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Paula Kerger Discusses New Suite of Women-Led PBS Projects — TCA

Paula Kerger Discusses New Suite of Women-Led PBS Projects — TCA
For its 50th anniversary, PBS is painting a portrait of America through diverse stories and several features on inspirational women.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger discussed the network’s upcoming year during Friday morning’s executive session at the Television Critics Association 2020 Winter Press tour in Pasadena. Chief among PBS projects is “PBS American Portrait,” which will gather first-person narratives from Americans throughout the country. Kerger said that PBS would leverage the broadcaster’s numerous local stations to connect with everyday Americans and share their stories.

“American Portrait is a digital-first national storytelling project that invites people to participate in a conversation about what it really means to be an American today,” Kerger said during her executive session. “PBS will gather the stories through photo, video, and written submissions. We will then share and amplify those stories through digital platforms, events, and educational resources for classrooms, as well as
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Angela Lansbury’s 10 Best Film and TV Performances, From ‘Gaslight’ to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photos)

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Angela Lansbury’s 10 Best Film and TV Performances, From ‘Gaslight’ to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photos)
10. “Nanny McPhee” (2005)

Angela Lansbury has often projected an air of menace, as she does playing the near-sighted great-aunt of the newly motherless Brown children in Kirk Jones’ family film. The tightwad meanie gets her comeuppance at a wedding featuring green-frosted cake.

9. “Death on the Nile” (1978)

In this successful adaptation of an Agatha Christie classic, Lansbury plays a romance novelist who might have based one of her characters a little too closely on the murder victim at the center of Hercule Poirot’s investigation

8. “Little Gloria … Happy at Last” (1982)

In this NBC miniseries, based on Gloria Vanderbilt’s best-selling memoir, Lansbury plays the teenage heiress’ aunt who conspires to seize custody of the girl (and her fortune) from her mother. Lansbury earned her first Emmy nomination for the role.

7. “National Velvet” (1944)

In only her second film, Lansbury played the older sister of Elizabeth Taylor’s horse-loving English girl who trains a gelding into a champion.
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Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Succession,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ ‘Good Omens,’ ‘Castle Rock’ or ‘Our Planet’?

Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Succession,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ ‘Good Omens,’ ‘Castle Rock’ or ‘Our Planet’?
The 2019 Emmy nominees for Best Main Title Theme Music have something for everybody. Shows to earn nominations for their opening scores include: “Castle Rock” (Hulu), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW), “Good Omens” (Amazon), “Our Planet” (Netflix) and “Succession” (HBO). Of the five nominees, only “Our Planet” and “Succession” have corresponding series bids in their respective genres.

Among this year’s bunch of exemplary themes are a moody slow burn, an ode to shlocky ’90s sitcoms, a jaunty waltz with an edge, an epic, celestial orchestra piece and a chilling piano number with a powerful hip-hop pulse. So what will Emmy voters decide is the best new theme song of the 2018-19 TV season? Let’s dive into all five themes and be sure to make your predictions.

See 2019 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 71st Emmy Awards

Castle Rock” — Theme by Thomas Newman

Newman appropriately took the menacing
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PBS Fall Slate: Dates For Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’, New Contemporary History Series, ‘Poldark’ Finale & More

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PBS has unveiled its fall programming slate, which includes premiere dates for Ken Burns’ 16-hour Country Music along with several other docunmentaries and the new contemporary-history series Retro Report on PBS.

Also on tap are new editions of Frontline, Pov, Great Performances, American Masters and Independent Lens; four-part documentary series College Behind Bars; and the fifth and final season of British drama Poldark. Check out the full slate below.

“PBS is the most prolific platform for documentaries, with more than 200 hours per year,” said Perry Simon, the pubcaster’s Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming. “This fall, we are showcasing first-rate programs featuring award-winning directors, diverse storytellers, hard-hitting investigations and untold stories, solidifying our status as America’s premier destination for documentary film. We are also excited about our programs representing the best in news, arts, drama, history and science.”

The new four-part docuseries College Behind Bars runs Monday-Tuesday,
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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director, ranked worst to best, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director, ranked worst to best, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’
Sydney Pollack would’ve celebrated his 85th birthday on July 1, 2019. The Oscar winning filmmaker could’ve branded himself as Hollywood’s favorite journeyman, crafting solid entertainments for over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films as a director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934, Pollack got his start as an actor, studying under legendary New York teacher Sanford Meisner. He cut his teeth is television, appearing in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” before transitioning into directing for the small screen. Even after making a name for himself behind the camera, he kept popping up onscreen, starring in “The Player” (1992), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Changing Lanes” (2002), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and his own “Tootsie” (1982), to name but a few.

