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5 items from 2002


Schwarzenegger takes 'Chance' alongside Cedric

16 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cedric the Entertainer are in early negotiations to star in Intermedia Films' Joe's Last Chance for director Andrew Bergman and Outlaw Prods. A tentative spring start date is being eyed for the project, which reunites Schwarzenegger with Intermedia as the company is a producer on the star's upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures release T3: Rise of the Machines. Last Chance is described as being in the vein of Analyze This, and the script centers on a dedicated hit man (Schwarzenegger) who travels to a tropical paradise to terminate his "mark," to be played by Cedric the Entertainer. However, when the mark inadvertently saves the hit man's life, the hit man gives him a stay of execution and uses the opportunity to take a long-overdue vacation, sparking an unexpected friendship with the man he is supposed to kill. Outlaw's Bobby Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver and Scott Strauss will produce. Bergman, who came aboard the project in July, rewrote the script, which Intermedia picked up as a spec from first-time screenwriter Dwayne Smith two years ago (HR 6/13/00). In September, John Travolta had been in negotiations to star, but a deal could not be reached. Schwarzenegger, Cedric the Entertainer and Bergman are repped by CAA. »

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Schwarzenegger takes 'Chance' alongside Cedric

16 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cedric the Entertainer are in early negotiations to star in Intermedia Films' Joe's Last Chance for director Andrew Bergman and Outlaw Prods. A tentative spring start date is being eyed for the project, which reunites Schwarzenegger with Intermedia as the company is a producer on the star's upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures release T3: Rise of the Machines. Last Chance is described as being in the vein of Analyze This, and the script centers on a dedicated hit man (Schwarzenegger) who travels to a tropical paradise to terminate his "mark," to be played by Cedric the Entertainer. However, when the mark inadvertently saves the hit man's life, the hit man gives him a stay of execution and uses the opportunity to take a long-overdue vacation, sparking an unexpected friendship with the man he is supposed to kill. Outlaw's Bobby Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver and Scott Strauss will produce. Bergman, who came aboard the project in July, rewrote the script, which Intermedia picked up as a spec from first-time screenwriter Dwayne Smith two years ago (HR 6/13/00). In September, John Travolta had been in negotiations to star, but a deal could not be reached. Schwarzenegger, Cedric the Entertainer and Bergman are repped by CAA. »

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'Sugar,' 'Soul,' 'Bernie Mac' top Image noms

6 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox Searchlight's Brown Sugar, MGM's Barbershop, Fox Broadcasting Co.'s The Bernie Mac Show and Showtime's Soul Food are among the leading nominees for the 34th annual NAACP Image Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. The awards, to be presented at a March 8 ceremony and broadcast March 13 on Fox, celebrate achievements in 35 categories spanning motion pictures, television, music and literature. In the motion picture categories, the romantic comedy Brown Sugar led the way with seven nominations, including mentions for Queen Latifah, Nicole Ari Parker, Mos Def, Boris Kodjoe, Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs. Barbershop finished close behind Sugar, earning six nominations, including recognition for Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson and Eve Jihan Jeffers. »

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'Brady' renewed for '03; 'Cedric' plays back nine

15 November 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cedric the Entertainer and Wayne Brady got some good news Thursday in the form of renewals for their respective sketch comedy/variety series. Fox Broadcasting Co. gave a back-nine pickup to its Wednesday 8:30 p.m. comedy Cedric the Entertainer Presents, bringing its total episode order to 22. The show has had a slow start in the Nielsen derby, but Fox entertainment president Gail Berman said the pickup is "an acknowledgment of the belief we have in both the show and Cedric as a television star." Meanwhile, Brady is set to become a sophomore on the TV syndie circuit with a second-season greenlight for his entertainment/talk strip from the ABC owned-and-operated stations. The Wayne Brady Show from syndicator Buena Vista Television -- which is integrated with ABC under the Walt Disney Co. flag -- will now get a full national syndication rollout in January, said Janice Marinelli, president of Buena Vista Television, who announced the renewal Thursday. »

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Erskin has mind on Fox 'Vacation'

3 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Music video director Christopher Erskin is in negotiations to make his feature helming debut by directing Cedric the Entertainer in the road comedy Johnson Family Vacation for Fox Searchlight Pictures. A February start is being eyed for the project, which centers on the comedic misadventures of a man (Cedric the Entertainer) and his dysfunctional family as they desperately make their way cross-country to their annual family reunion in Texas. The project marks Cedric the Entertainer's first starring role in a feature, following such recent successes as MGM's Barbershop and The Original Kings of Comedy. »

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