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Spike Lee to Launch His First Online Filmmaking Class

Spike Lee to Launch His First Online Filmmaking Class
Spike Lee will share his insights and experience from three decades of making movies, for just $90.

The filmmaker, one of the leading voices of modern black cinema, will offer his first online class in partnership with MasterClass. Lee’s class is slated to launch in the summer of 2018 on the platform, which hosts more than two dozen other celebrity-led tutorials.

Lee has been teaching filmmaking — in conventional settings — for nearly 30 years. Currently, Spike Lee is artistic director and professor in New York University’s Graduate Film Program (from which he received an Mfa in film production). He first joined the NYU faculty in 1993, after teaching a course on filmmaking at Harvard in 1991.

“There are no absolute truths in filmmaking and no one way to be a filmmaker,” Lee said in a statement. “I’ve learned in 30 years things that I can give back. I’m teaching this MasterClass because very
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Cedric the Entertainer Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’

Cedric the Entertainer Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’
Cedric the Entertainer has signed on to star in and executive produce the CBS multi-camera comedy pilot “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” Variety has learned.

Formerly known as “Here Comes the Neighborhood,” the project follows the nicest guy in the Midwest, who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.

Cedric will play Calvin, the next door neighbor to the Johnson family, whom he regards with disdain and as a pack of interlopers. Described as a natural contrarian, acerbic, even downright misanthropic, Calvin thinks these people will upset the delicate balance that exists in his neighborhood.
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Steve Harvey Chokes Up Honouring The Late Bernie Mac

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The Original Kings of Comedy reunited to honour the late, great Bernie Mac. The special occasion was equal parts laughter and tears, as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer joined Steve Harvey on his daytime show. There were some emotional surprises planned for Mac’s high-school sweetheart, Rhonda, and the couple’s daughter and granddaughter. Related: Steve Harvey, […]
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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ and Kevin Hart Score

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ and Kevin Hart Score
This weekend brought some welcome news: Ben Affleck’s latest, “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.), came in better than expected. And though “Kevin Hart: What Now?” (Universal) grossed only about half as much, they both did well compared to their cost.

But the overall box office continues to lag against 2015’s peak record numbers, dominated by such fourth-quarter entries as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a Bond film and the final “Hunger Games.” It’s hard to imagine that 2016 totals can beat them, even with Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” in early November, J.K. Rowling’s latest “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from Warners and Disney’s “Moana” closer to Thanksgiving.

The Top Ten (+1)

1. The Accountant (Warner Bros.) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 51; Est. budget: $45 million

$24,715,000 in 3,332 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,417; Cumulative: $24,715,000

2. Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal) New – Cinemascore: A- ; Metacritic: 61; Est. budget: $10 million

$11,894,000 in 2,568 theaters; PTA:
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What Now? Trailer Has Kevin Hart Breaking a Stand-Up Record

What Now? Trailer Has Kevin Hart Breaking a Stand-Up Record
It's been three years since Kevin Hart took the stage for the stand-up comedy movie Let Me Explain. In that time, he's appeared in numerous hit movies and made countless stand-up and TV appearances. But now he's ready to return to what he loves most, and the thing that made him a star. Today, we have the full-length trailer for Kevin Hart: What Now? And it sees the comedian at the top of his game. Literally.

Let Me Explained was a blockbuster success for the comedian, and grossed an astounding $32 million at the box office. So a follow-up was a no brainer. His previous effort is the third highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. But What Now? could easily take the top spot away from Eddie Murphy Raw, which has held the title of biggest stand-up comedy movie since it hit theaters in 1987. It is followed by The Original Kings of Comedy, which came out in 2000.

This new trailer shows Kevin Hart as a James Bond-like secret agent. He is on a mission to get money for his latest comedy tour. And we're treated to some cool action comedy stunts as the diminutive joker attempts to get away from the bad guys. This is all just a set up for the actual movie, though, and when it arrives in theaters on October 14, it will help pad the runtime to feature length.

The real core of the film finds Hart doing something no other stand-up has ever achieved. He will take center stage in what is being called a 'groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance'. The show was part of his 2015 'What Now?' comedy tour. And it was filmed outdoors in front of a record 50,000 people. The show happened at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, and marks the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

What Now? brings the Kevin Hart stand-up trilogy to its inevitable conclusion, which kicked off back in 2011 with Laugh at My Pain. That movie went onto earn $7.7 million, and stands as the 8th highest grossing live stand-up comedy movie of all-time. Before What Now? hits theaters this fall, Kevin Hart can be seen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the new action comedy Central Intelligence, which opens this Friday, June 17. He is also one of the lead voice actors in the new animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, in theaters July 8. And later this year, he'll reunite with The Rock alongside Jack Black to shoot the Jumanji remake. Today, we get to see him slinging jokes and acting more than just a 'little' foolish in What Now? Here's the latest footage, courtesy of Youtube
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D.L. Hughley Insults Caitlyn Jenner and Criticizes Decision to Give Her ESPYs Award, Internet Reacts

