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Chris Tucker To Be Honored At Canadian Film Centre!

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TORONTO, February 14, 2014 – In celebration of Black History Month, CFC (Canadian Film Centre), Clement Virgo Productions and TD are pleased to present a special evening honoring acclaimed actor/comedian Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook, Rush Hour 1, 2 & 3, Jackie Brown, Fifth Element.)

Tucker is best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. A frequent stand up performer on the HBO series “Def Comedy Jam” in the 1990s, Tucker came to prominence in the 1995 film Friday alongside Ice Cube. He then co-starred and executive produced Money Talks with Charlie Sheen and appeared in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element before beginning work on the commercially successful Rush Hour films. In 2006 he negotiated an unprecedented $25 million salary to appear in Rush Hour 3, which at the time made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Tucker is also a humanitarian and spends much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation. He most recently appeared in the Oscar nominated film Silver Linings Playbook and is currently on a stand-up comedy tour that has received rave reviews all over the world.

“Chris Tucker is a comic iconoclast who marches to his own rhythm,” said award-winning filmmaker Clement Virgo. “Blessed with a true comedian’s gift, he brings us joy and laughter each time he shares his formidable talent. He’s an inspiration to all artists looking to create their own unique path. We are honored to have him as our guest for this year’s BHM event.”

Hosted by CBC’s Garvia Bailey, An Evening Honouring Chris Tucker will celebrate Tucker’s distinct and hugely popular body of work through conversation and clips, and allow Toronto audiences to participate in a Q&A about his inspirations, entering the film business, the choices of roles, and the challenges he has faced along the way.

Who: Actor/Comedian Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook, Rush Hour 1, 2 & 3, Jackie Brown)

When: Monday, February 24, at 7 – 8:30 pm Photo opportunity at 6:30pm. In conversation to immediately follow.

Where: Cineplex Odeon Varsity and VIP Cinemas 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

To reserve seats visit Eventbrite. All proceeds support the CFC Diversity Scholarship fund.

This event is part of TD Then & Now Series, an inspiring and entertaining cultural showcase of one of Canada’s prominent communities. The lineup of events includes films, concerts, exhibitions, and performances by a host of Canadian and international artists. Visit the Then & Now website for more information.

About CFC

Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada’s diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, and fostering industry collaborations and creative partnerships. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country’s most creative ideas and voices to the world.

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  1. Angela Tobe Rollerson

    Greetings. My name is Angela Tobe Rollerson.I am an aspiring comic. I consider Monique my mentor and would love to be able to send her an audition video of me doing stand-up. I write my own material that’s based off real events in my life. I’ve always been told I should do stand-up. If there is anything you can do to assist me in reaching Mrs. Monique, I would greatly appreciate it. I am thanking you in advance for everything.

    Angela Tobe Rollerson
    a/k/a India Storm

  2. Stacey Stacy

    Congratulations Mo’Nique. I was just thinking we are due to hear from you. You are an amazing talent!


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