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Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube is headed back to the big screen early next year in the highly anticipated buddy-cop comedy Ride Along.
According to the film’s director, Tim Story, Ride Along is a comedic take on the gritty crime dramaTraining Day.
During a visit on the set of Ride Along in Atlanta last December, Ice Cube opened up about his new role, and talked about his on-screen chemistry with Kevin Hart.
“Working with somebody like Kevin Hart is rejuvenating…” Ice Cube said. “I think Kevin’s brand of comedy is broader. He reminds me of a young Eddie Murphy….when Eddie Murphy was sharp as a tack, witty and on time. And he can pull it all off.. he can pull off the physical, he can pull off the intellectual, he can pull off the subtle. It’s just cool to work with somebody so good.”
Throughout his film career spanning more than 20 years, Ice Cube has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s funniest comedians, including Mike Epps, Katt Williams, John Witherspoon and Chris Tucker.
The 44-year-old actor says that the key to his success in the buddy-comedy film genre has been his ability “to make sure the comedy is funny, and not just comedy.”
“We make sure we have a great script so that we don’t force feed anything,” he says. “I think it helps people relax and laugh at it.”
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It looks like there’s some off-camera drama brewing over on the set of VH1′s Hollywood Exes. According to TMZ, one of the mothers of Eddie Murphy’s children, Tamara Johnson, is suing Lynch-Dyson Entertainment, the producers of Hollywood Exes, claiming that they actually jacked the idea from her.
In filed court documents, Johnson insists that she pitched a reality show titled The Hollywood Ex Club to Vernon Lynch back in 2008. According to reports, the show was supposed to document the lives of a group of celebrity baby mamas and was inspired by Johnson’s relationship with Murphy; however, nothing ever came as a result of Johnson’s discussions with Lynch. Four years later, in 2012, VH1 debuted a new show titled Hollywood Exes starring Murphy’s ex-wife, Nicole Murphy, and ironically produced by Lynch-Dyson Entertainment. As you have probably guessed, Johnson wasn’t too happy about this.
Johnson says that she reached out to Lynch-Dyson several times in hopes of receiving credit and money for the alleged stolen idea; however, the issue was never resolved. Now she’s suing for at least $1 million. Of course there are always two sides to a story, but if in fact Lynch-Dyson actually stole her idea, then we can totally understand her frustration. We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
What are your thoughts about this lawsuit?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
It’s been twenty-five years since classic comedy Coming To America was released in theaters and unsurprisingly, folks are wondering why there was never a follow-up movie detailing what happened to Prince Akeem, Semmi and Lisa. Eddie Murphy recently appeared on Arsenio’s night time talk show, where the two discussed the flick’s 25 year anniversary and the reasons why a sequel never happened.
“Now I don’t know if people say this to you. They say it to me because they know I need the money, but umm, a lot of people say, ‘How come there was never a sequel?’ I’m not sure,” Arsenio said to Eddie.
According to Eddie, the film’s plot attracted a lot of lawsuits.
“When ‘Coming to America’ came out, there was like a bunch of lawsuits. It was too long ago for you guys to remember, but there was some dude claiming that he was the prince,” Eddie said.
He went on to hilariously tell the story of being confronted by one man who claimed the movie’s plot was about his life.
“I be out in the club and this African dude would roll up on me and say, ‘I am the real prince! You stole my life from me! And I want my money! I’ll kill you! This happened on a regular basis!”Eddie exclaimed.
Though the story sounds quite humorous, Eddie said that things got very real.
“I actually had depositions where I had to sit across the table from this dude. It was so many lawsuits, so we were like, ehhh.”
Arsenio hilariously reminisced about one part in the lawsuit where the man went as far as to claim that he came to America to find the leading lady from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.
“Remember he said he came here after the girl in ‘Thriller?’ His pursuit was to come to America for the girl in ‘Thriller.’”
Hot mess! It’s great to see these two united and still as hilarious as ever.
Watch footage of Eddie and Arsenio discussing ‘Coming to America’ on the next page.
These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?
Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.
