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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's Response to Harvey Weinstein

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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's Response to Harvey Weinstein
Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom Blythe Danner is defending her daughter after she was criticized for continuing to work with Harvey Weinstein after he allegedly sexually harassed her.

“I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22,” Danner wrote in an letter to the New York Times on Wednesday.

In a column on Oct. 15, Dowd, an opinion writer for the Times, wrote that Paltrow “put aside her qualms” about Weinstein to become “the first lady” of his studio Miramax.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Narrates New Documentary About 9/11 Hero Whose Uncle Played a Pivotal Role in Her Life

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Gwyneth Paltrow Narrates New Documentary About 9/11 Hero Whose Uncle Played a Pivotal Role in Her Life
Signing on to narrate Man in Red Bandana, a poignant new documentary about a young hero who lost his life while saving others on 9/11, turned out to be a case of six degrees of separation for Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Oscar-winning actress had never heard of Welles Remy Crowther when she said yes to narrating the film, which premieres Friday, about the 24-year-old equities trader who helped people escape from the World Trade Center’s burning south tower before it collapsed, Matthew Weiss, the film’s first-time writer-director, tells People.

Weiss says he was “tickled pink” when Paltrow agreed to
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Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Flight Attendant’s Touching Message Honoring Actress’ Bond with Late Father: ‘I Was Once a Daddy’s Girl Too’

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Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Flight Attendant’s Touching Message Honoring Actress’ Bond with Late Father: ‘I Was Once a Daddy’s Girl Too’
Gwyneth Paltrow is a self-proclaimed daddy’s girl — and it’s shaped the very person she is.

The actress, 44, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a touching message left to her by a friendly stranger. A flight attendant wrote “I was once a Daddy’s girl too” on a napkin, referencing Paltrow’s tight bond with her late father.

“When a flight attendant you’ve never met kinda knows you better than anyone #daddysgirl,” she captioned the photo.

Paltrow’s father, director-producer Bruce Paltrow, died in 2002 after a long battle with throat cancer.

She has said that her father
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Musical Muses on What It’s Like to Inspire a Hit Song

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While many of us can only dream that the radio’s latest passionate track was written specifically to celebrate our lovability, these lucky (and sometimes unlucky) stars really did inspire hit tunes.

From being moved to tears to finding themselves totally humiliated, see what happened when these muses heard their very own stories in song form.

Nicole Kidman: Keith Urban’s “The Fighter”

The country star penned his hit song, which also features Carrie Underwood, about his early relationship with now-wife Kidman. “It was a very quick song to write because I literally just thought about Nic and I,
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Gwyneth Paltrow Changed Her Lifestyle After Her Father Got Cancer: ‘It Can Be One Thing at a Time’

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Gwyneth Paltrow Changed Her Lifestyle After Her Father Got Cancer: ‘It Can Be One Thing at a Time’
Since 2008, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle empire, Goop, has become a go-to online destination for healthy living suggestions (both low-key and more out there). But the 44-year-old actress wasn’t always a purveyor of clean philosophies. It wasn’t until her father, director-producer Bruce Paltrow, was diagnosed with throat cancer more than a decade ago, that she took a serious look at her health, she tells People.

“When my father was diagnosed, I started frantically throwing things out. I went through a really fanatical phase of being macrobiotic, and obviously it was motivated by pain,” says Paltrow, whose father died of
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Killing Reagan’s Tim Matheson Recalls the ‘Troubling’ Moment He Found Out President Reagan Was Shot

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Killing Reagan’s Tim Matheson Recalls the ‘Troubling’ Moment He Found Out President Reagan Was Shot
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Tim Matheson recalls the moment that President Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981.

The Killing Reagan star, who plays the late 40th U.S. president in the Nat Geo TV movie, remembers that he was shooting the film A Little Sex along the Hudson River in N.Y. when news broke about the attempted murder.

“I was shooting a movie with a director named Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth’s father, in New York City on the Hudson River. It was so troubling because — I didn’t vote for him — he was such a nice,
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Sagan Lewis, ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actress, Dies at 63

Sagan Lewis, ‘St. Elsewhere’ Actress, Dies at 63
Sagan Lewis, co-star of NBC’s ’80s medical drama “St. Elsewhere” and wife of Emmy-winning television creator Tom Fontana, died Sunday at home in New York City, after a six-year battle with cancer. She was 63.

