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Chicago – Craig Robinson is in the swirl of two media events in the next two weeks. His latest film “Peeples” – in which he plays the romantic comedy lead – opens on Friday. The famous TV series he has been featured in, “The Office,” has its final episode after nine seasons on Thursday, May 16th.
Through it all the unflappable Mr. Robinson portrays his laconic character style with depth and personality. He was born in Chicago, and did much of his early training through improv comedy classes at the famed Second City. He developed a musical act with comedian Jerry Minor called “L Witherspoon and Chucky,” and has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” in that persona. But he is best known as the character Darryl Philbin on “The Office,” creating his own particular vibe and presence on the successful series.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Here's episode 4 of new web series Walk This Way, starring Michael K. Williams, which some of you folks seem to have taken to, which is why I continue to feature it. It's one of a handful of web-based shows from the recently-launched Alright TV - a faith/family-friendly YouTube channel created by Robert Johnson and Tracey E. Edmonds, in an agreement with YouTube. Walk This Way is described as an offbeat web-comedy about a pastor of a mega church who counsels his parishioners with their unusual problems. The series will feature several guest stars (like Kenya Moore in episode 4 below). Like the first episode, this one was also written and directed by Vanessa Middleton (30 Years to Life, Girlfriends, Cosby, Hanging With Mr Cooper). Kenya Moore is interested in Rev Daniels, but its not the type of relationship he hoped for. Here's episode 4:
- Tambay A. Obenson
Growing up is tough. Fortunately, we do not realize how tough it is until we have made it through the tunnel to adulthood. If we knew how tough it was, we probably would not make it. Life is also about experiences. These experiences form us and the way we view things. All children hate to hear that they need perspective and experience in order to understand things, but the older we get the more true that statement becomes. There are certain things that we cannot grasp until we experience them. Lucky for us, television tries to help us out in understanding the pressures of youth. A show can take on meaning when we watch it as a child and then mean something totally different through an adult lens. What we think is outlandish while watching it at the age of 10 may seem totally understandable as we grow and face similar situations. »
- David Dickerman
Here's episode 3 of new web series Walk This Way, starring Michael K. Williams, one of a handful of web-based shows from the recently-launched Alright TV - a faith/family-friendly YouTube channel created by Robert Johnson and Tracey E. Edmonds, in an agreement with YouTube. Walk This Way is described as an offbeat web-comedy about a pastor of a mega church who counsels his parishioners with their unusual problems. The series will feature several guest stars (like Malcolm Barrett in episode 2 below). Like the first episode, this one was also written and directed by Vanessa Middleton (30 Years to Life, Girlfriends, Cosby, Hanging With Mr Cooper). Associate Pastor (Malcolm Barrett) takes issue with the advice Rev Daniels (Michael K. Williams) has been giving, including a real estate deal gone wrong. Here's episode 3:
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bill Cosby was once asked whom he would choose if he had $50 in his pocket to buy a ticket to see only one stand-up comedian, live, in their prime. The comic legend barely took a breath before answering, “Jonathan Winters will make every last one of us stand there in awe.”
Winters, who died yesterday at the age of 87, was a master of voices, mimicry, and right-field spontaneity. “What I do is verbal paintings,” he told National Public Radio in 2011. “I paint a picture. Hopefully you’ll see the characters and what they’re doing and what they’re saying. »
- Jeff Labrecque
As conversations about Slavery/Civil War/Post-Civil War/Western films and TV shows continue through 2013... remembering one that is maybe most memorable because it was Bill Cosby's first big screen role. But also because it gave us a Bill Cosby that we rarely get to see on screen, far from the comedic sire that most of us have come to know and love him as, but instead in a true dramatic tough guy role - 1971's Man And Boy. Prior to this, he was primarily a TV celeb. What we'd call a Western, occurring just after the Civil War, Cosby plays Caleb Revers, a man with a family (wife and son, played well by Gloria Foster and George Spell), whom he must protect from »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bill Cosby stopped by Fallon on Wednesday and the two briefly reminisced about the time Cosby filled in for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." But, as is always the case whenever Cos stops by "Late Night", it didn't take long for the interview to go spectacularly off the rails.
