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Hollywood heavyweight Garth Ancier says the man who accused him of rape ... has admitted targeting high-profile gays in showbiz to squeeze money out of them for his fraudulent schemes. Ancier -- who's produced hits like "Married with Children," "The Simpsons," and "In Living Color" -- says Egan bragged to a friend about shaking down "Gay Hollywood" and forcing them into a financial settlement.According to court docs, the shakedown was a fallback plan if a Ponzi scheme didn't pan out. »
- TMZ Staff
Once The Colbert Report goes off the air and host Stephen Colbert moves on from Comedy Central to replace David Letterman on The Late Show, Jon Stewart's The Daily Show will get a new late-night companion: Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show, which released its first teaser Tuesday. Created by Stewart, The Nightly Show will focus on people and topics less represented in the media. “It’s a show about underdogs," Wilmore told the New York Times in November, "and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it’s race, gender, or whatever.”" Wilmore currently holds the »
- Ariana Bacle
Nearly 20 years ago, Chris Rock's popularity skyrocketed. Today, he's still at the top of his game.
After stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color" and no film offers in sight, Rock thought he was already washed up. The young comedian went back to the drawing board, toured the country as a stand-up, and the result was "Bring the Pain." The 1996 stand-up special transformed Rock from "that guy" to "the guy" nearly overnight -- but he still never shined on the big screen. By nearly all accounts, though, that's all changed this winter. "Top Five" finds the comedian at the top of his game (no pun intended), a critically acclaimed feature written by, directed by, and starring Rock.
From his famous mentor to his rough school days, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Chris Rock.
- Jonny Black
Jumping on writer-performer Larry Wilmore exponentially rising career, the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) announced Tuesday morning that the comedian will host the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards New York. Known best for his appearances on "The Daily Show," Wilmore he built a career out of writing. The comedian created, wrote and executive produced "The Bernie Mac Show," earning him a 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a 2001 Peabody Award. Getting his foot in the door as a writer-producer on sitcoms like "In Living Color," "Sister, Sister," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Wilmore pulled strings on some of the biggest comedies of the last decade. He was has been nominated for four Writers Guild Awards, including three for his work on "The Office." He continues to work as an Executive Producer on ABC’s new comedy "Black-ish." In May 2014, Comedy Central announced that Wilmore would »
- Matt Patches
With both an Oscar and a Grammy on his mantle, Jamie Foxx is a one-man entertainment empire.
Foxx began his career as a stand-up comedian before landing his own sitcom just a few years later -- and then he awed the world. His portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004) earned Foxx one accolade after another and even relaunched his music career. Fresh off his Oscar win, the multi-hyphenate teamed with Kanye West and took home a Grammy for the Ray Charles-inspired "Gold Digger." This fall, he's back on the big screen as Dean "Mf" Jones in the star-studded comedy "Horrible Bosses 2" (you can also catch him in "Annie" December 19).
From his real name to the dare that launched his career, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Jamie Foxx.
1. Jamie Foxx was born December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas to Louise Annette Talley and Darrell Bishop.
2. He was adopted »
- Jonny Black
J. Lo is still J. Lo. The seemingly ageless star reminded everyone what she was famous for as she closed the American Music Awards with her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, "Booty." Azalea, would've stood out on her own were that last performance not dominated by Lopez. It was a reminder of the woman who originally brought backsides into the conversation on standards of beauty. The former In Living Color fly girl held nothing back, hair slicked and wearing the equivalent of bathing suits, performing as close to a striptease as one imagines possible for network television, reportedly taunting
- Soo Youn
Believe it or not, Jim Carrey has graced the big screen for over 30 years.
Carrey started off as a stand-up comic in Canada, but veered towards TV and film a few years after his move to Hollywood. The actor landed a variety of roles in no time, and Carrey's big break came in the early '90s on the popular sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990-1994). After becoming a featured player on the show, Carrey was offered the lead roles in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Mask," and "Dumb and Dumber" -- all in 1994. Yeah, he did all right. This fall, Carrey returns to one of his landmark roles, playing the affable goof Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber To."
1. James Eugene Carrey was born January 17, 1962 in Ontario, Canada to Kathleen Oram and Percy Carrey. »
- Jonny Black
Do you have a “golden year”, the year where everything seemed to come together? Maybe you got the perfect job and met Ms. or Mr. Right all within just a few months. Well, for Mr. Jim Carrey a good case could be made for 1994. After putting in several years on TV (“The Duck Factory” “In Living Color”) along with sporadic screen roles (from The Dead Pool to Once Bitten), his career went super-nova with the unexpected smash Ace Ventura, Pet Detective in the first few months of that year. In the Summer it was another box office bonanza with The Mask. But the icing on the cake may have been his holiday-time hit Dumb And Dumber. In the ensuing two decades, Jim’s had his highs and lows, even supporting up and coming new comedy flick stars like Steve Carrell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone last year. He’s also tackled some dramatic roles, »
- Jim Batts
Sir Mix-a-Lot likes big butts and he cannot lie, but when it comes to picking the best of them all -- the brother just can't deny the round thing that gets him sprung ... belongs to Jennifer Lopez. Yes, Mix tells us he's been admiring Kim Kardashian's latest cake displays -- but still gives more weight to J.Lo's experienced bubble. In fact, he says her ass inspired him to write "Baby Got Back" ... after »
- TMZ Staff
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Saturday Night Live is known for producing comedy superstars like Kristen Wiig, Eddie Murphy, and John Belushi. But what about the Not Ready For Primetime Players who never got their moment in the spotlight on the veritable sketch show? For every Kate McKinnon that explodes, there are the Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelans who never got to show us the depths of their talent.
