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Nivin Pauly to team up with Lijo Jose Pellissery?

MollywoodLijo Jose Pellissery, one of the maverick directors in Mollywood right now, is known for films such as ‘City of God’, ‘Amen’ and ‘Angamaly Diaries’.Digital NativeDigital NativeReports are rife that Nivin Pauly may team up with director Lijo Jose Pellissery for the first time. Sources in tinsel town indicate that the filmmaker is in talks with Nivin Pauly and Anthony Varghese for his next. However, there is no official word on it yet. Nivin Pauly’s last release was Hey Jude which did well at the box office. He is currently busy with the Geethu Mohandas directorial Moothon. The film’s second schedule began recently and Nivin Pauly is said to have joined the sets. A bilingual made in Malayalam and Hindi, the film will have Nivin playing a character named Akbar, who is in search of his long-lost older brother. The story had won the global filmmaking award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Besides Moothon, the actor also has Kayamkulam Kochunni in his kitty. A period film based on the life of the highwayman of the same name, it is being directed by Roshan Andrews. While Nivin Pauly plays the title role, the film will also feature Mohanlal in an extended cameo. Mohanlal will be seen playing the role Ithikkara Pakki in it. He had joined the sets of the film a couple of months ago and has now completed shooting for his portions. Lijo Jose Pellissery, one of the maverick directors in the Malayalam film industry right now, began his career as a director with the 2010 release Nayakan starring Indrajith Sukumaran in the lead role. He went on to direct films such as City of God, Amen, Double Barrel and Angamaly Diaries. His next film, a satirical drama titled Ee Ma Yau, is coming up for release on May 4. The movie stars Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose and Dileesh Pothan playing pivotal roles. Pf Mathews has penned the script for this venture and music is by Prashant Pillai. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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New Girl: J.B. Smoove Set to Play Winston's Father in Final Season

New Girl: J.B. Smoove Set to Play Winston's Father in Final Season
Indulge your enthusiasm, New Girl fans: Winston’s father has been found, and he looks a lot like actor-comedian J.B. Smoove.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Curb Your Enthusiasm vet is set to play the estranged father of Lamorne Morris’ character in the Fox comedy’s upcoming seventh and final season. Not so coincidentally, the episode featuring the anticipated father-son reunion will be directed by Morris himself.

As longtime New Girl acolytes know, Winston’s father abandoned him at an early age; Nick’s dad essentially stepped in
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Without Words, Randy Travis Makes Fans’ Dreams Come True

This meet-and-greet would be like none of the dozens of others this week at Nashville’s Cma Music Festival. No autographs from this artist, and no more than a tentative “hello” or “thanks.” A handshake? Yes, but only from the left hand, not the right.

None of that mattered to the overflow crowd that lined up Friday afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The thrill was simply getting to be in the presence of Randy Travis.

A near-fatal stroke in July 2013 has robbed the 58-year-old country legend of many things – including his singular voice. But it
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Criterion Reflections – Mr. Freedom – Es 9

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

Mr. Freedom begins with a wail of sirens as Chicago cops swarm in to crack the skulls of rioters and looters. It ends with a catastrophic explosion that levels a city block in Paris and mutilates the body of the movie’s titular hero. In between all that, against a backdrop of Cold War intrigue and superpower paranoia run amok, we see scenes involving overt racist mockery, rape as a spectator sport, sacrilege, poisoning, prostitution, assassination, the sexist degradation of women and a pervasive attitude of unmitigated cynicism and ridicule toward the aspirations of the USA as a bulwark of liberty, democracy and decency against the forces of tyranny and oppression around the world. All the necessary ingredients for a robust satirical take-down of good old fashioned patriotism, American-style! The politics are radical, the humor is often guttural, and the
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Amen, The Jeffersons: Vets of 80s TV shows Cast in Jalen Vs Everybody Pilot

Two TV veterans are returning to the small screen. Deadline reports Jeffersons star Marla Gibbs and Amen alum Anna Maria Horsford have joined ABC's new pilot Jalen vs. Everybody.From Nahnatchka Khan, the Jalen Rose comedy "follows former NBA player and current Espn personality Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad."Read More…
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Jalen Rose ABC Comedy Pilot Casts Anna Maria Horsford, Marla Gibbs

Jalen Rose ABC Comedy Pilot Casts Anna Maria Horsford, Marla Gibbs
NBA star and ESPN host Jalen Rose has cast his mother and grandmother for his ABC comedy pilot, Variety has learned.

Anna Maria Horsford and Marla Gibbs have signed on to play Rose’s mother and grandmother, respectively, in Rose’s single camera comedy “Jalen vs. Everybody.”

The half-hour follows Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad. The project hails from the team behind ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.” Nahnatchka Khan wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, and Mandy Summers. Aside from starring, Rose will also serve as a producer. Khan’s Fierce Baby banner is producing in association with 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.

