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Cicely Tyson Set for Handprint Ceremony at Tcl Chinese Theater

Turner Classic Movies will honor Cicely Tyson with a hand and footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood during the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 27.

Tyson has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 60 years. She was nominated for an Oscar in 1972’s “Sounder” and won Emmys for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” for best lead actress in a drama and actress of the year for “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow.” She won a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful.”

In 2016, Tyson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Tyson has been a champion of civil liberties for decades and has been a recipient of top honors from the NAACP and the Kennedy Center.

“To fully appreciate the magnitude of the impact Cicely Tyson has had, listen to Angela Bassett, currently starring in ‘Black Panther,’ list
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Walk of Fame Honoree Viola Davis Reveals Her ‘Big A-Ha Moment’ in Hollywood

Walk of Fame Honoree Viola Davis Reveals Her ‘Big A-Ha Moment’ in Hollywood
“Ms. Tyson and Ms. Streep were the only actors I talked about back in the day,” Viola Davis says, about her childhood in Central Falls, R.I., when she was “just a little girl with a really, really big dream.”

Fast-forward to today and Davis, 51, is getting her star Jan. 5 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from none other than “Ms. Streep” — as in Meryl.

“That wasn’t part of the dream,” Davis says, chuckling. “I feel like this is the best vision board coming to fruition.”

“Ms. Tyson” — as in Cicely — was also an integral piece to Davis’ childhood vision board when she set out to become an actor at 6 or 7 years old after seeing “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”

“She looked like me,” Davis reminisces. “Her looking like me made me believe I could do it, but what she did for me was something way beyond entertainment
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New to Streaming: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘The Accountant,’ ‘Denial,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Accountant (Gavin O’Connor)

That The Accountant is written by Bill Dubuque, the same man who gave us The Judge, makes so much sense, and about halfway through it becomes clear how far this film’s reach will exceed its grasp. Similar to the aforementioned Robert Downey Jr.-starrer from a couple of years back, The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck and directed by Gavin O’Connor, wants to be about everything.
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Emmy predictions: Cicely Tyson ('How to Get Away With Murder') has leading 2-to-9 odds to win

Emmy predictions: Cicely Tyson ('How to Get Away With Murder') has leading 2-to-9 odds to win
Cicely Tyson won the last of her three Emmys to date back in 1994. She is the frontrunner to win her fourth at next Saturday's Creative Arts awards as Best Drama Guest Actress for playing Ophelia, mother to Annalise (Viola Davis), on the ABC freshman series "How to Get Away with Murder." -Break- Tyson won two Emmys for the landmark 1974 telefilm "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (lead actress and actress of the year). She then lost three times before winning supporting actress two decades later for "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All." Since that win, she has contended five more times, including last year as both star and producer of the telefilm "The Trip to Bountiful."  Related: Watch our editor Emmy slugfests predicting all four guest acting races Tyson appeared in one powerful episode, "Mama's Here Now," of this hit drama. In her first scene, ...
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Emmy Predictions: Can A Cannes Cast-Off About Princess Grace Reign As Top TV Movie?

Once a staple with numerous and memorable Emmy-winning movies to tout, such as That Certain Summer, The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman and other landmark films, the Outstanding Television Movie category — which now stands on its own apart from Mini/Limited Series —seems awfully hard to fill. I mean, has anyone actually heard of Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case? Or even the network it ran on, Acorn TV? If it weren't for HBO, this would be a very…
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Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson Receiving AFI Degrees

Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson Receiving AFI Degrees
The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson.

The honors, which recognize their “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image,” will be presented during AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremonies June 11 at theTCL Chinese Theatre.

Others previously awarded an AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Thelma Schoonmaker and Haskell Wexler.

