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A Post-Script Thank You for Broadway's Diversity

15 June 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I'm finally seeing Hamilton tonight so allow me this theater diversion before we get back to the Emmys and summer movies!

Though the Tony Awards were celebrated for their diversity Sunday night, I knew this sort of thing would crop up afterwards. A site called The Conversation wonders if the diversity of Broadway is overstated. It's an interesting piece with valuable stats even if it seems odd to pursue that impulse in such a strong year for theatrical diversity. Leading up to the Tony Awards I saw a few other articles suggesting that Hamilton was distorting the public perspective about this as well. It's true that Shuffle Along, Hamilton, The Color Purple, and Eclipsed, all nominated popular shows featuring all black casts (and in Hamilton's case latina, black, and asian actors), happened to fall in the same season which is not entirely usual. And, as with cinema, we still have the issue of people thinking of diversity in a binary way (black & white) which is a problem.

But before we give in to negative thoughts (wayyyy too easy), let's give Broadway its due. It is far more diverse than other showbiz mediums and not just this season. Let's take Best Actress in a Play/Musical as an example. One leading actress winner in the 89 year history of the Oscars has been a woman of color - Halle Berry in Monster's Ball (2001) and three leading actress winners in the 67 year history of the Emmys (regular series awards): Viola Davis in How To Get Away with Murder (drama), Isabel Sanford for The Jeffersons (comedy) and America Ferrera in Ugly Betty (comedy).

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Norman Lear: ‘I View Donald Trump as the Middle Finger of the American Right Hand’

10 June 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Norman Lear has been breaking boundaries for decades, and he’s still not afraid to speak his mind.

The television icon — who created “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “One Day At A Time,” among other prolific series — spoke about the state of family sitcoms on Friday at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas. And he got in a few words about Donald Trump.

When asked about creating topical television, Lear noted how times were different with the original “One Day At A Time,” which was shot on a weekly basis when it aired in the 1970’s and ’80s. Now, Lear is gearing up for his reboot of the show on Netflix, which will shoot the entire first season in advance of the premiere.

“We’re making all 13 [episodes] before the first one airs. That’s a brand new experience,” Lear said, speaking on a panel, moderated by Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum. “We won’t learn whatever it is that we learned from a live, national audience.”

Despite the new production schedule, Lear says that the show — which is centered around a Cuban-American family — will still be topical.

“Topical, for me, is the juice of life. It’s always topical…nothing’s changed,” he said. “I’m learning a great deal as we go on, too, so it’s great. It’s everyday problems…that were as much true 40 years ago as they are today. We don’t change.”

Panelist Nahnatchka Khan of “Fresh Off the Boat” chimed in, agreeing that her show’s production schedule does not allow for as much topical content as some other series.

“‘South Park’ is amazing with how timely they’re able to be,” she said. “But they work around the close for weeks at a time and months at a time.”

The entire panel, including David Windsor of “The Real O’Neals,” Phil Rosenthal of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and Hollis Rich of “State of Grace,” all agreed that despite the learning curve of streaming TV, the new fall television season will include storylines that parallel this year’s election — especially the Republican nominee.

“I view Donald Trump as the middle finger of the American right hand,” Lear quipped.

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Tracee Ellis Ross, Courtney B. Vance on Intensity of Working in TV, Addressing Race in Shows

7 June 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tracee Ellis Ross and Courtney B. Vance sat down for a chat for Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors.” For more “Actors on Actors, click here.

Tracee Ellis Ross: There’s a thing you bring to Johnnie Cochran that obviously is your craft, but how much of it is your point of view? How much of it is the research you did or didn’t do?

Courtney B. Vance: I knew once we started shooting we were going to be doing three and four episodes at the same time. They were going to be flying, and I would have no time to do any kind of homework. And I said, “I’m not going to worry about what other people think.” I turned that sound off.

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Ross: In the courtroom scenes, was there a lot of letting those moments run free?

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Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre on Censorship, Live Audiences — and Donald Trump

3 June 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild Theater welcomed Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre for a panel discussion Thursday night, where the legendary TV writers covered censorship issues, taping in front of live audiences, casting triumphs and even Donald Trump.

“Every minute is another beginning,” said Lear–known for iconic comedies like “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “One Day at a Time” and “The Jeffersons”–when asked to reflect on his illustrious TV career.

“Wherever you find human beings, you’ll find frailty and laughter,” Lear added, citing “the foolishness of the human condition” as a key influence in his writing.

The storied producers also dissected the evolution of TV, namely comedies’ deviation from the sitcom genre.

“Comedy wasn’t predicated on contrived situations. Even the word sitcom fell apart when he began to work,” Lorre said of Lear’s impact on the industry. “There was no more ‘sit’ in the ‘com,’ it »

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‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’ Trailer: The Man Who Changed TV Forever

3 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal says, “Television can basically be broken down into two parts: before Norman and after Norman.” The “Norman” in question is none other than Norman Lear, the iconic producer behind groundbreaking television shows such as All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons and Maude. The new documentary Norman Lear: […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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TV Land Icon Awards Celebrate Classics With John Stamos, Debbie Allen, Norman Lear

10 April 2016 11:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Television mega-fans gathered Sunday night to honor icons John Stamos, Debbie Allen and Norman Lear for their contributions to history, both on and off the screen at the first TV Land Icon Awards. Hosted by George Lopez, the event took a playful and touching look back at the careers that have helped to change the face of television.

