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Flashback: Stevie Wonder Joins Jodeci for a Stirring ‘Lately’ on ‘Arsenio Hall’

In 1993, Uptown Records’ founder Andre Harrell was planning an unplugged show on MTV to showcase his label’s roster, which included a young Mary J. Blige, Jodeci and Heavy D. & the Boyz. He approached Jodeci — a potent vocal group whose 1991 debut album spawned three Number One R&B hits — and proposed that they cover an oldie to demonstrate their vocal chops.

Jodeci agreed to the plan. They set about learning “Lately,” a cut from Wonder’s Hotter Than July that they had never heard before, in the 24 hours before the
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Can Trevor Noah (‘The Daily Show’) make Emmy history and get his coveted Donald Trump feud in the process?

Can Trevor Noah (‘The Daily Show’) make Emmy history and get his coveted Donald Trump feud in the process?
After Donald Trump recently tweeted insults at reporter Don Lemon and basketball player LeBron JamesThe Daily Show” host Trevor Noah noted that Trump has managed to pick a fight with just about every black celebrity imaginable … except him. “Once again, President Trump is feuding with a famous black person who dared to criticize him,” Noah said. “And now it has got all this attention, which makes me wonder … what do I have to do?” Winning an Emmy might do the trick. The Donald doesn’t have one of those, and we know he really, really wanted one.

Noah is already an Emmy winner. He claimed Best Short Form Variety Series in 2017 for “The Daily Show: Between the Scenes.” But he has yet to win Best Variety Talk Series for the main show. In fact, no black talk show host has ever won, and it has been 17 years since a
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Will Trevor Noah (‘The Daily Show’) make Emmy history as the first black talk show host to win Best Variety Series?

Will Trevor Noah (‘The Daily Show’) make Emmy history as the first black talk show host to win Best Variety Series?
One of 2018’s biggest Emmy surprises is the Best Variety Talk Series nomination for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Of course, “The Daily Show” was once an Emmy staple, winning Best Variety Series an astonishing 11 times while Jon Stewart was host. But voters didn’t feel the same way about Trevor Noah‘s version: it was snubbed in 2016 and 2017. Now the South African comedian has finally broken through in the top category, and it could be historic. If he wins he’d be the first black talk show host ever to claim Best Variety Series. (Check out the complete list of Emmy nominees here.)

It has been 17 years since a black talk show host was even nominated: “The Chris Rock Show” contended in 2000 and 2001. And before that “The Arsenio Hall Show” picked up a pair of bids in 1989 and 1990. But neither of them won the top category.

A few
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Remember That Time Jason Voorhees Showed Up On The Arsenio Hall Show?

If you don't remember, or you've never seen this, in 1989 Jason Voorhees appeared on The Arsenio Hall show to promote Friday The 13th Part 8. It's pretty damn funny watching Hall try to talk to him and getting nothing back in return. Jason doesn't say a word. He just sits there making Hall uncomfortable and giving him that sinister look. 

I remember seeing this as a kid and I thought it was the coolest thing to see Jason on The Arsenio Hall Show! I love coming across old stuff like this that I forgot about that sparks memories from growing up. 
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Will Smith Used His YouTube Channel To Tell The Story Behind ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’

Now this is a story all about how Will Smith's most famous TV deal went down. The A-list actor used Storytime, a recurring series he has shared on his YouTube channel, to reveal how the iconic 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air came to be.

As Smith tells it, he was "broke" after his 1989 studio album And In This Corner... landed with a thud. After his financial woes landed him in hot water with the IRS, he decided to take a trip to The Arsenio Hall Show. There, a drunk Quincy Jones convinced Smith to commit to the project that would ultimately jumpstart his career as an actor.

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Paramount Makes First Look Deal With Todd Garner’s Broken Road Productions

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Exclusive: Todd Garner is moving his Broken Road Productions banner onto the Paramount lot. Garner has made a two-year first look deal to develop and produce movies for both Paramount Pictures and Paramount Players.

Garner, who makes mainstream comedies and genre films, had most recently been under a deal with Covert Media, where he will continue to product numerous projects he set up. It is a homecoming of sorts for Garner, who started his career in accounting for Paramount Domestic Television, assigned to The Arsenio Hall Show.

