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The truth came out on Friday morning's “The View” when Whoopi Goldberg admitted that indeed she and her co-hosts have had their off-camera disagreements. See photos: 16 ‘Gma,’ ‘Today,’ and ‘CBS This Morning’ Personalities Ranked by Popularity “This is a hard show to do and sometimes, all of us get a little stressed,” Goldberg said, though Nicolle Wallace pointed out that Goldberg kisses all of the co-hosts before they start each show. Several media reports have come out since “The View” began their 18th season claiming that several of the women were involved in personal feuds with one another. Also read: »
- Ryan O'Connell
It was announced last week that the excellent Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this coming February's Oscar ceremony, but it turns out that Nph wasn’t the Academy’s first choice. THR reports that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who have produced the last two ceremonies in a row—first “begged” Ellen Degeneres to return as Oscar for this year’s ceremony. She firmly declined the offer, and then they next approached Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005. He turned down the offer as well, and so Zadan and Meron then went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, shocker, said “no”. They then finally landed on Harris, who graciously agreed to take on the gig. More after the jump. Hosting the Oscars is essentially a no-win scenario. You have to be able to balance the humor and entertainment with the fact that everyone in the room is incredibly nervous and just »
- Adam Chitwood
This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. ABC's bid to refresh The View brought the show's most-watched premiere in eight years in September (even after some downward adjustment thanks to Nielsen's snafu). But those lofted ratings quickly have fallen to earth. The show's 18th season, with Rosie O'Donnell back at the table and joined by veteran Whoopi Goldberg, actress Rosie Perez and Republican analyst Nicolle Wallace, has seen post-premiere-week viewership drop below last year, back when the need for a Barbara Walters-free makeover became apparent. Read more 'The Real' Beating Meredith
- Michael O'Connell
Benedict Cumberbatch just joined the party at Madame Tussauds: The London museum unveiled a wax statue of the Sherlock Holmes star Tuesday. Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, and Helen Mirren are among the stars already immortalized in wax at the museum, which also has branches in cities including Berlin, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. Cumberbatch stars in historical drama The Imitation Game, in theaters Nov. 21. »
- Ariana Bacle
The 26-year-old Sicilian sister’s rather restrained cover of “Virgin,” softly sung against picturesque religion-themed Italian backdrops, while wearing her nun’s habit, crucifix around her neck, and plain black shoes, is bound to provoke some polemics, especially in Italy. And is clearly calculated to generate boffo sales.
In an interview with Italian catholic daily Avvenire, Scuccia said she “chose it with no intention to provoke or scandalise.”
“Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people, to rescue them from their past,” she professed. “We have transformed this song from the pop-dance piece which it was, into a romantic ballad, »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Flickering Myth Podcast looks for some Turtle Power…
Recorded in studio, Flickering Myth Deputy Editor Luke Owen and staff writer Scott Davis review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latest iteration of the classic 80s comic book from director Jonathan Liebsman and producer Michael Bay.
Read our reviews here and here.
Manhattan is plagued by crime, violence and fear, thanks to the evil ways of Shredder and his criminal Foot Clan. But help is on its way from an unlikely source as four super-human super turtles rise up from the filthy subterranean sewers and join forces with news reporter April O’Neil to defeat evil.
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- Luke Owen
One of the highlights of the original series was Gary (Martin Clunes) and Tony's (Neil Morrissey) quest to find a new pub after The Crown gets a revamp. Gary's system of ranking their locals with different categories is a great tool for real-life pub crawls after moving somewhere new. Try it!
With this in mind, we pondered which pubs from TV history would rank well using a system similar to Gary's? We've chosen just a handful of famous watering holes in order to find the best one. The only rule is that they need to serve alcoholic drinks, so Central Perk doesn't count.
Moe's Tavern (The Simpsons) - 18/50
Booze and Snacks: 4
Not the best place to take your date, »
Also at the helm, Chris Rock takes the lead in Top Five, playing a former stand up comedian turned film star who wants to put comedy behind him and try his hand at something more serious, which doesn't sit right with his reality t.v. star wife (Gabrielle Union) and agent (Kevin Hart). No doubt Rock is drawing a bit from experience here (he also wrote the script), and he has drafted in some very familiar faces, with Rosario Dawson,Tracey Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jerry Seinfeld all making an appearance. There is a lot to like in this first trailer. Rock seems on fine form, and there is a lot of laughs to be had. Check it out below. Released: 12th December (U.S.)/ 16th January 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Celebs are raising awareness for ebola and learning how life imitates art.
Hollywood celebrities are stepping up to raise money and awareness to fight the ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa and recently spread to the United States. Stars such as David Beckham, Whoopi Goldberg, and Idris Elba are speaking out and making PSAs to spark a public response to the disease.
"It was specifically about trying to raise money for another care facility in Sierra Leone, and it was an idea based on the fact that West Africa has a long history of dance," the actor said. "It’s obviously something we have to take as seriously as possible."
Some critics believe Hollywood is late to the cause.
"I think there was some of the 'not in my backyard' feeling going on »
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Do you know your top five favourite hip-hop artists?
Chris Rock – or rather, Chris Rock’s character in his newest comedy, Top Five – knows his. "Jay, Nas, Scarface,Rakim, then I might let Biggie get in there," he jokes in the trailer, which was released yesterday. "My sixth is LL Cool J -- before the show!"
