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RUPAUL COMES TO NETFLIX IN NEW COMEDY SERIES

RUPAUL COMES TO NETFLIX IN NEW COMEDY SERIES AJ AND THE QUEEN FROM MICHAEL PATRICK KING

RUPAUL COMES TO NETFLIX — AND SHE’S BRINGING ALONG A SIDEKICK — IN NEW COMEDY SERIES AJ AND THE QUEEN FROM MICHAEL PATRICK KING

Network: Netflix

Auspices: MPK Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television

Order: Series Order, 10 Episodes

Format: One-hour comedy

Executive Producer: Michael Patrick King

Star/Executive Producer: RuPaul Charles

Written by Michael Patrick King & RuPaul Charles

Logline: RuPaul stars as Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better. Oh, and RuPaul performs a killer musical number in every drag club.

Kobalt Signs Childish Gambino

Kobalt, a music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, announced that it has signed Grammy award winning, actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ, Donald Glover, a.k.a., Childish Gambino. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative support services, for all of Childish Gambino’s future songs after the Awaken, My Love! album. In addition, Kobalt has signed Wolf + Rothstein, Glover’s musical teams of collective songwriters and artists for publishing administration, global synch and creative support services.

Said Kobalt Music SVP, Creative, Al McLean, of the deal, “Donald is one of those rare multi-talented artists who can do it all. It’s an honor to sign Donald and Wolf + Rothstein Collective to the Kobalt family.”

Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning actor, writer, comedian, DJ, and rapper Donald Glover broke into pop culture mainstream first on the hit TV sitcom Community after serving on the writing staff of both The Daily Show and 30 Rock. In August 2011, he signed to Glassnote Records under his rap moniker Childish Gambino and has since released two albums. Glover also currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created and occasionally directs.

Operating out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles, Wolf + Rothstein is the creative agency comprised of Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Donald Glover, Wolf Taylor, and Fam Rothstein, all whom worked with the band that helped compose the critically acclaimed Awaken My Love! Released December 2, 2017, Awaken My Love! and the chart-topping hit single “Redbone” are nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance (winner), Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Childish Gambino is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 5, 2018.

“Wolf and Rothstein is excited to partner with Kobalt for publishing,” said Wolf Taylor of Wolf + Rothstein. “We’re looking forward to growing the roster together.”

All new original comedy series, ‘Turn Up Charlie’ by Idris Elba coming to Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced today, all new original comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, created, in the UK, by Idris Elba (who stars and executive produces) and television producer Gary Reich.

Logline: Idris Elba is Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

Episodes: Eight, ½ hour episodes

Executive Producers: Idris Elba; Gary Reich; Tristram Shapeero

Co-Executive Producers: Martin Joyce, Ana Garanito

Supervising Producer/Writer: Georgia Lester

Writers: Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran, Victoria Asare-Archer

Directors: Tristram Shapeero, Matt Lipsey

Producer: Gill Isles

Production Companies: Co-produced by Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Green Door Pictures

Production begins this May in the U.K.

About Idris Elba:

A passionate and dynamic performer, and clearly – man of many talents – Idris Elba perfected his skills on the wheels of steel long before finding fame on the big screen. But from spinning surprise sets in East London clubs, his career as a DJ has, much like his acting path, skyrocketed the Londoner to stardom. Enjoying a stellar year in 2017, with sets at the likes of Snowbombing, Glastonbury, Creamfields, and Elrow London; where he shared a stage with heavyweights MK & Hot Since 82, Idris further enhanced his growing reputation with performances at LA Sound with Skream, and New York’s legendary Output venue, with Seth Troxler. An ever-popular figure across the Balearic island, Idris was a resident at Hi Ibiza across the summer season, performing with the Mambo Brothers, and even finding time in his hectic schedule to rock the decks of Pacha with Bob Sinclar. A talented producer, as well as remixer, the British DJ’s mix of ‘Circles’ (released on his own 7Wallace label), was met with acclaim across the industry, and precedes the upcoming Brett Gould EP on 7Wallace. Kickstarting 2018 in a similar vein of form, Idris performed at legendary producer Shy FX’s ‘Cul.ture’ residency, having previously remixed Shy’s ‘Chocolate’ under his Driis moniker; with the record rapidly climbing the ranks as one of 2017’s most heavily supported tracks thanks to his two dynamic interpretations of the original in the form of the Driis 7 Wallace Mix, and the Driis Sugar Zaddy Mix. Taking his talents across the globe in 2018, Idris continues to cement his reputation as one of dance music’s most in-demand names, with sets already scheduled at the likes of Bristol’s esteemed Motion venue, Forbidden Fruit in Dublin, SW4, and July juggernaut, Tomorrowland, as well as a special residency in Ibiza for the upcoming season.

