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The idea actually came to mind in April, watching a college all-star basketball event. After the men and women’s three-point shooting contests, Portland’s Cassandra Brown edged Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos in a gender-neutral faceoff.
Like sports, acting awards remain almost entirely stratified by men and women. But as that showdown suggests, the reason for that is mostly arbitrary. So why not let male and females compete by designating, say, a “performance of the year,” without regard to gender?
If that sounds wacky, actually, a trip through the TV Academy’s archives provides an ancient bit of precedent for precisely that. The very first Emmys anointed a Most Outstanding Television Personality, a category that consisted of three women and two men. The next year, there were awards for Most Outstanding Kinescoped Personality (one woman, two men) and Outstanding Live Personality (as it turned out, an all-male sweep).
In 1951, the »
- Brian Lowry
Jazz music has long expressed its capacity to borrow from various, sometimes contradictory sources in order to create something which in every sense transcends the original elements. Since the earliest days of jazz as a musical form, it has been inspired by military and funeral marches; has stylishly interpreted popular songs; and even brought the classical intricacies of Wagner into the domain of swinging brasses and reeds. This multiculturalism and eclecticism of jazz likens it to cinema which, in turn, has transformed pop culture motifs into something close to the sublime and mixed ‘high’ and ‘low’ artistic gestures to remarkable effect.In the history of jazz, the evolution from ragtime or traditional tunes, to discovering the treasure trove of Broadway songs was fast and smooth. The latter influence was shared by cinema, as the history of film production quickly marched on. The emergence of ‘talkies’ in the United States meant rediscovering Broadway, »
- Ehsan Khoshbakht
With season 3 of Hannibal right around the corner, a brand new motion poster has landed to further whet your appetite for the show’s return. Seeing as it’s been a good long while since that first trailer arrived, this delightful animated artwork (via Mashable) is a perfect palate cleanser until the next one arrives.
Decked out in his motorcycle leathers, the titular cannibal is front and center of this newest tease, which only requires a tiny amount of ‘motion’ to truly unnerve. Played by Mads Mikkelsen, who was last spotted quickly exiting a house full of dying people lying around groaning in pools of blood, the murderous Dr. Lecter will also be at the fore of the upcoming season. Albeit on a new continent.
Exclusive: The new poster for @NBCHannibal Season 3 is deliciously sinister http://t.co/lO0EwYBpwL pic.twitter.com/WMTia5c1wu
— Mash Entertainment (@mashentertain) April »
- Gem Seddon
There are two types of Nicholas Sparks adaptations. The first is much more common, being the boring, sappy romances where love is the most powerful force in the world and people cry and die (i.e. The Notebook). The second is the stupid, cuckoo bananas romance, terribly pulling in other genre elements to make a hodgepodge bit of nonsense (i.e. Safe Haven). The second is so much more fun to watch, and anytime I start a Sparks film I am hoping for that film. Unfortunately, The Longest Ride, the most recent Sparks adaptation, falls into the first category, and it made me fall in love... with my watch (nailed it!). In the ancient past of 2007, Britt Robertson, whose character's name escapes me (an IMDb search reveals it's Sophia Danko) and it was all I could to do remember she was "not Jennifer Lawrence", is studying art at Wake Forest. »
- Mike Shutt
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
He may be adored for his portrayal of Hawkeye the wisecracking doctor in Mash, but Alan Alda has a second passion: science. Which is why he has written a play, Radiance, about the hounding of Marie Curie
Alan Alda works from an office in midtown Manhattan, around the corner from Grand Central station and in the shadow of the Chrysler Building. “It’s funny,” he says, looking up at the skyscraper while waiting for a cab. “I come here every day and I never saw it from this angle before.”
The veteran actor, now 79, is used to approaching things from unusual angles – it is what he has been doing, forcefully, for most of his career: taking the lessons learned from one area of expertise and applying them to another. So it is that, having just finished appearing nightly on Broadway, opposite Candice Bergen in Love Letters, Alda now has a »
- Emma Brockes
TheWrap exclusively interviews the long running CBS competition’s new crew and weighs in on their chances
Five couples on a blind date, one New Kid, and two Olympians are among the newest crop of teams racing around the world for a $1 million dollar prize.
There are no parent-child teams, no siblings, no friends, and not even any married couples. The new “The Amazing Race” is all dating couples.
For the blind daters, if they get along well, they will go from strangers to co-habitating, globe-trotting couples in a matter of hours. These five will have to figure out their ultimate goal: romance, »
- Mikey Glazer
Edward Herrmann, the character actor who's known for roles on "Gilmore Girls" and "The Practice," has passed away on Wednesday at a New York hospital at the age of 71. The cause of death was a brain tumor. Herrmann's career stretched over more than four decades and included such shows as "Mash," "St. Elsewhere." The latter earned him two Emmy nominations. He was then nominated twice for more for his portrayal of Fdr, first in the TV movie "Eleanor and Franklin" and then in "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years." His IMDb page includes 130 total credits, with roles on "American Dad," "30 Rock," "Drop Dead Dive," and "The Good Wife." And some of you may remember him for playing the father in "Richie Rich." Herrmann leaves behind a wife and two daughter. »
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