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Morgan Freeman’s Biggest Revelation: He Could Shape His Own Destiny

Morgan Freeman’s Biggest Revelation: He Could Shape His Own Destiny
Revelations Entertainment has explored a wide variety of topics since Morgan Freeman and computer-programmer-turned-producer Lori McCreary founded the production company two decades ago: The projects have been both global and universal, tackling South African politics (the 2009 feature “Invictus”) and women in power (CBS’ “Madam Secretary”) in addition to fundamental issues such as love, belief, rebellion and peace (the National Geographic docu-series “The Story of Us”).

But the impetus to form the company came from a deeply personal place in Freeman.

Like many men of his generation, Freeman grew up playing cowboy and watching Westerns. But, as an African-American, he didn’t see many people who looked like him riding high in the saddle on the big screen, literally or figuratively. There were a few who were given respectable but not necessarily fully developed roles, including “Spartacus” gladiator Woody Strode and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” co-star Rex Ingram, but most high-profile black actors appearing in mainstream films, such as
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Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”

Freeman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear and a Kennedy Center Honor. SAG-aftra made the announcement Tuesday.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless
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‘Through the Wormhole’ with Morgan Freeman: Emmy voters can watch ‘Is Privacy Dead?’ on Fyc website

‘Through the Wormhole’ with Morgan Freeman: Emmy voters can watch ‘Is Privacy Dead?’ on Fyc website
The second episode of Morgan Freeman‘s “Through the Wormhole” Season 7, titled “Is Privacy Dead?” has been submitted as Science’s paid entry on the TV academy’s Fyc website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing “Through the Wormhole” is one of only a handful of Best Informational Series Or Special […]
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'Through the Wormhole' First Look: Morgan Freeman Examines Gun Violence in Series Finale

Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman is ending its seven-season run on the Science Channel with an examination of gun violence.

The Hollywood Reporter debuts an exclusive clip from the episode, titled "Is Gun Crime a Virus?" It will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.

The description reads: "Every 17 minutes in America, someone is killed with a gun. Politicians can't seem to stop the violence. But epidemiologists, psychologists and big-data crunchers are discovering that gun crime spreads like a virus — and science may be able to stop its spread."

Watch the clip above.

Since its premiere...
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Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman asks: Can we hack the planet?

This week Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman asks if we can hack the planet to save ourselves from self-destruction. As humanity has risen to cover the globe and our industry and farming have altered both the landscape and the very atmosphere, scientists are wondering if we can turn some of the resulting problems into something positive. Global warming, whether you believe it is man-made or natural, is a real problem for future generations. However, as scientists learn to unlock the mysteries of complex systems like climate and life it could be that we can use these changes in a...read more
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Stem cells to fight Alzheimer’s disease on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

Tonight’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman looks at the exciting subject of reversing Alzheimer’s disease and the magic of stem cells. The episode, titled Can We Cheat Death?, sees Freeman looks at how we can unlock the secrets of certain cells to repair our aging minds and bodies. In it he openly discusses the certainty that awaits everyone. But research into stem cells shows that age-related damage reversal can happen. Watch our exclusive clip below as Freeman says: “Our bodies have built-in technology to repair themselves.” The slow decline of our minds is discussed with cell biologist Dr. Larry Goldstein,...read more
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Discovery Channel Execs Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorensen Launch Production Company

Former television executives Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorensen have formed Anomaly Entertainment, a production company specializing in non-fiction entertainment, Variety has learned.

Along with launching Anomaly Entertainment, the production company has inked an output deal with the Discovery Channel, where the duo was formally based, before they segued over to producing.

Under the new pact with Discovery Channel, the pair will produce content for the network and its sister channels through their new banner.

“Matt and I have been collaborating since our early days at Discovery, and share a passion for relatable characters on improbable journeys,” said Sorensen. Kelly added, “Now, more than ever, we feel that audiences crave these heartfelt stories, and we are incredibly excited to create content that connects with viewers on a deeper, emotional level.”

