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Seth MacFarlane Is Helping Make Our 'Reading Rainbow' Dreams Come True

27 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Los Angeles (AP) - LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" fundraising effort is getting a boost from a generous pal, Seth MacFarlane.

MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1 million in pledges made on the Kickstarter website so that an online version of "Reading Rainbow" can be made available without charge to an expanded number of underfunded classrooms, Burton said in a statement Thursday.

MacFarlane's offer is in effect through 3 p.m. Edt on July 2, when the online fundraiser is to conclude.

Burton said he was left nearly speechless by the "extraordinary generosity" of his friend, the TV and movie writer-producer-actor whose credits include "Ted" and "Family Guy." MacFarlane's spokeswoman confirmed the offer.

MacFarlane jumped in after hearing that "Reading Rainbow" needed to raise at least $5 million, Burton said. The Kickstarter campaign's initial goal was $1 million.

More than $4 million had been pledged by 83,000-plus contributors as of Thursday afternoon.

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- The Associated Press

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LeVar Burton on Reviving ‘Reading Rainbow,’ Mentor William Shatner and Being the Butt of the Joke

11 June 2014 10:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

LeVar Burton wants more people to read, which is just fine by us at TheWrap. However, his “Reading Rainbow” target audience is admittedly slightly younger than our demo. Burton, also of “Star Trek” and “Roots” fame, recently raised more than a million dollars in less than a day on Kickstarter to revive his popular PBS project from the '80s. This time around, “Reading Rainbow” has taken the form of an interactive, multi-platform app intended for home and the classroom. At the time of this writing, Burton's project had generated over $3.6 million. He still has 20 days to go to reach his. »

- Tony Maglio

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Maya Angelou Honored by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and More at Memorial Service

7 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Family, friends and famous admirers including first lady Michelle Obama, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey gathered Saturday in North Carolina and paid tribute to poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou. Angelou was honored as a renaissance figure and one of the 20th century's most famous black writers at the private memorial service at Winston-Salem's Wake Forest University, where she taught since 1982. Angelou died on May 28 at the age of 86 after a remarkable life with important roles in civil rights and the arts. The funeral program includes tributes from Clinton and Winfrey and a eulogy to be given by the first lady. »

- Associated Press

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Louis C. Blau, Entertainment Attorney Who Represented Stanley Kubrick, Dies at 99

2 June 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Entertainment attorney Louis C. Blau, who represented directors Stanley Kubrick and Francois Truffaut, Motown founder Berry Gordy and actors including Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Walter Matthau, Richard Widmark and Lana Turner, has died. He was 99.

Blau died in the Bel Air home where he and his wife lived for more than 60 years.

He was a senior partner at Loeb & Loeb for decades until his retirement in the late 1990s. Blau was Kubrick’s attorney for more than 40 years (the two are pictured together above). When a number of Italian actors arrived in Hollywood in the 1950s, he represented Alida Valli, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi and Pier Angeli. Other American actors he represented included Dan Duryea, Arlene Dahl, Fernando Lamas and Richard Basehart.

He repped authors as well, including “Roots” writer Alex Haley, Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Alvin Toffler, Larry Gelbart and Barnaby Conrad.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Surges Past $3 Million

31 May 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I'd originally planned to bring Lavar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter to your attention in this weekend's Indie Spotlight, but the project has absolutely taken off already.  Initially setting a $1 million goal, the crowd-funded campaign has already exceeded $3 million in just a few days, and has now set a $5 million goal.  The aim is to bring the long-running and award-winning literacy program into the digital generation, expanding their reach through the Reading Rainbow app, with an increased presence on the web, television, gaming devices, and into disadvantaged classrooms.  Hit the jump to see how you can help. Thankfully we've got programs like Reading Rainbow (and contributions from viewers like you) to pick up the slack where our nation's schools continue to fail.  Head on over to Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter page to donate, visit the program's website, and watch his campaign video below (make sure to stick around til the very end): Hi. »

- Dave Trumbore

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LeVar Burton talks Kickstarter success, why we need 'Reading Rainbow' now more than ever

30 May 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

On Wednesday, actor LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million to bring back Reading Rainbow. On Thursday, the $1 million was raised. And by Friday, nearly $3 million had been donated — and there are still 32 days left to contribute to the campaign. Talk about a fundraising success.

