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Dave Chappelle stand-up specials review: 'More interested in re-litigating the past'

22 March 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedian’s two specials on Netflix have their moments, but for one of the most revered stand-ups of his era the material is often disappointingly flat

There is a mystique that surrounds everything Dave Chappelle does. When his groundbreaking sketch series Chappelle’s Show became a sensation in the early 2000s, he became a superstar; when he walked away from a $50m deal with Comedy Central, he became an enigma, dogged by rumors of drugs and mental breakdowns. When he re-emerged on the stand-up scene in 2013, fans and critics followed his career with breathless excitement. In an era where comedians have become so accessible that they regularly bare their souls on podcasts, he’s remained aloof.

Related: Dave Chappelle's return and the state of African American standup comedy

Anyone can get a laugh out of a dick joke; someone supposedly making $60m for three hours of comedy needs »

- Elise Czajkowski

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Dave Chappelle Is Back as Netflix Specials Are Ready to Take Off

21 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Dave Chappelle is joining some other major comedians tonight by going back to his roots in stand up.  Comedians like Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Donnell Rawlings and Jerry Seinfeld have returned to the pure comedy of performing stand-up and Chappelle is doing the same.  It’s what got him his amazing career in the first place and it’s what’s putting him back in the spotlight today.  Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a stand up show as I am for these two specials. In the history of comedy shows I was psyched to see I think Chris

Dave Chappelle Is Back as Netflix Specials Are Ready to Take Off »

- Nat Berman

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Kevin James Sets Netflix Stand-Up Special for 2018

20 March 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kevin James will star in his own new Netflix stand-up special, Variety has learned.

This will mark the first time James has starred in a stand-up special since 2001’s “Sweat the Small Stuff.” He is currently scheduled to tape the special later this year, with a release eyed for 2018. Netflix previously distributed James’ film “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” and he will also appear in the Adam Sandler Netflix film “Sandy Wexler,” which debuts in April.

James was discovered at the Montreal Comedy Fest in 1996, which led to the creation of his long-running CBS sitcom “King of Queens.” In addition to a film career that saw him star in successful comedies like the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” franchise and “Grown Ups,” he recently returned to CBS with the sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” which he also executive produces.

This is the latest high-profile comedy acquisition for Netflix. The streaming giant will release two never-before-seen Dave Chappelle comedy »

- Joe Otterson

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TV Review: Two Dave Chappelle Netflix Comedy Specials, ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ and ‘The Age of Spin’

17 March 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a charged metaphor to use at the moment, but some standup comics function as border patrol agents. They may not stand in airports checking the papers of arriving travelers, but many of the best ones — and Dave Chappelle undoubtedly belongs in that elite group — are obsessed with moral positions and cultural territories, who gets to occupy them, and why. 

Many of the most thoughtful and incendiary comics explore the ways in which power dynamics worked in the past, as well as the kinds of words, actions and attitudes are acceptable in the present. How are flawed human beings, all of whom carry their own personal baggage along with the ingrained attitudes of the cultures they were raised in, supposed to negotiate evolving attitudes and new social protocols while holding on to their identities and at least part of their dignity? In two new standup specials that arrive Tuesday on Netflix, Chappelle »

- Maureen Ryan

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Daily Dead Talks 68 Kill with Director Trent Haaga & His Cast

16 March 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On the heels of their southern-fried crime caper’s premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, Daily Dead had the chance to sit down and chat with the lovable lunatics behind 68 Kill, including director Trent Haaga and the film’s stars Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, and Sheila Vand.

During our interview, they discussed their approach to the action-fueled thriller, what attracted them to the world of 68 Kill, playing against genre stereotypes, and more. Look for more on the latest from Haaga, and from the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, right here over the coming days.

Let's start with you, Trent. I know this is based on a book, so I'd love to hear about what you saw in the source material that you thought would translate really well visually, and what was your process in terms of taking this story and adapting it for the big screen?

Trent Haaga: Yeah, »

- Heather Wixson

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I Am Not Your Negro: Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monáe Urge You to ‘Know Your Baldwin’

15 March 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Last year, director Raoul Peck brought James Baldwin’s focus on racial equality to contemporary audiences in his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, and now his message is spreading even further with the help of actors like Samuel L. JacksonJanelle Monáe, and Lupita Nyong’o.

