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Cicely Tyson, legendary actor known for ‘Sounder’, dies at 96

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She was nominated for an Oscar for her part in “Sounder” and got a Tony Award in 2013 when she was 88.

Cicely Tyson, an legendary film, TV and stage entertainer known for “Sounder” and other roles, kicked the bucket Thursday at 96 years old, her family said.

“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon,” her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement. “At this time, please allow the family their privacy.”

A reason for death was not promptly given.

Tyson was born and raised in Harlem and was first found as a model for Ebony Magazine. She started her screen vocation with bit parts however acquired acclaim in the mid 1970s when Black ladies were at last beginning to get featuring jobs.

Tyson featured as Rebecca Morgan, a tenant farmer in the 1972 film “Sounder” and was selected for best entertainer at the Academy Awards the following year.

Tyson additionally won two Emmy grants for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” and in 2013 she won a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful.”

In 2016, President Barack Obama granted Tyson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s most noteworthy regular citizen honor, and the year prior to that she got the Kennedy Center Honors lifetime accomplishment award.

Obama in introducing Tyson the decoration of opportunity in 2016 said she molded the course of history.

“Cicely made a conscious decision not just to say lines but to speak out,” Obama said. “I would not accept roles, she said, unless they projected us, particularly women, in a realistic light and dealt with us as human beings.”

Tyson’s memoir, “Just as I Am: A Memoir,” came out this week.

In 2018, Tyson was gotten some information about the accomplishment of Black ladies in Hollywood, similar to Viola Davis and Kerry Washington, and about effective movies, similar to “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” and she said it was high time.

“It’s long overdue, I can tell you that,” Tyson told NBC News. ” It has always been there. We have been a race of people that have been suppressed out of fear and finally we have been able to get a hold on the power that this industry wields.”

“It’s certainly because of our stick-to-it-iveness,” she said.

Thompson, Tyson’s administrator, said he dealt with her profession for forty years “and each year was a privilege and blessing.”

“Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life,” Thompson said. “Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

While Tyson didn’t win the Oscar in 1973, she was granted a privileged Oscar in 2018 for her collection of work.

Among her numerous prominent jobs, she showed up in 1991’s “Fried Green Tomatoes,” 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “The Help,” which came out in 2011.

Tyson showed up in the arrangement “Roots,” in which she played he played Binta, mother of the hero, Kunta Kinte. She additionally played Coretta Scott King in the 1978 arrangement “King” and Harriet Tubman in the arrangement “A Woman Called Moses,” which likewise came out that year.

In 1994, she won an Emmy for her job as Castalia in “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.”

At the function where she got her privileged Oscar, Tyson mirrored that 45 years prior she had been offered her first significant film, “Sounder.” Looking back at her long profession, she discussed the significance of confidence and conviction, and she noticed that in one month she would be 94 years of age.

“I don’t know that I would cherish a better gift than this — this is the culmination of all those years, of have and have-not,” she said. “

The Academy was among the many grieving her. “Early in her career, Cicely Tyson promised herself that she would only portray strong women. Harriet Tubman. Coretta Scott King. Miss Jane Pittman, and so many others,” the Academy tweeted, adding “she led by example and will be missed.”

Recognitions for Tyson hailed her as somebody who made ready for other people. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Focus said, “Trailblazer is not a sufficient description,” calling Tyson “a legendary artist, sage and matriarch.”

The rapper and entertainer Common tweeted, “While she may be gone, her work and life will continue to inspire millions for years to come,” and the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called her “a force of nature unto herself.”

Broadway star Tracie Thoms expressed gratitude toward Tyson: “I have no words. Just thank you, Madame Cicely Tyson. We are, because YOU paved the way for us. A queen and a trailblazer indeed.”

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Juno Temple joins making of ‘Godfather’ series ‘The Offer’ at Paramount+

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Juno Temple has signed on to star in “The Offer,” the Paramount Plus series that will explore the behind-the-scenes drama during the creation of “The Godfather.”

“The Offer” depends on the experience of Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Rosy (Miles Teller), about thebehind-the-scenes events of the first 1972 film. Alongside Teller, the arrangement will star Matthew Goode as maker Robert Evans, Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus, and Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola.