Lewis co-starred for seven seasons on “St. Elsewhere” as Dr. Jacqueline Wade. She went on to appear in television movies such as “Full Ride” and “Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction.” In the late ’90s, she had a recurring as role Judge Susan Aandahl on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” She appeared in the final half hour of the “M*A*S*H” TV series as well.

The Omaha, Neb. native attended the U. of California at San Diego, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting.

In 1978, Lewis met Fontana, then an aspiring writer, while auditioning for the acting company at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 1980, Lewis and Fontana went to Los Angeles where he became a writer on the
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Sagan Lewis, ‘St Elsewhere’ Star, Dies at 63 After Cancer Battle

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Sagan Lewis, ‘St Elsewhere’ Star, Dies at 63 After Cancer Battle
Sagan Lewis, who starred as Dr. Jacqueline Wade on the hit 1980s medical drama “St. Elsewhere,” died Sunday after a six-year battle with cancer, her husband, “Oz” creator Tom Fontana, said Tuesday. She was 63. According to Fontana, Lewis died at her home in New York City. Born Susan Jane Lewis in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1953, Lewis began her career in acting as a young adult. She joined the cast of “St. Elsewhere,” for which Fontana was a writer, after the series’ showrunner Bruce Paltrow created a regular role for her. Also Read: David Huddleston, 'Big Lebowski' Star, Dies at 85 Lewis’ other television.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Says Chris Martin's Music Helped Her Cope With Her Dad's Death

Gwyneth Paltrow Says Chris Martin's Music Helped Her Cope With Her Dad's Death
Gwyneth Paltrow says music by Coldplay, her ex Chris Martin's rock band, helped her deal with the death of her father. Bruce Paltrow, a film director and producer, died at age 58 in 2002 after suffering complications from pneumonia and a recurrence of throat cancer.. Gwyneth, 43, had been particularly close with him. Her 2011 cookbook My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness pays tribute to her dad, who had learned how to cook together with her. Gwyneth met Chris, 39, three weeks after Bruce passed away. They married in 2013, had two kids, Apple Martin, 11, and Moses Martin, 10, and split in 2014. After her father died, the...
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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow

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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow
As Hollywood mourns the loss of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, People takes a look into his most-iconic role: former NBA player Ken Reeves in the groundbreaking drama The White Shadow. Growing up in Long Island, Howard, who was 71 when he died Wednesday, was the only white player on his high school basketball team and was given the nickname "The White Shadow." Years later, the Dynasty actor pulled on his experiences on the court in both high school and college when pitching an idea for a series to his pal Blythe Danner's husband, late producer Bruce Paltrow."I said, 'How about me as a coach?
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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow

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Remembering Ken Howard: The Surprising Story Behind the Star's Groundbreaking TV Show, The White Shadow
As Hollywood mourns the loss of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, People takes a look into his most-iconic role: former NBA player Ken Reeves in the groundbreaking drama The White Shadow. Growing up in Long Island, Howard, who was 71 when he died Wednesday, was the only white player on his high school basketball team and was given the nickname "The White Shadow." Years later, the Dynasty actor pulled on his experiences on the court in both high school and college when pitching an idea for a series to his pal Blythe Danner's husband, late producer Bruce Paltrow."I said, 'How about me as a coach?
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Ken Howard, ‘White Shadow’ Star, SAG-aftra President, Dies at 71

Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-aftra, died Wednesday. He was 71.

SAG-aftra announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “Ken was an inspirational leader and it is an incredible loss for SAG-aftra, for his family and for everyone who knew him. He was a light that never dimmed and was completely devoted to the membership. He led us through tumultuous times and set our union on a steady course of excellence. We will be forever in his debt.
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Ken Howard, ‘White Shadow’ Star, SAG-AFTRA President, Dies at 71

Ken Howard, ‘White Shadow’ Star, SAG-AFTRA President, Dies at 71
Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-AFTRA, died Wednesday. He was 71.

