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Ricky Gervais Netflix Special Draws Fire for Graphic Trans Women Jokes

Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix special has stirred up a swift backlash over his use of shock humor at the expense of trans women. Only minutes into his latest special for the streaming giant, Gervais jokes: “I love the new women. The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and cocks. They’re as […]

Wall Street Hits the Croisette: Why Private Equity Investors Are Bullish on Indie Film

Wall Street appears to have gone Hollywood. Private equity, or PE, firms are pumping money into the entertainment content, financing independent production and snatching up companies at a level never seen before in the indie industry. Headline deals, like Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer’s Candle Media (backed by private equity giant Blackstone Group) buying Reese […]

Kevin Hart Addresses Dave Chappelle Onstage Attack: Audiences Need to “Respect the Craft”

Kevin Hart is weighing in after Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage earlier this week while performing a set at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix Is a Joke Fest. Hart was a Jimmy Kimmel Live! guest Thursday, where guest host Mike Birbiglia, who is filling in for Jimmy Kimmel during his bout with COVID-19, mentioned […]

‘Borderlands’ Drops First Footage at CinemaCon

The first footage from the feature film adaptation of Borderlands has arrived — and just like the immensely popular video game franchise, it was spectacular. A sneak peek of the highly anticipated film, based on the games from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K, was presented Thursday during the Lionsgate panel at CinemaCon. The studio […]

Kevin Hart Raises $100M From Private Equity Backers to Form New Banner

Comedian Kevin Hart will launch new media company Hartbeat with a $100 million investment from private equity firm Abry Partners.  The new venture, unveiled Tuesday, is a combination of his two production companies, Laugh Out Loud and HartBeat Productions. Hart plans to use the investment to hire more employees, grow the existing brands within the […]

Netflix Acquires Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson’s Sony Pic ‘The Man From Toronto’

Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights, excluding China, to Sony Pictures’ The Man From Toronto, which stars Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson. The streamer will release the action comedy from director Patrick Hughes later this year. The acquisition stems from a first look deal signed in 2021 between Netflix and Sony, which eyed an […]

Just For Laughs Unveils Plans for In-Person Comedy Festival

The Just For Laughs comedy festival, run by a consortium led by ICM and Howie Mandel, is returning this summer with live audiences in comedy clubs and arenas in Montreal. After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic where JFL held fully virtual comedy events, the festival is returning to a physical event and traditional venues […]

Gaming Company Backbone Reveals Series A Funding Backed by Ashton Kutcher, The Weeknd, Kevin Hart and More

Gaming company Backbone revealed Wednesday a $40 million Series A funding round led by Index Ventures with participation from Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s venture capital firm Sound Ventures, Nico Wittenborn’s Adjacent and top talent including The Weeknd, Kevin Hart, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Amy Schumer, Electric Feel Ventures, the fund of Post Malone’s management company […]

The Most Talked-About Watches and Hollywood Collectors of 2021

Hype pieces, eye-popping auction results and high-profile Hollywood wrap gifts made for a banner year in the watch world in 2021, which saw Audemars Piguet bring out a character watch with Marvel (the Black Panther Flying Tourbillon) and Patek Philippe debut a Tiffany Blue Nautilus (quickly embraced by LeBron James and Jay-Z). Below, THR looks […]

ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes’: TV Review

The live versions of the beloved sitcoms featured Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, John Lithgow and a double-dose of Ann Dowd.

Grammys: Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K. Among Hollywood Stars Nominated

A myriad of Hollywood stars and some controversial figures are among those nominated at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, revealed by the Recording Academy on Tuesday. Dave Chappelle and poet Amir Sulaiman received a nomination for the Netflix special 8:46, in the best spoken word album category. Chappelle has previously won in the same category in […]

Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes in Netflix’s ‘True Story’: TV Review

The seven-episode drama revolves around two brothers, one of them a movie star and stand-up comic whose life goes into a downward spiral.