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Making a holiday film audiences will love, and relate to, isn’t always an easy feat, and can oftentimes be a recipe for disaster. Thankfully that’s not the case for David E. Talbert and Will Packer’s newest family flick Almost Christmas. Fact is, the duo have all the right ingredients – a dash of a love, a teaspoon of tears and a whole heaping of laughter – courtesy of Mo’Nique, who will have audiences laughing out loud.

“I think we forget sometimes that she is the “Queen of Comedy” and she’s letting everybody know that with this,” said Talbert, who admitted he also let her improv as much as she wanted to. “It’s Mo’Nique, you don’t LET her do anything. Mo’Nique does it, and you say, ‘Thank you very much, Queen, for blessing this project with your artistry.'”

In the film, Mo’Nique plays the hilarious Aunt Mae, who comes to visit her brother in-law (Danny Glover) and his children for Christmas after their mother passes. Packer, who has had success in the holiday film genre with 2007’s This Christmas, told HipHollywood it was the heartwarming storyline that attracted him to the project.

“The thing that’s different about this movie is that it’s about a family that has lost their matriarch. Usually it’s the woman that’s holding it all together, especially in the black family. In this one you have Danny Glover, the icon. He’s playing the patriarch, and along with that you have this family trying to figure out how to function without the glue, without the heart and soul that’s been there for so long.”

And then of course there’s a stellar supporting cast, including Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, J.B. Smoove, Romany Malco and Omar Epps, and one hilarious table scene that Talbert says was inspired by watching British films and American comedies like The Nutty Professor. “It’s really a British farce. All these different things are happening, all these different story lines, the audience knows more than the characters on screen, and then it just combusts,” he explained.

Almost Christmas hits theaters (just in time for Thanksgiving) on November 11.









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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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