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In David E. Talbert’s new family comedy Almost Christmas, J.B. Smoove narrowly dodges a bullet after his wife, played by Kimberly Elise, comes face to face with his side chick (Keri Hilson) at Christmas dinner.

HipHollywood hit the red carpet for the L.A. premiere, and got the cast, including Smoove and Mo’Nique, to dish some advice for real-life side chicks who may not know the rules during the Holiday season.

“Know your place: You’re the day after Christmas, you’re the day after Thanksgiving, the day after Martin Luther King Day,” joked Mo’Nique, who plays the hilarious Aunt May in the film. “I don’t have anything against the side woman, but know your place, know your place … and listen to Trick Daddy.”

“If you’re the side chick, write down the definition of the word,” added J.B. Smoove. “Look up the definition of “side” and look up the definition of “chick” and put it together, and from that you’ll know exactly what you are.”

“Imma keep it real; if you’re the side chick you have to be research-oriented,” dished Romany Malco, who plays one of the Meyers children. “Because one Bing search and she (Hilson) would have known that Lonnie wasn’t sh&t … so she kinda brought it on herself.”

Hilson, however, who naively believes Smoove is her new man in the film, defended her character’s actions. “Some side chicks don’t even know they are side chicks,” she explained during our sit-down at Essence Festival. “Dudes be having great game; it’s [really] the guys fault if you don’t know. Now, if you know, that’s a completely different thing.”

Almost Christmas, which also stars Gabrielle Union, Jessie Usher, Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps and Danny Glover, hits theaters November 11. In the meantime, hit the flip for pics from the star-studded premiere.

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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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