Chris Rock just returned to Studio 8H to host SNL this season, his first time back since his departure in 1993. Rock’s time on the show wasn’t a total bust (Nat X, y’all!) but he was never quite able to showcase the comedic voice we now associate with his persona. In an interview on the Wtf podcast with Marc Maron in 2011, Rock said, “When I got hired I was the first black guy in like eight years — and In Living Color was just hip. »
- Damian Bellino
Gather around for a lesson in style, courtesy of Jennifer Lopez! The "Booty" singer, 45, knows a thing or two when it comes to fashion. It's nearly impossible to pinpoint a style flub in all of her 20 years in the spotlight. (Okay, some of those In Living Color "Fly Girl" spandex getups were somewhat questionable. She slayed the scene in a number of hot pant looks for her True Love press tour this week, and for the American Idol auditions in October. In each case, Lopez was [...] »
Much like Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock did not have the most illustrious career at “Saturday Night Live.” But much like Silverman, Rock is returning to host with a post-“SNL” resumé that is extremely impressive. It will be fascinating to see how much of Rock’s tumultuous time at the show is explicitly addressed, and how much the show’s current cast composition feeds into the narrative of tonight’s episode. The program has taken great strides over the past year to combat outcries following its hiring of six Caucasian cast members two summers ago. And now, the show boasts five African-American cast members, by far the most at one time in its history. Does that automatically make the show better? Of course not. But it sure as hell makes the show more reflective of the culture it’s designed to satire on a weekly basis. The show’s work isn’t done, »
- Ryan McGee
So much amore for Amal! Meredith Vieira was one among multiple show hosts to dress as George Clooney's new wife Amal Alamuddin on Halloween Friday, Oct. 31. Unlike Ellen DeGeneres' actual bridal costume, Vieira went as the civil service version of the London-based barrister on The Meredith Vieira Show. In Living Color actress Ali Wentworth also went as another version of Alamuddin while joining her husband George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. Vieira, 60, rode out from a scenic faux backdrop of a Venetian waterway including the Grand Canal. [...] »
Everybody wants to be Amal Alamuddin! Like Ellen DeGeneres and Meredith Vieira before her, In Living Color actress Ali Wentworth dressed in costume as Mrs. George Clooney for Good Morning America's Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 31. Wentworth was there in support of her husband, Gma anchor George Stephanopoulos, who channeled Alamuddin's handsome groom in a light-colored suit and sunglasses. The couple posed together in a makeshift boat, just as Clooney and his bride did during their wedding weekend in Italy in late September. Wentworth modeled a [...] »
Despite a recent onslaught of groan-inducing trailers for Dumb and Dumber To, expectations were high for rubber-faced funnyman (and In Living Color vet) Jim Carrey’s return to Studio 8H for a third crack at hosting Saturday Night Live.
Ultimately, despite an uninspired “Ebola Czar” cold open – Kenan Thompson’s mildly amusing Al Sharpton was a minor highlight in an otherwise forced, dull take on the current virus hysteria – the show’s best moments helped make Carrey’s return a fairly memorable one.
Here are my picks for best and worst sketches of the night:
Best: Matthew McConaughey for Lincoln »
Sunday Update: Click over for a full recap of SNL with Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea Original Post: All righty then. Sorry—I know that reference is as painfully dated as this Austin Powers costume. But it's tough not to think about Jim Carrey's best-known roles as we consider the actor's third SNL outing—and, to be honest, to consider how long it's been since he last made a great comedy. 2013's Kick-Ass 2 was a dismal flop. That same year, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone tanked as well. The most charitable thing you can call 2011's Mr. Popper's Penguins is "inoffensive. »
- Hillary Busis
Jim Carrey is set to host Saturday Night Live Oct. 25 ahead of the Nov. 14 release of Dumb and Dumber To (the sequel to 1994's Dumb and Dumber). "Fancy" rapper Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest. Carrey last hosted SNL in 2011, but got his start in sketch comedy years before when he starred on In Living Color throughout its five-season run in the early '90s. Since then, Carrey's gone on to win two Golden Globes -- one for The Truman Show, the other for Man on the Moon - and snag six Golden Globe nominations total for his work both in comedy and drama. »
- Ariana Bacle
These 10 actors rounded up by The Stir may have gone on to become big names, but their TV debuts were less than stellar: Jim Carrey: Nope, he didn't get his start on In Living Color , he got it on The Duck Factory , a show about a young animator that aired on NBC in 1984. Jennifer Lawrence: She starred as comedian Bill Engvall's daughter in The Bill Engvall Show on TBS from 2007 to 2009. Christina Hendricks: The Mad Men star got her start playing a college student on MTV drama Undressed in 1999. Bryan Cranston: Before he was Walter »
- Evann Gastaldo
Jim Carrey is set to host “Saturday Night Live” early this season, several individuals with knowledge told TheWrap exclusively. The one-time “In Living Color” sketch comedy star will lead the NBC cast early this season. The date will be timed to the release of Carrey's highly anticipated sequel to 1994's “Dumb and Dumber,” in which Carrey reprises his beloved role as Lloyd Christmas. “Dumb and Dumber To” comes out in theaters on Nov. 14. Also read: Darrell Hammond Succeeding Don Pardo as ‘SNL’ Announcer Carrey has hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice before, including his most recent stint in 2011 with musical guest The Black Keys. »
- Jeff Sneider and Tony Maglio
The Latina actress-dancer-director-choreographer (say that five times fast) is perfect for ABC’s daytime talk show. Here are seven reasons why.
1. She’s not a stereotypical or “cookie-cutter” Latina.
The native New Yorker defies common Latin stereotypes— the sort of which is commonly perpetuated on television. (You know: young and sexy with big boobs and bigger hair, with little talent to speak of.) Now, it’s no secret that The View »
- Nina Terrero
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