Horsford has a career rich in both comedy and drama, from long roles on FX’s “The Shield” to even lengthier stints on Sherman Hemsley comedy “Amen” and “The Wayans Bros.” Gibbs, of
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Barney Miller's Ron Glass Dead at 71

Barney Miller's Ron Glass Dead at 71
Ron Glass, who played stylish and sassy NYPD detective/aspiring author Ron Harris on ABC’s long-running sitcom Barney Miller, died on Friday of respiratory failure, a spokesperson for the veteran actor has confirmed for TVLine. He was 71.

In addition to his role on the Emmy-winning workplace comedy, Glass portrayed the spiritual Shepherd Book on Fox’s short-lived sci-fi drama Firefly (as well as its big-screen follow-up, Serenity). His lengthy resume also included fellow one-and-done programs including The New Odd Couple (in the Felix Unger role), Rhythm & Blues, Mr. Rhodes and Teen Angel, as well as guest appearances on All in the Family,
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Preacher: what can we expect from the TV adaptation?

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Coming to AMC this Sunday and to Amazon Prime Video this Monday, we anticipate Preacher's conversion from comic to TV show...

To borrow a phrase from Zoolander, Garth Ennis is so hot right now. Much like Mark Millar a couple of years ago, creative types and studio bods seem to be champing at the bit to develop the Northern Irish writer’s work: the recent Netflix take on Marvel’s Punisher character was clearly drawn from his seminal Max run and proved so popular that a solo series now seems to be in the works. Ennis’ sex’n’violence subversive superhero deconstruction, The Boys is also on the way to TV but most notably, Preacher, the iconic title that made Ennis’ name and helped to shape the landscape of 90s comic books premieres this very Sunday on AMC. (It was also announced on Wednesday that it
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'Empire': The Tao of Cookie

'Empire': The Tao of Cookie
Empire, the breakout Fox hit that returns on September 23, has a lot of things going for it: soapy storylines, progressive politics, Grammy-winning guest stars, bonkers plot twists and a singular, fun-as-hell hip-hop backdrop. But make no mistake: The show's crown jewel is Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon, the ex-con Empire Entertainment matriarch who's back to gain control of her children, her company, and her man. More than a scene-stealer, Henson commits assault and battery whenever she's on screen, dressed to impress (or kill) and throwing shade one killer quote at a time.
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Empire Recap: One Coarse Meal

Empire Recap: One Coarse Meal
“Better be glad I don’t feel like no scene today — ’cause I’ll shut it down,” huffs Cookie Lyon, right after her ex-husband Lucious denies her access to a video shoot being run by his current flame Anika (code name: Bougie Ho) during this week’s Empire.

And for the first half of the episode, the quotable, cantankerous heart of Fox’s addictive hip-hop drama is on such good behavior, I worry that some misguided Fox executive might already be sending notes to the Empire writers’ room asking for a kinder, gentler, “more likable” protagonist.

Fret not, though. Just
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The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz on the Anal Episode and Adam Pally on Skeleton Sex

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The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz on the Anal Episode and Adam Pally on Skeleton Sex
It was the booty call heard 'round the world. On the October 7 episode of The Mindy Project ("I Slipped"), Danny tried to get some action from his girlfriend Mindy’s back section, marking network comedy’s first attempt to talk about anal sex. “Well, I have to correct you there as I believe there was one pioneer before us who bravely tackled anal sex on broadcast TV, and that was an episode of Amen starring Sherman Hemsley,” Ike Barinholtz joked when Vulture sat down with the actor/writer/producer on the show’s L.A. set last Friday. “Actually, I don’t think it has ever been done before, probably with good reason. We’re proud to make history any way we can. In fact, we sent that episode straight to the Smithsonian. It will be running on a perpetual loop for eternity next to Archie Bunker’s chair.”“I
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Andrae Crouch -- Gospel Star Rushed To Hospital

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Famed gospel singer Andrae Crouch was rushed to the hospital Sunday after falling ill in the shower at his L.A. home ... TMZ has learned. The 71-year-old Grammy winner behind "Let the Church Say Amen" tells us he was "overcome by heat" during his shower ... and shouted for his assistant and his twin sister to call for help.An ambulance arrived to the scene -- and Crouch was transported to a nearby hospital. A few hours later,
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New Documentary In The Works On Actor & Gospel Composer Jester Hairston

I think it’s fair to say that when most people think of Jester Hairston today they usually think of his role as Rolly Forbes, the funny, sharp tongued old man on the NBC sitcom Amen with Sherman Hensley, back during the late 80’s to early 90’s.But Hairston, who passed away in 2000 at the remarkable age of 99, led a much more interesting and complex life. Not only was he an actor, starting his film career back in 1936 with hundreds of movies and TV performances, including Amos and Andy, In the Heat of the Night and dozens of musical shorts made during the 40’s and 50’s, Hairston was perhaps more well known as a composer (with some over 300 gospel songs to his credit), conductor,...
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Ryan Silverman to Join Broadway's Chicago as 'Billy Flynn,' 8/30; Bianca Marroquin, Roz Ryan to Return in September

On Friday, August 30, the company is pleased to welcome Ryan Silverman The Phantom of the Opera, Passion in his debut engagement in the role of 'that silver-tongued Prince of the Courtroom' Billy Flynn. He'll be joined on by celebrated Chicago veteran Roz Ryan Dreamgirls, 'Amen', who returns as Matron 'Mama' Morton on Sunday, September 1. And beginning Monday, September 2, acclaimed leading lady and Latina superstar Bianca Marroquin reprises her star-making turn as 'foxy' Roxie Hart.
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The X Factor Recap: Rickrolling in the Deep

The X Factor Recap: Rickrolling in the Deep
We interrupt your regularly scheduled recap with a warning to the quintet of lovely brunettes who make up The X Factor Season 2 girl group Fifth Harmony: Do not stand too close to Khloé Kardashian Odom. She can sense your youth. She is beginning to feed off your effervescence. She has been instructed to assimilate you into the Kardashian collective.

