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Mike Epps To Play Richard Pryor In Upcoming Biopic

8/27/2014 8:15am EDT
Mike Epps
Director Lee Daniels has confirmed that Mike Epps will be playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about the actor/comedian.

On Sunday, Daniels posted a photo of himself, Oprah Winfrey and Epps on Instagram with the caption: "and we're off... Get ready y'all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah."

Pryor, 65, died in 2005 following a heart attack and battling multiple sclerosis for many years. He is known for his stand-up comedy and films such as "Blazing Saddles," "Stir Crazy," "Brewster's Millions" and "The Toy."

It had been rumored that "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon would lan...

Rumor Patrol: Nick Cannon Is Playing Richard Pryor In Biopic, Monica Lewinsky Headed To 'The View?'

7/5/2014 9:00am EDT
Rumor Patrol: Nick Cannon Is Playing Richard Pryor In Biopic, Mo
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Nick Cannon To Star In Richard Pryor Biopic: Singer/Actor Nick is reportedly set to play the legendary comedian in an upcoming film. While the film isn't in production yet, he already has the role when he wants it. The report has divided fans of the comedian, with some thinking Cannon is the wrong choice – but is it even true?

Verdict: True. Cannon said as much to TMZ and later put up a photo on Instag...

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

4/24/2013 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

1/31/2012 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

2/4/2011 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'

5/25/2010 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

3/2/2010 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...

Universal Studios Hollywood To Honor Michael Jackson At CityWalk

7/8/2009 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

4/10/2009 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'

3/5/2009 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 ...

Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

9/30/2008 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?

6/12/2008 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

4/29/2008 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

4/1/2008 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

12/1/2007 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).

Starpulse Q&A With Comedic Actor Jerry Minor

11/12/2007 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

11/4/2007 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 ...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

12/1/2006 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

11/8/2006 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...

David Bowie Will Finally Get a Grammy

1/13/2006 9:34am EST
David Bowie
David Bowie will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Grammy awards. The British rock legend, along with late comic genius Richard Pryor, among others, will be presented with the prestigious accolade at a special ceremony on February 7.

The award celebrates artists who've created distinguished and influential recordings throughout the course of their career. Despite the huge impact he's had on generations of musicians and music lovers, amazingly, the 'Ashes To Ashes' singer has never won a Grammy.

Incredibly, Bowie has only managed a single nomination, for...

BET Salutes Richard Pryor

12/19/2005 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, ...

SNL Weekend Update Quotes (Dec. 10)

12/12/2005 3:43pm EST
Amy Poehler
"It has been speculated that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are expecting a boy after they were spotted in a shopping center buying a boy."

A collection of quotes from this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler...

"WEEKEND UPDATE" CO-ANCHOR TINA FEY -- "The movie 'Brokeback Mountain' opened this week. The movie is making history as the first western ever where the good guys get it in the end ... That joke was sent to me by my 72-year-old father, Don Fey."

"WEEKEND UPDATE" CO-ANCHOR AMY POEHLER -- "According to reports, Iran plans to build t...

Celebrities Honor Richard Pryor

12/12/2005 9:09am EST
Richard Pryor
Hollywood stars have paid tribute to actor Richard Pryor, who died of a heart attack on Saturday, aged 65. The Hollywood funnyman died shortly before 8 am after being taken to a hospital from his home in the San Fernando Valley. He had been ill for many years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system.

Fellow comedian and friend Steve Martin said: "By expressing his heart, anger and joy, Richard Pryor took comedy to its highest form." Music producer Quincy Jones described Pryor as a true pioneer of his art. He said: "He was a master of telling the truth that...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

12/1/2005 3:00am EST
Woody Allen
Happy Birthday to Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson (1977), 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).