Drake, Kanye West, Migos and Tyler Perry got put through the ringer before being allowed to perform at Philips Arena in Atl ... while Amy Schumer and Bon Jovi got the VIP treatment. And why?? Blackness ... allegedly. A former Atlanta Hawks security manager -- who also ran event security at Philips Arena -- is suing the team claiming he was wrongly fired after pointing out a system of discrimination against black celebs at the arena, which »
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Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media announced Tuesday that he’s producing and fully financing “The Blood Spoon Council.” Duffy last directed “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” in 2009.
“The Blood Spoon Council” is titled after a vigilante group of the same name that hunts down and executes serial killers. When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group, the investigation is derailed by a game of cat-and-mouse.
Duffy is developing the feature “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em” and the comedy “Black Ghost,” which he is writing with Cedric The Entertainer. He’s partnered with Don Carmody of Dctv to create “The Boondock Saints: Origins.”
- Dave McNary
Cedric the Entertainer's family suffered nausea, nosebleeds, vomiting and vertigo because the Southern California Gas Company allowed an environmental catastrophe to unfold ... according to the lawsuit he just filed. In the docs, Cedric says the Gas Co. is responsible for releasing massive amounts of natural gas, hazardous chemicals and toxic pollutants into the air, starting in October, 2015. In SoCal the disaster's known as the Porter Ranch gas leak. According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, »
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After last year’s reasonably well-received Dog Eat Dog, director Paul Schrader has already embarked upon his latest project, First Reformed. Apparently more in the vein of his more dramatic works than the crime thrillers he has made as of late, it follows an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) who, while grieving the recent death of his son, begins to uncover the unsavory secrets and unethical connections of his church to shady companies. Amanda Seyfried also stars as a recently widowed woman who Hawke’s character befriends.
Given that preview images have already been released and the film is being sold at the Marché du Film at Cannes, as detailed by The Hollywood Reporter, it seems likely that First Reformed could be ready for fall festivals, and pending distribution, we could see it sooner than later. Also starring Cedric the Entertainer, check out the first images above and below, and read our interview with Schrader here. »
- The Film Stage
Not every exciting movie at Cannes has actually screened yet. That’s the case with Paul Schrader’s upcoming thriller “First Reformed,” which stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried as bereaved churchgoers who begin to suspect that not everything is above board at their congregation. Avail yourself of two-first look photos of the film below, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.
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Here’s the synopsis, also via THR: “In First Reformed, Ethan Hawke plays an ex-military chaplain who, after losing his son, befriends a woman (Amanda Seyfried) also suffering from the loss of her husband. As the plot thickens, Hawke’s character dives deeper into his church’s suspicious affairs, finding discovers hidden secrets of his church’s complicity with unethical corporations.”
- Michael Nordine
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Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts two first-look images for the film, one showing Hawke's chaplain character and the other of Seyfried (below).
As the plot thickens, Hawke's character dives deeper into his church’s suspicious affairs, finding discovers hidden secrets of his church's complicity with unethical corporations. Cedric the Entertainer (Barbershop, A Haunted House) also stars in the film helmed by Paul Schrader.
- Danielle Garcia
TBS has announced that Tracy Morgan’s new comedy series is going by the title The Last O.G., and will see him starring alongside Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man), Tiffany Haddish (Keanu), Allen Maldonado (The Equalizer), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief), Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story).
Created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, The Last O.G. sees Morgan as Tray, “an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man who is helping raise Tray’s twin sons who he never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls »
- Gary Collinson
In a new promo for his SNL hosting stint this Saturday (NBC, 11:30/10:30c, live coast-to-coast), the wrestler-turned-actor tries to save his strength for the show by having cast member Beck Bennett carry him around. But with The Rock in Studio 8H, the ensemble is soon jumping on his back.
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TBS ordered Tracy Morgan's new comedy to series, back in October. This week, during their Upfront presentation, the Turner-owned cable network announced the series is entitled The Last Og, and that Cedric the Entertainer, Taylor Mosby, and Dante Hoagland are joining the cast. The Last Og features Morgan as an ex-con who can't believe how the world has changed while he was in prison. The TBS cast also includes Allen Maldonado, Ryan Gaul, and Tiffany Haddish. The scripted comedy was created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, who are executive producing with Morgan, Eric Tannebaum, Kim Tannenbaum, and Joel Zadak. Read More… »
Tracy Morgan’s upcoming TBS comedy series has been titled The Last O.G., and The Soul Man alum Cedric the Entertainer has joined the cast along with Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story). The announcements are part of Turner’s upfront presentation today in Manhattan. Jordan Peele and John Carcieri created The Last O.G., which stars Morgan as Tray, an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released on… »
The Sony Pictures Television half-hour program will be set in a faux casino with giant dice, playing cards, streetwise questions and problem solving — in addition to the giant slot machine featured in the original. Snoop Dogg will executive produce the project with Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Moriniof Smac , Ted Chung of Snoopadelic Films, and Vincent Rubino.
