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Billy Cosby To Star In New NBC Sitcom

January 23rd, 2014 8:29am EST
Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby and his former producing partner from "The Cosby Show" are teaming up again for a new family centered sitcom.

The comedian, 76, and Tom Werner are collaborating more than 20 years after the popular show went off the air.

NBC, which originally aired the Emmy winning "Cosby Show" for eight seasons, and the actor are teaming up on the series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the as-yet-to-be-titled comedy will feature Cosby as a patriarch of a multi-generational family.

Cosby most recently starred in "Cosby" from 1996 to 2000 with his former on-screen wife Phylicia Rashad. Th...
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Bill Cosby & TV Daughter Tempestt Bledsoe Delight Fans On 'Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

January 7th, 2013 9:53am EST
Tempestt Bledsoe & Bill Cosby
Twenty years after the hit sitcom "The Cosby Show" went off air, Bill Cosby reunited with his TV daughter Tempestt Bledsoe on a late-night talk show. Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable with Bledsoe portraying his third daughter, Vanessa, on the hit '80s series.

Cosby, 75, and Bledsoe, 39, promoted separate projects on the "Late Show with Jimmy Fallon," and they thrilled viewers by reminiscing about their time working together on the show, which wrapped in 1992.

The former co-stars hugged as Bledsoe stepped onstage, although she admitted she was a little embarrassed after host Ji...
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Bill Cosby To Step Down As Playboy Jazz Festival Host

June 15th, 2012 9:10pm EDT
Bill Cosby
Comedian and music buff Bill Cosby is to bow out as the longtime host of the Playboy Jazz Festival after introducing acts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this weekend.

Cosby has been a regular fixture at Hugh Hefner's annual music event since 1979.

No reason has been given for the veteran's decision to step down as host but event producer Darlene Chan tells the Los Angeles Times, "Playboy Jazz fans will surely miss his familiar and charismatic presence in his customary seat on stage right, enjoying the music, often sitting in with a cowbell or shaker or just waving a white hankie t...
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Ellen DeGeneres Named 2012 Mark Twain Prize Recipient

May 15th, 2012 2:34pm EDT
Ellen Degeneres
Comedienne-turned-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is to be honored with this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The beloved Finding Nemo star has been named the recipient of the 15th annual accolade, which she will collect at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.

Joking about her latest honor, DeGeneres says, "To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder... why didn't I get this sooner?"

Additional former trophy holders include Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
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The Rolling Stones To Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame

November 21st, 2011 3:50pm EST
The Rolling Stones
Classic recordings by Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones are among the 2012 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Every year, the Recording Academy's trustees select a collection of tracks and albums considered to be of lasting significance that are at least 25 years old.

And this time around Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It will be entered alongside The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. album and Gloria Gaynor's disco classic I Will Survive.

Also set for the honor are late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,...
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Donald Trump Plans Presidential Announcement on 'Celebrity Apprentice' Finale

April 15th, 2011 10:39am EDT
Donald Trump | Photo Credits: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.com
Knowing how to milk a good string of publicity, Donald Trump plans to make an announcement about an announcement on his presidential bid on the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice.

Bill Cosby on Trump's presidential bid: He's full of it

"On the May 22 season finale of Celebrity Apprentice, Mr. Trump may announce the time and place of a press conference at which time ...

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Watching Me On TV: Reflections About Blacks in Prime Time Past

February 23rd, 2011 10:40am EST
The Cosby Show
I’m not old, but I am mature. I’m not in the let’s-go-clubbin’-this-Saturday-night set, but I’m still in the coveted demographic that advertisers like. I’m old enough to remember when vampires were scary—not hot. And I do have those wonderful memories of big, boxy television consoles with three major networks and some local stations with really bad programming. Color television shows were a major big deal, so much so that announcers would actually let you know—“The F.B.I.— in color!” That was probably because not a lot of folks had a color TV set. It’s also cool to see how the physical tele...
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Laughing Could Kill Bill Cosby - Read Why

February 18th, 2011 8:19am EST
Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby could literally die from laughing due to a lung condition.

The beloved "Cosby Show" star, 73, admits he has to watch how much he enjoys himself because too much fun could be fatal.

