Chris Rock Confirmed to Host 2016 Oscars [UPDATED]

Chris Rock at 2012 Oscars

UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after we heard Chris Rock was in talks to host the 2016 Oscars, the Academy has officially confirmed the news. Original story from 10/20/2015 follows.

In the past 24 hours, we’ve lost our minds over a new Star Wars trailer, cheered on the impending return of Gilmore Girls, and oohed and ahhed over a new teaser for The X-Files. In other words, we’ve basically been reliving the early 2000s. So it seems rather appropriate that Chris Rock, who first hosted the Academy Awards back in 2005, is now in talks to host the 2016 ceremony.

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In the trailer, we see Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) in jail after the events of last season brought him there, and now Andre (Trai Byers) and his mother Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) are determined to remove him as CEO of Empire Entertainment. There’s also glimpses of guest stars Chris Rock and Marisa Tomei teased. Watch the Empire season two trailer after the jump! Read More »

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Today, however, we have a trailer for what may be the least-anticipated follow-up of the season. (Least-anticipated by the hardcore movie crowd, that is.) Grown Ups 2 reunites Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, and Chris Rock  in their hometown for still more hilarious shenanigans. The film also brings some fresh blood into the mix, in the form of Taylor Lautner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Shaquille O’Neil. Watch the video after the jump.

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