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Cleveland's curse has finally been broken. After 52 years without a professional sports victory, LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors in a dramatic Game 7 triumph Sunday night. "I'm home. This is what I came back for," an emotional James, 31, said shortly after the game ended. He brought it home. pic.twitter.com/zp7Er43hEd— Espn (@espn) June 20, 2016 Like him or hate him, Lebron James crying here is raw emotion. He brought a championship to Cleveland. Props https://t.co/f0wL27Cyv2— Dylan (@DylanTheMan37) June 20, 2016 As the final buzzer rang out, »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
Camil will kick off the evening with an original opening monologue, before handing things over to the critics, who will announce the night’s big winners. As an added bonus, the exclusive event will include a cameo by beloved telenovela superstar Rogelio De La Vega, who will be on-hand to fill in for Camil whenever the host needs to take a quick break. Awards will be presented in a wide variety of categories and genres, such as news and information; youth; drama; reality; and comedy, as North America’s top TV critics gather to celebrate outstanding television programs of the 2015-2016 season.
“With his natural charm and quick wit, Jaime Camil has quickly become one of the most likeable personalities on television,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. “Camil, along with his beloved alter ego Rogelio De La Vega, are the perfect complement to add some sizzle to this special evening. The Television Critics Association is truly honored to have him on board, as we come together to celebrate 32 years of the TCA Awards.”
Camil is a Critics’ Choice, Imagen, and Teen Choice Award nominee and has won countless global film and theater awards throughout his 20-year plus career. He has starred in a multitude of telenovelas, including hits “Qué pobres tan ricos” and “Por ella soy Eva,” and award-winning films such as “Pulling Strings,” “200 Cartas” and “7 Dias” – which earned him Best Supporting Actor honors from the Premios Ace and the Mexican Cinema Journalists respectively. He has recorded four platinum selling albums and has led many musicals in his native Mexico City including “West Side Story,” “Hook,” “Aladdin,” “El diluvio que viene” and more. In addition to “Jane the Virgin,” he can be seen on Broadway starring as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”
Rogelio De La Vega shot to fame in 2013, capturing hearts across the country in his smoldering portrayal of Santos, the president of the fictional country of North Ecuaduras, who braves the high seas, battles villainous pirates, and woos the beautiful Blanca in the hit Telemasivo Studios telenovela “The Passions of Santos.” The series was the longest-running telenovela in the studio’s history, having amassed over 175 episodes — thanks, in large part, to De La Vega’s undeniable charisma and brilliant acting. De La Vega’s performance was widely acclaimed by critics and viewers, alike, earning him the honor of Best Actor at the prestigious Paloma Awards in 2014, as well as a legion of devoted 6.3 million Twitter followers. In addition to “Santos” De La Vega has appeared in the sci-fi space opera “Pasión Intergalactica,” and currently can be seen in the lead role on the new time-travel drama “Tiago a Través del Tiempo.”
Camil is the latest in a long line of stars to emcee the TCA Awards; past hosts include James Corden, Terry Crews, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, the Smothers Brothers, Nick Offerman, Dax Shepard, Key & Peele, and Bob Newhart, among others.
The TCA nominates and votes on awards as an organization, and the process is not open to submissions. 12 awards will be presented for programming that has made an impact this past TV season. The TCA also bestows a Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially influenced society, and a Career Achievement Award.
- Laura Prudom
If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms. »
- Alan Sepinwall
If Betty White has taught us anything, it's that being old doesn't mean you're not hilarious. It also doesn't mean you're not really, really vulgar when the battlefield of comedy needs you to drop some serious F-bombs.
By entertainment standards, the roast -- a concept originated by the Friar's Club fraternity way back in 1907 -- is an absolute dinosaur. But it's like a T. rex that assaults you with politically incorrect character assassination and ridiculous celebrity humiliation instead of killer jaws and tiny arms -- old as it is, the roast walks the razor's edge of "too funny" and "too far." Here are five times the comics got that balance exactly right.
