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And the Oscar winners go to… A&E’s Roots revival.
Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood) are among the A-listers who’ve boarded the four-night, eight-hour scripted miniseries about one family’s struggle to survive the American slavery system, the network announced today.
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Whitaker will play Fiddler, a slave who risks his life trying to mentor and aid in the escape of protagonist Kunta Kinte, while Paquin has been cast as Nancy Holt, “the wife of a Confederate officer who has »
Exclusive: UK actor cast as Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ scripted event series.
Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Kirby is set to play Kunta Kinte in the seven-part series, which is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive.
The narrative spans multiple generations, beginning with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland in the Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery.
Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in Us history - including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.
The fast-rising Kirby, who played in 2013 comedy drama Gone Too Far and Toronto-bound Afghan war thriller »
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The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.
Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.
Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.
Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly »
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The Emmy Award-winning black-ish actor will portray Haley, who based his novel around the life of Kunta Kinte, an enslaved character inspired by one of his own ancestors. The story of Roots spans several generations, from Kunta Kinte’s initial capture in The Gambia to his family’s struggles and contributions during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. »
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History, A&E and Lifetime greenlight the scripted event series Roots for a new generation of viewers to simulcast on all three flagship brands; it was today announced by Dirk Hoogstra, Evp and General Manager, History.
Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like A Man) joins as executive producer and original Roots cast member and Emmy-award winning LeVar Burton boards as co-executive producer. Mark Wolper also serves as executive producer. Roots is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization. Roots is slated to air in 2016.
The classic miniseries Roots was a television phenomenon that had an indelible effect on American culture. Families were glued to their TV’s night after night to watch the original miniseries. It had a cast from both TV and film.
With younger more relevant actors for 2016, the casting possibilities are endless.
A+E Networks and The Wolper Organization – the »
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History, A&E and Lifetime are teaming up for a reboot of the classic 1970s mini-series "Roots" which is still one of the most successful TV broadcasts of all time.
The original was based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel by the same name and centers on multiple generations of a family from their beginnings in Gambia, through their passage to the United States, enslavement, the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and eventually, Emancipation
The show aired over eight nights in in 1977. LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte in the original mini-series, will serve as a co-executive producer on the remake.
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“My career began with Roots and I am proud to be a part of this new adaptation,” Burton, who portrayed Kunta Kinte on the original mini, said in a statement. “There is a huge audience of contemporary young Americans who do not know the story of Roots or its importance. »
Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman) proclaims that anyone found engaging in treasonous acts will be hanged then burned in a deleted scene from Turn: Washington's Spies: The Complete First Season, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD March 17 from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. This scene, from the show's second episode "Burn by Fire" also features Jamie Bell as Abe Woodhull, who helped form America's first spy ring. The bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD sets include more deleted scenes, plus the featurettes The History Of Turn: Washington's Spies and From Art To Image.
A character-driven drama set during the Revolutionary War, Turn: Washington's Spies: The Complete First Season takes us behind the battlefront to a shadow war fought by everyday heroes who vowed to keep their heroics a secret. Based on Alexander Rose's book "Washington's Spies," Turn: Washington's Spies centers on Abe Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island, »
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are Grammy rivals for Best Country Solo Performance, but they're allies in the Best Country Duo/Group contest, where they compete for their duet "Somethin' Bad." Will something good come out of it for them? -Break- The Grammys have presented the Country Duo/Group award for decades, but in 2011 the award was merged with Best Country Collaboration, so now it pits artists like Underwood and Lambert against established groups like Little Big Town and the Band Perry. But in the three years since the merger, groups have always won: the Civil Wars in 2011 ("Barton Hollow") and 2013 ("From This Valley"), and Little Big Town in-between in 2012 ("Pontoon"). Will Miranda Lambert get overdue Grammys love for Best Country Album? That might be good news for Little Big Town this year; they're nominated for "Day Drinking." It's their third consecutive »
I mean, if soulful troubadour Hollywood Anderson — who stunned the judges (and moved J.Lo to tears) with a radio-ready original called “My Best Friend” — becomes the franchise’s next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, any future contestant who shouts that phrase might sound more like they’re auditioning for CBS’ Stalker or another “this isn’t gonna end well” installment of 48 Hours: Mystery than Fox’s venerable singing competition.
Magnificent as Hollywood was, »
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