May 15, 1997 |
Tisha Campbell, singer and star of the new movie Sprung, has a lot to say about Martin. "We just got married Aug. 17," she says of her husband, Duane Martin, a basketball player and actor she met at an audition almost seven years ago. Not that Martin. "The best thing about Martin is that Tichina and I became even closer than we were," says Campbell, referring to her best friend, Tichina Arnold, who played Pam on the Fox sitcom and is Campbell's duet partner on the Sprung sound track.
August 5, 2014 |
* PARTNERS. 9 and 9:30 tonight, FX. TWO DECADES ago, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence were playing very different broadcast personalities on very different hit shows. Tonight, the stars of "Frasier" and "Martin" join forces in a new FX sitcom, "Partners," as very different Chicago lawyers. "We sat down in a room about two years ago and just fell in love," Grammer said of the otherwise unromantic-sounding process that led them back to TV. "Partners," which shares a name with at least two previous sitcoms, is the latest cable comedy to be sold on the "10/90" model, in which a network orders 10 episodes, whose ratings performance may trigger an order for 90 more, as it did with Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management.
December 26, 1992 |
In the film Boomerang, Martin Lawrence portrayed a sex-starved young man trying to persuade buddy Eddie Murphy not to abandon his wild, promiscuous ways. In the two House Party movies, Lawrence was the signifying disc jockey with bad breath and a terminal case of randiness. And in Do the Right Thing, Lawrence played one of three cornerboys who passed their time hassling the neighborhood drunk. But those roles, even though they were in successful films, were not what propelled Lawrence to the forefront of the comedy world and landed him a sitcom.
September 15, 1999 |
If you're Martin Lawrence these days, you've got to be wondering if it's all worth it. His career long dogged by controversy and contention, the hyperactive funnyman has recently emerged from an extended downward spiral. Following a series of highly publicized personal malfunctions, Lawrence, 34, did some serious self-assessment, re-established his mental/spiritual equilibrium and got his professional life back on track. Having executed a challenging performance in the spring film release "Life" and earning high preview audience marks for the action comedy "Blue Streak," which opens Friday, Lawrence was in understandably positive spirits during an Aug. 8 interview.
April 27, 1994 |
Fifteen years ago, when Richard Pryor exalted the comedy performance film with his sidesplitting Live in Concert, he mimicked his own rebellious heart precipitating an attack, possibly the three funniest minutes of stand-up ever preserved on film. In Martin Lawrence's new concert film You So Crazy, the young star of the Fox series Martin also mimics an organ with a mind of its own: his penis. For reasons unrelated to propriety or Puritanism, a defiant sexual organ is not quite so funny - or rare - as a mutinous heart.
April 13, 1995 |
Imagine, if you can, the movie Bad Boys as originally conceived. Imagine two Miami buddies. One is a rich kid, a womanizer, a flamboyant dresser who drives a sleek black Porsche. The other, a solid if jumpy and angst-ridden family man. Both are cops. But these cops crack jokes more often than they crack heads. Imagine Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz as the cops. Hard to imagine, huh, Martin Lawrence? "Yeah, that would be a different movie," Lawrence says, laughing.
April 4, 1996 |
In "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," Martin Lawrence takes on the "Fatal Attraction" theme with a comedic twist. And this time, all parties get what they deserve. Lawrence makes his feature directing debut with this even-handed romantic comedy that takes an unexpectedly serious turn. He stars as Darnell Wright, a player who sees most women as romantic bait. The only women he has any respect for are his mother (Della Reese), his sister (Malinda Williams), and his high school chum Mia (Regina King)
January 27, 2006 |
You would have thought one movie would be enough to squeeze all the comedic possibilities out of the ruse of Martin Lawrence masquerading as a fat, elderly woman. But Big Momma's House 2 provides so many fresh occasions for hilarity: Big Momma at a spa frequented by (what else?) Victoria's Secret models; Big Momma at the beach in a clingy yellow bathing suit and blond braids, re-creating the scene from 10 with Bo Derek jogging in the sand; Big Momma doing backflips in a cheerleader's outfit.
March 7, 2008 |
Raven-Symoné stars in a family comedy so base and shoddy it could be titled That's So Craven . She's a very mature-looking high-schooler with her heart set on Georgetown University. But her helicopter father (Martin Lawrence) wants to keep her closer to home, at Northwestern. (Most parents would be delighted if their child got into either of these universities.) Daughter and overprotective dad set out to visit schools in his snazzy police cruiser. (His department must have a generous policy on personal use of vehicles.
April 27, 1994 |
The reason we are over "Martin" is basically an ego thing. His. We loved Martin Lawrence when he first hit Fox, playing the I'm-so-crazy homeboy whose bark was always bigger than his bite, and whose foot was usually planted in his mouth as a result of some macho faux pas. Working his way up in the talk-radio business, he adored his girl, Gina, and she loved him right back - even though she made three times the money he did, drove a better...