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Affion Crockett Joins New Fox Pilot ‘Detour’!

Affion crockettIn The Flow star Affion Crockett has been cast as a series regular in Fox’s single camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV.

Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers CuomoDetour centers on Michael Sturges (Ben Aldridge), a charming rock star who, unable to rationalize his success, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a music sensation and goes back to college Full time.

Crockett, repped by CAA and Principato Young, will play Dominic, Michael’s manager. He is a reminder to Michael that the music industry is demanding his return. Crockett next will be seen in the feature Pixels and most recently co-starred in The Wedding Ringer.

Source: Deadline

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The All New ‘Roast Battle’ Breaks Down New Boundaries In Comedy; Is This The Future?

Rell BrianWith one of the hottest comedy shows in the country, we discovered the news about The Roast Battle by chance; with a phone call. What we heard was the news about a brand new comedy show that has the Los Angeles comedy community talking because its the only show that has sold out every Tuesday for the past year!

Now that may not like seem like its a major accomplishment anywhere else in the country, but when you are competing against comedy shows like All Def Digital’s Wednesday nights, Inside Jokes, Chocolate Sundaes, Mo Betta Mondays and The Comedy Union (just to name a few) it is an accomplishment because the crowd is fickle and on any given night any venue in LA will have surprise performances from comedic rock stars such as Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, or Damon Wayans, and selling out a show becomes almost impossible. You never know who’s going to show up to perform, and that’s the luxury of living in LA and visiting the comedy scene. That’s also why its EXTREMELY difficult to maintain any type of comedy show in LA. If you don’t believe us, ask any comedy promoter living in LA and trying to make a living.

What makes The Roast Battle an even more of an incredulous story is its humbling beginnings. What started out as a possible fist fight became what we see today as The Roast Battle; two comedians on stage cracking one one another. Founders of the show, comedians Brian Moses (the host) and Rell Battle (one of the show’s judges and known as the ‘Don King‘ of the show) were at The Comedy Store one night as usual and happened to break up a possible fight. While doing so they convinced the comedians who were about to fight to take their aggression out on stage. What transpired was a show that started to pack in The Belly Room at The Comedy Store immediately. Several weeks after that night, comedian Jeff Ross becomes affiliated with the show as The Roast Master and the show takes off.

The appeal of the show is that The Roast Battle is unique because its not a while or a black comedy show that would feature a white or a black audience dictated by the promoters or the line up. Its a show that has everyone included regardless of race or nationality pairing off against the other. There is young versus old, new comic versus the veteran, the white comic versus the Indian comedian, the old black comedian versus the young black comic and so on.

The show transforms into a no-holds barred comedy show with a roast master (Ross) with other guest judges. In the past the judges have included Brett Ratner, Affion Crockett, Sarah Silverman, Esau McGraw and tons of other celebrities. On the night we attended the show Craig Robinson was in the audience along with several comedians from NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and too many agents from all of the major agencies, possibly looking for that new talent. That’s a major accomplishment that should be noted too because most of the agents in LA don’t visit the comedy shows anymore. While we were in attendance we witnessed an agent from every single agency in the house. That never happens.

We hear that several past comic battles have become epic with the likes of many comedians who have battled. Comics like James Davis and Sydney Castillo once did and several people are STILL talking about that show. As far as we can tell there have been many battles featuring many comedians and too many to list here.

So how bright is the future of The Roast Battle? We can’t say for certain but we do know that the show’s producers are talking to everyone to see this show broadcast on TV and we know that its coming. Maybe because the show has been compared to us as this generations version of Def Comedy Jam by several agents which may in turn get this comedy show on TV quicker than usual. We don’t know for certain, but we do know something is happening-quickly.

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Anthony Anderson To Host ‘The 45TH NAACP Image Awards’!

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 10, 2014) — The NAACP and TV One announced today that Anthony Anderson will serve as host for the 45th NAACP Image Awards and the first group of presenters confirmed include Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Tony Goldwyn, Arsenio Hall, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Octavia Spencer, Archie Panjabi, Dennis Haysbert, Rickey Smiley, Nicole Beharie, and Lou Gossett Jr.  The 45th NAACP Image Awards will broadcast LIVE from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed as a two-hour star-studded special on TV One.  The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed).

