Sunday, December 2, 2007

Whats That Got to Do WIth It?

Random Angie B News!

I'm getting more and more excited about "Meet the Browns" the movie and heres the source of my excitement:

Two New Movie Stills of Angela Bassett in MTB
Lance Gross and Angela in 'Meet the Browns'
Rick Fox and Angela in 'Meet the Browns'

*Ever since I've seen these pictures I've been trying to get that wavy haired look Angie's got in this movie. But my version isnt as well done. Anybody know the secret to Angela's waves? Email me!*

Tyler Perry disclosed (via his email updates at that he'll be releasing the movie trailer for "Meet the Browns" very soon. So I'll be posting the trailer as soon as its available.

Heres a radio interview Angela did just last month in Memphis while filming "Nothing But the Truth"

In anticipation of the release of "Of Boys & Men" next month herea a picture of Angela on the set of the film last March 2007:

Robert Townsend,

Friday, November 16, 2007

"Meet the Browns" Movie Poster / Angela & Courtney Set to Tell 'Truth'

'Meet the Browns' Movie Poster

Thanks to a fellow BassettHound named Aaron, we've got the first look at the official "Meet the Browns" Movie Poster! According to Aaron, you can find the poster in the back of the program when you see Tyler Perry's currently touring play, "Whats Done in the Dark". They're playing in Chicago now.

You can expect to "Meet the Browns" next year, March 21st 2008. Lionsgate, the distribution company behind all of Tyler Perry's films, stated recently that they'll be releasing Tyler's latest movies (including 'Browns') internationally instead of soley in the States thanks to the success of "Why Did I Get Married".

Quick AB Newsflash: The Bible Experience (The Old Testament Version) is now available on CD or MP3 format. I bought The New Testament version via but any mainstream online store will get you The Bible Experience.
To listen to a clip of Angela Bassett as Esther go to [] Thanks to Jean at Zondervan!

Angela isnt the only one set to tell the "Truth"
According to, Courtney "Brown Eyes" Vance is also making an appearance in the upcoming film "Nothing But the Truth" along with his wife of 10 years. This marks the very first feature film the couple have collorborated on (excluding 1995's Panther). We have yet to find out which character Courtney is playing in the film but if Angela is "playing" the boss of a major newspaper then it wouldnt be a stretch if Courtney were her partner in deligating.

Excerpts from "Cast and Costume" by Barbara Bradley

A cap sleeve black dress Angela Bassett wears in "Nothing But the Truth" spotlights her toned arms, lending a subtle physical authority to her role as editor of the fictitious Washington newspaper, The Capital Sun-Times. Was that intentional?
'If you want to go to war, we're behind you' Angela Bassett as Bonnie Benjamin
"If you have to show something, it's better than your belly button," said Bassett, smiling, as she waited between scenes shot recently in The Commercial Appeal newsroom on Union Avenue.

But no. The Ellen Tracy belted dress was chosen for its sophistication, which may also account for Bassett's four-inch, stack heels, perhaps the tallest that ever traversed the real newsroom's ink-stained carpet.

Print journalists, never known for sartorial chic, may smile at the stylish duds worn by actors who portray them. (Actors get more beauty help too. At one point, Bassett snapped her fingers and someone rushed over and buffed her arms.) But so many considerations influence costume selection, it's a wonder actors ever emerge from their dressing rooms at all.

The cast includes Kate Beckinsale as the ill-fated reporter; Noah Wyle as a lawyer for the newspaper; Vera Farmiga as the outed agent; and Alan Alda as a high profile, smooth-talking attorney defending Beckinsale's character. Rounding out the stellar cast are Matt Dillon, David Schwimmer and Bassett's real-life husband Courtney B. Vance.

"I get to weigh in with my idea of the character," said Bassett. "I do have power suits, (for Bonnie Benjamin, the editor she portrays), but I felt she shouldn't be mannish. She's strong enough to express her feminine side."

Angela Bassett as Bonnie BenjaminSometimes actors get to keep the clothes they wear in the film, said Bassett, which can make choosing what is right for the character painful. "Angela loves that!" said Bassett, breaking into a wide smile as she recalled a proposed outfit she had felt it necessary to discard. "But that is going," she told herself. "It's not Bonnie. Bonnie wouldn't wear that."

Read the entire article at []

Doesnt it look like celebrity stylist, Philip Bloch, just told a naughty joke?

