Apparently it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, at least in some cases.
Just ask Arsenio Hall who, according to ratings organizations, has been warmly welcomed back to television with "The Arsenio Hall Show."
It had been nearly two decades since the first incarnation of the program, which added a new flavor to late-night television. The show ran for six years from 1989 to 1994.
Hall, now 57, said, "I know I did the right thing by taking time off to raise my son, but it came with a price. I turned down many opportunities over the years because I didn't want to leave him for long periods of time. And in Hollywood, as in any business, the calls stop coming when you don't answer."
Montana Fishburne, the daughter of accomplished TV and film star Laurence Fishburne, became infamous three years ago when at age 19 she launched a porn career reportedly in the hopes of becoming the next Kim Kardashian.
Although the Vivid Entertainment footage went viral, the aspiring actress's career in adult films appears to have gone nowhere fast.
According to a industry source interviewed by Fox News, "Montana Fishburne's tape sold pretty well. That was a completely different time. It was $60,000 up front, but she didn't get 70 percent of the tape sales."
Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins talks about his new film, "I'm in Love with a Church Girl," a faith-based tale of redemption chronicling the real-life reformation of drug dealer-turned-pastor Galley Molina.
Kam Williams: Hey Ja, thanks for the interview.
Ja Rule: What's happening, killer?
KW: I appreciate the opportunity.
JR: Me too, Kam. Thanks for having me.
For movies opening Oct. 11, 2013
"Captain Phillips" (PG-13 for intense violence, sustained terror, bloody images and substance abuse) Tom Hanks stars in this action thriller, directed by Paul Greengrass, reenacting the 2009 rescue by Navy SEALs of an American container ship hijacked by Somali pirates. With Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi and Faysal Ahmed.
"Machete Kills" (R for profanity, sexuality and pervasive graphic violence) Danny Trejo reprises the title role in this high body-count sequel which finds the intrepid detective-turned-spy recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to foil a terrorist plot being hatched by a Mexican madman (Demian Bichir) and an eccentric billionaire (Mel Gibson). Ensembler includes Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas and Amber Heard.
Dr. Lynn Bobo made her way to the Cannon Center on Saturday (Oct. 5) in full expectation of getting a good return on her investment of time and energy. The draw was the concert featuring Boney James and Raheem DeVaughn.
And, wow! Bobo came out a winner, even making her way into the spotlight.
Bobo's golden moment came as the three-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James singled Bobo out for a special serenade.
Huffington Post Entertainment Editor Kia Makarechi is absolutely right to title his well-intentioned piece "Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think."
In it, Makarechi discusses the stark reality behind the possibility that Chiwetal Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") and Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniel's 'The Butler'") could all be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
While it is certainly good news that Ejiofor, Elba, Jordan and Whitaker are indeed on the tongues of Hollywood's top critics for nominations, it is, according to Makarechi, bittersweet. For Makarechi, the roles for which these men are garnering praise are ones that "have to be played by black actors" and that, for Makarechi, indicates no true progression in Hollywood.