Here’s what else is happening…
XFINITY snags interviews with “Ride Along” stars, filmmakers
What happens when you get Ice Cube and Kevin Hart together with XFINITY? Laughs. The stars of “Ride Long,” which opens today, talk with us about how the movie came alive, their favorite scenes plus the movies and TV shows they love. Guess what TV show Ice Cube has binge watched?
“‘Supernatural.’ I’ve been watching that. You know, my wife’s got me hooked on it,” he said. Watch the duo interview with XFINITY below.
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XFINITY also chatted with the film’s director Tim Story and producer Will Packer who say Ice Cube brought the action-buddy comedy script to Packer who then tapped Story.
“For me, as a producer, you want to work with professionals and what I really learned is that these guys are consummate professionals with serious, serious work ethnics,” Packer says. Adds Story, “What makes these things work is when you get these two personalities together and they work together.”
The filmmakers also talk about how they got in the business, their earlier film influences and the best advice they've received. Watch it below.
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Serena shatters Aussie record for victories
Not even blazing heat could keep Serena Williams down. She triumphed over Daniela Hantuchova during the Australian Open despite a once-in-a-century heatwave that erupted 100-plus degree Fahrenheit temperatures. The heat was so searing that she withdrew from a doubles match with her sister Venus Williams, according to the Associated Press. Sunday she plays former No. 1-ranked Ana Ivanovic. Read more here.
Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame
The Garden State has named cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Whitney Houston as part of its Class of 2013 Hall of Fame inductees. “I’m sure she would’ve been thrilled. I’m excited to know that she’s not forgotten,” Warwick told the New Jersey Star Ledger of Houston, who died in 2012. The singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, accepted the honor on her behalf. The ladies are among the 14 luminaries being honored. Read more here.
On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend…
“Saturday Night Live”: Sasheer Zamata makes her debut on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. The time has finally come. After more than six years “SNL” will debut a black female cast member. The drama that probably contributed to Sasheer’s hiring began when current cast member Kenan Thompson made a comment about black women not being ready during “SNL” auditions. Oh, Kenan … In addition to Zamata, the sketch comedy show hired two black female writers–LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. You know all eyes will be on these ladies, watching Sasheer’s performance and determining if the writing will pick up a bit. Fingers crossed! “SNL” airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Watch it here.
“Blood, Sweat & Heels”: Just two episodes in and the Internet is lighting up about how these ladies are behaving. Good news for Bravo–the show debuted as its highest-rated series ever. We’re still unsure how the show’s six cast members will be affected. We do know that people have already chosen sides when it comes to the growing “rift” between style expert Daisy Lewellyn and relationship blogger Demetria Lucas. Will the ladies kiss and makeup or will they beef it out until the season’s end? Guess you have to tune in and see. “Blood, Sweat & Heels” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo. Watch it here.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: President Barack Obama nominates the first black lesbian judge, Staci Michelle Yandle (Cool!).
NOT: A Queens’ McDonald’s imposes a 20-minute time limit in the dining room to the ire of several seniors (Let the seniors chill there!).
HOT: “Orange Is the New Black” star Michelle Hurst is out of a coma after a car crash (Good news for her and her family.).
NOT: Human bones found on a beach may belong to missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo (Still hoping he turns up unharmed.).
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