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Terry Crews Learned Important Lessons in Harder Times

Terry Crews

Times are great for Terry Crews, with his TBS “Are We There Yet?” getting a 90-episode renewal – yes, that’s n-i-n-e-t-y as in 10 fewer than 100 – and his latest movie, Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” hitting at the box office and already prompting sequel talk.

But the nice guy NFL pro-turned-actor says he learned some of his most important life lessons during the harder times.

“I spent a year unemployed as an actor.  I know what that feels like.  You have to stick with it and believe, you have to concentrate on improving.  I prayed a lot,” says Crews with a laugh.  “I learned a lot playing in the NFL.  You just keep going and you don’t stop.  Keep going and keep playing and you’ll keep getting new opportunities.  Take the smallest little opportunity and make something of it.

“I have to tell people also, sometimes you have to redirect,” he adds.  “When something is not working out, sometimes you’ve got to get your mind off it.  I decided to do other things for awhile, doing anything I could think of to keep that fire alive, until things started to break for me.”

That was when he found himself doing security duty for Ice Cube while the rap star made the movie “Friday After Next.”  After that, Crews got a supporting part in Adam Sandler’s 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard” with Chris Rock.  Chris Rock remembered Terry when it came time to cast his autobiographical TV show, “Everybody Hates Chris.”  That’s how Crews wound up playing Chris’ dad on the show for five years.  And now, of course, he’s the TV counterpart of Ice Cube’s “Are We There Yet” loveable stepdad.

“Most of my business is repeat business,” notes Crews.  It’s not hard to see why.

Top 10 Hot Summer Movie Babes of 2010

Scarlett Johansson Iron Man 2 Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures

Summer blockbuster season is upon us, complete with explosions, crashes, amazing special effects and excessive use of the term “elite team.”  And, of course, babes.  What would the hot months be without some hot bods shaking around on the big screen?  Herewith, we present the Top 10 Hot Summer Movie Babes of 2010.  You won’t see any chick flicks included, but don’t worry, ladies, our picks for Hot Hunks are coming up.  Our criterion was simple.  Would anyone buy the poster?  The answer, for all the following ladies, is a resounding “Yes.”

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2”

Already, there’s talk of giving the sexy comic book arachnid played by 25-year-old Johansson her own movie.  She will, costar Samuel L. Jackson predicts, cause tongues to be hanging out in theaters across the land.  No wonder Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark announces at first sight, “I want one.”

Gemma Arterton in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

This 24-year-old British actress is remembered as Strawberry Fields in “Quantum of Solace” and Io in “Clash of the Titans.”  In the “Sands of Time” action fantasy, based on the video game, she’s the princess who teams up with Jake Gyllenhaal to stop a very bad guy from unleashing a sand storm that could destroy the world.

Megan Fox in “Jonah Hex”

Another comic book brought to life, another vehicle for the already highly-admired 23-year-old heart-stopper of “Transformers” renown.  In the horror Western “Jonah Hex” she plays the prostitute love interest of Josh Brolin’s title character.  Lukily, Megan says she just loves making comic book movies.

Cameron Diaz in “Knight & Day”

Teamed up with fellow superstar Tom Cruise as a gal entangled with a super spy who is possibly insane or possibly in extreme jeopardy – or both – Diaz shows that at 37, she’s as funny and beautiful as ever, and able to kick rear as well.

Alice Braga in “Predators”

The 27-year-old “I Am Legend” actress from Sao Paulo, Brazil is expected — if you listen to the buzz — to make a breakthrough with her role in this sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci fi/action/horror hit, “Predator.”  She plays a Brazilian Black Ops SAD sniper among a murderous group dropped on an alien planet as game for hunters.

Monica Bellucci in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

A proven pinup, still beautiful at 45, the Italian actress of “The Matrix” fame plays Veronica, a sorceress who is the long-lost love of Nicolas Cage’s character, in the magic-filled Jerry Bruckheimer production.

Angelina Jolie in “Salt”

Is Evelyn Salt bad or good?  Hm.  The question at the heart Angelina’s latest action thriller parallels what people have been wondering about the actress herself for years.  In this big-screen tale of a – possible – sleeper spy, she alters her appearance drastically yet remains stunning.

Charisma Carpenter in “The Expendables”

Somebody had to do it – play The Girl amongst Sylvester Stallone and his cadre of action movie guys including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Steve Austin.  Carpenter, veteran of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and Playboy magazine pictorial, plays Statham’s fiancée.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”

The North Carolina native, 25, plays the girl of Michael Cera’s dreams – so dreamy, she’s worth conquering her seven evil exes, who are bent upon killing him! – in this highly-anticipated adaptation of the hit graphic novel.

Zoe Saldana in “Takers”

Uhura in “Star Trek.”  The voice of Neytiri in “Avatar.”  Saldana’s count of blockbusters just keeps going up and up.  This year, if all goes as is expected, she’ll have five films out, including the August release crime thriller, “Takers” with Paul Walker, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba, Hayen Christensen, and Chris Brown.

