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March 14, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
Chris Rock recalls dutifully heading to the theaters in the mid-'80s each time a new movie falling under the burgeoning sub-genre of "rap film" would open. Each time, his teen-aged expectations were dashed by yet another formulaic bomb. "Beat Street"? Thud . "Krush Groove"? Crash . "Rappin' " and "Breakin' " (not to forget "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo")? Kerplop . Even the action movie starring his heroes, Run-D.M.C., "Tougher Than Leather," was tough not to loathe.
November 23, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
ENTERTAINMENT The Final 'Rock': After five seasons, comedian Chris Rock is ending "The Chris Rock Show" on cable's HBO, though his relationship with the pay network will continue. The final episode of the talk show will be seen Friday, with guests rapper Ice-T and singer Nikka Costa.
May 15, 2012 | By Emily Rome
The new comedy “What to Expect When You're Expecting” promises two sure things moviegoers can expect: lots of babies and lots of pregnant women. Babies and baby bumps were less common, however, at the movie's black carpet premiere Monday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, though there were appearances from a pregnant Melissa Joan Hart, expecting her third child, and the twins who played the baby adopted by Jennifer Lopez's character in the film. Among the leading cast members, Lopez alone has given birth in real life, but the production gave her costars a taste of the pregnancy experience - though for some it was less than realistic.
December 10, 2005 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Every Thursday, "Everybody Hates Chris" on UPN. But does Oscar? Chris Rock may have hurt Hollywood's feelings (just a little) this year when he hosted the Academy Awards and made fun of some of Tinseltown's hot stars -- Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Tobey Maguire -- but that's not why he won't be returning for an encore on March 5.
March 27, 2005
I have been waiting a long time to have hip-hop clarified and appreciate that Todd Boyd did just that ("Working Both Sides of Street," March 6). I'm 82 and taught in Pacoima from 1970 to 1990. I was already beginning to hear my sixth-graders rapping "Black Is Beautiful," doing break dancing and displaying their play game of "Pizza Pizza Daddy-O." Oh, that we had candidates who could look to hip-hop for integrating instead of dividing our diverse population! Hilda Lerner Encino Todd BOYD'S essay was insightful.
March 24, 2003 | Robert W. Welkos
It's hard to believe that comedian Chris Rock made his feature film debut way back in 1987 in "Beverly Hills Cop II." Whether it's playing an overzealous cop with Mel Gibson in "Lethal Weapon 4" or "Down to Earth," in which he's a struggling stand-up comedian flattened by a truck, only to return to Earth in the body of a white millionaire, Rock always seems to be looking for the vehicle that can launch him into movie stardom. He's still trying.
March 1, 2005 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Shake up the Oscars, the grande dame of Hollywood galas, and you're bound to get a few glitches. Like those flat TV screens mounted above the crowd inside the Kodak Theatre -- purportedly best viewed by the swells in the orchestra seats. "You broke your neck looking up," Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Frank Pierson said Monday.
February 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Before the final touches to the hair and makeup and the red carpet wave comes another crucial rite of Oscar weekend — rehearsal. Dozens of stars traveled to the Hollywood and Highland center Thursday and Friday to practice their roles in Sunday's Academy Awards show, with the help of some very enthusiastic stand-ins. Celebrities including Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson made the pilgrimage to Hollywood to brush up on such awards show skills as teleprompter reading, stage walking in heels and pronouncing tricky nominee names such as Asghar Farhadi, director of the Iranian film "A Separation.
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