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Pop culture Q&A

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pop culture Q&A

By Rich Heldenfels

Q. I recently was told of an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” by Jamie Foxx. While talking of his recent movie release “Django Unchained,” he supposedly stated something akin to his liking the movie because he gets to kill white people. Is there any truth to this story? (I never watch “SNL.”) If true, may I suggest that, in your column, you recommend that no white people go to see this movie?

A. While hosting “Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 8, Jamie Foxx used his opening monologue to riff on how “It’s good to be black,” with a refrain of “How black is that?” He mentioned basketball’s Nets going to Brooklyn, Jay-Z, President Barack Obama and, in the middle of it, his new movie, the Quentin Tarantino-directed “Django Unchained.” In the movie, set before the Civil War, Foxx said that he plays a slave, and “How black is that?” But he went on to reassure the audience that “I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that? And how black is that?” Clearly, Foxx was trying, however unsuccessfully, to be funny. His character, Django, does not kill all the white characters in the movie and, in fact, becomes close friends with a white character played by Christoph Waltz.

As for “Django Unchained,” I am not a big fan of Tarantino movies generally. But it has been praised by many critics, with the website Rotten Tomatoes adding up 150 positive reviews, 88 percent of all reviews tallied. And the film has fared well with moviegoers, grossing more than $106 million at this writing.

Q. What ever happened with “666 Park Avenue?” We love the show and miss it. Any chance that it’ll come back?

A. ABC decided not to continue the eerie drama beyond its initial 13-episode run. Ten of those episodes had aired by late December when ABC took it off entirely in favor of other programming. According to, the remainder of “666 Park Avenue” will air in the summer.

Q. We missed the second season of AMC’s “The Killing” while overseas. Do you have any information as to when AMC plans to show it again? Or is it on DVD?

A. AMC has begun replaying the series, starting with the first season, Sundays at 8 a.m. The second season also is available for online streaming via Amazon Instant Video. I have not yet seen a release date for the second season on DVD and Blu-ray. A third season is expected later this year.

Q. I hope you will be able to solve a “mystery.” My husband and I had been staunch fans of “The Closer” and were sorry when it ended. We watched “Major Crimes” and were getting adapted to the change, and then it seemed to disappear. Will “Major Crime” be back on the air?

A. Yes. For those of you tuning in late, “The Closer” ended its run in 2012 when star Kyra Sedgwick decided it was time to move on. It continued with many of the other cast members under the title “Major Crimes.” That show did well enough in a 10-episode run that TNT ordered more. New episodes will begin airing this summer.

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