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By Carrie Rickey and By Carrie Rickey,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 17, 2004
In Mr. 3000, a fantasy-camp inspirational about a first baseman who gets a second chance at being a team player, Bernie Mac, that prickly cactus of grumpitude, blooms. He plays Stan Ross, a bigmouth big hitter who retired about a decade before at the top of his game. So what if StanM-Fs team was in the middle of a pennant race? He had racked up his 3,000 hits, figured he was a Hall of Fame shoo-in, and didnM-Ft care a f ly ball about the BrewersM-F fate. But just before S t a n g o e s t o Cooperstown, tabulators discover he is three hits shy of landmark status.
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By Judith Graham and Judith Graham,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 14, 2008
Andrea Wilson felt sick to her stomach when she heard comedian Bernie Mac had died Saturday in a Chicago hospital. Her private fear - the fear of sudden death - was suddenly splashed across the news. Like Mac, Wilson has sarcoidosis, a mysterious and sometimes devastating immune system disorder that causes cells to cluster and can damage organs throughout the body. Last year, the disease jumped to her brain and started causing strokelike symptoms - vision changes, numbness in her left side, tingling in her face and mouth - as well as extreme pain.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 25, 2005
Guess Who plays out the shock of a beautiful black daughter (Zoe Saldana) introducing her white fiance (Ashton Kutcher) to her formidable parents (Bernie Mac and Judith Scott) with grace and humanity, whether addressing the racial content or transcending it. Oh, it's full of stunned looks and dueling stereotypes, and the most daring, hilarious scene comes when Mac demands that Kutcher repeat some black jokes that the boy has heard around his family's dinner table. But the movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
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April 14, 2006
Critic's Pick-- After a scare, Bernie (Bernie Mac, above) decides to share his wisdom now on The Bernie Mac Show (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45).
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April 14, 2006
Critic's Pick-- After a scare, Bernie (Bernie Mac, above) decides to share his wisdom now on The Bernie Mac Show (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45).
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November 16, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Cedric the Entertainer Presents has earned a full-season order from Fox, making it the third first-year show on the network to be picked up. The pickup of the sketch-comedy/variety show means the network's Wednesday-night lineup, which also includes Cedric's Kings of Comedy partner Bernie Mac and the action romp Fastlane - which was picked up earlier this week - will remain stable for the entire season. "Cedric has a unique voice, which is perfectly suited to Fox," says Gail Berman, the network's president of entertainment.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 14, 2001
He's a middle-aged African-American standup comedian who plays the head of an upper-middle-class household in a family sitcom. But, believe me, no one is ever going to confuse Bernie Mac, star of the new Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, with Bill Cosby or Cosby's Cliff Huxtable character. Not when they hear Bernie Mac talk about the three kids living under his roof the way he does. "It's those doggone kids. They're nasty, dirty, disease-carrying midgets," he says at the opening of one episode.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 22, 2003
Producers of The 55th Annual Emmy Awards wanted last night's program to be daring and transgressive - like the MTV awards show that featured a much-discussed kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears, or the Tonys' telecast with its open celebration of gay Broadway. After all, that's how an awards show creates a buzz, gets talked about the next day and subsequently is dubbed a success. But like the mainly conservative medium of network television itself, the program - aired on network TV - didn't have the nerve to truly reach for the edge.
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By Judith Graham and Judith Graham,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 14, 2008
Andrea Wilson felt sick to her stomach when she heard comedian Bernie Mac had died Saturday in a Chicago hospital. Her private fear - the fear of sudden death - was suddenly splashed across the news. Like Mac, Wilson has sarcoidosis, a mysterious and sometimes devastating immune system disorder that causes cells to cluster and can damage organs throughout the body. Last year, the disease jumped to her brain and started causing strokelike symptoms - vision changes, numbness in her left side, tingling in her face and mouth - as well as extreme pain.
