Eleven years after first hosting the Oscars, Chris Rock might be taking on the big role for a second time.
According to Variety, the actor is in talks to host the 88th Academy Awards. Per the news outlet, the award show’s new co-producer, Reginald Hudline, was the director of Rock’s sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. And based on the former success of the show, we’d say Hudlin and Rock would be a match made in heaven.
During an interview last month, Hudlin and fellow producer David Hill told Variety that they had already begun “discussing potential hosts, looking at the possibilities of a solo performer or a combination of people for the duties.”
Chris has remained mum on the reports, but a formal announcement will be made soon.
When Rock hosted the Oscars back in 2005, he made a few controversial jokes about actors Tobey Maguire and Jude Law, whom he questioned why he was in so many films. But then again, what do you expect when you have a comedian on stage.
The 2016 Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 28, 2016.
Do you think Chris would be a great host this year?
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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