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Jason George took the stage at a crowded Montage Beverly Hills patio area Thursday evening to mark the celebration of diversity in the 67th Annual Emmy Award nominations. The patio was filled with attendees involved in showbiz — most of whom are considered a minority of some kind.
The third Dynamic & Diverse event from the TV Academy brought people from the industry old and new to celebrate the occasion. “Grey’s Anatomy” regular George, chair of SAG-aftra’s Diversity Advisory Committee, made a speech that touched on the “Empire” effect — or as he likes to call it, the “Shonda Rhimes” effect — that snowballed into the 2015-16 season having the most diverse television content in years.
“Diversity is good business,” he started. It was a statement that he had made last year before series “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” premiered. He continued, “I don’t know if we can do ‘All in the Family »
- Mannie Holmes
Fox has ordered a script for a father-son workplace comedy set in Las Vegas in the 1970s, Variety has learned.
The project hails from writer Elizabeth Beckwith and “The Blacklist’s” John Davis and John Fox, who will all serve as exec producers, along with Willie Mercer and Chris Henze. Sony Pictures TV, Davis Entertainment and Thruline Entertainment will produce the half-hour laffer.
The single-camera comedy would mark the first major producing gig for writer-actress Beckwith (pictured below). The Las Vegas native’s acting credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Coyote Ugly” and the 2010 short “Gleeclipse,” in which she starred, plus wrote, directed and produced.
This is not the first Sin City-set TV project for Davis and Fox, who are exec producers on NBC’s fall action-drama “The Player,” which also takes place in Vegas. Also up this fall, the “Blacklist” duo will serve as exec producers on Ken Jeong »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
To celebrate the release of Glee Season Six, available to own on DVD on 24th August 2015, we have 3 copies to give away.
Season six begins with Rachel (Lea Michelle) humiliated, her dreams of stardom in tatters, heading back to Lima for some home comforts and reassurance from Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison)… but she’s not the only one migrating back to William McKinley High School. Some friendly faces including Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) have also returned to the birthplace of The New Directions, along with season regulars Artie (Kevin McHale) and Blaine (Darren Criss). Back home things come to a head with proposals, break-ups and a desperate attempt to restore the arts programs that archrival Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) had banished from McKinley High.
Over thirteen episodes the cast are joined by other McKinley alumnae including our favourite cheerleading trinity Quinn (Dianna Agron), Brittany »
- Laura Holmes
A bevy of Hollywood A-listers have been named to Paley Center for Media’s Los Angeles board of governors, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.
Among them are Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and United Talent Agency founding partner Peter Benedek. CBS Entertainment chair Nina Tassler is the sole woman on the list.
The board’s goal is to offer the Paley Center advice and counsel in support of a mission to lead the conversation about the cultural, creative and social significance of media and its impact on our society. Also, said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, “The board will serve an important role in helping to ensure the Paley Center will continue to be a thriving cultural institution, must-visit tourist destination and the go-to place for television fans and the media-interested public.”
The full list of board of governors is below. »
- Whitney Friedlander
To celebrate the release of The Duff – which is out on DVD and Blu-ray today – we’ve got three fantastic prize packs to give away, which include a copy of the film on DVD, a vest, stadium up, iPhone case and a branded bag. Read on for details of how to enter…
Every high school loves their labels but when Bianca’s (Mae Whitman) world is shattered from the discovery that her entire school knows her as ‘The Duff’, she enlists slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell) to help shed her label and overthrow the school’s mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne).
As Bianca delves deeper, she begins to discover that nothing is as it once seemed: friendships are lost, relationships questioned and could her all-time crush, Toby, (Nick Eversman) be in on the game too? In a race to right these wrongs, Bianca sets out on a one-woman mission »
- Gary Collinson
The Duff, 2015.
Directed by Ari Sandel.
A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the Duff – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts.
In high school trying to fit in is one of the hardest things to do. Being friends with two of the most popular and attractive girls should help your popularity. At least that’s what someone would think until they find out they may only being your friends because you make them look better. That’s the situation we find Bianca (Mae Whitman) in when she finds out that she is her friends Duff, Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Bianca and her friends Casey (Bianca A. Santos) and Jess (Skyler Samuels) have been best friends »
- Jake Peffer
Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Chris Wylde, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney | Written by Josh A. Cagan | Directed by Ari Sandel
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favourite teacher (Ken Jeong), she enlists the slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell), to help take back her ‘label’ and overthrow the school’s resident mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne) reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s Duff.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there’s one genre I have a soft spot for, even as a thirty-odd year old man, it’s the teen movie. »
- Phil Wheat
Universal Pictures unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Ride Along" sequel, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, in addition to Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Glen Powell and Benjamin Bratt. Check it out below. Plot: As his wedding day approaches, Ben (Hart) heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Cube) to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. The new movie is set to hit theaters on January 15th, 2016. Trailer: »
A surprise comedy hit from the beginning of 2014 was Ride Along, that was made for around $25m and took just over $150m at the global box office. The action comedy hardly won rave reviews, but it certainly did enough business to get a sequel off the ground, and Ride Along 2 is due in cinemas in January 2016.
The movie reunites Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in the lead roles, with Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill and Benjamin Bratt amongst the cast. Tim Story, who directed the first film, as well as two earlier Fantastic Four productions, is back as well.
We've now got the first trailer for Ride Along 2, which very much confirms that it's business as usual here. Take a look...
