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Paul Simon & Eddie Vedder To Interview Icons

August 3rd, 2006 10:37am EDT
Eddie Vedder
Paul Simon and Eddie Vedder will be among the stars interviewing their heroes in the second season of TV series "Iconoclasts." The Sundance Channel series was a hit when it first aired late last year with Michael Stipe, Robert Redford and Renee Zellweger spending time with chef Mario Batali, Paul Newman and newswoman Christane Amanpour respectively.

For the new series, which premieres in October, Simon will interview Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, while Pearl Jam star Vedder will chat to surfing icon Laird Hamilton, and funnyman Dave Chappelle will catch up with poet Maya...

They Might Be Giants New DVD and Tour

April 26th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants can write a song about anything -- just dare them! The new "Venue Songs" DVD started out as a way to pass the time on a tour bus. Instead of playing more cards or watching another Dave Chappelle rerun, They Might Be Giants challenged themselves to write an original song for every rock club they would be performing in: write it on the bus, rehearse it at sound check, and debut the song to the audience that night. As the tour rolled on, the effort seemed more than a little misguided--possibly disastrous--but happily the experiment paid off. The songs were consistently int...

Ludacris Didn't Like Oprah Lecturing Him About Lyrics

April 18th, 2006 10:11am EDT
Rapper Ludacris has lashed out at media mogul Oprah Winfrey for initially refusing to have him on her TV talk show and then publicly lecturing him about his rap lyrics. The hip-hop star, real name Chris Bridges, was taken aback when Winfrey took him to task about the use of the words 'b**ches' and 'ho's' in his hits when Ludacris appeared on her show to promote acclaimed movie Crash.

Ludacris says, "She edited out a lot of my comments while keeping her own in. Of course, it's her show, but we were doing a show on racial discrimination, and she gave me a hard time as a rapper when I ca...

Dave Chappelle Explains Exit From 'Chappelle's Show'

April 13th, 2006 1:42pm EDT
Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle has cited racial prejudice for his abrupt walk out from hit comedy series Chappelle's Show last year. The stand-up comedian made headlines in May 2005 when he quit the show on Comedy Central during the third season, leaving behind a $50 million contract. He was eventually tracked down in South Africa where he said he had gone to "purify himself" and "do some soul searching" because he was unhappy with the direction in which the show was going.

Chappelle tells Esquire magazine, "The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be hims...

Dave Chappelle Butts Heads With Comedy Central

March 2nd, 2006 1:44pm EST
Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle has vowed never to return to his show on cable network Comedy Central if bosses carry out plans to make new episodes using old material. The star walked away from the show and a $50 million contract with the network last May. He has yet to return, despite resuming standup comedy performances.

Network bosses keen to satisfy impatient fans have been planning to make new shows from old clips of Chappelle - but the funnyman is furious and is urging fans to boycott the series. He says, "I feel like it's kind of a bully move. That's just how I feel about it. I don't know if th...

'Project Runway,' Other Bravo Programs To Be Available on iTunes

February 23rd, 2006 11:41am EST
Project Runway
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, viewers will be able to download the entire current season-to-date episodes of Project Runway on iTunes. In addition, Inside the Actors Studio featuring this season's interview coups with Dave Chappelle and Angelina Jolie will also be available.

"iTunes gives our passionate 'Project Runway' viewers the first chance to watch premiere episodes on their iPod," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "Marrying the coolest technology to a really cool show lets our loyal viewers watch the best and buzziest Bravo shows in a completely new way."

Dave Chappelle Believes The 'N' Word Is Being Misused

February 20th, 2006 9:55am EST
Dave Chappelle
Funnyman Dave Chappelle is trying to cut the 'N' word out of his TV specials because he hates to hear white fans using the term when they think he's OK with it. The comedian even had a segment on his Chappelle's Show about an all-white family, called the Niggars, but he admits the word is being misused and he's part of the problem.

Chappelle says, "That word can still start a fight... I still say it in personal conversation with my friends, I say it sometimes on stage at the comedy club and I'm not gonna make a promise that I won't say it again on television but right now I just feel l...

Interesting Quotes From Steve Carell, George Clooney, Natalie Portman & More

February 17th, 2006 10:51am EST
Steve Carell
"(My character) now embraces the idea of sex and intercourse. He cherishes it now, and he has now become the 41-year-old whore. I think that is the sequel. He is a fiend." Actor Steve Carell proposes the possible follow-up to his hit movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

"I'm 44, but I have the liver of a 72-year-old." Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney admits his drinking sessions with his male pals are taking their toll.

"My hair's so short now that I feel like I have to wear femmy (feminine) clothes or people will think I'm a boy! I always have a little bit of a French-schoolgirl vi...

Memorable Quotes From Kelly Osbourne, Paris Hilton, Bruce Willis & More

February 15th, 2006 10:42am EST
Kelly Osbourne
"Each year I get a single rose from my mum saying, 'This is from your one true love.' And it's really stupid." Kelly Osbourne is sick of her mom Sharon’s annual Valentine's Day gesture.

"I'm working on my clothes line. What's it like? It's like what I wear." Paris Hilton fails to enlighten fans on her upcoming fashion range.

"They have a wonderful mother and they now have two cool dads." Bruce Willis has no problems with his three daughters calling Ashton Kutcher 'dad'.

"Don't ever photograph yourself having sex. You don't look nearly as good as you think. Mom, I'm sorry. I d...

They Said It: Quotes From Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Simpson & More

February 14th, 2006 10:18am EST
Penelope Cruz & Matthew McConaughey
"It can be a tough day, man. We've all been there... It's loaded, man. Expectations are high." Romantic Matthew McConaughey warns men to bring their best efforts to St. Valentine's Day.