He tells the Globe, "If I laugh hard, that is very, very dangerous. My lungs fill up with fluid and I start coughing. Also my stomach muscles burn."

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George Clooney Calls On Hollywood During Humanitarian Emmy Acceptance

August 29th, 2010 11:10pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney called on Hollywood to cast its spotlight on the desperate needs of disaster victims as he accepted a special Emmy Award on Sunday night.

The Hollywood actor was handed the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards show to honor his use of television to help good causes.

Clooney has long been involved with humanitarian causes and has been a major figure in raising awareness of the genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, as well as helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina and hosting the Hope for Haiti TV telethon - which is also nominated for an Emmy....
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George Clooney To Pick Up Humanitarian Award At Emmys

July 21st, 2010 11:30am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney will be presented with a special Emmy Award at the upcoming ceremony to acknowledge his charity work.

The Hollywood actor has long been involved with humanitarian causes and has been a major figure in raising awareness of the genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur, as well as helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina and hosting the Hope for Haiti TV special. The telethon, which raised millions of dollars for those affected by the Haiti earthquake, is also nominated for an Emmy award.

Clooney will be handed the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awar...
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Chris Rock's Anti-Bill Cosby Tirade Nearly Cost Him His Career

June 26th, 2010 9:41am EDT
Chris Rock
Chris Rock almost ended his comedy career before it started by taking aim at Bill Cosby on the beloved funnyman's own show.

Pal Adam Sandler invited Rock to the set of "The Cosby Show" when he was shooting a handful of episodes in his late teens - and when the pre-program warm-up comedian fell ill, Rock stepped in to keep the studio audience amused.

Sandler admits his friend was an instant hit with both Cosby and his fans - until he turned on the star of the show.

Sandler recalls, "Rock, all of a sudden, starts going, 'And what's with this Bill Cosby?' Everyone's like nervously lau...
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In Honor Of Fathers Day: 10 Best TV Dads

June 19th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Mike Brady, Hank Hill, Cliff Huxtable
Since Father's Day is this Sunday, we wanted to take some time to honor some of the best TV dads of all time. So, loosen your belt, crack open a beer, plop down on the recliner and check out which fantastic fathers made our Top 10!

Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver - Ward, as played by Hugh Beaumont, was THE prototypical middle-class suburban dad of the late '50s and early '60s. He was an all-American guy who worked hard all day, appreciated his wife and acted as the moral compass for his sons, Wally and Beaver. Even though the world has changed a great deal since LITB aired, Ward's influen...
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Russell Crowe Is Not Dead

June 10th, 2010 7:24pm EDT
Russell Crowe
A spokesperson for actor Russell Crowe has denied reports the "Gladiator" star is dead.

New York City radio station Z100 reported the "Robin Hood" star had passed away on Thursday morning, prompting a flurry of internet and radio reports speculating about the story.

But a spokesperson for the 46-year-old actor has acted quickly to dismiss the sick rumor.

Crowe is the latest in a string of stars who have fallen victim to similar reports - the most recent being Zach Braff, Johnny Depp, Bill Cosby and Kanye West.

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Tina Fey To Receive Mark Twain Prize For Humor

May 25th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
Tina Fey
Tina Fey will make history by becoming the youngest recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this year.

The Date Night star, 40, has been chosen by officials at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the 2010 honoree. The award is primarily in recognition of her work as a writer and comedian on Saturday Night Live, where she famously mimicked former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 elections.

Mark Krantz, executive producer of the Mark Twain award, says, "It's that job as a head writer on a show that's been a tra...
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Bobby Brown Is Not Dead!

April 28th, 2010 8:31am EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown is the latest celebrity victim of an online death hoax - the star's rep has been forced to confirm he is alive and well following a spate of rumors suggesting he had died.

Fake stories of Brown's demise began circulating on social-networking website Twitter.com this week.

A spokesman for the New Edition singer has now come forward to silence the gossip, telling TVGuide.com the rumors are not true.

