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Rip Torn: Actor Known for ‘Men in Black’ and ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ Dies at 88

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Rip Torn, a prolific actor best known for HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show” and the “Men in Black” franchise, died Tuesday at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, his representatives said. He was 88.

In a career spreading over six decades, Torn set up himself as a flexible performer, showing up in 10 Broadway plays (and guiding one), in excess of 80 feature films, and dozens of television shows.

Born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. in Temple, Texas in 1931, Torn studied acting at Texas A&M and the University of Texas, and served a stretch in the US Army before heading to Los Angeles in the mid 1950s. He made his film debut with an uncredited role in Elia Kazan’s 1956 film “Baby Doll,” before relocating to New York City to study at the Actor’s Studio.

Torn made his Broadway debut in 1959 as a major aspect of the first cast of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” as “Tom, Jr.,” a role he would repeat for the component film and TV movie adaptations. He was nominated for a Tony award in 1960 and received a Theater World award for his performance.

Known for his gravely drawl and sinister-looking smile, Torn exceeded expectations playing obscure, flippant characters and altogether villains, for example, his delineation of the abhorrent wizard Maax in the dream film “The Beastmaster.” But he could also project no-nonsense authority, as he did playing the celestial attorney Bob Diamond in Albert Brooks’ “Defending Your Life,” or Zed in the first two “Men in Black” films. And in one of his most celebrated later roles, he combined those attributes in 2004’s “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,” as sleazy dodgeball legend Patches O’Houlihan, who delivers one of the film’s funniest lines: “if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

Be that as it may, it was the 1992-1998 HBO satire “The Larry Sanders Show” for which Torn will be maybe best recalled. For playing Artie, the tenaciously steadfast assault canine of a producer who runs the eponymous show and deals with the delicate sense of self of its star, Torn was generally acclaimed. He got six Emmy selections, winning once in 1996, and over the show’s run was likewise designated for two American Comedy awards (winning one), an American Television Award, and four Cable Ace awards (winning one), among many other accolades.

“Larry Sanders” gave Torn a late-career boost, leading to well-regarded appearances in a wide range of films including Michael Mann’s “The Insider,” Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” Sophia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” and on TV shows including “30 Rock,” playing the fictional CEO of General Electric.

Torn likewise had a notoriety for contentious or whimsical conduct all through his vocation. He famously hit Norman Mailer with a mallet while making the 1970 film “Maidstone,” prompting a genuine fight between the two that must be separated by other actors. The fight was captured by rolling cameras and later included in the finished movie.

In 1994, during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Dennis Hopper blamed Torn for undermining him with a blade during pre-generation on “Simple Rider.” Torn sued Hopper for maligning and won more than $900,00 in correctional and compensatory damages.

Also, in 2010, he was captured for breaking into a bank in Lakeville, Connecticut, and later accused of conveying a gun without a license and conveying a gun while inebriated. He in the end got a suspended sentence and probation.

Torn was married three times: to Ann Wedgeworth from 1955 to 1961, from Geraldine Page from 1963 until her death in 1987, and to Amy Wright from 1989 until his death. He is survived by Wright, his five children, his sister, and four grandchildren.

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Music Artist And Audio Mixer ItsKavon On Success

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“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time” —Steve Jobs

The formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.

Kavon was not an overnight success. 23 year old ItsKavon has had 10 years of experience in what he does today. Kavon’s passion has always been music and he chose to continue to sharpen his skills in order to take his music career forward. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you do.

ItsKavon is an audio engineer and music mixer. He studied at The Art Institute of Atlanta where he majored in audio & sound production. During his time in Atlanta, Kavon managed to get an internship at a major studio and used that opportunity to make some great contacts. Throughout his internship, he focused on polishing his skills with some of the best artists in the world and forming great connections with the appropriate people in the industry.

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‘The Rookie,’ ‘The Conners,’ ‘The Goldbergs’ among five ABC renewals

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Craig Erwich has settled on his renewal decisions at ABC.

The network’s recently installed entertainment president has given out renewals for five of its 10 scripted originals that were on the bubble. Returning for the 2021-22 broadcast season are shows A Million Little Things (for season four) and The Rookie (season four) just as comedies The Goldbergs (season nine), The Conners (season four) and Home Economics (season two).

As yet staying on the bubble are comedy veteran American Housewife, Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish and rookie Rebel as well as sophomore drama For Life. Kyra Sedgwick multicamera parody Call Your Mother has been canceled. ABC is relied upon to settle on decisions on its excess scripted originals today, however none of the four remaining shows are required to return.

There are no surprises with the half-hour renewals after The Conners stars as of late inked new deals to return for another season and with The Goldbergs staying one of ABC’s top-rated comedies. The Rookie, featuring network favorite Nathan Fillion, is likewise one of ABC’s most watched dramas while D.J. Nash’s A Million Little Things is a solid DVR and streaming performer. Home Economics jump started well out of the gate and is an internal favorite.

The five returning series join a schedule that additionally includes the eighth and final season of Black-ish, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and Big Sky. ABC still can’t seem to officially get any new scripted originals, however Lee Daniels’ The Wonder Years update is viewed as a lock to join the schedule.

The renewals are a touch more aggressive than the moves Erwich’s predecessor, Karey Burke, made a year prior during her first upfront onatop the broadcast network. Burke was promoted to oversee Disney’s studio, twentieth Television, in December, with Erwich adding oversight of the network to his purview as head of originals for Disney-backed streamer Hulu.

ABC is set to unveil its fall plan for a virtual show as a part of Disney’s forthright pitch to Madison Avenue advertisement purchasers on Tuesday. While the presentations will all be virtual again this year in the midst of the pandemic, the arrival of the traditional upfronts week shows a desire to revive the traditional broadcast calendar after the pandemic postponed the beginning of the 2020 fall season and diminished the all out number of scripted originals.

As far as ownership, ABC will completely claim essentially the entirety of its returning shows, with The Goldbergs created by Sony, which additionally co-owns The Good Doctor, while Topher Grace-drove Home Economics is a co-creation with Lionsgate TV. David E. Kelley’s Big Sky is likewise a co-genius (with A+E Studios).

Keep track of all the renewals, scancellations and new series orders with THR’s handy scorecard.

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ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ is ending after Season 8

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ABC’s Black-ish will be coming to a close after Season 8.

The news showed up by means of Kenya Barris’ Instagram account on Friday. The show’s creator and executive producer wrote, “In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for.”

He proceeded, “This show has changed my life in so many ways and I am so proud of the conversations we’ve started along the way.” He said thanks to the show’s supporters, fans, and audience for permitting the show space to change “the narrative of Black families” and “allowing us to talk about things that people were not supposed to talk about period… especially on a network television comedy.”

Cutoff time reports that there had been buzz about the show ending, especially following its seventh season’s quiet ratings, which will have its finale on May 18. The momentum season tended to a bunch of newsworthy events, including the pandemic, racism, and the nationwide protests fighting social injustices.

The comedy series additionally led to two spinoffs: Grown-ish, which sees Yara Shahidi’s character go off to college, and the Black-ish prequel Mixed-ish, which shows a young Rainbow living in the 1980s with her biracial family. Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie, Deon Cole, and Jeff Meacham.

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