CineSnob.net challenges actress Gabrielle Union to friendly 2014 NBA Finals Bet

June 2, 2014 by  
Filed under CineBlog

Here at CineSnob.net, we’re always ready for some good competition!

That’s why were reaching out to actress Gabrielle Union, best known for her roles in films such as “Bring it On,” “Bad Boys 2” and the upcoming “Think Like a Man Too,” to challenge her to a friendly actress vs. film critic wager for the 2014 NBA Finals.

Why do only politicians get to have all the fun, right?!

Based out of San Antonio, Texas, CineSnob.net film critics Kiko Martinez, Jerrod Kingery and Cody Villafana are superfans when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs. As many of you know, Ms. Union is fiancée to Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade and can be seen cheering on her future hubby at games throughout the season.

What better way to kick off the Finals on June 5 than with a little non-monetary bet?

What we’re asking:

If the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat for the 2014 NBA Championship, Ms. Union will have to Tweet a photo of herself from her personal account wearing a San Antonio Spurs Champions t-shirt a few days after the final game. CineSnob.net will be happy to purchase and send this shirt to her agent or publicist.

If Ms. Union decides to take us up on this wager, she can set her own stakes if the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs for the 2014 NBA Championship. This could be anything from sending her Texas-based food or other kinds of goodies you can only find in the Lone Star State. We just ask Ms. Union to set those stakes before Game 1 on June 5 so we can accept them and make the wager official.

So, Ms. Union, are you up for the challenge? Do you believe your beloved Miami Heat will three-peat this year? Email us at kiko@cinesnob.net or reply back to us on Twitter. We’ll be waiting!

CineSnob.net’s interview with Ms. Union in 2012 for her film In Our Nature can be found HERE.

Gabrielle Union – In Our Nature

December 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Interviews

In the new film “In Our Nature,” actress Gabrielle Union (“Bring It On”) plays Vicky, the young girlfriend of a man (John Slattery) whose estranged son (Zach Gilford) surprises them when he shows up to their family’s cabin on the same weekend with his significant other (Jena Malone). Can father and son put their differences aside and enjoy each other’s company or will personal issues be dealt with during one awkward vacation in the woods?

“In Our Nature” is currently available On Demand.

What attracted you to this role?

It’s a nuanced character. Generally, when there’s a fleshed out character, I don’t get to play her. When [director] Brian [Savelson] made me the offer I said, “Yes, I’ll take it!” It was a huge vote of confidence that he trusted and believed in me.

Is that how you’ve always chosen projects to work on?

No, I used to take whatever was offered to me, whether I understood it or could relate to it or if I would even watch it myself. Now, I have to understand the character and relate to her in some kind of way. [“In Our Nature”] had all the elements I was looking for.

You seemed a bit out of your element during the kayaking scene. Was that just acting or are outdoor activities not something you’re really interested in?

I’m not quite as persnickety as my character. I do love the outdoors, but on my terms. To be out in the woods without Off isn’t good.

Did you have Off with you?

Oh, yeah. I had some with a high concentration that was probably illegal. I hate bugs. I hate butterflies and ladybugs and critters. I really did live in fear that I would get Lyme disease.

But you have a scene with a huge, scary moth. Was it a CGI moth?

(Laughs) No, that moth came after one of our scenes ended because it was attracted to the light. They kept the cameras rolling. I wasn’t a fan of the moth. That scene was not in the script.

What about the scene with the bear?

That wasn’t a Hollywood bear. To get the bear to do what [the production crew] wanted him to do took a long time. We were shooting at the edge of the woods so if we were cooking we would see wild bears come out of the woods. Our bear would eat candy. These other bears wanted the burgers off the grill. They would come onto the set. We could’ve been mauled. We were keeping it real.

There’s no Off for that.

No, definitely not.

I didn’t feel like this role was necessarily written for a black actress. Does it make a role more attractive when it’s not written with an ethnicity in mind?

For me, that’s ideal. I mean, there are some roles you read where you think, “This has to be strong, black woman.” But for this particular role, I think it added a layer that made it more interesting. It’s not spoken, but you can definitely see it.

How is Dwayne [Wade] in a kayak?

(Laughs) Dwayne would never get in a kayak. But he did come up a visit me on set. It was right after [the Miami Heat] lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the finals. He was feeling really down, so he came up and we got to hang out for a while.

Meet Dave

July 10, 2008 by  
Filed under Reviews

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union
Directed by: Brian Robbins (“Norbit”)
Written by: Rob Greenberg (debut) and Bill Corbett (debut)

It’s only been two years since we saw Eddie Murphy sitting at the Kodak Theater hoping to garner an Oscar for his role in the overrated “Dreamgirls,” but with the two films since that disappointing evening (Alan Arkin won the award), there isn’t a father place we can imagine him today.

After torturing us with his multi-character performances in “Norbit,” Murphy plays double duty in the science fiction comedy “Meet Dave.” In the film Murphy plays the tiny captain of an alien spacecraft built in his likeness. Therefore, Murphy also plays “Dave,” a human-sized android, who is controlled by the tiny men and women working inside his robotic body.

If that’s not odd enough, the crew’s sole mission is to locate a pebbly orb that has the power to drain any body of water it comes into contact with. This, of course, could spell disaster for the Earth’s surface.

The film takes a shortcut (who wants to watch Murphy smiling like “Bowfinger” again anyway?) as the crew quickly finds the orb using a tracking device. The search is made even easier when Dave is coincidentally hit by a truck driven by Gina Morrison (Elizabeth Banks), the mother of the kid (Austyn Meyers) who finds the mini-meteor.

As Gina and her son befriend Dave and entertain themselves with his bizarre behavior (he eats ketchup from the bottle and can throw a frightfully fast pitch), there is plenty more going on inside the spaceship. Gabrielle Union (“Deliver Us From Eva”) plays No. 3, the ship’s Cultural Officer in charge of surfing the internet so Dave can communicate with the human race. For example, when Gina invites Dave to a meatloaf dinner, Dave doesn’t know what meatloaf actually is until No. 3 Googles the word (a video of rock singer Meat Loaf pops up, unfortunately, leaving the “Star Trek”-like crew confused).

It’s here where debut screenwriters Rob Greenberg and Bill Corbett start begging for laughs. These culture clashes are so obvious and poorly written, it’s no wonder Dave sticks out like a sore thumb. Along with Dave struggling to fit in amongst the humans, there are changes happening on the ship as the crew begins to discover what interesting thing earth has to offer like alcohol, sex, and show tunes.

Hardwired like 1987’s “Walk Like a Man,” which starred Howie Mandel as a human raised by wolves, “Meet Dave” has all the awkward societal blunders one would make trying to return to public life. Here, Murphy spreads it on thick. It becomes a problem when the script turns out to be so lanky.