News for 4/3/2007

Trio Boards Eddie Murphy's Starship

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms and Elizabeth Banks are joining Eddie Murphy in director Brian Robbins' Starship Dave for 20th Century Fox, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on a script by Rob Greenberg and Bill Corbett, Starship Dave centers on a spaceship that takes the form of a human (Murphy). It's operated by 100 human-looking, quarter-inch-tall aliens seeking a way to save their planet. Complications ensue when their captain (also played by Murphy) falls in love with Gina (Banks), a hip, downtown artist who always picks losers to date.

Union will play the chief cultural officer of the miniature crew, while Helms is the uptight second-in-command.

Shooting is set to begin in the next few weeks.

News for 2/20/2007

Gabrielle Union: A Part All Her Own

In "Daddy's Little Girls," Her Role Was Written Just For Her

(CBS) From "Bring It On" to "Bad Boys Two" to "Running With Scissors," Gabrielle Union has built a successful career playing strong, "take-charge" women. Her latest role has her playing a romantically challenged lawyer in Tyler Perry's new film "Daddy's Little Girls."

But in an interview on The Early Show, co-anchor Hannah Storm started by asking Union about her real-life love life, specifically rumors about a romance with Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Union replied that if it was the truth, she would not be denying it. "But," she continued, "he's not my guy. I wish!"

From what she was reading in the newspapers, Union's mother was expecting Jeter for Easter.

"I was like, 'Mom, he's not coming for Easter.' I wish!" the actress said good-naturedly. "If my real life was half as exciting as what is reported, I would be thrilled. Derek Jeter?"

After clearing that up, it was time to talk about Union's new movie, "Daddy's Little Girls," which was written by filmmaker Tyler Perry with the actress in mind.

"I sort of stalked his agent, conveniently, and I just happened to be on the plane with him, and I was, like, 'I would love to work with your client, Tyler Perry. Can you hook it up?'" Union recalled.

A couple of weeks later, Union and Perry did meet for a lunch that lasted four hours.

"We connected," she said, "and he turned in a script a month later, and we started filming three months after that.

"It's so humbling," she concluded, "to inspire someone to write a piece of literature for you. I am happy to get a card from my mother, much less a whole script… I was blown away."

In the part that Perry wrote for her, Union plays Julie, a high-powered lawyer who is having a hard time finding. Then she does meet a man, who happens to be her driver. He has three children and Julie ends up helping him in his custody battle.

In the movie, Julie's friends think that none of the men she dates are good enough for her. Storm wanted to know if Union's friends are like that in real life.

"My friends are very opinionated about the people I date," the actress replied. "They want the best for you, and we all have this idea who Prince Charming is, and what package he comes in. They come up in this white horse or white Porsche and live in this great house...

"But," she added, "I think if we open ourselves to all different kinds of men and all groups, we find a lot more opportunities to love."

Last year, Union used her platform as an actress to go public with a sexual assault that happened when she was younger, testifying before Congress to push for more funding for rape crisis centers. Storm wanted to know if she has had reaction to that.

Replied Union, "What's sad and great all at once is the amount of women who come up to me on the street and just say, 'Me, too.' Sexual assault — rape — is the most under-reported crime there is in the world. It's disheartening to see how many women suffer in silence. I hope by me speaking out, it at least inspires women to get counseling and the treatment they need… But just the number of 'Me, too's' is overwhelming."

Gabrielle Union Says She Isn't Dating Derek Jeter – Unfortunately

By Debi Springer

Gabrielle Union isn't dating baseball star Derek Jeter – much to her chagrin.

"I'm linked to a lot of people," the actress, 34, told PEOPLE at a Super Bowl weekend kick-off party at Bongos Cuban Café in Miami on Thursday. "It'd be great to be dating Derek Jeter. As far as fake relationships go, I'm moving up."

The New York Post's Page Six reported last week that Union and the New York Yankees shortstop, 32, were spotted flirting and dirty dancing at a Bahamas nightclub. Her rep told the paper: "They are friends, but they did not hook up."

But even Union's mother was convinced the two were an item. "My mom asked me if he was coming for Easter, I said, 'Mom! I barely know him,' " Union told PEOPLE with a laugh.

"Trust me, if I were dating Derek Jeter, I would hold my own personal press conference to announce it to the world. I'm actually getting a little nervous about when our fake breakup is coming."

Next up, Union, whose four-year marriage to NFL running back Chris Howard ended in 2005, will star in ABC's Football Wives, a U.S. version of a BBC soap.

"I play Chardonnay Lane, which is really funny. I was hoping for Pinot Grigio," she said. "I was at one time a football wife, and there is a certain level of bonding that happens between women who are the wives of football players. We're having a lot of fun."

News for 1/30/2007

Gabrielle Union to join ABC drama pilot

By Nellie Andreeva
The Hollywood Reporter

Gabrielle Union is set to star in another ABC drama pilot, "Football Wives." The U.S. version of the popular British soap will focus on wives of professional football players. Union will play an ex-model-turned-recording artist who is the gorgeous fiancee of a star wide receiver. Union was most recently seen in "Running With Scissors."

News for 12/24/2006

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News for 11/29/2006

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News for 11/6/2006

Thesp returns to Touchstone

Union pacts with studio for small screen

By Michael Schneider

"Running With Scissors" thesp Gabrielle Union has signed a mid-six-figure deal with ABC and Touchstone to give TV another try.