“It was a huge success, back when Bill Clinton came on to play his sax and Eddie Murphy would show up,” Garner told Deadline. “I would walk around the lot and couldn’t believe I was on it. It was where I first learned what a creative executive was.” Garner became a creative exec and spent a decade as an exec at Disney rising to co-president of production,
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Celebrity Big Brother USA Three More Possible Female Participants Revealed

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Hey,"Big Brother" fans. More updates on the casting for the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother USA edition are now starting to trickle in a little more often these days. We've got a new one that just came in from thesun.co.uk site. They're telling us that former MTV's "The Hills" star Stephanie Pratt is currently in talks with the CBS Big Brother producers to participate in the first ever USA Celebrity Big Brother edition. They say that their sources confirmed it by saying, "While Steph's been in La, she has been seen by the producers of the new Us version of Celebrity Big Brother. The producers see her as a heritage reality star. One of the original global reality stars who has continued in reality TV both in the Us and UK. It's expected to be a huge show in the UK when it's shown over here." For
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‘Sandy Wexler’ Review: Adam Sandler’s Newest Netflix Comedy Helps Explain Why He Keeps Making So Many Bad Movies

‘Sandy Wexler’ Review: Adam Sandler’s Newest Netflix Comedy Helps Explain Why He Keeps Making So Many Bad Movies
The “Lawrence of Arabia” of half-assed Adam Sandler comedies, “Sandy Wexler” is an epic period piece that spans 10 years and 131 minutes of mildly amusing mediocrity before climaxing with a Rob Schneider cameo where he plays a Middle Eastern man in full brownface — it’s awful, and yet it’s almost objectively Sandler’s best movie since “Funny People.”

Of course, quality has never been a very useful metric for measuring Sandler’s work, and that’s especially true now that we’re knee-deep in an eight-picture Netflix deal which guarantees that, for the foreseeable future, we can expect new Sandler films to arrive with all the predictably of seasonal allergies. Once upon a time, he was a cottage industry — now, he’s an assembly line.

But if “Sandy Wexler” is only the slightest bit funnier than “The Do-Over” or “The Ridiculous Six,” the third of Sandler’s streaming offerings is
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28 years ago today: Tom Hanks’ ‘Big’ opened in theaters

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28 years ago today: Tom Hanks’ ‘Big’ opened in theaters
28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters. It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office. Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters. • 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC. • 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. • 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters. • 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.
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ABC's Greatest Hits Music Series to Feature '80s, '90s and '00s Smashes

ABC's Greatest Hits Music Series to Feature '80s, '90s and '00s Smashes
ABC and Arsenio Hall are making a straight-up* play for viewer nostalgia this summer. (*See what we did there?)

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The network announced on Wednesday that it’s launching Greatest Hits — a concert-style series reliving the biggest songs of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. (Tick tock ya don’t stop!)

Hall and current country chart-topper Kelsea Ballerini will serve as hosts for the six-episode, one-hour series, premiering Thursday, June 30 at 9/8c.

RelatedCastle Vet Jon Huertas Set for Season 9

According to the network, each episode will feature
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Sinead O’Connor v Arsenio Hall: Watch Their 1991 Spanking Flirtation (Video)

Sinead O’Connor v Arsenio Hall: Watch Their 1991 Spanking Flirtation (Video)
Arsenio Hall is currently suing Sinead O’Connor for libel, but 25 years ago they had a charmingly flirtatious relationship: O’Connor joked about Hall spanking her during a 1991 interview on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” He called her “a very attractive woman.” She near-whispered back that he was “gorgeous.” And then it all went to hell. Hall sued O’Connor Thursday after O’Connor wrote a Facebook post accusing him of providing Prince with drugs, and called him “Prince and Eddie Murphy‘s bitch.” She also said she had reported Hall to Carver County, Minnesota authorities investigating Prince’s April 21 death,
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The 7 Best Prince Performances You Can Find Online to Help You Through This Loss

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The 7 Best Prince Performances You Can Find Online to Help You Through This Loss
Music royalty has died. Prince, the massively influential and superlatively talented musician and personality, has died at 57. As complicated and strange as mourning a celebrity's death has become in 2016, it's especially fraught in the case of Prince, who for years fought a strangely noble war to keep his music offline. Recently, with the removal of his music from all online streaming services except Tidal, it's become nearly impossible to share his music, as a gesture of mourning or otherwise. So this is by no means a complete list of the Purple One's iconic performances, it's just the best ones that you can find.
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‘The View’ Rips Presidential Candidates’ Late-Night TV Appearances: ‘They Are Very Boring’

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‘The View’ Rips Presidential Candidates’ Late-Night TV Appearances: ‘They Are Very Boring’
The glut of presidential candidates appearing on late-nights shows in recent weeks has the women of “The View” scratching their heads. “All of the candidates are trying go out of their way to show their fun side,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said. “Do you have to be an entertainer to be a politician and is that something we’re we should be paying attention to?” They then played clips of Hillary Clinton dancing, Marco Rubio tossing around a football, and Bill Clinton, whom Joy Joy Behar referred to as “our first black president,” playing the saxophone on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992. See.
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25 years later: How 'In Living Color' broke sketch comedy's race barrier

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25 years later: How 'In Living Color' broke sketch comedy's race barrier
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption,
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Bww TV Exclusive: Orange Is The New Black's Lea DeLaria Gets Jazzy in American Songbook Concert- Watch Highlights!

