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Watch ‘UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius’ featuring Tichina Arnold, Kevin Hart and Will Packer (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I am super excited to share the first official UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius show.

It premiered last night on CAU TV (Comcast 23) at 8:30 p.m. and featured my one-on-one interview with iconic actress and The Neighborhood star Tichina Arnold plus my red carpet interviews with Night School’s Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer.

Much like my UPFRONT radio show, this program will feature the biggest and brightest names in television, film, music and the performing arts. I am so excited about my new partnership with CAU TV23 and can’t wait to share more shows.

UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius will also air TONIGHT at 8 p.m. and tomorrow night at 6 p.m. EST.

Let me know your thoughts…

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Kevin Hart teams up with Bryan Cranston for ‘The Upside’ (VIDEO)

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Check out the new trailer and poster for the The Upside starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston.

The heartfelt comedy features Kevin as a recent paroled ex-convict, who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King.

“This is my 1st serious movie and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Kevin on Instagram. “Im about to blow people away with this one.” 

The Upside is inspired by a true story written by Jon Hartmere and is based on the hit 2011 French film—The Intouchables.

The Upside is an Escape Artists production and is produced by Jason BlumenthalTodd Black and Steve Tisch.

It arrives in theaters January 11, 2019.

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‘UPFRONT’ featuring Kevin Hart, Will Packer, Jonathan Nelson and more (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out last weekend’s edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It featured my red carpet interviews with Night School star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer. The film opens in theaters this Friday, September 28.

I also talked to Gospel music sensation Jonathan Nelson about his new album, Declaration and film critics Edward Adams and Ronda Racha Penrice talk about AAFCA’s The Black Experience on Film with Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

UPFRONT is a 30-minute arts and entertainment program featuring the biggest names in TV, film, music, fashion and the performing arts. It also features the behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the “entertainment capital of the south.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and is hosted by yours truly, Ray Cornelius.

Click here to check out more of our past shows!

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Watch New Trailer for ‘Night School’ with Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart (VIDEO)

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Check out the new trailer for Night School starring comedic actors Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The film opens in theaters on September 28.  

As previously reported, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. It also features Rob RiggleTaran Killam, Bresha Webb, Donna Biscoe, Keith David and Romany Malco

Night School is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Will “Power” Packer

Tell us what you think!

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UPDATE: Kevin Hart to star in ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

THR has revealed that funnyman Kevin Hart is in talks to star in a remake of the 1974 classic film, Uptown Saturday Night.

We reported back in April of 2012, that Will Smith had initially acquired the rights to the film and was going to possibly star in a remake with Denzel Washington. Now it’s being said that Smith is going to produce the project along with Blackish creator Kenya Barris as the writer and Hart as one of the lead actors.

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby in Uptown Saturday Night

Uptown Saturday Night starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as two friends who visit a high-end, underworld nightclub where they get robbed and have to go searching for a winning lottery ticket. It also featured other TV and film icons as Harry Belafonte Jr., Paula Kelly, Rosalind Cash, Flip WilsonRichard Pryor, Calvin Lockhart and Roscoe Lee Brown.

The remake would be produced through Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop!

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Watch First Trailer for ‘Night School’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Comedic actors Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are coming together for the hilarious new film Night School. It arrives in theaters on September 28. 

Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. It also features Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Bresha Webb, Donna Biscoe, Keith David and Romany Malco

Night School is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Will “Power” Packer. Both were responsible for last summer’s blockbuster hit, Girls Trip

Watch the trailer below:

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Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart reunite for ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Hollywood’s new dynamic duo Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart are teaming up again for a remake of 1995 hit, “Jumanji.”

In “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish (played the late Robin Williams) left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

“Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle” also stars Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Ser’Darius BlainKaren Gillan and more! It swings into theaters December 20, 2017.

Check out the trailer below:

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Kevin Hart kicks off new season of ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Comedian and acting extraordinaire Kevin Hart will kick off the new season of OWN’s popular series, “Oprah’s Master Class” beginning tonight at 10 p.m. EST. Hart will explore life lessons, painful memories and the monumental moments that shaped him into the entertainment powerhouse he is today.

Take a peek below:

One of the longest-running OWN series, “Oprah’s Master Class” has featured in-depth interviews with over 50 masters. From award-winning musicians and box-office busting actors to groundbreaking leaders, this all-new season also includes Original King of Comedy and television personality Steve Harvey, civil-rights hero Congressman John Lewis, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, R&B legend and the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight, NBA champion and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, film and TV mogul Tyler Perry, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Usher, and Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield.

Before watching “Oprah’s Master Class,” check out the final season episodes  of “Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse.” It features my girls Tasha Smith and Cocoa Brown and airs with back-to-back episodes tonight at 9PM and 9:30PM ET/PT.

Click here for a sneak peek!

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CASTING BUZZ!

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Larenz Tate is headed to Starz’s popular series, “Power.” The celebrated actor will reportedly star as a city councilman from Jamaica Queens who crosses paths with the now imprisoned James “Ghost” St. Patrick, played by Omari Hardwick. Tate joins previously announced actors Charlie Murphy and “Hamilton” star Brandon Victor Dixon. Season 4 of “Power” begins this summer. [S&A]

“How to Get Away with Murder” actress Aja Naomi King will star alongside Kevin Hart in the remake of the French film, “The Untouchables.” Hart will play the caregiver who forms an unexpected bond with a quadriplegic millionaire, played by  Bryan Cranston. King will play the mother of Hart’s son. Filming is currently underway in Philadelphia. [ESSENCE]

Veteran actresses Anna Maria Horsford and Marla Gibbs will star in the upcoming ABC comedy pilot “Jalen vs. Everybody.” Horsford will star as Jalen’s mother and Gibbs will star as his grandmother.  “Jalen vs. Everybody” follows former NBA star and current TV personality Jalen Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad. [DEADLINE]

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Kevin Hart to star in & produce ‘The Black Man’s Guide to History’

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Kevin Hart is teaming up with the HISTORY channel for a two-hour television event titled, “The Black Man’s Guide to History.” The project will air later on this year and puts a spotlight on lesser-known historical African-American figures and stories. Hart is not only starring in the show but he is also serving as an executive producer.

