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Shirley Temple movies: 13 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Heidi,’ ‘The Little Princess,’ ‘Wee Willie Winkie’

Shirley Temple movies: 13 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Heidi,’ ‘The Little Princess,’ ‘Wee Willie Winkie’
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “It is a splendid thing that for just fifteen cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.”

Few Hollywood stars were ever as big –or little — as Shirley Temple. This dimpled darling with her bouncy corkscrew curls and delightful tap-dance routines brought cheer and spread sunshine to moviegoers during the darkest days of the Great Depression. She was the No. 1 box-office draw from 1935 to 1938 and was the first child star to be presented with a special Juvenile Academy Award for her big-screen contributions during 1934. She even had her own line of licensed merchandise including look-alike dolls, dishes and clothing. Before 1935 ended, her income from licensed goods would be more than $100,000 – doubling what she made from her movies.

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A born charmer,
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John Waters movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cry-Baby’

John Waters movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cry-Baby’
Baltimore native John Waters is filmdom’s pencil-mustached titan of trash who has spent a lifetime of dumpster-diving into a vat of bad taste, sleaze, kinky gross-outs, over-the-top camp, maudlin melodramatics, sick jokes, taboo sexuality, vulgarity and bizarre personalities. At least he has a fabulous sense of humor. The director, who turns 72 on April 22, is a New York University film school dropout who instead became a scholar of transgressive, envelope-shredding cinema, influenced by the directorial likes of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Federico Fellini, William Castle, Douglas Sirk and Ingmar Bergman. Early on, Waters assembled a stock company of players from suburban Baltimore who he called the Dreamlanders, including Mink Stole and Edith Massey.

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But Waters would find his true muse and favorite leading lady in his childhood friend, Glenn Milstead, a drag queen whose alter-ego was known as Divine.
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Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director, ranked worst to best, include ‘City Lights,’ ‘The Gold Rush,’ ‘Modern Times’

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Charlie Chaplin movies: All 11 feature films as director, ranked worst to best, include ‘City Lights,’ ‘The Gold Rush,’ ‘Modern Times’
Charlie Chaplin would’ve celebrated his 130th birthday on April 16, 2019. The silent movie comedian was a trailblazing writer, director, producer and performer, paving the way for the likes of Woody Allen, Albert Brooks and several other funny filmmakers who followed in his footsteps. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 11 of the feature films he directed, ranked worst to best.

Born in London, England, in 1889, Chaplin grew up in extreme poverty with an absent father and a mother who was committed to a mental institution when he was 14. He began performing in music halls at an early age, traveling to America to find work in the burgeoning film industry. It was at Keystone Studios that he created the Little Tramp, a lovable vagabond who finds himself in one hilarious situation after another.

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He
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Emmy spotlight: Liza Weil is long overdue for inaugural bid for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

Through four seasons, ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” has produced six Emmy nominations — all for acting, for Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson. But it’s high time for another “Murder” vet, Liza Weil, to break through at the Emmys, after giving yet another powerful performance this season. Can Weil finally get away with a bid, just like her character has, well, gotten away with murder?

Spoiler alert for Season 5!

Since the show’s inception, we’ve witnessed Bonnie (Weil) go through tough times, and this season unsurprisingly put her through the wringer yet again. The season starts out well for her: back-and-forth text messages with her boyfriend Ronald Miller (John Hensley), dinner with Annalise (Davis), and yes, even a beaming smile on her face. That quickly changes when she is, once again, forced to face her traumatic past and comes face to face with her long-estranged sister.
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Fran Drescher, Katherine McNamara, and More Stars Pay Tribute to Iconic Women in Television

Women have been pushing boundaries in the TV industry for decades. In the early 1950s, Lucille Ball fought for I Love Lucy to depict a multiethnic marriage -- and eventual pregnancy -- like her own. In 1963, Cicely Tyson became the first African-American star of a television drama. Onscreen, women

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Will Cicely Tyson finally get away with a drama guest actress Emmy for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ on her 4th try?

Will Cicely Tyson finally get away with a drama guest actress Emmy for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ on her 4th try?
The fifth season of “How to Get Away with Murder” would have been incomplete without a guest appearance by Cicely Tyson, who reprised her role as fan favorite Ophelia Harkness in the 13th episode, “Where Are Your Parents?” She’s been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for this role in Best Drama Guest Actress but has lost them to Margo Martindale, Alexis Bledel, and Samira Wiley, respectively. Will the fourth time be the charm for Tyson?

Tyson already has a whopping 15 Emmy bids and three wins under her belt; she won two for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” in 1974 (Best Movie/Mini Actress and Actress of the Year) and one for “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” in 1994 (Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress). A Best Actress Oscar nominee for “Sounder” (1972), Tyson received her Honorary Oscar in November and is a Tony winner for “The Trip to Bountiful” (2013).

