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Urbanworld 2014 Awards for Screenplay, Features, Shorts & Audience Categories

22 September 2014 7:09 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The 18th Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival (urbanworld.org), presented by Bet Networks with founding sponsor HBO, announced the awards for the screenplay, feature, narrative short, narrative feature (U.S. and world) and audience categories today. The nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival screened over 70 films – including 12 world premieres; and concluded its five day festival with an awards reception hosted by Tony® nominated actress Condola Rashad (The Trip To Bountiful) and actor Stephen Hill (Draft Day) at Tribeca Grill Loft in New York’s Tribeca area. "This year's slate of winning festival selections truly represents a diversity of »

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Emmy Oddsmaker Picks ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to Win Top Awards

18 August 2014 5:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution – gamble on it.

While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn’t mean the odds aren’t worth a glance (see full list below).

According to Eckstein, HBO’s decision to enter “True Detective” into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from “Breaking Bad,” which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to “True Detective’s” 5/1.

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” meanwhile, is Eckstein’s surprise favorite to win in the best comedy series category at 3/2 odds, which would hypothetically end “Modern Family’s” four-year winning streak. ABC’s defending champ, undefeated in the comedy category, is close behind at 5/2 odds. »

- Kevin Noonan

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Emmys 2014: What Should Win Outstanding TV Movie? Take Our Poll!

13 August 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If history is any indicator, Emmy voters like a little, well, history in their Outstanding TV Movie winners.

The last four champs in the category — 2010’s Temple Grandin, 2009’s Grey Gardens and 2008’s Recount and 2007’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee — all had their roots in real-life characters and situations.

Related  Emmy Poll 2014: What Should Win Best Miniseries?

Heck, even in the last three years — when the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences merged Movies and Miniseries into one overarching division — two of the three victors (2012’s Game Change and 2013’s Behind the Candelabra) followed that trend.

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Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding Movie/Miniseries

13 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting. Between now and then, Dan and I will be making our picks for both who should and will win many of the major categories — if you're wagering, keep in mind that Dan tends to be much better at predicting the winners than I am, but also that he was just as flummoxed as I by last year's winners like Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale — starting with a pair of categories that have taken on new shape and importance this year. After TV-movies and miniseries were lumped together into one »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Emmys: Cicely Tyson Reflects on Her Legacy, Race in Hollywood and Breaking Down Barriers

7 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. At 80 years old, Cicely Tyson recently became one of the oldest people to win an acting Tony, for her 2013 performance as Ms. Carrie Watts in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful -- a production featuring the play's first-ever all-black cast. Then she earned an Emmy nomination for the same role in Lifetime's TV movie adaptation of the 1940s-set story about an elderly Texas woman (Tyson) who wants to travel back to the small town where she grew up. Here, she reflects on

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- Scott Feinberg

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The 2014 Emmy Award Nominations

10 July 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Unsurprisingly, HBO leads this year's nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The network's early days of AIDS telemovie "The Normal Heart" dominated its categories with a full nine nominations amongst the major awards. Their fantasy series "Game of Thrones" scored the most nominations of any program overall - six for the major awards and a further thirteen amongst the technical awards.

Regarding the major awards, FX's "Fargo" was the show in front with eight nominations; "Breaking Bad," "Orange is the New Black," "House of Cards" and "Downton Abbey" were next with seven; "Game of Thrones," "Modern Family" and "American Horror Story: Coven" all scored six; "True Detective" and "Sherlock" got five each; "The Good Wife," "Mad Men" and "Veep" nabbed four apiece; and "Luther," "Masters of Sex," "Silicon Valley," "Scandal" and "Louie" all scored three each.

Jimmy Fallon's name comes up six times, his tonight show and SNL »

- Garth Franklin

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2014 Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Fargo’ Lead Nominations

10 July 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO again led the way in nominations for the 66th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, buoyed by the strong showing of new drama “True Detective” and the movie “The Normal Heart,” as the voting again tilted heavily toward cable and new players such as Netflix.

As usual, the nominations announced Thursday morning mixed returning series with a few breakthroughs, with the logjam of quality programming inevitably bound to produce grumbling about those shows that were overlooked.

With “True Detective” nabbing nods for best drama as well as stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson — and “Game of Thrones” leading all programs, with 19 nods — HBO totaled 99 Emmy bids, the most of any network for the 14th consecutive year. The pay service’s coups also included a best-comedy nod to the new sitcom “Silicon Valley,” while one of the more high-profile network contenders, Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” didn’t make the cut.

