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Roger Ailes: Colleagues and Critics React to Fox News Founder’s Death

18 May 2017 9:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Colleagues of Roger Ailes took to social media to pay tribute to the former Fox News chairman and CEO. Ailes died Thursday at the age of 77.

Former President George Bush said he was not sure he’d be president without Ailes “great talent” and “loyal help.”

He wasn't perfect, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. Rip.

George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 18, 2017

Sean Hannity heaped praise on Ailes on Twitter, followed by a lengthy statement, and then a phone interview.

He praised his former boss for his “enthusiasm, energy, with, humor and raw instinctive intelligence.”

His endless enthusiasm, energy, wit, humor and raw instinctive intelligence will be greatly missed. https://t.co/d4Qafc8Wx3

Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 18, 2017

“Love and prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger – you changed television as we know it,” wrote »

- Lawrence Yee

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Hugh Hefner Releases the ‘Soundtrack of My Life’ Ahead of 91st Birthday

7 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hugh Hefner, the famous founder of Playboy magazine, is celebrating his birthday by releasing a playlist of his favorite songs on Amazon Music.

Hefner turns 91 on Sunday, but he’s beginning the festivities early with a hand-curated playlist exclusively on Amazon Music to accompany the premiere of his Amazon Original docu-series, American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.

The playlist, “Hef’s Favorite Songs,” is inspired by his love of jazz, stemming from early childhood to the origins of Playboy, and consists of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and Aretha Franklin — who was one of »

- Alexia Fernandez

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Hugh Hefner: ‘American Playboy’ Producer Reveals 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Icon

7 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Hugh Hefner has amassed 2,900 personal scrapbooks over the years – which not only constitutes a Guinness World Record, but helped form much of the basis for Amazon Prime’s new docu-series “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.”

The 10-part series also combs through thousands of hours of footage from Hefner’s and Playboy’s archives to tell the story of the entrepreneur, starting with the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953. From there, “American Playboy” shines a particular light on Hefner’s advocacy for civil rights, gay rights, freedom of speech and sexual freedom.

Read More: ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’ Announced: Amazon Unveils Docuseries Chronicling The Millionaire’s Empire

Among the interviewees on “American Playboy”: Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons and Bill Maher. The series also includes reenactments of pivotal moments in Hefner’s life.

Stephen David Entertainment (“The Men Who Built America,” “The Making of the Mob”) produced “American Playboy, »

- Michael Schneider

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Hugh Hefner: ‘American Playboy’ Producer Reveals 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Icon

7 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hugh Hefner has amassed 2,900 personal scrapbooks over the years – which not only constitutes a Guinness World Record, but helped form much of the basis for Amazon Prime’s new docu-series “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.”

The 10-part series also combs through thousands of hours of footage from Hefner’s and Playboy’s archives to tell the story of the entrepreneur, starting with the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953. From there, “American Playboy” shines a particular light on Hefner’s advocacy for civil rights, gay rights, freedom of speech and sexual freedom.

Read More: ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’ Announced: Amazon Unveils Docuseries Chronicling The Millionaire’s Empire

Among the interviewees on “American Playboy”: Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons and Bill Maher. The series also includes reenactments of pivotal moments in Hefner’s life.

Stephen David Entertainment (“The Men Who Built America,” “The Making of the Mob”) produced “American Playboy, »

- Michael Schneider

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Roger Donaldson to Direct Racial Drama ‘Jena Six’ (Exclusive)

9 February 2017 8:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roger Donaldson is directing the independent drama “Jena Six,” with production set to start in April in New Orleans, Variety has learned exclusively.

Donaldson, whose recent credits include “November Man” and “The Bank Job,” is directing from a screenplay by Jonathan Amaret. Producers are Amaret and Dawn Krantz (“Man Down”).

The “Jena Six” were six black high school students in a small Louisiana town who were initially charged with attempted murder in a 2006 attack on a white student. The attack took place several months after a series of racial incidents at the school, including three nooses hanging from a tree at the high school a day after a black student asked the principal if black students could sit under the tree.

The victim of the attacks was treated at an emergency room for several hours and attended a high school dance that evening. The six teenagers were arrested and Mychal Bell, »

- Dave McNary

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Voices of the Women’s March: ’50 Years of Civil Rights Have Been Threatened,’ Says Jesse Jackson

21 January 2017 2:02 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He’s been a civil rights activist for more than half a century, and Jesse Jackson told People that he attended the Women’s March on Washington Saturday in part because he’s concerned about turning back the clock as we enter the Donald Trump era.

“50 years of civil rights have been threatened,” he said.

But that’s not all he feels is potentially at risk for the next four years.

“The right to vote is threatened,” he said. “Trump’s first act is to attempt to stop healthcare for 30 million poor people and the thousands of workers who service them. »

- kathyehrichdowd

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Obama and Film Reviewer: Relevant or Not, More Than a Few Things in Common

17 January 2017 12:20 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel 'Invisible Man' – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel 'The Invisible Man.' 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a young Barack Obama as he arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University, I found myself thinking about me in 1981, as I arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University. To be frank, I've been thinking about President Obama in juxtaposition to myself for years, ever since his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Like many Black folks that evening, I looked up the tall, handsome, well-spoken brotha from Chi-town. Tall and handsome notwithstanding, I found that I had a lot in common with the biracial son of a Kenyan scholar and an American white lady from Kansas. »

- Tim Cogshell

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