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‘Black Panther’: Marvel Cinematic Universe breakthrough at Oscars?

After breaking numerous box office records since its debut, triumphing at the Oscars is the only industry achievement that Marvel Studios cannot crack. But that could all change in one year’s time. The studio’s new release, “Black Panther,” is the first Oscar contender of 2018.

Black Panther” marks the first time a black superhero has lead a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Chadwick Boseman brilliantly captures T’Challa, the newly minted king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Could Boseman strike a chord with the academy after failing to register for his acclaimed portrayal of James Brown in “Get on Up?”

Acting nominations have been hard to come by for superhero movies. Heath Ledger is the only person to reap a nomination (and win) for his turn as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” But the celebrated cast of “Black Panther” should help the film be taken seriously with Oscar voters.
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At The Earth’S Core – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Based upon the classic first novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seven-book Pellucidar series and produced by British genre film company Amicus Productions, At the Earth’s Core (1976) is a star-studded tale of science fantasy complete with dinosaurs, a psychic master race of pteranodon-like monsters, and a caste-like civilization featuring a monkey-faced race who have enslaved the humans who populate the prehistoric land found inside the Earth.

Directed by Kevin Connor (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Warlords of the Deep; Motel Hell) and starring Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Roots; Humanoids from the Deep), the gorgeous Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me; Starcrash; Maniac), and the inimitable Peter Cushing, At the Earth’s Core is a fun, kid-oriented special effects extravaganza, with the emphasis on kid-oriented.

Though Amicus is best known for its portmanteau
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Ahmad Rashad Murders O.J. Simpson's Hollywood Comeback

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One of O.J. Simpson's former BFFs is giving his alleged big-screen return 2 thumbs down -- telling TMZ Sports there ain't a chance Juice gets loose in Hollywood again. We got Ahmad Rashad at Lax on Tuesday ... and it was pretty clear from the jump that he didn't wanna talk O.J. (who, fun fact, was in his wedding party, along with Bill Cosby).  But when we asked if O.J.'s rumored cameo in
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Olivia Cole Dead at 75

Actress Olivia Cole, best known for her performances in Roots and The Women of Brewster Place, passed away on January 19. She was 75.

Cole died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her agent, Susie Schwarz at Sbb Partners, told Variety. Her cause of death is currently unknown.

“She was a very eccentric woman and a wonderful woman,” Schwarz said of Cole, who didn’t own a cell phone and shied away from technology.

Cole was born in Memphis, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

She returned to the U.S. in 1964 and appeared in "Romeo and Juliet" at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.

In 1966, Cole made her Broadway debut in a revival of "The School for Scandal" — just one of the many stage appearances during her career — and then landed a gig as Deborah Mehren on CBS soap opera The Guiding Light.

She won
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Sean Bean to Star in Sky’s Street-Racing Drama ‘Curfew’

Sean Bean to Star in Sky’s Street-Racing Drama ‘Curfew’
European pay-TV giant Sky has ordered “Curfew,” a full-throttle U.K. original set in the world of street racing. The car racers will compete in customized and weaponized vehicles as they race across the Britain in an attempt to escape the control of a totalitarian government.

Endemol Shine’s Tiger Aspect is producing alongside fledgling British drama banner Moonage. The eight-parter will launch on Sky and the satcaster’s Now TV streaming service.

The challengers in the illegal races are each drawn to the dangerous world of racing for their own desperate reasons, the producers said. Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) will star alongside Adrian Lester (“Riviera”), Phoebe Fox (“Blue Iguana”), and Malachi Kirby (“Roots”).
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Sean Bean & Malachi Kirby Team Up For ‘Fast And The Furious’-Style Drama

Game of Thrones star Sean Bean and Roots star Malachi Kirby are among the big names attached to Sky's Fast and the Furious-style drama Curfew as the British broadcaster continues to drip out programming announcements. The eight-part drama, which follows the story of ordinary people competing in the world's fastest, most furious, illegal night-time street race, is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and Moonage Picturs, the indie set up by Peaky Blinders execs Will Gould…
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Olivia Cole, Emmy-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress, Dies at 75

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Olivia Cole, Emmy-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress, Dies at 75
Olivia Cole, the Emmy-winning star of the original “Roots” miniseries, has died at the age of 45. The actress died on Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, according to her agent Susie Schwarz of Sdb Partners. Born November 26, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Cole got her start in acting on the CBS soap “Guiding Light” in 1969. Her breakout role, however, came a few years later on the hit ABC miniseries “Roots” in 1977. Also Read: Mark E Smith, Singer of The Fall, Dies at 60 For her work as Mathilda, the wife of Ben Vereen’s “Chicken George” Moore, Cole won...
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Olivia Cole, ‘Roots’ and ‘Women of Brewster Place’ Co-Star, Dies at 75

Olivia Cole, ‘Roots’ and ‘Women of Brewster Place’ Co-Star, Dies at 75
Actress Olivia Cole, best known for her performances in “Roots” and “The Women of Brewster Place,” has died. She was 75.

