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Brandy, Kerry Washington, More Attend Essence's Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

February 28th, 2014 2:00pm EST
Brandy, Kerry Washington, More Attend Essence's Black Women In H
A bevy of beautiful black stars attended the 7th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

Singer Brandy looked amazing in a crimson pantsuit and matching suede pumps. She posed for photographs with former BET personality Rosci Diaz.

A very pregnant Kerry Washington also attended the event, wearing a bright blue shift dress that covered up her baby bump. Her popular series "Scandal" returned to ABC last night after its winter hiatus.

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'12 Years A Slave': Brutal Truth Told In This Must See Oscar Worthy Film

October 18th, 2013 2:18am EDT
'12 Years A Slave'
'12 Years a Slave' directed by the extremely talented, Steve McQueen, ('Shame') is simply put...Brilliant.

Written by John Ridley and based on Solomon Northrup's best selling memoir, published over 160 years ago, this is a true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
 
Eight years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free black man from upstate New York. He is abducted on a trip to Washington D.C. and sold into slavery.
 
Facing immense cruelty by his malevolent slave owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but ...
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Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

February 2nd, 2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
 
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...
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Bill Murray Christmas Classic 'Scrooged' Now Out On Blu-ray

November 17th, 2011 2:41pm EST
Scrooged
Celebrate Christmas past, present and future with an uproarious and contemporary take on Charles Dickens' classic tale when Scrooged makes its Blu-ray debut on November 1, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Bill Murray as a television executive with a heart of stone, the film takes viewers on a darkly comic adventure populated by an all-star cast including Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Alfre Woodard and Jamie Farr.

A network TV president is perhaps the most cold-hearted man ever, but his holiday spirit is given a painful booster ...
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'Scrooged' Debuts On Blu-ray November 1st

August 21st, 2011 9:00am EDT
Scrooged
Celebrate Christmas past, present and future with an uproarious and contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale when SCROOGED makes its Blu-ray debut on November 1, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Bill Murray as a television executive with a heart of stone, the film takes viewers on a darkly comic adventure populated by an all-star cast including Karen Allen (Raiders Of The Lost Ark), John Forsythe (“Dynasty”), Bobcat Goldthwait (Shakes The Clown), Carol Kane (The Pacifier), Robert Mitchum (The Big Sleep),

Alfre Woodard (“Desperate Housewives”) and Jamie Farr (“M*...
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Sam Hennings Back For More On The 'Memphis Beat'

June 15th, 2011 3:15pm EDT
Memphis Beat
TNT's Southern cop series Memphis Beat just kicked off its second season yesterday. To get the dish on what's coming along, I sat down with star Sam Hennings, who plays Charlie "Whitehead" White, the veteran partner of Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee). Here's what Sam had to say about the new season and his impressive career (which spans longer than my entire life!).

Tell us about where your character is headed this upcoming season.

The whole season is such a richer bouquet from last [season]. The first year is such a growing issue - figuring out who's who and what works and what doe...
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Watching Me On TV: Reflections About Blacks in Prime Time Past

February 23rd, 2011 10:40am EST
The Cosby Show
I’m not old, but I am mature. I’m not in the let’s-go-clubbin’-this-Saturday-night set, but I’m still in the coveted demographic that advertisers like. I’m old enough to remember when vampires were scary—not hot. And I do have those wonderful memories of big, boxy television consoles with three major networks and some local stations with really bad programming. Color television shows were a major big deal, so much so that announcers would actually let you know—“The F.B.I.— in color!” That was probably because not a lot of folks had a color TV set. It’s also cool to see how the physical tele...
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Teri Hatcher Quits 'Desperate Housewives'

November 21st, 2010 1:55pm EST
Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher has quit her starring role on "Desperate Housewives" - according to a U.K. report.

The actress has played Susan Mayer in all seven series of the drama since it hit screens in the U.S. in 2004.

But Hatcher has reportedly told executives at America's ABC network the next season will be her last, so she can work on a new show.

A source tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "Teri has given in her notice and is making active preparations to move on.

"She has another production deal in the pipeline and she is in the early stages of developing a sitcom that she wants to start work on im...
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Marcia Cross Kept Husband's Cancer Battle From Children

September 12th, 2010 1:10pm EDT
Marcia Cross
"Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross kept a brave face during her husband's cancer battle for the sake of her kids - and refused to tell the twins their father was fighting for his life.

The actress was left devastated when her partner, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with the deadly disease last year.

But Cross was determined to remain strong throughout the ordeal, and refused to tell the couple's three-year-old daughters Eden and Savannah.

She tells People.com, "There's no point in telling our kids. They were so young and anything to them is normal, so they didn't know things weren't no...
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Vanessa Williams Not A Fan Of Alfre Woodard's 'Desperate Housewives' Role

September 12th, 2010 10:00am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams had to be coaxed into taking on a role on hit ABC show "Desperate Housewives" - because she was one of the drama's worst critics.

The actress admits she was a big fan until Alfre Woodard became the first African-American to join the show.