At Discovery Channel, Kelly and Sorensen previously served as co-vice presidents and development and production. During their tenure since 2007, they worked on “Gold Rush,” “Through The Wormhole
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‘Going in Style’ Trailer: Zach Braff Directs Heist Comedy Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin

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‘Going in Style’ Trailer: Zach Braff Directs Heist Comedy Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin
The last time Zach Braff stepped behind the camera for a feature film, it was in for his Kickstarter-funded “Wish I Was Here,” about a struggling actor, father and husband who finds himself at a major crossroads. Now, two years later, Braff is directing another feature “Going in Style,” a heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman (“Unforgiven”), Michael Caine (“Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Read More: Zach Braff To Direct and Star in New Comedy Pilot ‘Start Up’ at ABC

A remake of Martin Brest’s 1979 film by the same name, the film follows three lifelong buddies who decide to knock off a bank after their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, but soon find themselves in over their heads. It co-stars Anna Margret (“Carnal Knowledge”), Matt Dillon (“Drugstore Cowboy”), Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) and more. It’s written by Theodore Melfi, who previously
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‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score

‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score
Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywood’s most recognized talents, composing scores for films like “The Lion King,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Dark Knight,” among many others. Add to that list BBC’s breathtaking “Planet Earth II” score, which you can listen to below.

The album includes the series’ mesmerizing and captivating main theme song, “Planet Earth II Suite,” composed by the Academy Award winner, as well as original music written by Jacob Shea (“Through the Wormhole,” “Sparks”) and Jasha Klebe (“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”) for Bleeding Fingers Music. The stellar LP contains 49 tracks that will instantly transport you to another world, helping you reimagine the mind-blowing scenes seen on TV.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Clip: Grizzly Bears Shake and Shimmy to ‘Jungle Boogie’ – Watch

For those who have been following the six-part series, the soundtrack also includes the music from the epic battle between the baby iguana and racer snakes.
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‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score

‘Planet Earth II’ Soundtrack: Listen to Hans Zimmer’s Breathtaking Score
Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywood’s most recognized talents, composing scores for films like “The Lion King,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Dark Knight,” among many others. Add to that list BBC’s breathtaking “Planet Earth II” score, which you can listen to below.

The album includes the series’ mesmerizing and captivating main theme song, “Planet Earth II Suite,” composed by the Academy Award winner, as well as original music written by Jacob Shea (“Through the Wormhole,” “Sparks”) and Jasha Klebe (“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”) for Bleeding Fingers Music. The stellar LP contains 49 tracks that will instantly transport you to another world, helping you reimagine the mind-blowing scenes seen on TV.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Clip: Grizzly Bears Shake and Shimmy to ‘Jungle Boogie’ – Watch

For those who have been following the six-part series, the soundtrack also includes the music from the epic battle between the baby iguana and racer snakes.
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Punkin Chunkin Competition Airing on the Science Channel & Discovery Channel this November

  • DailyDead
Gourds will be launched long distances through the air before splattering back to earth when the Punkin Chunkin competition is featured on the Science Channel and the Discovery Channel this November.

Press Release: Projectile pumpkins take over the sky as Punkin Chunkin returns to Science Channel with a three hour simulcast with Discovery Channel – that’s more primetime gourd-chunkin hours than ever before! Punkin Chunkin is the epic gathering of unconventional engineering teams and builders who compete using a variety of technologies - air cannons, catapults, trebuchets and other homemade contraptions - to see who can propel a pumpkin the farthest. This signature Science Channel television event celebrates the science and engineering skills of all those who compete, as well as their creativity, ingenuity, teamwork, and passion. Punkin Chunkin returns in all its glory after a two-year absence as a simulcast on Science Channel and Discovery Channel Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8Pm.
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Science Channel to Broadcast Live as the Rosetta Probe Crashes into a Comet

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Akin to a science fiction blockbuster, the Rosetta spacecraft has traveled over four billion miles to try and achieve what no other ship has ever done: catch a comet. In 2014 Rosetta caught up with its quarry and now, only 62 miles apart and at the end of its mission, Rosetta will collide comet 67P as it enters our inner solar system. The final stages of the mission will be showcased in the Science Channel documentary “Death on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission.”

Read More: President Obama to Present Segments for Science Channel Network’s Nightly News Coverage

Rosetta’s first contact with comet 67P was broadcast on the Science Channel’s “Landing on a Comet: Rosetta Mission.” In 2014, the Philae probe sent to land on the comet was lost, but recently discovered, and its reemergence has provided scientists with a wealth of information about comets.

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Science Channel to Broadcast Live as the Rosetta Probe Crashes into a Comet

Akin to a science fiction blockbuster, the Rosetta spacecraft has traveled over four billion miles to try and achieve what no other ship has ever done: catch a comet. In 2014 Rosetta caught up with its quarry and now, only 62 miles apart and at the end of its mission, Rosetta will collide comet 67P as it enters our inner solar system. The final stages of the mission will be showcased in the Science Channel documentary “Death on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission.”