Cole died Jan. 19 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her agent, Susie Schwarz at Sbb Partners, told Variety. Her cause of death is currently unknown.

“She was a very eccentric woman and a wonderful woman,” Schwarz said of Cole, who didn’t own a cell phone and shied away from technology.

Cole was born in Memphis, Tenn., and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

She won a supporting actress Emmy Award for her performance as Matilda in the 1977 miniseries “Roots.” Cole also received an Emmy nomination for her lead performance as real-life presidential maid Maggie Rogers in “Backstairs at the White House.”

In 1989, she starred alongside Oprah in the TV miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place,” based on Gloria Naylor’s book of the same name. Her television
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Olivia Cole, Actress in 'Roots' and 'Backstairs at the White House,' Dies at 75

Olivia Cole, Actress in 'Roots' and 'Backstairs at the White House,' Dies at 75
Olivia Cole, the Emmy-winning actress best known for her performances in the 1970s miniseries Backstairs at the White House and Roots, has died. She was 75.

Cole died Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her agent, Susie Schwarz at Sdb Partners, told The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was immediately available.

Cole also portrayed the gossipy Miss Sophie alongside Oprah Winfrey on the 1989 ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place and on a subsequent, short-lived series.

Cole received her supporting actress Emmy for her turn as Matilda — the wife of Ben Vereen's Chicken...
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Olivia Cole, Actress in 'Roots' and 'Backstairs at the White House,' Dies at 75

Olivia Cole, Actress in 'Roots' and 'Backstairs at the White House,' Dies at 75
Olivia Cole, the Emmy-winning actress best known for her performances in the 1970s miniseries Backstairs at the White House and Roots, has died. She was 75.

Cole died Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her agent, Susie Schwarz at Sdb Partners, told The Hollywood Reporter. The New York Times reported that she had suffered a heart attack.

Cole also portrayed the gossipy Miss Sophie alongside Oprah Winfrey on the 1989 ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place and on a subsequent, short-lived series.

Cole received her supporting actress Emmy for her turn as Matilda...
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'Roots': THR's 1977 Review

On Jan. 23, 1977, ABC aired the television adaptation of Alex Haley's landmark novel Roots. The drama went on to be nominated for 37 honors and claimed nine wins at the 29th Primetime Emmys. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

There is no doubt that this searingly honest look at a part of our American history that has been suppressed and distorted for 200 years will have a strong social impact.

The first four fours of this epic drama is about the capture of 17-year-old Kunta Kinte on the West African coast in 1767; his grim journey to...
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Ben Vereen Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate Conduct’ After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

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Ben Vereen Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate Conduct’ After Being Accused of Sexual Assault
Ben Vereen has issued an apology for “inappropriate conduct” while directing a theatrical production of “Hair” in 2015. Two women, Kaitlyn Terpstra and Kim (who chose not to reveal her last name), told the New York Daily News that they were lured into Vereen’s hot tub while he was naked and that he forced one of them to perform oral sex on him.

Read More:Bill Maher Mocks Al Franken Groping Photo, Pretends to Harass Bob Saget

“I would like to apologize directly to the female cast members of the musical ‘Hair’ for my inappropriate conduct when I directed the production in 2015,” the 71-year-old Tony winner said in a statement. “While it was my intention to create an environment that replicated the themes of that musical during the rehearsal process, I have since come to understand that it is my conduct, not my intentions, which are relevant here. So I
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From Chennai music band to Hollywood: 25 years of Ar Rahman