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Movie: "Nothing But the Truth"

Angela BassettAlan AldaVera FarmigaKate BeckinsaleMatt Dillon
Nope, we're not joking, Angie is attached to her 5th feature film this year (can you hear the joy in my voice?). Its a political thriller with an ensemble cast titled "Nothing But the Truth." Rod Lurie wrote and directs the film about a female newspaper reporter who outs a CIA agent and is imprisoned for refusing to reveal her source. Angela will play Bonnie Brillstein, filming for "Nothing But the Truth" began last wednesday (Oct. 10th) and the movie is set to hit theaters September 19th 2008. We'll keep you updated on Angela's role in this movie and for more details visit [].

According to Angela is the 6th Most Powerful Christian in Hollywood!

She's played such iconic women as Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz (Malcolm X's wife), and Tina Turner, and voiced Queen Esther in the audio "The Bible Experience." Along the way, Angela Bassett has picked up a Golden Globe and been nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy, and many other major awards. Like Denzel Washington, Bassett is a longtime worshipper at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Though she rarely speaks to the media about her faith, Bassett recently told the L.A. Times, "When you realize that every breath is a gift from God. When you realize how small you are, but how much he loved you. That he, Jesus, would die, the son of God himself on earth, then just weep." She added, "Loving God is like my being black. I just am. [No one says] 'You know what? I'm gonna be blacker today!' It's my culture. It's not something I put on or take off or show more. You just communicate that in the way you live your life."

Check out the other 11 Powerful Christians in Hollywood at [

Friday, October 12, 2007

Angie & Courtney Sitting in a Tree...

First comes love then comes marriage...

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance celebrate their 10th year wedding anniversary today. It was 10 years ago today Angela was dressed in a white Escada gown and Courtney in a tux and they were saying their vows in the late Lou Rawls' home in front of family and friends. Angela and Courtney Vance have become that inspiring power couple, the couple to model your own relationship after. The BassettHounds know "the best is yet to come" for this two-some and after 10 years we dont imagine these two asking "Why Did I Get Married?" but maybe "Why Didnt We Get Married Sooner?"

Happy Anniversary Angela and Courtney Vance!

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Bassett Body/ Our Friend Fred

The Bassett Body
We all know Angela Bassett is amazing at what she does. She can act like a beaten down singer, a mad ex-wife, a civil rights leader. Shoot she could act like a 10 year old with a mild case of amnesia if she wanted to. But never mind all that, have you seen her body?

Angela in Mr. 3000If you havent, Stella lost her groove, go watch how she got it back. If you have, you've probably thought to yourself, "how do I get a body like that?" Well Chasity Johnson of tells us exactly how to get the toned arms, the six-pack abs, and the defined legs that are better known as "The Bassett Body." Isuggest you continue reading but dont be surprised if you feel the urge to head to the gym afterwards:

According to Harley Pasternak, author and former personal trainer of Bassett, he keeps his clients, including Halle Berry and Eve, fit on his patented 5-Factor Diet. The 5-Factor Diet consists of working out 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week and eating 5 meals a day.

Eating five meals a day raises your metabolism and provides a steady stream of vital nutrients, including protein, which helps your body develop a toned and fit physique. Pasternak encourages his clients to eat foods that include low fat, quality protein(chicken, turkey, fish, and shellfish), moderate carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats(like omega-3 found in salmon), and drink sugar free beverages.

Now that we’ve covered how to eat like Bassett, let’s move on to working out like her and getting that fab body. Paternak suggests working out 5 days a week for 25 minutes a day, incorporating strength training and cardio in 5-minute intervals. Bassett’s extraordinary physique is extremely toned and sculpted. You can’t achieve a look like this without incorporating some kind of weight training in your workout routine.

To get those killer Bassett legs while satisfying the cardio portion of Paternak’s 5-Factor Diet, try walking. Don’t forget to always stretch thoroughly before you start exercising. When walking be sure to stand erect and tall. Do not lean forward or backwards, this places unnecessary strain on your muscles. Use the heel to toe technique. Start out by walking for 15 minutes a day 3x a week, during your first week. Try to walk on the same days every week for consistency. Every week add 5 minutes until you get to 30 minutes a day. It is fine to stay at 30 minutes a day, but if you feel up for it you can add additional increments of 5 until you reach a time limit you are comfortable with.

Now you have the tools to getting that Bassett Body, but don’t forget it takes more than knowledge it takes motivation. Bassett told writer Cheryl Johnson fear is her biggest motivator to stay fit. She credits the physicality of the roles she plays as a motivating factor to keeping in shape. Fear may not be your motivation, but whatever it is keep it in mind during your quest for the Bassett Body. It’s what will keep you moving and take you closer and closer to your goal.