ASK STACY: What, When, Where on Anthony LaPaglia

DEAR STACY:  We are so upset that “Without a Trace” was cancelled.  We faithfully watched the show and loved the cast, especially Anthony La Paglia.  Please tell us about him.  We know he is married to an actress, but we don’t know her name or whether she was ever on the show or any other.  Will he go back to Australia?  — The Jolly Girls of B’klyn

Anthony LaPaglia  CBS photo

Anthony LaPaglia CBS photo

DEAR GIRLS: Adelaide-born LaPaglia and Sydney-born wife Gia Carides have a home in Santa Monica, CA, where they reside with their daughter Bridget, but spend a considerable amount of time in New York and Australia.  Carides (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”) met LaPaglia while making the 1994 Australian movie “Lucky Break.” She played the mother of a missing teen in an April 2005 episode of “Without a Trace.”  LaPaglia’s post-“Murder One” projects include the Australian film “Balibo,” a political thriller about five TV journalists killed by Indonesian troops in East Timor in 1975.   He also has the comedy/romance “Overnight” in the can.

DEAR STACY:  Are they making another season of “Secret Life of a Call Girl”? If so, when will it be on? – Pat K., Spokane, WA

Billie Piper  Showtime photo

Billie Piper Showtime photo

DEAR PAT:  The British import starring Billie Piper as the title upscale prostitute began shooting its third season back at the beginning of the year – with Piper back in shooting shape following the October, 2008 birth of her son, Winston, with actor husband Laurence Fox (son of James Fox).  Showtime has already picked it up for airing sometime next year, but no specific debut date has been set.

DEAR STACY: Is Kimberly Estrada of “Easy Money” the daughter of Erik Estrada? – Kelly F., Dearborn Hgts., MI

DEAR KELLY: No, the one-time “CHiPs” star’s daughter is Francesca and she’s just nine years old.  (He also has two grown sons).  Kimberly Estrada, 37, is Eurasian – father Spanish, mother Chinese.  She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland

DEAR STACY: Is Stone Cold Steve Austin going to make any more movies? – Roger W., Bronx, NY

The Expendibles

The Expendables

DEAR ROGER:  Yes, although the retired wrestler met with disappointment when his starring film vehicle, “The Condemned” failed to live up to expectations at the box office, he’s gone on to star in the upcoming “Damage” – which has to do with the underground fight scene – and play as part of the ensemble Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables.”  The latter, shot in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Brazil, is about a group of mercenaries and has a supercharged cast including Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews and Davdi Zayas, with cameo appearances including Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Both movies are due in 2010.

DEAR STACY: Whatever became of the tiny, beautiful and talented Pia Zadora? – Mario G., West Haven, CT

DEAR MARIO: Zadora, 55, retired and living in L.A., turns up every so often – as in a not-so-flattering paparazzi photo snapped when she was out dining last year, posted on TMZ.com.  She sold Pickfair a few years ago for a reported $17, 650,000 to a Korean businessman.  You may recall the flap back when she and her first husband, Meshulam Riklis, bought the landmark Beverly Hills property formerly owned by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks and had the mansion demolished.   She and second husband Jonathan Kaufer, divorced in 2001 after six years of marriage.  Her son and daughter by Riklis are now grown.  Her son by Kaufer is 12.

DEAR STACY: Whatever became of Juliet Prowse?  Nobody danced like that leggy lady. – Phil G., Cedar Rapids, IA

DEAR PHIL:   The beauty whose dancing was once labeled “immoral” by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev – and who appeared in numerous TV shows and films including “Can-Can” and “G.I. Blues” — died of pancreatic cancer at age 59, in 1996.

Eugene Cussons   Animal Planet Photo

Eugene Cussons Animal Planet Photo

DEAR STACY:  Can you tell me something about Eugene Cussons of Animal Planet’s “Escape to Chimp Eden”?  It’s an amazing show. – Curt B., Bloomfield, N.J.

DEAR CURT: A native of the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, Cussons grew up in a family with a passion for conservation, who own a game reserve.  He studied economics and business management at the University of Pretoria and went on to a successful corporate career as a developer of financial trading software, etc.  Then he decided that, as he put it, he wanted to be part of something bigger than himself – and acted on his knowledge that the world’s dwindling chimpanzee population needs help.  He established his Chimpanzee Eden – where he lives with wife Natasha and baby daughter Haley – in 2006, in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute, for which he serves as Rescue Director.  The rugged outdoorsman, born in 1979, is a sky diver, a scuba diver, and off-road driver — and certainly courageous.  He’s ventured into dangerous places including war-torn Sudan and Angola to save chimps.  More show information is available at the Animal Planet website, at http://animal.discovery.com/tv/chimp-eden/about/about.html.

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