happy Family , and a new series for ABC Family called The Great State of Georgia, starring Raven-Symone in the title role. While she doesn’t sing in the March 31 musical episode of Grey’s, Devine may do so in Georgia, in which she plays Raven’s Aunt Honey. “It’s about a young girl going to New York and trying to get into show business. I give her advice.” Nothing has been shot yet, but given the subject and the stars’ musical backgrounds, “They’d be missing out if they don’t let us sing,” says Devine.
She’ll play “a very tragic character, a woman that’s sick” in Madea’s Big Happy Family, due April 22, and she relished the chance to play unsympathetic in Jumping the Broom. “I don’t usually get to play the villain,” she notes. She also has a role in The Politics of Love, about Democratic and Republican election campaigners who fall in love, and will lend her distinctive voice to a couple of cartoons, including the animated movie Norm of the North.
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