Robert Abele

Emmy storms the 'Hill'

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It was a night of triumph for the underdogs. Twenty-five years ago, Emmy voters handed out nearly a dozen awards to two groundbreaking series that were set in gritty urban workplaces and populated by…

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Deja vu all over again

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While it gets harder for viewers to remember a time when a gritty procedural such as "Law & Order" was something new, for actor Chris Noth -- part of the skein's original cast -- that 1990 debut…

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Ken Watanabe

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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe knew what he was up against when he stepped into the role of the Chairman in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of the bestselling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha."

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Michelle Yeoh

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For an actress used to exhaustive martial-arts action -- the genre in which she first came to global prominence through such films as "Supercop" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" -- succumbing to…

Ziyi Zhang

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When Ziyi Zhang saw "Memoirs of a Geisha" for the first time recently, she says she unexpectedly became geisha Sayuri again, watching her life story unfold -- from servant waif to a kimono-sporting…

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Brokeback Mountain

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Riding a wave of awards buzz that began at Toronto, Venice and Telluride -- and stoked by its winning the Golden Lion at Venice -- Western love story "Brokeback Mountain" is one of the leading Oscar…

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Walk the Line

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Last year's "Ray" established a new barometer for music-themed biopics, bringing Jamie Foxx near-unanimous praise and an Oscar for his lead perf. This year the likely beneficiary of the newfound…

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