Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress

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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress (Photo Credit: Gotham video screengrab)

Jada Pinkett-Smith’s stuntowman, Kelsee Devoreaux,  is putting “Gotham” on blast for using blackface on a white actress for an episode. I guess I would be pissed too, considering there are black stuntwomen out there that the show could have used.

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Eagerly anticipated FOX TV show Gotham debuted to strong ratings and critical acclaim earlier this fall. But now, RadarOnline.com has learned, the primetime drama is coming under heavy criticism — and even accusations of racism — after a white actress’ face was reportedly painted black so she could double for an African-American actress. On the heels of the scandal, Jada Pinkett Smith’s stuntwoman is speaking out exclusively to Radar about the sticky situation — and why she says it still has not been resolved.

Earlier this month, Deadline published an explosive article slamming the show for the cover-up, and the WB later apologized. “A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show,” the studio said in a statement. “The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error.”

Kelsee Devoreaux, longtime stuntwoman for Pinkett Smith, who plays the character Fish Mooney on Gotham, says the scandal was even more unnerving because she had been explicitly told there was no stunt work for Smith’s character.

Radar has learned that Devoreaux contacted the show’s stunt coordinator in March offering her services, and was told Smith’s character did not need any stunt doubles. According to Devoreaux’s IMDB page, she stood in for the star in Hawthorne, Terminator Salvation, Lincoln Heights, The Haunted Mansion, The Matrix Reloaded, and more, before being snubbed by the show.

“This did happen and it will not and should not ever be tolerated, especially in today’s age. This is 2014 and it is not acceptable,” she says.

What’s more, she claims, “Jada definitely knows about this,” although it is not certain that it was Pinkett Smith’s stunt person that was painted black by the stunt-coordinator for the show.

When Radar contacted SAG about the incident, they claim that “the circumstance has been resolved.”

However, Devoreax claims otherwise.

“This situation has not been resolved,” she tells Radar, adding, “The stunt-coordinator who may have been responsible for this is still working on the show!”

“If being resolved means the person responsible for this has not been fired, than nothing has been resolved,” she continues.

Deveroux also claims to know the stunt double whose face was painted black by Gotham’s stunt coordinator.

“She was so freaked out and uncomfortable by this situation, that she contacted SAG immediately,” Deveroux says.

Following the incident a spokesperson for the union also told Deadline, “Thus far, no one working on this production has brought this to our attention so we have no comment on this specific allegation.”

A SAG rep insisted to Radar, “With respect to this issue in general, the relevant SAG-AFTRA contract is clear: the practice known as “painting down” is presumptively improper. It further states that when the stunt performer doubles for a role which is identifiable as Black/African American and the race of the double is also identifiable, stunt coordinators shall endeavor to cast qualified persons of the same sex and/or race involved. In other words: the practice of “painting down” is unacceptable anywhere and particularly so in a production center like New York City with so many qualified stuntwomen of color trained for this type of work.”

Indeed, Devoreaux says she explicitly contacted the show for that reason.

“There is simply no excuse when all casting directors and stunt coordinators need to do is reach out to the union so we can help them identify people who can compete for these opportunities,” the SAG rep continued. “Each and every day we consult with industry professionals to ensure that they are able to access the pool of diverse talent around the country to meet their casting needs—from our own searchable database of union members to referrals to outside organizations to crafting an inclusive job notice to encourage appropriate candidates to apply.

Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Comedy Routine

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Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Comedy Routine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comedian Hannibal Buress called Dr. Bill Cosby a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine at the Trocadero last Thursday. He was referring to the allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby by multiple women. Buress suggested that it was hypocritical of Bill Cosby to give younger men or “black people” advice because of this alleged history.

More from Philadelphia Mag on Hannibal Buress’ routine slamming Bill Cosby:

Thirteen? And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, so, I’ll take you sayin’ lots of motherfuckers on Bill Cosby: Himself if you weren’t a rapist.[…] I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. […] I’ve done this bit on stage, and people don’t believe. People think I’m making it up. […]That sh*t is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.

Here’s the video:

“RHOA” Drama: Cynthia Bailey Throws Phaedra Parks Shade Over Lap Dog Diss

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“RHOA” Drama: Cynthia Bailey Throws Phaedra Parks Shade Over Diss on “Ellen” (Photo Credit: Twitter)

RHOA” drama as Cynthia Bailey threw some shade Phaedra Parks way after she appeared on “Ellen” and publicly dissed her. She described Bailey as a “lap dog” during a discussion about her castmates.

Well, being called a “lap dog” didn’t sit well with Cynthia Bailey, who took to Instagram to bring up a nasty rumor that Phaedra Parks had cheated on Apollo with an African man named Chocolate.

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“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55

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“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55 (Photo Credit: Cinema.de)

#RIP: Actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in “Rush Hour” and “The Incredibles,” dies at age 55. She died on Oct. 14 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief illness.

Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In John SaylesLone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Source: Hollywood Reporter

Elizabeth Pena is survived by her husband Hans Rolla and their daughter Fiona and son Kaelan, as well as her mother and sister.

Embattled Chris Brown Still On Blast for Shocking Ebola Tweet

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Embattled Chris Brown Still On Blast for Shocking Ebola Tweet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Singer Chris Brown is still being put on blast for his shocking Ebola tweet, implying that the epidemic was a means of “population control.” That’s despite a second tweet walking back the first.

The embattled entertainer tweeted “I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. … getting crazy bruh.” The outrage was swift and brutal, as it should have been!

Here’s the offensive tweet:

He followed up with a weak walk-back:

Tweets blasting Chris Brown:

TLC’ “Sex Sent Me to the ER” Returns with Couple Having Sex While Skydiving

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TLC’ “Sex Sent Me to the ER” Returns with Couple Having Sex While Skydiving (Photo credit: TLC Video Screengrab)

TLC’s “Sex Sent Me to the ER” will return starting October 25 at 10 p.m. ET. There will be 20 new hourlong episodes with reenactments of the craziest sex-related medical cases you have ever heard of.

The premiere episode features a woman who develops mysterious symptoms after she and her partner leave a wake to spend some time together.

Perhaps the craziest ways a couple could get their groove on comes from William and Leslie who decide to have sex while skydiving, The Wrap reports.

Michael Yo, correspondent for “The Insider,” is set to guest-star as a reenactment doctor.

Watch latest clip of upcoming “Sex Sent Me to the ER” episode:

Bill Hader Skit: SNL’s Impoverished “Africans” Demand More Than 39 Cents A Day

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SNL Bill Hader Skit Seeks 39 Cent Donations for Impoverished Africans (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader hosted the show last night and headlined a commercial asking for donations of 39 cents for impoverished “Africans.”

One person implored Charles Daniels, played by Hader, to “ask for more,” while others joined in saying that wasn’t enough and why didn’t he ask for 99 cents instead.

Daniels said 39 cents was “all they need” and was “decided by very educated and caring people.”

It was hilarious when the ‘starving’ villagers asked Charles Daniels what country he was in and he said “Africa.” Um, he wasn’t. The skit ended with a “villager” telling viewers to send $200 cash or else!

Bill Hader’s monologue was also funny:

Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food”

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Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis told a crowd of Hollywood heavyweights that she “sacrificed a childhood for food.” The actress said her drive to end childhood hunger is motivated by memories of growing up in “abject poverty.” Davis said, “I’ve stolen for food, I’ve jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food.”

Davis said she “grew up in immense shame.” She shared her personal story as she accepted an award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday. Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also recognized for their humanitarian efforts. She was honored for her work with the Hunger Is charity.

Viola Davis, who “grew up in immense shame” in Central Falls, Rhode Island, said she befriended kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day. She revealed that she is “only now” beginning the healing process.

Davis is the second youngest of six children. She was born in South Carolina before moving to Rhode Island. She was the daughter of a horse trainer and a maid. She attended Central Falls High School, where she said many children had to struggle to “navigate their way through the darkness” of poverty.

She majored in drama at Rhode Island College. She won two Tony Awards and was nominated twice for an Oscar award.

Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl: “I Don’t Put Up with Bullsh*t”

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Shonda Rhimes Slams Katherine Heigl: “I Don’t Put Up with Bullsh*t” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes put Katherine Heigl, who abruptly departed from the show, on blast telling the The Hollywood Reporter: “There are no Heigls in this situation.” Heigl reportedly had a very difficult reputation on the show.

Rhimes went in on Heigl:  “I don’t put up with bullsh*t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.” Wow.

Katherine Heigl, who won an Emmy for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens, her history on the series has been marked with a level of drama. In 2008, she created some buzz:  “I don’t feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”

 

 

 

“First Wives Club” Star Stephen Collins Allegedly Confesses to Child Molestation

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“First Wives Club” Star Stephen Collins Allegedly Confesses to Child Molestation (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

7th Heaven” dad Stephen Collins allegedly confessed to his estranged wife that he was a child molester and it was apparently recorded on tape, TMZ reports. The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into the allegations. Stephen Collins also starred in “First Wives Club,” with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler. How ironic.

Here’s more from TMZ:

Collins — who is in the middle of a nasty, prolonged divorce with actress Faye Grant — revealed to her in 2012 he had molested and/or exposed himself to several underage girls years before. Collins and Grant went to a therapist where she peppered him with questions about the incidents … and he not only answered, he was specific.

Here’s what Collins didn’t know at the time. Grant taped the therapy session. We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.

We have protected the names of the victims Collins mentions on tape. As you listen … you will hear Collins refer to a “disclosure” and a “list.” This refers to a confession Collins had already made to his wife … which triggered the therapy session.

You hear Collins flatly confess to molesting an 11-year-old New York girl — a relative of his first wife — saying, “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.” He also acknowledges exposing himself to the girl “a couple of times” … he says when she was 11, 12 and 13.