It went something like this: Jimmy makes a crack that Bill takes offense to, Bill demands money for his pains, Jimmy has to sell his stuff to some audience members from New Jersey, cut to commercial. In short, perfect. »
- Joanna Borns
Here's episode 2 of the new web series Walk This Way, starring Michael K. Williams, one of a handful of web-based shows from the recently-launched Alright TV - a faith/family-friendly YouTube channel created by Robert Johnson and Tracey E. Edmonds, in an agreement with YouTube. Walk This Way is described as an offbeat web-comedy about a pastor of a mega church who counsels his parishioners with their unusual problems. The series will feature several guest stars (like Tamala Jones in episode 2 below). Like the first episode, this one was also written and directed by Vanessa Middleton (30 Years to Life, Girlfriends, Cosby, Hanging With Mr Cooper). Here's episode 2:
- Tambay A. Obenson
Sioux Falls, S.D. — Amid rumors of another "Tonight" show shake-up, comedian George Lopez says he has no desire to return to the late-night talk show scene.
Lopez said he had a great two-year run as a late-night talk show host. But, he said, "I'm out of that thing."
"I know all those guys. They're all good guys, but that's a tough job. There are a lot of tough jobs in TV. That could be one of the toughest, hosting a show every night," Lopez said Wednesday night.
Lopez's comments in Sioux Falls before taking the stage for a stand-up show benefiting the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy come after amid fresh turbulence in the late-night talk show business after word leaked last week that "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon will unseat Jay Leno as the new host of NBC's "Tonight." The network has not confirmed the rumor.
Lopez wound up »
If you had to name the one thing you love most about Bill Cosby, it would be his sweaters, of course.
If Bill Cosby had to name the one thing he dislikes the most, it's you loving his sweaters -- at least that's what his latest legal action indicates.
The 75-year-old funnyman's legal team recently issued a cease-and-desist letter to Kiley Kmiec, a Santa Monica resident who founded CosbySweaters.com, according to Gawker. Kmiec titled her website, which has existed for more than two years and is geared at "sports fans who love music, tech, pop culture and dumb Internet videos," as a tribute to Cosby, who is famous for wearing colorful, intricately patterned sweaters.
But Cosby wasn't so appreciative of the gesture, with the legal reps asserting in the letter that Cosby's association with these sweaters has become so marked that it is part of his intellectual property. »
- Matthew Jacobs
"I'm super excited about it," she said (above). "My character Nicole is ... an activist who comes to Louisiana to help with 'the cause.'"
Smollett-Bell couldn't reveal too much else, but did hint at the involvement of animals and "some biting."
For its upcoming season, "True Blood" has also added "90210" alumna Amelia Rose Blaire as Willa, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell's (Arliss Howard) daughter, who clashes with her father over vampire rights, TVLine previously reported. Rutger Hauer will also join "True Blood" Season 6 as the sinister Macklyn who has mysterious ties to Sookie (Anna Paquin »
- Chris Harnick
They’re finally here! The official cast photos for ABC’s celebrity diving show Splash have arrived, and they’re hotter than we could have ever imagined. Well, maybe not Louie Anderson…But Katherine Webb sizzles her two piece, as does Keshia Knight Pulliam.
Whatever happened to Little Rudy Cosby, huh? The cast is definitely not short of hotties. Former Baywatch Babe Nicole Eggert showed that she still knows how to tear it up in her trademark red one-piece, and Kendra Wilkinson reminds us that she was one of Hugh Hefner’s Girls Next Door. But it wasn’t just ladies. Buff dudes also made an appearance including Ndamukong Suh, Rory Bushfield and David Bouida brought a little something special for the latest. We can’t wait to see how well these celebs can jump when the show premieres on March 19th! For now check out some of the sexiest »
- Jordan Runtagh
Keshia Knight Pulliam thinks it's wasteful for the Federal government to drop $50 mil on Tsa uniforms in the wake of massive spending cuts.As the "Cosby" star was leaving Lax this Am, she eyed a few Tsa agents and concluded they were cute enough as is. The lines at airports have already gotten longer in the last few days after the sequester deadline passed ... and given all the cuts Keshia thinks the government should find better ways to spend money. »
- TMZ Staff
Hey girl, meet your older bro!
TVLine has learned exclusively that relative newcomer Teo Halm is joining Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World pilot as Cory and Topanga’s son, Elliott.