The movie is scheduled for release on January 15th. »
Kate Simses (Mixology) is set as a regular opposite Ken Jeong in ABC’s new comedy series Dr. Ken. Written by Jared Stern, Mike O'Connell and Jeong, who is a licensed physician, Dr. Ken stars Jeong as a frustrated Hmo doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting — and succeeding at none of them. Simses, repped by Apa and Bleecker Street, will play Dr. Julie Mintz, a naive, ever-optimistic young resident at the Hmo. Mintz’s romantic worldview and desire to play by the… »
Fans of Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s Ride Along from last year will be pretty happy, because next year sees the inevitable Ride Along 2 (it earned $153.9 million off a budget of $25 million after all) hit the big screen. And the first trailer is here to let us know what we’re in for. So, yeah, more of the same. But Cube and Hart’s interplay seems to be on point, and there’s plenty of opportunity for Hart to roll out his trademark slapstick as the action relocates to Miami where the action and comedy promise to be bigger and bolder than before. Also, Ken Jeong is onboard for this one. that’s always a good thing. Released: 15th January 2016 (U.S.)/ 22nd January 2016 (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The duo of tough-talking cop James (Ice Cube) and his smooth-talking future brother-in-law Ben (Hart) are back for another adventure, this time tracking a dangerous drug dealer called Pope (Benjamin Bratt) in Miami.
The only problem is they're on a tight clock since Ben's wedding is just a few days away.
Ride Along 2 opens on January 15, 2016 in Us cinemas and on January 22, 2016 in the UK. »
"I'm not shaking your hand after that!" Universal has debuted the first official trailer and poster for Ride Along 2, Tim Story's sequel to the comedy hit from 2014 starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. The two actors/comedians reunite this time for an explosive showdown in Miami. Continuing the first film, the two partner cops from Atlanta head to Miami where they find themselves in even more trouble. Cue the action, cue the Kevin Hart comedy, etc. The cast includes Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Nadine Velazquez, Tika Sumpter, Glen Powell and Benjamin Bratt. If this is the sequel you've been waiting for, well - have fun. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Tim Story's Ride Along 2, direct from Universal's YouTube: A sequel to the comedy hit Ride Along from 2014, about a security guard who rides with a cop for a day in Atlanta. Kevin Hart and »
- Alex Billington
Universal Pictures released its first trailer for the comedy sequel “Ride Along 2” on Thursday. In the film, James (Ice Cube) and Ben (Kevin Hart) must travel to Miami to gather information on a dangerous new drug supplier named Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt). However, they have to make sure that their police work doesn’t keep Ben from his wedding. The film also stars Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong and Tika Sumpter. Tim Story returned to direct, with two of the original’s screenwriters, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, on script. Ice Cube is also producing under his Cube Vision banner. »
- Joe Otterson
Ice Cube (22 Jump Street) and Kevin Hart (Get Hard) will be reteaming and reprising their roles as James Peyton and Ben Barber, respectively. The first official poster for the film was just released a few days ago as well.
The first Ride Along may not have impressed critics, but it raked in an extremely large amount of money at the box office. On a relatively small $25 million budget, the film made close to $154 million worldwide.
Ride Along 2 is set for release on January 15th in the States and January 22nd in the UK, with a cast that also includes Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn. Tim Story, who also worked with Hart on Ride Along, Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, is returning to direct. »
- Justin Cook
The first trailer is out for "Ride Along 2," the sequel to the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart action comedy that took the January box-office by storm last year - turning a $25 million budgeted film into a $153 million hit.
Tim Story returns as director on the follow-up which takes the two leads to Miami with a case involving drugs, a wedding and Olivia Munn as a fellow cop. Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt and Sherri Shepherd also star in the film which opens January 15th.
- Garth Franklin
Last year’s Ride Along didn’t exactly establish itself in the annals of great buddy cop comedies, but it did manage to be a big hit with cinema audiences, thanks in part of the comic chemistry of Prime Grump Ice Cube and live-wire Kevin Hart. Naturally, a sequel was commissioned quickly and here’s the first trailer. We catch up with tough cop James Payton (Cube) in the middle of a sting (which appears to be a silly nod to parent studio Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise) when he’s loudly, rudely and slapstickly (not a word, but we’re birthing it) interrupted by security guard-turned-rookie cop Ben Barber (Hart). From there it looks to be a lot of the same, as Ben makes James’ life a living hell by screwing up as they try to take down a crime baron in Miami, all the while preparing for his »
No surprises here – Ride Along made a ton of cash and so Universal have hurried a sequel into the mix and here’s the first trailer. Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong are turning up for the continuation to the series, the film is coming out soon… Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning
- Jon Lyus
Next January, buckle up for another Ride Along.
Ride Along 2 opens in theaters January 15, 2016.
- Michelle McCue
After debuting the maiden poster for the anticipated action-comedy sequel earlier in the week, Universal has completed the one-two punch with today’s full-length trailer for Ride Along 2.
Reuniting the soon to be brothers-in-law Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) and James Peyton (21 Jump Street‘s Ice Cube), the footage sends the bumbling duo on a mission to the sun-kissed streets of Miami, and things get ridiculous in the best possible way. Striking all the chords of your standard buddy cop movie – over-the-top action and internal quarrelling – Ride Along 2 even features a wink and a nudge toward Universal’s Fast and the Furious franchise, replete with a well-timed cameo of its own.
Though the first film will go down as a critical dud, Universal, spurred by a $154 million turnover at the box office, is placing its faith in Hart and Cube once again for the sequel. Action comedies have traditionally »
- Michael Briers
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