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Michael Sam had a hell of a career playing college football at the University of Missouri. Seemingly headed for the pro-football ranks, Sam came out publicly as gay — a decision he would question as other players were selected during the 2014 NFL Draft for nearly a full three days before his own name was called.
Also Read: National Coming Out Day: 26 Out and Proud Stars (Photos)
“The draft was the longest three days of my life,” Sam admits in a snippet from his upcoming Own documentary. “I went upstairs and then I was thinking, should I have came out? Did I »
- Tony Maglio
Dave Chappelle's set at New Orleans's Saenger Theater on Friday night was entirely topical, with a heavy focus on Bill Cosby and police brutality. Chappelle referred to Hannibal Burress, who opened for him the night before, as "the guy who accidentally killed Bill Cosby," a nod Burress's role in resurfacing multiple sexual assault accusations against the comedian. (As you may have heard, they've since been joined by several other allegations.) According to Times-Picayune reporter Jarvis DeBerry, Chappelle also talked about being choked by a police officer in New Orleans when he was filming a movie for Undercover Blues: Chappelle said he was working on his "first movie" here in New Orleans. He was playing a mugger, he said. He was dressed for the part. The movie set was surrounded with police tape. He ducked under it. Then a police officer set upon him and immediately started choking him. »
- E. Alex Jung
Dave Chappelle had the audience laughing during his entire standup set at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans Friday. At the beginning of his set he mentioned comedian Hannibal Buress had opened for him the night before. "You know — the guy who accidentally killed Bill Cosby?" said Chappelle. Buress called Cosby a rapist in October, bringing a renewed focus to multiple allegations of sexual assault against Cosby. As the evening continued, Chappelle peppered his set with occasional Cosby references. On Thursday, Chappelle had told the audience a story about how he had been choked by a policeman while filming a movie years ago
- Lorena O'Neil
At a stand-up set in New Orleans last night witnessed by journalists from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dave Chappelle told the crowd he'd been choked by a police officer while working in the city decades earlier. Chappelle was riffing on the death of Eric Garner when he mentioned that he too had been the victim of police violence. The comedian claimed he was stepping off the set of one his first movies — likely 1993's Undercover Blues, in which he played a mugger — when a police officer came up behind him and immediately put him in a chokehold. Chappelle said the cop only let go after a female crew member intervened. When she told him Chappelle was an actor, the officer reportedly asked her, "Why didn't he say something?" And here's the kicker: Chapelle told the audience he wasn't even surprised by the chokehold. As a black man in America, he said, »
- Nate Jones
Nearly 20 years ago, Chris Rock's popularity skyrocketed. Today, he's still at the top of his game.
After stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color" and no film offers in sight, Rock thought he was already washed up. The young comedian went back to the drawing board, toured the country as a stand-up, and the result was "Bring the Pain." The 1996 stand-up special transformed Rock from "that guy" to "the guy" nearly overnight -- but he still never shined on the big screen. By nearly all accounts, though, that's all changed this winter. "Top Five" finds the comedian at the top of his game (no pun intended), a critically acclaimed feature written by, directed by, and starring Rock.
From his famous mentor to his rough school days, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Chris Rock.
- Jonny Black
Specifically, when it comes to the models.
Over the weekend, the 40-year-old Wolf of Wall Street actor was spotted leaving a South Beach, Miami nightclub with no less than 20 models, the New York Daily News reports.
"That f*cking guy," Chris laughs, talking to Howard Stern. "I love the guy. He's enjoyed himself. The mother f*cker -- if he's not doing a movie, he's 40 pounds more, with a fine mother f*cker, with a beard, and a f*cking model. 'F*ck y'all.'"
Clearly, Chris admires Leo's enviable personal life.
