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15 Emmy Fun Facts Leading Up to This Year’s Awards

16 September 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Awards season trivia is a seemingly never-ending well of facts and figures that, practically speaking, rarely amount to more than an extra point or two at your local bar’s trivia night. Still, with TV’s biggest night of the year on the horizon, here is a list of 15 Emmy-related fun facts to impress your watch party, or at least hold you over until Sunday.

1. Netflix and Chill

Since becoming eligible to appear on the Emmy ballot in 2013, Netflix has gathered a total of 117 nominations overall. This year, Netflix reigns as the third-most nominated network — behind HBO (94) and FX (56) — with 54 nominations for 2016.

2. Glorious Cloris

Cloris Leachman reigns supreme with the most Emmy wins by a single actor, male or female, with a whopping eight victories. The TV legend has trophies from her appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Touched by an Angel,” among others.

3. Never Nominees

Popularity among audiences doesn’t necessarily guarantee Emmy success — stars »

- Arya Roshanian

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A Look Back at Roma Downey’s Famed ‘Touched by an Angel’ Role

11 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When “Touched by an Angel” premiered in 1994, critics were less than impressed with the heavenly CBS drama.

Despite the dismissive reviews, this sweet saga with fetching Irish lass Roma Downey as the novice angel, saucy Della Reese as the elder angel, and Bradley Cooper look-alike John Dye as the Angel of Death would charm viewers for nine seasons, scoring as a top-10 series for four years. At its height, “Touched by an Angel” reached more than 21 million total viewers a week and remained popular through syndication and DVD releases.

The series got off to a rocky start in the ratings, and a second season was far from a sure thing. Second chances were a big theme in this series, and the show made the most of its own when CBS took a leap of faith after a massive viewer campaign, in which devoted fans swarmed the network with impassioned letters praising the show, and »

- Susan Young

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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Joins AFL-CIO Executive Council

3 August 2016 7:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The AFL-CIO has added SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris to its executive council.

Gabrielle is a long-time union activist who is not afraid to stand up and fight for what’s best for her fellow actors,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “I am proud to welcome her to the executive council, and look forward to working with her to make the lives of all working people better.”

Carteris became president of SAG-aftra in April as the successor to Ken Howard, who died unexpectedly on March 23. She is best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on the TV show “Beverly Hills 90210” and played a recurring role in “Code Black.” Her other credits include “Touched by an Angel,” “King of the Hill,” “NYPD Blue,” “Jag,” and “Criminal Minds.”

“I’m thrilled to join the AFL-CIO executive council and look forward to working with my fellow council members to advance the interests of SAG-aftra members and those of our brother »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris Joins AFL-CIO Executive Council

3 August 2016 7:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The AFL-CIO has added SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris to its executive council.

Gabrielle is a long-time union activist who is not afraid to stand up and fight for what’s best for her fellow actors,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “I am proud to welcome her to the executive council, and look forward to working with her to make the lives of all working people better.”

Carteris became president of SAG-aftra in April as the successor to Ken Howard, who died unexpectedly on March 23. She is best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on the TV show “Beverly Hills 90210” and played a recurring role in “Code Black.” Her other credits include “Touched by an Angel,” “King of the Hill,” “NYPD Blue,” “Jag,” and “Criminal Minds.”

“I’m thrilled to join the AFL-CIO executive council and look forward to working with my fellow council members to advance the interests of »

- Dave McNary

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Gloria DeHaven, Star of Golden Age Movie Musicals, Dies at 91

1 August 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gloria DeHaven, who starred in classic movie musicals in the 1940s and ’50s — mostly for MGM, has died. She was 91.

The actress died Saturday in hospice care in Las Vegas, after suffering a stroke several months ago, her agent told Reuters.

“With Gloria DeHaven’s passing, we have lost another precious link to the classical cinema of yesteryear. Gloria was a talented actor and singer, and she will be sorely missed,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris.

DeHaven, who’s career spanned six decades, embodied Hollywood’s Golden Age with her spunk and charisma.

She made her big-screen debut as a child, playing Paulette Goddard’s younger sister, in Charlie Chaplin’s last silent movie, 1936’s “Modern Times.” DeHaven starred in more than two dozen films, including her breakout role in Lucille Ball’s “Best Foot Forward” (1943); “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944) with Van Johnson, June Allyson, and Jimmy Durante; “Step Lively” (1944) with Frank Sinatra, giving »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Gloria DeHaven, Star of Golden Age Movie Musicals, Dies at 91

1 August 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gloria DeHaven, who starred in classic movie musicals in the 1940s and ’50s — mostly for MGM, has died. She was 91.

The actress died Saturday in hospice care in Las Vegas, after suffering a stroke several months ago, her agent told Reuters.

“With Gloria DeHaven’s passing, we have lost another precious link to the classical cinema of yesteryear. Gloria was a talented actor and singer, and she will be sorely missed,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris.

DeHaven, who’s career spanned six decades, embodied Hollywood’s Golden Age with her spunk and charisma.

She made her big-screen debut as a child, playing Paulette Goddard’s younger sister, in Charlie Chaplin’s last silent movie, 1936’s “Modern Times.” DeHaven starred in more than two dozen films, including her breakout role in Lucille Ball’s “Best Foot Forward” (1943); “Two Girls and a Sailor” (1944) with Van Johnson, June Allyson, and Jimmy Durante; “Step Lively” (1944) with Frank Sinatra, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Law & Order, Murder She Wrote: Actor John McMartin Dies at 86

8 July 2016 2:09 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Prolific character actor, John McMartin, has died at the age of 86. A veteran of stage and screen, he was born August 21, 1929 in Warsaw, Indiana and raised in Minnesota. McMartin's first professional credit is for playing Ed Rice on the As the World Turns TV show from 1961 to 1963. The daytime soap opera was cancelled by CBS in 2010.Per IMDb, McMartin's final TV series credit was for the 2015 episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV show, "Kimmy Goes on a Date!" McMartin's other recent TV series work includes Law & Order (1992-2009), Oz (2000), Touched By an Angel (1997-98), and Murder She Wrote (1985-91).Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Gabrielle Carteris Selected as SAG-AFTRA President

9 April 2016 5:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gabrielle Carteris has become the president of SAG-AFTRA for the next 16 months as the successor to the late Ken Howard, who died March 23.

