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By Clarence Page | March 4, 2005
WASHINGTON - On the day after comedian Chris Rock hosted the nationally televised Academy Awards ceremonies, the Federal Communications Commission exonerated ABC's broadcast of the Oscar-winning war movie Saving Private Ryan. These two seemingly unconnected stories illustrate why it is so hard to clean up the airwaves: One person's offense is somebody else's patriotic act. That's easy to see in the case of Saving Private Ryan. Although ABC had broadcast the bloody and riveting World War II drama twice before and had received a favorable FCC ruling in 2002, some TV stations decided not to broadcast it again without another FCC ruling after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at last year's Super Bowl.
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 18, 2012
The reviews are lukewarm at best for "What to Expect When You're Expecting," a movie loosely based on the hot-selling book series by Heidi Murkoff. Charming moms-to-be, including Anna Kendrick and Cameron Diaz, deal with the emotional and physical challenges of pregnancy, while their significant others, including Chris Rock, act boorish. Here are excerpts from reviews: -- Los Angeles Times: As Murkoff knew and mined so well, there is a lot of nature-made comedy to be found in the discomforts of distended bodies, raging hormones and altered relationships.
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By Kevin D. Thompson and Kevin D. Thompson,COX NEWS SERVICE | April 17, 2004
There was a time when Chris Rock wasn't that funny. During his three years on Saturday Night Live, Rock's talent was mostly wasted in the restricted format. Rock's true comic voice didn't emerge until 1996 when Bring the Pain, his first HBO special, aired. In that career-defining special, the screechy-voiced comedian prowled the stage with a bug-eyed confidence like never before. Watching Rock was like watching David Banner transform into The Hulk. On that night, Rock went from meek-looking joke teller to all-powerful Super Comic.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | October 10, 2008
The Starter Wife, a hit cable miniseries that garnered 10 Emmy nominations, arrives tonight as a weekly series on USA. Debra Messing reprises her role as Molly Kagan, ex-wife of a show-biz mogul forced to navigate the shark-infested straits of Hollywood with only a little help from a few select friends and a 7-year-old daughter. One of the friends is played by the divine Judy Davis, who won an Emmy for her work in the miniseries and, happily, has signed on for the season. (9 tonight, USA)
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By John Anderson and John Anderson,Newsday | March 16, 2007
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Chris Rock looks so elegant it makes you want to take an icepick to your Old Navy card. His black sweater might have been spun by silkworms hired by other silkworms. The striped collar peeking out suggests a handmade shirt more comfortable than the sheets in a five-star hotel. Every crease is a knife edge. Every surface plush. Is this the guy who has stalked comedy stages speculating about Hillary Rodham Clinton's conjugal inadequacies, exposing men's porn habits and describing a U.S. overseas aid program as "dropping 50-pound bags of food on 40-pound people"?
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 5, 2002
Comedian Chris Rock and a movie production crew are set to arrive in Sykesville today to film scenes for Head of State, a satire on presidential politics. The movie crews have been spotted at the State House in Annapolis, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and at a Hampstead school. They plan to hit this town along the banks of a Patapsco River branch before dawn today to prepare to film. "They need one day to do a scene on our Main Street," said Matthew Candland, town manager.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 10, 1999
"Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker" is smaller and louder than I expected this highly publicized concert event to be.Don't get me wrong. Like almost everyone else in the world, I think Rock is a brilliant comedian. And he has moments in this concert filmed at the Apollo Theatre that, if not brilliant, are at least more bitingly insightful than almost anything this side of Richard Pryor in the 1970s or Robin Williams in the 1980s.Rock opens the concert with a red-hot sociological riff on the shootings at Columbine High in Colorado: his reminder that it was white suburban teen-age boys doing all that killing, not black kids living in the city.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 23, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Oscar nominations won't be announced until Tuesday, but Chris Rock, the host of next month's Academy Awards ceremony, has already decided who one of the evening's big winners should be: Jamie Foxx, the star of the biopic Ray. "I am rooting for Jamie, and if he doesn't win, I'm going to talk about it on the show," Rock promised, a sly grin tiptoeing across his face. And if Foxx comes up empty? "I'll take an Oscar from one of the sound or light people that win and give it to him," Rock said.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | March 16, 2007
An incendiary Viagra joke ignites the middle of the new Chris Rock comedy, I Think I Love My Wife, and burns the rest of the movie to a crisp. It highlights Rock at his scorching best, bringing right out into the open what we all think when we listen to TV commercials list the side effects of drugs for erectile dysfunction. The problem is, Rock plays a thirtysomething man who doesn't really need Viagra and spends most of the movie complaining that his wife no longer wants to make love.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 5, 2002
