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Toronto Film Fest Will Close With World Premiere of ‘A Little Chaos’; No Opener Yet; Jon Stewart, Chris Rock Get Perches

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 8:40am PDT

Toronto Film Fest Will Close With World Premiere of ‘A Little Chaos’; No Opener Yet; Jon Stewart, Chris Rock Get PerchesUPDATED, 8:40 AM: The 39th Toronto Film Festival, running September 4-14, will close with the world premiere of Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci. The opening-night film was not announced at this morning’s press conference.

Alan Rickman Kate WinsletA Little Chaos is the perfect closing-night film – it transports audiences to another time, another place, full of beauty, complexity, rivalry, politics and romance,” said Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey. “Alan Rickman’s film will wind audiences up just as our festival is winding down.”

In this sumptuous historical drama Sabine De Barra (Winslet)  —  a landscaper with a taste for the unconventional — is invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. As she battles with the weather, the perilous rivalries at the court of Louis XIV and her own private demons, she finds herself drawn inescapably closer to the formality and enigma of the architect who hired her.

Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, the initial lineup includes 37 world premieres from directors including Noah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, David Dobkin, Philippe Falardeau, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ning Hao, François Ozon, Christian Petzold, Lone Scherfig and Chris Rock. Here’s the list: Read More »

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Rosario Dawson Joining Chris Rock Comedy

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 8:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Trance star Rosario Dawson is in talks to play the female lead opposite Chris Rock in the untitled comedy that Rock wrote and will direct for Scott Rudin and Barry Diller The picture, an edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance, will shoot in New York this June with Rudin and Eli Bush producing, and Diller funding. Rock linked up with Rudin after he signed on to star on Broadway in The Motherfucker With The Hat, and this is their first screen collaboration together. Rudin and Diller are currently working together on Brightline, the e-publishing business formed with a big investment from Diller’s IAC/Interactive. Dawson, repped by CAA and Untitled, is reprising her memorable character in the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Die For. She’s also starring alongside Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos in the Atom Egoyan-directed Queen Of The Night.

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Chris Rock Teams With Scott Rudin, Barry Diller For Next Feature Directorial Outing

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 8:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Rock has set financing with Scott Rudin and Barry Diller for his third feature outing behind the camera. The film, which currently is untitled, is set to shoot in New York in June. Rock wrote it and will star in what I’m told is an edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance. Rudin and Eli Bush will produce. Rock linked up with Rudin after he signed on to star on Broadway in The Motherfucker With The Hat, and this is their first screen collaboration together. Rudin and Diller are currently working together on Brightline, the e-publishing business formed with a big investment from Diller’s IAC/Interactive.

Rock, who previously directed the films Head Of State and I Think I Love My Wife, seems to be evolving into a nice little groove where he makes personal films he writes, directs and stars in, a la Woody Allen and Albert Brooks. That’s in between producing documentaries, starring in stand-up comedy tours and acting jobs. He has been rumored to possibly do some dates with Dave Chappelle, which could get pinched by the rigors of directing, prepping and starring in this feature, and he’ll next be seen starring in the Adam Sandler sequel Grown Ups 2. Rock is repped by ICM Partners.

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Chris Rock Says “You Should Need To Have A Mortgage To Buy A Gun”: TCA

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 11:08am PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

The subject of violence was raised during the morning TCA panel for the weekly FX late-night talk show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, as it has been during every panel of TCA thus far. Not that there’s any violence in Bell’s show, per se. But exec producer Chris Rock has famously riffed on gun control in his own stand-up comedy act, ranting that there should be no restriction on guns, but bullets ought to cost $5,000 apiece. “The gun lobby also says people need to be able to protect their property,” Rock said, “but every mass shooting is done by guys who live with their mother. So I believe you should need to have a mortgage to buy a gun. A mortgage is a real background check. Even if you go to jail for 30 years, you’ve still got to pay your fucking mortgage.”

Related: FX’s John Landgraf Calls For Studies On Entertainment And Real-Life Violence Links: TCA

Rock was asked if he’d maybe like to get back into the talk show game himself. “Well, a part of me would want to do it,” he said. “I just don’t know if I could do it all the time. Michael Jordan could play one game and score 50, but he couldn’t do it the next night. I just don’t care about Lindsay Lohan. Maybe if this show is successful, I can be like Barbara Walters on The View and just step up and be funny and then leave.” And if Rock were to do his own scripted comedy series, he would want the same do-everything-yourself model that Louis C.K. has at FX. “I’d want nothing less than that,” he said. Read More »

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Comedy Central Greenlights Sketch Comedy Pilot Produced By Chris Rock

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 4:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has given a pilot order to D-Raw, a sketch comedy show executive produced by Chris Rock and starring young comedian Deshawn Raw who described himself as, “Just a new comedian trying to make it out the hood with the team. So we don’t end up statistics.” The show is comprised of sketches featuring Deshawn and his diverse group of friends based on their personal experiences as they make fun of themselves and their lives in Rancho Cucamonga. The sketches include rap battles and the guys’ take on all things pop culture. The latter should be familiar to fans of DeShawn Raw who became a YouTube star with his Rap Battle videos. The first video in the series (below) has garnered 13.5 million viewers. Rap Battle Pt. 4 featuring Chris Rock (second video), has amassed 2.9 million. Rock and DeShawn Raw executive produce D-Raw with DeShawn Raw’s creative partner JP Minot, who will direct the pilot.

