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Nothin’ but a number: Kit Harington (‘Game of Thrones’) would be youngest Drama Actor Emmy winner in 32 years

Nothin’ but a number: Kit Harington (‘Game of Thrones’) would be youngest Drama Actor Emmy winner in 32 years
Kit Harington has been to hell and back on “Game of Thrones” after eight seasons, but the actor is still only a fresh-faced 32-year-old. A previous Emmy nominee for Best Drama Supporting Actor for his role as Jon Snow (2016), he’s now a contender in the lead race. And if he manages to claim that throne he would be the youngest actor to do so in, well, about as many years as he’s been alive. Visit our predictions center here to let us know what you think about this Emmy race.

The last time someone that young prevailed was 1987, which was less than a year after Harington was born in December 1986. Best Drama Actor that year went to “Moonlighting” star Bruce Willis, who himself was 32 when he claimed that prize on his second nomination. Willis would win another Emmy 13 years after that: Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Friends” (2000).

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Reflecting on Harold Robbins’ Big Mip Experience in 1969

  • Variety
Fifty years ago, 1,500 individuals from 53 countries attended the fifth edition of MipTV at Cannes. It’s a small fraction of the estimated 10,500 expected this year, but organizers in 1969 were ecstatic at the turnout. They were also ecstatic to welcome celebs such as Harold Robbins, plugging “The Survivors,” starring Lana Turner.

On April 30, 1969, Variety reported that the hour-long drama was budgeted at “a new all-time high of $300,000 per episode.” Robbins was hot stuff in the 1960s as he virtually invented sex-and-wealth blockbuster novels with “The Carpetbaggers” and “Where Love Has Gone.” In addition to his Mip-promoted “Survivors,” various companies were planning adaptations of four Robbins works, including big-screen projects “The Adventurers,” “The Inheritors” and “Stiletto,” plus the TV-targeted “79 Park Avenue.” That quartet represented a total investment of $36 million.

“I am the only writer able to make three major companies go broke in one year,” he joked at Cannes.

The Survivors,” which also starred George Hamilton,
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Bill Cosby is a Favorite Among Prison Inmates, Families and Guards

  • TMZ
Bill Cosby is a Favorite Among Prison Inmates, Families and Guards
Bill Cosby isn't America's favorite dad anymore, but he's up there on the list of favorite prisoners at the State Correctional Institute Phoenix ... so says his spokesperson. Andrew Wyatt tells TMZ ... he's visited Cosby at the Pennsylvania prison more than a dozen times, and whenever the disgraced TV father enters the visiting area, other inmates and their families shower him with cheers and applause. We're told the adoration doesn't stop there -- one of the
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Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning ‘How Glad I Am’ Singer, Dies at 81

  • The Wrap
Nancy Wilson, Grammy-Winning ‘How Glad I Am’ Singer, Dies at 81
Nancy Wilson, a genre-spanning, Grammy-winning singer whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Thursday at age 81. Her longtime manager made the news public.

Born in 1937, Wilson grew up in Ohio and began her music career shortly after high school in 1956, working for Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band. Moving to New York City in 1959 on the advice of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, she began playing clubs while supporting herself as a secretary, and was signed to Capitol Records the next year.

Though she started out in Jazz, she performed in multiple genres including R&B, Broadway, and pop throughout her long career and resisted categorization, preferring instead to call herself a “song stylist.” She became famous in 1962 through a collaboration with Adderley, an album called “Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley” that produced the hit single “Save Your Love For Me”.

Also Read: Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks Lead Singer, Dies at 63

In
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Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo

Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
’Had the judge not sentenced him to prison there would have been a huge outcry.’

Monday’s sentencing of the stand-up comic and actor Bill Cosby to three to 10 years for drugging and molesting a woman was a watershed moment for the formidable #MeToo movement.

Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill delivered the first custodial sentence to a world-renowned entertainer since #MeToo erupted in late 2017 and, legal observers say, it may change the way society views accusers and accused in such cases.

“I am hopeful that the #MeToo movement has made a difference in the minds of the public by educating a great number of people,
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Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks a critical moment for #MeToo

Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks a critical moment for #MeToo
’Had the judge not sentenced him to prison there would have been a huge outcry.’

Monday’s sentencing of the comedian and actor Bill Cosby was a watershed moment for the formidable #MeToo movement.

Not only did Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill deliver the first custodial sentence to a household name since #MeToo erupted in late 2017, legal observers say the jury’s verdict last April and the judge’s sentence this week may change the way we look at accusers and accused in these cases.

“I am hopeful that the #MeToo movement has made a difference in the minds of
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Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault

Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault
Entertainer did not make statement when given opportunity by judge.

Bill Cosby, the entertainer known for decades as ‘America’s Dad’, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexual assault, marking the first time a household name has been given a custodial sentence in the #MeToo era.

Earlier in the day (25) Judge Steven O’Neill declared Cosby, 81, a sexually violent predator at the sentencing hearing in Montgomery County Courthouse, Pennsylvania.

