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British actor Malachi Kirby (he starred in fellow Brit Destiny Ekaragha's feature film debut, "Gone Too Far," and was a regular on the TV series "EastEnders") has signed up to play Kunta Kinte, joining the previously-cast Laurence Fishburne as the second actor to be book a role in the upcoming remake of "Roots," which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks. Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series). Will Packer is an executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton (who played Kunta Kinte in the original) is a co-executive producer, along with Mark Wolper. Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing. Vickie Thomas is...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: UK actor cast as Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ scripted event series.
Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Kirby is set to play Kunta Kinte in the seven-part series, which is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive.
The narrative spans multiple generations, beginning with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland in the Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery.
Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in Us history - including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.
The fast-rising Kirby, who played in 2013 comedy drama Gone Too Far and Toronto-bound Afghan war thriller »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Sir Patrick Stewart has made a career of playing sharp, smart men who issue orders, inspire masses and sometimes save the universe.
His latest character, Walter Blunt of Starz’s new comedy Blunt Talk, is… something entirely different.
A British war vet with a nightly show on an American cable news channel, Walter wants to exude the gravitas of a trusted anchor but frequently finds himself too drunk to stand, too high to focus and occasionally — as is the case in Saturday’s series premiere (9/8c) — pursued by the police while nuzzling a transsexual hooker’s chest.
Video Patrick Stewart Is a Boorish, »
Star Trek 10 was supposed to lead into a further Next Generation crew movie, had all gone to plan. It didn't. So what happened?
1996's Star Trek: First Contact took $150 million worldwide, on a budget of $46 million. 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection managed to swallow a budget of $70 million and only return $118 worldwide, but after the critical feedback about that film, surely a darker action film along the same lines as First Contact would jump the box office back up? That appeared to be the thought pattern at Paramount, as it greenlit a further adventure for the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast. Star Trek: Nemesis was born.
The film, released in December 2002 in the Us, would go on to take $67m at the global box office, off the back of a $60m budget. It'd sell 1.3m DVDs in its first week in America, and in the scheme of things, was a financial disappointment. »
The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.
Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.
Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.
Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly »
- Don Groves
With ABC's hugely lauded 1977 adaptation of Roots officially ranking as the third most-watched TV event of all time, it's a brave team that would attempt a remake. That's precisely what's about to happen, however: A&E Networks have just announced a new four-episode / eight-hour version of Alex Haley's novel, of which Philip Noyce and Thomas Carter will direct an episode each (the two further directors have yet to be announced).Haley's Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was first published in 1976, and, along with the TV version, became a cultural phenomenon. It involves the Gambian Kunta Kinte, sold into slavery in 1767, and his multiple generations of descendents throughout the following 200 years, each of whom passes on an oral history of their ancestor. Later chapters of the book became a further TV series, Roots: The Next Generation, in 1979.Noyce (Clear And Present Danger, Salt) will direct the first episode, »
The Grammy winner will create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters in the four-night, eight-hour miniseries that offers an historical portrait of American slavery. He will also produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night.
A+E also announced that directors Phillip Noyce (“Patriot Games”) and Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter”) will, respectively, helm nights one and three of the miniseries (directors for nights two and four have yet to be announced).
“Roots” is an adaptation of late author Alex Haley’s 1976 novel about Kunta Kinte, an 18th century African-born man who was captured and sold into U.S. slavery. A TV adaptation aired in 1977 on ABC. This production will air in 2016 and be simulcast on A&E, Lifetime and History. It will be distributed »
- Whitney Friedlander
Laurence Fishburne is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming remake of "Roots," which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks. Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series). Will Packer is an executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton is a co-executive producer, along with Mark Wolper. Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing. Vickie Thomas is casting director. "Roots" will be an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material from Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," as well as researched new scholarship of the time. The networks say that they are working closely with...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Laurence Fishburne is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming remake of "Roots," which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks. Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series). Will Packer is an executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton is a co-executive producer, along with Mark Wolper. Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing. Vickie »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Haley is the author of the novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. The “Roots” remake will be an original, contemporary production, incorporating material from Haley’s novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time. Haley died in 1992.
“Roots” will be simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime in 2016.
The Emmy-winning actor currently appears on NBC’s drama “Hannibal” and ABC’s half-hour comedy “Black-ish,” on which he also serves as executive producer. On the bigscreen, Fishburne will next be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“Roots” is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, »
- Laura Prudom
Laurence Fishburne is set to star as Alex Haley on A&E’s “Roots” remake. Haley is the author of the novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which was an origin story based on the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version of the miniseries will incorporate material from both Haley’s book and newly researched scholarship of the time. As previously reported, the star of the original “Roots,” LeVar Burton, will serve as executive producer on the new event series. Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”) executive produces alongside Mark Wolper, whose Wolper Organization produced the original 1977 ABC miniseries. »
- Tony Maglio
"Roots" is an American family origin story based around the life and descendants of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States. The new version will incorporate material from Haley's novel along with carefully researched new scholarship of the time.
