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TV News Roundup: Russell Simmons Returns to HBO With ‘All Def Comedy’

14 October 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, producer Russell Simmons returns to HBO for comedy special “All Def Comedy,” and DeWanda Wise has been cast in Spike Lee “She’s Gotta Have It.”


Russell Simmons‘s HBO comedy special “All Def Comedy” will premiere Nov. 12 at 10/9c. The new show is comprised of uncensored special features and stand-up performances filmed in front of a live audience at the Avalon Theatre in September, and will feature a host of comedians, including Chris Powell, Zainab Johnson, Kevin Tate, and “Def Comedy Jam” veteran Tony Roberts.


Shots Fired” actress DeWanda Wise has been cast in the iconic role of Nola Darling in the upcoming Netflix comedy “She’s Gotta Have It,” Deadline reports. The series is an update of Spike Lee’s 1986 indie film of the same name, and centers around Nola’s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her job, her »

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

2 July 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A special edition of this confirmed '70s crowd pleaser?  I'm there. Robert Shaw has big plans to hijack a New York subway car, and subway cop Walter Matthau is determined to stop him. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 42nd Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date July 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date November 1, 2011 / 19.99 Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller, Rudy Bond, Kenneth McMillan, Doris Roberts, Julius Harris. Cinematography Owen Roizman Original Music David Shire Written by Peter Stone from the novel by John Godey Produced by Gabriel Katzka, Edgar J. Sherick Directed by Joseph Sargent

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I reviewed an MGM-Fox Blu-ray of United Artists' The Taking of Pelham One Two Three back in late 2011, and I can't »

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