Cosby, who became world famous for such shows as I Spy and The Cosby Show, and also starred in films such as California Suite and The Devil And Max Devlin,
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Bill Cosby sentenced three to 10 years for sexual assault

Bill Cosby sentenced three to 10 years for sexual assault
Entertainer did not make statement when given opportunity by judge.

Bill Cosby, the entertainer known for decades as ‘America’s Dad’, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexual assault, marking the first time a household name has been given a custodial sentence in the #MeToo era.

Earlier in the day (25) Judge Steven O’Neill declared Cosby, 81, a ‘sexually violent predator’ at the sentencing hearing in Montgomery County Courthouse, Pennsylvania.

Cosby, who became world famous for such shows as I Spy and The Cosby Show, and also starred in films such as California Suite and The Devil And Max Devlin,
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Bill Cosby Sentenced to Three to 10 Years in Prison Over Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

Bill Cosby Sentenced to Three to 10 Years in Prison Over Multiple Sexual Assault Charges
Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in Pennsylvania State Prison. The actor was found guilty earlier this year on three counts for sexual assault: Penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant. The charges in the trial were brought forward by Andrea Constand, one of more than 60 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault. Each charge carried a maximum sentence of 10 years.

During the sentencing, Judge Steven O’Neill formally designated Cosby as a “sexually violent predator” (via Deadline). Prosecutors on the first day of the sentencing pushed for Cosby to have a sentence at the “high end” of 10 years, but Judge O’Neill said he’d likely stick to the sentencing guidelines that dictate 22 to 36 months. Cosby was tried in Pennsylvania as he sexually abused Constand at his home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Now that he is designated as a sexual predator,
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Watch Michael Che Hand Out ‘Reparations Emmys’ to Overlooked Black Actors

Watch Michael Che Hand Out ‘Reparations Emmys’ to Overlooked Black Actors
Michael Che tried to right several decades-worth of Hollywood wrongs by handing out “Reparations Emmys” to overlooked black actors and actresses during the 2018 Emmy Awards.

The pre-taped bit opened with Che presenting an actual Emmy trophy to The JeffersonsMarla Gibbs. “Your role as Florence the maid is the reason I got fired form every service job I had,” Che said, prompting Gibbs to deadpan, “Well thank you – I think.”

Other recipients included Jimmie Walker of Good Times, Kadeem Hardison of A Different World, Jaleel White of Family Matters and
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Where Are They Now?: Veteran Stuntman Gene LeBell, a.k.a. the Toughest Man Alive

  • Variety
Artisans introduces a new series — Where Are They Now? — focusing on living legends of the below-the-line world. Written by James C. Udel, a member of Iatse’s Local 80 Grips since 1993 and author of “The Film Crew of Hollywood,” these stories will profile retired or semiretired artisans whose work has left an enduring impact on the history of the movies.

Stuntman Gene LeBell might not have been around since Hollywood’s first fist fight, but his skill has transformed the genre.

Born in Los Angeles in 1932, LeBell was shipped off to a military school at age 6 by his full-time working mom after his father died in a surfing accident. The diminutive kid was bullied, finally responding by choking the offending cadet — a move he applied to Steven Seagal 52 years later while filming “Hard to Kill.”

After his mom remarried, LeBell was raised near L.A.’s old Olympic Auditorium. The athletic
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Jeffrey Wright (‘Westworld’) would be fifth black Best Drama Actor Emmy winner

Jeffrey Wright (‘Westworld’) would be fifth black Best Drama Actor Emmy winner
Jeffrey Wright won’t make Emmy history in Best Drama Supporting Actor, but he can still join a very small club if he wins Best Drama Actor for “Westworld”: He’d be just the fifth black winner in the category.

The fourth, of course, came just last year, when Sterling K. Brown received the honor for “This Is Us” and then gave a shout-out to the third recipient, Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street”), who won in 1998. Seven years before that James Earl Jones prevailed for the short-lived “Gabriel’s Fire.” Bill Cosby was the first black actor to win, three-peating from 1966-68 for “I Spy.”

An Emmy champ for “Angels in America,” Wright was nominated last year for “Westworld” in supporting, the only acting category that has not produced a black winner, but he lost to John Lithgow (“The Crown”). He and Ed Harris were upgraded to
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I worked with Bill Cosby, and I saw his dark side | Candace Allen

Working on films with the disgraced comedian in the 1970s and 1980s, I witnessed his attitude towards women

He made us so proud. I was too young to see him on late-night TV in those first years, and my family didn’t buy comedy albums; but I heard them at the homes of negro friends where they were proudly displayed, at a time when the howlingly funny but raunchy standup comedians Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley were adult- and black folks-only pleasures half-hidden from the children. Articulate and relaxed, suave and sophisticated, Bill Cosby, even more so than our beloved Temptations, was what we called “ready”. That was, ready not just for integration, but ready to succeed in the white man’s world. Bill Cosby wasn’t just ready: he was killing it.

