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Round-Up: The Strain, The Walking Dead: Season 3 Video Game, Distiller, Pernicious

14 May 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you can't wait for the second season premiere of the FX series, The Strain, to air this summer, then you are in luck. FX, Instructure, and the University of California, Irvine teamed up to create an online course that is available and free to the public. Also in this round-up: a status update on The Walking Dead: Season 3 video game, a trailer from Distiller, and an interview with Ciara Hanna from Pernicious.

Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX's The Strain: Press Release -- "FX, Instructure and the University of California, Irvine today announced the joint production of a massive open online course (Mooc) exploring a broad range of scholarly topics through the lens of the biological parasite and cyber virus themes presented in the FX original series, "The Strain" from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. The course will be offered for free leading into »

- Tamika Jones

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My one regret after losing (and snapping) on "Jeopardy!"

9 May 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Like nearly everybody you see on "Jeopardy!", I'm obsessed. "Jeopardy!" is my oldest and strongest pop culture fixation, and at this point it stimulates a part of my brain that no Trivial Pursuit card -- even the ones from 1982 featuring obscure Kim Carnes factoids -- can reach. "Jeopardy!" is about speed, reflexes, trivia, and showing off. It is not civil. It is "Bad Girls Club" for nerds, and you better believe I wanted to bludgeon Ken Jennings with my knowledge of deserts and Best Pictures during his legendary win streak in 2004.  So when I got the call to be a contestant on "Jeopardy!" in January of this year, I didn't panic. I snickered and purred like Cruella and awaited the bloodshed, and I didn't mind if the blood was my own. Part of being a true "Jeopardy!" fan is knowing that you can lose and lose hard. It's always incredibly »

- Louis Virtel

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25 years later: How 'In Living Color' broke sketch comedy's race barrier

14 April 2015 9:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Kelly Coffield, T'Keyah 'Crystal' Keymáh and Kim Wayans on drawing from experience

14 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As Kim Wayans says in our extended feature on the 25th anniversary of "In Living Color," her brother Keenen was always encouraging on-screen talent to draw on real-life circumstances and relationships to inject truth into their work. That was, as Damon Wayans explains, the big difference between "Saturday Night Live," a writer-driven show, and "In Living Color," a character-driven show where actors were eventually encouraged to pitch characters and concepts and work them out with the writers. It's no surprise, then, that some of these characters would have personal connections with the performers. As you can see in anecdotes from Kelly Coffield, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Kim Wayans, quite a few of them in fact came from other corners of their lives, be it someone they knew or something that would just organically spring to life in the day-to-day camaraderie of the show. Learn more about the inspirations behind classic characters like Benita Butrell, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Damon Wayans on the inspiration behind Homey D. Clown, 'Men On…' and more

14 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Damon Wayans was the second major cast member from "In Living Color" to leave the show, after Kim Coles. He departed following the third season to pursue a big screen career, starring in films like "The Last Boy Scout," "Blankman" and "Major Payne." But during his time with the show, he left an unmistakable signature that can be felt across a number of colorful characters. Think of "In Living Color" and you're bound to have the image of an angry, put-upon clown flash through your head (Homey D. Clown), or perhaps a pair of flamboyant critics giving the weekend's latest release "two snaps up" ("Men On…"). These were some of Wayans' trademark sketches, coming at a time when, as he says in our extended feature on the series' 25th anniversary, he was eager for redemption after being fired from "Saturday Night Live." Here are the beginnings and inspirations for those sketches and more, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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What movie, TV show or music did your parents ban from you as a kid?

25 March 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Raunchy comedies. Scary movies. Songs with explicit lyrics. Space, the final frontier. When we're kids, we're frequently banned from checking out films, TV, music or other entertainment before we're "ready." Whatever that means. At HitFix, we discovered there's a range of what was banned in our households when we were children. Some folks like lucky-duck Gregory Ellwood had no bans at all. Some bans didn't hold. Some bans were so intense, they blanketed all corners of media. Below are some of our staffers sounding off on what wasn't allowed in their household. Share with us in the comments what stuff you couldn't watch or hear. Chris Eggertsen - "Married...With Children" "Married...With Children" was like the Devil in our house, and here's the kicker: I'm almost positive my mother never watched it before banning it. It was enough that a random Christian woman living halfway across the country whom »