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director ranked worst to best

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director ranked worst to best
Sydney Pollack would’ve celebrated his 85th birthday on July 1, 2019. The Oscar winning filmmaker could’ve branded himself as Hollywood’s favorite journeyman, crafting solid entertainments for over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films as a director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934, Pollack got his start as an actor, studying under legendary New York teacher Sanford Meisner. He cut his teeth is television, appearing in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” before transitioning into directing for the small screen. Even after making a name for himself behind the camera, he kept popping up onscreen, starring in “The Player” (1992), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Changing Lanes” (2002), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and his own “Tootsie” (1982), to name but a few.

It was this experience as a performer
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Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Director, Dies at 96
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his 1968 big-screen version of “Romeo and Juliet,” died on Saturday at age 96.

Zeffirelli’s son Luciano told the Associated Press that his father died at home in Rome.

He earned two Oscar nominations, the first for directing the lush adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” starring a then-unknown Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, which grossed more than $52 million in the U.S. on a $1.5 million budget, according to the AP. He earned a second nomination for art and set decoration on his filmed version of the opera “La Traviata” starring Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas.

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Zeffirelli was also widely acclaimed as a director of theater and opera in his native Italy and won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on PBS’ “Great Performances” productions of the operas “Pagliacci” in 1985 and “Cavalleria Rusticana
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Aarp The Magazine Celebrates 18th Annual Movies for Grownups

Aarp The Magazine’s 18th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards were held last week at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, celebrating 2018’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognizing the inspiring artists who make them.

Co-produced by the Great Performances series, the Movies for Grownups Awards will be broadcast for the second consecutive year on Friday, February 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day on pbs.org/moviesforgrownups and PBS apps.

Hosted by actor and comedian Martin Short, the star-studded awards ceremony included a touching tribute to Career Achievement Award honoree Shirley MacLaine. Other highlights of the evening included a special appearance by Michael Douglas, who presented his Fatal Attraction co-star Glenn Close with Best Actress honors for her role in The Wife; Mahershala Ali who handed his co-star Viggo Mortensen the Best Actor
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‘Green Book’ Takes Top Prize at Aarp’s Movies For Grownups Awards

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Seasoned actors were the toast of the evening at Aarp’s 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards. (Or as host Martin Short referred to the event — “The Olden Globes.”)

The intimate ceremony, which was taped Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire and will air on PBS’ “Great Performances” Feb. 15, featured an array of stars from the past year’s most acclaimed films.

Richard E. Grant, who is Oscar-nominated for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” reflected on some of his personal favorites. “I know that Olivia Colman is over 40 and Rachel Weisz is over 40,” he told Variety, referring to the Oscar-nominated stars of “The Favourite.” “There’s Viggo Mortensen [from “Green Book”] — he is, too. So there’s a fair number of people who are not in their early 20s, and it’s to be celebrated.”

Added “Blackkklansman’s” Topher Grace: “I know that ‘Movies For Grown Ups’ is kind of like a fun title,
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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Shirley MacLaine To Receive Aarp Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award

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From The Trouble With Harry and Irma La Douce through The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment and PBS’ Downton Abbey, the career of Shirley MacLaine has just won the actress Aarp’s annual Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award.

Aarp The Magazine made the MacLaine announcement today. The Oscar-winning actress (for 1984’s Terms of Endearment) will receive the award at the organization’s 18th annual Movies For Grownups Awards ceremony on Feb. 4, 2019, in Beverly Hills.

“The award means a lot to me personally because Aarp was there when I began,” said MacLaine. “Many thanks to Aarp for bestowing this award.”

The Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal “to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind,” and to recognize the artists who make films appealing to older movie-goers.

“We are delighted to give this award to Shirley MacLaine, a remarkable performer and a true original,
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Shirley MacLaine Selected for Aarp Career Achievement Award

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Shirley MacLaine Selected for Aarp Career Achievement Award
Shirley MacLaine has been selected as the recipient of the Aarp’s 2018 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

MacLaine will be honored at the 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards ceremony on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

MacLaine has credits on more than 50 feature films, won a best actress Academy Award for “Terms of Endearment,” and was nominated for Oscars for “Some Came Running,” “The Apartment,” “Irma la Douce” and “The Turning Point.” She has also won seven Golden Globe awards — including the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement — and written 15 best-selling books.

“The award means a lot to me personally because Aarp was there when I began,” said MacLaine. “Many thanks to Aarp for bestowing this award.”

