If I had to name a comedian with whom I felt any type of kinship I would choose the late Bernie Mac. Sadly, he passed on before we’d ever meet. Even though his death was five years ago, there’s something about Bernie that continues to make me smile and feels familiar, like that cousin or uncle who you trust and love to hang around. And he’s a local boy! (Chi-town!) That’s why, in honor of Bernie , born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough 56 years ago tomorrow, I’ve selected five movies available on XFINITY that I feel showcase his talent of making us laugh.
“Friday”: Yes, Chris Tucker’s Smokey is a scene-stiller in this 1995 hit but Bernie Mac serves up laughs too. Who could forget the the scene when the diminutive Mr. Parker chases the 6’2 good right Pastor Clever (Bernie) of 74th Street Baptist Church down street after catching him with his pants down with his adulterous MILF wife, Mrs. Parker. “The Lord is my shepherd, He know what I want,” Pastor Clever said after seeing Mrs. Parker watering nonexistent grass in booty shorts. Classic. [Watch here]
“The Players Club”: Can you believe I had a “The Players Club” T-shirt with the logo used in the movie!!! (It was a promo item given away at a college journalism conference) I didn’t know about Ice Cube’s 1998 movie when I received the shirt but was soon schooled. Some of the best quotes from this movie come from Bernie Mac, who played Dollar Bill, “The Players Club” strip club owner. Unfortunately, I can’t quote most of them but here’s one that I still here today: “If I raise up there’s going to be trouble, trouble.” Hilarity! Sidenote: Who would’ve known that Diamond (Lisa Raye’s character) shoes would become the norm (You know, the popular six-inch
stripperplatform stiletto style)?
Watch hilarious Bernie Mac quotes in this “The Players Club” trailer
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“Life”: I remember going to see this movie with a date and laughed very hard. Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and Bernie Mac? Get’s no better. There are plenty of funny episodes throughout this 1999 comedy and even though I just wanted Murphy and Lawrence’s characters to get out of jail (they’re innocent) the antics were amusing. Bernie Mac’s Jangle Leg, or as he pronounced it Jing-a-ling, Jing-a-ling was definitely a memorable character and was featured in one of the movie’s posters. Check out “Life” to see why Jangle Leg’s “I the pappy” line still has people cracking up. [Watch here]
“The Original Kings of Comedy”: I saw this and am unable to recall much except for one thing: I liked Bernie Mac the best out of all of the comics. It’s not to say the other Kings— Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley — weren’t funny in this 2000 documentary, it’s just that I, well, thought Mac’s performance was the funniest. Check it out and let me know what you think. [Watch here]
“Ocean’s Eleven”: This 2001 remake is another one I have seen in a while but again, I remember, Bernie Mac! He played Frank Catton one of the eight criminal specialists including Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner who pull off a casino heist. Some memorable scenes featuring the funnyman include his negotiating style at the car dealership and his being interrogated by Damon and Andy Garcia’s characters. What other Mac lines do you remember? [Watch here]
#ScandalisBack: I live tweeted during “Scandal” season 3 premiere last night and boy was it something. I was unsure I’d be able to absorb the episode fully and carrying on multiple conversations but I managed (For a complete breakdown of last night’s show, go here.). Several questions were answered — Rowan “Daddy” Pope didn’t try to have his daughter killed, President Fitzgerald Grant leaked Olivia’s name to the press, First Lady Mellie Grant knows how to be a team player when she wants — and even more arose — What were Fitz and Navy buddy Capt. Jake Ballard involved with, is Olivia’s mom really dead? With all the changes, a couple of things remained the same, one being that gladiator Harrison Wright definitely has Liv’s back! (See my post about this) One of the best lines came during a scene when Harrison was convinving his co-workers to help live out when he asked “Are we gladiators or are we b-tches?” Yep, sure to hear that one for a while. Another quotable came from the other brother in Liv’s life, her father when he told her, “Olivia you’re getting on that plane come hell or high water. And to be clear I am the hell the high water.” To his chagrin, Liv defied him and went to handle things. Liv may have some daddy issues, but based on what I’ve seen so far, I can role with Daddy Pope. And it seems most of Twitter could too. He clearly isn’t a man to be trifled with. Another quotable Daddy Pope-Olivia exchange: “You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have.” Missed the meaning? Lifestyle commentator Bevy Smith’s tweet sums it up: “Dear White Pals who are #Gladiators that line about “being twice as good to achieve half” is a standard Black parent line! You’re