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Spurring social change was brought to the fore at the eighth annual Television Academy Honors, which feted six stand-out television programs at the Montage Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
The honored programs were the ABC comedy “Black-ish,” Amazon Prime’s “Transparent,” the Espn Boston marathon bombing docu “E:60 Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest,” Netflix’s “Virunga” and a pair of HBO films, “The Normal Heart” and “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert.”
The night’s goal was to recognize people who use television to “change people’s minds” according to Maury McIntyre, the Television Academy President and COO. The programs broached prescient topics including poverty in America, corporal punishment in the black community, reacting to terrorist attacks and the transgender movement.
- Seth Kelley
Since its inception, TV has demonstrated the power to enact positive social change — from political elections to humanitarian crises and beyond. Today, with the medium ballooning in prevalence and an ever-expanding slate of programming available to audiences all over the world, television has arguably become the mightiest arbiter of pop culture and society at large.
To that end, the eighth annual Television Academy Honors, held May 27 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, has chosen to celebrate six programs that best exemplify the facility of the smallscreen to inspire, educate and raise awareness of social injustices: “Black-ish” (“Crime and Punishment” episode from ABC); E:60 Presents “Dream on: Stories of Boston’s Strongest” (Espn); “The Normal Heart” and “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert” (both HBO); “Transparent” (Amazon); and Netflix’s “Virunga,” exec produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
“People need to be reminded of the power that we have to do good, »
- Malina Saval
Bomer will play the husband of a woman (Bennett) who hires a motley gang of gunslingers to help protect her town from bandits.
The actor won a Golden Globe in 2014 for his starring role in HBO's AIDS crisis movie The Normal Heart.
The all-star cast for MGM’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven just got a little bigger today with word that Magic Mike Xxl actor Matt Bomer, best known for his starring role on USA’s White Collar, has signed on for a supporting role.
Bomer, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart, will play the husband of a woman (Haley Bennett) who attempts to stand up to a villainous robber baron (believed to be played by Daredevil‘s Vincent D’Onofrio). Unfortunately, it doesn’t go so well for him, leading the woman to hire a motley crew of gunslingers to protect her town from the baron’s rampaging gang of bandits.
Saddling up for the action-packed Western are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Wagner Moura, Jason Momoa, Byung-hun Lee and Luke Grimes, making this one of the more star-studded action pics currently in development. »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of this year's top Emmy Awards contenders in the movie/limited series categories could well be "Bessie." The telefilm will debut may 16 on HBO and stars past Emmy and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah as the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. She started as a struggling young singer and became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. Watch an HBO trailer and teaser in advance of the debut. Co-stars include Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Charles S. Dutton, and Oliver Platt. TV by the Numbers -Break- The Television Academy Honors announce their recipients for the 2015 ceremony. This year's list includes "Black-ish," "Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest," "The Normal Heart," "Paycheck to Paycheck," "Transparent," and "Virunga." Each selection is a program that uses the power of television "to shift cultural acceptance and influence t..." »
The Television Academy announced its honorees for this year’s Television Academy Honors, a list that includes Ryan Murphy‘s HBO film “The Normal Heart,” the ABC comedy “Black-ish” and Jeffrey Tambor‘s Amazon series “Transparent.” The annual ceremony, which takes place at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on May 27 and will be hosted by Dana Delaney, honors programs that have used the power of television to shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of the viewer. “These winning programs have made such a positive impact on society and everyone involved deserves to be commended on their significant contribution. »
- Tim Kenneally
The TV Acad kudos, which are distinct from the Primetime Emmy Awards, recognize programs that harness the influence of television to make an impact on a range of social and cultural issues.
Also recognized this year are HBO’s AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” and documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert.” Espn’s “E: 60″ docu-series is honored for the “Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest” episode about the lives of those affected by the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
“These programs have enlightened viewers, prompted discussion, raised social awareness and are sparking change,” said Bruce Rosenbloom, Television Academy chairman-ceo in announcing the 2014 selections.
