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19 items from 2011


Up All Night Review: High Shticking

16 November 2011 8:08 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Molly Shannon guest starred this week as Nancy, Ava's employee who was anything but a superstar on this week's episode "Hiring and Firing." While she bordered on the absurd in a couple early scenes, Shannon seemed to find her groove by the end of the episode and was an overall success I thought. 

Reagan may have developed some blind spots since becoming a mom, but it was Chris who needed the cane and seeing eye dog. Even a blind man could have seen that the overly qualified and insanely hot Jesse was an amzing choice for Amy's babysitter though.  Instead he hired Nancy, the woman who couldn't handle a head set and a stack of post-it notes at the same time? Chris deserved ten minute misconduct for that move.

We still got plenty of awesome Arnett though as he expressed his frustrations about Amy's lack of affection and then later »

- cfohara4@hotmail.com (Chris O'Hara)

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Ben Stiller vs. Eddie Murphy

4 November 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

There are no two comedic stars who are as serious about comedy as Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and no two actors who have starred in such a bounty of diverse blockbusters. Murphy, his mouth spouting jokes at breakneck speed, is a natural foil for Stiller, who's at his best when shown struggling to comprehend the intentions of a stronger willed costar.

Lucky for us, the yin-and-yang pair (no, not because one's white and one's black -- we mean in temperament!) is about to collide in "Tower Heist." And, as a pre-game show, we're throwing this vertically challenged duo in the ring to battle it out. So let's get ready to rumble ... and/or read quietly to ourselves!

Full Name

Eddie Murphy: Edward Regan Murphy

Ben Stiller: Benjamin Edward Stiller

Advantage: Stiller. By co-opting Eddie's name as his own middle name, Stiller dominates Murphy in truly humiliating fashion. »

- Ben Freiburger

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Linda Blair in Savage Streets at the Hi-Pointe Midnights this Weekend!

1 November 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“They Raped her Sister!…Killed her Best Friend!…and Now She’s Crossbow Psycho!”

Savage Streets (1984) is a sleazy tale of high school revenge that’s a must for fans of gritty exploitation and over-the top action. Made during Linda Blair’s less-than-wholesome phase (posing naked, getting arrested for cocaine, dating Rick James, etc) eleven years after she turned heads with her performance in The Exorcist, Savage Streets features a hideous new wave soundtrack, great 80′s L.A. locations, punk outfits, lots of neon, and a cat-fight in the gym shower. Savage Streets is Linda Blair’s showcase film and her finest hour. The chubby, big-haired, spandex-clad vigilant-ette chews her way through atrociously vulgar dialog as she hunts down the gang who raped her deaf little sister (Linnea Quigley) and threw her best friend off a bridge. The climax is a classic as she shoots her would-be rapist in the »

- Tom Stockman

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Michael Bolton was Paula Abdul's babysitter -- revealed on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

11 October 2011 11:57 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Question: how many degrees of separation do you need to connect Michael Bolton and Paula Abdul. Answer: only one (and a Skype connection).

It was revealed on last night's (Oct. 10) "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that a young Michael Bolton babysat a young Paula Abdul. Cue the 80s explosion. Apparently, Bolton was friends with Abdul's older sister which meant that someone had to occasionally watchdog the future reality judge. Bolton was mum on a mysterious incident involving a pencil stabbing and a hospital trip, but all is seemingly forgiven as Jimmy Kimmel sat by and facilitated a somewhat awkwardly long lovefest.

They were too young for "When a Man Loves a Woman" or "Opposites Attract," but we're sure it was "Straight Up" adorable. And it ranks number 3 on our fantasy list of 80s babysitter relationship.  You want to see the list, you say?

