18 items from 2014
Chicago – Marlon Wayans will do practically anything for a laugh, and that is to the audience’s advantage in the sequel to last year’s smash comedy, “A Haunted House 2.” Joining him for the second go around is hot comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and the reliable Affion Crockett, who is reprising his role as Cousin Ray Ray.
‘A Haunted House 2’ was given the green light after the success of last year’s “A Haunted House.” Marlon Wayans – with his writing partner Rick Alvarez – has formulated another spoof regarding the latest horror films, in this case mostly from last year’s “The Conjuring.” Wayans, who is also part of the Wayans Brothers comedy family, leaves no hilarious stone unturned as he sends up all of the weird elements of that film, and his on-screen supporting cast brings great improvisation and comic timing to the mix.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director Will Gluck’s new musical adaptation Annie. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. This international trailer has a few bits of new footage that show Foxx playing things a bit more comedic and loose than some of his past few roles, with one scene in particular evoking his In Living Color days. I’m still not crazy about the overly auto-tuned nature of the songs, but Gluck’s last two films (Easy A and Friends with Benefits) have been pleasantly surprising, so I’m interested to see how the full feature plays out. Hit the jump to watch the new Annie trailer. »
- Adam Chitwood
While you're hoping for a return of In Living Color, you might want to check out this sketch comedy series that airs on Sunday nights on the Adult Swim network, titled, Loiter Squad. The new season - its 3rd - of Loiter Squad premieres on Thursday, May 15 at midnight Et/Pt. Despite now going into its 3rd season, many have actually never heard of the series, based on the unscientific research I did (polling every one I know on and offline). I hadn't heard of it until it was entering its second season last year, and eventually did check out a few episodes, but wasn't hooked in. So I didn't hang around for too long. But maybe some of you are fans. The series is »
- Tambay A. Obenson
While you're hoping for a return of In Living Color, you might want to check out this sketch comedy series that airs on Sunday nights on the Adult Swim network, titled, Loiter Squad. The new season - its 3rd - of Loiter Squad premieres on Thursday, May 15 at midnight Et/Pt. Despite now going into its 3rd season, many have actually never heard of the series, based on the unscientific research I did (polling every one I know on and offline). I hadn't heard of it until it was entering its second season last year, and eventually did check out a few episodes, but wasn't hooked in. So I didn't hang around for too long. But maybe some of you are fans. The series is Adult Swim's reality-prank-whatever created by and starring Odd Future, the Los Angeles collective of rappers, artists, and skateboarders that includes Tyler the Creator, Jasper, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
So everyone was abuzz when it was revealed that Aaron McGruder would not be returning to the fourth season of The Boondocks when it returns to the air on Adult Swim on April 21st. People who love the show are fearing the worst, but is all lost? The Walking Dead lost co-creator Frank Darabont after the first season and it's held up very well. Then again, remember In Living Color and how it went straight into the toilet after the Wayans left? But the question remains, why did McGruder decide the leave the show? There's been all kinds of speculation and theories, but finally McGruder himself has addressed the issue of his leaving on his Facebook page, which one could »
NBC‘s reality series Last Comic Standing resumes its search for America’s funniest comic on May 22 at 9 Pm with new judges Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color) and Russell Peters (Notorious) and Jb Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) tapped as host. The network is promising innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists in 13-episode Season 8, which will open with invitation-only auditions. Last Comic Standing features the top 100 comics in America vying for 20 spots. These 20 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines, such as sketch, improv and stand-up, proving themselves both individually and in teams. The series will air Thursdays at 10 Pm following the premiere. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. executive produce for Universal Television through their deal with the studio, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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 »
18 items from 2014
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