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Martin Lawrence parties with the Cast of BET’s ‘Boomerang’ [PHOTOS]

Last night, BET Networks celebrated the season two premiere of its Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced show BOOMERANG, at Paramount Studios. Show cast members Tequan RichmondTetona JacksonLala MilanDime DavisLeland B. Martin, Brittany Inge and RJ Walker were in attendance along with BET President Scott Mills.

Following the success of Waithe’s BOOMERANG first season, the half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy that is fielded by romance, friendship, gender politics and more returns for season two.

The original cast are back to deal with the ramifications of Simone and Bryson’s breakup and how it effects the group’s friendship.  Throughout the season, each of our main characters: Simone (Tetona Jackson), Bryson (Tequan Richmond), Crystal (Brittany Inge), Ari (Leland Martin), Tia (Lala Milan) and David (RJ Walker) look inward to find out who they truly are while discovering that together, they’re growing apart.

Guest stars for season two will include Jaleel WhiteJoey Bada$$, Walter Emmanuel Jones and Kim Wayans

Special guests in attendance included: Terrence JMartin LawrenceTerrence J, Lance GrossKellee Stewart, Lauren Lott, Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed and more.

BOOMERANG season 2 premieres TONIGHT at 10PM EST on BET.

See more pics below and watch the trailer:

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Watch New ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Trailer #2 (VIDEO)

Sony has released a second trailer for Bad Boys For Life starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

According to the film’s IMDB page, Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery (Smith) is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.

The film, which was partially shot in the ATL, also features Vanessa HudgensAlexander LudwigCharles MeltonPaola NunezKate Del CastilloNicky Jam and Joe Pantoliano.

 Bad Boys For Life arrives in theaters on January 17, 2020.

Check out the heart-racing trailer below:

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New Poster for ‘Bad Boys For Life’ (VIDEO)

Check out the official poster for Bad Boys For Life starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. It arrives in theaters on January 17, 2020.

As previously reported, the two icons are back as Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett in the newest installment to the Bad Boys franchise.

The film, which was partially shot in the ATL, also features Vanessa HudgensAlexander LudwigCharles MeltonPaola NunezKate Del CastilloNicky Jam and Joe Pantoliano.

Check out the heart-racing trailer below:

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Watch First Trailer for ‘Bad Boys For Life’ (VIDEO)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back as Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett in the newest installment to the Bad Boys franchise titled Bad Boys For Life. It explodes into theaters on January 17, 2020.

The film, which was partially shot in the ATL, also features Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Nunez, Kate Del Castillo, Nicky Jam and Joe Pantoliano.

Check out the heart-racing trailer below:

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Watch a Sneak Peek of TV One’s ‘Uncensored’ with Tichina Arnold (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Award winning actress, comedienne and singer Tichina Arnold is the next celebrity profiled on TV One’s UNCENSORED. Check out a sneak peek of tonight’s show where she talks about the tension between her Martin co-stars Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence.

UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers.

CLICK HERE to check out my exclusive interview with her where she talks about her new series The Neighborhood, her favorite Martin episode and her advice to young artists.

Photo Credit: YouTube/Uncensored

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BET orders scripted-comedy series based on 90s hit film ‘Boomerang’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Marcus Graham, Lady Eloise and Strangé are coming to BET! Well sorta…

According to THR, BET is beefing up it’s scripted series lineup by ordering a new half-hour comedy based on the iconic 90s film Boomerang. The 10-episode project comes from Paramount Television and will revolve around a successful executive who finds that his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new boss turns out to be a bigger deviant than he is.

Boomerang is being described as an updated version that explores contemporary workplace dynamics, including the changing role of gender, office politics, relationships and the conflicts between Generation X and millennials.

In the original film, Eddie Murphy played the popular womanizer Marcus Graham who met his match in the sexy Robin Givens. Rounding out the all-star cast is Halle Berry, the late Earth KittGrace JonesTisha Campbell Martin, Lela Rochon, Martin LawrenceDavid Alan Grier, John Witherspoon, Chris Rock and the late Goeffrey Holder.

The film’s soundtrack was produced by L.A. Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and featured Boyz II Men, TLC, Johnny Gill, Grace Jones, P.M. Dawn and Toni Braxton, who performed the classic “Love Shoulda Brought You Home.”

Personal Note: I am a huge fan of Boomerang and remember watching it every weekend when I worked as a movie usher in high school. It was the first time I had every seen a black man as an advertising executive. Every aspect of the film was first class…from the hair to the costumes to the banging soundtrack. I hope it translates well into a television series and have the same affect on the millennial audience as it did on me.