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- Brian Lowry

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How Lifetime's ‘Trip to Bountiful’ Came Together Despite Cicely Tyson's Doubts

18 June 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This story originally appeared in EmmyWrap: Movies/Miniseries. When Cicely Tyson learned that “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Horton Foote play that earned her a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award, would be heading to Lifetime television, she was immediately skeptical. “I was terrified when I heard that they were about to do that, and I didn't see how it was possible,” Tyson told TheWrap. Foote's work began life as a television play in 1953; it went to Broadway the following year, and then was adapted for a 1985 big-screen version that won Geraldine Page the Oscar for Best Actress. »

- Jethro Nededog

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American Themes Dominate New Crop of TV Movies and Miniseries

12 June 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A president is assassinated. Unspeakable evil unfolds in the wintry Midwest. An elderly woman makes a reflective trip to her hometown. Society is ravaged by a plague and the government doesn’t act. Two Depression-era criminals hunker down for a last, brutal stand against the law.

What do these five stories have in common? “Killing Kennedy,” “Fargo” (pictured above, in production), “The Trip to Bountiful,” “The Normal Heart,” “Bonnie and Clyde” — all stand excellent chances of landing Emmy nominations in the newly separated Outstanding Movies and Outstanding Miniseries categories.

And in an important programming trend, all of these shows (along with the sadly ineligible PBS adaptation of “Barrymore”) are archetypal American tales with American characters and themes at their heart.

“On the surface, you wouldn’t think they have much to do with each other,” says “Bountiful” director Michael Wilson, who directed the Horton Foote play on Broadway in 2013 and »

- Randee Dawn

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Impressive Contenders From Various Networks Crowd Emmy Slate

12 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Once again, HBO has the 800-pound gorilla in this year’s Emmy TV movie race. That’s little surprise, since the pay cabler has long dominated that category, averaging 60% of the nominees in the past decade.

But the news this year is that HBO and its “Normal Heart” are not the only game in town.

Certainly “Heart” is a clear front-runner. It boasts all the elements that Emmy voters like: an important subject matter (government ignoring the AIDS crisis in the 1980s), a great backstory (writer Larry Kramer waited 30 years for this project to happen), an A-list cast (Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer) — and, as a bonus, it’s extremely well done. On its premiere night, it drew 1.4 million viewers.

But even though the movies and miniseries are now split, it still does have some competition, to be sure.

Lifetime, for one, has a bevy of contenders. »

- Tim Gray

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Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Nominations for 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards

28 May 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) today announced nominations for the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, which will be broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 (8pm Et/8pm Pt) and hosted by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer. Nominees of note include: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Keith David, EnlistedLaverne Cox, Orange Is the New BlackUzo Aduba, Orange Is the New; James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory; Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire; Joe Morton, Scandal; The Trip to Bountiful; Luther; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge; Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short; Cicely »

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Lone Star Cinema: The Trip to Bountiful

13 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful illustrates that you can't go home again. Since it was first performed in 1953, the play remains a favorite for stage performance. Indeed, a recent Broadway revival starred a cast of Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. and was even made into a TV movie for Lifetime earlier this year.

But for many years, Foote resisted the idea of bringing his play to the silver screen. Director Peter Masterson was able to convince the Texan writer. Esteemed actress Geraldine Page (Sweet Bird of Youth, Hondo) went on to win an Oscar for her lead role of Carrie Watts in the resulting 1985 movie.

Mrs. Watts, a 60-year-old widow, lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Houston with her son Ludie (John Heard, Home Alone, My Fellow Americans) and daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Carlin Glynn, Sixteen Candles, Three Days of the Condor). She fondly remembers days »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie

7 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

We still haven't seen Ryan Murphy's HBO AIDS drama "The Normal Heart," but it sure is being set up to dominate the TV movie field, with only a few, divisive others -- "Killing Kennedy," "The Trip To Bountiful," "Burton and Taylor," "Barrymore" and "Clear History" -- really in the mix here. Not a very extensive batch for the Emmys' return to dividing the TV Movie and Miniseries categories (which were as one for a few years there). Below are predictions for best TV movie from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and July 10th. Check out predictions in all the categories here. Ben's predictions: 1. The Normal Heart 2. Killing Kennedy 3. The Trip To Bountiful 4. Burton and Taylor 5. Barrymore Spoiler: Clear History In a Perfect World: Not "Clear History" Peter's predictions: 1. The Normal Heart »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best TV Movie

7 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We still haven't seen Ryan Murphy's HBO AIDS drama "The Normal Heart," but it sure is being set up to dominate the TV movie field, with only a few, divisive others -- "Killing Kennedy," "The Trip To Bountiful," "Burton and Taylor," "Barrymore" and "Clear History" -- really in the mix here. Not a very extensive batch for the Emmys' return to dividing the TV Movie and Miniseries categories (which were as one for a few years there). Below are predictions for best TV movie from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and July 10th. Check out predictions in all the categories here. Ben's predictions: 1. The Normal Heart 2. Killing Kennedy 3. The Trip To Bountiful 4. Burton and Taylor 5. Barrymore Spoiler: Clear History In a Perfect World: Not "Clear History" Peter's predictions: 1. The Normal Heart »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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'The Trip to Bountiful': Blair Underwood is caught between the love of two very different women

9 March 2014 | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

All Mother Watts wants is to go home one final time.