Welcome” She’s right. I’ve heard that exact quote or variations of it throughout childhood and even as an adult from my parents, other relatives or other older black Americans. Something else, Joe Morton, who plays Daddy Pope, shared with Essence.com recently that he’d love Phylicia Rashad to play Olivia’s mom. That sounds like a good idea but Angela Bassett’s name came up and I thought, “Yes!” I discussed it with my own mother last night, and she said, “Phylicia Rashad is good, that’s what [Morton] said, but Angela would kill it.” I have to agree with mom. Twitter also is awaiting the “Scandal” episode that filmmaker Ava DuVernay will direct. DuVernay tweeted Monday that she was “packing lunch for my first working day on Scandal.” She’s expected to direct the eighth episode. Fun times! Missed “Scandal’s return? [Watch here]
Star Jones, Mo’Nique eyeing TV talk returns: Former “The View” co-host Star Jones and Oscar-winner Mo’Nique are some of the latest celebs rumored to join the daytime talk arena. According to Deadline.com, Debmar-Mercury, producer of “The Wendy Williams Show,” is working on a five-panel of which Jones would be a co-host. Jones knows how to articulate her point appropriately and it would be good to see her back on TV. Mo’Nique wants to get in on the fun too but not at night, as she did with BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.” The Hollywood Reporter’s reporting that ABC is developing a talk show for the Oscar-winning actress and comedienne that would air as early as September 2014. I heard the ratings were high for Mo’Nique’s BET and that she failed to resign because of contractual disagreements. I told Mo’Nique when I spoke with her in 2011 that one of the reasons that I enjoyed her show was because it showcased a lot of entertainers who may have fallen under mainstream America’s radar but are still revered by many black Americans. I liked her on late night and would love to see her return. But according to “The Hollywood Reporter”, ABC has her slated for daytime. What do you think?
Kerry Washington on “Daily Show”: Kerry Washington was everywhere Thursday promoting her ABC hit “Scandal.” She was on “Good Morning America,” “The View” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” She brought her parents with her to the show and chatted up about “Scandal” and working with the show’s inspiration, real-life Washington, D.C. fixer Judy Smith. I’m sure anyone who’s seen the show is wondering one thing: Is she preggers? Washington, who recently married San Francisco 49ers Nnamdi Asomugha, wore a sleeveless black-and-white frock that favored maternity wear. Washington is notoriously private so she could be 9-months pregnant and ready to drop and wouldn’t discuss it. Ha! You know what, Ms. Washington, it’s your business and if you and your hubby are expecting, you’ll tell us when you’r ready.
Kerry Washington chats it up with Jon Stewart
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Terrell Owens to sit down with Iyanla: Former NFLer Terrell Owens will be the latest reality TV star to visit OWN’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” Ay yi yi … I’m on the fence about this. Iyanla Vanzant is good at what she does and is very insightful. But, like I mentioned in the post about rapper DMX visiting the “Dr. Phil” show, is TV therapy the appropriate answer for true healing? I watched a clip of their session and T.O. seems very receptive to her kind and truthful words. She tells the 39-year-old that he’s become a victim of his talent. Hmm. Is that true? I remember when he was HOT and hope that he becomes centered in the truth of who he really is. Fame and fortune means nothing if you can’t love and respect yourself. The episode airs at 9 p.m. EST Nov. 2 on OWN. [Watch here]
On my watchlist this weekend? What I'm tuning in to see…
“Masters of Sex”: Looking forward to this. [Watch here]
“Once Upon a Time”: Want to see where this Neverland story line is headed. [Watch here]
“Boardwalk Empire”: Dr. Narcisse … [Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Oscar-winner Halle Berry is slated to star in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming CBS sci-fi drama “Extant” (I see everyone’s been bitten by the “Scandal” bug).
NOT: Deadly force was used on the unarmed young woman who was responsible for the car chase near the U.S. Capitol (Was this the only option? Reports say she suffered from depression and had a 1-year-old in her car).
HOT: Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” got renewed for a second season (Love this show!).
NOT: Racial taunting directed at Italy’s first black cabinet minister (Black Europeans have told me that U.S., with all of its racial issues, is still leaps ahead of many Euro nations).
HOT: Grammy-winning lyracist and actress Lauryn Hill was released after serving three months in jail for tax evasion (Would love to see her acting or putting out another chart-topper)
NOT: Man who set himself on fire at the National Mall (What’s really in the water in D.C.?!).
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