Brown is the latest in a long line of stars who have been targeted by online pranksters - Johnny Depp, Zach Braff and Bill Cosby have all been victims of false death reports in th...
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Bill Cosby Backs Anti-Bullying Campaign

April 14th, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Bill Cosby
Funnyman Bill Cosby is backing an anti-bullying drive following the death of teenager Phoebe Prince in January, who was allegedly driven to suicide by her school mates.

Nine youngsters have been accused of tormenting the 15 year old, who was found hanged at her home in Massachusetts, prior to her death.

Cosby is allowing clips from an episode of his 1970s cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which addresses the issue of bullying, to be used by Dr. Marilyn Irving to raise awareness of the problem across America. And the veteran star is urging education workers to recognize if a child ...
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Bill Cosby:'I'm Alive!'

February 8th, 2010 8:45am EST
Bill Cosby:
Bill Cosby is laughing off reports of his death, after becoming the latest in a handful of celebrities 'killed off' by internet hoaxers. Reports surfaced online earlier this month alleging The Cosby Show star had passed away - but the funnyman has been quick to assure fans he's alive and well.

In a post on his website, Cosby writes, "About 10 hours ago, an internet hoax started that said Bill Cosby is dead. The announcement of me being dead may be a VIRUS. And now ladies and gentlemen for my rebuttal. As you well know, a dead person cannot rebuttal. Therefore, I am rebuttaling to tell y...
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Flashback 1984: A Look At Actors, Films & Music

January 26th, 2009 4:57pm EST
Wham
Where has time gone by? 25 years ago seems like yesterday, and 1984 was so happening! Here's our flashback moment of a few actors, films, and music that were popular in 1984. So, with that said, what were you into in 1984? Let us know!

Top Actors/Actresses

Molly Ringwald

In the film Sixteen Candles, actress Molly Ringwald had every girl wanting to design her own prom dress in 1984. Young, bright, and fresh, she was the essence of teen coolness.

Daryl Hannah

Are mermaids sexy? Well, one certainly was when actress Daryl Hannah starred in 1984's ...
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The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

August 22nd, 2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...
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Bad Dads & Rad Dads On TV

June 13th, 2008 8:44am EDT
The Brady Bunch
Back when television was young, TV fathers were portrayed as all knowing and in control. Fathers knew best. They dispensed unchallenged wisdom. They were calm and smiling and never seemed pressured by any circumstance. They were always clad in a shirt and tie, even while relaxing at home.

The TV fathers of the 50s and 60s had a ready answer for their children, all who sat with rapt attention to the father's every word. "Gee, Dad," said Wally of Leave It to Beaver, "I never thought about it that way." The Brady kids would also express the same types of revelation after a counseling ses...
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Talented Comedian/Actress Whitney Cummings Talks 'Made of Honor' & More

April 29th, 2008 11:45am EDT
Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings boasts both brains and beauty. An Ivy League graduate, she resides in Los Angeles, performing stand-up comedy and is currently touring the U.S. with her improv act. She has appeared on shows like Punk'D, VH1's Best Week Ever, What About Brian, and Tell Me You Love Me. She has written for the talk show The Last Call with Carson Daly and is a host for the Sundance Film Festival Dailies. Whitney appears in the upcoming romantic comedy, Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, which hits theaters this Friday, May 2.

So, you've got this big movie in Ma...
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Celebrity Marriages: What Makes Them Work (Or Not) & Why It May Be Better To Not Marry At All

March 20th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Eddie Murphy & Tracey Edmonds
Marriage is a sacred union between a loving couple until death do them part. Yet, in the Hollywood community it seems that most marriages end before the honeymoon does. Take Eddie Murphy, for example. He and Tracey Edmonds split this past January after just two weeks of (un)happily wedded bliss.

The probability of a celebrity marriage surviving is only 35 percent, according to enotalone.com. For the most part, celebrity marriages do not have the fairy tale or "movie ending" fans hope they will. Rates of divorce may seem higher in Hollywood than they actually are due to the heavy public...
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Where Are They Now?: 'A Different World'

February 14th, 2008 11:00am EST
A Different World
"A Different World," a half-hour sitcom about students at fictional Hillman College, was on the air from 1987 to 1993. It was the creation of Bill Cosby and originally served as a spin-off venue for then Cosby kid Lisa "Denise" Bonet.