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- Garth Franklin
This is not a drill, Marshmallows! That's right—Veronica, Wallace, Logan, and Sheriff Mars got back together and we've been freaking out! Kristen Bell, along with her Veronica Mars co-stars Percy Daggs, Jason Dohring, and Enrico Colantoni, reunited over the weekend to reward some of the kind people who donated to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter fund. The Kickstarter campaign, started by Rainbow executive producer and host LeVar Burton, was aimed at bringing Reading Rainbow to the web. It raised $1 million in 10 1/2 hours, putting it way ahead of its $1 million in 35 days goal! By the time its end date hit, the campaign had more than 106,000 backers and »
Rachel Dolezal's getting called out by no-less an authority on being black in America ... than "Roots" star LeVar Burton, who says under No circumstances does she get a pass! Right off the bat ... LeVar made it clear he does not speak for the entire black community, but added ... "I can speak for Kunta [Kinte]!" Channeling his "Roots" character, Burton went off ... saying Rachel needs to understand "being black in America is Not a game." Toby Kunta »
- TMZ Staff
Created by Graham Yost
Aired on NBC for 2 season (24 episodes) from September 29, 2002 – December 28, 2003
Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Joel Stevens
Neal McDonough as David McNorris
Mykelti Williamson as Detective Bobby ‘Fearless’ Smith
Gary Basaraba as Officer Ray Hechler
Nina Gabiras as Andrea Little
Jason Gedrick as Officer Tom Turcotte
A crime procedural drama set in Los Angeles (sometimes called Boomtown) that is unlike any other show in it’s genre, in that within each episode a crime is investigated and told through the unique perspective of the individuals surrounding the felony, i.e. the criminals, the victims, the policemen, the detectives, the lawyers, the media etc. The story unravels as vignettes, with character title card chapters revealing that character’s side of the investigation. At best, the individual chapters serve as self »
- Jean Pierre Diez
A year after winning solid ratings and good reviews for a multipart exploration of The Sixties, CNN and executive producer Tom Hanks are turning back the clock for a sequel — titled, of course, The Seventies, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. Est on the news network. The eight-part documentary look at the Me Decade will explore the usual touchstones: Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War, the rise and fall of disco. And kicking things off tonight is “Television Gets Real,” an hour-long primer on how the medium derided decades before as a “vast wasteland” began to grow up and tackle serious themes as never before. One of the key players in that evolutio n— and a frequent presence on tonight’s episode of The Seventies — was a then-unknown actor named LeVar Burton, who starred as the slave Kunta Kinte in ABC’s landmark 1977 mini-series Roots. (And, in case you’ve »
- Josef Adalian
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
#SixSeasonsAndAMovie -- We first became aware of this concept in "Paradigms of Human Memory", episode twenty-one of season two. It was a joke in reference to the NBC show "The Cape", which obviously did not make it that long. However, when "Community" started to have its distribution trouble and was pulled from the air in the middle of its third season, #SixSeasonsAndAMovie became the call to arms for every fan to have their beloved show back on the air. Since then, creator and show runner Dan Harmon has been fired and rehired, three major cast members have left, and the show's even been cancelled. Yet, here we are, and "Community" has now fulfilled the first half of that hashtag. It all culminated in "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television" which aired, or I guess was uploaded to Yahoo! Screen, on Tuesday June 2, the season and possibly series finale. Unlike the season five finale, »
- Mike Shutt
Is that the last we'll see of Community or will the hashtag become a reality when six seasons are joined by a movie?
Warning: contains spoilers for Community season 6.
For the first time since 2009, Community just got through a season without the threat of cancellation looming over it at any given moment. NBC finally pulled the plug on Dan Harmon's weird and wonderful series in 2014 after five seasons, but like Arrested Development before it and The Mindy Project since, it got another season by moving online, to the Yahoo! Screen streaming service.
Given how Harmon was fired in 2012, following a harried production schedule on season three and a very public dispute with Chevy Chase over filming, it seems kind of impossible that the show ever got to the six seasons for which the fans campaigned ceaselessly. #SixSeasonsAndAMovie became the rallying cry for Greendale's Human Beings and the lifespan of »
That has to be it, right?
Community aired its sixth — and presumably final — season finale Tuesday featuring multiple character exits and visions of a not-too-practical Season 7.
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“Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television” found Elroy exiting for a West Coast gig at LinkedIn, Annie leaving for a D.C. internship with the FBI and Abed departing to Los Angeles to work as a production assistant on a new Fox sitcom.
Though the last shot of the Nipple Dippers faded to black and the hashtag “#andamovie,” even Abed acknowledged that the notion of »
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