The eighth annual TV Academy Honors ceremony will be held May 27 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Dana Delany will return as host. »
- Cynthia Littleton
John O’Hurley, who briefly recurred on the soap opera in 2011 as movie producer Kit Sterling, has joined the cable dramedy’s Season 3 cast.
Hello from the set of Devious Maids. What do you think of my leading ladies @Susan_Lucci and @RebeccaWisocky? pic.twitter.com/NGFj2mBILL
— John O'Hurley (@ImJohnOHurley) April 7, 2015
Kerry Washington accepts the Vanguard Award at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards Saturday, giving a "rousing" speach about human rights, diversity in Hollywood, and gender equality. Watch her acceptance speech as she says, "We need more employment of Lgbt people in front of and behind the camera." Other winners at the ceremony included "The Imitation Game," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Transparent," "The Normal Heart," and "Days of Our Lives." The Wrap -Break- Action sequel "Insurgent" tops the weekend box office with $54 million, following short of the original film "Divergent." Lionsgate had hoped to build on the newfound stardom of Shailene Woodley with a bigger take. The other wide release, "The Gunman" starring Sean Penn, fires blanks with just $5 million. Last week's best earner "Cinderella" is still impressive with an extra $34.5 million. Variety Next yea...' »
Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps.
The inspirational biopic is on Digital HD now and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 24, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. Directed by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Unbroken chronicles the unbelievable true story about triumph over tribulation and the resilient power of the human spirit.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Unbroken is packed with exclusive bonus content that dives deeper into the life of Louie Zamperini and the legacy he left behind. Exclusive to the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack are deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes interviews and a closer look at the life of the real Louie »
- Movie Geeks
Film and television producer Ryan Murphy is speaking out on the growing controversy surrounding comments made by fashion moguls Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana about gay adoption and in vitro fertilization. He's promising not to buy Dolce & Gabbana clothing or use it in any of his productions, and he is urging others in Hollywood to do the same. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy, executive producer of American Horror Story and Glee and director of the HBO film The Normal Heart, who has two children with husband David Miller, says he is outraged by the designers' opposition to
- Merle Ginsberg
FX's hit horror anthology series American Horror Story closed out PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night, where Emmy-winning series star Jessica Lange confirmed that she will not be back for Season 5, which we reported last month will be entitled American Horror Story: Hotel. However, two more cast members were also announced during the event. Matthew Bomer and Cheyenne Jacksonnwill star alongside the previously-confirmed Lady Gaga. Here's what Jessica Lange had to say, confirming her four-season run on American Horror Story has come to an end.
"Yes, I'm done. We've had a great run here. I mean, I absolutely love doing these four characters, and in all the madness, I love the writers and Ryan (Murphy) and the insanity of shooting it."
During her four seasons on the show, Jessica Lange won two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award for her different characters. In »
The Car and Christine may come to mind while reading our exclusive excerpt from Jonathan Wood's Anti-Hero, as seemingly possessed vehicles aim their hoods at Arthur Wallace and friends in the follow-up to 2011's No Hero from Titan Books. In our latest round-up we also take a look at who will be joining Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel, as well as release details for this month's Horror Block, which includes two The Walking Dead items and artwork by Lee Howard.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Deadline reports that at PaleyFest this weekend, it was revealed Matt Bomer will star in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also in attendance at PaleyFest, Jessica Lange confirmed what many expected when she announced that she will not be returning to play a role in the fifth season of the anthology horror series.
Like Lady Gaga's character, Bomer's role is not yet known, »
- Derek Anderson
We’re still about eight months away from American Horror Story‘s fifth season, but more cast members were revealed last night during the show’s panel at PaleyFest. Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson will both be joining Lady Gaga and checking into American Horror Story: Hotel when the new season begins this fall. No information about was given about the characters that either actor will play, although E! Online states that Jackson would “neither confirm nor deny” that his character would be in a romantic relationship with Lady Gaga’s. Both Bomer and Jackson have worked with American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy before. Each of them appeared on Glee during the show’s six-season run (Bomer played Blaine’s older brother, while Jackson was Vocal Adrenaline’s new coach in Season 2, Dustin Goolsby). Additionally, Bomer worked with Murphy on last year’s Emmy-winning HBO movie The Normal Heart and on the NBC sitcom, »
- Chris King
The White Collar actor has been tapped to star opposite Lady Gaga in the fifth installment of the FX anthology series. The news of Bomer's casting was announced at the end of Sunday's PaleyFest panel of Ahs: Freak Show, and although the details of his character are currently being kept hush-hush, it has been revealed that the actor will be playing Hotel's male lead.