MusicRahman has experimented across genres of music and has left his stamp on each of them.CV Aravind ar rahman pti-compressed.jpgPTIAs a young boy, he used to hang around when his father, Rk Shekar used to compose music for films. At nine, Dileep Shekar lost his father and had to don the mantle of the family’s breadwinner soon after. Renowned music directors like Dhanraj and M K Arjunan took him under their wing and young Dileep could by then play the synthesizer like a young pro. After the family embraced Islam, Dileep was re-christened as Alla Rakha Rahman and came to be known in the field of music as Ar Rahman. With music in his genes, he soon gained mastery over several instruments and with a group of friends, he formed a music band called. ‘Roots’. From there, he graduated to composing music for jingles. He also earned expertise in his craft by freelancing for music directors like Ms Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja and Raj Koti and also found opportunity to accompany stalwarts like Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L Shankar. In 1992, veteran director Balachander produced Roja under his home banner with Mani Ratnam as director. The duo decided to introduce a new music director for their film and the opportunity came Rahman’s way. Until then, Ilaiyaraaja had been Mani’s favourite composer and his scores had embellished films like Mouna Ragam, Agni Nakshathiram and Nayagan among others. But the gamble paid off and Roja heralded the arrival of a new composer who would eventually conquer the world of film music in the years to come. With a baton like a magic wand, Rahman would regale audiences around the globe, working not just in Kollywood and Bollywood but in Hollywood films as well. Roja became a trendsetter for its music score and Rahman made bold by introducing singers like Minmini (Chinna Chinna Aasai) while relying on proven performers like Sp Balasubramanian, Chitra, Sujatha, Unni Menon and Hariharan. Vairamuthu’s lyrics set to Rahman’s music in Roja became a rage and the two of them would later work together in several movies, enthralling listeners of all ages. If Kadhal Rojave had a ring of pathos to it, Rukkumani Rukkumani was a foot tapping number and Hariharan’s rendering of Thamizha Thamizha was rich in its soulful quality. Rahman might have worked in any number of films after Roja but there are many admirers who still feel that he is yet to surpass Roja, the lyrics of which also became chartbusters in Hindi and Telugu. And incidentally Time magazine has included Roja in a list of top ten soundtracks of all time. A commonly heard quip is that Rahman has always reserved his best for films directed by Mani Ratnam who was instrumental in giving him his first break. And logic supports this argument as Rahman has won two of his four National Awards for Mani’s films (Roja and Kannathil Muthamittaal) and their combination turned Bombay into one of the largest selling albums in Tamil cinema. Rahman has also been an integral part of Mani’s Hindi films like Dil Se, Yuva, Guru and Raavan. The soundtracks of other Mani films like Kadal, O Kadhal Kanmani and Kaatru Veliyedai too bore Rahman’s stamp. Apart from Mani, Rahman has also shared a great rapport with director Shankar who has repeated Rahman in all his films right from his debut film Gentleman. Their latest collaboration 2.0, starring Rajnikant which is slated to hit the screens next year, is eagerly awaited by the diehard fans of the actor, the director and the music director as well. While most of the films for which he composed the music were set against an urban backdrop, Rahman was not found wanting when working for films with pastoral themes either. His films with Bharathiraaja, Kizhakku Cheemayile and Karuthamma amply proved that rural themes were right up his street. Sangamam was another classic example of Rahman excelling in compositions with a distinct folk flavour. Jana Gana Mana and Vandhe Madharam, his non film albums too were huge hits. Rahman was no stranger to Bollywood as the lyrics in the dubbed versions of his films like Roja and Kadhalan had turned out into smash hits. However, his first break in Hindi cinema came through Ramgopal Varma’s Rangeela, the Aamir Khan starrer which was a runaway hit. A number of films like Taal, Swades, Rang De Basanti, Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar enabled him to establish himself firmly in Bollywood. Veteran director Subhashi Ghai who directed Taal once confessed that he was almost driven to despair by the unique working style of the maestro whose composing generally began after all the cows had reached home and went on till the wee hours of the morning. But Taal was an inspiring score that was instrumental in the success of the film at the box-office. Rahman won a National Award for Lagaan a film based on a rural subject and the tunes became chart toppers in no time .His scores in films like Rockstar, Ranjhaana and Highway too were highly appreciated. While Rahman also composed music for stage productions like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and Deepa Mehta’s Water, the crowning glory came with Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire a blockbuster which had riveting music. Two Academy Awards, BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and two Grammy’s were among the honours that have come to Rahman for his overseas assignments. While fast, peppy numbers like Chikku Bukku Rayile (Suresh Peters, G V Prakash), Muqabla Muqabla (Mano, Swarnalatha) have been his forte, his melodies like Munbe Vaa (Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghosal), Mannipaaya (Shreya Ghosal, A R Rahman ) and Yaarumilla Thiraiarangil ( Swetha Menon) have tugged at the heart strings of listeners across the world. There is hardly any genre of music that the Mozart of Madras has left untouched and his versatility has been the hallmark of his musical career. Experimentation has been a key word in his dictionary and in instrumentation, using non-traditional voices and so on, Rahman has blazed a new trail. Rahman’s expertise has stretched to classical, western, pop, reggae and sufi, music and he has left his stamp on all of them. Apart from his international awards, Rahman’s tally includes four National Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, 16 Filmfare Awards ( South) and a Padma Bhushan as well. His state of the art Panchathan Studio in Chennai and a highly popular music school are among his abiding passions. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Watch Erykah Badu's Rousing Fela Kuti Mashup on 'Fallon'

Watch Erykah Badu's Rousing Fela Kuti Mashup on 'Fallon'
Erykah Badu performed an expert mashup of her Baduizm song "On and On" and Fela Kuti's "Sorrow Tears and Blood" on The Tonight Show Monday.