The Reading Rainbow TV show, hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation star Burton, launched in 1983 as a program encouraging kids to read and continued its run on PBS until 2006. A few years later, Burton got together with business partner Mark Wolfe to create a Reading Rainbow tablet app, which went on to »

- Ariana Bacle

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LeVar Burton Talks Reading Rainbow's Brilliant Kickstarter Return

29 May 2014 2:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After 23 years of introducing kids to the power of the written word, Reading Rainbow's final episode aired on November 16, 2006 - but now the childhood favorite is making a big comeback. On Wednesday, host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton announced the brand's next chapter on Kickstarter. "Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere" is an online campaign started by the Roots actor and his Reading Rainbow team to transform the company's impressive collection of books into an interactive digital library accessible to every child. The project's beginning goal was to raise $1 million in 35 days, with all »

- Kelli Bender

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LeVar Burton Joins Celebrity Ranks on Kickstarter. But Is It A Worthy Cause?

29 May 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Depending upon your age, you either know LeVar Burton best as Kunta Kinte from the legendary "Roots" miniseries, Geordi La Forge from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" or, if you grew up in the 80s or 90s, as the host and producer of "Reading Rainbow," the popular children's show that aired on PBS from 1983-2006 and encouraged kids to read. Now you can add Burton to the list of celebrities who have had success raising money on Kickstarter. His campaign to ressurect "Reading Rainbow" for a new generation of kids -- in the classroom -- has way surpassed its original $1 million goal in less than 24 hours. The campaign is close to hitting the $2 million mark -- and it isn't set to end until Wednesday, June 2. To give you an idea of just how successful the campaign is, nearly 45,000 people have backed it and it has raised more than Spike Lee's Kickstarter project. »

- Paula Bernstein

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Remembering Author Maya Angelou's Film and TV Career

28 May 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although best known as an author, poet and activist, Maya Angelou, who passed away today at the age of 86, also acted and wrote for TV and film. Having spent years acting on the stage, earning a Tony Award nomination in 1973 for her performance in Jerome Kilty's "Look Away,"  she brought her charisma and talent into American living rooms with a pivotal role in the landmark miniseries "Roots," sparking an acting career that included a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination. Airing in 1977, "Roots" is widely considered the most popular television mini-series of all time. Starring in two episodes, Angelou played Kunta Kinte's (Levar Burton) African grandmother, the matriarch of the line whose descendants are followed throughout the series. "Roots" was not only an audience hit, but also a critical success, and it won top honors at both the Emmys and Golden Globes. Angelou herself was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance. »

- Brandon Latham

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7 Memorable Maya Angelou Onscreen Appearances (Video)

28 May 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Maya Angelou – who rose from poverty, surrounded by segregation and violence, to become a force on the stage, the screen and the printed page -- died Wednesday morning at 86. While the late author was the source of endless noteworthy quotes and powerful passages through her writings, she enjoyed her moments in the spotlight in film and television. Photos: Maya Angelou With Her Hollywood Friends The Hollywood Reporter recounts a handful of Angelou's most memorable appearances: Roots (1977) Angelou appeared in the fabled ABC slavery miniseries Roots, which aired in 1977. Watch a clip of her performance below. The Richard Pryor Special?

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

28 May 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Award-winning author, renowned poet, civil rights activist and one of the most respected voices in America, Dr. Maya Angelou, has died. She was 86. A statement from her family was posted on her Facebook page Wednesday morning: "Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. Est. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Maya Angelou Dead: Renaissance Woman and Cultural Pioneer Dies at 86

28 May 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hillel Italie, Associated Press

New York (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."

Her story awed millions. The young single mother who worked at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world. A black woman born poor wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history. A childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence, eventually told her story through one of the most widely read memoirs of the past few decades.

Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of »

- The Associated Press

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Maya Angelou, Renowned Poet & Memoirist, Dies At 86

27 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Maya Angelou, the esteemed writer of both poetry and prose, died on Wednesday. She was 86.

Maya Angelou Dies

Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., her literary agent, Helen Brann, told The New York Times. Though no official cause of death has been released, it’s been revealed that she suffered from heart trouble and had long been in poor health.

Angelou is perhaps best known for her book I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969), which offered a look at her childhood growing up in the Jim Crow South in the lines of her lyrical prose. Angelou went on to publish six more memoirs – Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, A Song Flung Up to Heaven and Mom & Me & Mom.