If you want more AB workout tips visit []

Our Friend Fred

Fred, Angela, and Courtney during the Oprah Show taping
Fredrick Johnson is a friend of The BassettHounds and a friend to Angela and Courtney, but hes also the head honcho of his business Affluent Techonolgy that caters to celebrities' computer-based needs. If you're famous and you think a "Megabyte" is what a shark does when he smells food, then Fred is your guy!

Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance are one of Hollywood's power couples, but to Frederick Johnson, they're also a small business -- and an opportunity.

He started Affluent Technology in late 2004 as a spin-off from his day job as president and CIO of Ross-Tek, a 10-year-old solution provider based in Cleveland, Ohio. Growing up, his parents worked for Don King's boxing promotion company and he had some access to boxers and other VIPs. A few years ago, he sought to find a way to meld his IT background with his celebrity connections. Affluent Technology was born.

For example, Affluent Technology has helped the Oscar-nominated ("What's Love Got to Do With It") Bassett and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" star Vance with their personal IT needs as well as the needs of their production company Bassett/Vance Productions.

"Courtney and Angela are independent, successful celebrities. But they also have a company, a staff. We're responsible for the assessment, procurement and implementation of the [technology]: mobile devices, servers," Johnson said.

The couple is moving into a new home and Johnson is working with the builders to ensure their personal and professional IT needs can be met efficiently and economically, Johnson said. "We introduced Windows Home Server so they could have better segementation of the work stuff and the personal things like photos, music and household-related data," he said.

Fred has plenty more tips on how to win star business at []

In Random News... Danny Glover's Toussaint film is rescheduled to shoot Spring 2008. I guess all the protesting worked. [source]

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sidewalks TV

Here is a cool interview for 'Friends' from Sidewalk TV. I'm sure most of you, including ME missed this rare treat. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Queen Angela!

Happy Birthday Ms. Angela Bassett!
You are the epitome of a "phenomanal woman"!
Continue to inspire.

Our Queen Angie B is 49 today and The 3 BassettHounds wish her all the best in this audio clip! To the other BassettHounds- Its Angie's birthday but lets celebrate like its ours! We're thinking an AB movie marathon is in order!

Much Love,

Saturday, August 11, 2007

'Public School' Influences the Bassett/Vance Move

From the LA Times: Actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance have lived in their L.A. home for 10 years -- ever since they got married. But the recent parents have different needs these days, so they have listed their home in gated Fremont Place near Hancock Park at close to $6 million.The compound they are selling has a 5,000-square-foot main house, built in 1940, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It has such features as a hair salon, a gourmet kitchen, an elegant foyer, a master-bedroom suite and parklike grounds. The couple added a detached 2,500-square-foot building that has an office, gym and guest quarters.The house is rich in original details and is described in the Multiple Listing Service as "a perfect blend of traditional elegance and sophistication."It wasn't size or style that prompted Bassett, 48, and Vance, 47, to list the house but schools. The couple last year became parents of twins through a surrogate. Many children who live in their gated community attend private schools, and the pair would like theirs to attend public schools when the time comes.

Time for...TACIA NOTES!
It is a rarity for celebrity couples to enroll their children into public schools, but that seems to be the 'move' that Courtney and Angela are taking. Surprised? Don't be. I'm sure the couple is wanting their children to have as much of a normal life as possible (well, everyone doesn't have Angela and Courtney as their mom and dad, huh?). Way to go, Angela and Courtney! Oh, and let me just add, did anyone else catch that there is a hair salon in this house?!? :O Don't think I need to comment more on that. Just wish I had an extra 6 mil in my back pocket.

Monday, August 6, 2007

"Heres Something While You Wait"

I'm sure you BassettHounds can tell, but there has been a gap in "AB News" for a couple of weeks now. Its not because Angela's slowing down though, shes just as busy as ever. Ang is filming two more movies this year, shes picking up and moving to what I call a fairytale castle (she calls it a home), and sources close to the Bassett-Vance clan say they're planning a family vacation.

With all that going on with Angela you'd think we'd have something to report. Nope! We're still in "AB News" limbo, but heres something while you wait: a collection of random Angela Bassett photos from this year. Until we're out of limbo: Keep Hounding!

Bronwyn and Slater with their parents making another public appearance

Robert Townsend and Angela Bassett (Of Boys & Men costars) at a film-making Q & A in Chicago.

Angela and Courtney appear here with Fred Johnson (far left) their friend and technology consultant.

Angela and Courtney went to the former mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young's birthday bash last April. Angie is wearing the earrings that Oprah gave to her as a gift during The Legends Ball!

Angela Bassett on the set of "Gospel Hill" with costar Christy Johnson

Angela donated her "Jeans for Justice" benefiting the YWCA

I like this picture because it looks like a movie poster! Click on it to see ALL of Angela! :D

Whats That Got to Do With It?
In Random News...