5. Rick James babysits Tina Yothers  

4. Patrick Duffy babysits Emmanuel Lewis »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Linda Blair Opens Up About Rick James Romance

7 September 2011 12:09 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Actress Linda Blair has opened up about her unlikely 1980s romance with tragic funk icon Rick James, confessing the relationship was doomed because of the singer/songwriter's cocaine habit. The Exorcist star was just 22 when she fell for the Super Freak singer after spotting his photo in a magazine and the couple enjoyed a two-year friendship, although Blair is coy about how romantic she and James were. In a new documentary, Rick James: Behind The Music Remastered, she says, "I wouldn't say that we were as romantic as people probably wished that we were, or thought that we were." James wrote his hit Cold Blooded about his relationship with the actress and she was thrilled, but a little confused: "Cold Blooded is, 'You're hot!' Cold Blooded is a compliment. That was pretty nice that he wrote that about me. I don't see it, but Ok." The couple drifted »

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Blair Opens Up About Rick James Romance

6 September 2011 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Linda Blair has opened up about her unlikely 1980s romance with tragic funk icon Rick James, confessing the relationship was doomed because of the singer/songwriter's cocaine habit.

The Exorcist star was just 22 when she fell for the Super Freak hitmaker after spotting his photo in a magazine and the couple enjoyed a two-year friendship, although Blair is coy about how romantic she and James were.

In a new documentary, Rick James: Behind The Music Remastered, she says, "I wouldn't say that we were as romantic as people probably wished that we were, or thought that we were."

James wrote his hit Cold Blooded about his relationship with the actress and she was thrilled, but a little confused: "Cold Blooded is, 'You're hot!' Cold Blooded is a compliment. That was pretty nice that he wrote that about me. I don't see it, but Ok."

The couple drifted apart in 1984 as James' drug problems started to take control of his life - and Blair decided to move on.

She reflects, "I could not bear to be around that. It wasn't healthy for me and it wasn't healthy for him, so I chose after a while to walk away."

James died in August 2004. »

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Teyana Taylor -- Bloodied in Brawl With Director

1 September 2011 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Rapper/actress Teyana Taylor claims she and a movie director got into an all out bloody brawl ... because he ignored her pleas to be taken home while she dealt with an abscessed tooth. Teyana and the director -- Jean-Claude La Marre -- were filming "Gang of Roses 2" last weekend outside L.A. ... when Teyana asked to be taken home because the pain was just too much to bear. According to 20-year-old Teyana, she asked multiple »

- TMZ Staff

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Lmfao: 'Rick James put out the doobie for me'

21 July 2011 8:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lmfao star Redfoo has said that "Rick James put out the doobie" when he visited him years ago. The musician is the son of record producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy and admitted to Metro that he met many of the label's stars when he was growing up. Redfoo said: "Yeah but they were tamed and a little more mature by the time I met them. "I saw the respectful, calm side of people like Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, even Rick James put out the doobie when he came around." Asked about his inspirations, he added: "Rick James, Michael Jackson, my brother Rockwell, Eddie Murphy's song 'Party All The Time'. "My mom made the first Rick James videos and I'd (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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René Magritte: enigmatic master of the impossible dream

20 June 2011 6:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On the eve of a major Magritte exhibition, artists with an eye for the peculiar reveal why they love the witty Belgian surrealist

Terry Gilliam Film director and former member of Monty Python

It wasn't until I'd seen Magritte's work collected together in an exhibition at the Tate, at the end of the 1960s I think, that I realised just how incredibly funny his stuff was. People walk around these exhibitions in a religious state of awe and I just walked round this one laughing uncontrollably. Until then, I'd always thought of Magritte as having an interesting and intriguing mind – the way he would turn things inside out or make that which was solid suddenly not solid. But suddenly here he was, this wonderfully dry joke teller. The work that really struck me that day was The Man in the Bowler Hat [1964]. He'd spent months painting a guy in a bowler hat and then, »

- Imogen Carter

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Dave Chappelle Coming Back to TV?

17 June 2011 10:12 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

A number of years back, Dave Chappelle was at the top of his game. He had his own sketch comedy show on Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show, which received two Emmy nominations and garnered critical praise for its parodies of politics and racial stereotypes. It became very popular, especially for its Rick James sketch, which spawned the catchphrase “I’m Rick James, bitch!” Chappelle showed dissatisfaction for the way the show was heading and how much of his time it took to run it.

