Anthony Anderson’s ‘Black-ish’: Ripped From The Homelines

144273_0006The ABC hit comedy series Black-ish may not be just the best comedy on television, but it may be one of the best shows in general. Now in its third season, the program is highly acclaimed not only by the audiences, but it has also earned multiple Emmy Nominations.

Inspired by Anthony Anderson’s own childhood, centers on loving parents (Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross) who are doing their best to raise their children and instill in them a strong sense of cultural identity.

Anderson, who was raised in Inglewood, CA., has carved out a successful career in the entertainment industry and has managed to give his children an upper-middle class life. The actor was made aware of his own roots when his son told him he didn’t feel he was black and added that he wanted a Bar Mitzvah! This loving and informative talk between Anderson and his son is just one of the many real life instances that inspired the storylines in Black-ish. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Anderson)

Black-ish airs Tuesday nights at 9:00/8:00c on ABC.

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Dane DeHaan Talks Actor’s Journey For ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

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Luc Besson scored a huge hit with his 2014 feature Lucy, and now he’s back with the upcoming release Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The picture, based on the French comic book series Valérian and Laureline, is headlined by Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad).

Singer Rihanna is also featured in the film, and one has to wonder if her role will be reminiscent of Chris Tucker’s scene stealing work in Besson’s The Fifth Element. “Rihanna’s part is so crazy (and) it’s so awesome,” said DeHaan who also starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “I worked with her the first two weeks of the shoot and whenever I told anyone what I was going to be doing, there jaws were on the floor and they were so jealous (laughs).

While being a classically trained actor, DeHaan is also a kid at heart. During his youth he donned superhero costumes to fuel his active imagination, and now he’s seeing a huge part of that childhood dream come true. Click on the media bar below to hear Dane DeHaan talk about his journey as an actor:



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which co-stars Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke, is set for a July 21, 2017 release.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews ‘Paterson’ And ’20th Century Women’

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It’s the final show of the year on CinemAddicts, and at least one of the films reviewed is a near masterpiece.

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, the subtly evocative Paterson stars Adam Driver as a bus driver who lives and works in Paterson, New Jersey. He’s also named Paterson, and a huge portion of his free time is spent writing and reading poetry (he’s a fan of William Carlos Williams, whose own work inspired this film). Golshifteh Farahani gives a scene stealing performance as Paterson’s extroverted and supportive wife.

Though Paterson’s plotline is relatively thin, the narrative packs quite a punch thanks to Driver’s understated performance as a man with a zen-like peace about his existence. It’s one of this year’s best films and Jarmush’s finest work since his existential, black and white Western Dead Man.

Also reviewed is 20th Century Women, the coming of age story of a teenager (Lucas Jade Zumann) who is essentially raised by the important women in his life (Annette Bening plays his free spirit mother). Though the film has solid performances from Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig, the picture is not the sum of all its wonderful parts.The feature is directed by Beginners filmmaker Mike Mills.

During the program, we do a quick recap on some the movies we loved in 2016. The documentaries Gleason and Tickled, as well as the Michael Keaton film The Founder are covered. Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts:

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2016 Took Pentatonix To The Penthouse

NUP_175648_0100.jpgIt was quite a year for the band Pentatonix. The band gained fans back in 2011 having won on the NBC music reality competition series The Sing-Off.  The a cappella group is known for covering songs from Daft Punk to Dolly Parton. In 2016, the band skyrocketed with many accomplishments, including their second Grammy Award (Best Country Duo/Group Performance) and their NBC Christmas special. They are ending the year literally on a high note with their upcoming performance on New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly.

With so many great things happening for Pentatonix, we asked them what was their favorite moment  in 2016. They had a hard time coming up with anything because of the successful year they had (Click on the media bar below to hear Pentatonix)

Pentatonix perform along with Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton on New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly airing Saturday night on NBC.

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A Lot More Than Leia: Remembering and Appreciating Carrie Fisher

Carrie FisherBy now, you’ve no doubt heard the tragic news of Carrie Fisher’s passing.  Here at Hollywood Outbreak, we’re feeling the loss a little more intensely than most, because we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with her on numerous occasions.  We always found her to be friendly, smart, engaging, and witty in our conversations, and it saddens us to think we’ll never have that opportunity again.


Instead of reeling off a list of her numerous accomplishments as an actor, author, and respected Hollywood script doctor (among other things), we would rather present Carrie Fisher’s life in her own wise and wonderful words.

Born in 1960 to one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity couples — beloved movie star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher — it would seem to be a natural thing for Carrie to aspire to a career in show business.  But, as it turns out, watching her mother’s experience with stardom initially turned her off to the idea. (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

As we all know, though, fate had other plans for Carrie.  After playing a small role in Warren Beatty’s 1975 film Shampoo, she was cast as the female lead in the movie that would change Hollywood forever: Star Wars.  At the time, it was a movie that came with modest expectations… and difficult dialogue! (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

Of course, once the Star Wars franchise had made her a household name, Carrie was able to indulge her first love: writing.  It started as a way for her to escape a troubled home life (her parents went through a very public — and very messy — divorce when she was young), but eventually became a lucrative second career for her. (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

One of the reasons for her success — both on the stage and on the page — was that she always exuded sincerity.  It’s what made her characters so believable and her stories so intriguing.  And for somebody who had led such a trouble life, such blunt honesty was a rare thing to see, but she never, ever shied away from it. (Click on the media bar to hear Carrie Fisher)

While her written words and performances will live on forever, the world won’t be the same without her.  We looked forward to every new project she did, because that meant we would see her again and hear more of her amazing stories.  She would make us laugh again.  She might even make us cry.  But in a profession where people make their money by being somebody else, Carrie Fisher was always uniquely, unapologetically Carrie Fisher.  And we loved her for it.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carrie’s mother, daughter, family members, and everyone else she touched during her 60 years.  But since we want to end this remembrance by putting a smile on your face (the same way she always did for us), enjoy a couple of memorable — and hysterical — salutes she gave to George Lucas and Harrison Ford.


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