September 25, 1999
Margaret Sagarese's reflections on Chris Rock at MTV include the invitation to call her "crazy" or "old-fashioned" ("Put Between Rock and a Hard Place," Counterpunch, Sept. 20). She is neither. She is just out of touch with theater. Way out. Has she forgotten Don Rickles? Joan Rivers? Does she remember Lenny Bruce? Does she have any notion of the traditions of social criticism in theater, sometimes the only places where criticism is tolerated? She can look all the way back to England and France and Germany, not to mention Greece and Rome.
March 25, 2007 |
What it's a good time to talk about: "The L Word." The morose marine layer that engulfed last year's "L Word" lifted this season -- no one died tragically! The Ls bed-hopped, broke up and played basketball, as it should be in Sapphic Los Angeles. This week marks the end of Season 4, but Showtime has already announced that Season 5 is a sure thing. (Tonight) What nobody wants to talk about: Good Charlotte.
March 14, 1993 |
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 |
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.
December 10, 2005 |
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 |
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 |
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.