- Katie Hasty, HitFix Staff

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Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps Have Major Crushes on Marlon Wayans

19 March 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's official: Marlon Wayans is the hottest, best-smelling man in the world - at least according to Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps. Kaling, 35, swooned via Twitter on Thursday about meeting the In Living Color alum, Tweeting, "I just met Marlon Wayans and he is legit the hottest guy in the world." I just met Marlon Wayans and he is legit the hottest guy in the world— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 19, 2015 The Cougartown wasted no time chiming in her agreement. "And he smells better than anyone I've ever met," she Tweeted. (Philipps costarred with Wayans in 2004's White Chicks.) .@mindykaling and »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps Have Major Crushes on Marlon Wayans

19 March 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's official: Marlon Wayans is the hottest, best-smelling man in the world - at least according to Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps. Kaling, 35, swooned via Twitter on Thursday about meeting the In Living Color alum, Tweeting, "I just met Marlon Wayans and he is legit the hottest guy in the world." I just met Marlon Wayans and he is legit the hottest guy in the world— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 19, 2015 The Cougartown wasted no time chiming in her agreement. "And he smells better than anyone I've ever met," she Tweeted. (Philipps costarred with Wayans in 2004's White Chicks.) .@mindykaling and »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps Have Major Crushes on Marlon Wayans

19 March 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's official: Marlon Wayans is the hottest, best-smelling man in the world - at least according to Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps. Kaling, 35, swooned via Twitter on Thursday about meeting the In Living Color alum, Tweeting, "I just met Marlon Wayans and he is legit the hottest guy in the world." I just met Marlon Wayans and he is legit the hottest guy in the world— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 19, 2015 The Cougartown wasted no time chiming in her agreement. "And he smells better than anyone I've ever met," she Tweeted. (Philipps costarred with Wayans in 2004's White Chicks.) .@mindykaling and »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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20 Fun Facts About the Cast, Judges and Hosts of Dancing with the Stars Season 20

16 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The 10th anniversary cast of Dancing with the Stars boasts plenty of recognizable names, but how well do you really know the 12 stars who will be facing off for this year's mirror ball trophy? Here are 13 surprising facts about the cast - plus some bonus trivia about the returning judges and hosts.1. Glee's Riker Lynch is related to pro Derek Hough and his sister Julianne, a judge and former pro.Lynch is actually a cousin of the Houghs, telling E! that he "doesn't see them very often, but we're cool." Even though they'll be competing against each other on the dance floor, »

- Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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Jamie Foxx Talks Playing Mike Tyson with Martin Scorsese Directing

13 March 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

On today's podcast we talked about this very thing, though I forgot Jamie Foxx has been talking about playing Mike Tyson in a biopic on the fighter's life since 2005, and things have only been picking up since then. In 2008 Tyson talked about it and last year it was announced Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) would pen the screenplay with Foxx in mind to star and Tyson told IGN once again that Foxx would star and it looked like Martin Scorsese would be involved in some capacity. Today the story gets even bigger. In an interview with Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" (included just below), Foxx said, "I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson. So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side doing »

- Brad Brevet

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NBC Comedy to Star Jerrod Carmichael, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine

10 March 2015 5:20 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC has greenlit six episodes of a multi-cam sitcom starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael, Grey’s Anatomy Emmy winner Lorette Devine and In Living Color alum David Alan Grier.

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Exec-produced by Carmichael, Neighbors director Nick Stoller and Playing House‘s Ravi Nandan, the as-yet-untitled comedy is inspired by Carmichael’s real-life relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father (to be played by Grier), his therapist-in training girlfriend (Greek‘s Amber Stevens West, right), his ever-hustling brother (Friends of the People‘s Lil Rel Howery) and his mother (Devine) who is “always, always, always right with Jesus. »

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Larry Wilmore Couldn’t Have Guessed Jamie Foxx Would Go from ‘In Living Color’ to Oscar

10 March 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Long before Larry Wilmore came under the tutelage of Jon Stewart and eventually landed his own late-night panel, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, he was just another comedian trying to make it in the TV biz.

The 53-year-old host’s earliest gigs including writing for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister, Sister, and the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. The latter featured a cast that included then unknowns, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez as a dancing ‘Fly Girl’.

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“I had no clue. Absolutely not,” Wilmore tells The New York Times when asked if he could have imagined how big Lopez or Foxx would become. “There was no way to predict that.”