In addition to D-Raw, Rock also executive produces FX’s upcoming weekly late-night series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The series starring comedian W. Kamau Bell premieres on Aug. 9. Rock, Deshawn Raw and Minot are repped by ICM Partners.

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‘Madagascar 3′ And A ‘Big Brother’ Movie Premiere In Cannes

Pete Hammond

On the third day of the Cannes Film Festival it was a day for familiar names taking the spotlight on the famed Palais steps. First up tonight was the return of DreamWorks Animation. One way or another DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg finds a way to bring his latest product to the Croisette, whether in the form of a press stunt, junket, competition or as was the case tonight with out-of-competition entry Magagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted which debuted in the prime 7:30PM slot on the first Friday of the festival. Of course with the sequel using nearby Monte Carlo as a key backdrop for the action, and Europe in its title, this was a no-brainer for Cannes Fest director Thierry Fremaux who has repeatedly called DreamWorks Animation a “friend of the festival” and loves having a fun 3D movie toon in the mix. Just two years ago the fest opened  with Disney/Pixar’s Up.

Repping the movie at Cannes were directors Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon and  Tom McGrath in addition to starry voices including Ben Stiller who plays Alex the lion,  Chris Rock as the zebra  Marty, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Gloria the hippo and David Schwimmer as Melman the giraffe. Among new cast members who made the trek to Cannes are Martin Short as Italian sea lion Stefano and Jessica Chastain as the Italian jaguar Gia.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Steals The Show At Paramount Presentation: CinemaCon

The Dictator CinemaConThe actor prepared plenty of material for tonight’s CinemaCon movie marketing event in Las Vegas after he paraded in costume and character through the amused audience of theater owners to promote his upcoming Paramount film The Dictator. Baron Cohen got in digs at Hollywood before a late-night surprise screening elsewhere“I thought I was going to be the only dictator here tonight,” he said. “Imagine my surprise when I found out Jeffrey Katzenberg would be here.” He told exhibitors: “I hope you show my film on all of your screens… Trust me, there are bigger bombs than John Carter.” Staying with the riff, he urged Disney to “just shoot the executive” responsible for the film. “Wait a minute, you did” — referring to studio chief Rich Ross’s firing. By way of introduction, Baron Cohen claimed to have starred in movies such as “When Harry Kidnapped Sally, The 14 Year Old Virgin, and The Planet Of The Rapes“. As he told the industry audience, “My film will be released on May 16. As for your families, we’ll see.” Read More »

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FX Orders Late-Night Series Produced By Chris Rock And Starring W. Kamau Bell

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Rock FXFX has greenlighted a new weekly half-hour late-night series executive produced by Chris Rock and starring standup comedian W. Kamau Bell. The network has ordered six episodes of the show — in which Bell will dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex — for a premiere this summer. FX’s EVP Original Programming Nick Grad said the series order was made after the network reviewed the project’s “terrific” presentation. “Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life,” Grad said. “Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents.” This is FX’s second late-night W. Kamau Bell Chris Rockseries order following the pickup of Russell Brand’s Strangely Uplifting, also for a summer premiere. The two shows “put FX on really solid footing in the late-night arena,” Grad said. The untitled Chris Rock/W. Kamau Bell series is produced by FX Prods, with Rock, Chuck Sklar, and Bell executive producing. “I think Kamau is one of the funniest guys out there and I can’t wait to work with the good people at FX,” Rock said. This marks ICM-repped Rock’s return to the late-night arena following his eponymous 1997 talk show, which ran on HBO for three seasons and earned a best writing Emmy.

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Chris Rock Joins Oscarcast Presenters

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 11:27am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – Former Oscar host and Grammy-winning comedian, Chris Rock will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.

In 2005 Rock served as host of the 77th Academy Awards. He will be seen next in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “2 Days in New York.” Rock recently starred in the Tony nominated play “Mother F**ker with the Hat” and he lent his voice to the upcoming “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” His other film credits include “Grown Ups,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Good Hair,” “Bee Movie” and the first two “Madagascar” animated films.

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 3:29am PST

With the first two grossing more than $1.1 billion worldwide, it’s a cinch we were going to see more of these guys. This time they travel through Europe with a circus. Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer return, with Frances McDormand in pursuit as a French law enforcement officer (shades of Fargo?). Noah Baumbach scripted, Eric Darnell directed. Opens June 8.