Comedian Chris Rock and a movie production crew are set to arrive in Sykesville today to film scenes for Head of State, a satire on presidential politics. The movie crews have been spotted at the State House in Annapolis, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and at a Hampstead school. They plan to hit this town along the banks of a Patapsco River branch before dawn today to prepare to film. "They need one day to do a scene on our Main Street," said Matthew Candland, town manager.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
Biting comedy, award-winning reality TV and the start of a new season for a great family drama are available this weekend. CHRIS ROCK IS BACK TV comedy does not get much better than Chris Rock's HBO shows. Premium cable has the freedom not to bleep Rock, and that makes a difference. The language that some consider harsh is crucial to the biting edge that Rock brings to his keen social insights. (9 p.m. tomorrow, HBO) *** "THE AMAZING RACE" BEGINS AGAIN The reality show that keeps winning Emmys returns for a new season on CBS. (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS)
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January 24, 2008
Just announced Santana, Derek Trucks Band -- Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on April 6. Tickets on sale now. Also, the Megadeth tour, featuring In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire, makes a stop there April 26. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. moe. -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Feb. 28. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. Chris Rock -- DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on April 18. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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December 27, 2007
Just announced Aretha Franklin -- Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 20. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Chris Rock -- Lyric Opera House on Feb. 9. Also, Wayne Newton is there Feb. 11, and Jill Scott is there Feb. 26. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Dolly Parton -- George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on March 11. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. The Silver Beats -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Jan. 11. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. The Radiators -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Feb. 27. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | March 16, 2007
An incendiary Viagra joke ignites the middle of the new Chris Rock comedy, I Think I Love My Wife, and burns the rest of the movie to a crisp. It highlights Rock at his scorching best, bringing right out into the open what we all think when we listen to TV commercials list the side effects of drugs for erectile dysfunction. The problem is, Rock plays a thirtysomething man who doesn't really need Viagra and spends most of the movie complaining that his wife no longer wants to make love.
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By John Anderson and John Anderson,Newsday | March 16, 2007
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Chris Rock looks so elegant it makes you want to take an icepick to your Old Navy card. His black sweater might have been spun by silkworms hired by other silkworms. The striped collar peeking out suggests a handmade shirt more comfortable than the sheets in a five-star hotel. Every crease is a knife edge. Every surface plush. Is this the guy who has stalked comedy stages speculating about Hillary Rodham Clinton's conjugal inadequacies, exposing men's porn habits and describing a U.S. overseas aid program as "dropping 50-pound bags of food on 40-pound people"?
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | January 22, 2006
THE ARISTOCRATS / / ThinkFilm / $29.99 "No sex. No violence. Unspeakable profanity." That's the tagline for The Aristocrats, a documentary in which 100 comedians tell the same dirty - no, let's ratchet that adjective up and say "filthy" - joke. Please take the warning seriously. This is not a film for everyone. The joke told in The Aristocrats (the film's title is the joke's punch line, and that's pretty much all we can reveal about it in a family newspaper) is irredeemably profane. It contains language taken directly from the gutter, dealing with acts of utter depravity.
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By NEWSDAY | May 26, 2005
Chris Rock, who has been called "racist," "dangerous" and "the funniest man in America," recently seemed like the "most exhausted man in Los Angeles." With a Miami-Washington basketball playoff game playing on the TV in his hotel room -- between interviews for his new film The Longest Yard (opening tomorrow) -- Rock lurched through some questions, 3,000 miles from his New York base. ("L.A. is `town,'" he said, "like, you go to `town' to get supplies. Then you go home.") Prolonging his day, and agony, was freelance writer John Anderson.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 10, 1999
Most acts on TV live in mortal fear of being "too hip for the room" -- that is, working off cultural references most squares wouldn't get.That's not an issue on MTV. Much of what gets airtime on MTV may sail right over the heads of average Americans (especially if they're over the age of 25), but within its own rarefied frame of reference, it's almost impossible to be too hip for MTV.But Lord knows, the Video Music Awards broadcast last night tried.With comedian Chris Rock as host, airing live from New York's Metropolitan Opera House (!
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 6, 2006
HOLLYWOOD -- He's made himself the nation's most trusted source for fake news and written a best-selling book of fake history. But this much is real: Jon Stewart, the Emmy-winning star of Comedy Central's mock newscast The Daily Show, is going Hollywood - as host of the 78th annual Academy Awards. The 43-year-old comedian will make his first appearance as host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards show, which will be broadcast on ABC on March 5, the academy said yesterday in an e-mail statement.
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