Stay tuned…

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Tank & Boyz II Men to headline ‘Micah’s Voice’ Autism Benefit

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“Born Again Virgin” star Tank and Grammy winning-trio Boyz II Men are scheduled to appear at this year’s Micah’s Voice Fundraiser to benefit families affected by autism. The event takes place on Sunday, April 10 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA, and is hosted by The Late Show host James Corden.

This year’s fundraiser theme is titled “Back in the Day” and will honor Los Angeles Clipper Jamal Crawford, actor/comedian/producer Martin Lawrence with the Act of Kindess Award and Leaps n Boundz, an adaptive recreation program for children and young adults with special needs, with the Visionary Award. Honorees were selected for their selfless and invaluable efforts to enrich and support families affected by autism.

Micah’s Voice was founded in 2013 by Shawn and Sharhonda Stockman and provides much needed resources and financial support to families living with an autism diagnosis. After Micah, one of the Stockman’s twin sons was diagnosed with autism at an early age, they experienced firsthand how complex and expensive finding the proper resources and treatments for children with autism can be. Their own journey inspired them to help other families facing similar circumstances.

“It’s not just the child that’s affected by autism, the family is affected as well,” stated the Stockman’s. “And our mission is to help these families enjoy the best quality of life possible. “

Click here for tickets!

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Martin Lawrence is ‘Doin’ Time’ at ATL’s Fox Theatre

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Comic legend, actor, and producer Martin Lawrence is returning to his first love of stand up comedy in an exclusive performance at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre. Martin Lawrence Live Doin Time takes place on Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m.  The show is presented by AEG Live will also includes stops in Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

Tickets for the Atlanta show go on sale to the general public Thursday, Aug. 6 and are priced at $39.50, $49.50, $69.50, $89.50 and $150.

Click here to purchase or charge by phone at 855-285-8499.

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‘Barbershop 3’ and a Sequel to ‘Thin Line Between Love & Hate’ in the Works?

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that a “Barbershop 3” may be coming to a theater soon. Reportedly, Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are in talks to star in the film along with Malcolm Lee as director.

“Barbershop” is the hilarious 2002 film that featured a day in the life of a barbershop on the Southside of Chicago and starred Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Michael Ealy, Sean Patrick Thomas, Keith David, Lahmard J. Tate, DeRay Davis and more. A sequel, “Barbershop: Back in Business”  was released in 2004 with most of the main cast as well as a few new faces including Queen Latifah, Kenan Thompson and Garcelle Beauvais. The plot of the third installment has not been determined.

In other related news, Martin Lawrence revealed this week via Facebook, that he is has written a sequel to his 1996 hit, “A Think Line Between Love and Hate.” Lawrence co–wrote the screenplay along with Bentley Kyle Evans and posted a photo and caption:

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“Just finished writing A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 2. Excited as a MF! #crazyderanged #comingatyou.”

If you recall, A Thin Line starred Lawrence as a slick talking, wanna be player who encounters a “fatal attraction” type relationship with Lynn Whitfield. The film also starred Regina King, Bobby Brown, Della Reese, Malinda Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Stacii Jae Johnson.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credits: IndieWire and Facebook/Martin Lawrence

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Bob Sumner talks ‘Laff Mobb’s We Got Next’ + Top 12 Comedians of All Time (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Tonight is the season 2 premiere of ASPiRE’s hilarious comedy series, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next.”  The show airs at 10 p.m. EST and is hosted by Bob Sumner, co-creator of HBO’s groundbreaking program,“Def Comedy Jam.” Filmed before live audiences at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” promises to deliver some of the best new comedians in the country.  Sumner should know a thing or two about spotting good talent considering he was also there when many of today’s comic titans like Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence and the late Bernie Mac, were all making a name for themselves on his stage.  Now he’s bringing that same formula for success to Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE network, just minus the profanity.

“For me, it’s all about being funny. A lot of people think that profanity needs to be placed in stand up. But I really think that profanity can be used to put an accent on a joke or something like that if it’s needed. When you have people who constantly throw out the F-Bomb, it’s really unnecessary, says Sumner.  “It’s funny because I kind of blame myself to a certain extent for people thinking that way because of my previous shows. We gave comedians a platform to do their night club acts and the networks we were on allowed that.  Now that we’re over at ASPiRE, I want to show the world that you don’t have to use profanity in order to be funny. On this show, we have about 16 comedians and none of them are using profanity and it’s all about the flavor.  Now, the content may be a little edgy at times.” (LOL)

When asked who the standout faces are in the bunch, Sumner immediately names Rob Powell and Amberia Allen, who recently won the 2014 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Comedy Wings Competition.

