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The Cleveland Show's Kevin Michael Richardson on Kanye West's Return, Voicing the President

The Cleveland Show

Kanye West, LeBron James, Justin Timberlake, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg and Tony Hawk — all will appear as guest stars on The Cleveland Show, which is just entering its second season. Kevin Michael Richardson, the voice behind Cleveland Brown Jr., Lester Krinklesac and President Barack Obama, talked to about what's next for Cleveland Jr., Kenny West's new rapping partner, the secret to voicing the most powerful man in America and... read more

Samuel L. Jackson on Bernie Mac in Soul Men: "He was just out there doing his thing"

Soul Men

Underpinning Soul Men's high-energy hilarity is an unmistakable theme of mortality — a strange coincidence following the unexpected deaths of two costars, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays an aging member of a former soul group alongside Mac, says the theme leaves him solemn and optimistic.

"I'll be 60 in December, so, I look at that, and I look in the mirror, and I still don't look like somebody I thought would look like this at 60," he told "So, I think about it."

In Soul Men, which opened Friday, Jackson's and Mac's characters struggle to reckon with their elder years as they try to revive their brief stardom decades after their one-hit-wonder trio split up. Their cross-country road trip is punctuated by foot-tapping song and dance performances, slapstick-driven antics, encounters with the past and even a little legal trouble.

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Soul Men Being Recut to Honor Mac and Hayes

Bernie Mac by Malcolm Ali/ and Isaac Hayes by Stephen Lovekin/

Director Malcolm Lee is planning to re-edit his movie Soul Men in an effort to honor the flicks late stars Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes The film features Mac and Samuel L Jackson as two estranged soul singers who reunite to honor their deceased band leader The title comes from the famous hit Soul Man that Hayes wrote with David Porter No release date changes have been announced and Lee maintains that he wont be vastly changing the movie Rather hes only interested in creating a fitting tributeThis isnt like Dark Knight where Heath Ledger died while editing was in its infancy Lee told USA Today Most of our editing is done Well go back and see if there is anything we can do better But Mac left us with an indelible performance I think I got him at the top of his gameMac died Saturday from complications relating to pneumonia and Hayes died the following after collapsing at his Tennessee home Hayes cause of death has been identified as a stroke related to chro read more

Isaac Hayes' Cause of Death Is Revealed

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The cause of Isaac Hayes' death on Sunday was a stroke associated with chronic hypertension, according to a statement released by Shelby County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Schular. Hayes' wife found him Sunday lying unresponsive near a treadmill at his Tennessee home, and he was pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital. No autopsy is scheduled. Hayes was 65, and leaves behind him a legacy of rock, soul and even a South Park character. — Anna DimondMore on Isaac Hayes:• Isaac Hayes, Legendary Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 65• Isaac Hayes: Appreciating "Black Moses"• Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes Worked on Final Project Together read more

In Memory: Isaac Hayes, Legendary Soul Singer/Songwriter, Dies at 65

Isaac Hayes, best known for his Academy Award-winning theme from Shaft and his voice work for the character Chef on South Park, died Sunday at the age of 65. The soul singer was found unresponsive in his home and was later pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital. The cause of death has yet to be determined. Watch Hayes’ unforgettable "Theme from Shaft" that laid the groundwork for disco in the early ‘70s. read more

Isaac Hayes: Appreciating "Black Moses"

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People who only associate Isaac Hayes with Chef, the smooth-talking, sweet-love-making, roly-poly cafeteria cook from South Park, may not understand that the Memphis songwriter, producer, musician and performer who came to fame in the 1970s was the very embodiment of the once-popular phrase "black is beautiful."Hayes was monumental. With his instantly recognizable bald head, dark beard and glasses and masculine physique, he appeared as resplendent and exotic as a genie escaped from a bottle. But this son of Tennessee sharecroppers never really "escaped." Like another famous and flamboyant Memphis resident, Elvis Presley, he never cut himself off from his Southern home base or forgot his roots in rural poverty. Elvis, of course, was the King. Hayes was known as "Black Moses." With its origin in the book of Exodus, the name Moses suggested Hayes was a liberator as well as an entertainer — a very glamorous liberator. (If Hayes had come across a golden calf, he probably would have ... read more

Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes Worked on Final Project Together

Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson in Soul Men courtesy Dimension Films

Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, whose deaths saddened the entertainment world this weekend, had worked together on an upcoming film this past spring.Soul Men, starring Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, is named for the famous hit "Soul Man" that Hayes wrote with David Porter.Mac and Jackson actually do their own musical and dance performances in the film about two aging backup singers who haven’t seen each other in 20 years but reluctantly agree to travel together for a tribute performance in honor of their recently deceased band leader.The movie shot scenes in Memphis, Tenn., in April, including one in which Hayes is in the audience as Mac and Jackson perform the legendary songwriter's "Do Your Thing.”Mac, 50, died from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago-area hospital early Saturday. Hayes, 65, was found near a treadmill in his Tennessee home barely a day later and pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital. His cause of death was not determined but no foul play was suspected.Du... read more

Isaac Hayes, Legendary Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 65

Isaac Hayes by James Sharrock/

Isaac Hayes, the legendary soul singer and songwriter who won an Academy Award for the theme from Shaft and voiced the character of Chef on the animated show South Park, has died, authorities said Sunday. He was 65.Hayes' wife found him unresponsive near a treadmill in his Tennessee home and he was later pronounced dead at a Memphis hospital, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. The cause of death was not known and no foul play was suspected.The self-taught musician was a pioneer in the 1960s, writing hit songs with David Porter for Sam and Dave, such as “Hold On, I’m Coming” and “Soul Man.” In the 1970s, he laid the groundwork for disco. His “Theme from Shaft” hit the top of the charts in 1971, earning him two Grammys and an Oscar for best original theme song. Hayes performed the song at the 1972 Oscar ceremony, wearing an eye-popping amount of gold and received a standing ovation. TV Guide later chose it as No. 18 in its list of televisi... read more


South Park's Chef

South Park has whipped together an episode addressing the recent hoopla surrounding Isaac Hayes' exit from the series. "The Return of Chef!", which will now launch the series' 10th season on March 22, depicts the "triumphant homecoming" of Hayes' alter ego. "While Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman are thrilled to have their old friend back," the press release states, "they notice that something about Chef seems different." Per the New York Daily News, Comedy Central isn't saying whether Hayes' voice is used in the episode, and it's unclear whether the fresh eppy targets Scientology. As reported yesterday, there is now a question about the circumstances of Hayes' departure. read more


Isaac Hayes has quit his job voicing South Park's Chef, saying he can no longer tolerate the series' attacks on religion. "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry begins," Hayes says in a statement. South Park cocreator Matt Stone tells the Associated Press that Hayes' decision stems from the series' recent slam on Scientology, which the soul singer follows. "He's cashed plenty of checks with our show making fun of Christmas," says Stone. "He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin." read more


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