See Cicely Tyson’s 10 greatest films,
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Rita Moreno Admits She Peed Herself at the Kennedy Center Honors: 'I Had Had a Lot of Wine'

Rita Moreno Admits She Peed Herself at the Kennedy Center Honors: 'I Had Had a Lot of Wine'
Rita Moreno got very honest during a recent episode of Busy Tonight.

Remembering the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors — where she received the distinction along with Carole King, George Lucas, Cicely Tyson and conductor Seiji Ozawa — Moreno, 87, revealed that the excitement became almost too much for her body to handle.

“The night before the actual Kennedy Center honors, when you see them on television, they have something that’s really almost more wonderful,” she said on the E! talk show, seated alongside her One Day at a Time costar Justina Machado and the show’s executive producer Gloria Calderon.

“They have a
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With ‘Madea Family Funeral,’ Tyler Perry Ends Franchise on a High Note

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With ‘Madea Family Funeral,’ Tyler Perry Ends Franchise on a High Note
Tyler Perry has spent over 15 years in heavy make-up and padding, doling out tough love as the title character of the “Madea” movies. With “A Madea Family Funeral,” the gun-toting grandmother is going out with a bang. The 11th and final installment in the long-running franchise beat box office expectations when it opened last weekend, generating a solid $27 million when it hit 2,442 North American theaters.

“Family Funeral” may not have racked up the best start in the “Madea” series — that distinction belongs to “Madea Goes to Jail” ($41 million) — but it ranks as the franchise’s second biggest debut in nearly a decade. It’s a rare feat for any franchise to keep cranking out films that are actually making money after so many installments. Tastes change, audiences move on, but Madea seems to have retained her hold on a devoted fanbase. To put the opening weekend of “A Madea Family Funeral” into perspective,
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All 10 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

All 10 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
Tyler Perry‘s most famous character, Madea, has appeared in nearly half the director’s films: a gun-toting, “Hallelu-yer”-shouting force of nature, and an outrageous drag tribute to his mother and aunt. But some films in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully manic, while others arrive in what appears to be a half-finished state of sad melodrama and mediocrity. Not counting her cameo appearance in the otherwise Madea-free “Meet the Browns,” or the animated kids offering “Madea’s Tough Love,” here’s where to find maximum Madea mayhem:

10. “Madea’s Witness Protection”

To look at box office receipts, this one would appear to have been a fan favorite, the second-highest-grossing Madea movie to date. But it came along at a time when Perry was making minor noise about retiring the character, and it really shows. The film looks cheap even by Perry’s budget-minded standards, the jokes are flat,
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Sterling K. Brown, Candice Patton and More Stars Pay Tribute to Their Favorite Black Icons

It has been 80 years since Ethel Waters became the first black person to host a television show, The Ethel Waters Show, in 1939, 56 years since Cicely Tyson was the first black person to star in a television drama (CBS' East Side/West Side) and 30 years since Arsenio Hall made history as the first

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Cicely Tyson anchors a compelling but flawed Christmas installment of How To Get Away With Murder

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Cicely Tyson’s arrival on How To Get Away With Murder typically signals it’s going to be a strong episode, and “Where Are Your Parents?” is no exception. It’s one of the more coherent episodes the show has done in a while and even contains some brief but very welcome levity, which the show is too often too short on.…
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How to Get Away With Murder Recap: It's the Most Paranoid Time of the Year

Need to catch up? Read our previous How to Get Away With Murder recap here.

No, you aren’t hallucinating: How to Get Away With Murder‘s Bonnie and Frank really are smiling in that photo above, which might go down as this season’s single biggest plot twist.

The ABC drama took a very brief break from its characters’ endless misery on Thursday night, as Annalise hosted a holiday dinner for her co-workers (and her mama, Ophelia, played once again by the inimitable Cicely Tyson). But since this is How to Get Away With Murder, where even the most
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TVLine Items: Lethal Vet Is Magnum's Ex, Supernatural Marathon and More

TVLine Items: Lethal Vet Is Magnum's Ex, Supernatural Marathon and More
An ex-love is coming back into Magnum P.I.‘s life: Jordana Brewster (Lethal Weapon) has landed an arc on the CBS drama as a former CIA analyst who shares a past with the titular investigator, EW.com reports.

Brewster’s Hannah was responsible for embedding Magnum and his team in Afghanistan. She also had a relationship with Magnum, but it was all an act that eventually led to his capture and time spent as a P.O.W.

Brewster makes her debut in the Feb. 15 episode.

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* In honor of Supernatural‘s 300th installment (airing Feb.
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Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88

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Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88
Ethel Ayler, whose career spanned prominent Broadway, film and TV roles for five decades, died at age 88 on Nov. 18 in Loma Linda, Calif., according to her family. The cause of death was not given.

Born on May 1, 1930 in Whistler, Alabama, Ayler attended Nashville’s Fisk University as a voice major. But the lure of show business overcame the academic life, and she moved to Chicago to pursue a singing career. Her breakthrough came as a member of a touring company of Porgy and Bess.