However, it wasn't until Lisa Bonet was booted from the show (due to a pregnancy) that "A Different World" really took off in popularity. Fueled by a core ensemble cast of likeable characters - Dwayne, Whitley, Freddie, Kim, Jaleesa, Ron, and Walter - "A Different World" was in the top 10 shows in the Nielsen ratings for five of the six years it aired.

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10 Worst TV Shows Of The Last 10 Years

January 25th, 2008 1:52pm EST
According to Jim
There have been some truly phenomenal television shows produced over the last 10 years. Works of art that will continue to be appreciated and discussed for years to come. But what's the fun in talking about that?

For each great show created since 1998, there have been at least five or six terrible ones. Often these truly odious programs have a mercifully short lifespan. Occasionally, one will unexpectedly survive and thrive, shining proudly on screen and mocking the infinitely more creative, entertaining and intelligent programs that it has outlasted.

Acknowledging the fac...
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Starpulse Q&A With Comedic Actor Jerry Minor

November 12th, 2007 5:09pm EST
Jerry Minor
Jerry Minor is one of the most talented and versatile comedic actors working today and has been ever since his television debut on HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David. Whether it's on Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central's Crossballs, or HBO's Lucky Louie, Jerry stands out, even when surrounded by some of the biggest names in the industry. Currently, Minor portrays Aubrey on ABC's Carpoolers and will be appearing in the forthcoming Judd Apatow penned-John C.Reilly comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and the Will Ferrell vehicle Semi-Pro. Starpulse spoke with Jerry about the development of h...
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Starpulse Q&A: Comedian Nick Swardson Talks About New Album, Life & Movie Projects In The Works

October 23rd, 2007 2:38pm EDT
Nick Swardson - Party
On his debut comedy album, Party, Nick Swardson claims that it's ironic that he's a comedian because off stage he's not a good story teller, but in this Starpulse Q and A he proves otherwise.

Swardson's career itself is an interesting tale. Performing improv at sixteen and then delving into standup several years later, Nick achieved the distinction of being the youngest comedian to have his own Comedy Central Presents.

One night, Adam Sandler saw the special and was so impressed by the performance that he phoned him the next day, leading to a partnership that allowed Nick to act...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 12

July 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Michelle Rodriguez
Happy Birthday to actor Erik Per Sullivan (1991), British teen singer Gareth Gates (1984), "Lost" actress Michelle Rodriguez (1978), "That 70s Show" actor Topher Grace (1978), WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar (1977), singer Tracie Spencer (1976), British actress Anna Friel (1976), US figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (1971), actress Lisa Nicole Carson (1969), Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci (1967), singer Robin Wilson (1965), Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy (1962), singer Sandi Patty (1956), "Charlie's Angels" actress Cheryl Ladd (1951), actor/radio DJ Jay Thomas (1948), fitness guru Richard S...
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Katt Williams Releases "The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1" DVD

November 8th, 2006 11:54am EST
Katt Williams
Known just as much for his permed hair as he is for his animated performances and quick wit, comedian Katt Williams has been making his mark in Hollywood for over 10 years. Beginning his career at an age when most teenagers are seeking their drivers license, the young comic quickly discovered that he had a gift for making people laugh. Inspired by the likes of great humorists such as Richard Pryor, Don Knotts, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Thomas Marshall, Jeff Foxworthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Dave Chappelle, whom he calls the Malcolm X of comedy, Katt Williams entertaining standup...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 12

July 12th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Michelle Rodriguez
Happy Birthday to actor Erik Per Sullivan (1991), British teen singer Gareth Gates (1984), "Lost" actress Michelle Rodriguez (1978), "That 70s Show" actor Topher Grace (1978), WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar (1977), singer Tracie Spencer (1976), British actress Anna Friel (1976), US figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (1971), actress Lisa Nicole Carson (1969), Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci (1967), singer Robin Wilson (1965), Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy (1962), singer Sandi Patty (1956), "Charlie's Angels" actress Cheryl Ladd (1951), actor/radio DJ Jay Thomas (1948), fitness guru Richard S...
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