COURTNEY IS WORKING AGAIN! Ever since the Bassett-Vance twins were born (Jan. 2006) Courtney B. Vance has been on an acting hiatus. Enjoying his time with his wife and new babies, yet keeping his talents from us, the television audience. But the hiatus is at an end with Courtney's newest guest star role in "State of Mind." A new Lifetime show starring Lili Taylor and Theresa Randle.

I just happened to be flipping through channels last Sunday when I see Angela's Courtney all kissed up on a white woman. I thought, "he really must not have seen Waiting to Exhale" but then I realized his kissing another woman means hes working again (because thats got to be acting, Courtney knows what hes got) and that made it all okay.

"State of Mind" is a really intriguing, intelligently funny program and Courtney looks like he'll be a regular. So check Mr. Vance out SUNDAYS at 9PM on LIFETIME and just remember hes acting.

In preparation for Angela's 49th birthday (in ten days) we've got a new poll up on the site for you to vote on.
Angela's turning 49 on August 16th, BassettHounds, what should she do to celebrate? GO AND VOTE!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Angela on Set of "Meet the Browns"

*Thanks to LadyGlen for providing these pictures to the BassettHounds. She visited the "Meet the Browns" set in Chicago looking to hear from Jennifer Hudson until a member of the crew told her, "Shes not here. Thats just a rumor." Instead Lady Glen got to eat lunch with the crew and see Angela Bassett and Irma P. Hall who were "very friendly and sweet." Heres what Glen said about our Angela:

Angela was very nice. She was very professional...sort of in a zone...serious. After she filmed her scenes, she relaxed, waved to us all and let us snap a few pictures. She jumped in a white van and pulled off during the lunch break.

That sounds like Angie alright. No-nonsense when shes working and in character, but when the cameras are off shes her laid back self!! Thanks again to Glen for the exclusive. :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Today is a very special day for our Head Bassetthound. To the creator of Angie B News!, the person who scouted us out to join her in making such a wonderful tribute site, the Bassetthounds want to wish Simonique a very happy and blessed 19th birthday!


Natacia and Amanda
Co-Head Bassetthounds

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Angela and Courtney are Movin' Out!

Do any of you BassettHounds have $6 million extra dollars in your pocket and looking to move? Guess what? The Power Couple is selling their lovely house in Hancock Park!

SELLERS: Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett
LOCATION: Fremont Place, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $5,999,000
SIZE: 4,828 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Spectacular Celebrity estate in Fremont Place. This home has the perfect blend of traditional elegance & sophistication! 5 Bds, 6 Bas on a 26,595 corner lot replete w/ 2,500 sq. ft. separate 2 room office/guest + bath & full gym w/ hair salon complete this extraordinary compound. Rich w/ orig details, this fabulous home has a gourmet kitchen that opens to family room, formal liv & din room, elegant foyer, master ste w/ incredible bath & closets & park-like grounds. Included is 24/7 security of Fremont Pl.

Read the full story at [RealEstalker]

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Filming News: Meet the Browns

Fox & Hound
by Stella Foster

Angela Bassett & Rick Fox
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Fabulous actress/ author Angela Bassett and handsome former L.A. Lakers star Rick Fox, ex-hubby of singer/actress Vanessa Williams, will be hitting town this weekend to start filming scenes for the new Tyler Perry movie "Meet the Browns." Bassett portrays a single mom raising three kids in the projects with a son who is a high school basketball star. Fox plays a high school basketball coach who becomes her love interest. Perry will also be in town next week, and filming will be done near Clybourn, Diversey and near 63rd & Cottage Grove. The cast and crew will be in Chicago one week and resume production in Atlanta.

*Only Angela could pull off filming two movies at the same time!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Photos: Gospel Hill Filming

Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Julia Stiles, Nia Long, and Giancarlo Esposito all on the set of "Gospel Hill"Angela Bassett & Jason Klemm on locationAngela Bassett and Danny Glover film 'Gospel Hill'Danny Glover filming a funeral scene (one of the last scenes in the film)Julia Stiles and Nia Long visit with extras during a lunch breakGiancarlo Esposito directing his first film, 'Gospel Hill' Filming a restaurant scene in Gospel Hill
Filming for "Gospel Hill" is more than half way completed. They'll continue filming in various locations including South Carolina until the end of July and release is set for April 2008.

