Day: January 24, 2009

Sundance 2009: Mo’Nique rewarded for drama in Push

You're used to seeing Mo'nique be large and in charge, whether it's delivering jokes on a comedy stage or by serving as a role model to women in her three seasons of F.A.T. Chance pageants on Oxygen. You're not that accustomed to seeing Mo'Nique take a dark dramatic turn, and the audiences and critics at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival loved her for it. She took home a special jury prize tonight for acting for her role as a monster of a mother in Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (the film also took home both the grand jury prize in dramatic competition as well as the audience award among U.S. dramas). Here she joins the director and cast mates to talk about...

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Sundance 2009: Chris Rock talks Good Hair

This year's Sundance Film Festival is wrapping up, but the Sundance Channel got Chris Rock to sit down with his cohorts, Sarah Jones and Nelson George, to talk about their documentary, Good Hair. The doc started out with a much simpler concept, but ended up weaving a much larger tale about the culture behind African-American hairstyles, sending Rock all the way to India. Here, let him explain it: Related: The festival awarded a special jury prize to comedian Jeff Stilson for directing this documentary....

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Michael and Michael Have Issues will be a Comedy Central series

This is a big weekend for Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. Not only are they celebrating a reunion with both The State and Stella this weekend at the SF Sketchfest, but they're also getting a new series together on Comedy Central. I'd heard rumblings that the pilot had gotten picked up earlier this week, today saw they had a MySpace (already 778 friends as I type this) and tonight, MIB himself confirmed that you'll be seeing Michael and Michael Have Issues on your basic cable TV eventually this summer. Congrats! As he wrote: Michael and I are already hard at work thinking of ideas. The first idea we came up with: try to make a show that people want to watch. This is a radical departure for us, but after a long and successful career spent making television programs which the public says “no thank you” to, we’ve decided to go in the opposite direction. Related: Rolling Stone has a lengthy Q&A with The State gang about the good old days of the early...

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