Marlon Wayans’ new TV show hits close to home

Marlon Wayans doesn’t wait for acting opportunities — he creates them.

“I write most of my movies,” he told CNN. “I write and produce out of necessity, which is a gift. If I didn’t, I would be waiting in a long line with other actors.”

Wayans’ latest creation is one that is very close to his heart and his life.

“Marlon” premieres Wednesday on NBC and stars Wayans as “Marlon Wayne,” a social media sensation who is co-parenting with his ex, played by Essence Atkins.

At 45, Wayans is himself a dad and said the show is “eighty-seven percent” based on his actual life.
“I always wanted to be a show where I could be me,” he said. “I think it’s a different kind of TV dad, and it’s a different kind of TV family and [the character] has kind of a different approach to things. “

The actor, who comes from one of Hollywood’s first families of comedy and who honed his craft on big brother Keenan’s sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” said his 15 and 17 year-old children are aware they are source material for his new show.

“I told my kids, ‘Don’t do nothing stupid or you are going to wind up on TV,'” he said, laughing. “I said ‘Go ahead son, get arrested. That would be a hell of an episode.'”

Wayans can also be seen in the Netflix film “Naked,” which finds him playing a man who wakes up naked in an elevator on the day of his wedding over and over again — like “Groundhog Day.”

The “White Chicks” star said he relished the opportunity to do dramatic scenes and even surprised himself.

“Part of me was sitting there going, ‘Oh snap, I forgot I can act,'” Wayans said. “I went to a performing arts high school, and it’s a muscle that I haven’t been using as much.”

Wayans wants to change that and is hopeful that Hollywood will begin to see him as more than just a funny guy now that he has a romantic dramedy under his belt.

“I’m theatrically trained and it’s good to do it all,” he said. “Every role I do, whether it be comedy drama or action, I just want it to be credible. I want to be like water — pour me in to any glass and I’ll take shape.”

To that end, he works “seven days a week all the time,” which he loves because it “keeps me sane,” Wayans said.
“I’m about to start writing my next movie while I’m prepping to do a special because I want to do a big tour next year,” he added. “I grind.”

But what about playing iconic comedian Richard Pryor, a role Wayans has very publicly talked about in the past as his dream role? Footage of him auditioning to play Pryor leaked online years ago.

Plans for a film have been announced over the years with various stars attached, but the project has yet to happen.
Should the role of Pryor come his way, Wayans said he’s ready but with so much to do, it’s not one he’s sweating.

“I started out wanting to play a great, and now I want to be a great,” he said.

Echo Dots briefly sold for free on Friday

Online shoppers got Amazon’s Echo Dot speaker for free on Friday.

Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) listed the small smart speaker at $49.99 on its website, but customers received a $49.99 credit automatically that dropped the price down to $0 at checkout. The deal was removed shortly before 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday.

Customers received the $49.99 credit as an “Audible promo code.”

It’s unclear if the price drop was due to a special promotion or a technical glitch on Amazon.

Amazon’s Echo speaker puts the Alexa smart assistant inside your home. The smart speakers can tell you the weather and traffic, read the news, and let you control a number of other apps with voice commands.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New Breakthrough Allows Women to Get Fuller Lips at Home

At a small laboratory in Utah, one skincare researcher has stumbled on a breakthrough that’s poised to change the way thin, aging lips are treated.

Victoria Renee, a Utah local and skincare researcher, has found new fame since her unexpected discovery. “I can’t believe how many calls I’m getting, or how many interviews I’m giving. It’s been crazy.”

At a press conference yesterday, Renee revealed a simple — yet remarkably effective — solution to a problem that affects so many women: thinning lips.

“During aging, lips lose volume dramatically. They also get dry, creased, and wrinkled,” said Renee. “But at our Salt Lake City lab, we’ve found a way to restore full, plump, youthful lips, at any age.”

When asked if the solution involved injections, doctor’s appointments, or expensive devices, Renee told the captivated audience: “Absolutely not.”

What she came up with is unlike any other lip plumping solution to date. The key? It uses the same technology medical practitioners use to plump lips. “Most plumping products irritate lips to make them temporarily well,” Renee said to the crowd of reporters and fellow researchers. “What this formula does is use advanced volumizing technology, similar to what a doctor would use, but in an at-home solution anyone can easily use.”

As Renee described how these doctor-grade “super-nutrients” can easily give lips both instant and long-term plumping, a number of industry experts in the crowd appeared noticeably shocked.

Hours after the press conference, the Renee released a video presentation to the public, explaining exactly how her new solution lip-plumping works — and how anyone can use it.

By the end of the day, the video had hit “viral” status on several social media outlets. One viewer commented: I’m surprised by how simple and effective this solution looks. I can’t wait to try it!

Many of the researchers we spoke to after the conference remained curious. “Scientifically speaking, this could be very exciting,” said one Santa Barbara-based researcher. “If it works as described, it could change the way we approach the problems of aging altogether.”

Adam Peaty: The secrets to swimming success

Few athletes break world records. Fewer manage to do it twice — on the same day.

But Adam Peaty is no normal athlete. Aged just 22, the British swimmer picked up two gold medals in the 50 and 100m breaststroke events at the recent World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and a silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

It was his 50m performances that really caught the eye, as Peaty broke his own world record first in the semifinals, and then again in the final, becoming the first man ever to go sub 26 seconds in the process.

“It’s unreal,” Peaty, who also won gold in the 100m breaststroke at last year’s Olympics, told CNN World Sport.

“I got there in the morning and was quite tired from the 100m. I just dived in and when I touched the other side, I was like ‘Oh my God, I’ve just gone under 26 seconds. I’ve just smashed my world record from two years ago.’

“I was just so tired from semifinal, but I got this urge from what I wanted and just took myself back to what I wanted from the sport and thought: ‘I’ve come this far, why not push on again?'”
And push on he did.

Despite narrowly missing out on a world record in the 100m, Peaty’s dominance of the event is such that he has now recorded each of the 10 fastest-ever times over the distance.

Secrets to success

So what’s his secret? Hard work, mainly. Which means “smashing it” in training.

“35 hours a week, six hours a day,” says Peaty. “Absolutely killing training each day. I can’t explain how much I do. You’d have to see it in person.

“If you’re down at 5% energy, you’ve got to find that 95% and get up there. That’s going to make the difference between coming fourth and breaking world records.”

But he’s got another secret, too, and that concerns his technique.

During the world championships, fellow swimmer Cameron can der Burgh said his rival was “swimming a new kind of stroke — a metamorphosis between butterfly and breast.”

Peaty, the envy of his fellow competitors, is revolutionizing the sport of swimming.

“A lot of breaststrokers are very tense, go in the gym and try and build as much muscle as possible,” says Peaty.
“But you want the complete opposite of that. Obviously you want the muscle, but you’ve got to be relaxed.”

Looking ahead

After already winning his first gold medal aged 21, Peaty is now eying success at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Obviously I’ve got to celebrate what I did in Budapest. For now it’s all about chocolate cake and relaxing.

“But when I’m back to it, I’m back to it. I’ll smash training, absolutely. But for me, it’s not a problem peaking for Tokyo, it’s what I do.

“I’ve got a good support team behind me to make sure I get there.”