Blogging about "Gospel Hill"

  • Ms. Rhonda blogs about her experience as an extra at [Myspace]

  • Andrew blogs on his role as a featured extra at [Media Mensch]

  • Fort Mills Times reports on how "Gospel Hill" shook up their town [source]

    Wednesday, July 4, 2007

    Celebrate Your Freedom!

    Happy Birthday America!

    Have a Firecracker of an Independence Day, BassettHounds!

    We hope Ms. Angela Bassett is enjoying the fireworks in South Carolina. Shes out of town, filming "Gospel Hill", which makes it a good thing we can celebrate July 4th in any of the 50 United States of America!

    "Celebrate your Freedom and Stay BassettHounds"

    Tuesday, July 3, 2007

    Black Issues Interview

    IF YOU WERE TO ASK ANGELA BASSETT AND COURTNEY B. VANCE "What's love got to do with it?" they'd answer, with heartfelt enthusiasm, "Everything." In Friends: A Love Story (Kimani Press, February 2007), the celebrities describe their first date and their courtship, which laid the foundations of their marriage of almost a decade.

    During the 1980s and later, when the two actors were navigating their individual careers, they first met at Yale Drama School and bumped into each other at house parties and social events in Los Angeles. Neither had an idea they'd ever develop a unique bond. And suddenly, their hearts met, so to speak. Each separately endured romantic missteps, family tragedies and personal insights before coming together as a couple and committed life partners.

    Below, Vance and Bassett discuss the collaboration on their first book, their 18-month-old twins, Slater Josiah and Bronwyn Golden, and the strength of their relationship.

    Black Issues Book Review: Congratulations on the book and the additions to your family. How do you describe your new book?

    Angela Bassett: Well, it's an autobiographical love story. A story that discusses love of self, love of each other and love of the craft of acting ... (And the love of God, Courtney adds.) It's told in a "he says, she says" way.

    BIBR: You've had a successful marriage for quite a few years now. Can you describe the process that you and Angela developed for negotiating projects you're both involved in. Which of you gets the last word when you can't decide?

    Courtney B. Vance: Our relationship, first and foremost, is based in faith, therefore our goal is to respect and support each other. Now with children in our lives, they are our first priority when reviewing potential projects, and how it will affect them. Then we weigh each project on its own merit; and finally we both try never to be working on projects at the same time, projects that would keep us apart and out of town.

    Angela has a Disney animated project she's working on, and after five years of flying back and forth between Los Angeles and New York doing Law & Order: Criminal Intent, I am very content, right now, managing these changes in our household, preparing for our book tour and enjoying my time home being "Daddy" Our marriage is strong because we negotiate with each other and make decisions jointly; this creates a nurturing environment where we can both flourish.

    With this project, Angela and I remained strong and united in the telling of our story; in fact, the process actually brought us closer together.

    BIBR: You both have busy schedules, do you have any time for reading?

    C.B.V.: More than anything right now, we are focusing on preparing the household for these children to grow up in. Because we began our family late in life, our house is not geared toward "little feet" running around. So we have begun the process of re-orienting our house to accommodate these precious jewels! It is a wonderful but time-consuming process, and one that takes complete concentration.

    But our years together have prepared us for the task! And oh, yes, what books are we reading right now? What else--children's and parenting books! Angela is reading the books, and I am surfing the Web, looking for good schools. You know the old adage, "Preparation precedes blessings!"

    BIBR: Are there any plans to write another book, perhaps a children's book:

    A.B.: We've have been asked about writing a children's book. And we've given it some thought. So yes, there's quite a possibility. I've actually thought that one could be based on a little ditty I sing to the kids. "We're sitting in a chair, sitting in a chair, looking out of the window, what's over there, where are we going.... ?" [Angela laughs]. It [the book project] definitely has to be about something that excites children's imaginations and stimulates their curiosities.

    Also check out this video interview: [Coffee with Angela and Courtney]

    Friday, June 29, 2007

    Chicago Exclusives!!

    These Chicago newspaper articles were provided to AB News! by a BassettHound by the name of Zachary Smith He was able to attend Angela and Courtney's Chicago book tour/signings last April. Heres what he told Angie B News!:

    I'm elated to inform you that I was able to see my favorite actress in the world Ms. Angela Bassett as well as her husband superstar actor Mr. Courtney B. Vance this past weekend in Chicago.

    At the book signing Saturday they peformed an excellent skit and took questions from those who attended. They both are very classy and down to earth individuals. Also I'm glad their Christians and that they just don't take any roles offered to them.

    I was able to a picture with them which was a blessing because the owner prevented everyone after me to pose and take pictures with them. I'm glad I was able to because having a picture taken with Ms. Bassett is a chance of a lifetime.

    Thanks for all of your help.


    Zachary Smith


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