I thought this was worthy of sharing, in light of current events, if only to emphasize the fact that these occurrences aren't just a recent phenomenon, demonstrating how slow some things are to change, and just how much progress there still is to make. Digging into the archives, you'll find comedians from each generation - post Civil Rights movement - using humor to make social commentary; specifically, in this case, on relations between police officers and black people. In fact, I recall bits from the likes of Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock in recent years, speaking for my generation. The more things change... the past is prologue... Here's Richard Pryor, way back in 1978 (thanks »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Who can resist a party when it involves so much eye candy? On Thursday night, many a handsome man stepped onto the red carpet at GQ's Men of the Year Party in Hollywood, and let's just say we couldn't take our eyes off of anyone. (Hello, Chris Pratt!) The night honored a bevy of cool cover stars, including Ansel Elgort, Dave Chappelle, Steve Carell, Michael Sam, Chris Pratt, and one woman - Shailene Woodley. And the honorees weren't the only ones to capture our attention. Steamy celebrities like James Marsden, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, and Terry Crews made this one of the hottest parties to finish off the year. And just because the night was named for the guys doesn't mean there weren't plenty of sexy ladies, too - Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, and Hailee Steinfeld were just a few of the foxy females to take to the red carpet. »
He's off the team, but Michael Sam still has a lot in common with his former St. Louis Rams teammates -- throwing up the Ferguson "Hands Up" tribute last night with Dave Chappelle. The two were hanging out at the 2014 GQ Men of the Year party at the Chateau Marmont hotel on the Sunset Strip when they decided to throw up the hand signal to show their support for Mike Brown. Chappelle has been pretty »
- TMZ Staff
Shailene Woodley is the only woman featured in GQ‘s annual Man Of The Year issue. The magazine dubbed Woodley their “favorite new crush” and gave her her own cover, an honor bestowed upon Chris Pratt, Steve Carell, Michael Sam, Dave Chappelle, and her The Fault In Our Stars co-star, Ansel Elgort.
Woodley had a massive year with The Fault In Our Stars and action-packed Divergent hitting the big screen, but getting to know more about this self-proclaimed hippie is what made everyone fall in love. She marches to the beat of her own drum and isn’t worried about what the world thinks about some of her quirky habits — like brushing her teeth with clay. It may be a little unusual, but she tells GQ that she “would never give anyone else the power to change my personal virtues.” Yas, Shailene!
Shout out to #ShaileneWoodley for being @GQ’s Crush of the Year! »
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
Ansel Elgort is a perfect gentleman—and that's why he's one of GQ's "Men of the Year." The magazine's other honorees include Steve Carell, Dave Chappelle, Chris Pratt, Michael Sam and Shailene Woodley. The 20-year-old actor starred in two of the biggest movies of 2014, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. But instead of using his newfound fame for personal gain, Elgort is using it to further develop his film career. What else has changed? "What's changed is: 'Oh, you can go to this restaurant,' or 'You can go to this nightclub,' but I'm not really interested in that. I don't really care that some trashy girl, like, now all of the sudden wants to f--k me. That's »
Damn, girl. Shailene Woodley covers GQ's "Men of the Year" issue, and although she is most definitely not a man, she's in good company. The magazine's honorees include Steve Carell, Dave Chappelle, Ansel Elgort, Chris Pratt and Michael Sam. Apropos, Woodley has been dubbed the publication's "Crush of the Year." Woodley plays up her inner vixen for the photo shoot, modeling a T by Alexander Wang dress and Christian Louboutin heels. She also rocks a Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress and Azzedine Alaïa shoes. The 23-year-old actress has embraced her sexy side on the big screen, too. In fact, the actress has lost her virginity five times on camera. Woodley willingly recounted »
Say hello to one of your Men of the Year! Dave Chappelle—who has been given the GQ honor along with Chris Pratt, Ansel Elgort, Steve Carrell and Shailene Woodley (to name a few)—has made his official return to Hollywood after going ghost nearly 10 years ago (minus those teases of a comeback). Chappelle walked away from his legendary Comedy Central show in 2005, leaving fans wondering what happened to him and his memorable one-liners, but it looks like he's decided to get back into the game and he already has some interesting career goals. "For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I love television," he tells the »
Dave Chappelle gave "his first in-depth interview in nearly a decade" to GQ this month, and in it he addresses his abrupt "Chappelle's Show" departure, TV binge-watching habits, impressive selfie collection and whatever the hell is going on with D'Angelo's answering machine, among other topics. Check out our full roundup below. 1. Despite all but turning his back on show business for almost ten years, he still clearly enjoys entertaining people. In addition to playing ten sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall over the summer, GQ interviewer Mark Anthony Green notes that the comedian is driven to put on a show even outside a performance context: "He's also toting around a small, very loud portable speaker that is connected to his phone. And once in a while he'll just press play for a few seconds. The sudden blaring of A Tribe Called Quest makes the guests at the Beverly Hills »
- Chris Eggertsen
Kim Kardashian continues to give us a good look at her lady lumps, Dave Chappelle speaks to Donald Sterling‘s loss of the Clippers, Jaden and Willow Smith make us seriously question their upbringing, and more in Last Lap.