SAG-AFTRA announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement “He was an exceptional person and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He had a remarkable career and he never forgot what it was like to be a working performer. The merger of SAG and AFTRA was something of a ‘North Star’ for him and, once he fixed upon it, he never wavered from that goal.
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How Women in Hollywood Are Finally Taking a Stand Against Sexism

How Women in Hollywood Are Finally Taking a Stand Against Sexism
When Ashley Judd was making Paramount’s “Kiss the Girls” in the late ’90s, she was being pursued by a mogul from a rival studio, whom she believed wanted to cast her in a film. But suddenly she found herself falling into a dark trap.

“I was sexually harassed by one of the industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses,” the actress says, revealing a story she’s never before publicly disclosed. The man, who Judd declined to name, invited her to dinner. When she arrived at his hotel, she was told to meet him upstairs in his room. “It was so disgusting,” she says. “He physically lured me by saying, ‘Help me pick out what I’m going to wear.’” The advances continued to escalate. “The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, ‘Will you watch me shower?’ ” Her voice cracks. “And by the way, I
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How Women in Hollywood Are Finally Taking a Stand Against Sexism

How Women in Hollywood Are Finally Taking a Stand Against Sexism
When Ashley Judd was making Paramount’s “Kiss the Girls” in the late ’90s, she was being pursued by a mogul from a rival studio, whom she believed wanted to cast her in a film. But suddenly she found herself falling into a dark trap.

“I was sexually harassed by one of the industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses,” the actress says, revealing a story she’s never before publicly disclosed. The man, who Judd declined to name, invited her to dinner. When she arrived at his hotel, she was told to meet him upstairs in his room. “It was so disgusting,” she says. “He physically lured me by saying, ‘Help me pick out what I’m going to wear.’” The advances continued to escalate. “The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, ‘Will you watch me shower?’ ” Her voice cracks. “And by the way, I
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The first 'Sopranos' episode to address the show's critics, before they even saw it

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The first 'Sopranos' episode to address the show's critics, before they even saw it
Welcome to the eighth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the eighth episode, “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," coming up just as soon as I devote my energies to the dignity of Connie Francis... "Where's my arc?" -Christopher And here we come to the meta — before it was even 100% meta. "The Sopranos" quickly became a hit for HBO
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Nicole Kidman passionately kisses best friend Naomi Watts in a shower cap

Nicole Kidman passionately kisses best friend Naomi Watts in a shower cap
Nicole Kidman was honoured at the Women in Film: Crystal + Lucy Awards last night (June 16), and celebrated by kissing close friend Naomi Watts.

The 47-year-old actress - who sparkled in a black sequinned dress - accepted the 2015 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the star-studded event, which celebrates creative and groundbreaking women excelling within their chosen fields.

Addressing the audience as she collected the trophy, the star revealed how she has long lived to regret turning down a part offered by Oscar-nominated Holy Smoke! director Jane Campion years ago.

Kidman revealed she declined the role because it required her to wear a shower cap and kiss a girl, and she had always imagined herself being the kind of actress who had long, flowing hair and snogged boys.

As she urged women to "take risks, raise our voices and honour the fire within", she also declared that she was "ready.
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Crystal + Lucy Awards Sponsors Help Women in Film Go Beyond Advocacy

Crystal + Lucy Awards Sponsors Help Women in Film Go Beyond Advocacy
Women in Film has long placed a huge emphasis on its outreach programs, including grants, scholarships, mentoring programs and its Film Finishing Fund, which are all showcased at its annual Crystal + Lucy Awards, whose 2015 theme is Action.

But this year, the organization’s educational and philanthropic efforts on all of these fronts are being super-charged with the addition of two new corporate sponsors, Tiffany & Co. and BMW. They are joining longtime partner Max Mara in contributing to the mission of furthering the creative development of women in the industry and achieving gender equality.

“Women in Film, its partners and allied organizations have brought this conversation to a tipping point — turning the moment into momentum,” says Cathy Schulman, Wif prez. “We not only have to take action, but take sustainable action moving forward. From an organizational sense, we need to root these ideas and activate them to greenlight gender equality.

“This
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