As we previously reported, Rowan Blanchard will play Halm’s onscreen sis and the prospective series’ title character, Riley.
Related | Girl Meets World: 7 Possible Story Ideas!
The Boy Meets World spin-off — which picks up more than a decade after ABC’s Tgif staple went off the air — secured leads Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel in November. In a Tumblr post written soon after she signed onto the pilot, »
- Michael Ausiello
One of the key issues currently being decided by the Supreme Court is whether or not racism has ended sufficiently to gut the Voting Rights Act, or as conservative hero Justice Antonin Scalia calls it, "racial entitlement." On Monday morning's Starting Point on CNN, legendary comic actor Bill Cosby illustrated the question beautifully when Republican former Congressman Connie Mack (R-fl) expressed surprise at long-ago racism, and Cosby pointed out that things aren't that different today. »
- Tommy Christopher
Los Angeles — George Lopez is taking over as master of ceremonies of the annual Playboy Jazz Festival.
The comedian was announced as the festival's new host Thursday at an event at the Playboy Mansion.
"This is iconic," said the former star of the ABC sitcom "George Lopez" and the TBS talk show "Lopez Tonight." "I've never been here before. I was married for 17 years. I couldn't even have a Playboy air freshener."
Lopez said Cosby called him to give him advice on the gig. His tips included not letting musicians in his dressing room "because they'll eat all your food and drink all your drink," joked Lopez.
Review by Sam Moffitt
The private investigator has been with us for years, decades really. When I was younger I read as many private eye mysteries as I did science fiction and horror novels and short stories. I read as much of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane as I could find. I also read a lot of the two MacDonald’s, Ross MacDonald’s novels about Lew Archer (one of which made a great movie with Paul Newman as Harper) and John D. MacDonald’s novels about Travis McGee. Although McGee was not strictly speaking a Pi he still functioned as one in MacDonald’s color coded novels like Darker Than Amber (which made a great movie with Rod Taylor).
- Movie Geeks
Phylicia Rashad hasn't been a series regular on television since "The Cosby Show" (and a few of its incarnations thereafter). But Clair Huxtable is a far cry from Dr. Vanessa Young, the character on "Do No Harm" that lured Rashad -- who's done guest spots and spent the majority of her time in theater -- back to primetime.
NBC's "Do No Harm" centers on Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a big-shot neurosurgeon with a multiple-personality disorder that can no longer be suppressed by an experimental medication. Now, it's wearing off, and Jason's destructive alter-ego Ian Price is coming out in the evening hours and wreaking all sorts of havoc. Rashad's character Dr. Young plays Jason's boss and a big champion of Dr. Cole, as well. But presumably, that's all about to change.
Below, Rashad talks to The Huffington Post about what drew her back into television, watching her TV kids grow up, »
- Jaimie Etkin
The Huxtable girls are getting ready to play sisters again on the "Guys With Kids" finale.
Although their characters don't get along very well on the episode, Tempestt Bledsoe -- who plays Marny on the series -- told TV Guide she couldn't have been happier to reunite with Keshia Knight Pulliam, who will play her spoiled sister Bridget.
"I grew up with Keshia. She's like my sister, so we immediately clicked again," Bledsoe told TV Guide. "When producers decided to cast the role they asked me how I'd feel about having Keshia and I said, 'Absolutely!' I think they're fantasizing about having all of 'The Cosby Show' cast pop up."
Pulliam is equally excited about her reunion episode, but emphasized that an actual "Cosby" reunion show won't likely happen. "Mr. Cosby was very clear about wanting to maintain the purity of the legacy," Pulliam said to TV Guide. »
- Leigh Weingus
And finally, ending the day with some totally non-essential news, comes word that former NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and former Cosby kid (although I'm sure she hates being called that) Keshia Knight Pulliam, have joined the cast of ABC's new celebrity competetion sports show Splash. The show, which is set to premiere on Tuesday March 19th at 8Pm (7Pm Central), features celebrities, including Chuy Bravo, Drake Bell, Ndamukong Suh, Rory Bushfield and Nicole Eggert, who will train and complete in regulation platform and springboard driving from extreme heights, in front of an audience and Olympic judges. To be honest, with the exception of Pulliam and »
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