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We all know that Jim Carrey is a funny guy. With a resume full of projects that range from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar to his work on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, it's hard to find someone who hasn't been amused by at least one thing he's appeared in. However, as funny as Carrey can be, his filmography isn't without its clunkers, especially lately. With generic and bland bullshit like Fun With Dick And Jane and Mr. Popper's Penguins, it sucks to see him playing »
Larry Wilmore will get up close and medical on USA Network’s new comedy, “Playing House.” The comedian will play the Ob/Gyn to star Lennon Parham’s character, Maggie. In the storyline, Wilmore’s character is described as “reassuring” as he keeps Maggie’s best friend Emma’s (Jessica St. Clair) bizarre anxieties about childbirth at bay. “Daily Show” fans will know Wilmore as the Comedy Central show’s regularly appearing “senior black correspondent.” His comedy special, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex,” recently aired on Showtime. An Emmy-award winner for “The Bernie Mac Show,” which he executive-produced and created, »
- Jethro Nededog
NBC must have a lot of faith in Jennifer Lopez, because the network just gave her cop drama Shades of Blue a series order. The American Idol judge will play Harlee McCord, "a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work undercover for the FBI's anticorruption task force." Production is slated to begin next year, and if all goes well, the show will premiere during the 2015-16 season. Lopez is in good hands - Ryan Seacrest is producing. This is pretty interesting news, given that the international pop star hasn't regularly starred on a TV show other than American Idol since In Living Color in the early '90s. As talented a singer and dancer as Lopez is, I'm looking forward to seeing her get back to acting. What's your take on the news? »
- Maggie Pehanick
And the gloves are off… Rosie Perez documents her longstanding feud with Jennifer Lopez in her upcoming memoir dubbed, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair). The two Puerto Rican actresses first met on the set of In Living Color back in 1991. Perez was the show's choreographer at the time and recalled how Keenan Ivory Wayans called J.Lo "chubby and corny." She explained how Kenan, the hit series' creator, demanded that Bronx-born Lopez cut her hair and drop a whopping 20 pounds before becoming a Fly Girl. And despite being labeled a diva by the other dancers, Perez initially »
New York, Feb 17: Choreographer Rosie Perez has slammed Jennifer Lopez in her new memoir, calling the latter a "Ghetto Biatch" who she met in New York in 1991 at an open casting call for the sketch-comedy show 'In Living Color'.
According to the New York Post, Perez wrote in 'Handbook for an Unpredictable Life' that the 'On the Floor Dancer' hit maker did not get along well with her fellow dancers and they were complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and her, all to her advantage.
Perez, 49, said that Lopez had simply dismissed the claims saying that the girls were just jealous of her and then she dropped. »
- Arun Pandit
Fly Girl Feud! Brooklyn native Rosie Perez has some scandalous secrets to share about Jenny From the Block. In her tell-all memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, Perez, 49, opens up about her on-going feud with Bronx native Jennifer Lopez, 44. The New York Post pulled out excerpts from the book, which hits stands on Feb. 25, noting Perez's recollection of her days on In Living Color with Lopez. The two met in 1991 during the open casting call for the show's Fly Girl dancers. Perez was the [...] »
Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.
Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.
Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show »
- Hillary Busis
It's easy to forget that, two decades ago, Jim Carrey was just a talented TV sketch comedian who'd been trying for a decade to break into films. (Remember his roles in "Peggy Sue Got Married," "The Dead Pool," or "Earth Girls Are Easy"? Didn't think so.) But then came "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (released 20 years ago this week, on February 4, 1994), in which Carrey starred as a hyperactive sleuth tasked with finding the Miami Dolphins' kidnapped mascot, and suddenly, he was an A-list box office draw.
Critics didn't think much of the puerile Ace, whose favorite gag was talking through his butt cheeks. But audiences loved him, enough to make Carrey an overnight star after 10 years of trying, and enough to put the film on permanent rotation on basic cable for the next 20 years.
Still, as many times as you've seen "Ace Ventura," there's probably a lot you don't know about »
- Gary Susman
Remember when you didn’t have to protest to see a black woman comedian on television? Watching Erika Alexander as Maxine on Living Single, Kim Wayans on In Living Color, and Debra Wilson on Mad TV may seem like luxuries now. As we know, for the last six years, there’s been an absence of women of color comedians, specifically black women on Saturday Night Live; a void so apparent that even actress Kerry Washington spoofed the disparity when she hosted the show in November. Switching between Oprah and Michelle Obama impersonations in the same sketch, she openly addressed the absence, which was bolstered by widespread criticism of the show and its creator, Lorne Michaels.Announced this »
- Nijla Mumin
Seeing Jennifer Lopez on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno gave us such sweet memories of her early fame... The In Living Color dance sequences...the cheesy romantic comedies (of which The Wedding Planner is our obvious fave)...the music video for "Let's Get Loud." All it took was one skintight leather dress and we're longing the Bennifer days. We doubt J.Lo wants to take a trip down parts of that memory lane, but style-wise, she was super hot as "Jenny from the Block" and this Ermanno Scervino fits in perfectly with that sexy New York-bred feel. The straight skirt could not fit her well-insured bottom better and in black leather, it has even more pop. The teeny straps up top highlight her »
On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic’s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL’s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman, »
- Hillary Busis
As Netflix forges ahead with its annual purge of available streaming titles, which saw a handful of TV shows and movies expire from the service on Jan. 1, a crop of new additions are taking their place. And while we suppose someone is excited about Seasons 5-8 of "Dexter" and the entire series run of "Murder, She Wrote," there's still a mess of programming that we'd love to see get added to streaming service.
1. "Beverly Hills, 90210"
With the death of SOAPnet, how else will be get our fix of Brandon, Brenda and the like? Season 1 may be available on competitor Amazon Prime, but that's it. We need all 10 seasons at our fingertips, stat.
2. "Gilmore Girls"
Would you believe there is nowhere online to stream this WB gem? We demand easy access to Stars Hollow and its quirky inhabitants, and we demand it now.
Nine seasons of the Domestic Goddess and »
12 items from 2014
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