Recently a rumor cropped up that Chappelle was considering returning to the small screen by making a deal with a subscription site like Netflix or Hulu. The idea is he would have more creative control than he did on Comedy Central. Entertainment Weekly spoke with Chappelle’s reps that denied any kind of return to TV was being considered right now. A source said, “He’s enjoying his life, »

- Brody Gibson

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Black Music Month: The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Singers

6 June 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Essence | See recent Essence news »

Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveBecause Music Has No Color...Music is the universal language of love, this we know, and artists like Adele remind us that music has no color. As we celebrate Black Music Month, we can't forget the White singers who have moved us over the years. From Adele and Teena Marie to Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, here are the best blue-eyed soul singers we've ever heard.Teena MarieThe music industry held its heart and wept on December 26, 2010 when it learned that Teena Marie had passed away at age 54. The former protégé of Rick James has given us such timeless hits as "Square Biz" and "Ooh La La La." She will be dearly missed.Robin ThickeWe call Robin Thicke our honorary brother because we can't help but want to claim that smooth, sweet vibrato for ourselves. Plus the "Lost Without You" and "Sex Therapy" singer appreciates our »

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Watch Trailer For “Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone”

13 April 2011 11:39 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Still on the festival circuit, Everyday Sushine: The Story of Fishbone makes a pit stop at the Atlanta Film Festival this month.

The documentary, directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, covers the rise and fall of the popular musical group Fishbone, an 80′s underground group known for their ska-punk-funk sound.

The film delves into many issues including why they never received mainstream success as their white counterparts did and their never-ending dilemma of being “too white” for black audiences and “too black” for white audiences.

Synopsis:

Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about Fishbone, musical pioneers rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980′s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Suave but serious, Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic »

- Cynthia

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Not A Mad Lib: Deer Guards Goose Nest At Buffalo Cemetary

11 April 2011 9:39 AM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

This sounds like somebody just threw a bunch or random words together and then made up a news story about it, but apparently, a deer actually is standing guard and protecting a goose and her nest at a Buffalo, New York cometary. Millard Filmore and Rick James are also somehow characters in this psilocybin soaked woodlands tale. For at least four days, the buck stood guard near the nest of a Canada goose as she sits on her eggs inside a large urn at Forest Lawn cemetery, home to the remains of President Millard Fillmore and rock icon Rick James. “He does appear to be guarding the goose, as it were,” Erie County Spca Wildlife Administrator Joel Thomas said. “He’s within touching distance of her — there’s no doubt what’s going on.” Employees at the cemetery were alerted to the situation after the animal positioned itself between the »

- Noah Garfinkel

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Twitter Updates for 2011-04-07

6 April 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Check the article date, @mujikitty: Prt @ConnieMolitoris « ty, nice art Rt @comicmix: DC Comics…Prosecute Tat's: http://t.co/OMDNR2t # Rt @thejillthompson: Record Labels May Owe Artists Close To $2 Billion; Lawsuits Ramp Up With Rick James In The Lead http://t.co/vcHVDhv # About bloody time. Rt @tordotcom: @neilhimself talks about the upcoming Good Omens TV mini-series http://dld.bz/TBXf # Amen! Rt @FilmThreat: Anywho, can't wait for the next stages in the ex-Cinematical crew's future; I know they'll kick ass. # Of Course Kevin Smith is financing his next film this way, he's done it before: http://ow.ly/1so6vh Get memorabilia cheap! #

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- Glenn Hauman

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Baz Luhrmann Talks in Circles About ‘The Great Gatsby’