Read More: President Obama to Present Segments for Science Channel Network’s Nightly News Coverage

Rosetta’s first contact with comet 67P was broadcast on the Science Channel’s “Landing on a Comet: Rosetta Mission.” In 2014, the Philae probe sent to land on the comet was lost, but recently discovered, and its reemergence has provided scientists with a wealth of information about comets.

Read More: Nerdist’s Kyle Hill
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Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman asks can we all be geniuses?

Tonight on Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman – is the future one where we can all be geniuses? It is a fact that intelligence is mostly genetic but could we soon use technology to boost our innate abilities? Well even without technological enhancement there is some evidence that you can increase your intelligence if you’re older, though this could be more a slowing of decline. Mostly studies and experts doubt the claims of brain training companies. Even defining what intelligence is can be difficult in itself but people who do well in one sort of Iq test tend to do well in them...read more
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Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman tackles terrorism

What makes a terrorist, and can they be rewired or circumvented? Can scientific theory and practice eradicate the threat? These are the provoking questions that kick off the new season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman tonight. The Season 7 premiere begins an intellectually challenging ride as Freeman examines terror networks to learn how they rally people to their causes. He also asks if the ideas of there being two sexes, male and female, is outdated in gender classification. Basque separatists, the Ira, and the Kkk are are part of a legacy of terror which continues today as Americans and the West lie in the...read more
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‘Through the Wormhole’: Morgan Freeman Uses Science to Hunt for Terrorists

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‘Through the Wormhole’: Morgan Freeman Uses Science to Hunt for Terrorists
Morgan Freeman is looking for clues in the fight against terrorism – and using his TV show to find them.

The actor’s Science Channel series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” returns next week for its seventh season with more episodes that investigate controversial and burning topics.

Read More: Film Society of Lincoln Center to Honor Morgan Freeman With 43rd Chaplin Award

The show’s season premiere, which airs Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. Et, asks the question, “What Makes a Terrorist?” In the episode, terrorism is examined through science, including the brain shape of known terrorists. The motivation: Finding new ways to wage the war on terrorism.

Other episodes this season include “Are There More Than Two Sexes?,” “Is Gun Crime a Virus?” and “Is Privacy Dead?” Freeman is back as host.

“This series is ambitious and not afraid to tackle the biggest topics and most provocative, necessary questions that
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‘Through the Wormhole’: Morgan Freeman Uses Science to Hunt for Terrorists

‘Through the Wormhole’: Morgan Freeman Uses Science to Hunt for Terrorists
Morgan Freeman is looking for clues in the fight against terrorism – and using his TV show to find them.

The actor’s Science Channel series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” returns next week for its seventh season with more episodes that investigate controversial and burning topics.

Read More: Film Society of Lincoln Center to Honor Morgan Freeman With 43rd Chaplin Award

The show’s season premiere, which airs Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. Et, asks the question, “What Makes a Terrorist?” In the episode, terrorism is examined through science, including the brain shape of known terrorists. The motivation: Finding new ways to wage the war on terrorism.

Other episodes this season include “Are There More Than Two Sexes?,” “Is Gun Crime a Virus?” and “Is Privacy Dead?” Freeman is back as host.

“This series is ambitious and not afraid to tackle the biggest topics and most provocative, necessary questions that
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove’ Gets Debut Date

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‘Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove’ Gets Debut Date
Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” first spinoff series, “Dungeon Cove,” is set to premiere on Sept. 13. Group President Rich Ross touched on the franchise’s latest offering Monday afternoon during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, but very little info accompanied the mention. While TheWrap is told that preview clips will be coming soon, few details beyond the original upfronts announcement of the latest version have been shared. Today was no exception. Also Read: JonBenet Ramsey Murder Tapped for Investigation Discovery Cold Case Series Ross also runs the Science Channel, which will welcome back Morgan Freeman‘s “Through the Wormhole” on Aug.
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‘The Story of God With Morgan Freeman’ Gets Second Season Pickup at National Geographic (Exclusive)

National Geographic Channel has picked up “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” for a second season, Variety has learned.

The Emmy-nominated series will get another three episodes, premiering in early 2017, to probe topics like, “Is there a Chosen One?” and whether one can find proof of a singular deity.

“I had quite a journey last season, but not just in miles covered,” said Freeman, who serves as both host and executive producer. “I met incredible people who opened my eyes and my mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking about faith, the world and all of humanity. I barely scratched the surface of what we can learn, and I’m looking forward to continuing this search for the meaning of life and religion and everything in between.”

Freeman is no stranger to asking big questions on TV — his series “Through the Wormhole” on Discovery’s Science Channel also attempted to tackle philosophical quandaries like
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