With that housekeeping detail out of the way, we can now focus on the important business of Top 8 performance night: A world premiere “video” from “will.i.ann” (hey, that’s what Mario Lopez called him!) and a robot rendering of Britney Spears 2.0 (airbrushed into submission,
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Sherman Hemsley Remembered By Loved Ones At Funeral

Sherman Hemsley Remembered By Loved Ones At Funeral
El Paso, Texas — Friends and family remembered actor Sherman Hemsley at his funeral Wednesday in Texas by showing video clips of him as George Jefferson, the TV role that was his best known.

About 150 people attended the service at Cielo Vista Church in El Paso. Hemsley, 74, died of lung cancer on July 24, but a fight over his estate delayed his burial.

Mourners couldn't help but laugh as they watched the clips of Hemsley playing the feisty, bigoted owner of a chain of dry-cleaning businesses on "The Jeffersons."

"He helped us to laugh, gave us an opportunity to forget the troubles, the stresses of life," El Paso Police Department chaplain Sam Faraone said during Hemsley's eulogy.

Hemsley, an Air Force veteran, was buried at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

"The best way I can describe it is by how we released a dove" at the burial, longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal
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Sherman Hemsley dispute continues to delay burial for actor

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Actor Sherman Hemsley of "The Jeffersons" and "Amen" died at his Texas home three months ago. But he has still not been laid to rest. According to Fox News, it is because both the beneficiaries of his will and his cause of death have been called into question.

An employee from the San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso tells Fox that Hemsley's body is still at their facility and that they await a court order telling them what to do with it.

The legal dispute at the heart of the problem is between Hemsley's former manager and live-in companion Flora Enchinton, who was named the sole beneficiary in his will, and Richard Thornton, a man from Philadelphia who claims to be Hemsley's brother. Thornton has filed a civil lawsuit disputing the validity of the will. The value of the estate is estimated at $50,000.

Now a third party has come
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What to Watch Tuesday: NCIS, New Girl and 7 Other Premieres, First Dancing Results and More

What to Watch Tuesday: NCIS, New Girl and 7 Other Premieres, First Dancing Results and More
On TV this Tuesday: So much good new stuff tonight! New Girl, NCIS (original and Los Angeles-flavored), Private Practice and Tosh.0 all return for a new season; Mindy Kaling’s pet Mindy Project debuts on Fox (joined by friends Ben and Kate); CBS goes to Vegas, baby; and one all-star Dancing couple hits the road. Here are 10 programs to watch for tonight.

8 pm Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars (ABC) | This season’s first results show – during which we’ll wave good-bye to the first all-star couple — features a performance by pop chart darlings Justin Bieber and Pitbull.

8 pm NCIS
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Emmy memoriam sure to salute TV legends Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, Mike Wallace

Emmy memoriam sure to salute TV legends Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, Mike Wallace
The memoriam segment on this year's Emmys will be particularly poignant as many TV legends have passed away since the past ceremony. -Insertgroups:7- Television Academy Hall of Fame members Dick Clark ("American Bandstand," "New Year's Rockin' Eve"), Andy Griffith ("The Andy Griffith Show," "Matlock"), Sherman Hemsley ("The Jeffersons," "Amen"), Mike Wallace ("60 Minutes"), executive Daniel Burke (Capital Cities/ABC), and producer Bob Stewart ("Pyramid," "The Price is Right") will almost certainly be among those whose lives and careers are celebrated this Sunday. Acting stars likely to feature in this tribute include: Ernest Borgnine ("McHale's Navy," "Airwolf"), Richard Dawson ("Hogan's Heroes," "Family Feud"), Phyllis Diller ("Hollywood Squares," comedy specials), Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Finde...
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'The Rickey Smiley Show' Premieres Tomorrow on TV One (Video)

Tune in alert for TV One's latest sitcom "The Rickey Smiley Show," which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 18 (9/8 c). The new series stars comedian and nationally syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley, as well as stars singer/actor Ray J, comic J. Anthony Brown, Roz Ryan ("Amen"), Noree Victoria ("Necessary Roughness.) and Demetria McKinney (.Tyler Perry.s House of Payne.). From TV One "The Rickey Smiley Show" stars comedian and nationally syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley. The new comedy is loosely based on Smiley's life as a radio personality and a single father trying to balance family life-having life- and a career in the spotlight. The series also stars singer/actor Ray J, veteran comic J. Anthony Brown, Roz Ryan ("Amen"),
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