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“Empire” is set to return this fall and we’re happy to report that Lucious and the gang will be joined by a host of famous faces for season two.
According to Variety, Fox announced Monday in New York that Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will be making guest appearances on the television series. R&B singer Ne-Yo also took to social media yesterday to confirm that he will be appearing on the series.
“We just signed Ne-Yo who’s going to be writing all new music with Timbaland,” Fox co-chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced.
In addition to all of that, Vulture is reporting that High School Musical actor Zac Efron has been cast as the fourth son of Lucious Lyon, which will certainly add a lot more drama to the mix. As you may recall, we were introduced to the troubled music mogul’s secret daughter last season. Only God knows how Miss Cookie will react to Lucious having another son considering that this means he may have been unfaithful to her during their marriage.
Season two will consist of 18 episodes split into halves by a crazy cliffhanger that will mark the midseason hiatus.
Are you ready for this?
Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.
Earlier this week, Chris Rock confirmed that he and wife Malaak were divorcing after 19 years of marriage. As some were quick to point out, the news wasn’t exactly shocking if you’ve ever seen Rock perform stand-up comedy. The guy has never really seemed too fond of married life.
In the video above, the Washington Post runs down some of the most revealing things Rock has said about wedded bliss in his movies and in his stand-up, including his famous riff on divorce and the late Nelson Mandela.
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Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions for 2015? One popular promise is to not bring baggage from the past into your future, that includes any past partners. It’s certainly no secret how quick stars join together and separate, but did some of these celebrity divorces surprise you?
When a celebrity divorce comes seemingly out of nowhere, the rumor mill is left to come up with their own explanations regarding why that particular marriage didn’t make it. When it comes to Chris Rock, one of the rumors that has apparently been circulating is that he’s divorcing his wife of 19 years for his longtime friend and Top Five co-star Rosario Dawson.
We’re not really sure specifically where these rumors originated, but we’re pretty sure that they were probably at the very least fueled by a photograph of Chris giving Rosario a peck on the lips at one of the Top Five premiere celebrations. The actor’s reps recently decided to address the rumors, telling Page Six:
“There is no truth to that. The rumor is 100 percent untrue.”
We sure hope not. That would be downright messy. As previously reported, Chris filed for divorce from his wife of 19 years last week in New Jersey. Malaak Compton-Rock is being represented by divorce attorney Allan Mayefsky, while Chris is being represented by attorney Robert S. Cohen.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak said in a statement Sunday. “Being fortunate enough to lead a of life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”
The comedian is requesting shared legal and physical custody of their daughters Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10.
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Source: Chris Rock Split From Wife Malaak Because He Wasn’t Happy Anymore After 19 Years Of Marriage
Ever since the news of Chris Rock and Malaak Compton’s split came out over the weekend, people have been trying to figure out and understand why after 19 years and two children, the comedian would want to go it alone. Well, according to TMZ, sources connected to the couple say that he just wasn’t happy anymore.
According to the site, despite what theories people try to come up with, there wasn’t a third party waiting in the wings. Rock just felt that the marriage had run its course and was no longer fulfilling.
A source close to the couple told PEOPLE a couple of days ago that the split was “a long time coming.” If you’ll recall, Rock filed for divorce in 2006 (around the time that he finished production for the film, I Think I Love My Wife), but the pair was able to work things out:
“This was a long time coming. Chris has known it wasn’t salvageable for a while. He was the one to file because he knew it was time to just move forward already.”
The sources close to the estranged couple who spoke to TMZ also say that the proceedings to end their union shouldn’t be ugly, but a “simple divorce.” However, things have already started to get a little testy between the two, because Rock claims that Compton has started to make it tough for him to see their two daughters, Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10. He is now asking for shared legal and physical custody of the girls.
The gossip site recently got their hands on the comedian’s divorce petition, which was filed in New Jersey, and it reveals that he and estranged wife Malaak Compton-Rock sat down in November to split up community property.
According to his filing, there was a prenup signed when the pair first married in 1996, but it expired after their 18-year wedding anniversary. Chris explained that Malaak has the “ability to work and contribute to her own support,” which sounds like he’s going to try to keep spousal support payments to a minimum.
As far as custodial arrangements go, Chris is requesting shared legal and physical custody of their two daughters Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10. He has reportedly complained that so far, Malaak has attempted to keep him from seeing the girls.
With the exception of the custodial complaint, which we’re praying is the result of some sort of misunderstanding that can be quickly resolved, it seems like their divorce will be pretty clean. But truthfully, only time will tell how this will all pan out.
We’re wishing both Chris and Malaak the best.