“She [Allen] is a young lady who is definitely a force to be reckoned with. A lot of her humor comes from her upbringing and her family. See, that’s the beauty of this show because it’s that type of comedy that the whole family can watch together,” says Sumner.

He also mentioned that good stand up is not about the gimmicks but rather the authenticity of the comedian.

“I’ve seen it all, trust me. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen it all three times. But then again, I didn’t see it all because when I see “it,” something I haven’t seen, I know it right off. I believe in originality, stage presence, and I want to hear about you. I don’t want to see someone using a bunch of props and doing flips or gyrating on stools. I want you to stand there and say something that I can relate to and make me laugh!”

Check out Amberia Allen and Rob Powell below as well as Bob Sumner’s “TOP 12 Comedians of All Time”:

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Bob Sumner’s TOP 12 Comedians of All Time:

12.  Martin Lawrence

11.  Robin Harris

10.  Chris Tucker

9.  Dave Chappelle

8.  George Carlin

7.  Carol Burnett

6.  Chris Rock

5.  Bernie Mac

4.  Eddie Murphy

3.  Redd Foxx

2.  Richard Pryor

1.  Jackie Mom’s Mabley

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FIRST LOOK at Martin Lawrence & Kelsey Grammer in ‘Partners’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last June, we reported that FX was given the green light for a new “Odd Couple” type sitcom starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer. The series is now titled, Partners  and is gearing up for an August 4th debut.

As previously reported, the show follows two Chicago lawyers (Lawrence and Grammer) from vastly backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Brought together by fate and greed, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.

Partners  also stars Daniele Watts, Telma Hopkins, Rory O’Malley, McKaley Miller and Edi Patterson. It is also written and executive produced by Bob Boyett and Robert Horne, whose previous credits include Family Matters, Living Single  and Designing Women.

So far 10 episodes have been ordered and if the show is successful, 90 more shows will be ordered.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed. It would be so awesome to see Martin Lawrence on prime time television again.

Check out the trailer below:

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FX green lights new comedy starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

At the top of the year, we reported that comedian Martin Lawrence was teaming up with actor and producer Kelsey Grammer for a new “Odd Couple” type sitcom. Well now the series has found a home in FX.

FX closed the deal recently with Lionsgate Television and Lionsate’s Debmar-Mercury for the new untitled sitcom. The network has reportedly ordered 10 episodes of the show and will order up to 90 more episodes if it does well.

According to Indie Wire, the series will star Lawrence and Grammer as two Chicago lawyers from vastly backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Brought together by fate and greed, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.

The series is written and executive produced by Bob Boyette and Robert Horn whose writing credits include Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Living Single  and Designing Women.

RC will keep you posted as more of this show develops.

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Look who’s joining VH1’s ‘Hollywood Exes’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that VH1’s break out reality-series Hollywood Exes is set to return for another season with 13 1-hour episodes and a new addition to the cast.

Reportedly, Martin Lawrence’s ex-wife, Shamicka Lawrence is joining the ex-wives club that already includes Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, Andrea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly, Jessica Conseco, ex-wife of Jose Canseco, and Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince.

MartinHere is breakdown of what’s in store for the new season:

Drea, who has been spending her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, is not happy with Jessica for some choice words she shared with Drea on Twitter. After returning to L.A., she and Jessica will finally have it out, resulting in one of the most explosive – and honest – confrontations in the show’s history. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with being the single mom of a rebellious teenager – Josie has been acting out and her grades are slipping. Mayte, who has been desperate to have a child, makes plans to adopt a one-year-old baby. The others worry that everything is happening too fast – what if something goes wrong and Mayte loses another child? Finally, Shamicka’s wounds from her divorce are still fresh – her divorce from Martin Lawrence was just recently finalized. Every day brings new challenges that only a Hollywood Ex can understand, but thankfully the others are there to help her find her way.

‘Hollywood Exes’ will premiere on July 8 at 10 p.m. EST on VH1.

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RC Birthdays for the week of April 14-20

Stand-up comedian, actor, and film producer Martin Lawrence turns 48 on Tuesday, April 16.

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This week’s celebrity birthdays includes a So So Def diva, an award-winning comedic actor, a hip-hop mogul, a Hollywood starlet and an all-star rapper. Get plugged into the RC Birthdays for this week: April 14-20, 2013.

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Apr. 14: Rapper extraordinaire Da Brat, 39

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Apr. 17: actress and one of PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful  Lela Rochon, 49

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Rapper, actor, DJ and record producer Redman, 43

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Apr. 19: Founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records Suge Knight, 48