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Yes, You've Seen Carol From The Walking Dead on Screen Before

Image Source: AMC Rick Grimes, King Ezekiel, and Maggie Greene might technically run things with the allied squads on The Walking Dead, but it's Carol Peletier who seems to come in on the clutch most often throughout the series. Remember how she handles the terrible business of dealing with the prison's ill population, then takes care of Lizzie, and manages to save everyone from the Terminus cannibal crew, even after being exiled and ostracized by them? That's boss behavior right there. Carol always seems to take her leave from the group just in time to position herself as an outside asset when she's most needed. She has a foresight that's increasingly rare in this generation of act-first-think-later strategists (lookin' at you, Sheriff). Ezekiel and Jerry would certainly be hobbling around looking for brains to munch on if not for her quick thinking this week, and pretty much everyone else can
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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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‘Get Out’ Review

Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root | Written and Directed by Jordan Peele

Blumhouse Productions is on something of a commercial and critical winning streak at the moment. Aside from providing a platform for Joel Edgerton’s excellent The Gift, it is supporting the unique voice of Ti West, and has become the home of M. Night Shyamalan’s best work in years. Get Out, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut (after co-writing 2016 comedy Keanu), shares something of the latter’s love for weird humour and genre-dodging thrills.

Skins and Black Mirror actor Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, the boyfriend of Rose (Allison Williams). She has convinced him to take a weekend in the country to visit her parents. Dean and Missy Armitage (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) are excruciatingly liberal and over-friendly from the moment they meet Chris.
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‘Oj: Made in America’ Will Win the Best Documentary Oscar — Here’s Why

‘Oj: Made in America’ Will Win the Best Documentary Oscar — Here’s Why
As usual, the five nominees in the fiercely competitive Best Documentary Oscar category are comprised of high-profile hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas. However, this year’s race was marked by outside factors that included #OscarsSoWhite and the election of President Donald Trump. (Of note: Filmmakers of color directed four of the five nominated feature documentaries.)

Here’s how the documentary race shakes out:

O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman, Espn, May 20)

Scoring great reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America,” an exhaustive, eye-opening examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of the Century and beyond.

The movie swept through awards groups: it won three Cinema Eye Honors awards, took home the Ida for Best Feature, the Gotham, the National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics,
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‘Oj: Made in America’ Will Win the Best Documentary Oscar — Here’s Why

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‘Oj: Made in America’ Will Win the Best Documentary Oscar — Here’s Why
As usual, the five nominees in the fiercely competitive Best Documentary Oscar category are comprised of high-profile hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas. However, this year’s race was marked by outside factors that included #OscarsSoWhite and the election of President Donald Trump. (Of note: Filmmakers of color directed four of the five nominated feature documentaries.)

Here’s how the documentary race shakes out:

O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman, Espn, May 20)

Scoring great reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America,” an exhaustive, eye-opening examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of the Century and beyond.

The movie swept through awards groups: it won three Cinema Eye Honors awards, took home the Ida for Best Feature, the Gotham, the National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics,
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‘In the Heat Of the Night’ TV Series Being Redeveloped With ‘People v. O.J.’ Writer

In The Heat Of The Night, a present-day drama series based on the Oscar-winning 1967 United Artists feature, is back in development with a new writer. Joe Robert Cole, writer-producer on FX’s People v. O.J. Simpson, is writing the new series adaptation, which is being developed internally at MGM Television. MGM TV previously had set up an In the Heat of the Night TV series — described as an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi – at Showtime in…
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Jeffrey Hayden, Theater and TV Director, Dies at 90

Jeffrey Hayden, who directed a wide range of plays, films and TV shows including the first color specials for NBC, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2016, after a year of cancer treatment. He was 90 .

Born in 1926, the director began his career at NBC New York, where he directed first color specials like “Lady in the Dark,” and “The Chocolate Soldier,” before directing his wife, “On the Waterfront” and “North by Northwest” actress Eva Marie Saint, in the CBS series “Omnibus.”

Hayden was selected by producer Fred Coe to join the staff of The Philco Television Playhouse in 1954, and while there he directed live TV dramas with such stars as James Dean, Walter Matthau, and Paul Newman. His work attracted the attention of several film studios including MGM, and he went on to direct the crime drama “The Vintage,” starring Michèle Morgan, Pier Angeli, John Kerr, and Mel Ferrer.

