With stars like Tina Fey, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon apologizing and shows like "Community," "The Golden Girls" and "Scrubs" deleting episodes featuring blackface, Hollywood is finally beginning to reckon with one of its most insidious comedic tropes.
Samuel L. Jackson has joined Chris Rock in Lionsgate's upcoming "Saw" reboot. Production has officially begun on the film, in which Rock will play a police detective investigating a series of grizzly crimes. Jackson will portray Rock's father. Max Minghella, who stars in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" and recently directed "Teen Spirit," also joins the […]
Hollywood stars including Ben Stiller, Madonna and Chris Rock have joined a GoFundMe appeal to raise money for the victims of the terror attack in New Zealand.
The comedians said the word while in conversation with Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld for an HBO special
Amy Schumer has taken down critics following news that she'd renegotiated her salary with Netflix after learning how much Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle got paid.
Since Chris Rock gave the Girl Scout Cookie industry a worldwide audience at this year’s Oscars, things have really stepped up a notch. Now they’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio stumping for them – appearing in a cheeky poster posted on the Girl Scout Cookies Facebook page which has now gone viral, being shared and liked tens of thousands of times. “Leo wants an Oscar.
Jada Pinkett Smith has responded after Chris Rock slammed her at this year’s Oscars ceremony. “Jada said she’s not coming,” said Rock. “I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s gonna boycott the Oscars?
By E. Alex Jung, Vulture One of Chris Rock’s most controversial jokes from Oscars night wasn’t about systemic racism in Hollywood; ironically enough, it was a crack against Asian people. In a bit similar to the one he did the first time he hosted the Oscars, Rock brought out three Asian kids as the “dedicated, accurate, and hard-working” accountants “Ming Zhu, Bao Ling, and David Moskowitz” of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Then, he joked, “If anybody is upset about this joke, just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids.”
The low ratings for this year’s Oscars show were down to the boycotts and the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, civil rights leaders have claimed. This year’s event, hosted by Chris Rock, was watched by 34.3 million people, the lowest figure in eight years for the annual awards beano, and down three million from last year. The reverend Al Sharpton, who urged people to switch off on Sunday night has claimed a victory from the numbers.
It’s finally over – the 88th Academy Awards have wrapped up, DiCaprio and pals have collected their awards and the world can go back to pretending they don’t care about the Oscars. After the recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it was obvious that Chris Rock would have plenty to say on the matter… and it seems that particular topic provided him the perfect way to skewer his celebrity audience. “I understand you’re mad,” he said about those who chose to boycott this year’s Oscars.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Academy Award Always a nominee but never a winner. This finally changed for Leo at the 88th Academy Awards when he scooped up the Best Actor award for his performance in “The Revenant.” DiCaprio gave a heartfelt thanks to his team and old friends, including Martin Scorsese, and even worked in a message on climate change saying, “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating… Let us not take this planet for granted. Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director second year in a row Iñárritu took home the hardware for directing “The Revenant.” He won in the same category last year for directing “Birdman,” making him the first director to win back-to-back Oscars in 65 years and only the third man to have done it so far. The first was John Ford who won in 1940 for “The Grapes of Wrath” and in 1941 for “How Green Was My Valley,” and the second was Joseph L. Mankiewicz who won in 1949 for “A Letter to Three Wives” and 1950 for “All About Eve.” 3.
Ali G’s bid for more racial diversity at the Oscars was typically close to the bone at last night’s ceremony. In his trademark do-rag, Sasha Baron Cohen took to the stage reviving the dim-witted leader of the Staines Massive to preach his own message of inclusion. Host Chris Rock also mercilessly skewered the Academy for its lack of diversity in his brilliant, frequently scathing opening monologue, dubbing the event ‘the White People’s Choice Awards’.
Chris Rock’s inner competitive dad came out at last night’s Oscars ceremony, as he introduced his daughters Lola and Zahra to the star-laded audience and got them selling their Girl Scout cookies. “It would mean so much to my little girl if we could beat Linda Dunn. “I want you to reach into your millionaire pockets and buy some of my daughters’ Girl Scout cookies,’ he announced as a photo of his girls flashed up behind him.
Comedian Chris Rock proved to be the perfect compere for this year’s oh-so-white Oscars with his hilarious opening monologue charging full steam ahead into the controversy surrounding the 88th Academy Awards. First off, he calls it “The White People’s Choice Awards” joking that if the Academy nominated their hosts, they’d be watching Neil Patrick Harris instead of him.
While some in Hollywood debated whether Chris Rock should drop out as host of this year’s Oscar telecast as repudiation of the award’s grievous lack of non-white nominees, count Angela Bassett as being firmly in favor of the star comedian taking the stage on Sunday night. “I’m supportive of the host this year,” Bassett, who costars in the upcoming action sequel London Has Fallen, told Yahoo Movies. Bassett, who was nominated in 1994 for her performance as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It?, says she won’t be attending the ceremony this year, but she’s very interested in watching it on television.
Oscars host Chris Rock will still host the annual awards show but will be rewriting his opening speech after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. There’s been an uneasy divide in Hollywood over the last week, after not a single actor of colour received an Oscar nomination for the upcoming awards ceremony, igniting debate suggesting there was a severe lack of diversity in the film industry. Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin revealed that Rock will continue as host and tweak his planned speech.
It seems the ‘White Oscars’ row, which has seen many prominent Hollywood figures declaring they will boycott this year’s event due to lack of diversity in nominees, has not fallen on deaf ears. In an official statement, AMPAS announces plans to double its number of female members and ‘diverse members’ by 2020. As of later this year, Academy members may only serve as voters for periods of 10 years, which will only be renewed if the member has continued to work in the film industry in that time.