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.”
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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.
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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.
The duo will meet up again on March 30th when Hart takes on the duties of Roast Master during Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast.
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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.
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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.
Philly native Kevin Hart will reportedly make history next summer by becoming the first comedian to do what only football teams and rock bands do: Headline an NFL stadium. He’ll play to 68,000 seats on Aug. 30 at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Taney Dragons basketball star Mo’ne Davis faced Philadelphia comic legend Kevin Hart in Friday night’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and she downright embarrassed him with this spin move:
Watch the full video below:
The Wrap reports that Philly-based comedian Kevin Hart will be the Roast Master during Justin Bieber’s upcoming Comedy Central’s Roast. It’s perfect timing, too, because it will be right after the singer’s 21st birthday. Why did Hart, who’s riding high on the release of his latest flick, The Wedding Ringer, take time out for the Biebs? He explains / warns that it’s gonna be a nasty night:
“I don’t normally do roasts but I had to step out for my guy Biebs … It’s his big 21. It’s about to be ‘operation roast everyone’s ass,’”
The Roast will air on March 30th at 10pm on Comedy Central. You can find more information here.
This afternoon, the National Basketball Association announced the lineup for its 11th annual All-Star Celebrity Game, and it includes a team-up between Philly comedian Kevin Hart and Taney Dragons star pitcher Mo’ne Davis. Here’s the full roster:
Three-time MVP and comedic superstar Kevin Hart will take the court at Madison Square Garden for the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2015. Hart will be joined by film star Ansel Elgort; Anthony Anderson (ABC’s Blackish); Common (Selma); Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis; Arcade Fire’s Win Butler; actor Chadwick Boseman (42); America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon; former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks Assistant General Manager Allan Houston; Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin; gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper; actor Michael Rapaport; Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera; NBA TV’s NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung Galaxy co-host Kristen Ledlow; Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan; and WNBA stars Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty.
The game airs live on ESPN on Friday, February 13th, at 7 p.m. According to nba.com, “fans can also view the game on WatchESPN, available on your computer, smart phone, tablet, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku.” More info can be found here.
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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