1. Charlie Sheen (2011)
- Dan Ketchum
Stars of CBS reality series “come on down!” to play The Price Is Right with fans for three nights on CBS beginning Monday, May 23, at 8pm Et/Pt. On Monday, The Price Is Right host Drew Carey welcomes some of Survivor’s top players, including Rob Mariano, Tina Wesson and Rupert Boneham, and a special guest appearance by Jeff Probst. On Tuesday at 8pm Et/Pt, The Price Is Right features some of Big Brother’s most popular houseguests, including Will Kirby, Janelle Pierzina and Rachel Reilly. Big Brother host Julie Chen makes a special appearance. Things wrap up on Wednesday at 8pm … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
Judge Martin Herscovitz delivered the sentence Wednesday morning at Van Nuys Superior Court.
Thor was charged for the crime in June 2014 and convicted last August after Jordyn Ladell, one of his former acting students, claimed he sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions in 2009 when she was 13.
The judge stated that Thor had “taken advantage” of Ladell’s vulnerable state and that his actions displayed “great preparation.” He was facing up to eight years for the crime, according to the La County Da’s office.
The victim read a statement aloud to the court room prior to the sentencing and asked Judge Herscovitz to give Thor the maximum punishment for his crime.
- Alyssa Sage
CBS has renewed its entire daytime slate for the 2016-2017 season, which includes “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Talk,” Variety has learned.
“The Price Is Right,” hosted by Drew Carey, will head into its 44th season, and “Let’s Make A Deal,” which is hosted by Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. “The Talk” will be back for a seventh season.
“Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming — the most for any broadcast network — which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry’s best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Angelica McDaniel, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
This fascinating look at the world of the flying trapeze centers on one of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Gaonas. First performing on a trampoline, the Gaonas went on to become a star attraction for the best circuses in the world, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
"The Flight Fantastic" opens April 1st a the Cinema Village in New York.
Having left the center ring, we see The Flying Gaonoas pass the torch through teaching and coaching to new generations. When Tito decided to retire from the circus he did not retire from the trapeze and set up programs at Club Med and Camp Care for children with cancer. When the next big circus act, the Vasquez Family, succeeded theirs, Tito’s comment about them was “I’m just glad they’re Mexican like us”.
You will love the circus spirit of this documentary. And the love that went into creating it is a charisma to the trapeze artists themselves.
Sports Illustrated has said, "Tito Gaona may be the finest athlete in the world...whenever circus people gather to speak of the best acrobats of all time he will be mentioned; some will even say that Tito Gaona was the best ever."
Director Tom Moore, a long-time Broadway Director (and trapeze flyer), brings their story to life through interviews with family members and colorful archival material. The Gaonas light up the screen with their blazing charisma, a quality that is undiminished in their "second act".
Your career on Broadway and in television is so vast and varied, what inspired you to make this documentary?
I feel I’ve been very fortunate in my career and life in that I’ve had an opportunity to do so many things. A good many successful, and even more a great experience. But like many people in the arts I’m always looking for a new adventure and a new way of work.
Mike Nichols was once asked, what do you enjoy doing most plays or films, and he replied “Whatever I haven’t done last.” Well, documentary was a form I had never had a chance to direct, and because of my passion for the trapeze, and my passion for film, it allowed me to combine my skills to tell a story I felt had to be told.
Do your past productions on B’way and in TV share anything in common with “Flight Fantastic”?
First and foremost, all of my productions whether on B’way or TV or film hopefully tell an interesting and intriguing story with compelling characters, with a lot of excitement and drama thrown in for good measure. As a director, there is also probably a certain style and sense of theatrics that hopefully helps tell the story and progress the plot.
You say you also work out on the trapeze? How did that come about?
What led to trapeze also led to making this documentary. In retrospect, it all seems like a through line from the first time I took hold of the trapeze bar and “flew,” to making this film called “The Flight Fantastic.”
I had been entranced as a child with the circus, but more particularly the flying trapeze and I no doubt fantasized about being a trapeze star. As my life and career went on of course, that faded into childhood and the past. But one year, feeling I had been doing too much of the same thing for way too long, I began looking for a new adventure. Well, I discovered the Flying Trapeze, and a childhood memory was brought to life when I had a chance to learn to “fly” with Richie Gaona at the Gaona Trapeze Workshop.
As Sam Keene, a wonderful writer on the trapeze world said. “Sometimes a childhood fantasy that you never dared to dream, holds the key to renewal.” And that is exactly what it did for me. It gave me a new sense of exhilaration which led to better work and better life. As I continued to practice it as a sport, I also got to know Richie and the whole Gaona family. These were some of the greatest athletes who ever lived, and absolutely one of the “greatest flying acts in the history of the circus,” and outside the circus world,, most no longer knew who they were. I felt I had the skills to right that wrong, and the result is “The Flight Fantastic.”