Towne won an Oscar for “Chinatown” and was nominated for “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo” and “Greystoke.” He also directed four of his own scripts – “Personal Best,” “Tequila Sunrise” “Without Limits” and “Ask the Dust” — and is currently working as a consulting producer on the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Tyson received an Oscar nomination for “Sounder” and
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'The Butler': So wrong, it's right

'The Butler': So wrong, it's right
It’s not unusual for a movie to divide reviewers. To some, The Butler, Lee Daniels’ sprint through the American civil rights movement, is “deeply moving” (Time), “brilliantly truthful” (The New York Times), “illuminating” (New York), and “honest” (Slate). But it’s also been -dismissed as “obvious,” “over-the-top,” “clunky,” “lumbering,” and “thuggish”—by the very same critics. Daniels, who won acclaim for Precious and contempt for The Paperboy, has a unique ability to stir admiration and antipathy at once; if there were a word to describe the act of applauding while wincing, he could copyright it.

Daniels is a gay African-American filmmaker,
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Cicely Tyson Takes The Tony

Cicely Tyson Takes The Tony
New York — Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway this season for the first time in 30 years, has taken home the Tony Award for best leading actress in a play.

In Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful," Tyson plays a widow in 1953 whose only desire is to revisit her old home in Bountiful and recapture purpose she lost when she left for Houston.

Tyson, 88, beat out Laurie Metcalf, Amy Morton, Kristine Nielsen and Holland Taylor.

Tyson was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Sounder" in 1972. Other film credits include "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Bustin' Loose" and "Jefferson in Paris."

She won Emmys for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All." She was also nominated for her role in the miniseries "Roots."
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Tony Awards: Cicely Tyson Wins Best Actress for 'Trip to Bountiful'

Tony Awards: Cicely Tyson Wins Best Actress for 'Trip to Bountiful'
Cicely Tyson won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play on Sunday for her powerful performance as an elderly woman returning to her childhood home in "The Trip to Bountiful." The revival of Horton Foote's play marks Tyson's own return to Broadway after a three-decade absence. "The Trip to Bountiful" marked her first Tony nod, despite a distinguished stage career in plays like "Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright" and "The Corn is Green." She has won Emmy Awards for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "Oldest Living Confederate Widow
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Cicely Tyson favored to win Best Actress for 'Bountiful' at Tony Awards

Cicely Tyson favored to win Best Actress for 'Bountiful' at Tony Awards
Cicely Tyson is favored to win Best Actress (Play) at the Tony Awards for headlining the acclaimed revival of Horton Foote's play "The Trip to Bountiful."  The three-time Emmy champ ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," 1974; "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," 1994) has the backing of eight of our dozen experts:  Melissa Bernardo (EW), Thom Geier (EW), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News).  Related: Tom Hanks tipped to add Tony to awards collection The part she plays -- the widowed Carrie Watts who longs to see her hometown one more time-- was originated by Lillian Gish in a 1953 teleplay. Gish reprised the role in a short-lived Broadway edition later that year. And in 1985, Geraldine Page star...
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Cicely Tyson heads back to Broadway after 30 years, will star in 'Trip to Bountiful'

Cicely Tyson heads back to Broadway after 30 years, will star in 'Trip to Bountiful'
Cicely Tyson is returning to Broadway for the first time in 30 years. The Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress will star in a new production of The Trip to Bountiful. “For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home — the stage,” Tyson said in a press release. “In many ways Broadway is my Bountiful and I’m eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate, and funny character in a timeless American classic.”

The Trip to Bountiful, written by Horton Foote, is the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly
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Make-up Effects Wizard Rick Baker To Be Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

By Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com

Probably the number one name in make-up effects in Hollywood for over 40 years is being honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rick Baker has won 7 academy awards with 12 nominations, more than anyone else in the business. Read on for more details.

From The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Website:

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor makeup artist Rick Baker with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World Records Museum. “We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies,
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Rick Baker to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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It has been announced that The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Rick Baker with a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month:

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor makeup artist Rick Baker with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World Records Museum. “We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

During the ceremony, Mr. Baker will also be entered into The Guinness World Records™ Book twice – once for the most Oscar®wins,
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Rick Baker Getting Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Well, this was a long time coming. Finally, after many movies and many decades, special effects giant Rick Baker is getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read on for the details, and offer your congratulations in our comments section!

