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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
Like many of Stanley Kramer’s once incredibly topical titles, the iconic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? seems incredibly dated by today’s standards, even if the subject matter and representation of ‘interracial’ relationships and everything that antiseptic terminology implies hasn’t quite progressed as much as one would hope since this film thundered into cinemas in 1967. Sandwiched between two lesser beloved titles in his filmography, Ship of Fools (1965) and The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), this was Kramer’s third Oscar nod as Best Director and the last great hurrah (he’d direct a handful of other features throughout the next decade, and a 1975 television pilot version of this film).
Successful San Francisco newspaper owner Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his liberal minded wife (Katharine Hepburn) are about to have their progressive viewpoints challenged when their white daughter Christina (Katharine Houghton) brings home her fiancé of one week, a black, »
- Nicholas Bell
At 26, Jerrod Carmichael, the co-creator and star of The Carmichael Show, is too young to have watched most of Norman Lear's sitcoms in their original runs, even though he has name-checked Lear as an influence. He must have caught them in syndication or on DVD, because his self-named sitcom, which airs its pilot and second episode tonight, suggests that he's studied them the way a painter studies a still life. Maybe that's why NBC is burning off the first (and so far, only) six episodes in just three weeks: the network-tv landscape no longer has a place for shows like Lear's All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, and Good Times, which drew huge audiences in the 1970s by mixing topical humor and broad sitcom farce and letting the uncomfortable coexist with the rudely entertaining. The "broad" and "rude" parts will always be welcome, but the rest is verboten »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Alan “Bud” Yorkin, a groundbreaking writer, director and co-producer who partnered with Norman Lear on such hit 1970s television comedies as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford and Son” has died. He was 89. Yorkin died Tuesday at his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles of natural causes, family spokesman Jeff Sanderson said in a statement issued to TheWrap. Yorkin was born in the coal mining town of Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1926, and discovered a passion for writing while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) After earning. »
- Anita Bennett
Bud Yorkin, director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Aug. 18 of natural causes at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.
Yorkin played a pivotal role in developing some of the most popular series of the 1970s in partnership with Norman Lear at Tandem Productions. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”
After working in the 1950s on numerous award-winning variety shows, he teamed with writer Lear in 1959 to form Tandem Productions, and made his film directing debut with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra. Yorkin had previously worked with Lear on such »
- Pat Saperstein
American actor Irwin Keyes has died at the age of 63.
He passed away on Wednesday (July 8). He had suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary gland disorder.
The actor also appeared in several horror movies, including House of 1,000 Corpses and Dahmer vs Gacy in 2009.
"It's with deep sympathy that I'm writing this post," his niece Rene Galarza said on Facebook. "Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call.
"He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much."
Irwin Keyes, a veteran character perhaps best known as Hugo, the burly bodyguard on CBS sitcom The Jeffersons , died July 8. Keyes died at Playa del Rey Health and Rehabilitation Center from complications of acromegaly, a rare pituitary gland disorder, his manager Phil Brock of Studio Talent Group told Deadline. He was 63. Keyes had dozens of TV and film credits over a decades-long career. He appeared in numerous horror films including House Of 1000 Corpses, and played… »
Actor Irwin Keyes has passed away at the age of 63. The celeb—who portrayed a variety roles in films and TV shows, including House of 1000 Corpses and The Jeffersons—suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary gland disorder. "It's with deep sympathy that I'm writing this post," Keyes' niece, Rene Galarza, wrote in a post to his Facebook page today to announce his death. "Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very »
Irwin Keyes, a horror character actor best known for his roles in “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Warriors” and “Intolerable Cruelty,” died on Wednesday. He was 63. He also had a recurring role as Hugo, a burly, but dimwitted bodyguard on the ’70s-’80s CBS sitcom “The Jeffersons.” Keyes passed away in Playa del Rey, California, of complications from acromegaly, a rare disorder caused when the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone. Also Read: Amanda Peterson, Patrick Dempsey's Co-Star in '80s Classic 'Can't Buy Me Love,' Dead at 43 “It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. »
- Debbie Emery
On July 8 Keyes’ niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page:
“It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much.”
- Carmel Dagan
"Cooley High" ought to be remembered as a cinema milestone, and its writer and director remembered as pioneers.