The actress last starred in the short-lived thriller "Night Stalker" for the Alphabet and its sister studio.

Under the casting and development pact, the net and studio will identify new vehicles to develop with Union in mind; she is already meeting with writers to find a project. Should none of those come to fruition, she'll be available for casting in one of the net's pilots.

Union's TV credits include the HBO telepic "Something the Lord Made" and the CBS skein "City of Angels." Thesp also guested on "The West Wing," "Friends," "ER" and "7th Heaven." She most recently voiced a character on "Family Guy."

Her film credits include "Bring It On," "Deliver Us From Eva," "Love & Basketball" and "Breakin' All the Rules."

Union will next be seen in the February release "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls."

She’s repped by UTA.

News for 9/18/2006

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News for 6/8/2006

'Night Stalker' Rises Again

Thanks to DVD and a run on Sci Fi, ABC's short-lived remake gets more life

By Kate O'Hare

LOS ANGELES -- In the olden days of television, when a show was canceled after only a few episodes, it was tossed in the dustbin of history, never to see the light of a TV screen again. Now in the age of cable channels and DVD box sets, even a premature death is no impediment to a rewarding afterlife.

On May 30, Walt Disney Video released "Night Stalker: The Complete Series," a boxed set of all 10 produced episodes of the ABC series "Night Stalker," which premiered in Sept. 2005. It was a re-imagined version of an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice and two 1970s TV movies, "The Night Stalker" and "The Night Strangler," which starred Darren McGavin as monster-hunting newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak.

In the new version, handsome Irish actor Stuart Townsend took on the role of Kolchak, who was still investigating the bizarre, but this time with a far more personal twist because of the mysterious murder of his wife.

Also on the DVD are four unaired episodes and two unproduced scripts: "Ascendant," by Melissa and Joy Blake, and "The 'M' Word," by the reclusive Darin Morgan, who won an Emmy for his "X-Files" script "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose."

Also, Sci Fi Channel starts airing the series beginning Friday, July 28.

Frank Spotnitz, who was an executive producer on "The X-Files," created the new "Night Stalker" and says, "It's bittersweet. I'm thrilled they're putting it out on DVD, and I'm thrilled to be on Sci Fi Channel, but more than that, I wanted the show to continue. It's a great disappointment, because you put everything you have into the thing. I believed in it. It's frustrating to not be able to follow through on your vision.

"And I finally got Darin Morgan back in television, finally got him to finish a script, and the day after he turned it in, we got canceled."

Although he'll never know exactly why "Night Stalker" was canceled, Spotnitz feels that a lack of promotion, combined with a weak lead-in in "Alias," and the Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, time slot, contributed to the demise.

"'CSI' was the highest rated drama in television," says Spotnitz of his direct competition. "As it turned out, not only did we have an incompatible lead-in, but our audience is their audience, so it was just brutal."

Spotnitz is aware of some of the criticisms of the show, starting with the casting of Townsend, who couldn't be more different from the rumpled McGavin.

"My whole thing was," Spotnitz says, "'I'm not trying to do what Darren McGavin did, because I'll fail.' You can't do Darren McGavin better than Darren McGavin. The direction the show went in is so completely different.

"If you watch the second part of the two-parter ['The Source' and 'The Sea'], you see where the mythology of the show was going, and you see that Stuart was perfect for this. He's young and good-looking and charming, but is he good? Is he good or evil?

"Stuart, I think, was a home run for that, but it's a tough thing when you're doing a remake. You get people to check you out because of the title, but you're trying to complete with their fond memories of a beloved title. That's a double-edged sword, to be sure."

Speaking of the McGavin original, it became an ABC series that lasted barely longer than the newer edition, leading one to wonder if there's a fatal flaw in the concept.

"I would like to think that's not why we didn't make it," Spotnitz says. "I thought there was a lot to recommend in the show and a lot of reasons to stick with it. I made that case as forcibly as I could. Also, a lot of other people at the network and at the studio felt the same thing. It just was a battle we couldn't win."

On the subject of battles, Spotnitz relates one example from his "Night Stalker" experience: "Believe it or not, after the show was ordered, I was told they didn't want any monsters in the show, which was kind of jaw-dropping to me, because if anybody knows the 'Night Stalker' title, more than anything it's about monsters.

"I didn't want my monsters to be cheesy, but I did want monsters. As a result, in the testing we did, we didn't have monsters, but the human villains we came up with were, in some ways, scarier than monsters would have been.

"It's one of those things where, maybe if we'd had the monsters I wanted ... this is when you get into the game of 'what ifs,' which is not a good game to play."

News for 5/29/2006

Perry gets his "Girl": it's Union

By Borys Kit

Gabrielle Union will star in "Madea" maven Tyler Perry's latest film, "Daddy's Little Girl," a reverse-Cinderella tale.

Union will play a successful attorney who falls in love with a janitor who is a single father of three children. This relationship causes a rift between the woman and her father, as he hoped she would marry wealthy.

The Lionsgate project will shoot this summer in Perry's Atlanta hometown. Union most recently starred in ABC's short-lived series "Night Stalker" and next appears in "Running With Scissors." Other feature credits include "The Honeymooners," "Bad Boys II" and "Deliver Us From Eva."