Dennis Haysbert will also be the in-show announcer.  In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed.  This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums.  This year, individuals (including non-NAACP members) can cast their vote online via the Image Awards main website [www.naacpimageawards.net] to help decide who among the following contenders will be recognized: Beyoncé, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Nicole Beharie, and Oprah Winfrey.  Fans can cast their vote once a day until the February 14 deadline.

As previously announced, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, director and 2014 Image Award nominee Forest Whitaker will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award.  Paris Barclay and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American Presidents of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, respectively, will be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame.

The NAACP Image Awards are recognized as the preeminent multi-cultural awards show, from an African-American point of view.  The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.  Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Friday, February 21 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories.  The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the TV One telecast on Saturday, February 22.

The NAACP Image Awards are being produced by Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin. The production team will also include Tony McCuin as Director and Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco as Talent Producers.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

The 45TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: Walmart, UAW-Chrysler, FedEx, AT&T, Hyundai Motor America, Gilead Sciences, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, Walgreens, General Motors, and AARP.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

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Affion Crockett Debuts On Amazon’s New Pilot Titled ‘The Rebels’!

As we reported a couple of months ago, comedian Affion Crockett is co-starring in a brand new pilot that will be released exclusively on Amazon titled The Rebels. The pilot stars Natalie Zea as a brand new owner of a football team when her husband suddenly dies leaving her as sole owner of The LA Rebels, and she realizes she’s in over her head.

Click the picture below to watch the pilot:

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Ex-NBA Player Chris Webber Jumps In Comedy & Drops New Sketch!

If you are a fan of the NBA, then the name Chris Webber speaks volumes to you. If you are not, then let us introduce you; Webber is a former NBA player who played 15 years for several teams such as The Golden State Warriors, The Washington Bullets/Wizards, Piladelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and The Sacramento Kings.

During his collegiate career he attended the University of Michigan for two years. While a Michigan Wolverine, Webber led the group of players known as the Fab Five, which included himself, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. This group, all of whom entered Michigan as freshmen in the fall of 1991, took the basketball team to the NCAA finals twice, losing both times.

Since retiring from the NBA, Webber has become an analyst on NBA TV’s NBA Gametime Live and he has ventured into many other philanthropic ventures, and it looks like comedy may be something else he has jumped into.

We discovered that Webber recently starred in the following musical comedy video titled Southern Comfort Karate Parody, which he also Directed along with Peter Gilbert.

Check out the video below;

Song “Meek and Humble Ways” performed by David Ranier
Produced by Beat Bruvas.

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‘Scandal’ & ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Get Nominated For AFI Film Awards!

In some ground breaking news just released we discovered that the Netflix show Orange Is The New Black and Scandal are both up for Award recognition for the first time for the 2013 AFI Film Awards! These Awards are usually led to more Awards and are usually recognized as one of the leading Awards to others such as the Emmys and more so this is a great look for both shows!

Check out the article from Deadline:

There are no hard rules for AFI’s list of Top 10 programs of the year as the film institute tends to mix critical darlings with crowd pleasers, series, miniseries and TV movies. (Cable ratings juggernauts The Walking Deadand American Horror Story: Asylummade the list last year, along with HBO movie Game Change). No longform entries on this year’s list, which features one major surprise — the omission of ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family, which had been among AFI’s  Top 10 programs in each of the past four years. Also MIA this season is Showtime’s drama Homeland, which made the cut the last two years. This is the most drama-heavy AFI list I can remember, with only one half-hour series, HBO’s Veep. (Netflix’s hourlong Orange Is The New Black was nominated as a comedy by the WGA but is competing as a drama for the Golden Globes and the Emmys) The guilty pleasure on the roster is ABC’s hot sophomore drama Scandal, landing its first major best series awards recognition.  The rest of the series all have been in top awards consideration and received WGA noms last week, with the exception Game Of Thrones, which was not in the running due to a submission error. Returning from last year are Game Of Thrones, Emmy winner Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

Here is the full list:

THE AMERICANS

BREAKING BAD
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
SCANDAL
VEEP

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Affion Crockett Stars In A New Comedy Series From Amazon Titled ‘The Rebels’!

