WHITE FAMOUS: Co-creator Tom Kapinos chats about new Showtime series – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 Key Art | ©2017 Showtime

Showtime’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx. Jay Pharoah plays Floyd Mooney, balancing the success he enjoys as a standup comedian among black audiences with trying to work as an actor and gain traction with white viewers. Tom Kapinos, who had previously created Showtime’s long-running dark comedy CALIFORNICATION, created WHITE FAMOUS with Buddy Lewis and Chris Spencer. He talks about the series’ beginnings and how it all works. ASSIGNMENT X: How did WHITE FAMOUS come together? Did Jamie Foxx come to you with it? TOM KAPINOS: No. Showtime came to me a […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Actors Kendrick Sampson and Lyndon Smith on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd and Kendrick Sampson as Robbie in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Eddy Chen

Showtime’s first-season comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life and career of one of its executive producers, Jamie Foxx. In WHITE FAMOUS, Jay Pharoah stars as stand-up comedian Floyd Mooney. Floyd is famous in the black community, but his non-black representatives are urging him to take acting roles so he can become “white famous.” Kendrick Sampson plays British actor Robbie MacDonald, a possible Floyd rival, and Lyndon Smith plays Gwen, a possible Floyd romance. Sampson is a veteran of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, GRACEPOINT, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, is in the upcoming series RELATIONSHIP STATUS, and has […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BABY DRIVER

BABY DRIVER movie poster | ©2017 Sony/TriStar

Rating: R Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, CJ Jones, Jon Bernthal Writer: Edgar Wright Director: Edgar Wright Distributor: Sony/TriStar Release Date: June 28, 2017 BABY DRIVER has pretty much wall-to-wall music, and almost that much action to go with it. The tale of a very talented, reluctant young driver (Ansel Elgort) working for a crime boss, BABY DRIVER plays like a friendlier version of a Quentin Tarantino movie with more car chases and fewer words. The driver, who calls himself Baby, almost immediately gets a chance to show his stuff, chauffeuring three […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks Writers: Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Sean Anders & John Morris, characters created by Michael Markowitz Director: Sean Anders Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 26, 2014 2011’s HORRIBLE BOSSES was a pretty funny if not always on-target riff on STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 suffers in part because it’s not organized as a riff on anything in particular, and partly because a notable portion of its […]Read On »

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THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 | © 2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2 – I’m not sure why so many people lambasted the sequel to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (which was the reboot of the trilogy, which was the reboot of the original movies back in the day). Yeah, it tries a little too hard to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Fiore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Writers: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, screen story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, based on the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Marc Webb Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: May 2, 2014 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 puts together two different, significant villains from the comic book series, plus a back story about Peter Parker’s parents and with a version of a very famous incident that anyone familiar […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WHITE HOUSE DOWN

WHITE HOUSE DOWN movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joey King Writer: James Vanderbilt Director: Roland Emmerich Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: June 27, 2013 It’s easy to like WHITE HOUSE DOWN, even as we acknowledge that it seems awfully unlikely. Granted, the U.S. government can be dysfunctional, but it doesn’t usually have the kinds of lapses that would lead to a cadre of mixed mercenaries and ideologues invading1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, armed with actual weapons rather than words. Part of the film deals with uncovering the question of who these people are and what […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DJANGO UNCHAINED

DJANGO UNCHAINED poster | ©2012 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christophe Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson Writer: Quentin Tarantino Director: Quentin Tarantino Distributor: Columbia Pictures/The Weinstein Company Release Date: Dec. 25, 2012 If you’re old enough to remember crazy indie ‘70s Westerns, or at least have seen them on video or at revival houses, you understand the kind of movie experience writer/director Quentin Tarantino is addressing with DJANGO UNCHAINED. As with everything Tarantino does, there’s a sense of film history/film commentary, as if a friend is sitting next to you saying, “Remember this movie? Remember this moment in this movie? Wouldn’t it […]Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Martin Short

Martin Short and Paul McCartney in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

After a very rough patch of episodes, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE pulled out all the stops for its Christmas episode hosted by Martin Short with musical guest Paul McCartney. Following on the heels of the tragedy in the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, SNL made the cold opening a very classy and understated moment – they had the New York Children’s Choir sing “Silent Night”. No mention was made of the tragedy, but it was clear what this moment stood for. Very memorable. The rest of the episode was filled with an endless parade of big name cameos (Samuel L. Jackson, Alec […]Read On »

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