D.L. Hughley Insults Caitlyn Jenner and Criticizes Decision to Give Her ESPYs Award, Internet Reacts
Comedian and TV actor D.L. Hughley is not a fan of Caitlyn Jenner. In an on-air interview with TMZ, posted on Friday, the 52-year-old, known for his work on The Original Kings of Comedy, insulted the 65-year-old Olympian and reality star over her appearance, more than a month after she revealed her female name and look on the cover of Vanity Fair, and criticized the decision to give her the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs. (With the release of the Vanity Fair story, Caitlyn has chosen to identify publicly as a woman and E! News will refer to her using female pronouns. In stories published before that article, she was referred to as Bruce Jenner and male pronouns were...
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D.L. Hughley Breaks Down in Tears, Shares an Inspiring Story About His Son With Asperger's Syndrome

D.L. Hughley Breaks Down in Tears, Shares an Inspiring Story About His Son With Asperger's Syndrome
D.L. Hughley may be known around the world as one of The Original Kings of Comedy, but the actor showed his more vulnerable side during a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul caught up with Hughley for an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? and he opened up about his family life—specifically his son Kyle's Asperger's syndrome. The proud father became overwhelmed with emotion when discussing how Kyle, 26, was diagnosed as a child but has faced his challenges head-on and with a positive attitude over the years. "He graduated from college but everything has to be the same," D.L. explained. "He goes to work at the same time. He eats the same thing." One...
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D.L. Hughley Cast In NBC Pilot ‘Heart Matters'; Jason Scott Lee In ‘Warrior’

D.L. Hughley (The Original Kings Of Comedy) has joined the cast of NBC's drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. Gersh-repped Hughley will play Dr. Hackett, the psychiatrist at the…
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The CW Reveals 2015 Midseason Schedule

The CW Reveals 2015 Midseason Schedule
The CW announced its midseason schedule today at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA, including the series premieres of new dramas IZombie and The Messengers, the new unscripted competition series Cedric's Barber Battle and a new cycle of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

From executive producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), IZombie makes its series debut on Tuesday, March 17, (9:00-10:00pm Et), following an all-new episode of The Flash (8:00-9:00pm Et). Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains - she's taken a job in the Seattle coroner's office.
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What You Need to Watch on Netflix Before It Expires in January

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While you're making your way through the new movies streaming on Netflix in December, you may need to reprioritize that watching list. The service has released the list of titles that will be expiring from streaming on Jan. 1, 2015, and there are some good ones in here, like Titanic, Love Actually, The Wedding Planner, and You've Got Mail. There's no telling when or if these movies might come back, so take a look at the list and figure out what you need to see now! 12 Angry Men (1957) A Mighty Heart (2007) A River Runs Through It (1992) Backdraft (1991) Bad Boys (1995) Batman (1989) Beethoven (1992) Beethoven's 2nd (1993) Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Boyz n the Hood (1991) Braveheart (1995) Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Carrie (1976) D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Duck Soup (1933) Far and Away (1992) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero; Seasons 1-2 (1983­ and 1986) Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) Gladiator (2000) Good Burger (1997) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on January 1, 2015

When Netflix adds, it must also delete.

While Netflix is adding a ton of movies and TV shows to its streaming library in January 2015, periodically, the streaming service has to do a little housecleaning. A number of titles are due to expire at the end of the year, which means the its the end for some '80s and '90s favorites ("Batman," Beverly Hills Cop," "Happy Gilmore," "Spaceballs"), a handful of Oscar winners ("Gladiator," "Braveheart," "Kramer vs. Kramer"), and a few modern classics ("The Usual Suspects," "Love Actually," "The Breakfast Club").

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Watch 'em while you can!

Netflix Titles Expiring on January 1, 2015

"12 Angry Men" (1957)

"A Mighty Heart" (2007)

"A River Runs Through It" (1992)

"Backdraft" (1991)

"Bad Boys" (1995)

"Batman" (1989)

"Beethoven" (1992)

"Beethoven's 2nd" (1993)

"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)

"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)

"Boyz n the Hood" (1991)

"Braveheart" (1995)

"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)

"Carrie" (1976)

"D3: The Mighty Ducks
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Gersh Signs D.L. Hughley, Paradigm Gets Mark Valley

Rep Sheet Roundup: Gersh Signs D.L. Hughley, Paradigm Gets Mark Valley
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com. Hughley’s new home Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley has signed with Gersh. He was previously with ICM. The stand-up comic created and starred in the sitcom The Hughleys, which ran for four seasons on ABC and then Upn. During that span, he also starred alongside Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac in the 2000 docufilm The Original Kings of Comedy. His other TV credits include Scrubs, Studio 60

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Contest: Win A Haunted House 2 on Blu-ray

If you enjoyed the Scary Movie franchise or were curious to see a comedic take on James Wan’s The Conjuring, then you might be interested in A Haunted House 2, released on home media earlier this week by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. We’ve been provided with two Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of the Marlon Wayans-starring film to give away to Daily Dead readers.

