As you might have noticed (or guessed if you didn’t watch), Chris Rock came out swinging at the 88th Academy Awards® this evening, ‘Welcome to the 88th Academy Awards, or as I call them, the White People’s choice Awards.’
The biggest news – above and beyond Rock’s subtle and unsubtle (and mostly very funny) raking of the Academy over the coals – was that Mad Max: Fury Road won six technical awards (shutting out Star Wars: The Force Awakens but losing Visual Effects to Ex Machina). That and Chivo (Emmanuel Lubeski) scoring the natural hat trick for his third consecutive Cinematography Oscar® for The Revenant – and Alejandro G. Iñárritu earning his second consecutive Oscar® as director for The Revenant.
Or maybe it was Mark Rylance winning Supporting Actor over the sentimental favorite Sylvester Stallone – or possibly Spotlight snatching Best Film from the slavering jaws of The Revenant’s Judy (yup, the CG bear is called Judy!).
Despite only three of the five nominated songs being performed live – and no weird, lengthy, puzzling song and dance routines, this year’s Oscars® still blew its tentative thee hour running time by a half an hour. (The more things change, the more they remain the same…). For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.
Creator of the hit show “Inside Amy Schumer” and Comedy Central provocative, ground breaking funny lady Amy Schumer is heading to HBO to make her HBO Comedy Special debut later this year with Chris Rock set to direct.
Chris Rock has been in a host of movies – some good, some not so much – but first time, he’s made a film that feels true to the person we’ve come to know from his stand up. Top Five is loud and rude and angry – but it’s also thoughtful, thought-provoking and tender.
Paramount Pictures has won the bidding war to distribute Chris Rock’s third film as a director, Top Five. The film which ‘tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind’ – won critical and popular praise at it Toronto International Film Festival premiere. Follow the jump for more. Continue reading Paramount Grabs Chris Rock’s Top Five At TIFF!→
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX, Thursdays, 11/10C) is one funny, smart bit of late night television. As witness, check out Bell and Chris Rock elevating Denzel Washington to Samuel L. Jackson heights of cool as they talk about his new movie.
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to their home in the Big Apple. But they must first go to Monte Carlo to track down the pesky penguins. Together with their friends, they navigate Europe as a travelling circus.
Starring Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Rock and David Schwimmer.
Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon.
Written by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach.
Produced by Mark Swift and Mireille Soria.
Genre: Animated Comedy. Check out all our reviews at www.justseenit.com