Williams wasn't jealous and she doesn't dislike Woodard - but she hated her character's storyline.

She tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "She had her son in chains in the basement. It was like, 'Really? Do we have to go there with our first black character?'

"I honestly fell off the show after that. I think it was just so implausibl...
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Marcia Cross On Her Way To Shoot 'Desperate Housewives' - Hot Or Not?

August 4th, 2010 5:15pm EDT
Marcia Cross
A little bit of cleavage peeked out of Marcia Cross' low cut black dress while she walked to the set of "Desperate Housewives" in Hollywood on Tuesday. The actress tried to hold her jacket closed to stay covered up. Her dress also had a long slit up the right leg.

Marcia recently said she can't wait to work with hunky new "Housewives" recruit, Brian Austin Green, who will star as her love interest.

She explained, "I'm atwitter! He's so comfortable in his own skin, and has that sort of out there sexuality. Don't tell him I said that!"

Well, she'll have to fight off Brian's new wife, Megan...
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Nicollette Sheridan Sues 'Desperate Housewives' Creator

April 5th, 2010 9:28pm EDT
Nicollette Sheridan
Former "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan has launched a legal battle with the show's creator over allegations he slapped her during a row about the script and then fired her when she complained to producers.

The actress, who played Edie Britt on the hit show, claims Marc Cherry hit her after she expressed an opinion about a script he had written.

In the legal papers, obtained by TMZ.com, Sheridan claims Cherry "forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head". She is suing for assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination.

The actress also maintain...
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New Season Of 'True Blood' Begins June 13

March 16th, 2010 8:58am EDT
True Blood
HBO's vampire drama "True Blood" will return on June 13, according to Variety.com. Season two ended Sept. 13.

New castmembers in season three include Alfre Woodard and Kevin Alejandro.

For the season two finale, 5.1 million viewers tuned in.

"True Blood" was recently listed in Starpulse's article, "What's the Best Show on TV?" and actor Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette Reynolds, the flamboyant gay prostitute and drug dealer, was listed on our "Underappreciated TV Stars" feature.

The series is based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and stars Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepa...
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2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...
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TNT Greenlights Sci-Fi & Crime Series Starring Noah Wyle, Angie Harmon & More

January 22nd, 2010 4:00pm EST
Noah Wyle
TNT has given the greenlight to three new original series: a bold alien-invasion series from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg that stars Noah Wyle; "Delta Blues" (working title), an offbeat series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard; and "Rizzoli & Isles" (working title), a crime drama starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on Tess Gerritsen's popular mystery novels.

Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), explained: "These three series ranging from science-fiction to a quirky drama to a gripping cri...
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'American Violet', Inspired By A True Story, Comes To DVD & Blu-ray Oct. 13

October 7th, 2009 6:35pm EDT
American Violet DVD release
Based on true events in the midst of the 2000 election, American Violet tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a small Texas town who is barely making ends meet on a waitress' salary and government subsidies.

On an early November morning while Dee works a shift at the local diner, the powerful local district attorney (Michael O'Keefe) leads an extensive drug bust, sweeping her Arlington Springs housing project with military precision. Police drag Dee from work in h...
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Iran Angered Over Films 'The Wrestler' And '300'

March 1st, 2009 11:01am EST
300
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An adviser to Iran's president on Sunday demanded an apology from a team of visiting Hollywood actors and movie industry officials, including Annette Bening, saying films such as 300 and The Wrestler were "insulting" to Iranians.

Without an apology, members of Iran's film industry should refuse to meet with representatives from the nine-member team, said Javad Shamaqdari, the art and cinema adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"In my viewpoint, it is a failure to have an official meeting with one who is insulting," Shamaqdari told The Associated Press.

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Five Shows That Suck (But Shouldn't)

November 10th, 2008 10:53am EST
Private Practice
PRIVATE PRACTICE

When Private Practice debuted in May of last year, industry bible Variety released a less than glowing review: "Private Practice isn't a full-fledged screw-up, certainly, but so far it is a serious letdown."

The tragedy of the show is that not much has changed in its second season, despite a host of enviable advantages: The medical dramedy is helmed by successful head writer/creator Shonda Rhimes, is a spinoff of Rhimes' consistently popular and buzzworthy hit Grey's Anatomy and boasts a good cast featuring that once-wildly popular Grey's character, Addison Forbes Mo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 8

November 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Tara Reid
Happy Birthday to über partier Tara Reid (1975), actress Parker Posey (1968), actress Courtney Thorne-Smith (1967), teen idol Leif Garrett (1961), singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones (1954), Desperate Housewife Alfre Woodard (1953), blues singer Bonnie Raitt (1949), actress Esther Rolle (1920; d. 1998), silver screen legend Katharine Hepburn (1907; d. 2003), vampire novelist Bram Stoker (1847; d. 1912), and board game pioneer Milton Bradley (1836; d. 1911).
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Martin Sheen To Receive Peace Award

April 11th, 2007 10:12am EDT
Martin Sheen
The Shinnyo-en Foundation announced that it will honor Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen with the Pathfinder's Peace Award at the Six Billion Paths to Peace Forum on April 20 at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.