Dissolve a few years, and my suburban teenage world was rocked to its core by the barrier-smashing spy show I Spy.
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Soon-Tek Oh, Voice of Mulan’s Father and Asian-American Theater Pioneer, Dies at 85

  • Variety
Soon-Tek Oh, Voice of Mulan’s Father and Asian-American Theater Pioneer, Dies at 85
Soon-Tek Oh, a pioneering figure in Asian-American theater who voiced Fa Zhou in two “Mulan” films and acted with Roger Moore in “Man with the Golden Gun,” has died. He was 85.

The Korean-American actor died Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long fight with Alzheimer’s, according to actor Chil Kong. Kong co-founded the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles under Oh’s guidance.

In addition to his voice credits in “Mulan,” Oh acted in numerous television series throughout his career, beginning in the ’60s with credits on series like “It Takes a Thief” and “I Spy” and spanning through the ’90s with repeat appearances on shows including “Hawaii Five-o,” “M*A*S*H,” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He also acted in “Magnum, P.I.,” “Cagney & Lacey,” and “Hill Street Blues” and the mini-series “East of Eden.”

In 1974, Oh appeared as Lieutenant Hip in “Man With the Golden Gun.” In the film, Hip
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‘No Escape’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Thanawut Kasro, Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak | Written by John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle | Directed by John Erick Dowdle

No Escape starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer (Wilson & Bell) and their two daughters emigrating to an unspecified Southeast Asian country for Wilson’s work. This work is somehow connected to the country’s water supply and it’s hinted that the company may have had some shady dealings in the past. This notion becomes somewhat inconsequential when violent revolutionaries seize power from the government and beginning tearing through the city, killing any foreigners they find. This makes life difficult for the young family as they’re staying at the richest, most foreigner-friendly hotel in town…

Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass.
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‘No Escape’ Review

Stars: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Thanawut Kasro, Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak | Written by John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle | Directed by John Erick Dowdle

Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass. Roles in films like Behind Enemy Lines and Armageddon set a tone that he quickly subverted with roles in action-comedies like Shanghai Noon and I Spy, not to mention his now-trademark offbeat persona honed in Wes Anderson films and countless romantic comedies. He clearly went with the material that interested him (and audiences) more, but was somehow tempted to join fellow indie-and-romcom staple Lake Bell in No Escape, a film that pits their married couple against a horde of murderous Asian people and Pierce Brosnan’s cockney accent.

The film starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer
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Review: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (2015) Starring Henry Cavill And Armie Hammer

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

There's a tasteless old joke that defines "mixed emotions" as the reaction you would have upon hearing that your mother-in-law just drove off a cliff in your new Jaguar. As a die-hard fan of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." TV series, I admit to having expectations of experiencing mixed emotions at  last Monday's world premiere of Guy Ritchie's feature film version of the show at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. For those of us who grew up during the spy craze of the mid-1960s, espionage movies are always close to our hearts. With Bond, Bourne and Mission: Impossible still big box-office, it's clear that the younger generation is in synch with our passion for this genre. The Bond films have earned respect for enduring for more than 50 years with six different actors giving vastly different interpretations of Agent 007, each successful in his own way. However,
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Friday Report: 'Compton' Straight Up Hit

Friday Report: 'Compton' Straight Up Hit
Universal's historic year just keeps on rolling with Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $4,957,000 at late night shows, on its way to a predicted $40M weekend. The well-reviewed bio-pic of the group N.W.A., the ground-breaking rap artists that was fronted by Ice Cube and included now-billionaire and impresario Dr. Dre and the late Easy-e, was in 2,264 theaters. It adds another 493 for a final weekend screen count of 2,757. If it has a little more gas in the box office tank, and it probably does (it sits with an 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), Compton will be Ice Cube's best opening ever, beating Ride Along ($41.5M last year). Sure he's essentially a producer, but it's part of his amazing, inspiring story, It's also a family affair as Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson, plays his father in the film. Compton would also be the best opening for a musical bio-pic, leaping over the current leaders,
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There’s No Escape for Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan

Owen Wilson is trying to get his family out of a foreign country that’s in the middle of a coup. This is the first trailer for action film No Escape. I really don’t recall ever seeing Owen Wilson in an action flick, like a proper serious one, not action comedies like I Spy or Starsky […]

Read There’s No Escape for Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan on Filmonic.
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Mortal Kombat: Legacy Actor Darren Shahlavi Dead at 42

Martial artist Darren Shahlavi, who appeared in the web series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" and the TV series "Arrow," has died. He was found at his home by his roommate after apparently passing away in his sleep. The cause of death was not provided. He was only 42. Shahlavi was born in England and began practicing martial arts at age 7. He moved to Hong Kong to pursue a stunt career in the early 1990s, where he was tapped to star in "Tai Chi 2." He moved to the United States to continue his career, performing stunt work for films like "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Night at the Museum" and "300." He also had acting roles in 2002's "I Spy" alongside Eddie Murphy and 2004's "The Final Cut" with Robin Williams. In 2010, Shahlavi appeared in the martial arts film "Ip Man 2." The following year he starred in "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" as Kano. Shahlavi has since had guest roles on "Arrow.
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