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Lee Daniels In Talks To Direct Richard Pryor Biopic

January 11th, 2014 2:12pm EST
Lee Daniels
The Butler director Lee Daniels is in talks to bring a long-awaited Richard Pryor biopic to fruition on the big screen.

Michael B. Jordan, Damon Wayans and Eddie Murphy are all currently in the running to play the late actor/comedian, who died of a heart attack in 2005, aged 65.

Pryor's widow, Jennifer, is producing the film along with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The untitled project has been in the works since 2009, with actor Forest Whitaker becoming the last big name attached to help bring Pryor's life story to the big screen. He signed on last M...

Gene Wilder: Richard Pryor Smoked Until His Death

June 15th, 2013 2:03pm EDT
Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor
Legendary comic Richard Pryor defied doctors' advice to smoke in his final days and continued to puff away even on his deathbed, according to his close pal Gene Wilder.

The funnyman, who struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, suffered from multiple sclerosis in his later life and was also diagnosed with heart problems.

Medics urged him to quit his nicotine habit in a bid to prolong his life, but Wilder reveals his stubborn friend and Silver Streak co-star didn't listen, reports

Speaking during a special career overview at New York's 92Y venue on Thursday, Wi...

3 Must See Films At Tribeca: 'Teenage,' 'Trust Me,' & 'Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic'

April 24th, 2013 1:57pm EDT
If you live in New York, today marks the day when the Tribeca Film Festival gets serious. All of the films have played once, word of mouth becomes supreme currency and the rush lines start queuing earlier than ever before. Tickets to the festival are in extremely limited supply and—granted—aren’t cheap. So you want to check out one of the better films showing but aren’t quite sure what to see? I’m here to help! Below are three films screening tonight worth seeing:

Note: If you don’t have tickets, you can still rush; your best bet is to show up to the venue playing your film of choice 1 hou...

Q&A: 'Key and Peele' Star Jordan Peele

January 31st, 2012 2:00pm EST
Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele and his partner Keegan-Michael Key are out to bring a different brand of sketch comedy to television.

With their new series Key & Peele, which bows tonight on Comedy Central (10:30 ET/PT), they're aiming for many different targets. Last week they put a new spin on the State of the Union address and other sketches spoof Nazis and fraternities.

The former MadTV alums are entering a TV landscape where sketch comedy can be hit or miss. Some say Saturday Night Live is in decline. Other sketch shows have come and gone. What's going to make their show different? I sat down with Jord...

Pam Grier Feared Richard Pryor's Drug Use Would Harm Her Insides

February 4th, 2011 8:23am EST
Pam Grier
Seventies pin-up Pam Grier and comedian Richard Pryor's doomed 18-month romance ended when he took issue with her requests for him to wear a condom during sex.

The actress' doctor told her that cocaine-user Pryor's sperm was harming her body because it contained traces of the drug.

And he insisted she should demand protected sex.

Appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Thursday to promote her new memoirs, "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts," the Foxy Brown star revealed, "There was an epidemic of a lot of people doing cocaine and it accumulated in the body and often in the prostrate gland and i...

Quentin Tarantino Set For Friars Club 'Roast'

May 25th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino is set to follow in the footsteps of stars including Chevy Chase, Richard Pryor and Bruce Willis with an induction into New York's legendary Friars Club.

The Pulp Fiction director will be the focus of the organization's annual 'roast' later this year, which sees honorees ridiculed in mocking tributes.

Friars Club President Freddie Roman hopes the moviemaker takes the mockery in good humor, telling New York Post gossip column PageSix, "Having seen Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, I pray that he understands that we only roast the ones we love."

The ceremony will take place ...

The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...

Dave Chappelle Fails Comedy Record Attempt

October 21st, 2009 12:14pm EDT
Dave Chappelle Fails Record Attempt
Funnyman Dave Chappelle failed in his attempt to set a new record for comedy endurance - by walking offstage during his performance to go to the bathroom.

The comic took the stage at Hollywood's Laugh Factory on Sunday in a bid to break the club record for the longest time on stage, previously set by Dane Cook in a seven-hour, 34-minute marathon last year.

However, Chappelle's attempt to outdo Cook failed after five hours when he was disqualified by owner Jamie Masada for taking a bathroom break.

The original record was set by the late Richard Pryor who spent two hours and 41 m...

