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In SNL Return, Chris Rock Takes a Jab at Trump

And Jim Carrey plays Joe Biden for the first time

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live went political with a parody of this week’s presidential debate and a jab at President Trump from host Chris Rock. The series opened its 46th season with Alec Baldwin returning to play Trump, while Jim Carrey made his feature debut as Biden. In the sketch , the... More »

SNL Has Its New Biden

Jim Carrey joins show for season 46, kicking off this weekend as Maya Rudolph returns as Kamala

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live has offered a sneak peak at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden ahead of the season 46 premiere this weekend. An 18-second teaser released Thursday shows Carrey in a makeup chair, being fitted with a white wig. The look is made complete with bushy white eyebrows and crow'... More »

New York Stores Can Require Masks

Chris Rock, Rosie Perez help governor make his point

(Newser) - With an executive order, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given retail stores the OK to refuse admittance to anyone not wearing a mask. Shoppers "don't have the right" to expose a store owner to the virus, the governor said in his press briefing Thursday, CBS reports. He... More »

20-Year-Old SNL Sketch Causing Problems for Jimmy Fallon

In it, he dons blackface

(Newser) - A 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch has come back to haunt Jimmy Fallon. Fallon, now the host of the Tonight Show, was at the time an SNL cast member doing an impression of Chris Rock—in blackface. (Rock left the show in 1993.) The skit was resurfaced on Twitter... More »

Chris Rock: 'They Said No Jussie Smollett Jokes.' Forget About That

The comedian cracks everyone up at the NAACP Image Awards

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett didn't show up Saturday for the NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, but Chris Rock did—and he didn't hold back, USA Today reports. "They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes,'" said Rock after he came onstage to present outstanding comedy series. "What... More »

Fargo, Dead? Not With Chris Rock Coming on Board

Rock says he 'can't wait' to star in season four

(Newser) - Chris Rock is returning to FX, but don't expect any standup. The funny man will star in season four of Fargo as the head of a black crime family in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950, Variety reports. The show will depict Rock's syndicate and an Italian family in... More »

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 »

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