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16 items from 2017


Dave Chappelle, Sheryl Underwood and More Bring the Laughs on ‘Def Comedy Jam 25’ Anniversary Special

4 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

“All comedy roads today, lead to Def Comedy Jam.” 

Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey, Martin Lawrence, D.L. Hughley and more of comedy’s heavy hitters reunited for a special night of laughs for Def Comedy Jam 25, a new special which began streaming on Netflix on Tuesday.

The comedy celebration was filmed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Sept. 9, and pays tribute to the comedians behind a show “responsible for more stolen cable than any other television,” as Chappelle joked. 

Chappelle, Harvey, Sheryl Underwood and Cedric the Entertainer kick off the 80-minute special playing as a comedy collision of self-deprecation and social topics like racism and police brutality, a sprinkle of politics (President Donald Trump comes up more than once) and tons of laughs, with appearances from Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams, Craig Robinson, Bill Bellamy, Mike Epps, Tiffany Haddish and many more. 

Exclusive: Sheryl Underwood Reflects on Humble Beginnings as a Comedian: 'We Didn't Have a »

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Def Comedy Jam at 25: Dave Chappelle, Sheryl Underwood, D.L. Hughley Get Political

25 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Some of the most iconic moments from HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” were about relationships, sex, and culture. But the comics who appeared on Russell Simmons and Bob Sumner’s stand-up show didn’t shy away from the current events of the time, either – everything from O.J. Simpson’s freeway chase to the beating of Rodney King and subsequent L.A. riots were fair game. So it’s no surprise that reuniting some of the best from the show’s original run for Netflix’s 25th anniversary special would come with ample commentary on the politics of today.

The “Def Comedy Jam 25” special, which was taped on Sept. 10 in Los Angeles, mixed live performances from Def Jam legends like Cedric the Entertainer, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tracy Morgan and Mike Epps with pre-taped messages from stars like Chris Rock and Kevin Hart as well as footage from classic sets.

Putting together so many quick-witted comedians under one »

- Danielle Turchiano

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Ed Helms-Owen Wilson Comedy ‘Bastards’ Changes Title to ‘Father Figures’

15 September 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has decided to lose “Bastards” as the title for its Ed Helms-Owen Wilson road comedy, opting instead for “Father Figures.”

The studio is keeping the Dec. 22 release date for the Alcon Entertainment production.

J.K. Simmons and former pro football player Terry Bradshaw, who is playing himself, are potential father figures to Wilson and Helms’ characters — who are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.

The brothers’ mother Helen Baxter (portrayed Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young. “I’m not sure who your father was,” she says in the first trailer for the film.

Ving Rhames, June Squibb, Katt Williams, and model Jessica Gomes — who plays the love interest of Wilson’s character — also star.

Lawrence Sher »

- Dave McNary

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Netflix ‘Def Jam Comedy’ 25th Anniversary Special to Include Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan

24 August 2017 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix is set to run a new “Def Jam Comedy” special in honor of the 25th anniversary of the HBO stand up comedy series, the streaming giant announced Thursday.

The iconic show originally ran on HBO from 1992 to 1996. It was also revived in 2006. Produced by Russell Simmons, the show featured and helped the launch careers of comedians like Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sheryl Underwood to name a few.

The lineup for the anniversary special currently includes: Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood and Katt Williams.

Stan Lathan, Simmons, Sandy Wernick and Jesse Collins serve as executive producers. “Def Comedy Jam 25” will launch exclusively on Netflix this fall.

Watch the first teaser for “Def Comedy Jam 25” above.

The special is the latest in Netflix’s push »

- Joe Otterson

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Netflix to Bring Back ‘Def Comedy Jam’ for 25th Anniversary

24 August 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix is bringing back “Def Comedy Jam” for its 25th anniversary, the streaming service announced Thursday. The teaser introduces a number of big names that’ll be appearing, including Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Adele Givens, Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Kid Capri, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Craig Robinson, Jb Smoove, Sommore, Joe Torry, Sheryl Underwood and Katt Williams. Netflix added that due to the big celebration, there will also be surprise guests, tributes and performances. Also Read: Jon Stewart Returns to HBO for First Stand-Up Special in 21 Years Stan Lathan, »

- Carli Velocci

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The List of Movies Leaving Netflix in September Might Make You Scream

23 August 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's that time again: Netflix is purging some of our favorite titles to make way for some fresh movies and TV shows. Although we'll be sad to lose movies like Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street right before Halloween, the list of new options (Beauty and the Beast!) is equally exciting. Without further ado, here are all of the movies and TV shows you'll need to say goodbye to this September. Sept. 1 Better Off Ted, season two Do Not Disturb Frailty Hope Floats Jackass: The Movie Julia Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja Rv The Batman, seasons one-five The Deep End, season one The Omen Wilfred, seasons one-two Something's Gotta Give Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tears of the Sun Scream A Nightmare on Elm Street Sept. 3 Drumline: A New Beat Sept. 4 The A-List Sept. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director

3 August 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight pleaded not guilty Thursday to a grand jury indictment accusing him of threatening death or bodily injury against director F. Gary Gray in 2014.

Knight was accompanied by members of his family in a Los Angeles courtroom; according to the Los Angeles Times, his son wore a T-shirt that read “Free Suge.”

