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Meet Pete Davidson, the Newest 'Saturday Night Live' Featured Player (Video)

15 September 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After a shake-up at the "Weekend Update" desk, "Saturday Night Live" continues to tweak its lineup with the addition of a new featured player to the cast.

Pete Davidson will join "SNL" when its 40th season premieres later this month. Here's a quick bio of the 20-year-old stand-up comic, via Deadline:

A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at 16, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, leading to a gig on the MTV2 comedy/reality show Guy Code. Davidson, who dropped out of college, made his film-acting debut in Cannon's direct-to-video School Dance.

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'School Dance': Film Review

2 July 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Teen sex farces don’t come more witless than entertainer Nick Cannon's feature directorial debut. Fueled by endless scatological jokes revolving around black and Mexican-American stereotypes, this hip-hop infused effort features a gallery of notable comedians working hard to earn laughs that never come. Sneaked into a limited theatrical run primarily to raise VOD interest, School Dance is the sort of oppressively offensive comedy that makes you aware of your brain cells dying as you watch it. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films There is at least an element of sweetness to the proceedings, in the form

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Nick Cannon's #5WorthWatching: Here Are His 5 Favorite High School Movies

2 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Nick Cannon is a man of many hats; he's an actor, singer, producer, host, DJ, and now he can add director to that list.

His feature-length directorial debut, "School Dance," which comes out today (July 2) in theaters and on VOD, is the classic tale of a teenage boy who likes a girl who doesn't know he exists -- and the only way to get her attention is to find a way into his high school's hottest dance crew.

We figured, after just having made a high school movie, Cannon would be the perfect person to share his five favorite high school movies.

Without further ado, Nick Cannon's #5WorthWatching: High School Movies.

Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images »

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Amber Rose Cast in New Sitcom Selfie: Talks Justin Bieber, Her Hot Body and Kissing Courtney Love!

1 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Amber Rose's movie debut in the new comedy School Dance is only hitting theaters tomorrow, but she's already lined up her next acting gig. And it's major! Rose just told me that her character Fit Brit in the pilot for Selfie (an ABC sitcom about a woman who becomes a social media star after a video about her humilating break up goes viral) will be a recurring role. "I'm so excited," she said. "I start shooting in August." For now, Rose is concentrating on her clothing line Rose and Ono. She recently posted some very sexy selfies (hello, booty!) modeling the collection on her Instagram. Could you believe that Rose doesn't have a regular gym workout to keep her bod »

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Box Office: ‘Tammy’ Tries to Steal Fireworks from ‘Transformers’

1 July 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s Melissa McCarthy versus Optimus Prime in an Independence Day face-off.

Historically one of the busiest weekends, the Fourth of July frame should see “Transformers: Age of Extinction” retain its B.O. crown with an expected $50 million-plus holiday weekend, although McCarthy’s new comedy “Tammy” will provide plenty of fireworks.

Look for the New Line comedy, which McCarthy co-wrote along with her director (and husband) Ben Falcone, to do north of $40 million in more than 3,300 locations over its first five days of release.

That’s an impressive display of pyrotechnics given that the story of a woman on a road trip with her grandmother cost $20 million to produce, with McCarthy exchanging a lower up-front salary for a piece of the back-end. It will also show that McCarthy is one of the few actors who can “open” a movie, an endangered concept in an era of superhero and CGI stars. »

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Watch Trailer For Nick Cannon-Directed High School Comedy 'School Dance'

7 June 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Who knew that Mr. Mariah Carey - aka Nick Cannon - had directed another feature film? It's a high school comedy titled "School Dance," which judging from the trailer, is exactly the sort of film you would expect Cannon to direct. I mean, seriously, think about it. If Cannon was directing "Selma" then that would be an unexpected surprise, and we would be forced to look at him in a different light altogether (“Wow! Cannon is directing 'Selma'? I didn’t know the brother was so deep”). But "School Dance"? Yeah that sounds about right.The cast is also what you would expect: Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Luenell, Amber Rose, George Lopez, with Bobb’e J. Thompson in the lead, »

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Nick Cannon's 'School Dance' Red Band Trailer

4 June 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The first red band trailer for School Dance has arrived, from writer and director Nick Cannon. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Bobb'e J. Thompson, Luenell, George Lopez, Katt Williams, and Mike Epps, the story follows a high school loser who never made it with the ladies, until he joined the campus' hottest dance crew. In an attempt to impress his dream girl Anastacia, Jason must overcome his battle-ax of a mother, survive Anastacia's gangsta brother, and pass the crew's initiation. Watch and find out if Jason has what it takes to win the heart of this beautiful young woman, or if he's going to fall on his face trying in what is described as a fresh, sexy, and outrageously funny comedy.

School Dance comes to theaters July 2nd, 2014 and stars Bobb'e J. Thompson, Luenell, Mike Epps, George Lopez, Katt Williams, Dashawn Blanks, Langston Higgins, Julian Goins. The film is directed by Nick Cannon. »

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Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx to Play Movie Hit Men

11 March 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Kevin Hart is setting the record right now for most projects per square inch. There is [takes a deep breath]: his Romany Malco–starring ABC pilot; Think Like a Man Too; Ride Along 2; Ballers with Lebron James; Get Hard with Will Ferrell; The Wedding Ringer with Josh Gad; Nick Cannon's School Dance; a buddy-cop movie with Seth Rogen; Real Husbands of Hollywood; and an eventual new stand-up special. Now Variety reports he has signed on to co-star with Jamie Foxx in Black Phantom. Directed by Hart's frequent collaborator Tim Story, the movie tells the story of a double-crossed hit man who teams up with the Black Phantom, the hit man who was originally sent to kill him. Wonder how they'll work short jokes into it — "They should call you a hard-to-hit man, because you're such a small target." »

- Jesse David Fox

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Fox Grooms 20-Year-Old Comedian Pete Davidson As Primetime Breakout With ‘Sober Companion’ Role: Video

20 February 2014 3:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox‘s Night of Comedy showcase at the Improv last fall featured then-19-year-old comedian Pete Davidson. The network brass loved him and quickly signed him to a talent holding deal. After a small guest-starring role on Fox’s freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which marked his first TV acting gig, Davidson got his first network test for Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion and landed the role on the spot, with Fox casting executives bullish on his breakout potential. A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at a young age, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, »


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