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4 items from 2015

Guess how many black actors have won Emmys in major comedy categories.

18 September 2015 4:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This year's Emmy nominees in major comedy categories include Anthony Anderson in "Blackish," Don Cheadle in "House of Lies," Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine Nine," Tituss Burgess in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Keegan-Michael Key in "Key & Peele," and Niecy Nash in "Getting On." If any three of them win, they will double the amount of black series cast members ever to win comedy Emmys.  Three black performers have won Emmys in lead and supporting comedy categories. The last African-American winner was Jackée (Harry) in 1987 for her supporting role as the saucy Sandra on "227." Before that, Robert Guillaume picked up a supporting actor Emmy for "Soap" in 1979 and a lead actor Emmy for its spinoff "Benson" in 1985. Isabel Sanford won for playing Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on "The Jeffersons" in 1981.  The guest actor comedy Emmys have a slightly better track record. Before Uzo Aduba picked up her guest actress trophy for "Orange is the New Black" last year, »

- Louis Virtel

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Casting 'Clown Car '16, the Movie'

8 September 2015 7:37 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?

When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.

All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »

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TV Producer, Director John H. Ward Dies at 73

26 May 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John H. Ward, known as a producer and director on series including “Charles in Charge,” died on May 11. He was 73.

He died at Vista Cove Convalescent Hospital in Corona following a long illness.

During his years in the business, Ward served as a producer, director, production manager and post supervisor on television and film projects including “The Go Show,” “Nadia, You Are Here,” “Charles in Charge,” “The New Lassie,” “The Robert Guillaume Show” and “Harry and the Hendersons” television series as well as several award-winning news documentaries.

Ward is credited with developing and refining the widely used innovation of putting film cameras on video camera pedestals, thereby allowing for much faster setups and major cost savings on multicamera series.

Before moving to Los Angeles, the Colorado native did stints as a Broadway stage manager, a unit manager on “Saturday Night Live” and production manager at NBC News London. He also »

- Seth Kelley

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

- D. Zhea

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