19 items from 2015
It's official - Chris Rock will be hosting the Oscars for a second time.
The comedian previously took charge of Hollywood's biggest night in 2005, and is now confirmed to host the next Academy Awards on February 28, 2016.
"I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars," said Rock. "It's good to be back."
"Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian - he's done it all. He's going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!"
Rock previously told Digital Spy he was eager to take charge of the Academy Awards again.
"I would love to host the Oscars again. I mean, you know they gotta want me," he said. "I mean, every year they have a great host. It's not like they're like, 'No, Chris Rock we're not using, we got Pauly Shore' - they're like, »
Daniel Petrie Jr comes from a family with movies in its blood.
His father, Daniel Petrie Sr, directed films such as Resurrection, Cocoon: The Return and A Raisin In The Sun. His mother, Dorothea, produced movies, wrote novels and acted. And then his brother, Donald Petrie, directed Cocoon: The Return, Miss Congeniality and Grumpy Old Men.
Yet Daniel Petrie Jr is just as busy. His screenplays include Turner & Hooch and Beverly Hills Cop (for which he earned an Academy Award nomination), whilst his directorial debut was the much-loved (by us especially) Toy Soldiers.
"The League" star Steve Rannazzisi appeared on "Howard Stern" this morning (video embedded below) to give his first interview since the New York Times revealed that he had lied about being in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center when it was struck by a plane on 9/11. According to the actor, it was a lie that he first told after moving to Los Angeles shortly after the terrorist attacks, and continued to grow as word of his story spread through the comedy community. "It's not like I moved to Los Angeles with this story, with the thought of like, 'I'm gonna go out and trick everyone out there [...]," he said on the show. "It wasn't calculated at all. It was as simple as sitting at the Comedy Store and everyone like, 'Hey, you're from New York?' 'Yeah, yeah.' 'Were you just there? You were around?' 'Yeah, yeah. I was downtown. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Rannazzisi acknowledged on Wednesday that he fabricated the story when challenged this week by evidence that undermined his account.
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
“As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough,” he said.
“We just learned about this last night. We are very disappointed to hear about Steve’s misrepresentations and are currently determining how we will move forward,” Comedy Central said in a statement to Variety. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Fans of classic Nickelodeon shows from the 1990s can start rejoicing now, because there will soon be a platform where you can watch all of your old favorites again. Variety reports that this initiative known as The Splat will be a programming block on Nickelodeon devoted to their classic animated TV shows such as Rugrats, Hey Arnold! and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but sources claim that the programming block will launch in October.
The exact programs that will be featured on The Splat have yet to be confirmed, but, over the weekend, a YouTube page for The Splat was launched. The site featured a trailer that includes footage from a number of Nickelodeon programs, while the official website TheSplat.com has also been launched. While there is no content on the site yet, it does direct users to a number of social media platforms for The Splat, »
Update: It looks like celebration over an all-'90s Nicktoons channel were a little premature (see our original story, below). It turns out that Nickelodeon is indeed launching The Splat, which focuses on its classic cartoons -- it's just not an entire new channel.
Instead, according to Variety -- and confirmed by The A.V. Club -- The Splat is a programming block, similar to the network's previous The '90s Are All That lineup over on TeenNick. Though there's still no official announcement from Nickelodeon, reps for the network did confirm the nature of The Splat's launch, which Variety says is set for sometime this October.
There's also still no word as to why "Doug" was missing from the first promo (perhaps because "Doug" was also once featured on ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup, and its rights are in limbo?). But that's a question for another day; for now, »
- Katie Roberts
You probably think you know all about Cher, Dionne, and the rest of the kids at Bronson Alcott High School, and chances are you really are butt crazy in love with the now-20-year-old “Clueless.” But do you remember it as well as you think you do? Your memory might be like a full-on — wait, we’ll save that quote for the test. Find out if you’re a “superficial space cadet” trying to find meaning in a Pauly Shore movie or the kind of student who can totally tell the distinction between Hamlet and Polonius. more: ‘Clueless’ The Musical Is Finally Rolling, Homies Check it. And report your results below (but don’t be way harsh, Tai about it or a »
There has been no man since Pauly Shore who has made the word buddy seem more annoying than Pearson, the McC liaison who is now the warden who refuses to say he’s the warden. If he doesn’t stop using that word, I swear to God I’m going to reach into my TV screen (okay, laptop) and I am going to strangle him with a pair of hot-pink, stinky prison panties.Then I realized that my problem isn’t really with Paulson; it’s sort of with this season of the show in general. While I still find it enjoyable and I love spending time with so many of these characters, so much of this season is just repeating the same things over and over again. Each episode has a slightly different theme and a backstory, but everything is really about the lengths these women will go to stay sane in prison. »
- Brian Moylan
[Press Release] Brooklyn, NY (June 17, 2015) Whether you were Team Tamagotchi or Team Furby, there is no denying the 90s were a remarkable period for American pop culture. To celebrate the decade that marked the beginning of the internet age, the rise of the bucket hat and the height of Tgif, there is 90sFest ‒a one-day, one-of-a-kind festival that will kick off on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 50 Kent in Brooklyn. From 1pm until 10pm attendees will be immersed in the best of music, fashion, entertainment, food and beverages of the 90s hosted by Pauly Shore. Leuven Media and Prime Social Group in partnership with Founders Entertainment, the team behind Governors Ball, will produce the inaugural 90sFest featuring a musical line-up straight out of MTV (when they actually played »
- Pietro Filipponi
The actor and comedian takes the lead as Andre Allen, a stand-up comic and recovering alcoholic who's desperate to be taken seriously in the shallow world of Hollywood while becoming submerged within a celebrity-obsessed culture.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Chris reveals he's currently writing a script for his next movie. It's not, as previously reported, a sequel to Top Five, but will have a similar tone and some of the same cast.
