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Tavis Smiley Teams Up w/ J.J. Abrams to Bring His 'Death of a King' to the Small Screen

13 April 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Tavis Smiley has teamed up with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot shingle to adapt his 2014 book on Mlk, "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year," for television. The New York Times bestselling author and award-winning talk show host recounts the trials and triumphs of the final 365 days of King's life, in the Little, Brown & Company-published book, including denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few - all of which he had to rise above in order to continue to lead. No word yet on how the book will be adapted - whether as a miniseries, or a TV movie - nor do we know on what network it will land.  It's also too early for casting news, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tavis Smiley Teams Up w/ J.J. Abrams to Bring His 'Death of a King' to the Small Screen

13 April 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Tavis Smiley has teamed up with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot shingle to adapt his 2014 book on Mlk, "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year," for television. The New York Times bestselling author and award-winning talk show host recounts the trials and triumphs of the final 365 days of King's life, in the Little, Brown & Company-published book, including denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few - all of which he had to rise above in order to continue to lead. No word »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Bad Robot Acquires Tavis Smiley’s Martin Luther King Book ‘Death Of A King’ For TV

13 April 2015 3:36 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

J.J. AbramsBad Robot has partnered with author/talk-show host Tavis Smiley to bring his book, Death Of A King, to the small screen. Bad Robot has acquired rights to the book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final days in association with Warner Bros Television, where the company is based on the TV side. Published by Little, Brown & Co. last fall to solid reviews, Death Of A King tells the dramatic and untold story of King’s tumultuous last year leading to his 1968… »

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Tavis Smiley Ponders Whether 'Empire' Shows "The Worst of Every Pathology That Black People Have"

7 April 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Tonight on "PoliticKING with Larry King," guest Tavis Smiley weighs in on Fox's hit TV series "Empire." Below is a transcript of a sneak preview of the interview, as well as a clip from the episode: King: But on the other hand, the hottest show on television is “Empire”.   Smiley: That is true.   King: Number one. “Blackish” is doing very, very well. Although someone in the New York Post called that a racist show.   Smiley: I don’t think that’s the case, but the “Empire” thing is fascinating, because the show is doing remarkably well and yet there are a lot of African Americans, the show had 21 million viewers I think on it’s »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tavis Smiley Ponders Whether 'Empire' Shows "The Worst of Every Pathology That Black People Have"

7 April 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Tonight on "PoliticKING with Larry King," guest Tavis Smiley weighs in on Fox's hit TV series "Empire." Below is a transcript of a sneak preview of the interview, as well as a clip from the episode: King: But on the other hand, the hottest show on television is “Empire”.   Smiley: That is true.   King: Number one. “Blackish” is doing very, very well. Although someone in the New York Post called that a racist show.   Smiley: I don’t think that’s the case, but the “Empire” thing is fascinating, because the show is doing remarkably well and yet there are a lot of African Americans, the show had 21 million viewers I think on it’s final episode, there's a lot of people who love the show, obviously not just African Americans. But there's a debate in the black community that hasn’t really surfaced, hasn’t really boiled to the top yet, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tavis Smiley & Kenny Leon Are Teaming Up for 'My Journey with Maya' Adaptation

1 April 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Not quite a year since her death, Tavis Smiley and director Kenny Leon have announced that they have teamed up to develop a stage adaptation of Smiley's new Maya Angelou memoir, "My Journey With Maya," which details their nearly 30-year friendship. Smiley was 21 years old when he first met Angelou, who was 58 at the time, in the mid-1980s. The poet, professor, author, speaker, icon died on May 28, 2014.    A search for a writer to adapt the book is underway. No word on casting yet. "I haven't been this excited by a project in a long, long time," Leon said. "I don't think there is another person like her in my lifetime or in the last 100 years of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For Calling Black Actors ‘Colored’ In TV Interview

27 January 2015 2:03 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized for use of the outdated term “colored” when referring to black actors. Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes Cumberbatch appeared on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS promoting his Oscar-nominated turn in The Imitation Game when he weighed in on the diversity problems in the UK film industry. “I think as far as colored […]

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- Chelsea Regan

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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For "Thoughtless" Comment on Race

27 January 2015 7:10 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has issued an apology for using the term "colored" during an interview on the Tavis Smiley PBS show. The actor stated that he is "devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology" and offered his "sincere apologies." He also included, "I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done." Benedict appeared on the show last week to discuss his role in the film The Imitation Game. The answer came after a question about the lack of diversity in British films. Watch the response below, and read the full statement after that: "I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive. »

- Aemilia-Madden

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Tavis Smiley Defends Guest Benedict Cumberbatch

