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Sources: Chris Rock Making $40M Return to TV

2 stand-up comedy specials will air on Netflix

(Newser) - Chris Rock has been missing from the small screen for eight years, but the comedian's fans will be pleased to hear that not everybody hates Chris: He's cut a comeback deal for two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix for what sources tell the Hollywood Reporter is a record-smashing... More »

Takei, Other Asian Academy Members Blast Oscars' Asian Jokes

Letter to Academy calls skits on awards show 'tasteless and offensive'

(Newser) - The child actors who were part of a joke about Asians on Oscars night seem unperturbed by the ensuing controversy, but more than two dozen members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent feel otherwise. Per the Hollywood Reporter , 25 members—including director... More »

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy... More »

With Chris Rock, Oscars Was Nearly 'Revolutionary'

Host getting mostly strong reviews

(Newser) - So how did Chris Rock do as host of the Oscars, or as he called them, "the White People's Choice Awards"? Pretty well, according to most reviewers:
  • "From the moment he stepped onto the stage in a white tuxedo jacket, it was clear he was not
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Chris Rock's Oscars Beef: 'We Want Opportunity'

Host touches on diversity in Hollywood, slams Jada Pinkett Smith

(Newser) - Chris Rock's cryptic tweet on Friday about a "blackout" had many wondering what the comedian had in store for his second turn hosting the Academy Awards (Weinstein Co. co-chair Harvey Weinstein, for one, predicted Rock would "annihilate" Hollywood, per the Hollywood Reporter ). This anticipation was spawned... More »

Black Stars Are Boycotting 'Lily White' Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee will skip Academy Awards

(Newser) - Chris Rock lamented last week that the Oscars are essentially "the white BET awards." He can't exactly skip them, since he's the host —but other black stars can. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have both pledged to boycott this year's Academy Awards, for... More »

Chris Rock Returning to Host Oscars

He did it once before, 11 years ago

(Newser) - Chris Rock will host this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. It's actually a return gig for the 50-year-old comedian and actor, who hosted 11 years ago. The Los Angeles Times recounts that he received "wildly divisive reviews" on that first... More »

Chris Rock on Split: 'Some Days You're Outta Your Mind'

Comedian talks divorce with the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - Chris Rock mostly focused on his career during a new, extensive interview with the Guardian , but he also mentioned a bit about how he feels in the wake of his divorce last year from his wife of nearly two decades. "I’m doing OK. You know, some days are... More »

Why Chris Rock Is Getting Divorced

And more bad news for Hollywood couples

(Newser) - Chris Rock was apparently unhappy when soon-to-be-ex-wife Malaak's statement made it sound like their decision to divorce was a mutual one, so, as TMZ puts it, his people "fired back ... making it clear HE was the one who filed for divorce." Now, sources connected to the couple... More »

Chris Rock, Wife Divorcing

Marriage of 19 years to Malaak Compton-Rock is ending

(Newser) - Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly two decades, Malaak Compton-Rock, Rock's rep tells the Hollywood Reporter . "This is a personal matter, and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family," the rep says. Compton-Rock,... More »

Chris Rock: Racial Progress Is Really 'Nicer White People'

Comedian talks Ferguson, Cosby, Obama

(Newser) - Chris Rock , whose new comedy Top Five comes out on Friday, spoke recently with Frank Rich for New York magazine, offering his blunt take on a range of topics. Highlights:
  • On Ferguson: If he were a journalist in Ferguson, Rock says that he'd only interview white people through
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5 Buzziest Moments From BET Awards

Nicki Minaj may have thrown some serious shade, and more

(Newser) - If you missed last night's BET Awards, never fear: We have the most talked-about moments for you.
  • Nicki Minaj may have dissed Iggy Azalea. After beating Azalea and others to win Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Minaj said, "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is,
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Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ... More »

Chris Rock Blasts Mormons for Racist Past

'Romney's crew' thought black people were 'the devil' until 1978

(Newser) - Chris Rock has no problem criticizing Mitt Romney for his religion. Asked about the election on Jimmy Fallon last night, Rock replied, "I just heard this the other day: The Mormons, Mitt Romney's crew, they believed black people were the devil 'til 1978! I'm not making... More »

Spike Lee: Hollywood Clueless About Black People

Sundance speech gets testy

(Newser) - Spike Lee screened his latest film—Red Hook Summer, a quasi-sequel to Do the Right Thing—at the Sundance Film Festival last night, but what really got people talking was the profanity-laden tirade he delivered in the Q&A afterward. The fireworks started when surprise attendee Chris Rock stood up... More »

Chris Rock Backpedals on Morgan's Anti-Gay Rant

'Tracy Morgan is a tad off,' says Rock, 'we all know that'

(Newser) - Chris Rock is backpedaling after tweeting support for comedian Tracy Morgan, reports the New York Daily News . After Morgan got in trouble for joking that he would stab his son to death if his son were gay last week, Rock initially wrote that he would not "want to live... More »

Tony Awards Snub Hollywood

Daniel Radcliffe, other big names miss out on nominations

(Newser) - Last year's Tony Awards saw a plethora of Hollywood winners— to the annoyance of some —but this year looks to be a different story. Quite a few big names were skipped over when nominations were announced today, most notably former frontrunner Daniel Radcliffe for How to Succeed in ... More »

Sandler's Grown Ups Tanks

Big names of comedy can't save it

(Newser) - Critics are decidedly unimpressed with the Adam Sandler coming-of-age flick Grown Ups, despite (or maybe because of) help from Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider.
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post : When Sandler "repeatedly slapped Rob Schneider in the face with a dehydrated banana, I was jealous
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Death at a Funeral Can't Win 'Em All

Some critics love offbeat comedy remake, some hate it

(Newser) - Critics are decidedly split on Death at a Funeral, Chris Rock’s remake of a British farce that’s a scant 3 years old. Here’s what they’re saying:
  • Death at a Funeral is proof that a well-made screenplay is indestructible,” writes Ty Burr of the Boston
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Good Hair Has a Few Knots

Chris Rock shines as interviewer, but social issues get lost in the weave

(Newser) - Chris Rock is a natural and hilarious interviewer, critics agree. But watchers are split on whether the substance of a rather complicated debate shines through in Big Hair, his documentary on black women and their coifs. A sampling:
  • Rock has helped craft a film with "much good feeling and
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