In January, 2015, Knight was arrested on murder charges for running over Terry Carter while on the film’s Compton set with his car. »

- Variety Staff

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TV News Roundup: Discovery’s ‘Phelps vs. Shark’ Sets Ratings Records

28 July 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, David Haydn-Jones has been cast in a Hallmark Channel film, and “Phelps vs Shark” was Discovery’s highest-rated telecast ever in several demographics.

Ratings

Discovery‘s “Shark Week” special “Phelps vs Shark” was the network’s highest-rated “Shark Week” telecast ever in adults 25-54, women 25-54, and women 18-49, according to Nielsen data. The special also attracted 5 million total viewers. It saw Phelps attempt to outswim a great white shark, but many fans were disappointed Phelps didn’t actually get into the water with the beast, rather racing against a CGI shark.

Casting

Supernatural’s” David Haydn-Jones has been cast as the romantic lead opposite Autumn Reeser in Hallmark Channel‘s new film “A Bramble House Christmas.” Hadyn-Jones will play Finn Conrad, a young man who goes undercover to figure out why his father left a nurse $50,000. Once he meets her and realizes why, however, his original mission becomes less important than winning »

- Erin Nyren

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Atl Hawks Sued for Allegedly Treating Black Stars Like Criminals

6 July 2017 8:24 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Drake, Kanye West, Migos and Tyler Perry got put through the ringer before being allowed to perform at Philips Arena in Atl ... while Amy Schumer and Bon Jovi got the VIP treatment. And why?? Blackness ... allegedly. A former Atlanta Hawks security manager -- who also ran event security at Philips Arena -- is suing the team claiming he was wrongly fired after pointing out a system of discrimination against black celebs at the arena, which »

- TMZ Staff

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Katt Williams Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case Dismissed in Plea Deal

25 April 2017 2:26 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Katt Williams just got a big break -- the result of a plea deal -- his felony assault with a deadly weapon case has been dismissed. Katt's lawyer, Shawn Holley, was in court Tuesday when the judge threw out the case involving an altercation at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood back in 2014, when Katt drew a gun on a guy after his set. The alleged victim was someone trying to film Katt for a documentary. »

- TMZ Staff

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Katt Williams Strikes Plea Deal in Paparazzi Robbery Case

17 April 2017 5:33 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Katt Williams is dodging jail time for the alleged robbery of paparazzo in Bev Hills by copping a plea. The oft-arrested comedian plead no contest Monday to felony 2nd degree robbery in the case involving his buddy Suge Knight. The duo were accused of confronting a female photog back in 2014. She was recording them, when they got pissed and allegedly jacked her gear. Much of the incident was captured on camera. Katt was immediately sentenced to 3 years probation, »

- TMZ Staff

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Katt Williams Reaches Plea Deal in Camera Robbery Case

17 April 2017 5:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Katt Williams can scratch one legal entanglement off of his list. Comedian Williams reached a plea deal in a long-running case against him on Monday, pleading no contest to a felony count of second-degree robbery, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. In exchange for the plea, Williams was sentenced to three years of formal probation. The comedian was also ordered by a judge to complete 54 weeks of anger management classes. Also Read: Katt Williams Punched His Female Assistant, Lawsuit Says Monday’s plea deal stems from a Sept. 2014 incident, during which Williams stole a camera from a female photographer in. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Katt Williams Punched His Female Assistant, Lawsuit Says

22 March 2017 6:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the latest legal entanglement for Katt Williams, the comedian is being sued by a woman who says she was beaten and short-changed on her pay while working as Williams’ assistant. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Yadira A. Torres says she was hired as Williams’ assistant in 2012, and was subjected not just to underpayment but verbal and physical abuse. Also Read: Katt Williams Ordered to Pay $86K in Pool-Store Assault Lawsuit In one instance, Torres says, she rescued Williams from a car crash, only to be verbally abused by the comedian and restrained in a. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Katt Williams Sued by Woman Claiming He Was a Cheap, Violent Boss

22 March 2017 5:19 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Katt Williams was a violent, cheap boss who once held her captive in a hotel room ... so claims a former assistant and she's now suing him. Yadira Torres says she's the woman the comedian punched back in July 2016 at Sportsmen's Lodge restaurant in Studio City that landed Katt in jail. Yadira says that was the last straw but adds the abuse started long before that. In docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Yadira says Katt came up short paying her, »

- TMZ Staff

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Katt Williams Ordered to Pay $86K in Pool-Store Assault Lawsuit

8 March 2017 3:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Katt Williams’ pool-supply budget just took a big hit. The comedian has been ordered to pay more than $86,000 in damages stemming from a lawsuit filed by a pool-supply store employee who claimed that Williams clocked him in the face at a time when he was still recovering from brain surgery, according to plaintiff Paul Love’s attorneys. Love claimed in his suit that Williams came into Leslie’s Pool Supplies in Gainesville, Georgia, in February 2016 and piled 30-35 items on the counter. Also Read: Katt Williams Slapped With $1 Million Lawsuit for Allegedly Beating His Assistant According to Love, when he began to. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Katt Williams Ordered to Pay $86k for Bailing on Assault Lawsuit

8 March 2017 2:16 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Katt Williams' silence is golden for the brain surgery patient who sued him ... in fact, $86,000 worth of gold! A Georgia judge just ordered the comedian to fork over that dough to Paul Love, who sued Katt last year for allegedly punching him in the head when Love was 10 weeks into recovering from brain surgery. The legal victory was easy, considering Katt went Mia ... and never responded to the lawsuit. We broke the story ... Katt »

- TMZ Staff

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