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How Chrissie Fit and 'Pitch Perfect 3' Are Challenging Latino Stereotypes (Exclusive)

How Chrissie Fit and 'Pitch Perfect 3' Are Challenging Latino Stereotypes (Exclusive)
Chrissie Fit is challenging the status quo.

The 33-year-old actress portrays a different kind of Latina character in Pitch Perfect -- and one that will only evolve when the franchise's third installment hits theaters in December.

"A lot of the times you'll see the Latina character being overly sexual and loud, and then Flo is on the opposite end of the spectrum," Fit told Et over the phone on Monday. "She's dry, sarcastic and really soft spoken, so it's a cool thing to see the different representation."

Fit isn't exactly Flo, the foreign exchange student from Central America added to Pitch Perfect 2 -- but the character definitely hits close to home.

Exclusive: Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood (Exclusive)

"I base [Flo] off of my mom...and my mom's always like, 'Stop saying that! I don't want to be famous!'" laughed Fit, whose parents
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Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)

Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)
Chrissie Fit is recognizable to fans across the world for her portrayal of foreign exchange student Flo in Pitch Perfect 2, but like most Latina actresses, her road to success in Hollywood hasn't been easy.

The 33-year-old actress grew up in Miami Florida, surrounded by other Latinos, "so in school, we didn't have the option of casting by race. It was just whoever could do the best job," she explained to Et over the phone on Monday -- but things quickly changed once she entered the big leagues.

"I remember my first audition was for The Secret Garden, and I auditioned for Mary Lennox, which was like, the Caucasian, British actor, and the director was looking at me, like, perplexed. Like, 'What the heck is this girl doing?' And he really politely said, 'That was great. Next season we're doing the King and I, and I think you're better suited for that,'" she recalled
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Exclusive: Anjelah Johnson Will Never Escape Bon Qui Qui -- and That's Ok With Her

Exclusive: Anjelah Johnson Will Never Escape Bon Qui Qui -- and That's Ok With Her
Anjelah Johnson has come a long way from the nail salon bit and Bon Qui Qui persona that made her famous.

The MadTV alum gets stopped for those two over-the-top but very recognizable comedy gems, but her years in Los Angeles, time on the road and family life have provided plenty more storytelling material -- an hour's worth, in fact. 

The very personable actress chatted with Et ahead of the premiere of her fourth comedy special, Mahalo and Goodbye, about just how much her husband, singer Manwell Reyes, and mom have influenced her latest work, why Bon Qui Qui is never going away and her years as a Oakland Raiderette.

Considering she revealed to us that one of the stories in Johnson's show is about a massage therapist that fell asleep while working on her, we know there are plenty of laughs ahead!

Related: Madonna Makes Her Stand-Up Comedy Debut With Amy Schumer: 'What a Thrill
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Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Streaming Service Sets August Launch Date; Unveils Slate

Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud streaming video service formed in partnership with Lionsgate is set to launch on August 3 with a slate of original scripted and unscripted comedy series, stand-up specials, licensed programming and live broadcasts. The service will feature content created, produced by and starring digital comedy talent including GloZell, King Bach, Emmanuel Hudson, DC Young Fly, Draya Michelle, David So, Timothy DeLaGhetto and Anjelah Johnson (MADtv, viral…
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TV Roundup: Kevin Spacey to Be Honored With International Emmy Founders Award

TV Roundup: Kevin Spacey to Be Honored With International Emmy Founders Award
In today’s roundup, Kevin Spacey is honored with the International Emmy Founders Award, CBS welcomes Daniel Henney to the cast of “Criminal Minds,” and Comet TV partners with the UFO Festival for the 70th anniversary.

Award Shows

Kevin Spacey will be receiving the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize Spacey at the 45th International Emmy Awards Gala on Nov. 20, 2017, in New York City. Spacey is a two-time Academy Award winner and has received 10 Emmy Award nominations. He has also won a Golden Globe, Tony, SAG, and BAFTA award in his storied career.

