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July 6, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If you look at what's trending on Yahoo, you might think today is not just Fried Chicken Day  but also White People's Day. But before you pack up a picnic or go looking for the parade, that was actually two days ago, according to comedian Chris Rock.  In his typical in-your-face-manner, Rock sent out a provocative missive on Twitter for Independence Day that's stirring up a bit of chatter still on Friday. "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks," he tweeted.
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November 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," the talk-and-comedy series hosted by Bell and executive produced by Chris Rock, has been canceled. The axing marks the first cancellation for FXX, the comedy-heavy satellite network of FX that launched in September. The series, which began on FX last year, had a loyal following but never gained a large viewership. "This was a decision that was made with a heavy heart," said an FX spokesman. The final original episode of the series, which features Bell commenting on pop culture and other issues, will air Thursday.
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November 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," the talk-and-comedy series hosted by Bell and executive produced by Chris Rock, has been canceled. The axing marks the first cancellation for FXX, the comedy-heavy satellite network of FX that launched in September. The series, which began on FX last year, had a loyal following but never gained a large viewership. "This was a decision that was made with a heavy heart," said an FX spokesman. The final original episode of the series, which features Bell commenting on pop culture and other issues, will air Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It is just a few minutes into "Grown Ups 2" when star Adam Sandler is peed on in the face by a deer. How one feels about that - is it funny, is it cheap, is it a weird curiosity? - will likely be an accurate litmus test for responses to the rest of the film. The 2010 film "Grown Ups" was among the biggest box office successes of Sandler's career, so it makes sense that he would reunite with costars Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade for his first sequel. As very patient wives, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph are even more flagrantly underused here than in the first film.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 5 - 11 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé; Steve Carell. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Reports from the Olympics. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Chris Rock; Liz Vaccariello; Cat Cora prepares a recipe. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Kelly In Hawaii; Patricia Heaton; Carson Kressley; co-host Carrie Ann Inaba.
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February 27, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
It's been more than a decade since Chris Rock and a shapely blond model struck up a conversation over Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The relationship that followed was brief -- two dinner dates -- but there seems to be no end to the fallout from the liaison.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Hair -- short, long, curly, straight -- if it happens to be on a woman's head, those tresses come with issues; roots buried deep in the complicated corner of the brain where self-esteem lives. If it is "black" hair -- as in ethnic -- there are many more layers of issues and implications that Chris Rock tries to untangle in answering a question posed by his 5-year-old daughter a few years ago: Daddy, why don't I have good hair? The result is the documentary "Good Hair," an amusing, poignant and surprisingly candid look at the topic with a disarming Rock coaxing answers and opinions from an eclectic cross section of African Americans, including Maya Angelou, Al Sharpton, actresses, models, stylists and everyday patrons of barber shops and beauty parlors around the country.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The reaction to the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been overwhelming, with celebrities, other NBA players and executives from other basketball teams sending out their thoughts on Buss. A sampling: Comedian Chris Rock: "Jerry Buss was so cool he should be in the rock and roll hall of fame. He will be missed. " Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5: "Thank you Dr. Buss for putting together some of the most soulful and exciting basketball the world will ever see. We're gonna miss you. " Actor Jonah Hill: "More than just an owner.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
W. Kamau Bell, host of FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," said he is trying to get more comfortable as the star of the late-night entry. "I'm still in the learning curve," he said during a session for the FX series at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour. "Nobody is born to be a talk show host. " Injected executive producer Chrs Rock: "Regis. " Bell laughed. "OK, there's Regis. It's a bunch of separate skills. " VIDEO: Winter TV preview He said he's getting the most help in the area from Rock, who is not only a veteran comedian but also has also hosted a late-night talk show.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2002 | LISA DE MORAES, WASHINGTON POST