Universal Studios Hollywood To Honor Michael Jackson At CityWalk

July 8th, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Universal Studios Hollywood To Honor Michael Jackson At CityWalk
Universal CityWalk will become "Universal MoonWalk" for one night with Southern California's largest outdoor public celebration of Michael Jackson's life and music on Thursday, July 9, as part of CityWalk's ongoing Summer Block Party free summer marathon of movies and music.

CityWalk's tribute to the King of Pop will begin at 7:00 pm and will include screenings of "The Wiz" and "Michael Jackson's Thriller," plus a "live" dance retrospective of Michael Jackson's phenomenal musical history, from his days as the youngest sibling in The Jackson 5 to his history-making solo career as the worl...

The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...

Interview: Snoop Dogg On The Set Of MTV's 'Dogg After Dark'

March 5th, 2009 3:04pm EST
Snoop Dogg
The President of MTV Networks recently described one superstar artist as "pushing the boundaries of hip-hop with his signature antics, incredible catalogue of music, legendary videos, larger than life personality and even a little controversy."

So, what's this particular artist's 'motherfu*king name'? Hint: He's slim with the tilted brim, frequently has his mind on his money (and yes, his money on his mind) and he's not afraid to drop it like it's hot.

In fact, it's these attributes that compel a group of reporters - yours truly among them - to the upscale Hollywood nightclub The ...

Eddie Murphy To Play Richard Pryor

February 28th, 2009 3:43pm EST
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy has landed his dream role - portraying late, great funnyman Richard Pryor in a new biopic. Murphy has reportedly signed up to star in "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" - a project being put together by Dreamgirls director and 2009 Oscars producer Bill Condon.

And Murphy, whose early stand-up routines included impersonations of the comedic icon, is allegedly so keen to play his hero he has waived his usual multi-million dollar fee.

Pryor's career highs and lows, including his well-publicized battles with alcohol and drug addiction and his struggle with multiple ...

Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

September 30th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...

DC Movies vs Marvel Movies: Which Are Better?

June 12th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Dark Knight
After months of anticipation the two candidates are finally ready to square of against one another. There has quite possibly never been such a sharp contrast the American public has to choose between. One candidate possesses the mind of an intellectual while the other uses gut instincts. One maintains a trim and chiseled physique and the other uses brute strength to get his point across. One is a relative newcomer that was born in the early 1960's while one has a long and storied history having been born in the late 1930's. Are we talking about Barack Obama and John McCain? Well… I suppose ...

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...

Low Times Mean Good Times With Andy Kindler, Part 1

April 1st, 2008 10:39am EDT
Andy Kindler
There seems to be a relationship between the state of comedian Andy Kindler's career and the state of American culture. The worse the economy, the less informative the news, and the poorer the satire, the more opportunities Andy gets. This past month alone Andy has been on Letterman, Comedy Central's The Root of all Evil, and was even profiled by the LA Times. "To a man like me," says Andy, "Who brings joy to the non-masses, I'm going to be able to profit during down times." What's down, what's coming, and what's funny about it is the subject of this Starpulse Q and A with comedian Andy Kin...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2007 3:00am EST
Bette Midler
Happy Birthday to British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940; d. 2005), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).

Stars To Honor Murdered Filmmaker

November 13th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Keri Russell
Rosanna Arquette, Keri Russell and Edie Falco are among the stars auctioning lunch with themselves in an online fundraiser for the charity set up to honor murdered filmmaker Adrienne Shelly. Prizes on the eBay auction include lunches with Arquette, Russell, Falco and Cheryl Hines and memorabilia signed by Matt Dillon and the late Richard Pryor.

All proceeds will go to The Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organisation that awards film school scholarships and grants to women filmmakers.

The ASF is also holding its inaugural fundraising gala in New York City on Monday n...

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...

Katt Williams 'Hustles' Onto DVD On November 20

November 4th, 2007 10:00pm EST
Katt Williams
Salient Media and Vivendi Visual Entertainment bring back one of the country's hottest comedians, Katt Williams (The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1) to DVD on November 20 in Katt Williams: American Hustle (The Movie).

Salient Media is releasing this film theatrically in the top 15 markets October 30 for an exclusive two week limited engagement run.

"Katt is one most electrifying comedians working today," said Gary Binkow, CEO of Salient Media and producer of Katt Williams: American Hustle. "This movie has it all: it's a road picture, it's got stand-up, and most importantly it's absolutely ...

