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Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mary J. Blige will reunite, this time on the small screen, as guest stars on the season finale of ABC's hit comedy "black-ish," in an episode set in the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, which airs this Wednesday, May 20, at 9:30pm. The episode, titled "Pops' Pops' Pops," finds Jack and Diane (Miles Brown, Marsai Martin) looking for clues about their roots for their class assignment, a history of the Johnson family. But they can't find anything out about the family's past. Pops (Laurence Fishburne) comes to the rescue with a colorful story of how "Pops' Pops' Pops," great-great grandfather, Drexler Johnson, bet the future of the Johnson family against a ruthless gangster, Elroy Savoy. Combs will appear as Savoy, the gangster in question, owner of the swinging Savoy club where the Johnson ancestors all met (including Anthony Anderson as Drexler and Tracee Ellis Ross as showgirl Bea »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Did you know ... "Blackish" star Anthony Anderson is friends with NFL legend Marcus Allen? It's true ... and yesterday at Lax, the guys had a pretty hilarious explanation for the whole Deflategate situation -- it all comes down to pee! The whole video is pretty hilarious ... with Anderson crackin' jokes just to get Marcus to laugh. Check out the clip ... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Who knew? The first African American to appear on television was famed Olympian Jesse Owens, who was featured on an experimental NBC broadcast in 1936.
This little-know fact and many others were shared Wednesday night at the Paley Center for Media’s tribute to African-American achievements in television. The gathering at Cipriani Wall Street was emotional and educational for many in attendance.
Oprah Winfrey was host for the evening which included special tributes to Cicely Tyson and Bet Networks, which is marking its 35th anniversary this year. The presentation offered a look at black achievements in a range of sectors, from news and sports to variety shows, drama and comedy.
Tyson, it was noted, was the first black actress to wear her hair naturally on a primetime series when she was a regular on CBS’ “Eastside, Westside” in the early 1960s.
“We’re not there yet,” Tyson told the crowd regarding equality on screen, »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Performer | Christina Hendricks
The Show | Mad Men
The Episode | “Lost Horizon” (May 3)
The Performance | As much as Mad Men‘s seven-season run has been about Don’s identity issues and Peggy’s quest to have it all, it’s also been about Joan’s fight to be taken seriously as a smart, beautiful woman in field full of men, their egos and their wandering hands. So it’s fitting that Christina Hendricks’ crowning episode was one in which she played Joan at both her hell-yeah highs and oh-no lows.
It started when Mrs. Harris, accustomed to the status she »
ABC has been looking for a compatible lead-out sitcom for Modern Family for some time and it looks like they've found it in Black-ish. The Wednesday night comedy has been picked up for a second season.
On Black-ish, patriarch Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) begins to wonder if his success has caused him and his family to lose touch with their roots. The rest of the family is played by Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Laurence Fishburne.
Anthony Anderson, who won an NAACP Image Award this year for his starring role on ABC’s “Black-ish,” has also earned kudos for his work on “Barbershop” and “The Departed.” But it was a part in the TV sci-fier “Alien Avengers” and in Nickelodeon’s Big Help-a-Thon that were his entre to Variety.
How did you get involved with Help-a-Thon?
I was on the Saturday-morning TV show “Hang Time.” When Nickelodeon asked me to come on, I jumped at that opportunity. It was about donating time to your community — and it was cool to just be a part of that movement.
How did you break into the biz?
I got an acting scholarship to Howard University, and then returned to L.A. I didn’t even have agents, but I would crash friends’ auditions. Casting director Jaki Brown-Karman saw something in me, and would call me for auditions. I was »
- Tim Gray
Yesterday, the nominations for the 5th annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced. The sister group to the Critics Choice Movie Awards, this is what could be looked at as a bit of an Emmy Awards precursor, if you will. I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to TV and this awards season (it’s mostly film or bust for me in that regard), but I watch a handful of shows and follow along with the race. Not enough to accurately do predictions, mind you, but I did think this nomination announcement was worthy of a mention. As such, today we have the list of Critics Choice nominees, which I’ll be revealing to you shortly. Among the titles that fared best this year with the nominations, we have Justified lead the way with five nominations. Following that, we have The Americans, The Good Wife, and Transparent with four apiece. »
- Joey Magidson
"Barbershop 3" is set for a February 19, 2016 release, with a cast the seemingly continues to grow, including additions, Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Regina Hall, who have all booked roles in the New Line/MGM threequel, joining the previously cast Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Anthony Anderson and returning stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve. Malcolm D. Lee is directing, from a script penned by "Black-Ish" creator, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Ice Cube's Cube Vision shingle is producing, with Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr of State Street Pictures as lead producers. Collectively, the first 2 movies grossed $140 »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Regina Hall, Eve and Common are also set to star.
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Ice Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” featured the same cast, with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing. The two “Barbershop” films combined for about $140 million in worldwide box office.