Chris talks about Jay Z and Kanye West's involvement as co-producers, and how there's perhaps a "dash of Kardashian" in Gabrielle Union's reality TV star Erica Long. He also responds to Woody Allen comparisons, and tells us who us his top five stand-up comedians of all time are:
How much of your own personal experiences did you carry into Top Five? »
In 1980 a young Australian gentleman named Greg Pead decided his name didn’t quite suit him. It was then that he legally changed his name to Yahoo Serious. Seriously, he did! He worked as a tyre fitter to get himself through Art college but was kicked out before completion. It was in 1988 he came to the attention of his home nation, and then the world with the release of Young Einstein. Those of a certain age (which is around my generation – early 30’s) might recall this popular VHS in their local video store. Had you not gone as far as renting it, you’d probably have a vague recollection of the cover. Serious as Albert Einstein with his wild, untamed red hair. Serious was Carrot Top before Carrot Top ever infected a cinema.
Young Einstein was a breakout hit for Serious. It »
- Gary Collinson
Recently, CBS served up these new,official spoiler pictures for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 22 of season 5, and they offer up new looks at what appears to be some lively stuff going on with guest stars: Jaleel White, Pauly Shore, and more. The episode is labeled, "Ho'amoano (Chasing Yesterday)." The official description for episode 22, reads like this: Five-0 Must Help Three Married Men Retrace Their Steps From A Wild Night To Find Out Who Killed The Woman Found In Their Hotel Suite. Description number 2: When a woman is found murdered in the hotel suite occupied by three married men, Five-0 will have to help the friends get over their massive hangover and retrace their steps from a wild night to find the killer. Also, Jerry will witness a woman's kidnapping on the streets of O'ahu. Episode 22 is due to air on Friday night, April 24th at 8pm central time on CBS. »
Recently, CBS finally delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 22 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Ho'amoano (Chasing Yesterday)," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting action take place when a couple of hungover men become vital to the Five-o team's latest murder investigation, and more! In the new, 22nd episode press release: Five-0 Must Help Three Married Men Retrace Their Steps From A Wild Night To Find Out Who Killed The Woman Found In Their Hotel Suite. Press release number 2: When a woman is found murdered in the hotel suite occupied by three married men, Five-0 is going to have to help the friends get over their massive hangover and retrace their steps from a wild night to find the killer. Also, Jerry is going to witness a woman's kidnapping on the streets of O'ahu. Guest stars include: »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 22 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "(*Ho'amoano (Chasing Yesterday)," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down when the Five O squad gets 3 hungover dudes to retrace their steps in an effort to crack a murder case, and more. In the new, 22nd episode press release: Five-0 Must Help Three Married Men Retrace Their Steps From A Wild Night To Find Out Who Killed The Woman Found In Their Hotel Suite. Press release number 2: When a woman is found murdered in the hotel suite occupied by three married men, Five-0 will have to help the friends get over their massive hangover and retrace their steps from a wild night to find the killer. Also, Jerry is going to witness a woman's kidnapping on the streets of O'ahu Guest »
Pauly Shore's bank teller was violently dismembered early Monday morning. As you may know, the comedian owns The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. There used to be an Atm in the patio area, attached to the building. After closing Monday, thieves were somehow able to break the Atm away from the wall and made off with the machine and $10,000 cash. There's a surveillance camera, but we're told there may be some sort of »
- TMZ Staff
RelatedPilot News: Carrie Preston Starring in NBC’s Empty-Nester Comedy
Morrow will guest-star in the NBC procedural’s April 1 episode (9/8c) as newsmagazine host Skip Peterson, whose sensationalized reporting about a campus gang rape inhibits Benson and her team from completing their investigation.
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“Hawaii Five-0″ has recruited a slew of famous funnymen to shake up the crime crew.
The trio will appear as a group of married men who can’t piece together their wild night out, the morning after. When a young woman is found murdered in the men’s hotel suite, Five-0 must help the friends, played by Shore, White and Farley, get over their massive hangover and retrace their previous night to find the killer.
“For years we’ve been talking about doing the quintessential spring break episode, a ‘Hawaii Five-0′ version of ‘The Hangover,'” exec producer Peter Lenkov tells Variety. “I’ve worked with Pauly before, so I know how outrageous and fun he can be. Plus the addition of Jaleel and Kevin, this »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Last evening at Jupiter Bowl in Kimball Junction, the 2015 Sundance Short Film Awards were doled out over a somewhat temperamental microphone. Stationed at the foot of a bowling alley, Director of Programming Trevor Groth said a few words before turning it over to Jared Hess, who is at the festival with his latest, Don Verdean. Hess told a nice anecdote about forcing his wife Jerusha Hess to invite Pauly Shore to a screening of their first Slamdance short decades back, before reminding the audience that any interest you court in a short film is reason to stay true to that unadulterated vision. The mic […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
The comedian also urges readers to go see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods”
Louis Ck dropped new $5 stand-up special “Live at the Comedy Store” — his sixth (video below) — on Tuesday, and celebrated with a very lengthy, occasionally rambling email blast to fans.
Plugging his independent project, the comedian’s note discussed his history with the industry, lamented having to cancel the last of four Madison Square Garden concerts for underwhelming Winter Storm Juno and even pushed his followers to see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods.”
Ck’s personal rep told TheWrap that there are no plans to reschedule the Msg date at the moment. »
- Tony Maglio
19 items from 2015
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