“Something Rotten” is Taking Over Atlanta!

Written By | Hunter Gilmore

Broadway’s Something Rotten! has officially made it’s way to Atlanta! It is playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The play is set in the 1590’s and is about brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who are desperate to write a hit play. Along the way they run into a local soothsayer who tells them that the next big thing in theatre are musicals. You know…singing, acting, and dancing all at the same time. They struggle to make this a reality and are constantly overshadowed by the Renaissance Rockstar, Shakespeare.

The play is very enjoyable. I wouldn’t suggest it for kids but for adults it would make the perfect night out with loved ones and/or friends.  This is definitely reflected in the audience dynamics. The set design is intricate and in my mind well appreciated. This is because it really helps with the movement of the storyline.  It’s safe to say that the costumes really take me back to the Renaissance era, kind of makes one feel as if they are  actually in the 1590’s.  I’ve seen many broadway plays before and the costumes in this play are some of the best. They were extravagant and some were even comedic as well. The funny antics and jokes that unfold in the play are well received by the audience. My favorite part of the play are the tap dancing numbers. There’s a few of them in the production and I enjoyed the next one even more than the last.

The timing of the play is just right. It goes for about 2 hours and 20 minutes with 1 intermission. I would definitely suggest going to see this hilarious play if you haven’t already. Something Rotten! has remaining show dates from April 18-21 so it isn’t too late. You can go to foxtheatre.org for more information and tickets!

Incase you missed The Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” With Ricky Smiley, Michael Blackson, JB Smoove, Adele Givens and Benji Brown

Photos By | Kiki Archer

Martin Lawrence made his return to stand up with a sold out show in Atlanta.

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WATCH CARDI B AND LESLIE JONES TRY TO GET ‘BLACK PANTHER’ ACTOR CHADWICK BOSEMAN OUT OF CHARACTER IN ‘SNL’ PROMO

All eyes are on Cardi B right now, with the release of her debut album Invasion of Privacy on Friday (April 6). The promo run kicks off Saturday night (April 7) with the Bronx rapper performing on Saturday Night Live as the special musical guest.

Bardi will appear on the episode with Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman who will guest host the show. Thursday (April 5), the two entertainers, along with SNL performer Leslie Jones, appeared in a promo ad for the upcoming episode. The promo contains three takes. In one, the two ladies try to break the smooth, calm and collected actor out of his character as they urge him to say his lines with more vigor. In the second take, Bardi and Boseman jokingly insinuate they may be somehow related. In the last clip, Jones urges Cardi to kick some rhymes, but she declines.

Also noticeable in the ad is Cardi’s outfit, an over-sized top that does not show off her curves. She’s been uncharacteristically wearing more and more outfits like this these days adding more fuel to rumors about her being preggers. Cardi refuses to confirm the speculation that she may be with child. “I can’t address all the rumors and everything,” she said in a recent interview. “I have been so open to people about myself, people cannot expect me to open up about everything. Certain things have to be private.

Check out the new promo for tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live guest starring Cardi B and Chadwick Boseman below.

The Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” With Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce, And More

Our folks at just gave us the info on the Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” and we can’t believe all the big comedians on the ticket. From Bruce Bruce, to Adele Givens, to Deon Cole & Jay Pharoah… The tour is going to be more popping than any other.

Comedian, actor, director and producer Martin Lawrence will return to the stage as the host of  2018’s hottest comedy event: the LIT AF Tour, featuring an amazing lineup of comedic talent.  Coming off the 20th anniversary of  Def Comedy Jam, where he is known for his legendary hosting, Lawrence has made a triumphant return to the stand-up stage wowing audiences with his signature style of hilarious stories, social commentary and more. The LIT AF Tour stars Lawrence as your high-powered host who presents a fire lineup of comedians including DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, Deon Cole, Bruce Bruce, Adele Givens and Benji Brown.

Kicking off on March 31 in Atlantic City, the LIT AF Tour will make stops in at least 16 cities across the country this Spring including engagements at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Barclays Center in New York and Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, February 14. The lineup and on sale date for each show can be found in the tour itinerary below.