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SNL: Chris Rock Blacktactular On Broadway

By | Sunday October 2, 2011 @ 6:40am PDT

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‘The MotherF**ker With The Hat’ Breaks Even On Broadway

By | Monday July 11, 2011 @ 2:26pm PDT

Producers of the Broadway play The Motherf**ker With the Hat said today that the extended limited engagement has recouped its full capitalization. The play is written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and stars Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vázquez. Scott Rudin is counted among the producers. The production is playing through Sunday at the Schoenfeld after opening April 11.

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Chris Rock Provides The 411 For Guys In ‘What To Expect When You Are Expecting’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the part of the Lionsgate movie What To Expect When You’re Expecting that I’ll look forward to. Chris Rock is signing on to play a guy named Vic, who is the head of a group of expectant fathers who lectures them on what it’s really like to have a baby and become a father. The Kirk Jones-directed pic stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker and Anna Kendrick (the latter two castings were announced today) in a mix of couples awaiting that stork visit. Rock will start working in late July, right after he finishes his run as the star of The Motherfucker With The Hat, which ends its Broadway run July 17. ICM is making Rock’s deal.

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Chris Rock Testifies At Pellicano Trial

By | Friday April 4, 2008 @ 10:04am PDT

The comic looks rather unhappy arriving outside the Roybal federal building surrounded by feds, lawyers and a bodyguard to testify at the Pellicano trial this AM. (All photos by Jim Stevenson for DHD.) Story is below…
And even more unhappy leaving when a small swarm of paparazzi descended.
Rock’s testimony at the Pellicano trial began at 8:04 AM and finished 13 minutes later. It was uneventful. Looking nervous and somber “as if he were going to his own execution”, according to a spectator, Rock was sworn in and said his name so softly that U.S. District Court Judge Dale Fischer admonished him to speak up. “Mr Rock, project.”
trial-chris-rock-leaving.jpgThe comic didn’t smile during any of his time on the witness stand. The federal prosecutor asked him to look at a printout from law enforcement databases and confirm the name was that of the model who in 1999 claimed Rock was the father of her child. ”I guess so,” Rock said. Cross-examined by Chad Hummel, the attorney for LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson, who’s accused of making illegal government database investigations for Pellicano on behalf of the P.I.’s clients, Rock was clearly irritated to have to answer any questions. “Mr. Rock, have you ever met my client?” Hummel asked.
“I’ve met a lot of people,” Rock shot back.
Asked if he believed the model’s claim was false that he … Read More »

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Chris Rock Leaves Endeavor For ICM

By | Thursday April 3, 2008 @ 3:17pm PDT

UPDATE: He was repped there for movies and TV. But ICM does his tours and personal appearances, and Chris Rock is headed there signing in all areas to consolidate all his business. (For motion picture stuff, his agent is Eddy Yablans. So forget lining up with coffee and donuts at the Roybal federal building where Chris is testifying tomorrow at 8 AM in the Pellicano wiretapping trial.] ICM also just signed Paul Verhoven. However, the agency just lost Hitch hot comedy writer Kevin Bisch as well as T.I. (The rapper’s growing film career, that memorable role in American Gangster and as the star of ATL, culminated in an in-the-works 3-picture deal at Screen Gems. But T.I. just got sentenced to a year in prison and 1,500 hours of community service for numerous federal weapons charges.) Both men were clients of ex-ICM agent and now manager Brian Sher of Category 5. ICM denies the rumors that Sher may soon be pulling more of his clients from the agency. I say, it’s gonna happen.

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Pellicano Trial: Chris Rock To Testify

By | Wednesday April 2, 2008 @ 5:17pm PDT

chrisrock.jpgChris Rock testifies Friday at 8 AM. I hear Michael Ovitz, and former journalists Bernie Weinraub and Anita Busch, will probably testify next week.

Very little of this week’s trial so far has focused on mainstream Hollywood business although some testimony has been titillating but also tawdry. I’ll skip the latter involving divorces, etc. But New York hedge fund manager Adam Sender testified under immunity that P.I. Anthony Pellicano once offered to have quasi-movie producer Aaron Russo rubbed out. (Sender had invested $1.1 million in a movie production company with Russo and not a single pic ever got made. Welcome to Hollywood, Mr. Sender.) Later, one of the defense attorneys moved to strike Sender’s murder-for-hire testimony about Pellicano, who’s not charged with offing anyone. U.S. District Court Dale Fischer will decide.

trial-logo-smaller.jpgSender also said this about his meeting with attorney Bert Fields: “He suggested that I work with Mr. Pellicano. That he was very good at what he did. That he used unorthodox methods but he gets the job done.” And Sender quoted Pellicano saying this about allegedly finding out that someone Sender trusted turned out to be in cahoots with Russo: “I am 100% loyal. That’s why Bert uses me on every case.”

Andrew Stevens, the one-time himbo actor turned producer, testified with immunity about listening to alleged wiretaps played for him by Pellicano. They stemmed from privileged attorney-client communications between entertainment attorney John LaViolette and his clients … Read More »

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