Casting

Daniel Henney has been cast in the CBS series “Criminal Minds,” reprising the role he played on the recently canceled “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Henney will play Special Agent Matt Simmons, who has consulted with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in the past, including helping with the release of Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) when
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Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office

Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office
This year has gotten off to a booming box office start, with the drama Hidden Figures surprisingly snapping Rogue One's four weekend winning streak early in the month. After Hidden Figures took two in a row, it dropped in its third, with Universal's R-rated thriller Split taking the top spot with an unexpected $40.1 million, going up against XXX 3, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and The Founder, which expanded nationwide after an awards-qualifying run in December. It was always going to be a close race between Split and Paramount's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, but Split shockingly doubled XXX 3's estimated opening weekend tally of $20 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Split pulled in an impressive $13,229 per-screen average from 3,038 screens. It also earned an impressive 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its $40 million debut means it has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. Split is director
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Lrm Interview: Brett Dalton Talks The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone, Lost In Florence and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best known as Grant Ward on ABC’s Marvel’S Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brett Dalton returned to his roots into indie films.

Lrm caught up exclusively with Dalton on the red carpet at the opening night of the faith-based movie The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone in Fresno, Calif. The film is about a former child star, who had to pick up the pieces of his life by doing community service at a local church in his hometown. He falls in love with the pastor’s daughter and assists on developing a play about Jesus Christ with his acting expertise.

In addition, Dalton also talked about Lost In Florence, another indie film which premieres at the end of this month. The romantic film is about an American who lives in Florence, Italy and participates in Calcio Fiorentino, a version of football.

Lrm would also like to thank Harvest Bible Chapel of
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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Abducts $2 Million in Thursday Night Launch

Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Abducts $2 Million in Thursday Night Launch
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has taken an impressive $2 million at 2,295 locations in Thursday night preview showings in North America.

Split” easily outdistanced Thursday night previews of Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in a decent $1.2 million at 2,536 sites.

Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.

Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.

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Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top
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Film Review: ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’

Film Review: ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’
At one point in “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a thoroughly predictable but undemandingly pleasant faith-based dramedy about a career-stalled actor who gets a shot at redemption while playing the lead role in a megachurch pageant, the prodigal-son protagonist makes a passing reference to a past acting gig in “a Hallmark movie.” The allusion is not without irony — indeed, the remark seems positively meta in this context — since “Resurrection” itself adheres to the same formula that has served many Hallmark Channel cable features so well: Take some familiar faces from past or current TV series, mix them into a plot about a big-city striver who reconnects with hometown roots, and bring everything to a boil with a contrived climactic conflict. Director Dallas Jenkins and screenwriter Andrea Nasfell follow the recipe with all the purposeful attentiveness of inventory clerks ticking items off a checklist. The end result merits a paraphrase of
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Box Office: ‘Split’ to Battle Vin Diesel’s ‘Xander Cage’ for Top Spot

Box Office: ‘Split’ to Battle Vin Diesel’s ‘Xander Cage’ for Top Spot
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” are poised to fight for the North American box office crown with about $20 million each this coming weekend.

Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Universal is launching “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, at approximately 3,015 North American venues. Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script.

Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project.
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Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?

Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?
The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece,
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Workplace Comedy Starring Anjelah Johnson & Produced By Ed Helms In Works At NBC

NBC has put in development We The People, a single-camera comedy starring MadTV alumna Anjelah Johnson, from Universal TV and Ed HelmsPacific Electric Picture Company. Written by former Key and Peele writer-producer Charlie Sanders, We The People is set in the Los Angeles office of a federal agency and revolves around case officer Malory Ruiz (Johnson), who alongside a diverse group of co-workers, helps people gain their citizenship, while just trying to make it to five…
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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Are All Smiles While Celebrating a Good Cause

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Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Are All Smiles While Celebrating a Good Cause
If there's one couple we love seeing together, it's Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder. On Saturday, the pair stepped out for the Unlikely Heroes charity benefit in Dallas. Nikki served as one of the hosts along with comedian Anjelah Johnson and Savannah Chrisley, while Ian attended as a special guest. The annual event was held to raise money to provide safe housing, medical care, and education for children rescued out of sex slavery and is just one of Nikki and Ian's many philanthropic ventures. Earlier this year, the duo hit the red carpet at We Day California, an event that is meant to celebrate young individuals who are making a difference in local and global communities. Related:33 Snaps That Prove Ian and Nikki Are So in Love
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Chris Rock Will Return to Stand-Up With 2 Comedy Specials For Netflix

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, is bringing its members two brand new comedy specials from one of the funniest and most influential comedians of all time: the one and only Chris Rock. Marking the multiple Emmy Award-winning comedian’s return to stand-up after an eight-year absence, Rock will tape two all-new specials that will debut on Netflix around the world. The first show will tape in 2017, following a new world tour being planned now.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer said:

"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.”

