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Without Words, Randy Travis Makes Fans’ Dreams Come True

10 June 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This meet-and-greet would be like none of the dozens of others this week at Nashville’s Cma Music Festival. No autographs from this artist, and no more than a tentative “hello” or “thanks.” A handshake? Yes, but only from the left hand, not the right.

None of that mattered to the overflow crowd that lined up Friday afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The thrill was simply getting to be in the presence of Randy Travis.

A near-fatal stroke in July 2013 has robbed the 58-year-old country legend of many things – including his singular voice. But it »

- Nancy Kruh

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Criterion Reflections – Mr. Freedom – Es 9

5 March 2017 7:30 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

Mr. Freedom begins with a wail of sirens as Chicago cops swarm in to crack the skulls of rioters and looters. It ends with a catastrophic explosion that levels a city block in Paris and mutilates the body of the movie’s titular hero. In between all that, against a backdrop of Cold War intrigue and superpower paranoia run amok, we see scenes involving overt racist mockery, rape as a spectator sport,  sacrilege, poisoning, prostitution, assassination, the sexist degradation of women and a pervasive attitude of unmitigated cynicism and ridicule toward the aspirations of the USA as a bulwark of liberty, democracy and decency against the forces of tyranny and oppression around the world. All the necessary ingredients for a robust satirical take-down of good old fashioned patriotism, American-style! The politics are radical, the humor is often guttural, and the »

- David Blakeslee

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Amen, The Jeffersons: Vets of 80s TV shows Cast in Jalen Vs Everybody Pilot

9 February 2017 8:56 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Two TV veterans are returning to the small screen. Deadline reports Jeffersons star Marla Gibbs and Amen alum Anna Maria Horsford have joined ABC's new pilot Jalen vs. Everybody.From Nahnatchka Khan, the Jalen Rose comedy "follows former NBA player and current Espn personality Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad."Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Jalen Rose ABC Comedy Pilot Casts Anna Maria Horsford, Marla Gibbs

6 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBA star and ESPN host Jalen Rose has cast his mother and grandmother for his ABC comedy pilot, Variety has learned.

Anna Maria Horsford and Marla Gibbs have signed on to play Rose’s mother and grandmother, respectively, in Rose’s single camera comedy “Jalen vs. Everybody.”

The half-hour follows Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad. The project hails from the team behind ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.” Nahnatchka Khan wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, and Mandy Summers. Aside from starring, Rose will also serve as a producer. Khan’s Fierce Baby banner is producing in association with 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.

Horsford has a career rich in both comedy and drama, from long roles on FX’s “The Shield” to even lengthier stints on Sherman Hemsley comedy “Amen” and “The Wayans Bros.” Gibbs, of »

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