11 items from 2015
I have a very vivid memory of watching Jim Carrey's The Mask at the Vista Theaters in Los Feliz in 1994. At the time, Carrey was reaching the peak of his fame, having been on In Living Color and starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. My two younger brothers and I were very excited for the movie and liked it so much that we bought The Mask as soon as it was released on VHS. The movie is so over the top and comical that it's kind of timeless in its tastelessness.
JimCarreyOnline.com uncovered some early promotional art that tips from zany into creepy. It's pretty clear he's not wearing makeup so the green tinted face morphs just look bizarre and not very cartoonish.
- Free Reyes
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
Soon, Larry Wilmore will be famous-famous. Right now, he's what he calls "cable famous": Many people already know him as the "senior black correspondent" from The Daily Show, and hardcore fans know his work as a TV writer (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Living Color), showrunner (Black-ish, The Bernie Mac Show), and actor (How I Met Your Mother, The Office). But when his new talk show, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, premieres tonight on Comedy Central, he'll get noticed on a whole different level. "I have the best type of fame for this moment," he told EW late last year, »
- Melissa Maerz
Larry Wilmore’s career has toggled back and forth between work in front of and behind the camera. He arrived in the business as an actor, then shifted over to writing for comedies like “In Living Color” and “Sister, Sister” before becoming creator and showrunner of “The Pj’s” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” But he also has popped up in many sitcom guest roles in recent years (I loved his deadpan recurring role on “The Office” as Mr. Brown), and for the last eight years has been a periodic “Daily Show” contributor as the Senior Black Correspondent. Now he’s finally merging the two sides of his career as both host and producer of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which inherits the post-“Daily Show” timeslot from “The Colbert Report” beginning tonight at 11:30. I spoke a week ago with Wilmore about being an African-American comedian at a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
American Idol is determined to discover a Carrie Underwood-level superstar in 2015 — as the show’s promotional tour and ad campaign keep reminding us — but it probably wouldn’t be bad for ratings if it managed to land a fourth husband for Jennifer Lopez, either.
I’m not trying to besmirch the good name of the Artist Formerly Known as an In Living Color Fly Girl. After all, she’s the one who commanded flirty 20-year-old Michael Simeon to take their slow dance from middle-school chaste to senior-prom snuggly all while he crooned Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” during his Nashville audition. »
The "Key & Peele" comedy series never quite grew on me the way it has on others. I've watched a sketch here and there - typically those from the show that go viral - but each time I've actually decided to watch entire episodes, I've never felt fully satisfied. So it's not a series that I can claim to be fanatic about - not like I was about a show like "In Living Color" 20 years ago. But it could also be that I've grown weary of sketch comedy TV series in general. There aren't any currently that I watch with any regularity, instead settling for viral bits and pieces. All that said, I'm definitely curious about this upcoming feature film project that one-half of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Voice coach’s latest album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” debuted in October at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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Another two bite the dust!
The Celebrity Apprentice settled into its regular time slot Monday (8/7c), bidding a harsh farewell to a pair of beloved(ish) celebs.
In the first hour, Teams Vortex and Infinity were charged with producing commercials for Neat, a de-cluttering software company — which couldn’t have been more ironic, considering how quickly the competition became a total mess.
But let’s start with the good: The ladies, with Kate Gosselin as their fearless project manager, churned out a solid-if-slightly-limited ad, netting $40K for Gosselin’s charity, Camp Barnabas. (Side note: Is anyone else disappointed that Gosselin »
Not ready to say goodbye to Parks and Recreation? Neither are its stars.
TVLine has an exclusive preview of the NBC comedy’s final season, and even the stoic Nick Offerman is getting nostalgic about his seven years on the show.
Photos Winter TV Spoiler-palooza! Your Scoop-Filled Guide to 27 Returning Favorites, Including Parks and Recreation
“This show has been a great gift in our lives,” Offerman says of the series (sniff!) while Aubrey Plaza agrees that the cast members “all really love each other.”
And when the video below isn’t yanking on your heartstrings, it offers a glimpse at Parks‘ swan song, »
Written by and starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael (The Goodwin Games), the multi-camera project follows a young couple — played by Carmichael and newcomer Amber West — who struggle to tell Jerrod’s parents that they are moving in together.
Grier will play Jerrod’s father, opposite Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) as his mother.
11 items from 2015
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