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Hugh Hefner: The Ups and Downs of a Spectacular Life

Hugh Hefner: The Ups and Downs of a Spectacular Life
While Hugh Hefner had seen his reputation somewhat tarnished by Playmate Holly Madison‘s tell-all about life in the Playboy Mansion, Down the Rabbit Hole and the subsequent sale of the Playboy Mansion, but his life was about far more than what people tuning into The Girls Next Door or readers of Madison’s book might suspected.

Hefner’s death of natural causes throws the Playboy empire into a state of flux. For one thing, in a 2011 interview with The Hollywood Reporter Scott Flanders, CEO of Playboy, admitted there was no succession plan for leadership of the company. And for another,
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Flashback: Patrick Stewart on Taking Over the Enterprise on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

Flashback: Patrick Stewart on Taking Over the Enterprise on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’
In March 1988, the season one wrap party for Star Trek: The Next Generation was held at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, a landmark famous for its appearances in movies such as Rebel Without a Cause and, most recently, La La Land. Along with its stargazing capabilities, the observatory also provides one of the best vantage points of Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area. While speaking with Et, the perspective on Star Trek franchise creator Gene Roddenberry’s mind that night was a more personal one.

“The first year of the first generation of Star Trek, I had been fired,” said Roddenberry, standing in front of a banner that read: “Congrats on the First 26 Voyages,” noting the original series’ first season’s grand total of 26 hours of television. “And the first review we had of the show was: ‘Last night we had one of the worst things that had ever happened on TV in living color.’” The
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‘Hap & Leonard’: Louis Gossett Jr., Corbin Bernsen & Andrew Dice Clay Set To Recur In Season 3 Of SundanceTV Series

Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots), Psych alum Corbin Bernsen and Dice star Andrew Dice Clay are set for recurring roles in the upcoming third season of SundanceTV's critically-praised anthology series Hap & Leonard. Based on Joe R. Lansdale's popular book series, Hap & Leonard follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a…
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Cicely Tyson Hit With Stage Fright While Presenting Emmy, Receives Standing Ovation

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Veteran Roots actress Cicely Tyson, 92, presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series with Anika Noni Rose at the 69th Emmy Awards. Cicely Tyson Nervous Presenting Emmy Award The pair walked to the center of the stage to a standing ovation from the crowd. Tyson was supposed to say the first few lines of […]

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Emmys 2017: Everything You Didn’t See on TV

Emmys 2017: Everything You Didn’t See on TV
Sometimes, what makes Hollywood so confusing but also fascinating is how simultaneously surreal and mundane it can be, and how those two realities can coexist in such tight juxtaposition. Case in point: this year’s Emmy Awards, where one minute Sean Spicer turns up as a surprise guest on stage, eliciting a collective gasp in the audience, and the next, Keri Russell gallops into the bathroom, hiking up the hem of her dress so as not to get it dirty while waiting for an empty stall, and exclaims to nobody in particular, “Holy moly, this is nuts!”

What Russell was referring to is anybody’s guess — perhaps just the overwhelming stimuli present at any awards show — but there were a few not-televised, behind-the-scenes moments that might have been deemed “nuts” by any account.

When Spicer first popped onstage during host Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue, some Emmy guests rolled their eyes, a
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Kristoff St. John

Kristoff St. John was born in New York City on July 15, 1966. He is an actor who started his career in childhood and his first role was Alex Haley in the ABC series ‘Roots: The Next Generation’. His first major role was in ‘Charlie & Co.’, a series which was aired on CBS. He is now best-known for playing Neil Winters on ‘The Young and the Restless’. This is a television show in which he has appeared from 1991 to the present day. In addition to his television work, Kristoff St. John has also had many movie roles. His

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Kristoff St. John
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LeVar Burton Is Sued in Reading Rainbow Copyright Dispute — But You Don't Have to Take Our Word for It

LeVar Burton Is Sued in Reading Rainbow Copyright Dispute — But You Don't Have to Take Our Word for It
LeVar Burton, the actor who hosted PBS’s Reading Rainbow from 1983 to 2006, is being sued in a wide-ranging lawsuit that claims he is attempting to “reap the benefits” of the beloved show that is technically owned by a public broadcasting station in Buffalo, New York.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reading Rainbow‘s current owner, Wned, has been in court with Burton for over a year disputing a 2011 licensing deal.