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With just days left in 2014, another Hollywood couple has announced that they’re calling it quits. Chris Rock, 49, and his wife of nearly 20 years have confirmed that they’re divorcing.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, 45, said in a statement today, according to People. “Being fortunate enough to lead a of life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”
The philanthropist went on to request privacy during this difficult time.
“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
Chris has not directly spoken out about the split, but his attorney Robert S. Cohen did confirm the unfortunate news on his behalf.
“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”
It’s currently unclear what pushed the pair to throw in the towel after all of these years.
While we’re certainly sad to learn of the disintegration of yet another Hollywood marriage, perhaps this is all for the best.
Are you shocked by the news of Chris and Malaak’s split?
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Chris Rock’s latest movie, Top Five, opened last weekend in 979 theaters, amassing $7.2 million dollars. It did not beat Christian Bale’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which was the number one film, pulling in $24.5 million for the same weekend. But Top Five emerged as the number four movie in America, a significant feat for Rock, who is the movie’s director, writer, as well as leading man. These numbers indicate the comedian’s potential to be a Woody Allen-esque figure, of sorts, for African-American moviegoers, following in the footsteps of other African-American silver screen savants like Robert Townsend and Spike Lee.
In the past decade there have been few intelligent, forward-thinking comedies starring, directed, and/or written by an African-American male or female. This year we were treated to Justin Simien’s Dear White People, which has been nominated for NAACP Image and Film Independent Spirit awards, among others.
It often appears that “thinking man” comedies are created by the Jason Reitmans and Julie Delpys of the world, whereas African-Americans are treated to movies like Soul Plane and Norbit. There is nothing wrong with slapstick comedy or the Tyler Perry Madea movies that have made him a millionaire. Still, the contemporary mammie, coon, and buck roles that African Americans have sought to diminish in the filmmaking landscape throughout history carry on and present themselves today. Perry’s last Madea movie, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, grossed a total of $52,543,354 at the box office. With numbers like that, Hollywood would be less concerned about the praise of critics, especially with A Madea Christmas being the latest installment of a mile long string of Madea flicks produced over the years.
Chris Rock is well aware of how Hollywood works and how the divide between White and Black Hollywood translates and constructs box office hits and misses. “It’s a White industry. Just as the NBA is a Black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. African Americans in Hollywood, no matter what position, are at the mercy of stereotyping and racial groupthink, which affects the types of films they are expected to consume and generate.
To further illustrate this point, look toward the existing Sony hacking scandal, the gift that just keeps on giving. Even the racial biases of renowned producer Scott Rudin and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, were revealed in a spread of email messages between the two “discussing” Obama’s movie preferences. “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” wrote Pascal. “12 YEARS”, replied Rudin. “Or the butler. Or think like a man?” Pascal asked. “Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”, Rudin then stated. (For the record, Obama’s favorite movie of 2014 is “Boyhood”, starring Ethan Hawke.) The reception for Chris Rock’s Top Five at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and the studio bidding war to acquire the film proves that a comedy of this ilk is wanted and that a good story knows no color lines.
Top Five won’t be able to eradicate the ghettoization of black films within the Hollywood movie system, and we are not trying to imply that it can. Instead, we can infer that Rock’s newest movie is another small step in the direction of presenting Black males who are funny without wearing a dress or being overtly hammy. Critics talk, but money talks louder. Smart businesspeople, such as Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst for BoxOffice.com, know that a movie’s success should not be solely evaluated by its opening weekend numbers.
“You can’t judge a movie like ‘Exodus’ or ‘Top Five’ based on their opening weekends. There’s a lot of time between Christmas and New Year’s for a film to pop, and compared to last year, there aren’t as many adult-skewing titles,” he said. A film like Top Five, which is being hailed as one of Chris Rock’s finest in years, is not in a bad position opening at number four, having being up against present blockbusters and animated movies like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1n and Exodus: Gods and Kings. (It cost $10 million to make and was bought by Paramount Pictures for $12.5 million.)
What remains to be seen is its global appeal, cumulative sum totals of ticket sales over the holiday season and beyond, and future studio support for intelligent comedies led by African-American talent.
However, let us keep in mind that Chris Rock has gained the respect of many industry tastemakers and gatekeepers with Top Five and this can only inspire him and other comedians like him to keep keepin’ on. On the whole, African-American filmmakers should be mindful that a balance of great storytelling and Hollywood industry acumen is fundamental. Like Rock and his film Top Five, showing film industry power executives that breaking out of the creativity box is a risk worth taking to the box office.
For a lot of comedians, nothing is off limits, but while promoting his upcoming film, “Top Five,” which hits theaters today, Chris Rock revealead there is one person he won’t come for in his stand up routines and we have to say that choice is a very smart move on his part. See who the lucky individual is in the video above as Chris also talks about growing as a comedian and not caring about people who aren’t true fans being offended by his jokes.