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Can Chris Rock save the romantic comedy?

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There once was a time when people laughed at romantic comedies. And I don’t mean that they snickered at the term as an epithet for a genre that’s become lazy and formulaic, as many do now. They actually used to laugh because romantic comedies were funny—hence the term, romantic-comedy.

But somewhere after the box-office reigns of Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, during the Kate Hudson dynasty, and definitely before Good Luck Chuck, rom-coms became a creative wasteland. “Oh, it’s been horrible,” Chris Rock tells EW. “It’s been brutal for 20 years. They always forget the comedy part, and they forget that you can do what would really happen. They never [tell the story of] what would really happen… Maybe (500) Days of Summer, that was pretty good.”

Rock’s latest movie, Top Five, is a romantic comedy in the purest sense of the term—and it’s so good that it might just remind both audiences and an industry that’s basically given up on the genre what they used to love about these movies. READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Top Five' stars describe working with Chris Rock: 'Like playing with the '96 Bulls'

Chris Rock is one of the funniest people on the planet. He’s not arrogant about it and is quick to point to the comedy icons who influenced him—from Richard Pryor to Eddie Murphy. But Rock, 49, has been around long enough now to have a major impact on the comic stylings of the next generation of stand-ups. In Top Five, out Dec. 12, the hilarious romantic comedy that riffs on his own life as a comedian and movie star, he filled out the cast with his funniest friends, some of whom grew up idolizing Rock.

“It’s a dream come true,” Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che says in an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip about the wild anything-goes scene where Rock’s character brings a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) back to his ‘hood. “It really feels like you’re playing with the ’96 Bulls. This is the guy that a lot of us started comedy watching.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Rock addresses Hollywood's race problem in 'Hollywood Reporter' essay

Chris Rock’s Top Five, out Dec. 12, has a predominantly black cast: Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Michael Che, and Whoopi Goldberg are just a handful of the big names highlighted on ads for the film. But were any of those talented actors ever up for a True Detective role?

“I never heard anyone go, ‘Is it going to be Amy Adams or Gabrielle Union?'” Rock wrote in an essay about race in Hollywood on The Hollywood Reporter. “I didn’t hear one black girl’s name on those lists. Not one. Literally everyone in town was up for that part, unless you were black.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Rock's Top Fives: The star of 'Top Five' ranks the best comedies, stand-ups, and movie cameos

In his new movie, Top Five, out Dec. 5, Chris Rock plays a movie star whose already-fading career is about to crumble on the day he’s being interviewed by a savvy New York Times reporter ­(Rosario Dawson) about his comedy career, his ambitious new Oscar-bait movie about the Haitian revolution, and his imminent nuptials to a reality star. She accompanies him to his old neighborhood, where he and his friends kill time arguing about their top five rappers. “What are the normal ­conversations—not the contrived romantic-­comedy conversations—that happen when you get a bunch of old friends together?” Rock says, describing the scene.

EW asked Rock to give us his own MC list—then we got greedy and had him rank a bunch of other stuff, too. READ FULL STORY

Watch the first trailer for Chris Rock's 'Top Five'

After creating quite a bit of chatter at this year’s Toronto International Film Festivalmade only louder by a rather fierce bidding warwe’re finally getting our first look at Chris Rock’s Top Five with the film’s first trailer.

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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals (Updated)

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For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. “This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch.”

Rock’s film, which he co-wrote and directed, garnered wide acclaim at the festival—Vanity Fair even called it Rock’s Annie Hall. In the film Rock plays Andre Allen, a comedian-turned-movie star, who is being profiled for the New York Times by a reporter played by Rosario Dawson. Gabrielle Union is Andre’s reality star fiancée, and a variety of comedians—including Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, and Leslie Jones—also appear.

But Top Five isn’t the only film to score a deal at the festival. Here’s what studios have bought so far. We’ll be updating this post as more come in. (U.S. distribution deal unless otherwise noted.)

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'Grown Ups 2' trailer: This time with more nudity and hot cheerleaders -- VIDEO

The Grown Ups 2 trailer leaves us with many questions. Is this the most method Taylor Lautner has ever been? Why does Kevin James wear a towel over his shoulders when the rest of his body is supposed to be naked? Could we have gone our entire lives without hearing David Spade yelling ”I was inside you” to Kevin James?

One thing’s for certain, someone’s been reading our dream diaries with this whole The Lonely Island and Taran Killam washing-a-car-in-cheerleading-uniforms thing.

Watch the trailer below:

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MTV Movie Awards: Steve Carell, 'Star Trek' stars, and more to present

MTV has announced the first wave of presenters for the 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards. The docket includes Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron, Kerry Washington, Amanda Seyfried, This Is the End‘s Seth Rogen and Danny McBride, Grown Ups 2 stars Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, and Star Trek Into Darkness headliners Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto.

Rebel Wilson is set to host the ceremony, which has already confirmed appearances by Will Ferrell, who’ll receive the inaugural Comedic Genius Award, and MTV Trailblazer recipient Emma Watson.

The MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast live April 14 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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Casting Net: Chris Rock to write, direct, and star in new film; Plus Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel, more

• Chris Rock is set to direct and star in a new film that he wrote, which is described as an “edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance.” The busy comedian is also working on a number of documentaries, including Eat, Drink, Laugh, about New York’s Comic Strip Live, and Credit Is the Devil. This will be Rock’s third directorial effort. Rock also wrote and directed I Think I Love My Wife and Head of State. [Deadline]

• We’re tempted to roll our eyes at the thought of yet another Coco Chanel film, but this one might actually be interesting. Karl Lagerfeld, the delightfully irreverent creative director of Chanel, is reportedly working on a short film starring Keira Knightley as the lady behind the famous fashion house. Knightley’s the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume, and the short will be in celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary. It’s a dressed up marketing campaign, but thanks to David Lynch’s short film for Dior with Marion Cotillard, we’re interested in what collaborations like these can breed. [Guardian]

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Casting Net: Gerard Butler straps in for 'Motor City,' Colin Firth is 'Untouchable'

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Gerard Butler revs up for Motor City, where
Jake Gyllenhaal and Dominic Cooper stalled. (Both actors' deals fell through due to scheduling conflicts.) Butler will join Amber Heard and Gary Oldman in the ex-con-with-a-vendetta action flick. [Variety]

Colin Firth may play an aristocrat who becomes quadriplegic after a tragic accident in Untouchable. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is also in talks to direct the remake of the French dramedy (originally called The Intouchables). [Variety]

True Story: Jonah Hill is set to face off against James Franco. Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B is producing the stranger-than-fiction tale about New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill), who must come face to face with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) after Longo steals Finkel’s identity and flees to Mexico. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

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