The union’s national board made the decision Saturday in a vote by acclamation. Carteris has been serving as acting president since Howard’s death.

She had been re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in October, topping Patricia Richardson.

The SAG-aftra Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will succeed the president should the office be vacated with the national board then selecting the president to serve the balance of the unexpired term.

SAG-aftra’s next election will take place in August 2017.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the SAG-aftra National Board to serve the union and its members as president,” said Carteris. “Ken was a great union leader, »

- Dave McNary

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Gabrielle Carteris Succeeds Ken Howard as Acting SAG-AFTRA President

23 March 2016 6:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Executive vice president Gabrielle Carteris has become acting president of SAG-aftra following Wednesday’s death of SAG-aftra president Ken Howard.

The union’s national board, which holds four meetings a year, will determine who succeeds Howard for the remaining 17 months rest of his term.

Carteris was re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in September. The SAG-AFTRA Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will assist the president in the governance of the union and will succeed the president should the office be vacated.

“In the event the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the Executive Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President set forth in this Constitution until the next meeting of the National Board, which shall elect from eligible members a President to serve the »

- Dave McNary

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Listen to Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Melanie Lynskey Discuss Acting in Extensive Talk

10 March 2016 2:56 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When asked which actress she’d like to talk to for a recent extensive discussion, Mary Elizabeth Winstead had only one choice: Melanie Lynskey. Proving she’s just as big a fan of her as we are around here, the two participated in a nearly 40-minute talk for The Talkhouse ranging from 10 Cloverfield Lane (which Winstead is fantastic in) to Togetherness, in which Lynskey currently masterfully portrays a guilt-ridden wife looking to mend her relationship.

They also discuss body image in media and the nightmares of self-taped auditions, while Winstead opens up about starting her career at 12 in Salt Lake City and getting her first role in Touched By an Angel (she notes she got her role changed because she was too nice). The two also touch on improvisation, including a hilarious anecdote about Winstead getting nervous on the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter when asked to come up »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The X-Files’ Episode 5 Recap: Babylon Falls

15 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details for the fifth episode of “The X-Files,” titled “Babylon.”

Combining a dull terrorism investigation with leaden comedy, faux spirituality and an ill-advised honky-tonk dance sequence, Monday’s fifth episode of “The X-Files” reboot is arguably one of the most misguided entries in the series’ history. Not since Kathy Griffin guest-starred in the notoriously unfunny seventh season episode “Fight Club” has the show missed the mark this far in terms of tone and style.

Written and directed by Chris Carter, the episode – titled “Babylon” – begins with a young Muslim man’s afternoon prayer. In case we’re not sure that this is meant to be suspicious, the ominous music, moody shadows and low-angle framing lets us know from the very first second that he’s up to no good.

On his way to meet a friend at a Southwest Texas motel, the young man »

- Matthew Chernov

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Ray Colcord, ‘Boy Meets World’ and ‘Simpsons’ Composer, Dies at 66

7 February 2016 9:35 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ray Colcord, Emmy-nominated TV composer whose themes included the long-running “Boy Meets World” and “227” series, died Friday at his Studio City home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

Colcord scored hundreds of hours of television, mostly comedies. He was Emmy-nominated for his theme for the 1990 sitcom “Singer & Sons,” but he also wrote the themes for “The Charmings,” “The Ann Jillian Show,” “The Torkelsons” and others in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He also composed the scores for dozens of other series including “Dinosaurs,” “Boy Meets World,” “Big Brother,” “Facts of Life,” “The Simpsons,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Silver Spoons,” “My Two Dads” and the currently running “Girl Meets World.”

Colcord’s other credits include scores for the films “Resurrection Mary,” “The King’s Guard,” “Heartwood,” “The Paper Brigade,” “Wish Upon a Star” and “Amityville Dollhouse,” and songs for “Earth Girls Are Easy” and “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. »

- Jon Burlingame

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Captive movie review: prisoner of boredom

5 January 2016 1:05 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

So inept a film, so bland and monotonous, that it fails even to serve as the blatant ad for the certain Christian motivational book it would appear to be. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I don’t need a deity to have a purpose-driven life

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

True story: In 2005, recovering drug addict Ashley Smith was held hostage in her own Atlanta apartment for seven hours by Brian Nichols, who had earlier escaped from the courthouse where he was on trial for rape; in the course of his escape, he murdered several people, including the judge presiding in his case. Afterward, once Nichols had been recaptured, Smith’s story went viral because she said she’d read to her abductor from the Christian motivational book The Purpose Driven Life, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Natalie Cole, Grammy-Winning Singer, Dead at 65

1 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Los Angeles (AP) — Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat "King" Cole who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technology, shared a duet with him on "Unforgettable," has died. She was 65.

Natalie died Thursday evening at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles due to compilations from ongoing health issues, her family said in a statement.

"Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain Unforgettable in our hearts forever," read the statement from her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole.

Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009. Cole's older sister, Carol "Cookie" Cole, died the day she received the transplant. Their brother, Nat Kelly Cole, died in 1995.

Natalie Cole was inspired by her dad at an early »

- The Associated Press

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