Honored with the Timeless Icon Award for his extensive career, John Stamos was joined by his co-stars and friends for the evening. “He’s had the spectrum of a career that a lot of performers dream of having, and I’m so proud of him,” said “Full House” co-star Dave Coulier.

“He’s lovely,” Paget Brewster said of her “Grandfathered” co-star, “otherwise I wouldn’t be here because these things make me nervous. He’s a really funny, kind, generous, thoughtful guy, which is kind of gross that anyone that good looking »

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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Why Norman Lear Blames the "Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex" for America's Woes

5 April 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran writer-producer Norman Lear says the “military-industrial-congressional complex” is responsible for many of America’s woes. The multiple Emmy Award winner and executive producer of such classic series as The Jeffersons and All in the Family was using a variation of one of President Eisenhower’s most famous lines. He said he would be addressing these issues in a new Netflix series he’s co-hosting with Common and America Ferrara, among others. “I talk a lot about Dwight David Eisenhower,” he said, “'cause it is the wonder of wonders to me that nobody mentions his name. And the

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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

9 March 2016 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Richard Davalos, who played James Dean’s brother Aron in Elia Kazan’s 1955 film “East of Eden,” died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason, »

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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Creed’s’ Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Rule at All Def Movie Awards

25 February 2016 10:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“It’s not about winning, it’s about celebrating.” These words were uttered by Ice Cube as he accepted the first Best Picture All Def Movie Award for “Straight Outta Compton” at the inaugural Adma show. The show’s co-creator Russell Simmons made a five-year deal with Fusion so he expects the new awards to continue in years to come. Simmons also made a point of saying that he had nothing to do with the scheduling of the show, which Fusion is airing opposite this year’s ABC’s Oscar telecast.

The Adma show is not your typical awards show by any stretch of the imagination, and that’s intentional, as Sanjay Sharma, President & CEO of All Def Digital explained. “Four weeks ago, this was an idea. In ten days, the real thing has come together,” he said. “We’re a multi-platform company. We’re nimble in our DNA. We »

- Diane Gordon

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Review: The dumbest 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' cops get some run in 'House Mouses'

16 February 2016 6:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming up just as soon as I give you a signed copy of my book of mouth exercises... My father's cousin was an actor named Danny Wells. He never hit it big — these days, if people would know him at all, it would be for playing Luigi to Captain Lou Albano's Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! —  but he worked steadily in TV throughout the '70s and '80s, to the point where it became almost routine when I would tell my parents that Cousin Danny had popped up in another episode of The A-Team or CHiPs. He also had a recurring role on The Jeffersons as Charlie, the bartender on the first floor of George and Weezie's apartment building (here he is giving George some advice), and towards the end of the series, there were even a couple of Charlie-centric episodes. »

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Sundance: Norman Lear’s ‘Just Another Version of You’ Sells to Music Box

29 January 2016 5:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

PBS & American Masters Pictures have sold theatrical rights to the documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” to Music Box films

“Just Another Version,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, premiered Jan. 21 as the Opening Night selection in the documentary section at the Sundance Film Festival. It includes appearances and interviews with Norman Lear, George Clooney, Bill Moyers, John Amos, Alan Horn, Russell Simmons, Amy Poehler and Jon Stewart.

Grady and Ewing, who teamed on “Jesus Camp,” “12th & Delaware” and “Detropia,” focused on Lear’s extensive work and the implications of its absorption into mainstream American culture through such landmark shows as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”

Variety‘s Guy Lodge said in his review: “’Just Another Version of You’ condenses a substantial amount of information and perspective into a crisp, concise 91 minutes.”

Music Box Films, in conjunction with PBS & American Masters Pictures, will release the »

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Sundance 2016 Review: Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You, No Better Tribute

22 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Few people have changed popular culture more than Norman Lear. When Television was at its height he provided a much needed jolt, giving audiences not what they asked for but what they required. His comedies were dramatic, crafting more complex situations for his sit-coms than any that had come before. With a string of hits that spanned from All In the Family to Maude to The Jeffersons Lear and his creative team managed to shift the comedic discourse for the latter half of the 20th century. Lear has had his fair share of accolades, but there's likely been no better tribute to the man and his art than the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You.Mixing subtle moments of cinematic whimsy with compelling...

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‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’: Sundance Review

21 January 2016 10:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

At one point in the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, producer Philip Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond) claims that the history of television can be divided into two periods: “Before Norman and After Norman,” so important is the contribution of producer Norman Lear, the creator of All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons and many other legendary series. Rosenthal might very well be right, but unfortunately directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s documentary simply asserts rather than argues that case. Sure, it is ineluctably entertaining, thanks to its still-spry 93-year-old star-subject, and well-

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Sundance: Norman Lear Talks Republican "Clowns" at Opening Night Doc Premiere

21 January 2016 7:32 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Norman Lear offered a bleak assessment of the U.S. presidential campaign at the Sundance Film Festival opening night premiere of a documentary on his life and career in both Hollywood and political activism. "We're not in a very lovely place when you look at the clowns who are presently [running]," Lear, the creator of such iconic television shows as All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Maude, as well as the co-founder of liberal advocacy group People for the American Way, told a packed Eccles Theater crowd in Park City. "Is Trump still leading? I think it's

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