The performance found Badu and her band partnering with the Roots, who notably played on several Baduizm tracks (though not originally "On and On"). The musicians injected the steady R&B groove of "On and On" with the blaring horns and shuffling Afrobeat funk of "Sorrow Tears and Blood," while Badu delivered an engrossing vocal performance touched with a bit of humor as she
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Hugh Hefner: The Ups and Downs of a Spectacular Life

Hugh Hefner: The Ups and Downs of a Spectacular Life
While Hugh Hefner had seen his reputation somewhat tarnished by Playmate Holly Madison‘s tell-all about life in the Playboy Mansion, Down the Rabbit Hole and the subsequent sale of the Playboy Mansion, but his life was about far more than what people tuning into The Girls Next Door or readers of Madison’s book might suspected.

Hefner’s death of natural causes throws the Playboy empire into a state of flux. For one thing, in a 2011 interview with The Hollywood Reporter Scott Flanders, CEO of Playboy, admitted there was no succession plan for leadership of the company. And for another,
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Flashback: Patrick Stewart on Taking Over the Enterprise on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

Flashback: Patrick Stewart on Taking Over the Enterprise on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’
In March 1988, the season one wrap party for Star Trek: The Next Generation was held at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, a landmark famous for its appearances in movies such as Rebel Without a Cause and, most recently, La La Land. Along with its stargazing capabilities, the observatory also provides one of the best vantage points of Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area. While speaking with Et, the perspective on Star Trek franchise creator Gene Roddenberry’s mind that night was a more personal one.

“The first year of the first generation of Star Trek, I had been fired,” said Roddenberry, standing in front of a banner that read: “Congrats on the First 26 Voyages,” noting the original series’ first season’s grand total of 26 hours of television. “And the first review we had of the show was: ‘Last night we had one of the worst things that had ever happened on TV in living color.’” The
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‘Hap & Leonard’: Louis Gossett Jr., Corbin Bernsen & Andrew Dice Clay Set To Recur In Season 3 Of SundanceTV Series

Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots), Psych alum Corbin Bernsen and Dice star Andrew Dice Clay are set for recurring roles in the upcoming third season of SundanceTV's critically-praised anthology series Hap & Leonard. Based on Joe R. Lansdale's popular book series, Hap & Leonard follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a…
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Cicely Tyson Hit With Stage Fright While Presenting Emmy, Receives Standing Ovation

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Veteran Roots actress Cicely Tyson, 92, presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series with Anika Noni Rose at the 69th Emmy Awards. Cicely Tyson Nervous Presenting Emmy Award The pair walked to the center of the stage to a standing ovation from the crowd. Tyson was supposed to say the first few lines of […]

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Emmys 2017: Everything You Didn’t See on TV

Emmys 2017: Everything You Didn’t See on TV
Sometimes, what makes Hollywood so confusing but also fascinating is how simultaneously surreal and mundane it can be, and how those two realities can coexist in such tight juxtaposition. Case in point: this year’s Emmy Awards, where one minute Sean Spicer turns up as a surprise guest on stage, eliciting a collective gasp in the audience, and the next, Keri Russell gallops into the bathroom, hiking up the hem of her dress so as not to get it dirty while waiting for an empty stall, and exclaims to nobody in particular, “Holy moly, this is nuts!”

What Russell was referring to is anybody’s guess — perhaps just the overwhelming stimuli present at any awards show — but there were a few not-televised, behind-the-scenes moments that might have been deemed “nuts” by any account.

When Spicer first popped onstage during host Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue, some Emmy guests rolled their eyes, a
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Kristoff St. John

Kristoff St. John was born in New York City on July 15, 1966. He is an actor who started his career in childhood and his first role was Alex Haley in the ABC series ‘Roots: The Next Generation’. His first major role was in ‘Charlie & Co.’, a series which was aired on CBS. He is now best-known for playing Neil Winters on ‘The Young and the Restless’. This is a television show in which he has appeared from 1991 to the present day. In addition to his television work, Kristoff St. John has also had many movie roles. His

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Kristoff St. John
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