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Black Spoof Films That Still Make Us Laugh on XFINITY On Demand™

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  • April 16, 2013 9:42 AM
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A good parody film uses pop culture references and zingy one-liners to amuse the audience. A great one can satirize a genre while still telling an original story, and by bringing the audience into the joke using smart, sharp, tongue-in-cheek references. This month, XFINITY On Demand™ will feature two great films that successfully spoofed the Western and Blaxploitation genres of the past: "Blazing Saddles" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka." Check out the synopses and tune in!

Classic Black Comedy on XFINITY On Demand™

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  • April 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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When you hear the name Richard Pryor, you know you're in for laughter on a legendary scale. This month, XFINITY On Demand™ features the work of this late comedic genius, as well as films featuring fellow stand-ups Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey and more. Check out the synopses below.

The Continuum of Black Stand-up Comedy, Pt. 2: 'The Original Kings of Comedy'

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  • April 11, 2013 10:46 AM
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When four of the most popular Black comedians of the time came together for a stand-up comedy film directed by Spike Lee, a lot of people watched, and laughed. Continuing an established black stand-up tradition paved by Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Red Foxx, "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000) saw Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, DL Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer reprise popular, controversial topics of race, Black family dynamics and religion with distinctly different twists.

The Continuum of Black Stand-up Comedy, Pt. 1: Eddie Murphy’s 'Raw'

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  • April 10, 2013 1:44 PM
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Kevin Hart may be one of the most popular Black stand-up comedians today but, at one time, a young, leather jumpsuit-clad Eddie Murphy dominated the stand-up scene. His acclaimed "Eddie Murphy Raw" (1987) captured the attention and laughter of critics and audiences alike, with Murphy drawing comparisons to a young Richard Pryor.

Six Fun Reasons Why You Should Revisit 'Coming to America'

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  • April 3, 2013 3:05 PM
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When thinking of early Eddie Murphy films, there are probably many that come tomind, but "Coming to America" is bound to be one of the first. Directed by John Landis, the 1988 film is a comedy about a prince from a fictional African kingdomwho ventures to America to find a wife. It's inaccurate in many ways, but hilariousin plenty of others. The film saw Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall at their comedicprime, taking on wildly different characters in a Queens, New York setting thatserved as a backdrop for the “culture shock” that their newcomers to the countryencounter. No matter how many times you’ve seen the film, there are certainmoments that bring uncontrollable laughter. Here are a few:

What Makes a Great Biopic?

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  • March 29, 2013 10:02 AM
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Do you remember the feeling of watching a perfectly sculpted Angela Bassett breathe pain and life into the microphone as Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It?" In the film, Turner's "Proud Mary" becomes a salvation song, the performance a cathartic, explosive release for Turner during years of abuse and rising stardom. Its dramatic mix of golden shingled-dresses, penetrating vocals and embodied performances delivers a deeper understanding of the person it attempts to portray.

'Love & Basketball': More Than A Game

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  • March 28, 2013 3:13 PM
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"I'll play you."

Women’s History Month on XFINITY On Demand™

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  • March 28, 2013 12:42 PM
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, XFINITY on Demand is featuring "Love & Basketball," "Fatal Beauty" and "Beyonce: Life is But a Dream,” highlighting strong female roles and influencers. Haven’t seen them, or want to watch them again? Check out the descriptions below and tune in.

March Madness on XFINITY On Demand™

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  • March 26, 2013 3:02 PM
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With March Madness in full swing, XFINITY on Demand is featuring films that will prepare you for the occasion. "Blue Chips," “Space Jam,” and "Radio" are available. Haven’t seen them, or want to watch them again? Check out the descriptions below and tune in.

'Malcolm X' Revisited

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  • March 11, 2013 1:54 PM
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There's a scene in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1992) where the title character recalls his mother being harassed by the Ku Klux Klan in Nebraska while pregnant with him. They shatter her windows with rifles as she frantically pleads to be left alone with her children. A white band of KKK members cover the skyline, riding off into the moon. One of the most visually striking scenes in the film, it immediately sets the context into which Malcolm was born, one that he'd spend his life combating.