Rock added:

“I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage.
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First trailer for faith-based comedy drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton

WWE Studios has released the first trailer for the faith-based comedy drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone which stars Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney and WWE legend Shawn Michaels; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local megachurch and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is set for release on January 20th.
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'MadTV' Revival Happening as Prime Time Series on The CW

'MadTV' Revival Happening as Prime Time Series on The CW
Hard to believe, but it's been 9 years since MadTV went off the air. If you've been missing the crazy antics of this hugely popular sketch comedy series that ran for an amazing 14 seasons, you can dry those tears. The CW is planning a MadTV Revival with one major change. It's going to be a prime time series this time out.

In 1995, MadTV was envisioned as an alternative to Saturday Night Live, airing a half hour earlier as part of Fox's Saturday night line-up. The show is coming back for 8 hour-long episodes on The CW. Executive producer of the original MadTV, David E. Salzman is returning as showrunner. The show will be produced by Telepictures.

The MadTV Revival won't stray to far from its original format. It will continue to skewer pop culture, offering parodies of all the latest movies, TV shows, and big social media moments just like its Magazine namesake.
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‘MADtv’ To Return For 20th Anniversary Reunion Special

MADtv, the Emmy-winning sketch comedy series that originally ran from 1995-2009, is marking the 20th anniversary of its original airing with a one-off reunion special. ‘MADtv’ To Return For 20th Anniversary Reunion Special Cast members returning for the special include Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Anjelah Johnson, Nicole Randall Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil […]

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'MADtv' 20th Anniversary Reunion Special Happening This January

'MADtv' 20th Anniversary Reunion Special Happening This January
Marking 20 years since the debut of the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy series MadTV, The CW Network will broadcast the MadTV 20th Anniversary Reunion on Tuesday, January 12 (8:00-9:00 pm Et/Pt). This one-hour retrospective of classic MadTV clips showcases the series signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor from the show's 14 seasons, interwoven with new comedy material featuring 19 series alumni.

Returning cast members for the MadTV 20th Anniversary Reunion include Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Nicole Randall Johnson, Keegan Michael Key, Phil Lamarr, Artie Lange, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Arden Myrin, Nicole Parker, Eric Price, Will Sasso, Aries Spears, Nicole Sullivan, Stephnie Weir and Debra Wilson. In the special, the cast reunites to attend a glamorous award ceremony to honor the series, but in classic MadTV fashion, nothing goes as planned.

The MadTV 20th Anniversary Reunion will also feature appearances from some of the show's signature characters,
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MADtv Is Having a 20-Year Reunion Special on the CW

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MADtv Is Having a 20-Year Reunion Special on the CW
MADtv is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an upcoming CW reunion special. The show ran for 14 seasons ending in 2009, though it seems like just yesterday Michael McDonald was lying on the floor in tighty-whities whispering in a falsetto, "Let me do it." McDonald will attend the reunion, along with Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Anjelah Johnson, Nicole Randall Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil Lamarr, Artie Lange, Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin, Nicole Parker, Eric Price, Will Sasso, Aries Spears, Nicole Sullivan, Stephnie Weir, and Debra Wilson. Deadline notes, "In the special, the cast reunites to attend a glamorous award ceremony to honor the series, but in classic MADtv fashion, nothing goes as planned." Madness!
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TV News Roundup: Andy Cohen to Host New Year’s Special on NBC

TV News Roundup: Andy Cohen to Host New Year’s Special on NBC
Andy Cohen moonlights on NBC for New Year’s Eve and ABC Family gets intimate with “The Letter” in Wednesday’s TV news roundup …

Specials:

Jane Lynch is ceding her “Hollywood Game Night” hosting duties to Andy Cohen … temporarily. The Bravo host will oversee the hour-long live special, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen,” which will air at 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Cohen, as well as “The Voice” judge Gwen Stefani, will also join Carson Daly for the annual “NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” starting at 11:30 p.m. that night.

“I love three things — a party, live TV and celebrities playing games — so combining all three on New Year’s Eve is my idea of a perfect night,” Cohen said.

Lynch will return for “Hollywood Game Night’s” season four premiere on Jan. 5.

MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion
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