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  • Maya Angelou dies: A look at the acclaimed poet's movie career

    Maya Angelou dies: A look at the acclaimed poet's movie career
    The pioneering, multi-talented artist and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86, is best known as a prolific poet and memoirist. But over the course of her freewheeling life, which  included stints as a dancer, singer,...
  • The Oscars and the Holocaust-film myth

    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...
  • Ralph Waite dies: Friends, co-stars react to death of 'Waltons' actor

    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...
  • James Earl Jones Talks 'Star Wars,' Retirement And 'Love Letters'

    James Earl Jones Talks 'Star Wars,' Retirement And 'Love Letters'
    For many James Earl Jones is best known as that distinctive voice of Darth Vader in "Star Wars," Mufasa in Disney's "The Lion King" or as the older version of author Alex Haley in the television mini-series "Roots: The Next Generations." But the veteran...
  • 'Reading Rainbow': Seth MacFarlane will match $1 million in gifts

    'Reading Rainbow': Seth MacFarlane will match $1 million in gifts
    When Levar Burton launched a Kickstarter to make a school-focused version of "Reading Rainbow," supporters donated $1 million in just 11 hours. That was the campaign's initial goal; the strong start prompted Burton to raise his sights -- to $5 million....
  • 'The Sopranos' tops WGA's top 101 TV shows of all time

    'The Sopranos' tops WGA's top 101 TV shows of all time
    They say that television is a writer's medium, so it makes sense that the Writers Guild of America would have its own list of the 101 greatest TV shows of all time. At the top of the list is "The Sopranos," HBO's multiple award-winning hit series that...
  • Reel Critics: Compared to 'Jackass,' this is a triumph

    Reel Critics: Compared to 'Jackass,' this is a triumph
    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...
  • Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'

     Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'
    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...
  • Cicely Tyson: Milestones and facts about the Tony Award winner

    Cicely Tyson: Milestones and facts about the Tony Award winner
    The legendary Cicely Tyson stole the Tony Awards on Sunday evening with her moving acceptance speech after being named best actress in a drama for the revival of Horton Foote's "A Trip to Bountiful." It was the 79-year-old actress' first Tony and her...
  • TCA press tour: Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes new look at black history

    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...
  • There she is .... Lee Meriwether

    There she is .... Lee Meriwether
    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...