Kevin Hart: I Won’t Play a Gay Role

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Kevin Hart is everywhere these days promoting his latest flick, The Wedding Ringer, which opened in theaters this weekend with an impressive $20.6 million box office. The film finds the Philly native in his first “hard R-rated comedy,” which he has said gives him the ability to explore new avenues as an actor by incorporating some of his earlier, more-risqué standup material. An interview he gave on 105.1’s The Breakfast Club last week, however, reveals that, no matter how rewarding it is for him to explore new territories as a performer, there’s one that he’ll likely never navigate: playing gay.

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American Sniper Earned $90.2 Million at the Box Office This Weekend

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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper as prolific Navy SEAL sharp-shooter Chris Kyle, earned a whopping $90.2 million at the weekend box office, and it’s expected to hit $105 million by the end of day on Monday. That blows past insider predictions, who estimated it would bring in $50 million-plus.

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Kevin Hart Speaks Out About Bill Cosby

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A new interview with The Hollywood Reporter finds Philly comedian Kevin Hart speaking out about Bill Cosby for the first time:

[At Hart’s home], giant portraits of the comedians he most admires — Cosby, Rock, Murphy, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle — line the walls. I ask if he’s thinking of getting rid of Cosby in the wake of allegations about the 77-year-old’s conduct. “I’m not going to take the picture down,” he says. “The picture serves a purpose for me. These were the men who built a legacy doing what they love to do, which is telling jokes.”

Does he think Cosby is guilty? “Right now, it’s a lot of speculation,” he says. “All I can do is just say my prayers, and my wishes go out to all of the women who are potentially involved. His personal life has nothing to do with me. I can’t control it. I will never try. It doesn’t stop me from being an admirer of his work. His work and his personal life are two separate things.”

Hart was giving the interview in support of his latest film, The Wedding Ringer, which opens nationwide this weekend.

 

Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart Expected to Rule the Box Office This Weekend

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, both opening nationwide this weekend.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, both opening nationwide this weekend.

Philly film stars Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart are expected to own the box office this weekend, with the release of American Sniper and The Wedding Ringer, respectively.

After a record-breaking preview over ChristmasDeadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which stars Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, will be No. 1, on track to pull in $50 million-plus. Writers credit a number of factors for influencing the big draw:

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WATCH: Kevin Hart on Working for Sony Again

Philly-bred comedian Kevin Hart was understandably irked last week when hacked Sony emails revealed that one executive called him a whore after Hart was asking for more money to promote a film he was starring in.

In response, Hart took to his Instagram with a statement about knowing his self worth, and making smart decisions for his brand. He also said he was able to “brush ignorance off his shoulder.” Does that mean he’d be willing to work with Sony again?

TMZ tracked him down recently and asked him just that. Here’s his response:

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Sony Executive Calls Kevin Hart a Whore In Leaked Emails, Hart Reacts

By now you’ve likely heard of those leaked Sony emails—messages from executives that target everyone from Angelina Jolie to Joel McHale (who just wanted a discount on a TV, man!). Philly’s Kevin Hart was also the subject of one email, in which executive Clint Culpepper told a colleague that, “I’m not saying [Kevin Hart’s] a whore, but he’s a whore.” The comment was made after Hart requested extra money to promote his film Think Like a Man Too.

Not to be one to let such things go, Hart took to Instagram with this message:

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WATCH: Kevin Hart Does The Dougie On Good Day

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Kevin Hart is in town to promote his new film (yes, another one!), The Wedding Ringer, which opens in theaters January 16th. This morning he stopped by Fox 29’s Good Day to chat with hosts Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick, and was taken by surprise when Holley challenged him to a Dougie dance-off. She, apparently, is known around the studio as The Dougie Queen, but Hart held his own when they got up to dance–well at least until his knee gave out on him. Check out the clip above.

Kevin Hart Gets Behind the Wheel with Jerry Seinfeld

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Jerry Seinfeld’s hit web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee premiered its fifth season yesterday, and wouldn’t you know it, it features comedians getting coffee. Seinfeld’s driving buddy this time is Philly’s Kevin Hart. If you love Kevin Hart, then enjoy the episode. If you don’t, well, it also features a 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder and a special cameo by Cosmo Kramer, a.k.a. Michael Richards. See the full video here. 

Early Philly-Set Kevin Hart Sitcom The Big House Coming to DVD

thebighosuePop Quiz: What sitcom starring Philly’s own Kevin Hart premiered 10 years ago and is coming to DVD this January? What, you don’t know the answer? Don’t worry, no one does.

The Big House, an extremely short-lived, six-episode sitcom that ran on ABC in 2004, starred Hart as the anti-Fresh Prince. His character, cleverly named Kevin Hart, is forced to leave his happy, wealthy life as a student in Malibu once his father is arrested for embezzlement. Kevin must then tragically move in with working class relatives in Philadelphia and attend Drexel University. What a rough life! (Hart featured Drexel as an homage to his alumna mother, Nancy. Aw!)

We may love Kevin Hart, but with such a played-out premise it’s no wonder the show was axed. That isn’t keeping Olive Films from releasing the episodes on DVD Tuesday, January 13th, in order to capitalize on Hart’s upcoming film The Wedding Ringer opening Friday, January 16th.

While you eagerly await your pre-order of all six episodes, check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:

Kevin Hart to Be Guest Judge on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Philly’s own Kevin Hart will fill in for Len Goodman as guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars next Monday, September 29th. Next week’s episode is “Movie Night,” and Hart will help Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judge the final 11 celebrity contestants and their partners as they celebrate songs from the silver screen.

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