Previous Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees include Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro.
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PBS to Premiere John Leguizamo's Road To Broadway This Friday

John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway follows the always provocative Leguizamo as he prepares for his most challenging theatrical quest yet - cramming 3,000 years of Latino history into 90 minutes of stage time for his one man show. With extraordinary access to his creative process, the film traces the evolution of his latest success, Tony-nominated play Latin History for Morons, from its challenging premise through its triumphant debut. A special co-presentation of Great Performances and Latino Public Broadcasting's Voces, John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway, directed by Ben DeJesus, premieres nationwide Friday, November 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS check local listings. The film will be available for streaming on November 17 at pbs.orggperf and on PBS apps.
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Great Performances and Voces to Present John Leguizamo's Road To Broadway

John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway follows the always provocative Leguizamo as he prepares for his most challenging theatrical quest yet - cramming 3,000 years of Latino history into 90 minutes of stage time for his one man show. With extraordinary access to his creative process, the film traces the evolution of his latest success, Tony-nominated play Latin History for Morons, from its challenging premise through its triumphant debut. A special co-presentation of Great Performances and Latino Public Broadcasting's Voces, John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway, directed by Ben DeJesus, premieres nationwide Friday, November 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS check local listings. The film will be available for streaming on November 17 at pbs.orggperf and on PBS apps.
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Emmys 2018: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar: Live’ could break the awards curse of this landmark musical

When “Jesus Christ Superstar” first debuted as a concept album in 1970, it was considered so sacrilegious by some that it was banned by the BBC.Fast-forward 48 years, and attitudes have certainly changed as a concert production was shown on Easter Sunday by NBC. “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live” scored 13 Emmy nominations and is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Variety Special Live, overshadowing the Oscar and Grammy telecasts.

History could also be made for its original creators, composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. An Emmy win would allow them both to join the elite Egot club of 12 that have won the big-four showbiz prizes: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. But just as the talents behind this retelling of Jesus’ last days through the eyes of his disciple Judas have waited for the full recognition of their Bible-inspired rock opera, “Superstar” itself and its iconic characters has been long overdue for
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L.A. Composer Looks East, Providing ‘Ellis Island’ Score for PBS’ ‘Great Performances’

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Los Angeles composer Peter Boyer will have his biggest national showcase to date when PBS’s “Great Performances” debuts his “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” on Friday, June 29.

Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony in the hour-long broadcast, taped last year as part of the orchestra’s annual American Composers Festival. Actors Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim and Michael Nouri are among those speaking the words of immigrants who came through Ellis Island during the early years of the 20th century. Hundreds of historical photos provide a visual backdrop for both actors and orchestra.

Boyer talks about the challenge of writing “Ellis Island” in the below:

Boyer received a 2005 Grammy nomination for “best classical contemporary composition” for the work, which draws on the true stories of seven immigrants and frames their words with dramatic orchestral music that is very much in an Americana vein. The piece concludes with a
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Record Store Day 2018’s Most Wanted: Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Nas and More

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“Piper at the Gates of Dawn” isn’t just the name of a Pink Floyd album that’s being reissued on vinyl. It’s a prescription for how early you may need to be in line at the gates of your local brick-and-mortar music shop on Saturday for Record Store Day, if you want to be sure to get hold of the most coveted limited editions going on sale exclusively among independent retailers.

That Floyd LP, a mono mix being reissued on vinyl for the first time in a half-century, could be this year’s most widely coveted piece. But there are 421 other titles also going on sale Saturday, as listed here. If lining up isn’t your thing, don’t despair; some of these will still be available in the days or even weeks to follow… or forever, on Discogs and eBay. But honestly, doesn’t all music sound
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2018 DGA Awards presenters are a mix of A-list celebs and past winners: Amy Schumer, Damien Chazelle …

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When the 2018 Directors Guild of America Awards are handed out on Saturday, February 3, expect many famous faces to be in attendance at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Among the list of presenters are A-list celebs including Amy Schumer (two-time DGA contender for “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” and “Inside Amy Schumer”), Oscar nominees like Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), and past DGA winners like last year’s “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle. Scroll down to see the complete list of DGA Awards presenters.

Besides Chazelle, the other former DGA champs who will present a trophy at Saturday’s ceremony are Don Mischer, Jay D. Roth and Thomas Schlamme. Mischer is a multiple DGA winner for “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “Great Performances” and “The Kennedy Center Honors,” to name just a few. Roth was last year’s President’s Award DGA honoree.
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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The Detour's Laura Benanti Tees Up Edie's Revenge, Recalls Stomach-Turning She Loves Me TV Moment

Hell hath no fury like a Postal Inspection Service employee scorned. And hormonal.

So now that The Detour‘s Edie a) has a bead on where the Parker family is hiding out and b) is under the very strong influence of fertility drugs as she attempts to conceive, prepare for a rather emotionally unbalanced reckoning, recently promoted series regular Laura Benanti tells TVLine.

“Edie is discharged from the Postal Inspection Service, because she’s terrible at her job,” she says, laughing. “But then she becomes obsessed with the family, so she takes it upon herself to follow them to Alaska.
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