June 17, 2016 |
Fictional prison life agrees with Blair Brown. Playing an inmate on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black "just rejuvenated my soul and made me very happy to be in this business and made me like acting again," the actress told reporters a few months ago. One of the more recent additions to Netflix's women-in-prison dramedy, which releases its fourth season Friday, Brown plays celebrity chef Judy King, a character to whom the shorthand Martha...
July 9, 2015 |
Shadow on Chris Tucker's special Trouble stalks Chris Tucker's touted new comedy special, which Netflix plans to post Friday. Comic Terry Hodges is suingTucker and Netflix, claiming they never paid him for all the work he's done since 2008 (that's a lot of preparation!) to help write and produce the stand-up show. Tucker's attorney dismisses the suit as "absurd and completely without merit. " Nickelback cancels tour Canadian rockers Nickelback have scrapped the remainder of their 2015 tour due to illness.
December 24, 2013 |
To paraphrase soul's great orator, James Brown, it's time to get off Dave Chappelle's back and let him do the popcorn. He must be allowed to be the sly, rude, observational stand-up we knew him to be before Chappelle's Show , the mega-successful Comedy Central sketch series he ended in 2005 with an abruptness that gave him an unwarranted rep for erratic behavior. The guy didn't want to have a career ruled by catchphrases familiar to Show fanatics. What's weird about that? From the sight of a chain-smoking Chappelle at the Tower Theater on Saturday, the comic was as crudely on point with raunchy material (e.g.
September 8, 2013 |
Who's laughing now, Hartford? Camden is. A fair portion of comedian Dave Chappelle's triumphant show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday night was devoted to his infamous appearance last week in Hartford, where in the face of sustained, rowdy yelling from the audience, he walked off stage. But as Chappelle pointed out Friday in a bit about losing an argument with his wife, he's got "a creative outlet" as a performer. In other words, a guy who goes to work every night with a microphone will always get the last word.
September 1, 2013 |
Friday James Spader ("Sex, Lies, and Videotape," "Secretary," "Boston Legal") is going to play the robot villain in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," due in theaters in 2015. Thursday Valerie Harper , who's brain cancer is close to remission, has signed up as a contestant for the fall season of "Dancing with the Stars. " Supermodel and "Real Housewives of Miami" star Joanna Krupa told Life & Style that her husband is no longer interested in having sex with her. Sounds like he's soon to star in the "Ex-husbands of Miami.
August 27, 2013 |
DIRECTOR Lee Daniels , the son of a Philadelphia police officer killed in the line of duty, has his biggest hit as a filmmaker. The envelope-pushing provocateur's racially charged retelling of the life of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen finished at the top of the box office yesterday for the second weekend in a row, with $17 million, according to studio estimates. That brings its total to more than $52 million in two weeks. Admittedly, it beat a relatively weak field.
August 9, 2013 |
If you ever find yourself hanging out with Jennifer Aniston , remember not to ask her if she's having kids with fiancé Justin Theroux . She's sick of all the questions. Jen tells ABC she's constantly asked how many boys and girls she wants. The way they ask, says Jen, implies they assume celebs have kids the way regular folk order burgers. "I didn't realize you could place orders! I honestly didn't realize it was like a drive-thru, that you could talk to a little electronic voice," says Jen. Anyway, there's been no time to make babies: Jen's been busy getting her bod in shape to play a stripper in her new pic, We're the Millers . "Honestly, it was the craziest workout," she says of her first ever role as a stripper - "at least . . . in film," Jen teases.
August 7, 2013
This N-word used by Riley Cooper being shown on TV and the press has gotten out of control. I can understand how Cooper got upset with black people jumping over the fences, but where's the security people who were supposed to watch them? And it makes me wonder: Who's this person who videotaped Cooper's heated conversation with security personnel with his smartphone, and why? This happened a while ago, so why bring it up now? I feel bad for this guy, and his career may be ruined by his comment.
July 13, 2013
By Don Jackson It seems strange that there is so much upset about Paula Deen's honest recollection of the past. As someone who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., during the 1950s and '60s, I don't know if I would have expected anything different. Time seems to have faded the glaring memories of what was and its relationship to what is. It was very easy in those days to be a nigra , a nigger , a coon , a darkie . It was a condition of living in a place that was so isolated from the rest of the world.
July 9, 2013
CHAD DION Lassiter is one opinionated dude. You may have read his musings on local news pages or heard him express them on TV. Recently, he was on Comcast's "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle," where he defended blacks' use of the n-word. "Jay Z saying it is different from Don Imus' and Paula Deen's saying it, and a cop saying [it] when you're looking down a barrel of a gun," Lassiter said on the show. Lassiter is among a new crop of progressive black intellectuals such as HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill, The Atlantic 's Ta-Nehisi Coates, Drexel University's Chuck Williams and the University of Connecticut's William Jelani Cobb.