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Sometimes a director will create a music video so raw and emotional we can’t help but think “darn you” as we reach for tissues and wipe away tears after a three-to-five minute emotional roller coaster of a video. That’s precisely the reaction we had when it comes to the items in this list. Here are 15 of the saddest music videos ever made.
Aaron Hall – “I Miss You”
Aaron Hall first started out with the group Guy, but after Teddy Riley decided to take his New Jack Swing to Blackstreet, Hall forged on with a solo career. His biggest hit by himself is the tender love song “I Miss You.” In the video, Hall is over the moon that his lady is expecting his child He showers her with love and affection but his world is turned upside down when she starts having complications from the pregnancy. He ruses her to the hospital but it’s too late.
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Kenan Thompson, one of two black performers on Saturday Night Live‘s current cast, shares his thoughts on why black comediennes (black women comics) can’t seem to find work at his job. According to TV Guide:
“Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. ‘It’s just a tough part of the business,’ Thompson says. ‘Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.’”
Honestly, I think that Thompson’s mere existence on the show probably is the best evidence as to why this is not a matter of an inability to find “ready” black comediennes. Here’s what I mean:
All snark aside, SNL hasn’t been “Must See TV”-funny since, I would estimate, the years of Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan and Cheri Oteri. Now I know that some may argue that the Tina Fey years were thoroughly entertaining or that the show hasn’t been seriously funny since way back in season eight when Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo, who were both major influences on the writing team, dominated the stage. But I think we all can agree that the comedy series doesn’t have the same spark it once had. Outside of topical political and pop culture events, which for the most part are easy targets to spoof, and some musical guests and famous hosts, who serve as great draws for viewers, the show has comically struggled as of late to give us memorable signature characters and skits of its own.
I wouldn’t say that Thompson isn’t a funny guy; The Steve Harvey Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and White People Problems are probably two of my favorites when it comes to his sketches. However, in the decade that he has been a cast member, Thompson has yet to develop a signature character, which connects with viewers. It’s a shame because most of the SNL greats had one: Dana Carvey had the Church Lady; Tim Meadows had the Ladies Man; and even Molly Shannon (known for Mary Katherine Gallagher) and Ana Gasteyer scored big with their “Delicious Dish/Schweddy Balls” NPR-spoof. Who is Thompson most notable for? Pretty much, DeAndre Cole and What’s Up With That? While it was probably entertaining the first time it was done, it certainly doesn’t read into a spin-off movie or television show material.
Thompson’s point about the competitiveness of the audition process is not without merit though. Saturday Night Live is a weekly series performed live, therefore, the turnaround time for brainstorming, writing and then producing each sketch is probably ridiculously short. And according to this interview in the New York Times about the 39th season changes (including several new hires – none of which were black women), SNL head cheese Lorne Michaels took pride in his process, which takes place in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and says he is not just interested in commercially funny people, but rather a total package. According to the article:
“’You can’t be famous before you’re famous,’ he said. ‘It’s one thing to be on a stage in Chicago or L.A.; it’s another thing to be standing in 8H,’ he said of the show’s studio. ‘It’s like standing in Yankee Stadium. They can all play baseball, but this is something different. And the weight of all that was just more palpable to me this summer, more than ever before.’ (Mr. Michaels is also supervising the ascension of Mr. Fallon to “The Tonight Show” this season, another job as executive producer.)”
But it is hard to understand exactly what Michaels, as well as the other decision makers, define as Yankee Stadium caliber when the entire joke around Thompson’s most notable character is that he can play a Jheri Curl wearing, church suit rocking, lisp-having talk show host, who likes to sing the same chorus of “What’s Up With That” every time his “guest” tries to talk. I mean, if this is a spoof of a BET-like show, make sure it’s something familiar and relatable to the actual thing you are likely to see on BET. Maybe it’s not Thompson, maybe it’s the writers (according to SNL‘s website, Thompson is not listed as a writer on the show) who solely come up with the material for him to play. And maybe it’s the directors who tell him to give them more lisps and bugged-out eyes. Would it be fair to put the blame on Thompson’s talent as a comedian if a concept itself lacks a degree of wit and cleverness? Or do we place the blame squarely at the feet of those decision makers, whose ideas of Yankee Stadium-level comedy is the same tired ol’ stereotypical cheap laughs?
