In addition to those stars, the network also announced that comedians Patrice O'Neal and Amy Schumer will be on the roast dias. Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash will also be there, but it's unclear whether he will be a roaster, or just take a long nap under his giant hat.
The full roast roster also includes previously-announced Roastmaster Seth MacFarlane, Mike Tyson, Steve-O, Anthony Jeselnik and RoastMaster General Jeffrey Ross.
According to Variety, HBO has ordered a pilot called 'Da Brick,' based based on Tyson's rough and tumble early years when he was coming up as a young boxer. It will be directed by Spike Lee and co-produced by 'Entourage' creator Doug Ellin and Tyson. The script was written by 'Three Kings' writer John Ridley, and will be set in Newark, NJ.
Tyson has been on a TV roll in recent months. Comedy Central announced this week he will be a guest-roaster in the highly-anticipated skewering of Charlie Sheen. Tyson also appeared on an episode of the CBS life-swapping reality show 'Same Name.' All of those appearances, however, were dwarfed by his Animal Planet reality show 'Tyson on Tyson,' about pigeons.
After yesterday's announcement that Mike Tyson would be among the esteemed roasters to skewer our depraved anti-hero, Comedy Central has followed up the news by releasing two new Roast promos.
The videos feature Sheen riding a (crazy) train, nicknamed the Roast Express, to Goddess Harbor, Warlockia, Winnington, and Tiger Valley. They're stocked with visual representations of Sheen's catchphrases, and he tries to coin a few more. "Comedy Central's trying to roast Charlie Sheen? That's like trying to duct tape the wind to the ground."
Charlie actually looks like he's in good-health, embracing the whole thing, and dare we say ... TV ready? Heaven help us all.
Check out the videos after the jump.
On 'Same Name' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS), the former heavyweight champion of the world was charged with telling two sweet little girls a bedtime story.
I'm sure the sisters got a kick out of Tyson, who made the story come to life with characters, voices, cartoonish noises and a surprisingly dark ending.
Michigan Mike found himself with a new haircut, stepping into the ring to spar a bit, while Punch Out Mike found himself measuring people's height as a nurse, reading to children in Michigan Mike's family, and strapping on skates for a game of hockey. He seemed to take everything with a healthy sense of humor.
Now comes news that he's teamed up with filmmaker Spike Lee and 'Entourage' creator Doug Ellin to develop a drama series for HBO loosely based on his experiences growing up.
According to Deadline.com, 'Da Brick' is "described as a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America." The drama will be set in Newark, NJ -- nicknamed "brick city" -- in the current day.
'Da Brick' will be written by John Ridley ('Three Kings,' 'Third Watch'). Ellin, Ridley, Lee, Tyson and Jim Lefkowitz are all executive producing, with Tyson's wife Lakiha Tyson and Azim Spicer, CEO of Las Vegas' SpiceReel Prods., co-executive producing.
Animal Planet has announced that Tyson will have his own reality show in which he races his flock of trained pigeons against a series of professional competitors.
For those who aren't in the know, Tyson has had a lifelong obsession with training and caring for birds. In the video below, he takes Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank on a tour of his bird sanctuary.
Tyson is set to star in a new Animal Planet reality series about pigeon racing, tentatively called 'Taking on Tyson,' according to a network press release. The series will film this spring in New York City and debut early-2011.
Tyson, boxing's former heavyweight world champion, has raised pigeons since he was a child.
There is a clip making the rounds right now of Mike Tyson competing on the Italian version of 'Dancing With the Stars', and, wow. It's the most fascinating thing I've seen on the internet all week. Obviously the show is in Italian, but there's a fair amount of English spread throughout the clip: the host says, "congratulations, that was great!" and the song that Tyson dances to is 'Save the Last Dance For Me' sung in English by an Italian speaker, which bears interesting results.
They show the judging process, for which Tyson gets one of those cool translating earpieces like they use at the U.N. Having watched Tyson's performance and then the judging, you can learn a lot about the Italian iteration of this show vs. the American one. Namely that it's a lot easier to get a high score in Italy. One of the judges actually held up his "10" paddle along with his "0" paddle, giving Tyson a "100." Something tells me that he wouldn't have fared so well over in the states.
"This one time, I was ... at the Golden Globes. Mike Tyson was there ... and I didn't realize, but I'm terrified of Mike Tyson," Sidibe said. "I'm sure he's a very nice man, but there's something about a face tattoo. Face tattoos say, 'I've gone as far as I want to go in society. And, in fact, I think I want to take a few steps back.'"
Watch the video after the jump.
(S35E10) I hope you all rolled a towel against the crack of the door before watching James Franco host. This was the most I've laughed at an episode in quite a while, but I am still not entirely sure if it's because watching for ninety minutes gave me a bit of a contact high. Okay, even if you argue that I'm inferring a lot because bits of Pineapple Express are still lingering in my brain, there's no denying Franco was definitely extra-squinty, extra-grinny, and was half-slurring, half-spitting his speech through most of the night.
There was also a lot of making out. No man, woman or tree was safe. Or bong, I guess. Maybe.
His monologue touched on all the highlights of his life right now, including a new gig on 'General Hospital' and his college classes. But he dipped into the Idea Bin for some other options.
Mike Tyson stopped by the 'What Up With That?' show, and things got a little crazy on 'The Twizzle Wizzle Show.' Here are a few clips.
Whoopi Goldberg came to Mike Tyson's defense on 'The View' after the heavyweight boxing champion allegedly punched out a paparazzo who was harassing him, his wife and 10-month-old child at Los Angeles International Airport.
Tyson was booked on suspicion of battery and then released from custody after the Nov. 11 incident which took place at a United Airlines ticket counter. Tyson and family had just returned on a flight from England to Los Angeles and were reportedly being trailed by the photographer who even followed Tyson into a bathroom.
Watch the video after the jump.
- I don't really understand this whole Twilight phenomenon, but I'm pretty sure the success of those damn glittery vampires is directly proportional to the huge boner America seems to have for American Idol contestant Adam Lambert. Anyway, if that's the sort of thing you're into, I have one word for you: TwiCon!
- I originally heard this story on NPR (what's up, NPR name-dropping nerd?) and thought it was fascinating. I want the movie to be good, but the trailers haven't exactly been setting my world on fire. Read Cinematical's review of The Soloist and see if it's worth checking out.
- Regardless of how good or bad The Soloist is, I'll still love Robert Downey, Jr. Cinematical Seven takes a look at Underrated Robert Downey, Jr. movies.
- I'm really interested in seeing The Carter, the Lil' Wayne documentary. My interest has only grown since I've heard that Lil Wayne wants to block The Carter's release. Perhaps that was his plan all along? Well played, Master Wayne.
- Jamie Foxx playing Mike Tyson in a biopic? Okay, I'm in.
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