Released 40 years ago this week (on June 25, 1975), it ought to be celebrated for its vast influence on movies, TV, and music. As a young-men-coming-of-age movie, it deserves to be mentioned alongside Fellini's "I Vitelloni," George Lucas's "American Graffiti," Barry Levinson's "Diner," and John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood." And yet, the film and its creators have been largely forgotten, lost to history.
The story behind "Cooley High" is even more dramatic than the comedy-drama that unspooled on the screen. It's the story of Kenneth Williams, who, like protagonist Preach, left Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects with dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. Having dropped out of high school, he hitchhiked from the Windy City to Hollywood with $5 in his pocket and no connections, and for a while he supported himself selling drugs. »
- Gary Susman
While Netflix has been in the habit of reviving old TV icons, Hollywood is no stranger to getting in on the nostalgia. And if you’re going to be digging up any old property, the socially relevant and racially poignant comedy of Norman Lear’s Good Times is a strong place to start.
A Good Times movie is currently in development from the creator of ABC’s African American spin on Modern Family, Black-ish, Kenya Barris. Deadline reports that the feature adaptation of the show, which ran on CBS between 1974 to 1979, is being set up at Sony and will be a period piece set in the ’60s.
Good Times was a spin-off of Maude, itself a spin-off of All in the Family, and was the story of a family of African Americans living in a poor, black neighborhood and housing project and how they still managed to have “good times »
- Brian Welk
Matthew Weiner has always been more comfortable talking about the past of “Mad Men” rather than letting anyone know anything about the future — even when that future is only seven episodes long, starting Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Having spent enough time over the years asking Weiner questions that he responded to with a very guarded, “Well, you’ve got to watch,” I knew enough to focus as much on the past as possible when we recently sat down for an hour-long interview to discuss the end of his Emmy-winning baby. We talked about the last days of production, looked back all the way to the show’s origins when Weiner was a staff writer on “Becker” looking for a different kind of career in television, the show’s long acting Emmy drought, and more. And I made it almost to the end without a single “You’ve got to watch. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Norman Lear was a celebrity producer of television sitcoms decades before the current era of superstar showrunners dawned. His string of Nielsen hits during the early- to mid-1970s — All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, and Maude — made him one of Hollywood’s most powerful creatives. At one point in 1976, nine shows produced under the Lear name were on TV. But beyond his ratings success, Lear became an icon as much (and perhaps more) because of the kinds of comedies he made. His were shows that “employed the power of humor in the service of human understanding,” as President Bill Clinton put it when presenting the producer with the National Medal of Arts in 1999. “He held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” While Lear, now 92, hasn’t produced new TV shows in »
- Josef Adalian
Human beings and their affectionate vibes are something special. After all, we as individuals are going to love who we feel are worth loving. However, society demands that the protocol of loving should be straight-forward and “natural”. The rule of thumb: stick to your own kind! Whether it is being loyal to your own kind racially or culturally or either with your own age range the expectation of romance is defined…do not make waves and keep things safe and mainstream!
Well, human beings can be also unpredictable and live for going against the grain especially certain characters and personalities in the movies. Love and romance make for great film fodder but when the notion of such on-screen amorous activities takes its theme to a whole new challenging level then the gloves are off!
In Stop in the Name of Love: Top Ten Forbidden Romances in the Movies we will »
- Frank Ochieng
For the week of February 10th, your horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices are practically boundless, as we’ve got a bevy of great films being released (something that might be helpful for those of you still in search for a gift for your Valentine). Scream Factory is pulling double-duty with both of their dual Blu-ray releases, Love at First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’s Kiss/High Spirits, and the cult classic Nekromantik 2 is getting a high def upgrade as well.
- Heather Wixson
Love can be complicated, especially when a relationship has supernatural elements. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Scream Factory is about to release two Blu-ray double features that celebrate love in various forms: the obsessive nature of Nicolas Cage’s Peter Loew in Vampire’s Kiss, the ghost/human coupling in High Spirits, the desperate seeking of companionship in Love at First Bite, and the wide-eyed puppy love of Jim Carrey’s Mark Kendall in Once Bitten.
These double bill Blu-rays are due out from Scream Factory on February 10th, and we have a batch of clips and trailers from the films that tease the pleasures and pains of paranormal romance and supernatural seduction.
High Spirits: “Daryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher and Liam Neeson star in this hilariously haunting comedy! When a castle-turned-hotel owned by Peter Plunkett (O »
- Derek Anderson
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