We just discovered some news; we hear that Affion Crockett, Brian White, Billy Dee Williams, Hayes MacArthur, Josh Peck, Natalie Zea and Amin Joseph are all starring in a brand new comedy pilot titled The Rebels (aka The Outlaws).

The new pilot is written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach (30 for 30), and produced by Matt Alvarez of Cube Vision Productions (Ice Cube) and Michael Strahan.

The synopsis reads like this: Following the death of The Rebels team owner, the flailing organization is put into the hands of his widow played by Natalie Zea. Amin Joseph plays a cantankerous veteran running back on the win-less team, joined by wide receiver Affion Crockett and strong safety Brian White. Billy Dee Williams also stars as Coach Paysinger

No word yet on when the series will debut.

Stay tuned as the story is developing!

Here is a pic from the behind the scenes with Michael, Affion, and Matt Alverez.

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Here is Affion and Billy Dee Williams

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Affion Crockett Impersonates Russell Simmons At The ‘Baggage Claim’ Junket!

Check out the interview that our friends over at Blacktree TV conducted at the Baggage Claim Junket with comedian Affion Crockett where he is impersonating Russell Simmons. This interview was conducted right after Russell Simmons dropped the Harriet Tubman sketch on his All Def Digital YouTube channel.

Baggage Claim opens this Friday and features Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Derek Luke, Tre Songz, Boris Kodjoe, Affion Crockett, Rickey Smiley, and many more and is directed by David E Talbert.

Check out the video below:

 

 

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‘A Haunted House’ Sequel Begins Filming!

We discovered over the weekend that the A Haunted House sequel, titled A Haunted House 2 began filming over the weekend because of a press release that was distributed and posted by Deadline with the hiring of several new cast members to join the film. Check out the press release below:

Following up on the success of horror comedy A HAUNTED HOUSE, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2, from Marlon Wayans and director Mike Tiddes, will go into production via IM Global’s Octane division today, it was announced by IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Joining Wayans in the film are Gabriel Iglesias (Planes, Magic Mike), Jaime Pressly (I Love You Man, Not Another Teen Movie), and Ashley Rickards (Awkward, Gamer), who join returning cast members Essence Atkins (A Haunted House, Are We There Yet?), Affion Crockett (Soul Men, Never Back Down) and Dave Sheridan (Horrible Bosses, Scary Movie). On board as writers and producers are Wayans and Rick Alvarez, with IM Global’s Ford on board as an executive producer alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steve Squillante and Lisa Blum. Open Road, which scored a hit with A HAUNTED HOUSE, returns as the U.S. distributor with a March 2014 release planned.

Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

Said Wayans: “We are putting together an incredible cast of comedy veterans and new faces that fit perfectly with the returning cast. It’s our goal to broaden and enhance the audience experience with even bigger comedy and fresh points of view. Can’t wait to get started!”

Said Ford, “Marlon, Mike and Rick have assembled a truly terrifying line up of comedic mavericks. I shudder to think what will happen on the set.”

Open Road Films’ CEO Tom Ortenberg stated, “We are thrilled to be on board with IM Global again for U.S. Distribution of A HAUNTED HOUSE 2. Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez are a force of nature and we are excited to work with them on yet another one of their hilarious adventures.” IM Global is a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA.

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EXCLUSIVE- Affion Crockett To Come Back To Stand Up With The Wayans Brothers & Preps New Sketch Talk Show!

Today at the press junket for David E. Talbert’s new film Baggage Claim that is set to star Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Derek Luke, Boris Kodjoe and many others, we got a chance to chat with a star of the film Affion Crockett who plays Cedric; a TSA agent at the airport.

During the interview, Crockett revealed to us that not only is he coming back to television, he is coming back with a sketch talk show! What is that you ask? Well, if you ever got a chance to see The Chris Rock Show that was on HBO several years ago, it would be similar to that show.

Crockett also revealed to us that he is prepping to do stand up after not doing comedy on stage for over 10 years, and that he is purposely preparing to do his routine because he is going out on tour with The Wayans sometime next year for The Wayans Brothers Comedy Tour that is set to feature, Keenen, Damon, Shawn, and Marlon.

Not word on the exact date yet, but stay tuned!

Listen to the complete interview below;

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