“Having overcome the demons of his past, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is ready to start over with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two adorable kids, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) and Becky (Ashley Rickards). When their house is plaguedby a rash of bizarre paranormal events, Malcolm turns for help to his buddy Miguel (Gabriel Iglesias) and exorcist Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) in an attempt to drive the evil spirits from his home. But it turns out it’s not just the house that’s haunted…
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Win a Copy of A Haunted House 2 on Blu-ray

A Haunted House 2 is ready to go bump (and grind) in the night on Blu-ray and DVD, and right now we have a chance for you to score this latest horror comedy on us! That's right, free. Please note we are not responsible for what watching this movie will do to your Iq.

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on August 20th.

From the Press Release

The horror movie genre gets a hilarious makeover when Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie series, White Chicks) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar, The Original Kings of Comedy) star in A Haunted House 2, the outrageous supernatural comedy coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on
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The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer, Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black & More Win at 2014 Critics' Choice Awards - Full List!

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Btja presents the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, which are being broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel tonight, June 19, 2014 800pm ET800pm Pt and hosted by actorcomedian Cedric the Entertainer. Cedric is currently the star, co-creator and executive producer of the hit comedy series The Soul Man on TV Land as well as one of the stars of The Original Kings of Comedy. Scroll down for the full list of winners
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'A Haunted House 2' Blu-ray and DVD Arrives August 12th

'A Haunted House 2' Blu-ray and DVD Arrives August 12th
The horror-movie genre gets a hilarious makeover when Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie series, White Chicks) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar, The Original Kings of Comedy) star in A Haunted House 2, the outrageous supernatural comedy coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet on August 12, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The sequel to the box-office hit A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2 conjures up an otherworldly combination of bone-chilling suspense and no-holds-barred comedy for a raunchy and hysterically funny out-of-body experience.

Having overcome the demons of his past, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is ready to start over with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two adorable kids, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) and Becky (Ashley Rickards). When their house is plagued by a rash of bizarre paranormal events, Malcolm turns for help to his buddy Miguel (Gabriel Iglesias) and exorcist Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) in
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The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer, Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Allison Janney & More Win at 2014 Critics' Choice Awards - Full List!

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Btja presents the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, which are being broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel tonight, June 19, 2014 800pm ET800pm Pt and hosted by actorcomedian Cedric the Entertainer. Cedric is currently the star, co-creator and executive producer of the hit comedy series The Soul Man on TV Land as well as one of the stars of The Original Kings of Comedy. Scroll down for the full list of winners
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Ryan Murphy to be Honored at Critics' Choice Television Awards

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Btja today announced that critically acclaimed, award-winning television and film screenwriter, director and producer Ryan Murphy will receive the Critics' Choice Louis Xiii Genius Award, established to honor an icon in the television industry, at the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Ccta. Hosted by actorcomedian Cedric the Entertainer The Soul Man, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Original Kings of Comedy, the Critics' Choice Television Awards will air live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 800pm ET800pm Pt.
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'Riot': Steve Carell and cast on the new improv game show that's taking comedy to the extreme

'Riot': Steve Carell and cast on the new improv game show that's taking comedy to the extreme
I think it’s safe to say that Steve Carell is a master of physical comedy. This is the man who famously once waxed his chest hair on the big screen. So it makes sense that The Office star is an executive producer and one of the first celebrity guests on Riot, a new extreme game show premiering tonight on Fox.

“I have no idea what I’m getting myself into,” Carell jokingly told EW before filming alongside his Office co-star Andy Buckley. The show is based on the international hit franchise Slide Show and puts two teams of celebrities
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Summer box office: 10 winners and 10 losers

Summer box office: 10 winners and 10 losers
The U.S. box office hit a record high this summer, pulling in $4.76 billion thanks to blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2. But not every film was a success, and flops like R.I.P.D. and The Lone Ranger stole the headlines. Below, check out this summer’s box office winners and losers — plus a few toss-ups — and then sound off with picks of your own in the comments!

The Winners

Iron Man 3

Budget: $200 million

Domestic Gross: $408.9 million

Worldwide Gross: $1.21 billion

Bottom Line: The Marvel film got a huge boost from The Avengers’ massive success, earning $1.2 billion. Incredibly,
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