Chris Rock, the comedian who turned Marion Barry into a punch line, will executive produce a TV movie for HBO about the former Washington mayor. Jamie Foxx is ready to take the lead role on "Livin' for the City: The Marion Barry Story." It's scheduled to start shooting around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in the early fall. Barry, who had just got his hands on a copy of the script late Friday, blasted it as "outrageous," his spokeswoman told the Washington Post.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Dave Chappelle has managed to remain a man of mystery ever since the end of his much-loved Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show" in 2005. But after inspiring rumors of a return to stand-up following a series of appearances in March, the comedian is making it official. He's headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour the U.S. this fall. Sharing the bill with Chappelle are the New Zealand music duo Flight of the Conchords, "Daily Show" correspondent Al Madrigal, Demitri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jerry Seinfeld is back behind the wheel this week with new episodes of his most interesting post-"Seinfeld" project: "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. " Capitalizing on the recent trend of comedians hosting shows where they interview other comedians (such as Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast and "Comedy Bang Bang"), Seinfeld is taking his famous funny friends out for a spin and a cup of hot joe. Along the way they talk comedy, life and other matters. The series originally debuted online last year with a 10-episode first season through the content site Crackle.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The reaction to the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been overwhelming, with celebrities, other NBA players and executives from other basketball teams sending out their thoughts on Buss. A sampling: Comedian Chris Rock: "Jerry Buss was so cool he should be in the rock and roll hall of fame. He will be missed. " Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5: "Thank you Dr. Buss for putting together some of the most soulful and exciting basketball the world will ever see. We're gonna miss you. " Actor Jonah Hill: "More than just an owner.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Veteran comedian David Steinberg, who has directed such hit TV comedies as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld," returns to Showtime on Monday evening for the second season of his interview series, "Inside Comedy. " This season he turns his lens on Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Bob Newhart, Jim Carrey and more. Do you think comedy can be dissected? I don't really dissect comedy. Nothing kills off humor more than overanalyzing it. On our show, it's just a conversation that I don't prepare for at all. Usually I know everyone because I've been around a lot, but the idea is to get their feeling about what it is that they're doing, the start, the middle and where they are now. What you get is very, very funny people who aren't switched on as they usually are on a talk show in front of an audience, so you can see how naturally funny they are. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times I thought it was interesting when Jim Carrey told you he thought that comics come from mothers with some form of mental illness.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2009 | Associated Press
A filmmaker is suing Chris Rock for at least $5 million and trying to block the release of his documentary "Good Hair," which opens here Friday. Regina Kimbell sued Rock and several film companies in federal court in Los Angeles this week, claiming Rock's project is a copycat of her film, "My Nappy Roots." Kimbell said she screened her film "My Nappy Roots" for the comedian in 2007. The lawsuit says that her film traces the business and cultural history of black hair care and has otherwise been shown only at colleges and film festivals since its completion in 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2004 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Thanks to the pop culture sensibilities of its 70-year-old producer, the Academy Awards is turning hipper, as comedian Chris Rock was named Thursday as the host of next year's Oscars. In selecting Rock as the master of ceremonies for the 77th annual awards show, producer Gil Cates continued a push by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make the Oscars more relevant to the young male viewers who have been tuning out the ceremonies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The “30 Rock” series finale doesn't air until Jan. 31, but for the cast of the acclaimed sitcom, the fun ended last month when they wrapped production on the series after seven seasons on NBC. Cast members Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowski came together Thursday night  for what is hoped will be the first of many reunions. The entire ensemble sat down with Jimmy Fallon for a lengthy look back at the series. It was an unusual format for a late-night talk show - more “Oprah” than “Late Night” - but for “30 Rock” fans it was a treat.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
W. Kamau Bell, host of FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," said he is trying to get more comfortable as the star of the late-night entry. "I'm still in the learning curve," he said during a session for the FX series at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour. "Nobody is born to be a talk show host. " Injected executive producer Chrs Rock: "Regis. " Bell laughed. "OK, there's Regis. It's a bunch of separate skills. " VIDEO: Winter TV preview He said he's getting the most help in the area from Rock, who is not only a veteran comedian but also has also hosted a late-night talk show.
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