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11 items from 2004


Chris Rock To Host Academy Awards

14 October 2004 | IMDb News

Get your "rock the Oscars" jokes ready -- comedian Chris Rock has been announced as the host of the 77th Academy Awards, his first time at bat for the show. Producer Gil Cates broke the news of the fresh Oscar blood Thursday morning, stating that "I am a huge fan of Chris Rock. He always makes me laugh and he always has something interesting to say. Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait." Rock, who made his film debut in Beverly Hills Cop II and shot to fame with Saturday Night Live, is no stranger to award shows, having hosted the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards; he's also won three Emmys and two Grammys. As for his recent film shenanigans, Rock is currently shooting The Longest Yard with fellow SNL alumnus Adam Sandler, and provides one of the voices in the upcoming animated flick Madagascar.

The Academy Awards broadcast will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theatre. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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77th Oscars ready for Rock

14 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Funnyman Chris Rock has been selected to host the next Oscars. Gil Cates, producer of the 77th Academy Awards telecast, made the announcement Thursday. Although the winner of both Emmy and Grammy awards has performed hosting duties for other awards shows, this will be Rock's first stint as Oscar host. Rock, a veteran of TV's Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and the star of several movies, made his mark via comedy specials and a series on HBO. "He always has something interesting to say," said Cates in a news release. "Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait." Rock currently is shooting The Longest Yard with former SNL castmate Adam Sandler. His other film credits include Head of State, Bad Company, Down to Earth, Nurse Betty, Osmosis Jones, New Jack City, Lethal Weapon 4 and Dogma. The ceremonies take place Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005. »

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77th Oscars ready for Rock

14 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Funnyman Chris Rock has been selected to host the next Oscars. Gil Cates, producer of the 77th Academy Awards telecast, made the announcement Thursday. Although the winner of both Emmy and Grammy awards has performed hosting duties for other awards shows, this will be Rock's first stint as Oscar host. Rock, a veteran of TV's Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and the star of several movies, made his mark via comedy specials and a series on HBO. "He always has something interesting to say," said Cates in a news release. "Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait." Rock currently is shooting The Longest Yard with former SNL castmate Adam Sandler. His other film credits include Head of State, Bad Company, Down to Earth, Nurse Betty, Osmosis Jones, New Jack City, Lethal Weapon 4 and Dogma. The ceremonies take place Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005. »

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Rodney Dangerfield Laid To Rest

13 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rodney Dangerfield was laid to rest over the weekend, in a ceremony attended by a range of stars, including fellow comedians Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey and Chris Rock. Jay Leno, Tim Allen and George Lopez were also among the nearly 400 mourners paying their respects at the Westwood Memorial Cemetery in California. Sandler and Carrey, who spoke at the ceremony, even served as Dangerfield's pallbearers, while Michael Bolton was a musical soloist. The 82-year-old Caddyshack star died last week after experiencing complications from heart-valve replacement surgery he underwent in August. »

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Turturro scores 'Yard' remake

17 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nicholas Turturro has joined the cast of The Longest Yard. Turturro will play the role of Brucie, a quarterback, in the Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures production, which stars Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds and Chris Rock. A remake of the 1974 feature, Yard will star Sandler as a convict who leads a group of prison inmates in a game against the guards -- the role that Reynolds played in the original. Turturro will next be seen in the indie feature The Hillside Strangler. The actor played the long-running role of Detective James Martinez on ABC's NYPD Blue. His film credits also include Mo' Better Blues and Jungle Fever. He and his brother John also are co-writing the script for and will produce The Doorman for HBO. Turturro is repped by Robert S. Costanzo at Entertainment Management Group. »

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Fichtner in huddle for Par's 'Yard'

30 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

William Fichtner has joined the cast of The Longest Yard at Paramount Pictures. He joins Gary Oldman, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, who toplines the remake of the 1970s comedy. Sandler also is producing with Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo. MTV Films president Van Toffler and exec vp David Gale are executive producing along with Barry Bernardi, Michael Ewing and Albert Ruddy. Brian Witten is overseeing for the studio. Fichtner has been on a roll lately, notching a number of indie movies, including The Moguls (formerly known as Chum Scrubbers), Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Ultraviolet and Crash. The actor is repped by WMA. »

