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The Blaxploitation films of the 1970's were always ripe fodder for satire, but it wasn't until some 15 years after their heyday when Keenan Ivory Wayans did it, when he starred, co-wrote and directed his 1988 film, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka". United Artists/MGM, which produced and financed the low budget $3 million film, obviously didn't have a lot of confidence in it at first, not exactly sure of what they had. As a result, they gave the film a very limited opening during the 1988 Xmas holiday season. But when audiences enthusiastically responded to it, it forced the studio to open it wider the following January, and it became a sleeper box office hit. The film stars several of »
PBS’ winter/spring primetime lineup, announced today, includes a two-part Ken Burns-directed film on Jackie Robinson, memorializing the life of the Major League Baseball legend - the first African American player in the major leagues. It'll air on Monday & Tuesday, April 11-12. And after announcing that the network had temporarily shelved its "Finding Your Roots" series in June, thanks to "Ben Affleck-Gate" (you'll recall the kerfuffle over the revelation that Affleck had requested that the episode in which he was featured and learned that an ancestor of his owned slaves, omitted), the series appears to be back on PBS' schedule, with a 3rd season still hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. It kicks off in January, with a lineup of 28 new guests, including Keenen Ivory Wayans, Senator John McCain, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and others. Also in April, Gates will host a second program titled "Black American Since Mlk: And. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” is returning to air after an April scandal involving Ben Affleck and censorship caused the publicly funded station to investigate its own series. The third season of the docuseries will feature 28 new episodes, starring Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Senator John McCain, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and others discovering their roots. It is scheduled to premiere Jan. 5. The public TV network started an investigation after it was reported that Affleck requested the program not reveal his ancestor owned slaves. Affleck’s request was revealed in the WikiLeaks archive of a leaked conversation between Sony Entertainment Chairman. »
- Linda Ge
Paley Center’s Hollywood Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television will feature guests including “Empire” star Terrence Howard, “Key and Peele’s” Keegan-Michael Key, recent Emmy winner Regina King. Tyra Banks, Diahann Carroll, Don Cheadle, Ava DuVernay, Louis Gossett Jr., Quincy Jones, Tyler Perry, Wesley Snipes, and Keenen Ivory Wayans are also among stars slated to attend to honor notable contributions made by African-Americans in a wide array of television genres: drama, comedy, news and talk, sports, and music-across seven decades. The evening will also feature a salute to Bet’s 35th anniversary, and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and. »
- Linda Ge
As summer comes to an end, we must say goodbye to another season of Last Comic Standing. The five remaining finalists have one last shot to impress the judges before Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm MacDonald choose the winner of season 9.
Who will it be? Is it an open race or is there an obvious frontrunner? And do any of these comics have no shot at the title? Let's take a look at the five contestants and see what their chances of winning are.
Is Norm Macdonald the best thing to happen recently to reality TV? The addition of the former "Weekend Update" anchor to Last Comic Standing's judging roster — joining a returning Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans — has lent the NBC competition some badly needed edge and comedy-world clout in its ninth outing: You're never quite sure what Macdonald is going to say about a performance, but you can be sure he won't censor himself before saying it. Elsewhere lately, Macdonald has been popping up as Colonel Sanders in a slightly surreal Kentucky Fried Chicken ad campaign — a
- Seth Abramovitch
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Meet the Top 10 comedians competing in season 9 of Last Comic Standing, which airs Wednesdays at 10pm on NBC.
The Top 10 finalists will be paired up in five head-to-head showdowns, as the judges -- Norm Macdonald, Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans -- narrow the field down to the Top 5 who will compete in the season 9 finale, airing Wednesday, September 9. The winner will receive a $250,000 prize package, which includes a cash prize, a talent deal and a development deal for their own TV show. »
Ready for round three of invitationals? I sure am. Friends, we know how it goes -- the winner of Last Comic Standing will win $250,000, a sweet NBC development deal, and the amazing chance to say that they won season 9 of Last Comic Standing. I'm sure it's an amazing way to pick up someone at a bar. "You might remember me from the television..."
As per usual, Anthony Jeselnik comes out and introduces Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr, and Norm McDonald. First up on the stage is Jamaican Drew Thomas. Is being Jamaican part of his act? Only time will tell!
Welcome to the second night of Invitationals! If we've learned anything from the first episode of Last Comic Standing, we know that every comic will bring something to the table, and Norm will be nothing but positive. Seriously, I await the moment where Norm just says "I totally hated your act." Maybe I'm speaking too soon. I mean, who knows what tonight will bring?
As we know, the ultimate winner of the show will be rewarded with $250,000, an NBC development deal, and the grand title. Hopefully they also throw a trophy in, or at least a plastic medal or something. You know -- something to put on display on the mantel.