You have to wonder why Thompson didn’t take the opportunity he had with this platform given in the interview with TV Guide to co-sign co-star Jay Pharoah’s recent comments about his strong desire to see a black female cast member on Saturday Night Live. Pharoah even went as far as to name a comedienne he had in mind as a perfect fit for the cast without bad mouthing his employer in the process. You would think that a little diversity by way of a black woman might be aggressively pushed by Thompson since I’m sure he does not desire to do the black man in drag thing anymore.
Maybe it’s a matter of self-preservation? After all, according to Hollywood physics (with a side of geometry), no more than two black people can exist on the same plane without the word imploding. Add another popular black person to the cast – even if she is female – and likely Brother Thompson might be asking “what’s up with that?” if he gets a pink slip. See? Who says black women aren’t funny?
So…either Eddie Murphy actually finds this whole scenario funny or he put on a good face for the cameras while fuming on the inside. Either way, it’s interesting to say the least.
While out with his girlfriend Paige Butcher for their usual daily coffee runs (and seriously, they literally get coffee every morning–invest in a coffeemaker, sir) in Los Angeles, Eddie Murphy and his boo encountered a very colorful man. Dressed in a slinky red dress with a rose in hand and a flawless bang, he followed the couple from their coffee spot and offered them a rose. If that wasn’t awkward enough, another man, a heavily bearded black man in a wrap dress at that, walked up to the couple to give them a rose as well (see below).
This could be a comical encounter for most folks (or scary, we’re all different), but in a way, I wouldn’t be surprised if these two men were trying to throw some sort of shade at Murphy. If you’ll recall, it was 1996 when the comedian was arrested for picking up a cross-dressing prostitute in West Hollywood. He claimed that he had stopped and talked with the transvestite because he seem “disjointed” and looked liked he needed help. However, not too many people believed that and it’s a scandal that has followed him since. But let’s just hope these were people looking for some shine and not trying to play him, but either way, it’s definitely a picture that caught our attention. So, how would you caption this pic?
Getting older certainly isn’t easy and while some men age with grace and dignity, these 15 stars have been anything but graceful. And quite honestly, we think they’re going through something, say a mid-life crisis?
John Kerry ran for president in 2008, but after losing out to the incumbent President Bush, Kerry went back to work on Capitol Hill as a senator. Earlier this year, President Obama tapped Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. And while he has a lot on his plate dealing with various international issues and the recent events of a chemical gas attack in Syria, Kerry’s change of appearance has a lot of people talking. Sixty-nine-year-old Kerry’s droopy face has been looking less droopy and even a little wider. His rep attributes the new look to exhaustion but a bad Botox injection or recent plastic surgery to the face can also be the cause, as some have speculated.
We’re used to seeing Eddie Murphy in a movie every year or so. And whether those movies are fan favorites or flops, I personally expect for Murphy to somehow be represented at the box office. But that hasn’t been the case this year. And apparently, this is the reason why. The veteran actor and comedian has been working on an upcoming album. And today, there’s a little preview of what me might expect from it.
A reggae song featuring Snoop Lion called “Red Light.”
I was hesitant to even press play on this one because a collaboration between Eddie and Snoop just sounds…odd. But after listening to it twice, I can say it’s not terrible. I’ve heard far worse. Eddie Murphy, in his signature high whiny voice, attempts to pull of Bob Marley’s cadence. The track sounds like any other slowed down reggae track. Some have said it puts them in the mood of Marley’s “Jammin.” I don’t know if I’d go that far but there are commonalities.
Take a listen to the song below and let us know what you think.
Celebrities are no stranger to having rumors made up about them; the more famous the celebrity, the crazier the rumor, like death hoaxes. Here are 15 stars who people viciously claimed were dead.
After his assault on then girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown was one of the most hated men in entertainment, and in 2012, “internet killers” joined forces on two social networking platforms to declare the “Don’t Judge Me” singer dead. In addition to a hashtag with the words “RIPChrisBrown” trending on twitter, the comment sections for his official videos on YouTube were flooded with messages of mourning. While he has a way to go with winning people over in the court of public opinion, Brown did recently score a victory in criminal court after his hit and run case was thrown out.