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Demi Moore Gets Anti-War

25 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood superstar Demi Moore demonstrated her opposition to American President George W Bush at the premiere of Fahrenheit 9/11 - by hurling insults at the screen. According to onlookers at the Los Angeles event on 17 June, Moore - accompanied by boyfriend Ashton Kutcher - voiced her disapproval of Bush's war on Iraq every time to leader appeared on-screen. One insider reports, "She was really, really vocal. "She was hollering and cheering at the screen and yelling things at Bush. And she was pumping the air with her fist and saying things like, 'That was really harsh' and 'That was really crucial.' "A lot of stars were there and the reaction from a lot of them seemed very positive, but Demi certainly wasn't keeping her opinion to herself. Maybe she was a little hyper because she was drinking Jolt." Other big names at the event included Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Matthew Perry, Billy Crystal and Sharon Stone. »

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Stars Praise 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

11 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood turned out in force to support Michael Moore at a special screening of his controversial new documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 on Tuesday. Actors Martin Sheen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Matthew Perry, Diane Lane, Marisa Tomei and Viggo Mortensen all attended the showing at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Theater in Los Angeles. Moore's film criticizes American president George W Bush's behavior following the September 11th terror attacks in Washington D.C. and New York and exposes links between Bush's family and Al-qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's relatives. At the screening of the Palme D'Or winning movie, Barrymore enthused, "I never come to premieres, but I'm so here on this one. I'm looking forward to this more than anything in the world." After a seeing a clip from the film featuring Britney Spears pledging her trust for Dubya, Titanic heart-throb DiCaprio burst into laughter. Eyes Wide Shut star Leelee Sobieski admits she cried during the documentary and said it "should be required for everyone in America to see as part of their education in high schools". »

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Oldman eyes starting lineup in Par's 'Yard'

28 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gary Oldman is in negotiations to join The Longest Yard for Paramount Pictures. Adam Sandler toplines the remake of the 1974 comedy-drama, being directed by Peter Segal. The 1974 movie centered on an incarcerated former pro quarterback who is asked by a sadistic warden to put together a team of inmates to play a team of burly guards. Oldman would play the warden. Already cast are Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds, the latter of whom starred in the original film. Reynolds will play a coach in the remake. Producing are Sandler and his Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo. MTV Films president Van Toffler and exec vp David Gale are executive producing along with Barry Bernardi, Michael Ewing and Albert S. Ruddy. Brian Witten is overseeing for the studio. Oldman, who is repped by CAA, is filming Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman Begins and stars in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens next week. »

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Flurry of pilots get pickup

3 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox has greenlighted two comedy pilots from comedians Chris Rock and Steve Martin, while CBS has picked up the comedy pilot Taste. On the pilot casting front, Dominic Monaghan, Ian Somerhalder, Jorge Garcia and Evangeline Lilly have been cast in J.J. Abrams' drama Lost for ABC, Mykelti Williamson is close to joining ABC's drama The Secret Service, Marisa Coughlan has been tapped as the lead in ABC's Kat Plus One, Mitch Rouse has been tapped as a lead in NBC's untitled Marsh McCall comedy, and Andy Richter has been cast in Fox's untitled Mark Reisman comedy. The untitled Chris Rock project, from 20th Century Fox TV and the studio-based TV division of 3 Arts Entertainment, is described as an autobiographical coming-of-age comedy loosely based on Rock's experience growing up "on the nicest block in the ghetto." Rock penned the script with Saladin Patterson and Ali Leroi. The three are exec producing with 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky. »

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HBO, Comedy share laughs

9 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO has sold its library of comedy specials to Comedy Central in a mammoth syndication deal, executives confirmed Thursday during Hbo's portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Hollywood. More than 100 titles, including classic HBO stand-up performances from Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano and Bill Maher, will get an afterlife on Comedy Central effective immediately. The deal is estimated to be for at least $10 million, sources said. Licensing its comedy library represents Hbo's continued efforts to mine revenue streams beyond subscription fees in areas such as syndication and DVD sales. The premium cable channel orchestrated similar deals for Sex and the City and Band of Brothers, which landed at Tbs and History Channel, respectively. »

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