"I can't really specify too much. I can't confirm or deny that it may be a romantic relationship [with me and Lady Gaga]," Bomer teased to the PaleyFest crowd.
Bomer is no stranger to Ryan Murphy's diverse world of television shows. In addition to a brief and bloody guest appearance on Ahs: Freak Show, the 37-year-old actor won a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice TV Award for his role in Murphy’s HBO movie The Normal Heart. Additionally »
Matt Bomer is checking into “American Horror Story: Hotel,” while longtime favorite of the Ryan Murphy franchise, Jessica Lange, is checking out. Bomer, who recently won a Golden Globe for “The Normal Heart,” was revealed as the fifth season’s leading man during a panel in Los Angeles on Sunday for the FX anthology, part of PaleyFest 2015. “I got to dip a toe into the insanity,” Bomer said, referencing his guest star role on “Freakshow,” which bowed in January. “I’m looking forward to going to the deep end.” Bomer joins the previously announced Lady Gaga, and dropped a small »
- Matt Donnelly
VideosAmerican Horror Story: Hotel: Watch the First Teaser
Also during the PaleyFest panel, Lange confirmed her decision to not partake in the fifth season, telling the crowd, »
With a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a wax figure on the way to Madame Tussauds, Et went for a trip down memory lane in the life of Jim Parsons for a look at how he went from a nice Texas kid to Hollywood superstar.
News: Double Emmy Nominee Jim Parsons Talks Big Bang Theory
"Jim is a perfect example of how a dream can come true," the actor's mom Judy told Et in 2010.
Jim's mom and his sister, Julie, took Et back to Jim's high school Klein Oak in Spring, Texas, where he got his start doing school plays.
"I wasn't the coolest person in school by any measure, but I didn't have a bad time either," Jim told Et in 2010. "I luckily never experienced a wedgie."
After high school, the 41-year-old Golden Globe winner graduated from the University of Houston and later »
Jim Parsons’ work in the 2011 revival of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” on Broadway was so strong that Kramer himself insisted Parsons reprise the role in Ryan Murphy’s 2014 HBO film. Murphy spoke to Variety’s Geoff Berkshire about working with Parsons on the project that earned both of them Emmy nominations:
“I had owned the film rights since 2009 to ‘The Normal Heart.’ Then the play came out, which was sort of a happy accident — it was supposed to be a reading that then became a stage production. I went to see the play when I was working on early pre-production. I was so moved and blown away by Jim. I was very struck by him. I had never seen him on stage, or in anything other than his television work.
“I wrote Larry Kramer an email saying, ‘I really want to cast Jim as Tommy.’ And he wrote back saying, »
- Geoff Berkshire
When Jim Parsons first strolled the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a teenage tourist from Houston, he didn’t have the sort of epiphany Sheldon Cooper lives for.
“I already enjoyed acting,” Parsons says on a break from shooting “The Big Bang Theory.” But “there was not some sort of sense of ‘maybe one day.’ It did not even enter my mind.”
Parsons is delighted, in his own quiet way, to become a name on Hollywood Boulevard. “I like how all-encompassing it is,” Parsons says. “It could be radio announcers you have never seen before or very, very visible and famous actors.”
The busy thesp is preparing for his third run on Broadway in the spring, but his star is in the TV category for playing the socially maladroit, brilliant physicist Cooper on the mega-hit CBS comedy. During its eight seasons, Parsons has continued to expand the role, though he »
- Jacqueline Cutler
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