It’s pretty neat to see Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart, two Philly boys, having their Hollywood heyday at the same time. Over the past few years, their names have been linked to phrases like “top box-office draw,” “No. 1 movie,” and “mega millions.” So it’s no wonder Tinseltown has chosen to immortalize them in concrete and star-shaped plaque form on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The other day, I came across an Instagram video of Philly-raised comedian Kevin Hart jump-roping in a Rocky-esque grey sweatsuit while reciting a mini motivational speech — complete with rhymes, might I add — that ended with him saying, “That was some Muhammad Ali shhh … “ It was the perfect, not-too-serious, made-me-smile-and-then-want-to-lace-up-my-sneakers fitness motivation. So of course I went searching for more on his Instagram feed — and what I found was a goldmine, people.
He may have walked away empty-handed a few weeks ago at the Oscars, but last night Bradley Cooper scooted out of the MTV Movie Awards with a shiny box of golden popcorn in tow.
The Jenkintown star took home the prize for Best Male Performance for his portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper. He was there to accept the award, which he dedicated to Kyle. “Thank you, thank you. I want to thank MTV and the fans. It’s because of you that we have brought awareness for what the men and women in the military do everyday for us. Chris Kyle would have been 41 this week. Chris, this is for you.”
To win the award, Cooper beat out beat out Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Downingtown, Pa-native Miles Teller (Whiplash).
Fellow comedian Kevin Hart also took home an award last night: the special Comedic Genius Award. His speech pulled at some heartstrings, too: “I wanna thank my fiancée for being my rock right now. … I wanna thank my ex-wife for giving me these two kids who are my best friends right now; Heaven for being the most amazing daughter, Hendrix for being the most amazing son. My kids, I’m doing all of this for them. I’m trying to leave a legacy for them. Last but not least my fans—this is for y’all, I love y’all.”
Check out a quick video montage of highlights above.
Videos from the Justin Bieber roast on Comedy Central are surfacing online, and this one finds the queen of all things domestic roasting the you-know-what out of the show’s host Kevin Hart. In the most deadpan way possible, she takes the Philly-bred comedian to task for blowing a chunk of his first big paycheck on a watch. “I forget the term for that … it’s not African American rich. It’ll come to me,” she says.
Later she shows her vulgar side when she tells Ludacris, a father of three by three different women, to “try pulling out sometime and finishing on some fine, highly absorbent Martha Stewart bed linens.” Check out the quick clip above.
As reported by Amy Kaufman in the L.A. Times, Kevin Hart’s newest comedy, Get Hard, co-starring Will Farrell, made its world-premiere Monday night at Austin’s Paramount Theater for SXSW. Despite the goodwill the actors built up before the screening (both were on stage, making yuk-yuks with the crowd), the reaction to the film, which posits Farrell as a rich, white dude busted for a bunch of financial crimes and sentenced to hard time. He hires Hart’s character—whom he naturally assumes has spent time in the joint—to prepare him for his oncoming ordeal.
Apparently, even though it got major laughs throughout the screening, the post-screening Q&A with first-time director Etan Cohen started to go seriously downhill after one patron called the film “offensive.”
On Monday night, Philly-bred comedian Kevin Hart was at SXSW to premiere his latest film Get Hard. The buddy comedy co-stars Will Ferrell as a man who’s about to go to prison, so he solicits the help of Hart’s character to get him prepared for all the typical things we hear happen when you’re behind bars. Unfortunately, a lot of tasteless jokes are made at the expense of race and gay sex. Variety even goes so far as to call it “the most high-profile comedy ever made about the subject of prison rape.” But instead of being eye-opening, it turns out to be rather cringe-worthy and downright offensive.
Yesterday in La Quinta, California, Philly comedian Kevin Hart took on Justin Bieber in a game of celebrity tennis to raise money for Cancer for College, an organization that doles out scholarships to survivors of cancer.
TMZ has video of the match, showing Hart and Bieber playing (very poorly) while Hart’s Get Hard co-star Will Ferrell ribs them from the sidelines. Check it out above.
Just when you thought awards season was over, MTV is building hype all over again by releasing the nominees for next month’s MTV Movie Awards. A couple Philly folks scored some nods:
Not surprisingly, Best Actor Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Male Performance for his role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, but MTV has also recognized him for his hilarious turn as a back-talking raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. He and Vin Diesel are both nominated, actually, for Best Duo for their teamup in the film as Rocket and Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy is tied with Fault In Our Stars and Neighbors as most-nominated film this year, with seven nods.
Philly comedian Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are teaming up for Get Hard. The film flips the switch on your typical white-guy-black-guy buddy comedy, finding Ferrell playing a white-collar criminal who hires a black guy (Hart) to prep him for his time in San Quentin prison—a subject Hart’s straight-laced character actually knows nothing about.
The film hits theaters nationwide on March 27th, but gets its world premiere at SXSW on March 16th. Check out the just-released video above.
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