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After almost three years of doing dramatic films, Mo’Nique returns to her comedic roots in in the new holiday film Almost Christmas. But, don’t call it a comeback. According to the Academy Award-winning actress, this is just the right script at the right time.

“You know, this was me having a great time with some talented people,” she told HipHollywood exclusively. “And, you know, there was some of it that made sense for me to come back and do this film, and when you get the script and find out Danny Glover is the lead, it’s like, ‘Let’s go.’”

In the film, the Baltimore native is definitely the scene stealer, playing the hilarious Aunt Mae, and her co-stars told us they had a hard time keeping a straight face while filming.

“She does a different joke with every take, and she’s just so quick and witty” said Gabrielle Union. “When the camera wasn’t on us, we were just laughing and texting each other inappropriate jokes.”

“No, I didn’t keep a straight face, I couldn’t hold it in,” exclaimed Romany Malco. “At one point she was even feeding the kids one-liners; I was like, ‘Oh, my God.'”

But while the cast was marveling at Mo’Nique’s comedic genius, she told us she was having a hard time staying in character around her idol, Danny Glover.

Check out the full interview above. Almost Christmas hits theaters Nov 11.


Exclusive: Diddy Wants To See More Of This On Fox’s ‘The Four’



Fox’s The Four: Battle For Stardom will never have a loser, at least according to panelist and show creator, Diddy.

Every week, singers around the country will fight for stardom by doing all they can to stay in the top four of the singing competition show. But while some might get sent home, Diddy tells HipHollywood that there are “no losers in this situation.”

He explained while at last week’s taping, “the people that lose actually win because people don’t agree with what goes on, so now they have a platform.”

The music is not only out of this world, but it’s also just straight up fun. Host Fergie unveiled to HH, “Your heart beats racing, but we also can really laugh at ourselves and have a good time and be idiots.”

She added, “There’s a good amount of we care care that much to be intense and serious and be invested and want to stand behind these artists; but also at the same time we all like to have a good time.”

Panelist DJ Khaled is all about the jovial antics and banter, but he doesn’t want “nobody taking my kindness for weakness.” He told us, “I’m going to give you the keys and let you know how I feel.”

The show is on it’s way to becoming a world renowned phenomenon. Diddy, however, would like to see one thing. “More rappers,” he told HipHollywood. “Rapers don’t have a relationship with shows like this so there’s not that database. So we are doing something original.”

The Four airs on Thursday night’s at 8pm on Fox.

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