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 RudinRead More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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…
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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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