What other involvements do you have with the Gaona family?
The Gaona famly is quite the amazing group of individuals, charismatic and compelling, and I have gotten to know them deeply over the years, and have become almost a surrogate, though very wasp Gaona. I have a photo where Richie photoshopped me, wearing a matching trapeze robe, into one of their iconic press photos, and it looks like Victor, the patriarch is looking at me saying something like “Who let the blonde guy in???”
I’m very fond of all of them, and all of them, by the way, are very unique and different from each other, but the one I love the most was the matriarch Teresa (Mama Terre) Gaona. Had she been alive, she would have been one of the stars of this film. I am quite sure the warmth of this family came directly from her care. People were drawn to her everywhere, and being around her made for a “happy” time. There were four children that became performers on the trampoline and trapeze, but there are 3 others that had different careers altogether. One of the narrators of this film is Jose, often called “The Walking Gaona.”
Who do you see as your audience?
We knew that the film would have a core audience of those who love the circus and the aerial arts (and it has brought many to the film) but Tff seems to reach many others because of the warmth of the family, the closeness of the family, and the family’s ability to work together to build something (as Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus says) “magnificent.” It seems to reach old and young alike for many different reasons. The ringmaster at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus used to say: “Ladies and Gentlemen, and Children of All Ages…..”
Something happens when an audience sees this film in a theatre. (And this was a surprise to me when I first saw it on a big screen). It seems to unite them in a shared sense of hope and joy. It seems to rejuvenate and inspire. At all of our screenings in many different places, the reactions have been the same and it has been very exciting.
Tell us about Camp Care
Camp Care (a camp for children coping with cancer) is located on Lake Lure in North Carolina, and it was actually our first shoot for the documentary. It was knowing that Richie and Armando Gaona were going there to coach, teach, and support, that got me off of the theoretical idea and into the practical of making the movie. Within a couple of days, I had gotten our equipment, and a few people together to help, and off we went.
I can safely say that I don’t think I have ever been in a more inspirational, supportive and caring environment. Many of these kids had just gotten out of a hospital room to come to camp which is held for one week every year, and their joy in being there was palpable. That they never complained, and that they worked through fear to go up on that trapeze to achieve their goal was impressive at every turn. And it wasn’t just the kids, as I was also very impressed with the counselors, many who arranged their year of study or work just to be available at Camp Care for these children, some of whom had been coming to the camp for years. I have so much film of this camp, as I just couldn’t stop filming, as around every corner and every group of children, there was something remarkable. I could have stopped right there and made a documentary about this magical place alone. I look forward to going back there again some day as I remember it and everyone there with great fondness.
In the days when the circus was one of the most important events of the year and when audiences went to see their favorite performers each and every season, The Flying Gaonas were Big Top royalty. Often called the "First Family of the Air", The Flying Gaonas are a 4th generation Mexican circus family. They began their careers on the trampoline, but quickly took to the air.
From the beginning, Tito Gaona always knew he wanted to be a trapeze artist and used to fly with any trapeze act that came to the circus, starting at the age of 10. And after seeing the Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis movie “Trapeze”, Tito convinced his father, Victor - a legend in his own right- and siblings to develop a trapeze act, making their debut at the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers circus. It took only a couple of years for them to become one of great acts of the circus, and in their time they were the headliners in circuses around the world. Most notably, they performed for 17 years with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, The Big Apple and the legendary European circuses. For this, The Flying Gaonas won the circus world's highest award, The Golden Clown, at the international circus festival at Monte Carlo - the Oscars of the circus world.
The charismatic and very handsome Tito was the center of the act and one of the foremost innovators in the world of trapeze. People would come again and again to see him perform, and often he would have arenas of 40,000 people chanting and clapping: “Tito, Tito, Tito! It is said that Tito communicated with an audience as if he or she was a very personal friend, and he could mesmerize 25,000 or 40,000 people at a time.
When the Gaonas were in residence at Madison Square Garden with the Ringling show, the flying act was covered by all the major media in the city, each and every year. NBC news called him “arguably the greatest athlete in the world today.”
It is said that their skill came from their father,Victor and that their warmth and generosity came from their mother, Teresa. “The Flight Fantastic” is dedicated to her memory.
