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Jamie Foxx Reflects on Health Journey: 'I Saw the Tunnel,' Accepts Vanguard Award

Jamie Foxx, the 55-year-old Oscar-winning actor, took center stage at the Critics Choice Association's Celebration of Cinema and Television on Monday night, marking a poignant comeback following a recent health scare.
The crowd gave the artist a standing ovation as he accepted the Vanguard Award for his outstanding career and compelling role in "The Burial," presented by co-star Jurnee Smollett. This appearance, part of an event spotlighting Black, Latino, and AAPI achievements, signaled Foxx's return since his hospitalization in April.

Addressing health rumors, Foxx humorously remarked, "It's crazy I couldn't do that six months ago. I couldn't actually walk." Candidly sharing his challenges and emphasizing their profound impact, he joked, "I saw the tunnel, I didn’t see the light!" Expressing gratitude for his recovery, Foxx, who faced a medical emergency during "Back in Action" filming in Atlanta, has maintained a low profile since April.

In a heartfelt 12-minute speech, Foxx expressed gratitude, cracked jokes about his health scare and confirmed his recovery in a Chicago facility. Underlining a newfound respect for life and art, he urged fellow artists not to give up on their craft.

Acknowledging unwavering support from his sister and daughter, Foxx thanked them for keeping health battle details private, emphasizing the importance of a supportive circle.

The Hollywood A-lister, renowned for roles in "Ray," "Ali," and "Dreamgirls," has yet to disclose specific health details. Nevertheless, Foxx's return underscored his resilience and determination to embrace life and continue his artistic journey.

In a touching conclusion, he expressed, "Lord, have mercy, Jesus," thanking unforeseen events that led him back to the stage for the Vanguard Award.
Despite recent legal challenges, including a 2015 sexual assault lawsuit, Foxx's return signals a complex chapter in his career. Navigating triumphs and tribulations, Foxx remains a multifaceted talent with an Academy Award and a successful music career.

Heartfelt Notes: Ashanti's Pregnancy Rumors Hit a High Note at Nelly's Ball

In a melody of rekindled love, R&B sensations Ashanti and Nelly are reportedly expecting their first child, as revealed by an exclusive report from US Weekly. The unnamed source confirms the joyous news, marking a significant milestone for the 43-year-old Ashanti and adding another chapter to Nelly's journey into fatherhood, having two children from his previous marriage to Channetta Valentine.
The revelation follows a weekend of speculation fueled by Ashanti's presence at Nelly's Black and White Ball in St. Louis. The "Only U" singer, sharing the stage with Nelly, placed her hand on her stomach, echoed moments later by Nelly himself. Laughter ensued, captured in a fan video shared by TMZ, setting the stage for the pregnancy whispers.

Ashanti and Nelly's romantic saga, spanning from 2003 to 2013, experienced a revival in April this year, igniting rumors of a rekindled flame when the pair was spotted hand in hand at a Las Vegas boxing match.
The latest chapter in their love story unfolded publicly on Instagram, a platform that has become a stage for celebrity revelations. Nelly, orchestrating a heartfelt symphony, celebrated Ashanti's birthday in October with a slideshow of beaming photos. Accompanying the visual ensemble was a caption honoring Ashanti's beauty and lauding her as one of the hardest-working women he knows.

A month later, during Nelly's own celebration, Ashanti presented a lavish royal blue '64 Chevy Impala, a gift resonating with profound sentiment. As fans speculated about the next chapter, a playful comment suggesting family planning prompted a witty response from Nelly: "I'm on it," adding an intriguing layer to the unfolding narrative.

The Black and White Ball, a gala orchestrated by Nelly in St. Louis, became a backdrop for heightened pregnancy speculation. A shared moment of humor on stage, where both artists playfully touched their stomachs, not only drew laughter from the audience but fueled curiosity about the couple's intentions. Whether a lighthearted jest or a subtle announcement, the incident intensified the intrigue surrounding their evolving relationship.

As the duo navigates this new chapter, their fans eagerly await the sweet serenade of parenthood, hoping for more harmonious notes in the evolving symphony of Ashanti and Nelly's love story.

Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' Reigns Supreme with $21 Million Box Office Triumph

Beyoncé's directorial debut, "Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé," dominated the box office this weekend, raking in an impressive $21 million in North American ticket sales, as reported by AMC Theatres. In a post-Thanksgiving, early December market known for sluggishness, "Renaissance" defied expectations, marking the first time a film has surpassed $20 million on this weekend in two decades.

The global debut of Queen Bey's concert movie reached $27.4 million, including $6.4 million from 2,621 overseas cinemas. Despite falling slightly below offshore projections, the film maintains a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from both audiences and critics.

In the realm of IMAX, "Renaissance" secured the second-largest global opening weekend for a musical act film, generating $5.1 million globally, with $500,000 from 125 overseas screens. France led the international releases with $1.4 million, followed by the UK at $1.2 million and Australia at $400,000. Upcoming releases include Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and more.

Beyoncé, the 32-time Grammy winner, wrote, directed, and produced "Renaissance," providing an intimate look into the tour for her Grammy-winning album. The film debuted in 2,539 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, along with 94 international territories.

While "Renaissance" did not reach the monumental debut of Taylor Swift's "The Eras Tour" in October, industry analysts consider it a solid start for a concert film. The "Renaissance" tour, spanning 39 cities and 56 shows, grossed over $500 million and attracted more than 2.7 million concertgoers.

Beyoncé's strategic release in a traditionally slow box office period paid off, as the film faced unique competition, providing an excellent opportunity for success. Despite the inevitable comparisons to Taylor Swift's film, both artists, supportive of each other, opted for AMC Theatres over traditional studios for distribution, each earning at least 50% of ticket sales.
Critics and audiences lauded "Renaissance," achieving a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A+ CinemaScore. With a slightly older audience estimated around 900,000, this concert film's success, coupled with Taylor Swift's earlier triumph, marks an unprecedented year for the genre.

Industry analyst Paul Dergarabedian noted, "To have two concert films topping the chart in a single year is pretty unprecedented," emphasizing that while the films share a genre, they are distinct in circumstances and approach.

In a weekend where the box office saw a total expected gross of only $85 million, "Renaissance" stood out as a testament to Beyoncé's enduring popularity and cinematic prowess.

In the midst of this success, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" claimed second place with an estimated $14.5 million, and "Godzilla Minus One" secured third place with $11 million, marking the biggest opening for a foreign film in the U.S. this year.