Langston Hughes’s musical Simply Heavenly marked Ayler’s Off-Broadway bow in 1957, and she soon moved on to a role as Lena Horne’s understudy in the Broadway play Jamaica. She also worked on other Broadway productions, including The Cool World, Kwamina, Black Picture Show and The First Breeze of Summer.

Ayler was a long-standing member of the Negro Ensemble Company, and appeared with them many times.
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Bill Duke Remembers the Theater Training That Helped Him

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Bill Duke Remembers the Theater Training That Helped Him
Since Bill Duke the Sundance Special Jury-prize winning film “The Killing Floor” (1984), the multi-hyphenate talent has rarely been out of sight on screens big and small.

In the ’90s, Duke directed acclaimed crime films focused on black themes and characters, including the Cannes Fest competitor “A Rage in Harlem”; “Hoodlum,” with an enviable cast that included Laurence Fishburne, Queen Latifah and Cicely Tyson; and the Spirit Award-nommed “Deep Cover.”

Duke, one of TV’s most-in-demand character actors, has racked up dozens of credits in shows ranging from “Battlestar Galactica” to “Lost.” His big-screen directors include Steven Soderbergh, Paul Schrader, Jim Sheridan and the legendary Sam Fuller, who once assessed Duke as “the best film director in America today.”

Duke’s autobiography, “Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera,” was published last month, but Duke was first noted in Variety for his role in the 1972 ABC Afterschool Special,
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Somber Governors Awards Honor Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall

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Somber Governors Awards Honor Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall
Sam Elliott sat quietly in his elegant tux at the Warner Bros. table, where Clint Eastwood was making “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh laugh. But the “A Star Is Born” Oscar contender was not in a jovial mood. “The fire came over the Malibu ridge,” he said. He and wife Katharine Ross stayed to save their house by pouring water on it. “But we have no power. This all seems very surreal.” He knows many others who did lose their homes.

The ongoing fires cast a pall over the 10th annual Governors Awards, which is a night for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to congratulate its own without worrying about winning or losing. The Governors Awards celebrated five icons on Sunday night at Hollywood & Highland, but cut back the red carpet to photos only due to the California wildfires. Academy president John Bailey opened the event
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Somber Governors Awards Honor Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall

Somber Governors Awards Honor Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall
Sam Elliott sat quietly in his elegant tux at the Warner Bros. table, where Clint Eastwood was making “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh laugh. But the “A Star Is Born” Oscar contender was not in a jovial mood. “The fire came over the Malibu ridge,” he said. He and wife Katharine Ross stayed to save their house by pouring water on it. “But we have no power. This all seems very surreal.” He knows many others who did lose their homes.

The ongoing fires cast a pall over the 10th annual Governors Awards, which is a night for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to congratulate its own without worrying about winning or losing. The Governors Awards celebrated five icons on Sunday night at Hollywood & Highland, but cut back the red carpet to photos only due to the California wildfires. Academy president John Bailey opened the event
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Harrison Ford and Wife Calista Flockhart Have Glam Date Night at Governors Awards

Harrison Ford and Wife Calista Flockhart Have Glam Date Night at Governors Awards
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart had a date night worthy of their collective star power at Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Ford, 76, arrived sporting a black tux, bow tie and a new goatee. Flockhart, 54, matched his colors with a black and white dress and black pumps.

The Indiana Jones and Ally McBeal stars met at the 2002 Golden Globes, but kept their relationship quiet until 2003.

“I’m in love,” Ford told Hello! Magazine in 2003. “Romantic love is one of the most exciting and fulfilling kinds of love and I think there is a potential for it at any stage of your life.
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Cicely Tyson, 93, Wows as She Makes History to Become First Black Woman to Win Honorary Oscar

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Cicely Tyson, 93, Wows as She Makes History to Become First Black Woman to Win Honorary Oscar
Cicely Tyson capped her legendary career in Hollywood on Sunday when she took home an honorary Oscar.

Just a month before she turns 94, Tyson wowed in a metallic dress with shiny gloves and chic chin-length hair as she became the first black woman to receive an honorary statuette from the Academy.

The iconic performer — who has starred in projects like Fried Green Tomatoes, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Help and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter — was previously nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1973 Academy Awards for her work in Sounder.

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Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy Receive Honorary Oscars

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Things were a bit different at this year’s Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annual gala in which honorary Oscars are presented to icons of the film industry.

Instead of being held two Saturdays before Thanksgiving, the ceremony took place the Sunday just before Turkey Day due to scheduling conflicts at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood. For the first time, a deejay provided the tunes during the cocktail reception. And, like so many events in the past week, the red carpet was scaled back to photos-only out of respect for the victims of the California wildfires.

“This devastating fire so close to our own homes and those of our friends has bonded us in a special way,” academy president John Bailey said during his opening remarks, adding, “Many thousands of our fellow Americans are homeless living in tents. Nearly 1,400 people are still unaccounted for.
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