“I’m a huge fan of game shows and The Joker’s Wild was my favorite show growing up,” said Snoop Dogg. “It always matched the flavor and personality of Snoop Dogg! Me and the Snoopadelic team are excited to bring back the show and put my own personal touch on it. Get ready ya’ll, it’s gonna be a wild ride!”
In addition to a series order for “The Joker’s Wild,” TBS »
- Daniel Holloway
Tracy Morgan's TBS comedy continues to build out its cast.
The half-hour centers on Tray (Morgan), an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (The Carmichael Show's Tiffany Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man who is helping raise Tray's twin sons who »
- Kate Stanhope
Anthony Anderson is headed to the desert.
The Black-ish star will host his 1st annual Anthony Anderson Celebrity Golf Classic May 21-22 in Palm Desert, Calif. The charity tournament — set for Bighorn Resort and produced by Hammond Entertainment — will benefit the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Mission and Boys & Girls Club of America.
“The primary mission for the Anthony Anderson Celebrity Golf Classic is to benefit non-profit organizations that »
- Chris Gardner
Charlie Murphy was laid to rest in NYC and his memorial service looked like a comedy hall of fame. Dave Chappelle, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Cedric the Entertainer, Donnell Rawlings and Neal Brennan all gathered to honor Charlie. Donnell and Neal worked closely with Charlie on "Chappelle's Show" and there were many callbacks to his hysterical work on the Comedy Central classic. For instance, Eddie Griffin captioned a pic from the service, "Darkness »
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Charlie Murphy was laid to rest on Wednesday, according to multiple social media posts from stars and family who attended the funeral service for the late comedian.
"Darkness is spreading… paying last respects to brother Charlie Murphy," Griffin wrote in a Twitter post with a picture of himself and others at the service.
The comedian, actor and older brother of Eddie Murphy died April 12 at the age of 57.
The late Murphy worked as a security guard for his »
- Ryan Parker
Charlie Murphy's family and friends gathered to lay the comedian to rest Wednesday evening and honor his life. Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and more comedians gathered together to pay their respects in New Jersey. Murphy, 57, passed away last week after a battle with leukemia. Cedric shared a photo of the group on Instagram. "Tonite we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy @neilbrennan @realdlhughley @georgelopez @eddiegriffin @donnellrawlings @davechapelle S/o @jaypharoah @affioncrockett #Capone #terryhodges #garfield," he captioned the picture. Donnell Rawlings also shared a photo of his friends paying »
Charlie Murphy‘s family and friends gathered in New Jersey on Wednesday evening to celebrate the late comedian’s life.
“Tonite we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy,” Cedric captioned a group photo that also included Neal Brennan, Eddie Griffin, Affion Crockett, Donnell Rawlings and D.L. Hughley.
“We love you charlie Rip keep doing it big,” Rawlings captioned a different photo of the friends. »
- Karen Mizoguchi
This story originally appeared on Essence.com.
As the world mourns and reflects on the life of Charlie Murphy, his last tweet offers a glimpse into life of the late comedian.
Murphy died after a battle with leukemia in New York City Wednesday. The actor, also the brother of Eddie Murphy, was a faithful tweeter. While it’s unclear if Murphy personally tweeted from his own phone, his account regularly sent out a tweet every morning and night. And in his last message to the world, Murphy appeared to be reflecting on the past.
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- Veronica Hilbring
A manager for Murphy tells Et that the comedian died Wednesday morning at New York Presbyterian Hospital from leukemia. His death was unexpected.
Murphy was 57 years old.
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On Wednesday, the Murphy family sent out a statement, thanking fans for their support.
"Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie," the statement reads. "Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won't be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us."
The late comedian's last tweet was on Wednesday morning, inspiring his fans to work hard.
Murphy recently toured with Cedric the Entertainer, [link »
The sad news was announced by Charlie’s manager, who told TMZ the comedian past away in a New York City hospital. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.
He made his feature film debut in the 1989 comedy “Harlem Nights,” alongside the elder Murphy. He then went on to appearing in films such as “CB4,” “The Perfect Holiday” and “Night at the Museum.” He also co-starred in TV series like “Are We There Yet?” “Black Jesus,” “The Boondocks” and “Meet the Blacks.”
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