As for her poetry, the poem she wrote »

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Preview: 'Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles' (Feature Doc Honoring Kunta Kinteh)

19 March 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It traveled on a screening series "Heritage Tour" last year, starting with a premiere held at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Ga, in January, which was reportedly attended by the likes of Tyler Perry, and Soledad O'Brien. The film, titled Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles, is directed by Elvin Ross, making his debut as writer and director. Made to honor and celebrate Kunta Kinteh, a character from the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, which would also be adapted for the small screen, the Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles story reads: More than 6 million people lost their lives…. for 300 years. One man’s story has become legend. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Louis Gossett Jr. Joins Extant Cast as Halle Berry's Father

10 March 2014 5:04 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Just when we thought the cast of CBS's upcoming new series "Extant" couldn't get any more impressive, along comes the news that Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., has joined the project.

Per TV Guide, Gossett will play Quinn, the father of Halle Berry's female astronaut character, Molly. Affable but undependable, Quinn, a retired doctor living out his days in an isolated island community, is out of touch with the world and estranged from his daughter.

Best known for An Officer and a Gentleman and "Roots," Gossett is slated to appear in at least two episodes beginning with Episode 1.04.

"Extant" premieres on Wednesday, July 2nd, at 9/8c on CBS.

Synopsis:

"Extant" is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut, Molly (Halle Berry), who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately »

- Debi Moore

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DVD Review: "Deep Roots" (1978) And "Starlet Nights" (1978) Retro Porn Double-feature From Vinegar Syndrome

21 February 2014 3:07 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer 

Vinegar Syndrome has released another "Peekarama" double feature of hardcore retro porn from the 1970s. In the amusingly garish packaging, it promises both features are "Full Color, Widescreen" as though the productions were directed by John Ford. First up is Deep Roots, which has to be the only attempt to mingle Alex Haley's landmark bestseller and TV mini-series with the peculiar oral talents of Linda Lovelace. Such creative marketing has long been a mainstay of the porn business which always incorporated the latest social phenomenons into grind house productions. Remember On Golden Blonde and Romancing the Bone?  Deep Roots presents top-liner Jesse Chacan as Billy, a beefy, good-looking Native American guy who is bored with life on the reservation. He inherits a house in L.A. and decides to move there. The opening sequences actually boast some real production values and some relatively impressive camerawork as »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Buzzmakers: Shirley Temple Dies, Duggar Sex Tips

15 February 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?

What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?

1. Shirley Temple Black Dies

Legendary child actress Shirley Temple Black passed away on Monday night, Feb. 10. She was 85.

The actress, perhaps best known for her 1930s films Little Princess, Bright Eyes and Heidi, died in her Woodside, Calif. home, her nephew Richard Black told The Hollywood Reporter. She had recently begun hospice care.

Temple is survived by her three children, her daughter Linda from her marriage to John Agar, and her son Charles and daughter Lori from her marriage to Charles Black.

Temple, who served as a foreign ambassador and diplomat for four U.S. presidents, won a Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award in 2006. "When I was 3 years old, I was delighted to be told that I was an actress, even though I didn't know what an actress was," she said during her acceptance speech. "I have one »

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Ralph Waite obituary

14 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for playing John Walton Sr in the Us television family drama The Waltons

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presbyterian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome Us television drama The Waltons (1972-81).

For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr – "Pa" – he was the quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia (Michael Learned).

The barefoot Virginia hillfolk operated a sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy (played by Richard Thomas for most of the run, then Robert Wightman), a »

- Anthony Hayward

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Ralph Waite obituary

14 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known for playing John Walton Sr in the Us television family drama The Waltons

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presbyterian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome Us television drama The Waltons (1972-81).

For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr – "Pa" – he was the quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia (Michael Learned).

The barefoot Virginia hillfolk operated a sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy (played by Richard Thomas for most of the run, then Robert Wightman), a »

- Anthony Hayward

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"Waltons" Dad Ralph Waite Dead At Age 85

14 February 2014 10:18 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Actor Ralph Waite has died at age 85. He became an icon of American television as the kindly father on the hit TV series The Waltons, which ran for nine seasons beginning in 1972. Waite received an Emmy nomination for his performance and he appeared in several Waltons reunion shows and TV specials over the years. Waite had a diversified career prior to acting. He was a Marine, social worker and ordained minister. He became disillusioned with the church and entered the acting profession. Despite a battle with alcoholism for many years, Waite was always in demand both on TV and in feature films. He received another Emmy nomination for his performance in the 1977 TV miniseries Roots. His feature films include Cool Hand Luke, The Stone Killer, Lawman and The Magnificent Seven Ride! He peppered his acting career with political activism and ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for Congress on three occasions. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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