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By Greg Braxton and Greg Braxton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 19, 2002
The Michael Kyles and the Bernie Macs live in the town of Wednesday Night Prime. Both families reside in large, fashionable homes and have adorable kids. Though they dwell on separate blocks, they are aware of each other, being the only black families in the community. Though all has been neighborly between them so far, the peaceful coexistence may end this fall, when the families will be forced to live next door to each other. Fox is moving The Bernie Mac Show, which premiered last season to critical and popular acclaim, to the Wednesday 8 p.m. slot against My Wife and Kids.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 25, 2005
Guess Who plays out the shock of a beautiful black daughter (Zoe Saldana) introducing her white fiance (Ashton Kutcher) to her formidable parents (Bernie Mac and Judith Scott) with grace and humanity, whether addressing the racial content or transcending it. Oh, it's full of stunned looks and dueling stereotypes, and the most daring, hilarious scene comes when Mac demands that Kutcher repeat some black jokes that the boy has heard around his family's dinner table. But the movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
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By Carrie Rickey and By Carrie Rickey,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 17, 2004
In Mr. 3000, a fantasy-camp inspirational about a first baseman who gets a second chance at being a team player, Bernie Mac, that prickly cactus of grumpitude, blooms. He plays Stan Ross, a bigmouth big hitter who retired about a decade before at the top of his game. So what if StanM-Fs team was in the middle of a pennant race? He had racked up his 3,000 hits, figured he was a Hall of Fame shoo-in, and didnM-Ft care a f ly ball about the BrewersM-F fate. But just before S t a n g o e s t o Cooperstown, tabulators discover he is three hits shy of landmark status.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 22, 2003
Producers of The 55th Annual Emmy Awards wanted last night's program to be daring and transgressive - like the MTV awards show that featured a much-discussed kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears, or the Tonys' telecast with its open celebration of gay Broadway. After all, that's how an awards show creates a buzz, gets talked about the next day and subsequently is dubbed a success. But like the mainly conservative medium of network television itself, the program - aired on network TV - didn't have the nerve to truly reach for the edge.
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November 16, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Cedric the Entertainer Presents has earned a full-season order from Fox, making it the third first-year show on the network to be picked up. The pickup of the sketch-comedy/variety show means the network's Wednesday-night lineup, which also includes Cedric's Kings of Comedy partner Bernie Mac and the action romp Fastlane - which was picked up earlier this week - will remain stable for the entire season. "Cedric has a unique voice, which is perfectly suited to Fox," says Gail Berman, the network's president of entertainment.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 14, 2001
He's a middle-aged African-American standup comedian who plays the head of an upper-middle-class household in a family sitcom. But, believe me, no one is ever going to confuse Bernie Mac, star of the new Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, with Bill Cosby or Cosby's Cliff Huxtable character. Not when they hear Bernie Mac talk about the three kids living under his roof the way he does. "It's those doggone kids. They're nasty, dirty, disease-carrying midgets," he says at the opening of one episode.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | March 23, 2007
Why can't "inspirational" sports movies have an iota or a nanosecond of genuine artistic inspiration? Pride tells the usual fact-inspired story of a coach who's had to come from behind in his own life, turning a gaggle of rough-edged inner-city athletes into an ace competitive corps. This time the sport is swimming, the city is Philadelphia, and the hero is Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who founded the Philadelphia Department of Recreation swim team and made the initials PDR stand for "Pride, Determination, and Resilience."
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By Michael Sragow | October 31, 2008
Body of Lies : *** This film has met the sad box-office fate of other recent Middle East-themed movies, but this one didn't deserve its swift demise at the box office. Based on David Ignatius' novel, this solid thriller takes the spy-vs.-spy complications of the Cold War espionage thriller and adapts them to the volatile, risky world of contemporary insurgency and terrorism. Leonardo DiCaprio continues on a roll as an American agent determined to establish good-faith partnerships with Arab agents, and Russell Crowe is smarmily amusing as his boss.
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