"I'm dating all my girlfriends. Who needs boys! Maybe one day, but I'm not ready for that." Jessica Simpson plans a guy-free St Valentine's Day.

"Next year I will be the butt of all the jokes, so it's cyclical." George Clooney on having three Oscar nominations this year.

"Every black American is bi-lingual." Funnyman Dave Chappelle insists all African-Americans speak both American and "jive."...

Jay-Z & Linkin Park To Perform At Grammys

February 6th, 2006 2:18pm EST
Grammy winner/rapper/mogul Jay-Z will perform with Grammy-winning rockers Linkin Park — nominated for a Grammy for their groundbreaking collaboration of "Numb/Encore" from Collision Course. Newly announced presenters include Grammy nominee Alicia Keys and comedian/actor Dave Chappelle. Nominee Anoushka Shankar — up for Best Contemporary World Music Album (Rise) — will perform during the Grammy Pre-Telecast ceremony.

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Fear of Responsibility Caused Chappelle To Drop $50 Million Contract

February 3rd, 2006 3:41pm EST
Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle blames the pressure of the celebrity "machine" for forcing him to flee to South Africa, abandoning a $50 million TV contract. The comedian says he is still struggling psychologically and openly admits he buckled under the pressure of creating a TV show and living life as a celebrity.

He says, "It was a tremendous responsibility having a show like that. I got scared. I'm not going to lie. I was scared to death."

The comedian is still trying to figure out what the future holds for him. He adds, "I don't know how this whole Dave Chappelle thing is going to end...

Dave Chappelle Opens Up To Oprah About His Disappearance Last Year

February 1st, 2006 10:17am EST
Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle will appear on Oprah this Friday in his first TV interview since walking away from his $50 million television deal. The stand-up comedian made headlines last year when he abruptly quit Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central and left behind the multi-million deal.

Chappelle was one of the hottest comedians in the US when he mysteriously disappeared while filming the third season of the hit show. He was eventually tracked down in South Africa where he said he had gone to "purify himself," and "do some soul searching" because he was unhappy with the direction his show...

'Inside The Actor's Studio' Honors Black History Month

January 27th, 2006 11:35am EST
Dave Chappelle
This February, Bravo salutes the careers of African American performers on "Inside the Actors Studio" in recognition of Black History Month. Dave Chappelle will join host James Lipton in his first taped interview since his departure from Chappelle's Show and the public eye, and interviews featuring Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence and Queen Latifah will continue throughout the month of February.

In "Inside the Actor's Studio," Lipton interviews various actors, directors and writers. The audience consists of students and famous alumni of the Actors Studio's master of ...

BET Salutes Richard Pryor

December 19th, 2005 12:02pm EST
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor's ground-breaking, irreverent style of comedy created hysterical laughter laced with race, sex, drugs, adult language and controversy. Before his death last week at age 65, Pryor inspired multiple generations of comedians who have pushed the envelope of their art form in his image. BET will honor the memory of Pryor in a celebrity-filled BET News special "Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive." Premiering Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, BET News personality Jacque Reid hosts this poignant salute to the talented comedian and actor.

In a BET News exclusive, ...

More Trouble for Dave Chappelle

December 15th, 2005 9:57am EST
Dave Chappelle
Funnyman Dave Chappelle is facing a court battle with his former manager Mustafa Abuelhija, who claims the comedian owes him a portion of his TV show profits. Abuelhija filed a breach-of-contract suit against Chappelle in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, alleging the comedian owes him at least $864,500.

Chappelle's ex-manager claims he helped broker deals which earned Chappelle $10 million, during the 10-month period he served as his personal manager. The 33-year-old walked away from his Comedy Central Chappelle's Show TV series earlier this year and fled to a spiritual retreat in...

Third Season of Chappelle Show Will be Shown at Last Laugh '05

December 5th, 2005 1:51pm EST
Dave Chappelle
At long last viewers will have a chance to see for themselves exactly what Dave Chappelle was working on just before his departure from production of the third season of the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated hit series, "Chappelle's Show." Comedy Central will premiere the unaired third season episodes during 2Q 2006.

In advance of the 2006 premiere, Comedy Central will offer a sneak peek into the mind of the master by airing never-before-seen footage from third season sketches during the broadcast of "Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05" which premieres Sunday, December 11 at 9:00 p....

Bravo Releases Guest List for 'Inside the Actors Studio'

November 7th, 2005 11:59am EST
Al Pacino
Bravo just announced some of performing arts' most influential and intriguing stars to appear on the 12th season of the network's longest-running original series, eleven-time Emmy-nominated "Inside the Actors Studio." Scheduled to share their craft and life lessons this season are Al Pacino, Dave Chapelle, the cast of The Producers, Queen Latifah, Barbara Walters and Martin Lawrence, among others. These episodes will begin airing this winter.

"The twelfth season is very special for 'Inside the Actors Studio' because it has such an unusual range," said James Lipton, Host and Executive ...

VH1 Big In '05 Awards Nominees

October 28th, 2005 9:25am EDT
Kanye West
Watercooler buzz was deafening in 2005 and here's why: Tom Cruise's couch trip over new love Katie Holmes, his engagement, impending fatherhood and on-air feud with Matt Lauer and Brooke Shields; Braniston became Brangelina overnight; Kanye West's choice words for the President; Jude Law changed more than diapers with the nanny; Penguins waddled their way onto the big screen; A jury proved that Michael Jackson is no "Smooth Criminal."; Kate Moss' cocaine shame.

And now, for the fourth time, VH1 will honor winners in categories that captured the year in music, news, politics, arts and g...

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