Hayden and Saint performed together in both “Love Letters
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‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Adds Anne-Marie Johnson; Matthew McNulty Joins ‘The Terror’

Anne-Marie Johnson has joined the cast of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The series is Netflix's follow-up installment to the 2015 eight-episode limited series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, which was a prequel to David Wain's cult 2001 feature comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Johnson will play Burkhart, a powerhouse fixer lawyer. Known for her starring role on In The Heat of the Night, Johnson most recently guested on NCIS: La, Major Crime
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Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Predictions: Anne Thompson Weighs In With Top Picks

Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Predictions: Anne Thompson Weighs In With Top Picks
Many are called, few are chosen: The number of high-quality, awards-worthy documentaries seems to grow every year, but there’s still only 15 slots on the Oscar documentary shortlist. That will be announced December 5; the final five will be revealed on nominations morning, January 24. This year, 145 features were submitted.

This is the white-knuckle portion of the final campaign stretch, as documentary filmmakers and distributors hope their movies make it onto documentary branch voters’ viewing piles before they file their final grades. Those with the advantage are high-profile established hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of engaging accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas.

So what’s looking like a strong bet? It’s a diverse list in more ways than one. Here are my picks for the Top 15, which are not listed in order of likelihood.

See more ‘Amanda Knox’: Why It Took Five Years to Unravel the Story of
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Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Predictions: Anne Thompson Weighs In With Top Picks

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Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Predictions: Anne Thompson Weighs In With Top Picks
Many are called, few are chosen: The number of high-quality, awards-worthy documentaries seems to grow every year, but there’s still only 15 slots on the Oscar documentary shortlist. That will be announced December 5; the final five will be revealed on nominations morning, January 24. This year, 145 features were submitted.

This is the white-knuckle portion of the final campaign stretch, as documentary filmmakers and distributors hope their movies make it onto documentary branch voters’ viewing piles before they file their final grades. Those with the advantage are high-profile established hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of engaging accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas.

So what’s looking like a strong bet? It’s a diverse list in more ways than one. Here are my picks for the Top 15, which are not listed in order of likelihood.

See more ‘Amanda Knox’: Why It Took Five Years to Unravel the Story of
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The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live Concert Set For Friday, August 19

Music is an integral part of filmmaking, moving the story and touching the audience. Where would iconic movies such as Star Wars, Avatar, The Godfather, or Gone with the Wind be without its music? Would Downton Abbey, Dexter, or House of Cards be the same and have audiences glued to their TVs without music? Would gamers immerse into Final Fantasy or Legend of Zelda if they were silent? Movie music has moved us all to cheer, cry, and fall in love for more than 100 years. Yet the vast majority of composers hired to create this vital part of Hollywood’s cultural landscape have been men. Well, that musical glass ceiling is about to crack!

Grand Performances, the “Best Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series” in Los Angeles and the Alliance for Women Film Composers team up celebrate the music of women composers in film, television, video games and interactive media at
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Chicago Justice Adds Rocky Veteran Carl Weathers as State's Attorney

Chicago Justice Adds Rocky Veteran Carl Weathers as State's Attorney
Chicago Justice is getting a powerful new player in Rocky‘s Carl Weathers, it was announced Saturday at PaleyFest’s salute to Dick Wolf.

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Weathers — who famously portrayed Apollo Creed in the Rocky films and recently co-starred on USA Network’s Colony — will play State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies in the backdoor pilot, airing as Episode 21 of Chicago P.D. this spring.

The latest offshoot in the #OneChicago franchise also features Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Joelle Carter (Justified) and Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn).

Weathers’ other TV credits include Arrested Development, Brothers
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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson to Be Honored by SAG-aftra

Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson to Be Honored by SAG-aftra
SAG-aftra has named Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson as the recipients of its Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor.

The awards will be presented on March 6 at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

“Both of these accomplished women embody the award’s spirit of self-sacrifice through their countless hours of committee and board service for both SAG and AFTRA,” said Jane Austin, president of the local. “Additionally, these women have made significant contributions outside the boardroom for the betterment of all performers and have worked tirelessly on numerous social issues.”

Fairchild served nine years on the Screen Actors Guild’s national board and sat on AFTRA’s Hollywood board for another seven years. She was one of the original members of the Hollywood women’s political committee. As the first celebrity AIDS activist, she starred in
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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson to Be Honored by SAG-aftra

Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson to Be Honored by SAG-aftra
SAG-aftra has named Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson as the recipients of its Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor.

The awards will be presented on March 6 at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

“Both of these accomplished women embody the award’s spirit of self-sacrifice through their countless hours of committee and board service for both SAG and AFTRA,” said Jane Austin, president of the local. “Additionally, these women have made significant contributions outside the boardroom for the betterment of all performers and have worked tirelessly on numerous social issues.”