From The Hollywood Walk of Fame Website

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor makeup artist Rick Baker with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World Records Museum. “We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
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News Nuggets: Viola Davis and Hollywood's ongoing race problem

Mark Harris discusses Viola Davis and Hollywood's ongoing race problem: "When she won the Screen Actors Guild award last month, Davis cited two actresses: Cicely Tyson, her inspiration in childhood, and [Meryl] Streep, her inspiration in college. Those names represent two different pasts and two possible futures. Tyson, whose early-‘70s performance in 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' moved Pauline Kael to praise her 'supreme integrity' and predict that she was 'on her way' to becoming one of the all-time greats, never had the career she should have had. Streep, on the other hand, continues to fulfill and then redefine everything we imagine a great actress can do." Grantland Is Diana Ross's upcoming Lifetime Achievement Grammy honor enough for the pioneering singer? "Though nominated 12 times for her work with the Supremes and for her solo efforts, the singer behind pop classis such as 'Baby Love' and 'Upsid.
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News Nuggets: Viola Davis and Hollywood's ongoing race problem

Mark Harris discusses Viola Davis and Hollywood's ongoing race problem: "When she won the Screen Actors Guild award last month, Davis cited two actresses: Cicely Tyson, her inspiration in childhood, and [Meryl] Streep, her inspiration in college. Those names represent two different pasts and two possible futures. Tyson, whose early-‘70s performance in 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' moved Pauline Kael to praise her 'supreme integrity' and predict that she was 'on her way' to becoming one of the all-time greats, never had the career she should have had. Streep, on the other hand, continues to fulfill and then redefine everything we imagine a great actress can do." Grantland Is Diana Ross's upcoming Lifetime Achievement Grammy honor enough for the pioneering singer? "Though nominated 12 times for her work with the Supremes and for her solo efforts, the singer behind pop classis such as 'Baby Love' and 'Upsid.
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Why Viola Davis is right on tune

Her astonishing ability to flesh out even the slightest of roles means that Viola Davis is that rarest of Hollywood A-listers – a woman who is both black and in her 40s. Here, the star of The Help reveals why she wishes there were more roles for people just like her

Claridge's, on one of the first truly autumnal afternoons of the year. In the famous foyer restaurant, impeccably groomed ladies and suited and booted businessmen greedily conjure up teatime with Nanny against a backdrop of crisp linen, fine china and tinkling piano music. But Viola Davis is not, apparently, seduced by the sugary pleasures of afternoon tea, ordering a pot of decaf coffee with "heavy-duty cream" and a plate of chorizo (the latter mildly fazes our waiter, although Claridge's staff are never off-balance for long). Perhaps she feels that she needs something more substantial than a fondant fancy to get
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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How Viola Davis saves 'The Help'

How Viola Davis saves 'The Help'
Here’s my contribution to the debate over The Help, the much-discussed, fast-growing hit about black domestic servants and their white employers in early-’60s Mississippi: It’s a flawed and even dishonest film in many little ways and some important big ones. Go anyway.

The Help’s problems range from the cosmetic to the profound. It may seem nitpicky to note that the early-Amy-Irving ringlets on aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan seem to have been teleported from 15 years in the future, and that the white characters’ outfits are all too store-window new, their wigs too Hairspray bright. But sloppy details
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Is 'The Help' a condescending movie for white liberals? Actually, the real condescension is calling it that

Is 'The Help' a condescending movie for white liberals? Actually, the real condescension is calling it that
Lots of movies divide audiences (you liked it, I hated it, and the world goes round). But a liberal message movie about race has the power to divide audiences — and critics — in a special way. The people who respond to it are likely to feel moved, uplifted, morally transported, emotionally activated. Others may feel not so much that they don’t respond but that they’re reacting against what they’re seeing — a “hard-hitting” mass-audience truth that is actually a feel-good lie.

Over the years, I have often found myself on the latter side of that divide, excoriating movies that
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