“Not only J. Lo; I would never have guessed Jamie Foxx would win an Oscar,” Wilmore adds, noting Foxx’s Academy Award win for Best Actor a decade after leaving »

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Tommy Davidson Joins Indie Road Comedy ‘Frat Pack’

9 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Tommy Davidson has been set in Richard Reid’s indie comedy Frat Pack, described as “Road Trip meets Bridesmaids meets Project X with a little American Pie thrown in. Davidson, the comedian who was probably best known for his Sammy Davis, Jr. and Michael Jackson impressions on the iconic variety show In Living Color (which also introduced a wide berth of fans to the comedy of Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx … hey guys, how about a reunion show?), will play an overly protective… »

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

12 February 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Bluray Review: Love At First Bite/Once Bitten & Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits

10 February 2015 1:46 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Giving genre fans a hefty amount of vampiric love for 2015’s upcoming Valentine’s Day, Scream Factory has done a great job deciding on a couple of double features that not only go for the neck (literally), but also leave you with a bunch of haunted fun.  The newly released double features of Love At First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits are both a couple of releases that prove to be not only great and somewhat forgotten films, but also ones that showcase the talent of performers that would eventually go on to be huge A-list stars.

Love At First Bite/Once Bitten

With the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double feature, we’re given not only an early performance in Once Bitten from future megastar Jim Carrey, but in the case of Love At The First Bite, a satirical look at the vampire subgenre, »

- Jerry Smith

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Scandal at the Games: 8 Most Notorious Super Bowl Moments

31 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday's Super Bowl brings a chance for true greatness - it also opens the doors for spectator sports' next epic failure. In the big game's 49 years, some real bonehead moves have punctuated the the hugely watched event. For every time Beyoncé slays her halftime show, fellow diva Christina Aguilera might stumble over the words of the national anthem. And for every magical, gravity-defying play, there's a "wide right" field goal miss just a foot away. Behold some of the most notorious Super screw-ups from the big game ... Nipplegate (2004) Remember the Super Bowl halftime show when Kid Rock offended everyone by »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Scandal at the Games: 8 Most Notorious Super Bowl Moments

31 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday's Super Bowl brings a chance for true greatness - it also opens the doors for spectator sports' next epic failure. In the big game's 49 years, some real bonehead moves have punctuated the the hugely watched event. For every time Beyoncé slays her halftime show, fellow diva Christina Aguilera might stumble over the words of the national anthem. And for every magical, gravity-defying play, there's a "wide right" field goal miss just a foot away. Behold some of the most notorious Super screw-ups from the big game ... Nipplegate (2004) Remember the Super Bowl halftime show when Kid Rock offended everyone by »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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Who Needs Lorne? 14 sketch comedy stars who skipped 'SNL'

27 January 2015 5:37 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Saturday Night Live" may be a breeding ground for future comedy stars - but it doesn't have a monopoly either. When it comes to breaking up-and-coming comedy talent "SNL" is no doubt a dominant player - but history has shown that stardom doesn't require a stint at Studio 8H. Indeed, several of the biggest stars from the last several decades have come out of a variety of other sketch-comedy series, from Canada's "Sctv" to "In Living Color" to "MadTV" to shortlived "SNL" competitor "Fridays." Who needs Lorne Michaels? Not these folks. Click through the gallery below for a list of 14 shining stars of film and TV who didn't need "SNL" to launch them into the stratosphere. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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25 Years of Jennifer Lopez: A timeline of the high-highs and the J-Los

19 January 2015 5:57 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jennifer Lopez is a hustler. Nearly 25 years ago, the former Fly Girl stepped on stage for "In Living Color" and since then her career path has taken her through a flow of entertainment highlights and low lights. She's been a dancer, singer and songwriter; a comedy, rom-com, horror, voice and drama actress; she's appeared on the small screen and big, and on the biggest stages in the world, and at some of the most prestigious festivals. She's sung in Spanish and English, for an array of pop musics with some of the biggest producers and other vocalists on the planet. She's led shows like "American Idol" and run TV from behind-the-scenes as an executive. But those many forays haven't been met with 100% pure success. Lopez' career and personal life -- which has, at many times, been closely tied to her work -- has taken some hits. This week, fans will »

- Katie Hasty

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