“The Flight Fantastic “is Tom Moore’s first documentary feature, although he has had a long career in theatre, film, and television fiction. He directed the film of “Night Mother” with Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft, following his direction of the Broadway production with Kathy Bates, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and for which he received his second Tony nomination
In the theatre, Mr. Moore is best known as the director of the original production of “Grease”, which ran for eight years and is one of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway. Over the years, this production introduced John Travolta, Richard Gere, Patrick Swayzee, Peter Gallagher, Treat Williams, Barry Bostwick, Marilu Henner, Adrienne Barbeau, and countless others.
His first directorial Tony nomination was for the direction of the Big Band Musical “Over Here!”, which brought the Andrews Sisters out of retirement. Other Broadway productions include the critically-embraced revival of “Once in a Lifetime” (with John Lithgow, Deborah May, Treat Williams, and Jayne Meadows) at the Circle-in-the Square, “Division Street”, “The Octette Bridge Club”, “A Little Hotel On The Side” with Tony Randall and Lynn Redgrave, and the short-lived, but legendary
“Frankenstein” at the Palace Theatre.
His most recent Broadway production was “Moon Over Buffalo” with Carol Burnett.
On television, he directed Disney’s first original musical for television, “Geppetto”, starring Drew Carey and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. He has helmed episodes of “ER” (Emmy nomination), “Mad About You” (Emmy nomination), “L.A. Law” (Emmy nomination), “Cheers”, “Ally McBeal”, “Gilmore Girls”,”Thirtysomething”, “Cybil” and many others.
He was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and he holds a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama. He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, by Purdue University.
As an avocation, Mr. Moore is actively involved with the Circus Arts, and spends as much time as possible on the flying trapeze. »
- Sydney Levine
The Price Is Right is coming back on down to primetime.
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Each episode, to air later this year, will honor one of its three unscripted hits, with former racers, castaways and houseguests playing alongside their biggest fans. Reality-tv hosts Phil Keoghan, Jeff Probst and Julie Chen will all also be stopping by.
A primetime version of the No. »
Prepare for some Plinko, Jeff Probst. “The Price Is Right” is all set for three primetime specials later this year, when the daytime game show will partner with reality series “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor” and “Big Brother.” Drew Carey will host the themed evening episodes, which will feature special appearances from Phil Keoghan, Julie Chen and the aforementioned Probst. In each primetime special, former racers, castaways and houseguests will partner with and play alongside fans of their respective reality shows. Also Read: CBS Q4 Earnings Hit All-Time High With $3.9 Billion in Revenue “The Price Is Right” is the longest-running game show in television history. »
- Tony Maglio
It’s that time of year again when the names of the newest class of the WWE Hall of Fame are being revealed to the world.
Few announcements can provoke the strong reactions, wild arguments and general controversy as the annual celebrity induction. Let’s face it, most wrestling fans hate the “Celebrity Wing”, and would prefer if WWE did away with it entirely. This was never more clear than when Drew Carey was inducted into the Hall back in 2011 and was booed out of the building.
But the truth is, there are a handful of celebrities who do deserve recognition for their contributions to the wrestling business, whether it’s performing in a match or an angle, contributing memorable music to the product, or just being a likeable favorite with wrestling fans.
So let’s take a look at at eight famous actors, musicians and TV personalities »
- Daniel Donnelly
[[tmz:video id="0_tppozbs0"]] Will Ferrell just got his first vote of confidence as an Mls owner ... by a U.S. Soccer star who says Ferrell's love for the sport is legit ... and just what the league needs. We got Sean Johnson out at Lax ... a goalkeeper for the Chicago Fire of the Mls and a member of team USA ... and asked him about Will joining the ownership group of the new soccer franchise in L.A. Check out »
- TMZ Staff
Is the WWE Hall Of Fame about to get another non-wrestling inductee?
His simple post said simply that it “makes perfect sense” to him, eliciting a major response from his followers, who he thanked in a response for their engagement. He also went into greater detail on why he deserved to be included after a split response:
“As long as there is a celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame, the company can induct people who made a particular WrestleMania a little more fun, or people like Lemmy, who have left an indelible footprint on the product.”
The point about indelible footprints is a pertinent one: can it be argued that he made as big an impact as Drew Carey? »
- Simon Gallagher
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