Mother Watts (Cicely Tyson) needs to see her childhood home before she's ready to die. In Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful," airing Saturday, March 8, Tyson and Vanessa Williams, as Jessie Mae, re-create their roles from Broadway's revival of this Horton Foote masterpiece.

Tyson won the Tony for this, and it's a fair bet she'll garner an Emmy as well.

"She has within her a fighting spirit that cannot be denied, and that is what I like about her," Tyson tells Zap2it of the character. "Her feeling that God has kept her here for a purpose she is yet to fulfill, and she is determined to do it despite the odds."

This is a quiet study in family angst. Both women love Ludie (Blair Underwood).

He's a devoted son and husband. He and Jessie Mae have no children, and »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'The Trip to Bountiful': Vanessa Williams 'had to be there' for Cicely Tyson

8 March 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Zap2it: What are you working on?

Vanessa Williams: We did "[The Trip to] Bountiful" until October and the [Lifetime] movie in November. In December, I did a concert in Atlantic City and Hawaii, and in February, I am going to jump into "After Midnight." I will be in it from April 1 to May 11.

Zap2it: Will you be singing the same ballads Fantasia did, or will they change the score?

Vanessa Williams: Everyone does the same things, [such as] "Stormy Weather."

Zap2it: Are you going to do "The Trip to Bountiful" when it opens in Los Angeles?

Vanessa Williams: I start rehearsals in August, and it opens in mid-September and runs through the second week of November. It was one of those things as soon as I heard that Cicely [Tyson] had agreed to do it in L.A., I was definitely there for her. Not only that, I did not want to give up my role, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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4 Programming Premieres Featuring African American Personalities To Watch On TV This Weekend

7 March 2014 9:35 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A busy TV weekend lies ahead, especially where black actors (and non actors) are concerned, since that's the part of this blog's focus. So get ready for an attack of the senses (or set your DVRs). First, originally set to premiere last month, in celebration of Black History Month, Lifetime moved the debut date for its film adaptation of the recent all-black Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, to March 8, 2014, which is tomorrow, Saturday, at 8/7c. The Trip to Bountiful is based on American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote's Tony nominated play of the same name, »

- Courtney

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4 Programming Premieres Featuring African American Personalities To Watch On TV This Weekend

7 March 2014 9:35 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

A busy TV weekend lies ahead, especially where black actors (and non actors) are concerned, since that's the part of this blog's focus. So get ready for an attack of the senses (or set your DVRs). First, originally set to premiere last month, in celebration of Black History Month, Lifetime moved the debut date for its film adaptation of the recent all-black Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, to March 8, 2014, which is tomorrow, Saturday, at 8/7c. The Trip to Bountiful is based on American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote's Tony nominated play of the same name, which is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and follows one woman's quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family's future.  The trailer for the film is embedded below (click on below for the second offering): Second, »

- Courtney

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TV Review: ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

6 March 2014 7:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Having not seen “The Trip to Bountiful” since Geraldine Page won an Oscar for it in the 1980s, a first thought is how oddly similar to “Nebraska” it is — as well as how unusual it feels in this day and age to see a project built around an octogenarian protagonist. Still, when the star is Cicely Tyson, networks occasionally make exceptions, and the allure of seeing this version of the stage revival with a predominantly African-American cast is too good to resist, particularly after Lifetime employed the same formula to fine effect on “Steel Magnolias.”

Though the Horton Foote’s original “Bountiful” was written initially for TV, the main problem with the play-turned-movie, for 21st-century TV purposes, is how little actually happens. And while the screen offers an opportunity to open things up a bit, that doesn’t alter the languid pacing or melancholy tone, hinging on an old woman »

- Brian Lowry

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Michelle Obama Reminds Us What Black History Month Is All About

24 February 2014 4:50 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

First Lady Michelle Obama gave thoughtful remarks on Black History Month during a White House screening of Lifetime's The Trip to Bountiful on Monday, saying this month is about "honoring those who came before us." The film stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, and Keke Palmer, who joined Michelle at the White House. Set in the South, the TV adaptation of the Horton Foote play takes place during the final jim crow years. At the screening, Michelle praised Cicely for taking on such a powerful role and "breaking barriers - not just for herself, but for all of us who are blessed by her legacy." Speaking to Black History Month, the first lady added that it's also about honoring African Americans who have set a positive example: "Those who moved us past ignorance with their wisdom and perseverance, those who demanded more from the world around them, and those »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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