Over the last month, I’ve logged some serious mileage across California for a story about race and the national parks that was published on Sunday. It explores the ways in which the National Park Service, a federal agency originally charged with protecting wilderness, has come to conserve places that have been the sites of both contentious and inspiring incidents related to race in American history.
As part of the assignment, I toured the Port Chicago Naval Magazine outside San Francisco and sat next to the graves of labor activists Cesar and Helen Chavez in the bucolic Tehachapi Mountains outside Bakersfield. I visited the sites of the former Japanese American internment camps at Tulelake and Manzanar.
On one of those journeys, I casually posted a photograph of an old theater on Tulelake’s main street on social media. My pal Nate Chinen, a New York-based jazz writer whose father was Japanese American, left me a comment: “This is the town where my father spent his first four years, in internment.”
We’re just turning the calendar to December, and already awards shows are popping up fast and furious, keeping statue assembly line elves working long into the nights. The Gotham Awards were Monday. Something called the National Board of Review announced its nominees Tuesday. The New York Film Critics Circle and Broadcast Film Critics Assn. will reveal their slates Thursday.
And on Friday they rested. Because even God probably can’t keep up with awards season.
Which is why we decided to rank the awards shows, letting you know which groups to watch and which to ignore. No need to thank us … unless you win one of these things someday. Then you damn well better mention us in your acceptance speech. (Except if it’s a Hollywood Film Award, that is.)
NBC's celebration of all things Dolly Parton continued Tuesday night as the country music legend joined "The Voice" to perform her classic song "Jolene" with goddaughter Miley Cyrus (with an assist from Pentatonix.)
Parton was perfect, but the collaboration was really Cyrus' moment to shine, her voice nicely suited for the song's soulful lyrics.
Katy Perry was there for Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, and on Tuesday night in New York City, the politician was there for the pop star in return.
"We need champions like Katy," surprise guest Clinton said as part of the presentation of UNICEF's Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to Perry, who has been an international goodwill ambassador for the children's charity since 2013.
The former presidential candidate got a sustained standing ovation at the fundraising gala when she appeared onstage, plus more cheers when she said that the "Roar" singer's lyrics "remind us when you get knocked down to get back up," the Associated Press reported.
Grant Tinker, who brought “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and other hits to the screen as a producer and a network boss, has died.
Tinker died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, Mark Tinker. He was 90.
Though he spent years at NBC, Tinker is best known for his work at MTM Enterprises. He founded the company in 1970 with then-wife Mary Tyler Moore. In addition to Moore’s own groundbreaking situation comedy, MTM scored with series including “Rhoda,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Hill Street Blues.”
Actor and filmmaker Keo Woolford, known recently for his role as Detective James Chang on CBS' remake of "Hawaii Five-0," died Monday after suffering a stroke three days earlier, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Publicist Tracy Larrua confirmed his death, noting also that he died at Pali Momi Medical Center in West O’ahu.
His other credits included 2012’s “Act of Valor” and 2014’s “Godzilla.”
Looks as if Lin-Manuel Miranda has no plans to slow down anytime soon. The "Hamilton" mastermind has added the film and TV series adaptations of "The Kingkiller Chronicle" to his ever-expanding list of projects.
Miranda will be the creative producer behind Lionsgate's adaptations, in addition to serving as a producer. Miranda will also compose original music and write the songs for the project.
A fantasy trilogy by Pat Rothfuss, "The Kingkiller Chronicle" tells the story of the master sword fighter, magician and musician Kvothe. So Miranda will only be creating music for the greatest musician in the world -- no big deal.
*stares at a lute for 20 minutes, sweats profusely* Okay, so we're doing this. @PatrickRothfuss
Lifetime has released a trailer for "Beaches," giving viewers their first extended look at the upcoming TV remake starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long. Of course, the trailer is set to Menzel's rendition of the tear-jerker "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Like the original, the new "Beaches" follows the lifelong friendship of aspiring performer C.C. Bloom (Menzel) and wealthy heiress Hillary Whitney (Long). Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey originated those respective roles in the 1988 film.
"Beaches" will air on Jan. 21, giving you plenty of time to stock up on tissues.
After raging fires in Tennessee forced thousands to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in and around Gatlinburg, Dolly Parton offered her prayers and support Tuesday and gave fans an update on the fate of Dollywood in nearby Pigeon Forge.
"I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken," the Tennessee native said Tuesday in a statement. "I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared."
Our thoughts are with our neighbors over in #Gatlinburg and #PigeonForge. Prayers for those fighting those terrible wildfires. 🙏
The fires, which were fueled by wind after burning for weeks in Tennessee and nearby drought-stricken states, were believed to have wiped out an entire resort of more than 100 buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters, the Associated Press reported.