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.
Movie stars like Halle Berry, Terrence Howard Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts join comedy chick Anna Faris for a comedy caper sure to offend just about everyone. Review consensus: Not sure if the movie stars add to or distract from the concept of dumb comic relief.
ON DVD THIS WEEK
“End of Watch” – Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Pena
“The Paperboy” – Lee Daniels directs Nicole Kidman and ZacEfron
“A Salute to Michelle Obama”
By the Authors of “Essence”
If you didn’t get this as a gift, gift yourself. After the First Lady’s stunning showing at the inauguration, you may be wanting more. Here’s a collector’s item that celebrates other stunning moments in FLOTUS history.
Friday, January 25
Big Daddy Kane (with live band)
The classic rap maestro heads down to DC with a live band for a new take on his hit songs
DPAC -Durham Performing Arts Center
Comedian, actress and talk show hostess stops in to NC this weekend
NEW YORK CITY
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
R&B crooner stops into New York City for a one-night stand at the popular blues club in Times Square
Saturday, January 26
Rochester Auditorium Theater
Funnyman embarks on national tour
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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30. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
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