In advance of the Grammys, which he’s hosting again, LL Cool J talks to Oprah about the triumphs and tragedy he’s faced on his way to global stardom in two genres. Mike Epps heads to Rochester this weekend as part of his winter comedy tour and lucky hip-hop fans in D.C. will get the chance to check out rap pioneer Big Daddy Kane with a live band. Here’s the best of the rest of what’s going on this weekend.
HOT ON TV
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Friday, January 25
FLY THE FUNNY SKIES
BET 10 p.m. Funny or offensive?
While it only gets an 18% “fresh” rating on “Rotten Tomatoes” a popular movie website, reviewers were mixed as to whether “Soul Plane” was funny or offensive or both, with some admitting they did laugh at the raunchy comedy. Starring Kevin Hart.
Saturday, January 26
ALFRE WOODWARD in “The Family That Preys”
Lifetime 12:02 a.m.
Tyler Perry tackles some new themes in “The Family That Preys” with deals with love, relationships, wealth and privilege. It’s actually one of Perry’s best efforts – no Madea in sight. The plot is ambitious and predictable at times, but actresses Woodward and Kathy Bates elevate the material.
Sunday, January 27
OWN, 9 p.m.
Rapper actor LL Cool J talks to Oprah just before his latest Grammy hosting gig. He discusses his career, his family tragedy and his life as an actor and rap pioneer.
AT THE MOVIES
Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham star in a thriller set down in Palm Beach with a lot of guns and gangsters and explosions. Review consensus: Not much plot but a lot of action so if you go for Statham or Lopez, you won’t be disappointed.