Martin Lawrence started in stand-up comedy at the legendary The Improv, where he honed his talents until he was asked by Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking comedy series Def Comedy Jam on HBO. From there, Lawrence became a household name after his hugely popular self-titled TV show, Martin, was an instant hit with TV viewers. He starred for five years as not only the title character, but other support characters like the sassy Sheneneh and Mama Payne, who became comedy classics. Lawrence would later go on to star in comedy blockbusters like Bad Boys 1&2 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which he also directed and Big Momma’s House, 1, 2 & 3 where he once again proved his talent for creating and acting as multiple characters in one storyline.

MARTIN LAWRENCE LIT AF TOUR DATES

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Saturday, March 31 On sale Wednesday 2/28 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Los Angeles Microsoft Theater Friday, April 06 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Benji Brown*

Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, April 07 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Deon Cole, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Benji Brown*

Oakland Oracle Arena Sunday, April 08 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Deon Cole, Michael Blackson, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

Atlanta Philips Arena Friday, April 13 On sale Friday 2/16 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Columbia Colonial Life Arena Saturday, April 14 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

New York Barclays Center Friday, April 20 On sale Saturday 2/17 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Deon Cole, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena Thursday, May 03 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Benji Brown*

Kansas City Sprint Center Friday, May 04 On sale Friday 2/23 at Noon

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens, Benji Brown*

Tampa USF Sun Dome Thursday, May 10 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Benji Brown*

Miami American Airlines Arena Friday, May 11 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Michael Blackson, Bruce Bruce, Benji Brown*

Houston NRG Arena Saturday, May 26 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Jay Pharoah, Benji Brown*

Chicago UIC Pavilion Friday, June 08 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens*

Washington, DC Capital One Arena Saturday, June 09 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, DeRay Davis, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens*

Nashville Bridgestone ArenaFriday, June 15 On sale Friday 3/2 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

Memphis FedEx Forum Saturday, June 16 On sale Friday 2/23 at 10am

Martin Lawrence, JB Smoove, Bruce Bruce, Jay Pharoah, Adele Givens*

*Lineups subject to change

‘Roseanne’ is a huge hit in return to ABC

The 1990s hit sitcom “Roseanne” was a hit once again for ABC on Tuesday night.

The season premiere of the rebooted working-class comedy, starring the original cast including Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, averaged 18.2 million viewers over two back-to-back episodes, according to data from Nielsen. It was the second most-watched entertainment program of the television season, trailing only an episode of NBC’s drama “This Is Us” that aired after the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl.

The episodes of “Roseanne,” which started at 8 p.m., provided the biggest audience for Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, +2.63%   ABC prime-time entertainment lineup since 2006. The premiere also garnered more viewers than the original series finale in 1997, which averaged about 16 million viewers.

The success shows that new episodes of old sitcoms can still attract substantial audiences and speak to modern issues, and is another indication that the trend of bringing back vintage shows isn’t going away anytime soon. Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA, +2.40%   NBC has done well this season with its reboot of the 1990s comedy “Will & Grace,” and CBS CBS, -0.71%   is developing a new version of ”Murphy Brown,” in which Candice Bergen will reprise her role as the pioneering TV newswoman.

CNN SPECIAL REPORTS: THE CASE AGAINST COSBY

Written By | cljones1

In the span of just a few short years, Bill Cosby went from being one of America’s most beloved comedians and actors to an alleged rapist with more than 50 accounts of sexual assault against him. Though dozens of women have made claims against Cosby only one has resulted in criminal charges. In exclusive interviews with Diana Parsons, Andrea Constand’s older sister, and Brian McMonagle, Cosby’s attorney for the first trial, CNN’s Jean Casarez offers an in-depth look at Constand, the woman, her trial, and the numerous allegations that followed. The Case Against Cosby airs Saturday, March 31stat 8pmET.

The first trial against Cosby took place during June of 2017– before the #MeToo movement began to change the way American culture views allegations of sexual assault – and it ended in a mistrial, after a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision. Ten months later, with #MeToo in full swing, the second trial against Bill Cosby will be underway. Cosby is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault, after Constand maintained he drugged and assaulted her while she was unconscious in his home in Philadelphia in 2004. If found guilty, the aging actor could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Case Against Cosby will also stream live for subscribers on Saturday, March 31st via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The series will also be available the day after the broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Blockers In Theatres April 06, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to see John Cena butt-chug a forty through a funnel, Blockers is the movie for you! (If that’s your main reason for seeing the movie, we might need a longer talk.)