The broadcaster filed a new lawsuit on Friday that claims it owns the rights to intellectual property associated with Reading Rainbow being used by Burton and his company, RRKidz. The
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Ji-Tu Cumbuka Dies: ‘Roots’, ‘Harlem Nights’, ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Actor Was 77

Ji-Tu Cumbuka, who appeared in films including Harlem Nights and Brewster’s Millions and on 1977 TV miniseries Roots, has died. Cumbuka died Tuesday in Atlanta after a long illness, his niece Amber Holifield wrote on Facebook. Cumbuka received critical praise for his role as the slave Wrestler in Alex Haley’s Emmy-winning 1977 ABC miniseries Roots. His more recent television work includes roles in CSI, Walker Texas Ranger, In the Heat of the Night and Knots Landing. He…
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Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Actor in 'Roots' and 'Harlem Nights,' Dies at 77

Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Actor in 'Roots' and 'Harlem Nights,' Dies at 77
Actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka, who appeared on Roots and in such films as Bound for Glory, Brewster’s Millions and Harlem Nights, has died. He was 77.

Cumbuka died Tuesday in Atlanta after a long illness, his niece, Amber Holifield, reported on Facebook.

Cumbuka portrayed the slave Wrestler on the landmark 1977 ABC miniseries Roots and played opposite Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions (1985), Moving (1988) and, as the character "Toothless Gambler," in Harlem Nights (1989).

The 6-foot-5 actor had a recurring role as Torque, a man with a detachable hand, on the short-lived 1979 NBC series A Man Called...
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Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Actor in 'Roots' and 'Harlem Nights,' Dies at 77

Actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka, who appeared on Roots and in such films as Bound for Glory, Brewster’s Millions and Harlem Nights, has died. He was 77.

Cumbuka died Tuesday in Atlanta after a long illness, his niece, Amber Holifield, reported on Facebook.

Cumbuka portrayed the slave Wrestler on the landmark 1977 ABC miniseries Roots and played opposite Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions (1985), Moving (1988) and, as the character "Toothless Gambler," in Harlem Nights (1989).

The 6-foot-5 actor had a recurring role as Torque, a man with a detachable hand, on the short-lived 1979 NBC series A Man Called...
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TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Sterling K. Brown Reflects on This Is Us Phenomenon, Teases Funnier Season 2

TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Sterling K. Brown Reflects on This Is Us Phenomenon, Teases Funnier Season 2
This Is Us Mvp Sterling K. Brown would be the first to tell you that the last thing he ever expected was to be famous — never mind so famous that he’d end up being interviewed for The TVLine Podcast as one of our Dream Emmy nominees. “I always thought that I would just be working in obscurity in perpetuity,” he admits to Executive Editor Kimberly Roots. Like, “‘You’re that guy from that guest spot!’… or ‘I loved you on Supernatural!'”

RelatedThis Is Us: This Is TVLine Deciding to Not Obsess About Jack’s Death

Luckily,
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LeVar Burton Is In 'No Mood' to Be Disrespected by American Airlines

LeVar Burton Is In 'No Mood' to Be Disrespected by American Airlines
LeVar Burton can fly twice as high, but he may have to do it in business class.

The Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, 60, had a turbulent flight on American Airlines on Sunday and sounded off on Twitter about the “disrespect” he says he experienced.

Burton was bumped from first class to business on a recent flight from Chicago O’Hare to Los Angeles, despite having paid for two seats in the pricier section. On Sunday, he called out the airline on twitter, tagging American, he wrote “I’m in No Mood for disrespect.”

.@AmericanAir after
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Ian McShane Reflects on Long Days Filming ‘American Gods': ‘That’s What Makes It All the Sweeter’ (Video)

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Ian McShane Reflects on Long Days Filming ‘American Gods': ‘That’s What Makes It All the Sweeter’ (Video)
Ian McShane’s career has spanned decades, with dozens of film and TV credits as diverse as “Lovejoy,” “Dallas,” “Deadwood,” “Roots” and “Babylon 5: The River of Souls,” and as high-profile as “Game of Thrones,” “The West Wing,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the animated fare “Shrek the Third.” Now, McShane stars as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday in Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s Starz adaptation of the bestselling Neil Gaiman novel “American Gods.” And even with all those years of experience, McShane says it’s not always easy. Also Read: Every 'American Gods' Character, Ranked by How
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Showing Roots starring Maggie Grace Arrives on DVD June 20th

Return to the 1970s when the inspirational drama Showing Roots, starring Maggie Grace and Uzo Aduba, arrives on DVD at Walmart on June 20 from Lionsgate.