Sheen will be honored for his path to peace in helping others who are in need and promoting a more harmonious world. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard also will be honored at the Forum for her service work in Africa.

"Martin Sheen's path to peace has encouraged deeper compassion among humankind, helping othe...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 8

November 8th, 2006 3:00am EST
Tara Reid
Happy Birthday to über partier Tara Reid (1975), actress Parker Posey (1968), actress Courtney Thorne-Smith (1967), teen idol Leif Garrett (1961), singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones (1954), Desperate Housewife Alfre Woodard (1953), blues singer Bonnie Raitt (1949), actress Esther Rolle (1920; d. 1998), silver screen legend Katharine Hepburn (1907; d. 2003), vampire novelist Bram Stoker (1847; d. 1912), and board game pioneer Milton Bradley (1836; d. 1911).
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Doors Drummer John Densmore's New Project Tribaljazz Releases Debut Album

October 17th, 2006 4:56pm EDT
John Densmore
John Densmore has been telling people he's a jazz drummer since his days with the Doors; he finally gets to put his sticks where his mouth has been with Tribaljazz. The Los Angeles-based collective releases its debut album date October 17 on Hidden Beach Recordings.

As their name implies, Tribaljazz combines Densmore's love of the classic Jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with the global rhythms he's explored since his first recordings with The Doors (their hit "Break On Through" was inspired by the Bossa Nova beat of "The Girl From Ipanema") through the Middle Eastern grooves hear...
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'24' Wins Best Drama & 'The Office' Is Best Comedy

August 28th, 2006 8:45am EDT
24
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 58th Annual Emmy Awards. The Fox drama 24 was named Outstanding Drama Series for the first time after five nominations in the category, and in its first season, the NBC series The Office, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series of the same name, was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Winners in the lead categories follow in bold:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The So...
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'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

July 6th, 2006 10:36am EDT
24
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos

24

The West Wing

House

Outstanding Miniser...
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More Presenters Added To Tony Awards

May 24th, 2006 11:55am EDT
Glenn Close
Hank Azaria, Glenn Close, Bernadette Peters, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Kyra Sedgwick and Oprah Winfrey have been added as presenters for this year's "The 60th Annual Tony Awards," live from Radio City Music Hall, Sunday, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET, delayed PT) on CBS.

Previously announced presenters are Ralph Fiennes, Eric McCormack, Cynthia Nixon, Anna Paquin, Julia Roberts, Martin Short and Alfre Woodard.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom. It will be the ninth year...
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Take The Lead, Starring Antonio Banderas, In Theaters Today

April 7th, 2006 11:10am EDT
Antonio Banderas
Inspired by a true story, Antonio Banderas stars as internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, in the family drama Take The Lead. The film revolves around a professional dancer who volunteers to teach in the New York City public school system. But when his classic methods clash with his students' hip hop instincts, he teams up with them to create a new style of dance and becomes their mentor in the process. Take The Lead co-stars Alfre Woodard, was written by Dianne Houston, and marks the feature directing debut of veteran music video helmer Liz Friedlander (U2, Blink 182, S...
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Alfre Woodard To Star in Hallmark Movie

December 16th, 2005 1:48pm EST
Alfre Woodard
“The Water Is Wide,” a new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation starring Alfre Woodard, Frank Langella and Jeff Hephner will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 29, on CBS. The drama, spanning 1969 to 1970, is based on the memoir of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides).

The story recounts Conroy's experiences as a young, idealistic and unconventional teacher who strives to bring literacy, knowledge and self-respect to the predominantly poor black children living on a small isolated island off the coast of South Carolina.

Desperate to secure a...
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Desperate Housewives Star Fired For Flashing

November 9th, 2005 9:36am EST
Desperate Housewives
'Desperate Housewives' actor Page Kennedy has been fired - amid rumours he flashed other cast members. The 28-year-old actor, who played mysterious Caleb in the second season hit show, was fired for "improper conduct" last week after "thorough investigation by the studio".

According to Associated Press, Kennedy's misconduct did not involve any other cast member - however, sources have claimed to New York Post newspaper the actor "may have had a problem with flashing people on the set".

The role of Caleb - who was held captive in Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty's (Alfre Woodard) basem...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 8

November 8th, 2005 3:00am EST
Tara Reid
Happy Birthday to Ozzy Osbourne offspring Jack Osbourne (1985), Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor, über partier Tara Reid (1975), actress Gretchen Mol (1973), actress Parker Posey (1968), actress Courtney Thorne-Smith (1967), teen idol Leif Garrett (1961), singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones (1954), Desperate Housewife Alfre Woodard (1953), blues singer Bonnie Raitt (1949), actress Esther Rolle (1920; d. 1998), silver screen legend Katharine Hepburn (1907; d. 2003), vampire novelist Bram Stoker (1847; d. 1912), and board game pioneer Milton Bradley (1836; d. 1911).
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