Temple will star Bettye McCartt, Ruddy’s assistant and a powerhouse with by her own doing. The role marks Temple’s latest in a streaming series, with the actress at present showing up in the critically-acclaimed Apple series “Ted Lasso.” Her other TV roles include “Vinyl,” “Little Birds,” and “Dirty John.” On the film side, she is known for starring in projects like “Maleficent,” “Atonement,” and “Palmer.”

She is repped by UTA, B-Side Management, Relevant, and Lichter Grossman.

“The Offer” will be written and executive produced by Nikki Toscano, who will likewise fill in as showrunner, with Michael Toklin having made the arrangement and furthermore leader creating. Teller and Ruddy will chief produce alongside Leslie Grief. Dexter Fletcher will coordinate the first and last square of episodes in addition to executive producing. Fundamental Television Studios will produce.

“The Offer” was first reported as being in the works at Paramount Plus when ViacomCBS revealed they were rebranding the streamer CBS All Access. Different shows declared from that point forward incorporate series adaptations of movies like “The Italian Job” and “Romantic tale,” just as numerous shows from Taylor Sheridan under his rich by and large deal with ViacomCBS.

Cutoff time originally revealed Temple’s casting.

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Actor Fred Hechinger joins the cast of Hulu limited series ‘Pam & Tommy’

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News on the World and Fear Street actor Fred Hechinger has joined the cast of the Hulu restricted series Pam and Tommy in a recurring role.

The series depends on the genuine story behind the release of the first ever popular video — the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Composed by Robert Siegel and DV DeVincentis, Annapurna-delivered Pam and Tommy stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan as the well known VIP couple.

Hechinger will play Seth Warshavsky, an classic Silicon Valley wonderkind, yet with the ethical limit of a pre-owned vehicle sales rep.

Siegel and DeVincentis executive produce and DeVincentis likewise serves as showrunner. Craig Gillespie directs and furthermore executive produces with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Alex McAtee by means of Point Grey;Dave Franco, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug through Anapurna; alongside Chip Vucelich, Dylan Sellers and Sarah Gubbins.

Hechinger’s new credits include Let Them All Talk, Italian Studies, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666.

He’s repped by A3 Artists Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and attorney Ryan LeVine.

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Anne Rice’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’ series ordered at AMC

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AMC is formally pushing ahead with an series adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire.”

Information on the series order comes a little more than a year after Variety only detailed that AMC had procured the rights to Rice’s book series “The Vampire Chronicles” and “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.” “Interview With the Vampire” is the first series to be greenlit out of the obtaining.

The cabler has given the series an eight episode request with an eye toward a 2022 introduction on both AMC and AMC Plus. Rolin Jones will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the series under his general deal with AMC Studios. Imprint Johnson will chief produce under his general deal with AMC Studios too, with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice likewise executive producing.

Johnson has a long history with AMC Networks, having filled in as a leader maker on shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “Rectify.” In addition to executive producing “Interview with the Vampire,” he will lead AMC’s endeavors to foster the full Anne Rice collection for streaming and television. “Interview with a Vampire” was recently adjusted into an element in 1994 featuring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.

“This is a day we have been looking forward to since we acquired this legendary Anne Rice collection a little more than a year ago,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “This story already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world, we can’t wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection. With ‘The Walking Dead,’ this Anne Rice collection and our majority stake in Agatha Christie Limited through our own Acorn TV, we are proud to have the stewardship of three unique, fan-forward and beloved franchises and universes, which we are only just beginning to explore. We are also thrilled to have Mark, a world class producer we have previously worked with on iconic series like ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Rectify,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ on board at the helm of our efforts to develop an entire Anne Rice universe, with significant aspirations for these beloved stories and characters.”

The acquisition deal included 18 titles between the two book series, which together have sold in excess of 150 million duplicates around the world. Among the books in the two series are “Interview with the Vampire,” “Queen of the Damned,” “The Vampire Lestat,” and “The Witching Hour.”

“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Johnson said. “Having previously produced films from such singular works, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material. I strongly believe that with AMC and Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain both the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who is just now discovering her work.”

Anne Rice is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than 30 books. Her first novel, “Interview with the Vampire,” was published in 1976 and has gotten one of top rated books worldwide A New York Times Bestselling and grant winning novelist by his own doing, Christopher Rice has worked together with Anne on numerous novels. Along with his creating accomplice, individual New York Times Bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn, he runs the podcast and video network TDPS.

“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest Vampire novel ever written (all respects to Mr. Stoker),” Jones said. “Nearly fifty years later we know what’s expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”

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