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Not everyone was laughing over former White House press secretary Sean Spicer‘s ostensibly comic cameo at the 2017 Emmys.
Many on Twitter are bashing Emmys producers for allowing Spicer to appear onstage alongside Stephen Colbert, where President Donald Trump‘s former spokesman cracked a joke about the crowd size at Sunday night’s show, saying, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world.”
Colbert, the Late Show host who, according to CNNMoney, was the brains behind the cameo, said he and his producers knew there would be blowback—and they were right. »
- Tierney McAfee
A ton of big-name celebs are gonna be in the house for Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golvkin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas ... and TMZ Sports knows some of the stars planning to attend. Here's a partial guest list: -- Chris Brown -- LL Cool J -- Michael Strahan -- George Lopez -- Mike Tyson -- Michael Pena -- Nate Diaz -- Jb Smoove -- Maverick Carter -- Mario Lopez Mario's wife, Courtney, is »
- TMZ Staff
Stephen Colbert stayed up way past his bedtime on Thursday, guesting on James Corden’s “Late Late Show” out in Los Angeles. In-town for the Emmys, the “Colbert Report” alum and New York City resident helped his CBS late-night partner do a little “Side Effects May Include.” Here’s are our three favorite side effects from “Hosting a CBS late-night show,” per the two guys who actually do it: “Once a year, you are contractually obligated to play a corpse on ‘NCIS.'” “Having LL Cool J’s personal phone number.” “Having to tell people that if they missed your »
- Tony Maglio
Colbert, in Los Angeles to host this weekend's Emmys, took part in the reoccurring "Side Effects May Include" segment, which focused on the drawbacks about being a late-night host as well as emceeing a prestigious award show.
"It's not often that we, CBS late-night hosts, have comedy tailored specifically for us," Colbert said after emerging from backstage. "I heard you were doing this, I »
Variety has confirmed that Keke Palmer is set to star in Season 3 of MTV’s “Scream.” Season 3 revolves around Deion Elliot (Rj Cyler), a local star running back whose tragic past comes back to haunt him at the worst time, threatening his hard-earned plans for his future — and the lives of his unlikely group of friends. Palmer will play Kym, a bold and beautiful social activist with a big heart and zero patience for suffering fools. Joining her on Season 3 are Giorgia Whigham, Jessica Sula, and Giullian Yao Gioiello, as well as previously announced Tyga and C.J. Wallace. Brett Matthews serves as the franchise’s third showrunner and executive produces alongside Queen Latifah, Shakim Conpere and Yaneley Arty for Flavor Unit Entertainment. They join original exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein for Dimension »
- Erin Nyren
Update: Additional presenters, including James Corden, Dave Chappelle, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, have been added to the 69th Emmy Awards September 17. The latest presenters, in addition to Corden, Chappelle, Fonda and Tomlin, are: Iain Armitage, Alexis Bledel, Rachel Bloom, Matt Bomer, Carol Burnett, Priyanka Chopra, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Mark Feuerstein, Jermaine Fowler, Chris Hardwick, Zoe Kravitz, Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tatiana Maslany… »
Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.
Photo credit: Columbia TriStar Home Video
The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).
The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Ed Begley, Jr., and Tia Mowry are joining the cast of “Me, Myself & I” on a recurring basis in Season 1. Begley Jr. will play Governor Justin, the future version of Alex Riley’s stepbrother. In 1991, Justin (Christopher Richards) is constantly coming up with half-baked schemes that end in failure. Fifty-one years later, he’s the Governor of California. Mowry will play Wendy, the wife of Darryl (Jaleel White). Wendy relates to present-day Alex Riley’s (Bobby Moynihan) frustration over missing out on his daughter’s formative experiences. The series stars Moynihan in a comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods — as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day, and at age 65 in 2042. “Me, Myself & I” premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. on »
- Rebecca Rubin
Christina Milian is ready to party like it’s 1990!
The singer is joining former *Nsync member Lance Bass as host of the new MTV series 90’s House, People can exclusively reveal.
90’s House is a new competition show that places 12 millennial housemates in a ’90s-inspired home, forcing the contestants to officially unplug their modern-day devices.
On each episode, opponents will face elimination by competing in various ’90s-themed challenges featuring catch phrases, fashion and technology only from that decade. In addition to a Mazda Miata and two VIP tickets on a ’90s cruise, the winner will pocket $90,000.
