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Tommy Morgan, Harmonica Soloist for ‘Dances With Wolves,’ ‘Roots’ and Hundreds More Film and TV Scores, Dies at 89

Tommy Morgan, a harmonica soloist who contributed to hundreds of movie and TV shows including “Roots” and “Dances With Wolves,” died June 23. He was 89.Morgan played on film soundtracks and record dates going back to the early 1950s. His estimated 7,000 recording sessions, according to statistics on his website, suggest that more people have […]

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Marvin J. Chomsky, Director Of Roots And The Original Star Trek Series, Dies At 92

Marvin J. Chomsky, a man whose work as a director helped shape television for the better across four decades, has died. The Wrap reports that the four-time Emmy-winner who helmed episodes of “Star Trek: The Original Series” and the groundbreaking miniseries “Roots” has passed away at the age of 92.Chomsky’s son, Peter, told the outlet […]

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The One Thing LeVar Burton Would Change About His Star Trek Character

LeVar Burton has played more meaningful roles in his career than most actors could dream of. From his turn on the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries “Roots” to his work on the PBS children’s show “Reading Rainbow,” Burton has been a beloved mainstay in American homes for decades. These days, he’s busy with all sorts of projects, […]

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Josh Gad, Katie Couric and More Mourn Ed Asner: ‘He Was a Legend’

When news broke Sunday that Ed Asner died at 91, Hollywood took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary actor, activist and philanthropist.The former president of the Screen Actors Guild, Asner is best known for playing Lou Grant in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off series “Lou Grant.” He also voiced […]

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LeVar Burton: Having ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosted by Person of Color Is ‘Good for America’

Nearly a decade after first tweeting that hosting “Jeopardy!” would be his dream job, LeVar Burton is finally taking the podium this week to guest host the iconic quiz show. The former “Reading Rainbow” host and “Roots” star has been a fan favorite to take over “Jeopardy!” hosting duties following Alex Trebek’s passing earlier this […]

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Malachi Kirby: ‘I used to go into auditions in character… I didn’t have the confidence to go in as myself’

After starring in Roots and as Darcus Howe in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, the actor is having fun in a new financial thriller and making sure his true voice is heard“I’m used to always doing dramatic work,” says 31-year-old Malachi Kirby. “There is something about my face that people must enjoy seeing crying.” The London-born […]

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William Blinn, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Creator and ‘Purple Rain’ Writer, Dies at 83

William Blinn, a longtime writer responsible for “Purple Rain” and “Starsky & Hutch,” died on Thursday. He was 83.Blinn passed away due to natural causes at an assisted living facility in Burbank, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, told multiple media outlets.Blinn enjoyed a four-decade career where, along with penning the script for the Prince-starring film, he […]

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Quincy review – portrait of a musical legend fails to sing

Rashida Jones’s sanitised bio-documentary about her father, the musician and producer Quincy Jones, fails to exploit her access to her subjectHas any person made as indelible an imprint on African American culture as Quincy Jones? This new bio-documentary makes a compelling case for the point, though that’s the only compelling aspect of this paint-by-numbers film.Directors […]

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