The aforementioned stars have joined a star-studded lineup of black celebrities celebrating Baldwin in a new video crafted by Mic. Inspired by Peck’s nonfiction feature, the clip (released Tuesday) opens with Jackson saying, “I am not your negro,” while Monáe adds, “I am not your bitch. »

- Joey Nolfi

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Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Debut Trailer Riffs on O.J. Simpson and Isis — Watch

14 March 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Dave Chappelle is back! The comedian is returning to TV this March, with two stand-up specials streaming on Netflix. These specials mark Chappelle’s first in 12 years, since “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came out in 2005.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

The two specials —”Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” which was filmed at the Palladium in Los Angeles last March, and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” which was filmed at Acl Live at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015 — have never aired before. Both were directed by Stan Lathan (“Def Comedy Jam”). Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy – searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura in a statement, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Debut Full Trailer Riffs on O.J. Simpson and Isis — Watch

14 March 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dave Chappelle is back! The comedian is returning to TV this March, with two stand-up specials streaming on Netflix. These specials mark Chappelle’s first in 12 years, since his “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” came out in 2005.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

The two specials —”Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin,” which was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles last March; and “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas,” which was filmed at Acl Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX, in April 2015— have never aired before. Both specials were directed by Stan Lathan (“Def Comedy Jam”). Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.

Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy – searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura in a statement, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Get First Peek at Dave Chappelle Comedy Comeback: ‘Surprise, It’s Me’ (Video)

14 March 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

He’s baaaaack. Now avid Dave Chappelle fans have their first look at the comedian’s two hotly anticipated stand-up specials, premiering on Netflix. And, yeah, it’s been 12 whole years since people have seen him take the mic for a special — so this is long overdue. Also Read: 'SNL': Watch Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock Attend an Election Night Watch Party With White People (Video) After acknowledging he’s been gone a long while, Chappelle says, “Surprise, it’s me,” in the first trailer for the two specials that come from the comedian’s personal vault. Topics »

- Meriah Doty

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Star Sightings: Ashley Benson Goes Casual Chic in NYC, Hilary Duff Shares Diy Tips, and More!

9 March 2017 4:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Go Go Power Rangers!

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson was spotted running errands in New York City on Thursday, looking causal chic in a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers T-shirt, with ripped jeans, a furry jacket and a bright pink cross-body bag.

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Exclusive: 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Ashley Benson on 'Emotional' Season 6 Finale and Her Haleb Reunion Hopes: 'Get Married and Have Kids!'

Elsewhere in the Big Apple, Grammy-nominated rapper Rick Ross teamed with wine giant Luc Belaire on for an epic, live art album listening session on Wednesday for his upcoming album, Rather You Than Me, debuting on March 17. The night featured work from pop culture artist Mr. Brainwash, along with a star-studded guest list that included Chris Rock, Meek Mill and Wale.

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On Tuesday, Hilary Duff showed off her Diy skills in New York City. The 29-year-old actress shared some tips for "stress-free entertaining" at the launch »

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The Weinstein Company 2017 Release Calendar: Here’s the Oscar Hopefuls, and the Damaged Goods

9 March 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

May 2015 was the last time Harvey Weinstein hosted a Cannes presentation at the Majestic Hotel. Among the titles was a preview of Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip Fever,” with the then white-hot Swedish actress Alicia Vikander on hand. A romantic triangle period piece costarring Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan, Weinstein later pushed the release from July 2016 to February 2017. Now, two years later, it’s booked for August 25 — the dog days of summer.

Last year, the Weinstein Co. had so few bonafide Oscar contenders on the docket that they didn’t mount their usual Cannes show-and-tell at all. Garth Davis’s “Lion” did yield six nominations and, like critics’ darling “Carol” the year before, no wins. The lengthy awards season did pay off for “Lion” at the box office; it’s made $103 million worldwide. However, it also represents a rare tick in the ‘win’ column for TWC, which is struggling to maneuver in these challenging times. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Weinstein Company 2017 Release Calendar: Here’s the Hopefuls, and the Damaged Goods

9 March 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

May 2015 was the last time Harvey Weinstein hosted a Cannes presentation at the Majestic Hotel. Among the titles was a preview of Justin Chadwick’s “Tulip Fever,” with the then white-hot Swedish actress Alicia Vikander on hand. A romantic triangle period piece costarring Christoph Waltz and Dane DeHaan, Weinstein later pushed the release from July 2016 to February 2017. Now, two years later, it’s booked for August 25 — the dog days of summer.

Last year, the Weinstein Co. had so few bonafide Oscar contenders on the docket that they didn’t mount their usual Cannes show-and-tell at all. Garth Davis’s “Lion” did yield six nominations and, like critics’ darling “Carol” the year before, no wins. The lengthy awards season did pay off for “Lion” at the box office; it’s made $103 million worldwide. However, it also represents a rare tick in the ‘win’ column for TWC, which is struggling to maneuver in these challenging times. »

- Anne Thompson

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These Are the Celebs and Business Billionaires Who May Challenge President Trump in 2020

8 March 2017 12:47 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Political experience used to be seen as an unofficial prerequisite for holding the highest office in the country. But after President Donald Trump was elected, the game has changed. Here’s a list of the celebrities and billionaires who may make a run — either seriously or jokingly — for Trump’s job in 2020.

Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey’s has people asking her to run for president for decades. But it was Trump’s election that opened her mind to the possibility. Previously, “I never thought about the question,” she said. “I never even considered the possibility. That’s what I thought.”