14 March 2011 12:36 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A lot of the details have already come to light about Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic “The Great Gatsby”. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire are said to be in the cast as well. It has an August shooting date in Australia. It is going to be filmed in 3D. But when Vulture ran into Luhrmann at a dinner party and tried to get him to comment on the film, he kind of said it wasn’t happening. Luhrmann initially says, “I’m not doing Gatsby right now … despite what might be out there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I say it, it’s not said, you know.” In the beginning there was the word. So I guess none of the pretty concrete stuff people have been reporting about this project is true. Luhrmann has not said that he is making The Great Gatsby »

- Nathan Adams

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For Your Consideration: The 2011 Westminster Dog Show

16 February 2011 2:50 PM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Best Sign From Your Local Bitches Produce Man The Biggest Poser Most Likely To Need Activia Never, Ever Feed It After Midnight Most Tempting Appetizer This Dog Has Been Dead For 4 Days And No One’S Noticed Most Terrified Football Winner Of “Smallest Bellybutton Lint” Sickest Sex Game Most Romantic Homecoming Couple Can You Spare A Square? No. I Don’t Have A Square To Spare. Paws Most Likely To Make Spongebob Squarepants Tink Tink Tink Sounds Wanting To Go Home He Is And Then There Was The Time That Dog Stuck His Paw In A Toaster Most Suspicious Side-eye Put This Dog In A High Chair And Call It A Life Dog We Wish Would Say “Surreal, But Nice” Due To His Resemblance To Actor Hugh Grant Worst Guitar Solo Looks Like Cheryl’S Hidden Peanut Butter Up One Of Her Orifices Again Oh No. The Collies Have Been Mixed Up At Camp Again. »

- Michelle Collins

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Biopics We Would Love to See

15 February 2011 9:45 AM, PST | Essence | See recent Essence news »

Biopics We Would Love To SeeCelebrity BiopcsJennifer Hudson recently announced she would be "honored" to play the "Queen of Soul" in an upcoming biopic if ever she were asked. Chris Rock had also expressed interest in playing Richard Pryor, while Common recently said that he'd like to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic. Luckily for Common, British director Julian Temple recently announced that he is working on a biopic of Gaye. This got us to thinking: what icons with an amazing back-story would be worthy of a film? Then, what actor would be able to carry the role? Here are our picks for icons whose lives included all the controversy, sensationalism, and tragedy needed for a film, and the actors we think could tell their story...Amber Riley and Chaka KhanAmber Riley loves her some Chaka Khan. So much so that she's partnered with Essence to petition "Glee" to do »

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The Rules of Movie Quoting

7 February 2011 1:29 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

If I didn't quote movies, I might not be married.

I have a weird memory for dialogue. If you asked me what I ate for lunch yesterday, it could take me ten minutes of piecing my week together to figure it out. If you asked me to tell you what George Costanza said to Jerry Seinfeld when Jerry announced he wasn't going to have a menage a trois with two women, I'd have the answer instantly ("What? Are you crazy?!? This is like discovering plutonium by accident!!!"). It's just this strange way I'm wired. I've gotten a rotten brain. "It's Rotten, I Tell Ya! Rotten!"

How'd this antisocial behavior land me such a beautiful wife? Despite my incredible physique and raw animal magnetism, I was a bit of a dork when I was 19 years old. I used to quote a lot of stuff, but my favorite was "Austin Powers" and its sequel. »

- Matt Singer

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Domino’s Fires Legitimate Pizza Genius

11 January 2011 7:49 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Well, you really did it this time, Domino’s Pizza. No, not make delicious, freshly baked pies. (Are they a sponsor? I digress.) You just happened to fire a Legitimate Genius who was an assistant manager at one of your stores. If this “Employee Record Warning” is to be believed, one of your employees, albeit one who may or may not have had a drug problem, rolled into one of your distinguished pizzerias and began espousing the sort of information that only the President of Mensa would care about. Talk of Narwhales and Rick James. For God’s sake, this man could recite Pi to the 46th digit!! And did you make him President of the company? No. You fired him like so many large pepperonis. I mean really, who uses the word “porcine”? Other than this guy? (Via!) »

- Michelle Collins

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