November 23, 1994 |
In A Low Down Dirty Shame, Keenen Ivory Wayans has written himself a role as a private eye so desperate he accepts nearly suicidal assignments. Trying to restore life to the burned-out cop in an action comedy could also be considered a death wish. But Wayans is a resourceful talent, and if you look past the predictable mayhem and merriment, there are some very funny ideas in A Low Down Dirty Shame. A sequence in which Wayans gamely tests the theory that a pack of killer dogs can be put in a trance if their quarry does a decent James Brown imitation, and an on-the-money Superfly send-up, give hilarious hints of what might have been.
January 18, 1989 |
Writer/director/actor Keenen Ivory Wayans may play a momma's boy in his latest comedic role, but the man is no sucka. He's lean and mean, a movie- makin' machine, a charter member of Hollywood's Black Pack. The Black Pack: Eddie. Arsenio. Robert. And Keenen. (That's Murphy, Hall, Townsend and Wayans, for those who may be slightly out of sync with the latest Hollywood happenings.) Wayans steps into the living room of his suite at the Four Season Hotel in pressed jeans and an easy, bulky crew-neck pullover.
January 22, 1989 |
Rooftop snipers have opened fire with machine guns on the street below, sending The Hero sprawling for cover behind a car and cutting down unlucky bystanders in their tracks. In the aftermath, as a pall falls over the scene, The Hero pulls himself up and approaches a woman kneeling by her fallen companion. "Is he . . .," The Hero begins, his words vanishing in a swell of strings on the soundtrack. "He's DEAD," the woman wails. "Can't you hear the music?!" - Scene from "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" "I love bad movies," said Keenen Ivory Wayans, director, writer and star of the film satire I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.
July 14, 2006 |
This is one baby you don't want to burp. In Little Man, an extremely broad and sometimes crude comedy from the Wayans brothers, a nibble-size jewel thief named Calvin (Marlon Wayans, chopped down with special effects) hides a purloined diamond in the bag of a Beemer-driving buppie couple (Shawn Wayans and Kerry Washington). To retrieve it, Calvin's partner in crime, aspiring rapper Percy P. (Tracy Morgan), dresses Calvin in a frilly bonnet and bib and leaves him on the couple's doorstep.
October 10, 1997 |
Keenen Ivory Wayans is one funny dude. Thus the mystery of Most Wanted - an OK thriller written by and starring the creator of television's In Living Color and the sidesplitting blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka - is why the comic plays it straight here. This is not to say that the film about a Gulf war hero (Wayans) who gets framed by a covert-op leader (Jon Voight) isn't quite funny in patches, and intentionally so. Wayans just can't help noticing how pale people think every black man with a shaved head must be Montel.
November 23, 1994 |
In "Low Down Dirty Shame," little Jada Pinkett proves you don't have to be big to steal scenes, even from a tall, broad-shouldered star like Keenen Ivory Wayans. Wayans has the lead role here as Andre Shame, a disgraced DEA agent who's become a down-on-his-luck private detective taking risky cases and taking guff from his spunky spitfire of a secretary, Peaches (Pinkett). Pinkett steals the movie, though it isn't exactly fair to say she steals it from Wayans, since as writer and director he provides her with the dialogue and setting to shine.
April 9, 2004 |
The first seasons of two of TV's best series in the 1990s are out on DVD this week. In Living Color, a mold-shattering sketch comedy show, bowed in 1990 and became one of Fox's early hits as it introduced an amazing number of today's top stars. Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Damon Wayans, and Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Marlon Wayans, Tommy Davidson and Kim Coles, not to mention producer Keenen Ivory Wayans - all got their first big break on In Living Color. Chris Rock was a regular, too, in the show's last year, after a stint on Saturday Night Live.
November 22, 1994 |
You can't pass a multiplex these days without spotting a star from TV's "In Living Color," and that's exactly the way Keenen Ivory Wayans wanted it. "That was the idea," said Wayans, star and producer of "In Living Color" and star of the new movie "A Low Down Dirty Shame" which opens tomorrow. "By design, I wanted it to be like 'Saturday Night Live,' so that it would be a launching pad for everybody to go and do their thing in film," said Wayans, in Philadelphia last week to promote "Shame," which he wrote and directed.
July 31, 2014 |
SOME THINGS never change. Most importantly for the Wayans brothers , it's sibling pranks. Marlon , Shawn , Damon and Keenen Ivory Wayans will play the Tower Theater on Saturday, each performing his own stand-up set. Their travels together have opened them up to continuous sibling ribbing. Keenen, the elder statesman of the famous clan, remembered that when he was a kid, Shawn and Marlon would insist on hanging out with him. When he rebuffed his younger brothers, they would douse his towel in vinegar while he was showering.
August 4, 2000 |
QUOTE "I'm blue, I'm naked. . .I don't know, it sells tickets. " - Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, summing up her turn as Mystique in "X-Men. " While we appreciate the efforts of 'N Sync member Lance Bass to perpetuate the pure-as-the-driven-snow image of the boy band, we fear he may really have his hands full. If happenings at the late-night party at Lotus - after the group's first appearance at Madison Square Garden - are any indication, at least two of his bandmates are willing to kiss that squeaky clean image bye-bye.