Anthony Jeselnik takes the stage, and opens by saying that he's hosting solely because he couldn't say no to NBC. He then introduces our hosts -- Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr, and Norm McDonald.
Last year, NBC revived their twice-cancelled competition Last Comic Standing for an eighth season of 13 episodes. The ratings were good enough to earn a ninth season renewal, albeit with fewer episodes this time. Will the series be renewed for a 10th season or, will it be cancelled once again? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Anthony Jeselnik, Last Comic Standing is a talent competition that searches for the funniest comic in the country. The winner receives a prize package worth $250,000, which includes a development deal for their own television show. The judges are Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Norm Macdonald. Executive producer Wanda Sykes serves as a mentor.
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Well, friends... here we are. Another season of Last Comic Standing, with a brand new host, (Anthony Jeselnik), a brand new judge, (Norm Macdonald), and a brand new Roseanne (she's blonde now!) I saw Jb Smoove on a commercial for Rent.com recently, so hopefully he left by choice and not forced out by a heartless NBC executive. We're thinking about you, Jb.
As per usual, the winner of the show will be winning $250,000, a development deal, and the amazing title of Last Comic Standing. Tonight is the first of four Invitational shows, which means that jokes will be flying quickly.
Anthony takes the stage and introduces Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne, and Norm. Immediately after, we're introduced to Ryan Conner. He's one of eleven brothers (what?) and the amount of people in the house is illustrated further with a giant party sub. They have to fight for food in the Conner household, »
Norm Macdonald emits a vibe of genuine decency, much like Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. It can’t be faked, much as politicians may try. MacDonald, 51, takes his place at the judges’ table with Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans when Last Comic Standing returns on NBC July 22 at 9pm Et/Pt. After decades as a standup (he still does some 250 gigs annually), Macdonald has the experience to impart wisdom to those trying to make it in such a tough field. “Standup is more like a craft than an art so it can be learned more,” Macdonald says … Continue reading →
- Jacqueline Cutler
Back in 2004, Marlon, Shawn and Keenen Ivory Wayans released their "White Chicks" comedy, which was made for $37 million and went on to gross $113 million worldwide. A sequel was talked about for years without any progress. But now, Marlon updated his Instagram account with the following message: "Show of hands who wants to see the sequel to this? 300,000 likes and I may make this our next movie." At this point, the post has received over 400,000 likes, with an additional 700,000 likes on Facebook. Clearly there are lots of people who want to see "White Chicks 2." Marlon attempted to make the movie in 2009, but failed to get Sony behind him. Then last year, he revealed that the studio was nervous about moving forward because interest in comedies has dropped internationally. Apparently something has changed. Stay tuned. »
This certainly won't be the first time that a potential sequel to the 2004 Wayans Brothers comedy, "White Chicks," has been tossed around. In 2009, there seemed to be some real movement on one, which, as I recall, many of you who were readers of S&A at the time (all 50 of you), thought was actually a hoax. But it was very real. The Wayans Brothers and Sony were reportedly developing a sequel to the comedy, which was to see Marlon and Shawn Wayans reprise their roles as sibling FBI agents posing as a pair of white ladies. Keenen Ivory Wayans was said to be on board to direct the sequel, which all three »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.
Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015
Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.
1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.
Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs, »
- Alex Stedman
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »
- Kristopher Tapley
TV Summer Spotlight: NBC is nailing it hard with amazing returns of their hit series like “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” and gave us the trailers from NBC Summer Press Day! Check out brand new trailers below for Last Comic Standing (returning July 22 at 9/8c), American Ninja Warrior (returning May 25 at 8/7c), I Can Do That (premiering May 26 at 10/9c), and The Carmichael Show (premiering August 5 at 9:30/8:30c).#LastComicLast Comic StandingAnthony Jeselnik hosts a brand new season of Last Coming Standing, along with judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm Macdonald. Watch the 2-hour […] »
- April Neale
When Last Comic Standing returns this summer, the Artist Formerly Known as “Turd Ferguson” will have the last laugh.
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Also, veteran Comedy Central roaster Anthony Jeselnik has also signed on to host the upcoming cycle, replacing Season 8 emcee J.B. Smoove (The Millers). Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine) returns as executive producer.
A return date has not been announced by NBC.
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“Last Comic Standing” just booked two big comedians: Norm Macdonald will join the NBC reality program as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik will host the series. Macdonald will replace Russell Peters at the judging table, while Jeselnik is taking over for J.B. Smoove. Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans will return as judges for the eight-episode ninth season premiering this summer. This time around, NBC will invite 100 comics to vie for 40 spots, with the Top 10 moving into the single-elimination head-to-head rounds. The Top 5 comedians make the finals, and the winner will score a prize package worth $250,000 and »
- Tony Maglio
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