Just last week, comedian, actress, and Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria astonished with her gutsy vocals and superhuman scatting technique in an unforgettably entertaining evening. Long admired for her innovative jazz covers of rock staples and a favorite of the city's nightclub scene, Ms. DeLaria has been making waves since stepping onstage at The Arsenio Hall Show in 1993 as one of television's first openly gay female celebrities.BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you highlights from DeLaria in concert below
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Barack Obama is the Greatest 'Colbert Report' Correspondent

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Barack Obama is the Greatest 'Colbert Report' Correspondent
Whether or not you love Barack Obama, you have to admit he's one of the few sitting presidents in history who could handle the timing and stage presence of self-deprecating sketch comedy. The Commander-in-Chief was a riot not only during his interview with Colbert (in which the prez was called "Emperor Obama"), but also during "The Decree" in which he cracked jokes about Mitch McConnell, healthcare, and his new-found grayness. This is a perfect TV moment. I don't what else to say about it, really. The excitement is real as Obama takes over Colbert's desk in Washington and plays along with the familiar subliminal joke format without ever seeming too self-aggrandizing. This is better than Clinton showing us his sax skills on "The Arsenio Hall Show" or Richard Nixon deadpanning "Sock it to me" on "Laugh-In." This is a fully realized, cannily executed, actually informative comedy segment starring the president.
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Michael Davis: The Black Hollywood Shuffle, Part 2

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Niggers, Get A Fucking Clue

Please read last week’s installment .

Last week I recounted what happened to me, at the hands of a black woman, while backstage at The Arsenio Hall Show some months ago. I’m not pointing out she was a black woman, that’s not important.

What’s important is she’s black.

Most, from what I could see of Arsenio’s staff is black. From my brief time there, I noticed most were pleasant and helpful. But the woman who threatened to call security on me was anything but.

She treated me as if I was a dark skinned nigger from the country and she was a light skinned lady from a well-to-do Negro family. There was a time when many light skinned blacks built communities and excluded any black person “darker than a paper bag” from living among them.

How fucked up is that,
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20 Most Ridiculous Movie Promotional Images Ever Released

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For the last hundred years or so promotional images have been one of the most important marketing tools in the movie industry. From movie posters, to publicity stills, to candid behind-the-scenes photos; these images have the difficult job of getting us interested in a film with a single glance.

Nobody can deny that this is a hard thing to do and when it’s done well we rightfully acknowledge it. For instance, who could forget the poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? The one featuring Uma Thurman laying on the bed smoking a cigarette with a handgun laying in front of her? Nobody knew what this movie was all about but the poster alone was enough to spark our curiosity.

On the other hand, sometimes promotional images simply try way too hard and end up becoming quite ridiculous. From low-budget ’80s horror movies to recent big-budget
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10 Hilarious Talk Show Appearances By WWE Stars

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It’s different today with kayfabe dead, but before the last 10-15 years, wrestlers were almost always in character when they went on talk shows. The results were mixed. Some wrestlers didn’t know where the line was, but the ones who did were able to get their characters over with some really awesome promotional appearances. Later on, when they were less likely to appear in-character, the wrestlers with the most engaging real-life personalities were the ones who excelled.

Some would just play their characters to the hilt as the host reacted. Someone like Arsenio Hall was especially good at doing that when he had wrestlers on. Others would tone it down, depending on what exactly their gimmicks were. Eventually, as the ’90s went on, more wrestlers went in that direction since there was not much of a point to appearing in character when it insulted viewers’ intelligence more than anything.
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Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore

Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore
“Just be careful. She doesn’t suffer fools.” That was the advice a publicist gave me just before they put me on the phone with Lauren Bacall about 20 years ago. She was promoting a TNT movie, The Portrait, and as a writer-producer on The Arsenio Hall Show I had persuaded the powers that be to book her on the show — even if, on the surface, she wasn’t the typical kind of contemporary guest we often had on the show. Quite frankly, I just wanted to meet Lauren Bacall, to just hear that legendary sultry voice on the other end of the phone. So I set about doing the pre-interview and apparently passed the “no fools” test because I found her to be a pussycat.

Related: Lauren Bacall: A Life In Pictures

Still it wasn’t like Arsenio (or even our studio and TV audience) was exactly the kind of fan I was,
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