Queen Latifah

Dana Elaine Owens was born on March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey. Better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, she is a rapper, actress and singer. Queen Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination. From 1993-1998, Latifah had a starring role on Living Single. She began her film career in supporting roles in the 1991 and 1992 films House Party 2, Juice and Jungle Fever. Later, Latifah appeared in the 1996 box-office hit, Set It Off and subsequently had a supporting role in the Holly Hunter film Living Out Loud (1998). She also played the role of Thelma in the 1999 movie The Bone Collector, alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Although she had already received some critical acclaim, she gained mainstream success after being cast as Matron "Mama" Morton in the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the musical Chicago (2002). Latifah received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Since then, she has starred in a number of popular films including; Bringing Down the House, with Steve Martin, Taxi, Beauty Shop, Hairspray and Last Holiday. In 2007, she produced the film The Perfect Holiday starring Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union. Her most recent films include; Just Wright (2010), The Dilemma (2011) and she is set to reprise her role in the ...

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Martino  •  Mike Thurmeier
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Ray Romano  •  Chris Wedge  •  Denis Leary
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Times are changing for Manny the moody mammoth, Sid the motor mouthed sloth and Diego the crafty saber-toothed tiger. Life heats up for our heroes when they meet some new and none-too-friendly neighbors – the mighty dinosaurs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlos Saldanha
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Queen Latifah
Scary Movie 3 (2003)

In the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise, news anchorwoman Cindy Campbell has to investigate mysterious crop circles and killing video tapes, and help the President stop an alien invasion in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jenny McCarthy  •  Marny Eng  •  Charlie Sheen
Chicago (2002)

MusicalBrilliantDarkEnjoyable

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Marshall
Beauty Shop (2005)

You thought you'd heard it all in the barbershop, but you haven't heard anything yet - the women get their own chance to shampoo, shine, and speak their minds in Beauty Shop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille Woodruff
Bringing Down the House (2003)

Straight-laced lawyer, Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) meets and falls in love with online chat friend "Lawyer-Girl", Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), only to discover she's a convicted bank robber. Charlene escapes from jail and comes looking for Peter to help ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Shankman
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Queen Latifah  •  Eugene Levy  •  Joan Plowright
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying taking calls where he might have to face one more victim he couldn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Patricia Arquette  •  John Goodman  •  Ving Rhames
Brown Sugar (2002)

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Famuyiwa
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Taye Diggs  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Queen Latifah
Hairspray (2007)

Musical

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Shankman
House Party 2 (1991)

Kid'N'Play leave their neighborhood and enter the world of adulthood and higher education. Play attempts to get rich quick in the music business while Kid faces the challenges of college.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug McHenry  •  George Jackson
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Diego, Manny and Sid return in this sequel to the hit animated movie Ice Age. This time around, the deep freeze is over, and the ice-covered earth is starting to melt, which will destroy the trio's cherished valley. The impending disaster prompts them to reunite ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlos Saldanha
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Queen Latifah
Juice (1992)

Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ and happens to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
Jungle Fever (1991)

A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Spike Lee  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Ruby Dee  •  John Turturro
Last Holiday (2006)

After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Queen Latifah  •  LL Cool J  •  Timothy Hutton  •  Giancarlo Esposito
Set It Off (1996)

HeistAction-packedViolentDramatic

Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
Sphere (1998)

FuturisticGrippingWeirdComplex

The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft. They are the best of best, smart and logical, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Sharon Stone  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Peter Coyote
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

OriginalEnjoyableThought provokingLighthearted

Harold Crick is a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
Taxi (2004)

A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Story
CAST:  Queen Latifah  •  Jimmy Fallon  •  Gisele Bündchen  •  Henry Simmons
The Bone Collector (1999)

Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The murderer's special signature is to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

The continuing adventures of the barbers at Calvin's Barbershop. Gina, a stylist at the beauty shop next door, is now trying to cut in on his business. Calvin is again struggling to keep his father's shop and traditions alive--this time against urban developers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Rodney Sullivan