27 January 2015 7:05 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has been on a meteoric rise as the “Sherlock” TV drama actor is now a leading man in film. The 38-year-old is nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Imitation Game,” but has taken time off from his red carpet responsibilities to get back to filming “Sherlock.”Cumberbatch was booked on Tavis Smiley’s show to discuss his Oscar-nominated role in “The Imitation Game,” and he also discussed  Lenny Henry, a black British actor and comedian who has launched a campaign for more work in front of the camera for people of color.He said, “I think as far […] »

- April Neale

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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes For Using Term "Colored Actors": I Was "An Idiot"

27 January 2015 1:26 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Owning up to his mistake. Benedict Cumberbatch issued a statement on Monday, Jan. 26, to apologize for using a controversial term.  In a cringe-worthy moment, the Oscar-nominated British actor, 38, referred to his black colleagues as "colored actors" in an interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS last week. While he was speaking about the racial inequality and the insufficient representation of diversity in the UK, many took issue with Cumberbatch's use of the term "colored." "As far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the UK," [...] »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes for Referring to Non-White Actors as 'Colored'

26 January 2015 9:59 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Benedict Cumberbatch apologized on Monday for his use of the term "colored" when referring to non-white actors during an interview last week.

"I offer my sincere apologies," Cumberbatch said in a statement issued to People. "I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done."

Cumberbatch might be one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood today, but that doesn't mean he's immune to occasionally sticking his foot in his mouth.

Video: David Oyelowo on Oscars' Lack of Diversity: 'We’re Just Going to Keep Plugging Away'

The Imitation Game star found himself in hot water on Wednesday after sitting down for an interview with PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley, where the actor talked about the perceived lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.

According to Cumberbatch, it's even more difficult for non-white actors in the United Kingdom to get work than it is for those in America.

"I think, as »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Calls Himself an ''Idiot,'' Apologizes After Using the Word ''Colored'' to Refer to Non-White Actors

26 January 2015 2:31 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Well, Benedict Cumberbatch has had better days. The Imitation Game star smartly pronounced himself an "idiot" today after using the word "colored" during a recent conversation about diversity in Hollywood, a hot-button issue of late after the Academy failed to nominate any performances given by non-white actors this year for an Oscar, the most talked-about snub being Selma star David Oyelowo. During an appearance on PBS' Tavis Smiley last week, Cumberbatch reportedly said that "as far as colored actors go," there were more opportunities in the United States than there were in his native Britain. Um...hmm. Doesn't really sound like the classically trained thesp, »

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Benedict Cumberbatch apologises after calling black actors "coloured"

26 January 2015 1:54 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has apologised for referring to black actors as "coloured".

Speaking on PBS talk show Tavis Smiley today (January 26), Cumberbatch used the term while talking about diverse casting in Hollywood.

He said: "I think as far as coloured actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the Us] than in the UK, and that's something that needs to change.

"Something's gone wrong, we're not representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace."

Following the interview, Cumberbatch was praised for the sentiment of his argument, but also criticised for using the outdated phrase.

In a statement, the Oscar nominee said: "I'm devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies.

"I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Says U.S. Offers Black Actors More Opportunities

26 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Though the Screen Actors Guild awards made history Sunday by bestowing the two major TV acting honors to women of color for the first time since the Guild began its ceremony, the 2015 awards show season has been criticized for inadequately recognizing people of color. Despite this, Benedict Cumberbatch, who's been widely lauded for his portrayal of British computer scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, still thinks the United States is ahead of the United Kingdom when it comes to job opportunities for black actors and actresses. "I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Benedict Cumberbatch Says U.S. Offers Black Actors More Opportunities

26 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Though the Screen Actors Guild awards made history Sunday by bestowing the two major TV acting honors to women of color for the first time since the Guild began its ceremony, the 2015 awards show season has been criticized for inadequately recognizing people of color. Despite this, Benedict Cumberbatch, who's been widely lauded for his portrayal of British computer scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, still thinks the United States is ahead of the United Kingdom when it comes to job opportunities for black actors and actresses. "I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Benedict Cumberbatch: 'The Us is better for black actors than the UK'

26 January 2015 3:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Benedict Cumberbatch has suggested that the UK is behind the Us when it comes to diverse casting.

Speaking on PBS talk show Tavis Smiley, Cumberbatch said that he has witnessed British actors of colour finding more opportunities across the pond.

"I think as far as coloured actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the Us] than in the UK, and that's something that needs to change," he explained.

"Something's gone wrong, we're not representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace."

Cumberbatch's comments come amidst ongoing controversy around the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations.

Oscars 2015: What happened to diversity in this year's nominations?

Oscars 2015: Academy Awards nominations list

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch speak to Digital Spy about The Imitation Game below: »

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