Guests stars on the series include Mario Lopez, »
- Natalie Stone
LL Cool J can’t remember his lines while filming “NCIS: Los Angeles”? That’s the claim in one of this week’s new tabloids, but Gossip Cop can exclusively set the record straight. An article in the latest issue of Star claims the rapper-turned-actor still struggles with reciting his dialogue even after eight years starring on the […] »
- Andrew Shuster
The Kennedy Center Honors, which airs annually on CBS, will not be attended by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, the White House has announced.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement on Saturday, which revealed Trump’s decision to sit out the ceremony. Honorees include legendary TV writer/producer Norman Lear, NCIS Los Angeles star LL Cool J, multi-platinum recording artists Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan and dancer Carmen de Lavallade.
The President and First Lady have decided not to participate »
In a statement released Saturday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the first family made the decision to skip the awards “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”
She went on to say that the Trumps “extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
The announcement comes on the heels of news that television producer Norman Lear, one of the evening’s honorees, »
- Dave Quinn
The decision comes after several of this year’s honorees — including Norman Lear and Lionel Richie — said they would skip the traditional White House reception that coincides with the December event in protest of Trump’s political agenda and his response to the white supremacist violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.
“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
The move is the latest sign of the backlash to Trump from the »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight will be riddled with celebrities ... and TMZ Sports knows some who will be front and center. Here's a partial list: -- Angelina Jolie -- Drake -- Elon Musk -- Diddy -- Mark Wahlberg -- Denzel Washington -- Charlize Theron -- LL Cool J -- Jamie Foxx -- LeBron James -- Bob Kraft -- Rick Ross -- Adam Levine -- Michael Bay -- Avicii -- Jeff Beacher There are other »
- TMZ Staff
Legendary TV producer Norman Lear has been announced as one of five of this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, but the “One Day at a Time” creator will boycott the annual White House reception over Donald Trump’s presidency. Gloria Estefan — who will also be honored alongside musician and record producer Lionel Richie, rapper LL Cool J and dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade — says she will attend and use the opportunity to press Trump on his administration’s immigration policy. “This is a presidency that has chosen to neglect totally the arts and humanities — deliberately defund them — and that doesn’t. »
- Reid Nakamura
Washington — Norman Lear is among the honorees of the upcoming Kennedy Center Honors, but he will be skipping a longtime tradition of the December weekend: an annual pre-ceremony reception at the White House, hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
The reason, Lear said in a phone interview with Variety, is over the way that the administration has treated the arts — including a budget proposal that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and its sister agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“I think the arts are important for our humanity, and that includes this administration,” said Lear, 95, who was preparing to record his latest podcast, “All of the Above.”
If Trump’s position changes on the arts and humanities, “maybe that will cause me to change my mind,” he said. Lear opposed Trump during the presidential election, and made some comparisons to the Gop nominee to his most »
- Ted Johnson
Rapper LL Cool J can add another notch to his belt; he just became the first hip-hop artist in history to make the Kennedy Center’s annual list of honorees. Nominating the rapper (born James Todd Smith) reflects the Kennedy Center’s efforts to celebrate a wider range of art forms, especially hip-hop, says NPR. In the past, honorees have come from more “traditional” art forms, like opera and classical music. But this year and last, the organization has diversified. It recently appointed Simone Eccleston as its first-ever director of Hip-Hop Culture. Last year, it appointed Q-Tip–of the hip-hop »
- Ashley Eady
The rapper Prodigy, half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died from accidental choking, according to a report from TMZ.
The site previously reported Prodigy choked an egg while in the hospital for treatment for sickle cell anemia. The rapper passed away on June 20 at the age of 42.
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary N.Y. rap duo Mobb Deep,” a Mobb Deep representative said at the time of his passing.
“Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago »
- Daniel Goldblatt
December’s annual Kennedy Center Honors, the first since the election of Donald Trump, will include prominent cultural figures who have been outspoken critics of the President and particularly his anti-immigration and anti-arts agendas, notably producer and writer Norman Lear. The five honorees chosen for the 40th Honors are singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J and musician and record producer Lionel… »
The Kennedy Center Honors will celebrate the careers of Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Norman Lear, Lionel Richie, and Carmen de Lavallade this December in Washington, D.C. Officials announced these five recipients on Thursday. It’s the 40th anniversary of the event in 2017 honoring entertainment artists for their life achievements of impacting American culture. Estefan […] »
- Chris Beachum
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