Kim Kardashian goes nude (sort of) yet again while launching her new fragrance. [Refinery 29] Dave Chappelle doesn’t think Donald Sterling should’ve lost ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. [TMZ] Jaden and Willow Smith make headlines with their bizarre joint interview. [E!] The Big Morning Buzz Live crew has some blind taste testing fun. Hayden Panettiere is hella pregnant in these recent bikini pics. [Popsugar] Anna Wintour looks back at the Kimye cover of Vogue. [Fashionista] Chris Pratt says he’ll be “Fat Pratt” no more. [Vulture] Check out “This Happened” from Logo’s new series Straight Out Report. Tila Tequila welcomed her baby girl Isabella Monroe Nguyen on Sunday. [E!] Your Backstage Bff, Ellie Lee, finds »
- Taylor Ferber
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Who said a Men of the Year list could only include the fellas? Props to GQ, which released its annual Men of the Year issue, for giving the kick-ass Shailene Woodley her own cover. You go girl!
After an incredible year that saw her star in two successful films (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars) and charm audiences with her Tmi interviews, Woodley is one of the “few” women featured in the issue — affectionately called “our favorite new crush” by the magazine.
Also gracing the covers are Chris Pratt, Steve Carell, Dave Chappelle, Michael Sam, and Woodley’s The Fault in Our Stars co-star and heartthrob, Ansel Elgort. We can all agree that these fine men (and woman) had stellar years, but who do you think reigned supreme? Hop into the gallery above to check out all six covers, and tell us who you think slayed 2014 in the comments below. »
- Taylor Ferber
Hulu orders Billy Eichner comedy “Difficult People” from producer Amy Poehler Eichner and his "Billy on the Street” head writer Julie Klausner originally filmed their pilot about a pair of difficult friends for USA. “Peter Pan Live!” changes the “Ugg-a-Wugg” song so it won’t offend Native Americans After consulting with a Native American consultant, the “Peter Pan Live!” has changed “Ugg-a-Wugg” to “True Blood Brothers” and removed any phrases like “the brave noble red skin” from the lyrics. Dave Chappelle wants to guest on every TV show -- and have sex with Olivia Pope The comedian tells GQ in his first extensive interview in years: “For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I’d be a zombie in 'The Walking Dead.' A corpse on ‘CSI.' I’d be the first black guy to »
- Norman Weiss
Comedian Dave Chappelle disappeared for a little while, but now he's back—and he wants to make up for his absence by being on all your favorite shows. "For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can," Chappelle told GQ in its December issue. "I'd be a zombie in The Walking Dead. A corpse on CSI. I'd be the first black guy to f-k Olivia Pope on Scandal." (For the record, Olivia Pope's boyfriend season-two boyfriend, Edison Davis, was black.) »
- Ariana Bacle
GQ included Dave Chappelle in its Man of the Year issue. In the interview, Chappelle talks about how his run of shows at Radio City Music Hall fulfilled a lifelong goal, and how they were "the end of any doubt that there was something real between me and the audience." With that goal accomplished, what's next? Barbecues! "I have all these weird fantasies. Going coast-to-coast on my motorcycle and having random barbecues all over America," he explains. "No show, no nothing." He just wants to see and meet people. "I like finding out new walks of life and new ideas." (Note: It will be "bring your own meat.") Beyond that, to make some money, he says he wants to do TV — all the TV. "For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can." What shows? "I'd be a »
- Jesse David Fox
Dave Chappelle’s off-beat comedic genius propelled him to stardom with his edgy comedy series, “Chappelle’ Show,” that premiered on Comedy Central on January 22, 2003.The show was an instant hit, and drew white, brown and black audiences with genuinely funny and raw, relevant, and outright hilarious takes on weed, race and pop culture.At the height of the program’s popularity, Chappelle and the series imploded. Only two seasons later, Dave Chappelle stopped appearing on his show and virtually exited the landscape becoming comedy recluse.Everyone was flummoxed, why after signing a $50-million contract in 2004 to shoot Seasons 3 and 4 — […] »
- April Neale
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