According to the official press release, the show begins as Hart finds his daughter upset after watching the film 12 Years A Slave believing that black history appears to only be about slavery and oppression. This prompts Hart to begin educating her through scripted re-enactments about fascinating historical figures that people may not have heard about before such as: Matthew Henson, the first person to go to the North Pole, but did not receive the credit; Robert Smalls, a former slave who led a revolt on a Confederate warship and pretended to be the captain to evade capture; Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut and Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who courageously mailed himself to a free state in a box.

“Kevin is an extraordinary performer with a real appreciation for history,” said Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. “Only he could bring these true stories to life in such an entertaining way. We’re thrilled to be working with him.”

“I’m very excited to be working with HISTORY on this show because not only is it entertaining, and it’s hysterical, but it also is an important program for our country right now. We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit too,” said Hart.

“Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History” is produced for HISTORY by Hartbeat Productions and Comedy Dynamics.

Stay tuned…

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WATCH the trailer for ‘Dying Laughing’ feat. Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart & more (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be a stand-up comedian? Well, “Dying Laughing” is a new film that will allow audiences to hear from some of the biggest stars in comedy and how they became household names in this highly competitive industry.

It features candid, one-on-one interviews with long time veterans like Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and the late Gary Shandling. It also includes appearances from more recent comedic superstars like Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumar, Mike Epps, Sarah SilvermanCedric the Entertainer and Cocoa Brown.

Here’s the film’s full synopsis:

Whilst painters, writers, musicians even dancers are talked about as Artists, stand-up comedians are often regarded as mere entertainers – yet their work has possibly more direct effect on an audience than any other art form. These are social and cultural commentators who at their best can change the way we think about important matters whilst making us howl with laughter. A stand-up comedian must be the writer, the director and the star performer, and unlike any other performance there is no rehearsal, no practice, no safety net, the stand-up can only work in front of a live audience – with feedback being instantaneous and often brutal. For most people baring their soul to then have an audience boo or heckle them would be a life-changing trauma, for stand-ups it’s a weekly challenge.  “Dying Laughing” is a unique glimpse into the agony and ecstasy of performance along with an singular examination into the day-to-day life of a professional stand-up.

“Dying Laughing” is directed by Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood and will be released in theaters and on demand beginning on February 24. 

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WATCH 2nd Trailer for Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now?’ Movie (VIDEO)

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Universal Pictures has released a second trailer for Kevin Hart‘s upcoming movie, “What Now?”  The two-minute clip features the pint-size comedian as a James Bond type of character along with celebrity appearances by Oscar winning-actress Halle Berry and Oscar nominated-actor Don Cheadle.

Take a look below:

In “What Now?,” Hart takes center stage in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance was the first time in history that a comedian has ever played to an at-capacity football stadium. “What Now?” opens in theaters October 14.

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Maxwell and more appear in “23 Ways You…” (VIDEO)

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Maxwell, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Rock are just a few of the A-List celebrities who have lent their voices to a new video titled, “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America.”

It was released earlier this week and features the 23 entertainers and the various reasons why African-American men and women have been violently killed by police officers in America over the last few years. It’s based on a list of the same name that was compiled and published by journalist Jamilah King.

“I decided to compile a list of all the seemingly mundane interactions with police that have led to high-profile black deaths. I did this to prove a point: There is a tax on black life in America, and we are better than this,” says King.

Check out her list and the video below: 

1. Selling CDs outside of a supermarket.

2. Selling cigarettes outside of a corner store.

3. Walking home with a friend.

4. Missing a front license plate.

5. Wearing a hoodie.

6. Riding a commuter train.

7. Holding a fake gun in a park in Ohio.

8. Holding a fake gun in a Walmart in Ohio.

9. Holding a fake gun in Virginia.

10. Holding a fake gun in Washington, D.C.

11. Calling for help after a car accident.

12. Driving with a broken brake light.

13. Attending a Bible study class.

14. Failing to signal a lane change.

15. Walking away from police.

16. Walking toward police.

17. Running to the bathroom in your apartment.

18. Walking up the stairwell of your apartment building.

19. Sitting in your car before your bachelor party.

20. Holding your wallet.

21. Making eye contact.

22. Attending a birthday party.

23. Laughing.

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CASTING NEWS!

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Versatile actor Courtney B. Vance will star in Universal Pictures “The Mummy.” He reportedly joins Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson in a reboot of the 90’s classic. The film will also be the first in the studio’s new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic monsters. Vance most recently starred in FX’s “The People vs O.J.Simpson” as the late, great Johnnie Cochran.  [DEADLINE]

Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be teaming up again for a reboot of “Jumanji.” Reportedly, the two actors are in serious talks to star in a modern version of the film based on Chris Van Allsburg‘s book. The 1995 hit film of the same name starred the late Robin Williams along with Kirsten Dunst and David Alan Grier and centered around a 12-year-old boy who becomes trapped in a board game in 1969 and is released 26 years later. Hart and Johnson recently hosted the MTV Movie Awards and are starring in “Central Intelligence” due in theaters this June. [VARIETY]

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