Questionable drinking games aside, Blockers is a raunchy teen comedy that also gives equal screen time to the adults, resulting in a film that — while occasionally feeling overstuffed — is still an original and overdue addition to the genre.

Movies like Porky’s and American Pie have been plumbing the depths of what horny high school dudes will do to lose their virginity for decades, but strangely, no film has ever explored that desire from the female perspective, at least not with the honesty and hilarity of Blockers. Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon makes her directorial debut here, confidently juggling her cast’s comedic instincts with a frenetic but engaging story, as three overprotective parents set out to try and prevent their daughters from losing their virginity over the course of one chaotic night.

Its closest spiritual sibling is probably Easy A, which interrogated the ways that female sexuality can be weaponized — both by bullies and social climbers — but in Blockers, the act of losing it is treated with the matter-of-factness it deserves; for some people it’s a big deal, for others it’s a burden, and more often than not, it’s just a thing you do because you want to do it.

Those three perspectives are embodied by the idealistic Julie (Kathryn Newton, last seen in Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) who decides to seal the deal on prom night with her long-term boyfriend because she wants it to be “perfect”; shy Sam (Gideon Adlon, daughter of Better Things creator Pamela Adlon), a Lord of the Rings nerd who’s pretty sure she’s attracted to other girls but feels like she should try hooking up with a guy to make sure; and athletic Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), who basically picks the first guy she sees across the cafeteria when Julie reveals her plan, because why not?

Unfortunately for them, Julie’s single mom Lisa (Leslie Mann, bringing her A-game as usual), Sam’s absentee dad Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), and Kayla’s competitive but sensitive father Mitchell (Cena) get wind of their plans thanks to a series of suggestive emoji messages left visible on Julie’s laptop, and embark on an increasingly insane quest to protect their daughters’ innocence. (Hunter is the wild card here, since he’s aware of Sam’s desires and just wants to ensure that she has a good night, at times actively working to derail Lisa and Mitchell’s objective.)

Thankfully, it’s made clear just how archaic Lisa and Mitchell’s perspective is; in the film’s most heavy-handed scene, Mitchell’s wife Marcie (Sarayu Blue) tells them off for perpetuating double standards, veering the film into unnecessarily preachy territory when the rest of the script does a much better job of illustrating how empowered, capable and grounded these teenagers are without needing to signpost it. It’s also a refreshing inversion of the typical teen movie that none of the girls are objectified or commodified, and none of the boys are either — these kids are all self-aware enough to know what they want (or what they think they want), and hilariously blunt about discussing it.

While the film does an admirable job of dismantling the outdated stereotypes about how boys and girls approach sex, the script really shines in how it examines the parental anxieties inherent in raising teenagers, forcing these helicopter parents to reckon with the fact that their children are growing up — something that no amount of c*** blocking can change.

The true irony of Blockers is that the parents end up getting themselves into far more debauched situations than their daughters during their quest, and some of the film’s biggest laughs come from watching Mann, Barinholtz and Cena play to their comedic strengths and riff off each other — Mann, in particular, pulls off a spectacular physical comedy scene that had the SXSW crowd cheering at the premiere, while Cena’s fearless commitment to his macho marshmallow routine results in some hysterical gags beyond the unfortunate butt-chugging incident. Where the movie starts to come unstuck is in its desire to top every setpiece with one that’s somehow even crazier — the jokes have an impressive hit ratio (to the point where the SXSW crowd definitely missed some punchlines because they were still laughing from the last one), but there are points where Lisa, Mitchell and Hunter’s mission starts to border on parody because their next obstacle is so bonkers, which may be due to the number of writers credited, including Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

The teenagers are all just as dynamic as their parents, with Viswanathan proving to be the standout thanks to some enviable one-liners pitch-perfect (no pun intended) delivery, but pretty much everyone on screen is awesome to hang out with for two hours, and that’s half the battle for most comedies.

While Blockers treads some familiar territory in its sex pact escapades, and occasionally buckles under the weight of its escalating insanity, its fresh perspective and stellar casting ensure a coming-of-age comedy that adds something vital to the genre, hopefully paving the way for plenty more comedies that don’t rely on outdated “battle of the sexes” tropes for their laughs.