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After more than a decade as Aaron Hotchner on “Criminal Minds,” Thomas Gibson got the boot from the CBS show following reports that he kicked a writer on the series. He’s not the only small-screen star to say “sayonara” to a steady gig on the heels of controversy. Read on for TheWrap’s roundup of TV stars fired for bad behavior. John Amos claims that he was fired from ground-breaking comedy “Good Times” after clashing with producers over the direction of the show. Amos’ character, family patriarch James Evans, was subsequently killed off. Nothing funny about that. Damn, damn, »
- Tim Kenneally
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Jake Szymanski
Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.
Director: Chris Renaud, »
- Steve Greene
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up, new sitcoms from Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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"This is how I heard about the boy, Kunta Kinte," Alex Haley (Laurence Fishburne) tells us in the opening moments of History's new miniseries Roots. "And this is how I'll tell you the story." The importance of stories, and the way that we tell them, form the heart of the new Roots, which debuts Monday night at 9 (the eight-hour project will air over four straight nights, simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime). From the time we meet Kunta (Malachi Kirby) as a young man abducted from his home in Juffure, Gambia by slavers, until we leave his descendants over 100 years later in the post-Civil War American South, Roots prizes the power of stories and tradition, from how Kunta's Uncle Silla (Derek Luke) teaches him the ways of the Mandinka warrior, to how Kunta's grandson Chicken George (Rege-Jean Page) will tell his own offspring stories about the grandfather he never met, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The audience was silent Monday night at Lincoln Center as the credits rolled on the first episode of “Roots,” the newly rebooted A+E miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel. The new project reimagines ABC’s 1977 version, one of the highest-rated shows in television history, and like its predecessor spares no horrors in following Kunta Kinte’s descendants through decades of American slavery from Colonial times to Reconstruction.
Executives, producers and cast members were all smiles at Monday night’s posh Manhattan screening, but those closest to the project confessed they were initially skeptical it should happen — a sentiment expressed by original cast members Cicely Tyson and John Amos.
“I was adamant I was never going to produce it or ever touch this again,” executive producer Mark Wolper told Variety. Wolper inherited the rights to the project from his father, David Wolper, who produced the 1977 version.
“It was too »
- Katie Van-Syckle
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Ain't we lucky we got 'em? Check out these photos of the second season finale of the Black-ish TV show on ABC. In "Good-ish Times," Dre falls asleep watching a Good Times TV show marathon. In his dream, the Johnson family goes back to the 1970s and are transformed into the characters of this classic TV show. The episode airs May 18th.
Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Jenifer Lewis. Guest starring are Peter Mackenzie, Jeff Meacham, Deon Cole, and Catherine Reitman. The cast of the original Good Times TV series includes: BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, Ja'net DuBois, Esther Rolle, John Amos, and Janet Jackson (Miss Jackson, if you're nasty).
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Even as a new version of the classic mini-series is in the works, Warner Bros. is aiming to please fans by bringing the entire original series of Roots to the high definition format with a slew of bonus features. Come inside to learn more!
If you're a fan of the original Roots series, or weren't old enough to remember the iconic mini-series, then you're in luck. Today WB has announced a new blu-ray set to bring the entire series to blu-ray with loads of special features that dive into the heart of the story on June 7, 2016. All the details are below:
The groundbreaking, acclaimed television miniseries that captivated the entire nation and won multiple awards, Roots, will be released on Blu-ray™ for the first time, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) on June 7, 2016. The legendary family saga, which follows the inspiring story of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton, Transformers: Rescue Bots, »
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“Just Another Version,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, premiered Jan. 21 as the Opening Night selection in the documentary section at the Sundance Film Festival. It includes appearances and interviews with Norman Lear, George Clooney, Bill Moyers, John Amos, Alan Horn, Russell Simmons, Amy Poehler and Jon Stewart.
Grady and Ewing, who teamed on “Jesus Camp,” “12th & Delaware” and “Detropia,” focused on Lear’s extensive work and the implications of its absorption into mainstream American culture through such landmark shows as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”
Variety‘s Guy Lodge said in his review: “’Just Another Version of You’ condenses a substantial amount of information and perspective into a crisp, concise 91 minutes.”
- Dave McNary
In the 1950s and ‘60s, the actor who died Tuesday at 94 did everything from Shakespeare to musical comedies, from Broadway to Baltimore, from New Haven to San Francisco. His movie career took off after “The Godfather” in 1972, but he was still playing heavies on “Hawaii Five-0” and “The Rockford Files” after the first “Barney Miller” pilot aired in 1974.
Vigoda was such a fan favorite as “Barney Miller’s” Det. Fish that producers quickly ginned up a spinoff after the show’s first season. But behind the scenes, Vigoda and producers tussled publicly over money matters, a spat that played out in the pages of Variety like so many salary fights before and since.
Here are 13 things you didn’t know about Abe Vigoda:
Vigoda’s first appearance in Variety came in the April 26, 1950, weekly edition, »
- Cynthia Littleton
9 items from 2016
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