But seeing Trump, »

- Diana Pearl

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From Amy Schumer to Chris Rock: A Guide to Netflix's Upcoming Stand-up Specials

7 March 2017 8:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Amy Schumer is just one of several comedians set to debut a stand-up special on Netflix, with her special dropping Tuesday on the streaming service.

Netflix aggressively entered the stand-up space a few years ago, and has been consistently outbidding rivals including Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO to land bold-face names. In addition to Schumer, Netflix will air upcoming specials from Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock, the latter of whom got a whopping $40 million for two specials.

Here are just some of the big-name comedians set to debut concert specials on »

- Lexy Perez

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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of March 6, 2017

6 March 2017 1:52 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, “Underground” returns with its second season and a slew of new characters, plus Amy Schumer’s Netflix stand-up special starts streaming.

The Americans,” FX, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

When last we left our intrepid Kgb sleeper agents Philip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), they had just narrowly avoided being either killed by a weaponized virus or compromised by the FBI. Season 5 of the suddenly-more-relevant-than-anyone-ever-thought spy drama picks up with Phil and Liz starting a new fake family and teaching their real daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) the secrets of spycraft.

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special,” Netflix, Tuesday

The buzziest queen of comedy heads to Netflix for her latest stand-up »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Five Questions for The Last Laugh Director Ferne Pearlstein

3 March 2017 2:38 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Originally published during the Tribeca Film Festival, where the doc on humor and the Holocaust had its premiere, here is Paula Bernstein’s interview with director Ferne Pearlstein about The Last Laugh. The film is opening in theaters today and plays in New York at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. There has been no shortage of documentaries about the Holocaust but, until now, none of them have featured Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. In Ferne Pearlstein’s The Last Laugh, which premieres today at the Tribeca Film Festival, she delves into the history of humor about the Holocaust, exploring the ethical questions […] »

- Paula Bernstein

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Kickstart This: ‘Natural Hair: The Movie’ Aims to Pick Up Where Chris Rock Ended with ‘Good Hair’

2 March 2017 8:06 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

  Maybe I’m the only one, but I thought Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” was a major letdown. Instead of truly exploring the history and complex relationship that black people, and especially women, have with their hair, it came off mainly… Continue Reading → »

- Sergio Mims

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PwC Accountant Wanted to Perform Sketch at Oscars (Exclusive)

2 March 2017 3:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unlike most accountants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Brian Cullinan did not want to stay anonymous. He commonly tweeted selfies with celebrities and relished his trips down the red carpet at the last four Academy Awards.

Before he became famous for his involvement in handing over the wrong envelope on Sunday’s telecast, he’d been angling for a spot on the stage, Variety has learned. Cullinan had pitched Oscar producers on doing a comedic sketch involving him and his colleague Martha Ruiz, interacting with host Jimmy Kimmel. Sources said that Cullinan enjoys being in the spotlight and likes the fact that people frequently compare his looks to actor Matt Damon.

But according to two sources with knowledge of the exchange, the idea was shot down.

Representatives from PwC didn’t immediately respond for comment.

In past years, the Oscars accountants were sometimes introduced on TV, with their briefcases in tow, to explain their »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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High-Profile Standup Deals Help Netflix Corner Market Once Dominated by HBO

1 March 2017 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is heavily invested in the Trevor Noah business. In 2015, the cable channel plucked the comic from near obscurity to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” Two months after Noah premiered on the late-night talker, his standup special “Lost in Translation” premiered on Comedy Central. Since then, the network has aggressively marketed Noah and stuck by him as “The Daily Show” host, waiting out early, lackluster ratings that have only recently showed signs of growth.

Comedy Central would appear to be a natural home for Noah’s next standup special. But when his newest effort, “Afraid of the Dark,” debuted last week, it did so on Netflix.

Noah’s special is just one item purchased in a Netflix shopping spree that has made the streaming service the dominant buyer in the standup marketplace. Two years ago, top-tier comedians could land $5 million-$10 million for a cable TV special. Now »

- Daniel Holloway

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Oscar’s Other Race Problem: 4 Ways to Avoid Offensive Jokes Next Year

1 March 2017 12:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Oscar ceremony will be remembered because of something out of the ordinary — an incident that has literally not happened in five decades. It’s fair to assume that steps will be taken to make sure a similar mix-up will not be repeated for years.

But while the Academy reflects on that startling twist, it should also consider what has, sadly, become commonplace each year. It would be appreciated by millions of viewers and artists across the globe if the ceremony they eagerly anticipate for months viewed them with empathy and affection. There’s a difference between telling a good joke and being the butt of one.

Much of the three-hour 2017 Oscar ceremony was tarnished by tone-deaf jokes that veered into racism. The blame for that lies mostly with host Jimmy Kimmel (and his writers) — but every year, the Academy chooses a host seemingly incapable of avoiding gags »

- Laya Maheshwari

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