| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:30 AM
The 1977 TV blockbuster "Roots" features a scene in which the slave Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton, is whipped unmercifully until he acknowledges that his name in captivity will be Toby. The sequence is not only distinguished by its brutality, but...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 1:42 PM
If, as has been said, the movie business is like a giant tanker ship that can't change course on a dime, this year's Oscar nominations show an organization in the midst of making that kind of adjustment in direction, moving slowly but steadily from the...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 7:00 AM
TORONTO -- Brad Pitt didn't say much during the question-and-answer session that followed the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "12 Years a Slave" on Friday night, just a short comment on why he produced and co-starred in the Steve McQueen...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:04 PM
Among the 25 or so awards to be handed out at Sunday's Oscars will be the prize for documentary short. One of the less recognized categories at the annual ceremony, the doc short field this year contains a certain newsworthiness because of the inclusion...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 10:06 AM
Ruben Studdard wasn't supposed to leave "The Biggest Loser" like this.
Ruben had been extended a golden ticket of sorts when producers invited him to join the show, unlike the thousands of people who vie for a spot at the ranch each year. The...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Historian and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can still remember how moved and inspired he was as a high school senior watching a documentary about black American history narrated by Bill Cosby. The film was a key in launching his elite...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Lee Meriwether never had any intention of becoming a beauty queen. But thanks to a fraternity at the City College of San Francisco, she became not only Miss San Francisco, but later Miss California and finally Miss America in 1955.
Meriwether was a...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a collection of silly, stupid skits that are so seriously R-rated they defy description in a family newspaper. The...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:59 PM
Slavery is a hot topic, with the success of "12 Years A Slave" and "Django Unchained."
Now History is seeking to capitalize by remaking the historic 1977 miniseries "Roots."
The cable channel announced that it will reboot the groundbreaking miniseries...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 7:01 AM
Ralph Waite, best known for starring in the CBS series "The Waltons" from 1972 to 1981, died Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 85.
The actor played John Walton Sr., the kind-hearted patriarch of a large, poor family living in...
| May 28, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Poet, memoirist and performer Maya Angelou has died at age 86, Wake Forest University announced Wednesday. The multi-talented artist was also a celebrated civil rights advocate and pioneer.
As a poet, Angelou was best known for reading at President...