Return to the 1970s when the inspirational drama Showing Roots arrives on DVD at Walmart on June 20 from Lionsgate. The film tells the story of two women who cross racial boundaries to form a friendship and fight against inequality in their small town. Maggie Grace and Uzo Aduba lead an all-star cast that includes Adam Brody, Elizabeth McGovern, and Cicely Tyson.From director Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful), the Showing Roots DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

In 1977, as the miniseries “Roots” hits the airwaves, two women are inspired to try and integrate their small Southern town. In a place where there are still “right” and “wrong” sides of the tracks, these two young women — one white,
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19 Things You Probably Don't Know About Hollywood's Coolest It Girl, Zoë Kravitz

19 Things You Probably Don't Know About Hollywood's Coolest It Girl, Zoë Kravitz
Image Source: Getty / Dimitrios Kambouris Zoë Kravitz is practically synonymous with the word cool. But given her parents - rock star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet - how could she not be? It might be easy to assume the 28-year-old Big Little Lies star has had it a little easier than most in Hollywood, but her path to becoming one of most sought-after actresses/singers/models out there has been incredibly interesting. Why not get to know her a little better? RelatedBig Little Lies: Time to Obsess Over Zoë Kravitz's Elvis Cover She's half Jewish. Her paternal grandfather, Sy Kravitz, and maternal grandmother, Arlene Litman, were both Jewish. She's proud of her mixed heritage. "I am mixed. My parents are mixed," she recently told Allure. "The more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black and what that means - being more proud of
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NBC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Law & Order True Crime, Rise From Jason Katims and More New Shows

NBC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Law & Order True Crime, Rise From Jason Katims and More New Shows
NBC has unveiled its fall 2017 schedule, along with previews for its upcoming series, including the highly anticipated Will & Grace revival and the Edie Falco-fronted Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

RelatedNBC Fall Schedule: This Is Us Relocates to Will & Grace-Led Thursday, Blindspot and The Blacklist Also on the Move

Here at TVLine, we immediately jumped at the chance to screen each trailer — some of which are available here; others were only shown to members of the press at the NBC Upfront on Monday — and we’re ready to divulge our totally unfiltered, brutally honest snap judgments. (Fwiw: Trailers
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Leslie Uggams, Blind Al, To Return In Deadpool 2

Blackfilm.com is reporting that Leslie Uggams is set to return as Blind Al in Deadpool 2. For an afterparty set for the film The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, she was asked whether fans could expect to see her return to the film which she confirmed. The Deadpool sequel is set to start filming later this spring with Josh Brolin joining the cast as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Leslie Uggams has had a long career in film, television, and the theater. The role that led her to national prominence was Kizzy in Roots. She starred in a variety show on ABC called The Leslie Uggams Show in 1983 which nabbed her an Emmy. She's also starred in films like Sugar Hill starring Wesley Snipes.

While her role in Deadpool wasn't that big, she certainly made her presence felt. It's great when an actor of her caliber takes on
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Deadwood Revival Script 'Has Been Delivered to HBO,' Says Ian McShane

There’s been some movement on HBO’s long-gestating Deadwood revival, according to Al Swearengen himself.

Series creator David Milch’s “two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO,” Ian McShane reveals to TVLine exclusively, before adding with a laugh, “If they don’t deliver [a finished product], blame them.”

McShane, who has a starring role in Starz’ American Gods (premiering April 30), says he’s spoken to Milch “about some of” the script. “I’ll be seeing him for lunch [soon],” he continues. “We’d all love to do it… It would be nice to see all of the old gang again.”

This marks
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Emmys: ‘Gilmore Girls’ To Compete As Limited Series

The Television Academy said today that Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life will compete in the Primetime Emmy Awards as a limited series after a petition was submitted by show’s producers. The ruling puts the revival of the series in the same pool as the likes of Fargo, American Horror Story and American Crime. Last year, FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson won the Emmy in the category, which included AMC’s The Night Manager and History’s Roots revival. According to…
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The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV adaptation of a book/book series?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Ok, I listed like 50 answers for last week’s Guest Stars question and I’m determined not to cheat this week! Kinda. The answer is “Friday Night Lights,” but I acknowledge that there are caveats, because the NBC TV series was based on the feature film, which was based on Buzz Bissinger’s book, so is the show based on a book or based on a movie? Well, because Peter Berg adapted both, I’m gonna say they’re both based on the book, because really the only continuity
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