Category Archives: Film & TV

Overbrook Entertainment (Will Smith’s Co.) ‘Lacks Diversity’ (Watch)

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*I’ll start this with a Uh-oh.

Then I’m going to quote the Queen from a Shakespearean play who says:

“The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.” (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2, page 230).

While I am sure only certain people will argue the fact that the Oscars ARE so white; news has surfaced in a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ kinda way…

THAT video by Jada Pinkett Smith that speaks to her support of the #oscarssowhite movement and why black folk should basically stop depending on folks who don’t look like us to acknowledge our value (that’s a SERIOUS paraphrase, I know) had an uninvited response via Janet “Aunt Viv” Hubert – who basically called Smith a two-faced-damn-liar who needs to check herself. Hubert was widely criticized for her reaction to Smith’s words. People called her “angry,” “spiteful,” and “revengeful” due to her highly publicized dislike of Will Smith, based on their past working relationship on “The Fresh Prince.”

But now a new ingredient has been added to the mix and it will be hard to argue that Jada’s video won’t prove a good look put up against it.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been busted. Called out. Stepped up to and reprimanded for not having black writers employed at their own production company: Overbrook Entertainment

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EUR Spotlight On: ‘Chef Ameera’ — Winner on the Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’

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Chef Ameera serves it up with love!

 

*Don’t let the sweet face on the woman pictured above fool you. Just ask the 90-lb Asian chick who fell for it. You see where it got her right?

But if you didn’t get to see the antics on the episode of “Cutthroat Kitchen” – the hit reality cooking show on The Food Network, that aired on Sunday, January 17, take my word for it:

It got that little woman absolutely nowhere.

The show is hosted by Alton Brown, an all-around television personality and author with an obvious penchant for hosting food shows and each 60-minute episode gives four chefs the opportunity to compete in a three-round elimination cooking competition.

Its a show driven by humor (with shots that cut to funny facial expressions and voice overs from the chefs and Brown), a competitive spirit, and loads of zany sabotages that often make no sense at all…which is probably the whole purpose of them.

Ameera Muhammad, aka “Chef Ameera,” won the hearts of viewers AND the competition as she Zenned her way through the challenges of cooking dishes she admits she had tasted before, but never actually made; at least not before the competition where she walked away with the title of WINNER and $5,000.00 cash. The prize money ends up being whatever the amount of money he or she was able to hold on to from the sabotage cash they were given at the top of the show. Continue reading

Shaun T Hosts ABC’s new My Diet Is Better Than Yours

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*Most of us have some work to do after the holiday eating frenzy. Spring will be here before we know it, and for some of us, if we don’t act with some urgency, the warm weather will bring the reality that last year’s clothes just don’t fit like they used to. Even more importantly, many of us know that we could make far healthier choices for ourselves and those who love us.

Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, fitness trainer Shaun T is hosting the new My Diet Is Better Than Yours, airing Thursdays at 8pm on ABC throughout the month of January. The program is one of this year’s mid-season replacements, and it’s one of the best health and fitness-related shows I’ve ever seen. The network has ordered eight one-hour episodes, which are airing in two-hour blocks throughout the month. Continue reading

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live, with The Little Mermaid!

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*I don’t care how old you are, or what race, gender or sexual orientation — when a Disney Princess calls you, you have at least a small “freak out” moment.

“Hi, Michael.  This is Jodi Benson.” on the other end of my phone yesterday morning did it for me.

For the uninitiated, Benson is the Broadway star, actress, and singer who gave a voice to Ariel in the Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid.  She gave me a call to tell me about her upcoming gig with the San Francisco Symphony, A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE.  She’ll perform holiday hits and a hit or two of her own (“Part Of Your World, anyone?) with the San Francisco Symphony, at Davies Hall.   The show runs December 18-24.

“The conductor, Randall Fleischer, and I are old friends,” Benson, 51 told me by phone in her distinctive, still-girlish voice. “We have worked together for almost two decades, and I have sung with the San Francisco Symphony I believe three times, but it’s been several years since I’ve been there! So when Randall got this particular gig, and he told me he would love for me to come celebrate the holidays with him and the San Francisco Symphony, of course I said ‘yes’.”

A Charlie Brown Christmas and Disney’s Little Mermaid? THAT’s a ticket that’ll be hard to beat this holiday season! Continue reading

‘Gods of Egypt’ Director and Studio Apologize for Lack of Diversity in Cast

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*The upcoming Hollywood epic “Gods of Egypt” is the latest in a long line of films to be criticized for its “whitewashed” casting — but this time around, the director and the studio are owning up to, and APOLOGIZING, in the wake of the uproar.

The film, which bows February 26, 2016, casts white actors Gerald Butler (300), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), and Brendon Thwaites (The Giver) as Egyptians. Backlash was swift and brutal after the trailer for the film was released, revealing that the overwhelming majority of the cast was white.

Now for the record and the geographically challenged, Egypt is in Africa. Af-fri-frickin’-CA!   Afri-Kunta-Kinte-CA!!! Continue reading

Newest Poo-Pourri Ad Makes It Easier for You to Own Your Sh*t! (Watch!)

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*For those who ask: Is there anything we won’t talk about? The answer is apparently, “No.” It seems nothing is sacred in this new day and age; so all bets are off when it comes to having even a modicum of common decency. So why not have a little fun with something no one can escape: the truth about the smelly after-effects of… there’s no easy way to say this, pooping.

Or should I say, what the after-effects could be…

You’ve seen those commercials where the British lady is speaking so eloquently about the smelly after-affects of going to the Loo. She shares how we “… would not believe the mother-load I just dropped!” and reminds us that there is nothing worse than stinking up the shared toilet at work; or the toilet at a party, or the one at your lover’s apartment.

True. There is little worse than that. 

Now there’s another new ad about disguising that smelly substance we call poop. And it involves spritzing.

That same British lady, whose name is Bethany Woodruff (she’s from Scotland) and resides in Utah, must be on her way to a million bucks by now. Her newest poo-pourri commercial begins…

“My butt trumpet is about to blow!” Continue reading

Woman Spends Over $200,000 To Look Like Jessica Rabbit

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*Dolly Parton famously said “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”

Parton PREACHED!  No one has taken that statement to heart more than Cassandra, the transgender woman who’s spent over $200,000 in her misguided effort to look like “Jessica Rabbit,” the animated female lead in the 1989 feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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On a recent episode of the plastic surgery show “Botched”, Cassandra tells her doctors that she’s having trouble breathing out of her Michael Jackson-esque new nose. While she’s in for that snip snip, she tells them she wants to have her waistline redone, so that it more closely resembles Ms. Rabbit’s.

During the episode, she outlines all of the work she’s had done, including procedures on her cheeks, lips, brow, ass, breasts, and hips.

“The only thing I haven’t had done, she says, “is my heart.” Continue reading

Bobbi Brown: Makeup Maven Says, ‘Stop It! With Contouring: You Are Beautiful ‘As Is’

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*We don’t need to be contouring like the Kardashians!” is makeup maven, Bobbi Brown’s message to the celebrities and others out there who feel they have to slim down that broad nose, draw in those eyebrows and  line those cheekbones to look more Anglo.

She says some of these folks actually look like clowns.

Some artists wear so much contouring makeup that it looks like they underwent extensive plastic surgery, she warns.

“When I see contouring on people’s faces, it looks like dirt,” Brown tells The NY Post. “As a beauty expert, I believe in individual beauty, and it’s just not my aesthetic.”

Brown, a Caucasian, seems to take issue with African American women in particular, who try to alter their natural features and use too much makeup in the process.  Continue reading