January 12, 2003
How many times will we have to see the same "Hip black cop, stupid white cop" routine on the big screen ("Studio Is Staking Its Hopes on Police Lineup," Jan. 5)? Isn't it enough that Eddie Murphy made two bad cop movies in 2002, and Chris Rock made one? And where are the women in buddy cop movies? I could've sworn that in the last 20 years women had become staples in law enforcement. Douglas L. Hall Los Angeles
August 21, 1998
Television Think Bill Clinton's admission will get mentioned when Chris Rock brings his talk show back to HBO tonight? You betcha. "The Chris Rock Show," 11:30 p.m., HBO. Dance Bring in 'da noise will be the order of the night at "Percussion Jam," which features choreography and performances by Avaz, Michael Mizerany, Danza Floricanto U.S.A., Kimberly Ann Cole, Fred Strickler and Naked With Shoes. Keck Theater, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock, (213) 259-2922. 8 p.m.
September 27, 1999
Who did self-appointed parent expert and PC advocate Margaret Sagarese ("Put Between Rock and a Cruel Place," Sept. 20) think would host a live cable rap music-oriented show, the Teletubbies? Why, as an alleged expert, would she permit her child to watch it in the first place? Sagarese forgot about one aspect of Chris Rock's comments during the MTV Video Music Awards: They were just jokes! Let's not forget, these aren't helpless innocents Rock was teasing; these are professionals who chose to live--and make a fortune--in the spotlight.
January 11, 2013 |
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.
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)
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.