Fairchild served nine years on the Screen Actors Guild’s national board and sat on AFTRA’s Hollywood board for another seven years. She was one of the original members of the Hollywood women’s political committee. As the first celebrity AIDS activist, she starred in
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'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95

'Star Wars' Boba Fett Voice Actor Jason Wingreen Passes Away at 95
Sad news for TV fans and the Star Wars family as prolific character actor Jason Wingreen has passed away. Known for his roles in All in the Family, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld, Wingreen is perhaps best known as the voice of iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Jason Wingreen died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Jason Wingreen was a prominent fixture on television from 1955 until he retired in the mid-1990s. Along with voicing Boba Fett, the actor gained worldwide notoriety on the hit 70s sitcom All in the Family, playing Harry the bartender. The role also carried over into the spinoff sitcom Archie Bunker's Place. Jason's son Ned confirmed the news of his father's passing last week. The man has over 200 TV credits to his name.

A native of Brooklyn, Jason Wingreen would appear in three separate episodes of The Twilight Zone,
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Jason Wingreen, Voice Of Boba Fett, Dies At 95

Jason Wingreen, the actor who provided the voice of Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has died at the age of 95.  Jason Wingreen.s son, Ned Wingreen, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that his father had died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. Jason Wingreen was born in Brooklyn on October 9, 1920. As well as voicing one of the most popular characters from the Star Wars universe, Wingreen was also a prolific character actor, appearing in the likes of The Twilight Zone, Seinfeld, All In The Family, and Archie Bunker.s Place.  All in all, he amassed close to 200 credits, according to his IMDb page, over the course of his nearly 40-year career. Wingreen began his acting back in 1955 and only retired in the mid-1990s, with his last performance coming in the television series In The Heat Of The Night back in 1994.  But the
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Emmy nominations: 14 incredible records, stats and facts about this year's contenders'

Emmy nominations: 14 incredible records, stats and facts about this year's contenders'
On Thursday,  Edie Falco earned her sixth Emmy nomination for "Nurse Jackie." Along with the six that she reaped for "The Sopranos," she is now tied with Angela Lansbury for the most by an actress in a leading role on a series. Lansbury received all 12 of her nods for the drama "Murder, She Wrote." Falco already shares another record with a TV great, Carroll O'Connor. They are the only two perfomers to win Emmys for lead roles on both comedies and dramas; she for "The Sopranos" (1999, 2001, 2003) and "Nurse Jackie" (2010) and he for "All in the Family" (1971, 1976-78) and "In the Heat of the Night" (1989).  Below, 13 more facts, stats and records regarding this year's Emmys. -Break- Related: Complete list of 2015 Emmy nominations Nomination Records & Trivia With his eighth Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actor, Jon Hamm is now tied for the all-time ...
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July 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Maggie, The Crimson Cult, Robot Jox

The first week of July sees a ton of genre titles headed home on DVD and Blu-ray including a handful of cult classics including Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jox, The Crimson Cult which co-stars Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination, a pair of 1974 shockers- Deranged and Spasmo- as well as The Killers, which is based on Ernest Hemingway’s chilling tale of the same name and gave the film noir subgenre a boost back in the 1940’s.

For those of you looking for something a little more current, you’ve got Alien Outpost, The Pact 2, Trophy Heads and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent zombie film, Maggie, to look forward to as well. As if that wasn’t enough, we also have last year’s Town that Dreaded Sundown remake is also arriving on both DVD and Blu-ray, with the latter being available exclusively at Best Buy on July 7th.
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Blu-ray Release Details and Cover Art for Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jox

In a future devastated by a nuclear war, major conflicts are settled with big robot brawls. Scream Factory's Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Robot Jox hits home media on Blu-ray beginning July 7th, complete with audio commentaries and interviews aplenty.

Press Release -- "In the distant future, mankind has forsaken global wars for battles of single combat. The world has been divided into two opposing super powers, with each side represented by trained champions. Their weapons are huge robotic machines, capable of battle on land, sea and in the air. From celebrated director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and executive producer Charles Band comes Robot Jox, a riveting sci-fi action adventure. Directed by Stuart Gordon, the film stars Gary Graham (TV’s Alien Nation), Anne-Marie Johnson (TV’s In The Heat of the Night, Jag), Paul Koslo (Voyage of the Damned), Robert Sampson (Re-Animator, The Dark Side of the Moon), Danny Kamekona (Hawaii Five-o,
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James Best, Dukes of Hazzard's Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Dead at 88

James Best, Dukes of Hazzard's Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Dead at 88
Actor James Best, best known to ’80s audiences as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes of Hazzard, died Monday from complications of pneumonia, the Associated Press reports. He was 88.

Best played the inept lawman during the CBS show’s entire seven-season run (1979-1985). Additional TV credits included guest stints on The Andy Griffith Show and In the Heat of the Night.

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