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Emmy Awards’ Diversity Boom Reflects America

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Viola Davis’ stirring remarks at last year’s Emmy ceremony are resonating again as the industry prepares to hand out this year’s trophies.

The 2016 nominees rep the most diverse field of above-the-line talent assembled in the 68-year history of the kudos, and the smiling faces on ABC’s live telecast will look more like America than ever before. Davis broke ground last year as the first African-American actress to win for lead actress in a drama series, for her tour de force work on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Among the milestones this year are Kenya Barris becoming the first solo African-American series creator to be nominated for comedy series (Bill Cosby won as co-creator of “The Cosby Show” with Ed. Weinberger and Michael Leeson in 1985), as well »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Interview: Norman Lear of ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’

1 August 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Norman Lear is one of the greatest TV creators of the 20th Century, and beyond. The producer was a titan of 1970s television, with shows like “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “Sanford and Son.” He is the topic of a new film documentary, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.”

Lear is the embodiment of television history, having worked in the medium since its advent in the 1950s. He began with partner Ed Simmons, writing for shows like the “Ford Star Revue” and “The Colgate Comedy Hour” (with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis). Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, he produced television that was common at the time – star oriented and non-controversial – while also writing and producing movie satire like “Divorce, American Style” and “Cold Turkey,” with partner Bud Yorkin. In the late 1960s, he began to work on a pilot called “Justice for All,” featuring a bigoted character named “Archie Justice. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Norman Lear on Racial Inequality: ‘It Amazes Me That We Haven’t Moved Faster’

30 July 2016 4:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Norman Lear is still doing television at 94 years old, and the “All in the Family” creator remains as politically outspoken as ever. Asked Saturday to speak about racial inequality in the ’70s — the days of “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” — when his shows created controversy by tackling social and political issues with a heavy hand versus today, Lear opined: “It amazes me that we haven’t moved faster.” The current “America Divided” correspondent contrasted the pace of that ongoing issue to the one of Lgbtq progress, which he said, “just moved so quickly over the last 30 years, and is »

- Tony Maglio

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Talent Manager Joan Sittenfield Dies at 66

18 July 2016 6:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood talent manager, writer and produce Joan Sittenfield died on Sunday after a  five year battle with cancer. She was 66.

Sittenfield started her career as an actor and a dancer. She later worked as a casting director in the 1980s, casting projects like “Taxi” and “The Jeffersons.” She then spent nine years as Senior Vice President of Talent and Casting for Universal Television, where she oversaw 20 series and 100 pilots.

Some of the series she worked on and help arrange regular cast members for include “Law & Order,” “Northern Exposure,” “Quantum Leap” and “Coach.” She also help give Sandra BullockJulianna Margulies, Catherine Keener, Patricia ClarksonEriq La Salle and Ving Rhames some of their early acting roles.

After Sittenfield left Universal Television, she created J&J Productions with her partner Jeni Munn where they put over 18 movies of the week projects into active development, including Nbs’s “On the Edge of Innocence” and ABC’s “Gold Rush: »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Movie Review

10 July 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady Genre: Documentary Legendary American television writer and producer Norman Lear made the history of entertainment in the United States. He produced successful sitcoms during the 70s, such as ‘All In The Family’, ‘The Jeffersons’ and ‘Good Times’ and was just as influential as a political activist. He founded the advocacy organization People of the American Way in 1981 and supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes. The story of Mr. Lear, now almost 94, is captured in a very inspirational documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, whose previous works include ‘Jesus Camp,’ ‘12th  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Norman Lear Looks Back at His Life and Career: ‘I Don’t Have a Single Regret’

8 July 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Norman Lear is arguably one of the most important crusaders for free speech. He created boundary-pushing sitcoms like “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude,” which tackled hot-button issues like racism, sex and abortion during an era when television largely avoided controversy, and he also founded the progressive advocacy group People for the American Way. So the documentary team of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, best known for “12th & Delaware” and “Jesus Camp,” were understandably shocked that no one had made a movie about the 93-year-old icon’s life story.

“We couldn’t believe it, we were astonished,” Ewing told Variety on Thursday night at the New York premiere of their documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” the first theatrical release from American Masters Pictures. The event was held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.

“Aside from the fact that he revolutionized the sitcom, we »

- Michael Tedder

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

8 July 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud, »

- Steve Greene

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Norman Lear Talks TV Today, Trump, 'All in the Family' Feuds

7 July 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Toward the end of Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a new doc about the TV visionary and political activist, Amy Poehler attempts to sum up Lear's impact. "Do you know how fucking hard it is to make people laugh, to tackle big issues and get big ratings?" she tells an audience at an event honoring Lear. "It's so hard that people don't even do it anymore."

The audience claps, and Lear smiles, but the TV game-changer says now that he doesn't quite agree with the assessment. There's hope, »

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‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You’ Is A Good Introduction To A TV Legend, But Doesn’t Go Deep [Review]

5 July 2016 1:39 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” wants to remind you again, and again, and again that Norman Lear is a genius. Lear, the prolific writer and producer behind the shows “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” and “The Jeffersons,” is still sharp and driven at age 93, and filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi […]

The post ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You’ Is A Good Introduction To A TV Legend, But Doesn’t Go Deep [Review] appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Chris Evangelista

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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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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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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?

Vance: We were in the zone. »

- Variety Staff

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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 »

- Alyssa Sage

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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: […]

The post ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’ Trailer: The Man Who Changed TV Forever appeared first on /Film. »

- 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 »

- Shelli Weinstein

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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, »

- Variety Staff

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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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- Stephen Galloway

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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, »

- Jacob Bryant

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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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