Chris Tucker: 'Pryor Approval Meant I'd Made It'

July 11th, 2007 11:29am EDT
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker knew he'd made it as a comedian when legendary funnyman Richard Pryor praised his stand-up routine. The Rush Hour actor was left dazzled by the compliment from his hero, who was suffering from multiple-sclerosis at the time.

Recalling the moment, Tucker tells Playboy magazine, "I'll never forget it. It was when Richard Pryor came to one of my shows and told me I was funny. This was early on, and he was in a wheelchair, but he was still communicating well. It just blew me away."

-Check out Chris Tucker's Biography

(This news article provided by World Entertainmen...

Patti Labelle Was Stunned By Richard Pryor's Generosity

May 30th, 2007 9:07am EDT
Patti Labelle
Patti Labelle had to call her husband from the road when touring partner Richard Pryor bought her a car and a home sauna as gift package - because she didn't want her man to think she was having an affair. The Lady Marmalade star was shocked with the comedian's generosity after performing at a show in Detroit, Michigan, and insisted it would be improper to accept the gifts.

However Pryor was adamant the singer accept his presents - and so she rang her then-husband Armistead Edwards to make sure he was OK with the offer. She tells urban magazine Sister 2 Sister, "I said, 'Let me go ca...

Gene Wilder's Book To Be Made Into Movie

May 15th, 2007 11:20am EDT
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder is preparing to make a Hollywood comeback - his debut novel is being turned into a movie. The comedy star retired from the silver screen after appearing in 1991 film Another You - the last of his legendary collaborations with late funnyman Richard Pryor.

Wilder has since taken up writing, releasing an autobiography in 2005. His first fictional effort My French Whore is due for release this month and film rights have already been snapped up by movie giants 20th Century Fox.

Wilder says, "After I finished the book, my agent said, 'It would make a very good movie'. He ask...

Richard Pryor's Widow Settles Lawsuit

April 26th, 2007 1:53pm EDT
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor's widow Jennifer has reached a settlement with Universal Music Group after she sued the label for selling 11 of his comedy recordings without permission. The legendary funnyman filed suit against UMG in 2005 - just two months before his December 2005 death of a heart attack - claiming they had released the recordings without obtaining authorization from him.

Following the Superman III star's demise, Jennifer took over the lawsuit as plaintiff. Los Angeles Superior Court clerk Irvin Lackey said the two parties had reached a settlement, but did not disclosed details.


My Chemical Romance, Justin Timberlake & Gnarls Barkley Top Blender Poll

January 15th, 2007 3:47pm EST
Justin Timberlake
My Chemical Romance, Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley have picked up the leading awards in men's magazine Blender's 2006 Readers' Poll. My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade was named the year's best album, ahead of Timberlake's Futuresex/Lovesounds; Gnarls Barkley were named New Artist Of The Year and Timberlake's "My Love" was named Song Of The Year.

Other winners and losers in the magazine poll include:

Lindsay Lohan (Trainwreck Of The Year)

Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock (Couple Of The Year)

Ashlee Simpson (Nip/Tuck Of The Year)

Richard Pryor (Saddest Farewell)


Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2006 3:00am EST
Bette Midler
Happy Birthday to British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).

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...

Willie Nelson Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter

August 23rd, 2006 9:39am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country star Willie Nelson is lending his support to a proposed new bill outlawing horse slaughter. The Texas singer joins actress Bo Derek and Richard Pryor's widow Jennifer to voice his outrage of the practice, which sees thousands of the wild animals destroyed for their meat every year for overseas consumption.

He says, "If you've ever been around horses a lot, especially wild horses, you know they are part of the American heritage. I don't think its right that we kill them and eat them."

He added his own horses were treated better since learning more about the animal rights ...

Richard Pryor's Daughter Accuses His Wife Of Abuse

May 14th, 2006 9:02pm EDT
Richard Pryor
The daughter of late comic Richard Pryor has hit out at her father's widow Jennifer Lee, accusing her of mentally abusing the funnyman. Elizabeth Pryor claims Lee alienated Pryor, ensuring he was kept apart from loved ones and causing him to suffer "depression, despair, agitation and other extreme mental suffering".

She filed suit last week in Los Angeles Superior Court to remove Lee as a trustee of Pryor's estate, alleging "elder abuse". The lawsuit claims, "Given Mr Pryor's utter dependence on Jennifer for his personal and financial welfare, her actions were reckless, oppressive, ...

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...

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