Daily Buzz 12.29.11


    Dave Chappelle gets buff

    Comedian Dave Chappelle seems to have been working out during his hiatus from the spotlight.

    The funnyman was spotted in New York City this weekend looking a bit more buff than most fans remember.

    Take a look.



    Is Beyoncé about to burst?

    Rumor has it that Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s first bundle of joy is due any day now.

    While there have been lots of questions about when the baby is due—and whether Beyoncé was actually even pregnant—the couple has been pretty silent about its plans for the big day.

    When celebrities are that quiet, gossip usually ensues, and the most-recent buzz is that officials at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York and prepping a pregnancy suite for Bey.

    When Beyoncé announced she was pregnant, it caused a major social media commotion. Fans are likely on pins and needles waiting for news of the baby girl’s arrival.


    Spoof joke gone wrong

    Audiences fell out laughing during the 2009 BET Awards when host Jamie Foxx premiered a trailer for a faux movie that would bring together Jamie’s “In Loving Color” character Wanda and Martin Lawrence’s Sheneneh, and one viewer hopes to laugh his way to the bank.

    Shamont Lyle Sapp is suing Jamie and Madea-maker Tyler Perry for using his idea during the awards show and not crediting him, EURweb reports.

    While the popular trailer only featured Wanda and Sheneneh, Shamont said his idea also included Madea. However there was more to his concept.

    “A male White mental patient takes Madea hostage … He deals with phone calls from the negotiators, as Madea actually pleads for her life in a very sad tear-jerking way … Her pleas are to be very sad. No jokes at all.”

    While that doesn’t sound too much like what fans viewed more than two years ago, Shamont feels he has a case.

    Watch the Skank Robbers trailer below.


    Oprah Winfrey dedicated to OWN

    It’s no secret that Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has struggled its first year, but the media maven isn’t giving up.

    “Yes, some mistakes were made. Who hasn’t made mistakes? The real beauty is you can say, ‘I learned from that,’" Oprah said in a statement. "I don’t worry about failure. I worry about, ‘Did I do all I could do?’”

    Some analysts suggest that the network failed to capitalize on its most valuable asset: Oprah Winfrey. However, she’ll be back on the small-screen in January with a new series, titled “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

    While Oprah could be discouraged by her network’s mediocre performance its first year, she said she’s gotten lots of positive reinforcement from industy insiders.

    “Everybody has told me — Ted Turner has told me, Barry Diller has told me, Lorne Michaels has told me, David Geffen has told me — anybody who’s ever worked with a channel, who’s ever done anything, has said it takes three to five years," she said, adding, "You have to do the work. … You do not have to pay attention to the criticism."


    Kardashian secrets revealed?

    With multiple TV series chronicling the moves of nearly every family member, it’s hard to believe there could be aspects of the Kardashians’ lives of which fans are unaware.

    However, a former member of the Kardashian household is reportedly shopping around a tell-all book about the clan, the National Enquirer reports.

    Pam Behan, who worked for the family for years, has reached out to several agents about her book, but it’s unclear whether a publishing house has decided to work with her.


    —Tracy L. Scott


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