The impact of the 1977 miniseries "Roots" is still being felt decades later — notably by one of its stars, Louis Gossett Jr., who played the cunning Fiddler, and won an Emmy for the role. The actor…
Brandon Stoddard is dead. And you probably have to be a certain age – at least, old enough to remember when it really was possible to have 40% of the U.S. simultaneously watch something other than…
“Roots” is getting a reboot. Variety has confirmed that History will be remaking the 1977 miniseries after nabbing the rights to the original from Mark Wolper, son of late “Roots” exec producer David…
Jordan Kerner's career as a television executive started long before he reached the network suites at ABC and Universal Television for NBC; it started in his Stanford dorm room.
Financing, renovated studios are lure for global productions
Like most American indie helmers, Bedabrata Pain, Musa Syeed and Prashant Bhargava struggled to shoot their films, find financing and get a slot on the festival circuit. But unlike other American…
Theater folks have likely heard by now of indie film sensation "Beasts of the Southern Wild," thanks to its buzzy Sundance debut, its Camera d'Or win at Cannes and, in recent weeks, the impressive…
When the Upright Citizens Brigade opened its second New York location Oct. 29, Amy Poehler was there, improvising for disciples who often hear her name but rarely see her.
Tim Robbins' appreciation for music began when he was a small child. His father, Gil, was a member of folk's Highwaymen, and his mother, Mary, an actress, sang in the New York Choral Society.
Cast of "Roots" came back stage after their tribute moment on stage. The group of them — John Amos, LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett, Jr., Cicely Tyson, Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen — genuinely looked…
Faced with the prospect of a 12-hour miniseries about slavery that featured nudity, violence and a primarily black cast -- with the exception of a few big-name white actors added in as a marketing…