Jay-z’s inclusion on the list – and in the top spot no less – may not rest completely on the laurels of his music (though, of course, they very well could). He and Kanye West helped produce Top Five, and its trailer features the song "In Paris" from Jay-z and Kanye’s album "Watch the Throne." What number on Rock’s list did Kanye get?
- Sasha James
Chris Rock's upcoming film comedy, Top Five, finally has an official trailer – and it crams enough belly laughs and high-profile celebrity cameos to satisfy fans until December 12th, when the movie hits theaters. Rock – who wrote and directed Top Five – stars as Andre Allen, an acclaimed stand-up comedian who makes it big as a Hollywood actor and gets engaged to a reality TV star (Gabrielle Union). After being hounded by a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) for a profile story, Allen finds himself in a romantic and career crisis. »
Chris Rock’s comedy Top Five made waves when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year, sparking a major bidding war to the tune of $12.5 million to Paramount Pictures, an instant Oscar campaign and the makings of a box office smash. The film has been called Rock’s Annie Hall, a meta look at the movie industry and what it takes to break out of your typecast roles as an actor, especially for someone like Rock who has likewise struggled to be both funny and serious in his career. You can read our Sound on Sight review here, and you can see some of the buzz on the film in my Hype Cycle column, but you can now also watch the trailer below. The film stars Rock, Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, J.B. Smoove and Cedric the Entertainer, and has a December 12 release date. »
- Brian Welk
Paramount Pictures just unveiled the trailer for Chris Rock's upcoming "Top Five" comedy, co-starring Rosario Dawson, Jb Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Jay Pharoah. Check it out below. Plot: Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star whose work was recently ravaged by a New York Times critic. His fiancee (Union) wants him to help her with her reality show while his agent (Hart) just wants him to make his next blockbuster. Instead, he teams with a journalist (Dawson) to make a serious documentary about the Haitian revolution. The new movie is written and directd by Rock and is set to hit select theaters on December 5th. It will then expand on December 12th. Trailer: »
Director: Jonathan Liebesman.
Running Time: 101 minutes.
Synopsis: Thirty years on from their comic book inception, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, are back once more to take down nemesis Shredder.
In the eighties and early nineties the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had children the world over in frenzy. The very successful cartoon series spawned a trilogy of films before the series got overtaken by the likes of The Power Rangers. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the latest restart of the comic book franchise that started thirty years ago. After the disappointing animated films a few years ago the heroes in a half-shell are back in action, managing to encapsulate the fun and fantasy of the 1980’s cartoon series.
And what of the pizza loving team? Liebesman easily manages to display the four different personalities that we all know to be Leonardo, »
- Kat Smith
The film sees Rock play Andre Allen, a fading comedian who attempts to become a serious actor.
Top Five is directed by Rock and takes place over a single day.
Top Five is due to be released on December 5.
The stand-up comic is a former SNL cast member, and will be hosting for the first time since November 1996. »
I'm still upset I missed Chris Rock's Top Five at the Toronto Film Festival, but then again, it's not like I'll have to wait long to see it as Paramount snatched it up and has already set a December 5 release date. Written by, directed by and starring Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind. And along with Rock, the film co-stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Romany Malco. And as if all that wasn't enough, Chris Rock is going to host "Saturday Night Live" on November 1 with musical guest Prince. To be honest, I'm more excited about that than I am the movie, »
- Brad Brevet
Comedians looking to stretch themselves as actors are a common phenomenon, but it doesn’t always work out well. Chris Rock is one who has managed some success both in front of and behind the camera, and he’s tackling the subject directly in his new comedy drama, Top Five. The first trailer for the film has landed online. Rock, who writes and directs, also plays Andre Allen, a man once described as among the funniest in America, who swapped stand up for wacky box office hits. Now, though, he’s looking to branch out, and isn’t feeling particularly funny.With an impending wedding to a reality TV starlet (Gabrielle Union), his agent (Kevin Hart) breathing down his neck and a reporter (Rosario Dawson) writing a profile on him and probing his life, he’s trying to figure things out.The main man has assembled a funny cast that also includes Romany Malco, »
The film also co-stars Rosario Dawson, Jb Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che.
Chris Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star whose work was recently ravaged by a New York Times critic. His fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants him to help her with her reality show while his agent (Kevin Hart) just wants him to make his next blockbuster. Instead, he teams with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) to make a serious documentary about the Haitian revolution.
"Top Five" hits theaters in limited release December 5, and expanding on December 12, 2014.
Check out the trailer below.
Source: Paramount Pictures »
- Kellvin Chavez
"I don't feel like doing funny movies anymore, I don't feel funny." Paramount has debuted the first trailer for Chris Rock's new movie Top Five, starring, written and directed by Chris Rock, making a comeback after a few years of being out of the spotlight. The indie production premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and was quickly acquired by Paramount, and quickly turned around for release this December. This is only the first trailer but honestly it's a bit hard to follow, is this Rock playing himself or something else? Rosario Dawson is another lead star, along with a big cast including Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Romany Malco, J.B. Smoove and Whoopi Goldberg. The film earned great reviews out of Tiff. Enjoy Here's the first official trailer for Chris Rock's new movie Top Five, direct from the film's YouTube: Via Tiff: Written, directed by & starring Chris Rock, »
- Alex Billington
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