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros has slated Barbershop 3 for February 19, 2016, a weekend that so far is wide open. That February date wedges the comedy threequel right after the opening of Paramount’s Zoolander 2 and the weekend before Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro and Zach Efron. Barbershop stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Eve, Common, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson. This one was directed by Malcom D. Lee, who helmed the Best Man… »
Ah, the Critics' Choice Awards. Or more accurately, "what you wish the Emmy nominations looked like." Like the Emmys, HBO features heavily in the list this year (27 nominations), but unlike the Emmys, so does the very deserving FX (16 nominations). Even the CW gets a look-in here, along with individual and fantastic series like Wolf Hall (PBS) and Rectify (Sundance). The list may still not be perfect, but it's pretty darn close. The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, held by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, will be broadcast live on May 31st at 8 p.m. on A&E. Check out the full list of nominees below: Best comedy series Broad City (Comedy Central) Jane the Virgin (The CW) Mom (CBS) Silicon Valley (HBO) Transparent (Amazon) Veep (HBO) You’re the Worst (FX) [caption id="attachment_410423" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Fox[/caption] Best actor in a comedy series Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC) Chris Messina, The Mindy Project (Fox) Jeffrey Tambor, »
- Allison Keene
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The Critics’ Choice TV Awards, long a better measure of quality on the small screen than the Emmy Awards, unveiled the nominees in this year’s race today, with the final season of FX’s Justified and HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge both leading with five total nominations.
Other big winners include FX’s acclaimed spy drama The Americans, Amazon’s revelatory comedy Transparent, PBS series Wolf Hall (a latecomer to the field that clearly made a big impression), HBO biopic Bessie and CBS stalwart The Good Wife, all with four nominations.
From a different perspective, the most exciting nominations come in the form of the freshman nominees. You’re the Worst, one of my favorite shows of last year, is going up against HBO’s heavy hitters like Veep and Silicon Valley – ahead of its season 2 bow, the nod will certainly do wonders for the series, which FX has shuffled to less-proven sister network Fxx. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced the nominations for its annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, with HBO leading the networks with 27 nominations and FX coming in second with 17.
FX’s “Justified” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” tied for most-nominated series with five bids each, followed by FX’s “The Americans,” HBO’s “Bessie,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with four each.
“From streaming television to broadcast and cable, single-camera to multicamera productions, inventive reality shows to high-end drama series, this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards contenders really span the gamut,” said Btja president Joey Berlin. “It’s thrilling to continue to see such creativity and diversity in television programming, and as television journalists, it’s exciting to be able to share our favorites with viewers.”
The awards ceremony will be held May 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live starting at 8 p. »
- Whitney Friedlander
On May 6, the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. (Btja) announced nominations for the 5th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. These kudos at the Beverly Hilton Hotel will be broadcast live on A&E on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm Pt/8:00 pm Pt. (Read the full report on the nominations here.) -Break- Comedy Best Comedy Series "Broad City" "Jane the Virgin" "Mom" "Silicon Valley" "Transparent" "Veep" "You're the Worst" Best Comedy Actor Anthony Anderson, "Blackish" Will Forte, "The Last Man on Earth" Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" Chris Messina, "The Mindy Project" Thomas Middleditch, "Silicon Valley" Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent" Best Comedy Actress Ilana Glazer, "Broad City" Lisa Kudrow, "The Comeback" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" Gina R...' »
New series are ascendant in the Critics' Choice Television Awards nominations, but it's the final season of "Justified" that reigns supreme.
The FX drama topped the nominations list with five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor for Timothy Olyphant, and Best Supporting Actor for Walton Goggins. "Transparent" was the leading comedy, with four nominations.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Best Actress In A Drama Series
Eva Green, »
- Kelly Woo
We have added some photos from the 8th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sabra salsa to benefit the George Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 4, 2015 in Burbank, California. Guests included Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Joe Pesci, Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and Tim Allen (Last Man Standing). Photos by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The George Lopez Foundation. »
- James Wray
Malcom D. Lee's upcoming Barbershop 3 has spent the last few months putting together its cast, collecting both new and old faces, and today new reports are circulating that one more actress has signed on for a role. Nicki Minaj, best known for her career as a pop star, is once again heading in front of the cameras for a part in the new comedy. Variety was the first to report this news, and adds a few details about the character that Minaj will be playing in the movie. According to the trade's sources, the singer will be playing Draya, "the sassy new hairdresser of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop." Thus far, it has been announced that multiple stars from the original will be returning to the project, including Ice Cube (as Calvin Palmer), Cedric The Entertainer (as Eddie), Anthony Anderson (as J.D.) and Eve (as Terri Jones »
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.
Minaj will play Draya, the sassy new hairdresser of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop. She made her first screen appearance last year in “The Other Woman,” portraying the assistant to Cameron Diaz’s character.
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Ice Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” featured the same cast, with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing.
- Dave McNary
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