9 items from 2016
In news that will surely be well received by all and not decried as yet another childhood-ruining moment for ’90s kids the world over, it was recently announced that “The Lion King” will be receiving the live-action-remake treatment. Jon Favreau, who helmed this year’s highly successful “The Jungle Book,” will take the reins for the story of Simba rising up against Scar and claiming his birthright. The wonders of YouTube being what they are, Disney obsessives can take some time to watch a making-of documentary produced alongside the animated classic back in 19994.
Narrated and hosted by Robert Guillaume, who voiced Rafiki, the feature-length glimpse behind the scenes was included on the Laserdisc edition of “The Lion King.” Excerpts from the film are interspersed with footage of the animators, voice actors and producers at work »
- Michael Nordine
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Viola Davis’ stirring remarks at last year’s Emmy ceremony are resonating again as the industry prepares to hand out this year’s trophies.
The 2016 nominees rep the most diverse field of above-the-line talent assembled in the 68-year history of the kudos, and the smiling faces on ABC’s live telecast will look more like America than ever before. Davis broke ground last year as the first African-American actress to win for lead actress in a drama series, for her tour de force work on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Among the milestones this year are Kenya Barris becoming the first solo African-American series creator to be nominated for comedy series (Bill Cosby won as co-creator of “The Cosby Show” with Ed. Weinberger and Michael Leeson in 1985), as well »
- Cynthia Littleton
Last year there was no question. Jeffrey Tambor was destined to win his first Emmy (in a remarkable TV career that includes “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Arrested Development”) for his transformative performance as Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s freshman sensation “Transparent.” This year, there’s a decent chance he’ll repeat. But the outstanding lead actor in a comedy series race doesn’t feel nearly as cut and dried. Five formidable competitors stand in his way, each with his own strong case for a win. Just don’t be surprised if it boils down to a battle royale between the Pfefferman family matriarch and Anthony Anderson’s Johnson family patriarch.
Given Emmy’s fondness for repeat winners, and the continued excellence of his performance, Tambor remains the safe bet by a mile. But there’s always the chance that someone sneaks in for an upset, and the field is full of rich possibilities. If »
- Geoff Berkshire
James Noble, who played Governor Eugene Gatling on the sitcom “Benson,” died Monday at age 94, a spokesman for the actor’s family told the New York Times. The actor suffered a stroke last week, the spokesman added. Noble played the scatterbrained governor opposite Robert Guillaume on the series, an offshoot of the comedy “Soap.” The series aired from 1979 to 1986 on ABC. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2016 (Photos) Born in Dallas in 1922, Noble initially performed as a stage actor, debuting on Broadway in 1949 in a production of “The Velvet Glove.” He also played John Hancock in the musical »
- Tim Kenneally
James Noble, best known for his role as Governor Eugene Gatling on “Benson,” died on Monday in Connecticut, The New York Times reports. He was 94.
The actor died at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a stroke.
Noble — born in Dallas, Texas, on March 5, 1922 — began his stage career in the 1949 Broadway production of “The Velvet Glove.” The actor went on to play John Hancock in the musical “1776” and portrayed Reverend John Witherspoon in its 1972 movie adaptation.
Noble played absent-minded Gov. Gatling for seven seasons on the hit 1980s ABC sitcom “Benson,” which focused on his character’s relationship with Robert Guillaume’s Benson DuBois.
His TV credits also included episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Law & Order,” and the soap operas “One Life to Live,” “Another World,” “The Brighter Day,” “As the World Turns,” “The Doctors” and “A World Apart.” He also appeared in the films “One Summer Love” (1976), “10” (1979), “Promises in the Dark »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Actor James Noble, best known for playing Gov. Eugene Gatling on the sitcom "Benson," died Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 94.
Noble was born in 1922 in Dallas, and began his television career in soap operas, including "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." Noble was also a veteran of the stage, and starred in a 1949 Broadway production of "The Velvet Glove." He played John Hancock in the musical "1776," as well as its film adaptation.
On "Benson," he portrayed the scatterbrained Governor Eugene Gatling, who had a tendency to tell wacky stories to the chagrin of Robert Guillaume's Benson DuBois.
Noble was married to actress Carolyn Coates until her death in 2005. He is survived by a daughter, Jessica.
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- Kelly Woo
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James Noble, who played the scatterbrained Gov. Eugene X. Gatling on the long-running ABC sitcom Benson, has died. He was 94. Family spokesman Douglas Moser told The New York Times that the actor suffered a stroke last week and died Monday at Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital. Benson, which ran for seven seasons (1979-86), starred Robert Guillaume as the title character, the same role he played on ABC's Soap. (Both comedies were created by Susan Harris.) On the spinoff, Benson started out as Gatling's director of household affairs but eventually became lieutenant governor. Benson and Gatling then ran
- Mike Barnes
Death Warrant, 1990.
Directed by Deran Serafian.
A French Canadian cop goes undercover in a violent prison to investigate the deaths of several inmates but soon uncovers a plan to harvest human organs.
1990’s Death Warrant is often overlooked in the much-celebrated early (i.e. pre-Street Fighter) career of Jean-Claude Van Damme but thankfully the good folk at 101 Films have seen fit to give it a Blu-ray release to sit alongside their recent reissues of Black Eagle and A.W.O.L., which is a good chance to give this film another look.
- Amie Cranswick
Stars from cancelled and ended TV series Growing Pains, Soap, and Benson appear on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt, on Own. Tracey Gold (Carol Seaver) and Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver) reunite and discuss their days on the Growing Pains. Watch a promo, below.
This week, Where Are They Now? also checks in with Robert Guillaume, star of Soap and its long-running spin-off, Benson. The episode will also follow up with a former surprised guest of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Finally, Winfrey interviews transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, whose coming-of-age reality show, I Am Jazz, has been renewed for a second season on TLC.
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9 items from 2016
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