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‘Good Times’ Star Ja’net DuBois Dies; Emmy-Winning Actress & ‘Movin’ On Up’ Singer Was 74

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‘Good Times’ Star Ja’net DuBois Dies; Emmy-Winning Actress & ‘Movin’ On Up’ Singer Was 74
(Updated with Norman Lear remarks) Just over two months after she wowed the crowd at ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family & Good Times, Ja’net DuBois died suddenly today. She was 74.

As confirmed by her family and those close to the two-time Emmy winner, the seemingly healthy DuBois died early Tuesday in her sleep at her home in Glendale, CA.

She was known for making some of the greatest entrances in sitcom history week after week as neighbor Willona Woods on Good Times, the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom starring Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker and Janet Jackson. Back in December of last year, DuBois joined Walker and co-star Bern Nadette Stanis for an appearance on the latest live retelling of one of Norman Lear’s classic TV shows – and she stole the star-studded show with pure pizzazz.

Good Times wasn’t DuBois’ only connection to Learland.
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How Nipplegate Created YouTube

“YouTube at 15” is our package of stories to celebrate the streaming site’s anniversary. It’s hard to imagine, but there really was a time before makeup tutorials, conspiracy explainers, on-demand music videos — really, viral videos at large. Since it’s become such a ubiquitous part of culture, we set out to look at how it’s changed our world. To kick things off, contributing editor Rob Sheffield investigated its surprising origins.

Everybody knows the story of Nipplegate. Janet Jackson. Justin Timberlake. The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. A wardrobe malfunction.
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Phylicia  Rashad on Atx Festival Honor, 'Cosby Show's' TV Absence and Avoiding "Frivolous" Roles

THR to look back at her career highlights. "I would say my career began with high points." She speaks fondly of the months after her sophomore year at Howard University when she spent the summer with the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. "This was during its heyday. The actors in that company were Moses Gunn, Hattie Winston, Rosalind Cash, Frances Foster, Esther Rolle," she says. "Robert Hooks was one of the directors of the theater. Douglas Turner Ward ...

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Cleopatra Jones

Cleopatra Jones

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1973 / 2:35:1 / 89 Min. / Street Date – March 19, 2019

Starring Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey

Written by Max Julien, Sheldon Keller

Cinematography by David M. Walsh

Directed by Jack Starrett

A good-natured if rickety assemblage of action movie cliches, Cleopatra Jones is dominated by two bigger than life actresses, Tamara Dobson and Shelley Winters. The movie’s trailer promoted Dobson as the “soul sister’s answer” to James Bond but you can count Bruce Lee, Emma Peel, Shaft and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. among Cleo’s many relevant role models.

Winters plays “Mommy”, a foulmouthed mob boss who depends on the thriving Poppy fields of Turkey for her cash flow and Dobson is Cleopatra, an Amazonian fashion plate whose special agent skills range from karate to high speed car chases – her plan to wipe out Mommy’s syndicate leads to a high octane race through ‘70’s era L.
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 17)

1981: Luke and Laura were married on General Hospital."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1971: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) warned Dr. Maggie Powers (Lydia Bruce) to keep her eyes wide open when it came to Dr. Karen Werner.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Steve Guthrie (Denny Albee) confessed to Deborah Saxon (Frances Fisher) he still loved her.

1981: On Another World, an argument ensued when Larry Ewing (Rick Porter) accused his wife, Clarice (Gail Brown), of leading Jerry Grove (Paul Tinder) on before her rape. Later, they made peace and comforted each other.
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Norman Lear, Julie Plec, Cheo Hodari Coker on Becoming Masters of TV Universes

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Norman Lear, Julie Plec, Cheo Hodari Coker on Becoming Masters of TV Universes
The universe has quickly become the place to be. Such companies as Marvel have taken over the film world with their intricately plotted universes, in which individual projects are tied together by sharing characters, settings and plot points. DC Entertainment has films including “Justice League,” with plenty of other examples either already released or on the way.

The trend has also carried over into television. Marvel has five series on Netflix alone, four of which played into “The Defenders” crossover event series in 2017. The fifth, “The Punisher,” was launched off the title character’s appearance in “Daredevil” season two. Then there’s the “Arrow”-verse on the CW, which features such DC heroes as Green Arrow, the Flash and Supergirl.

The shared universe phenomenon is not limited to superheroes, however. AMC launched the “Walking Dead” sister series “Fear the Walking Dead” in 2015, with original series character Morgan Jones (Lennie James
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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw
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Black-ish Cast Recreates Good Times for the Season 2 Finale

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Black-ish Cast Recreates Good Times for the Season 2 Finale
Cue the dream sequence! During the first season of black-ish, the ABC sitcom traded modern day Southern California for the 1920s Harlem. But for the end of season 2, the Johnsons are getting groovy in the '70s - and People has an exclusive sneak peek at the time warp.Patriarch Dre (Anthony Anderson) is left exhausted after wrestling with a lot of stress at work. While at home, he drifts to sleep watching a TV marathon of Good Times, which starred Esther Rolle and a young Janet Jackson. In Dre's dream, his family are transformed into the classic sitcom characters
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Watch: Good Times Are Here Again on the Season 2 Finale of Black-ish

Watch: Good Times Are Here Again on the Season 2 Finale of Black-ish
Cue the dream sequence!

During the first season of black-ish, the ABC sitcom traded modern day Southern California for the 1920s Harlem. But for the end of season 2, the Johnsons are getting groovy in the '70s – and People has an exclusive sneak peek at the time warp.

Patriarch Dre (Anthony Anderson) is left exhausted after wrestling with a lot of stress at work. While at home, he drifts to sleep watching a TV marathon of Good Times, which starred Esther Rolle and a young Janet Jackson.

In Dre's dream, his family are transformed into the classic sitcom characters of
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Black-ish: ABC Releases Good Times Tribute Finale Photos

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Ain't we lucky we got 'em? Check out these photos of the second season finale of the Black-ish TV show on ABC. In "Good-ish Times," Dre falls asleep watching a Good Times TV show marathon. In his dream, the Johnson family goes back to the 1970s and are transformed into the characters of this classic TV show. The episode airs May 18th.

Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Jenifer Lewis. Guest starring are Peter Mackenzie, Jeff Meacham, Deon Cole, and Catherine Reitman. The cast of the original Good Times TV series includes: BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, Ja'net DuBois, Esther Rolle, John Amos, and Janet Jackson (Miss Jackson, if you're nasty).

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‘Good Times’ movie in development from ‘Black-ish’ creator

While Netflix has been in the habit of reviving old TV icons, Hollywood is no stranger to getting in on the nostalgia. And if you’re going to be digging up any old property, the socially relevant and racially poignant comedy of Norman Lear’s Good Times is a strong place to start.

A Good Times movie is currently in development from the creator of ABC’s African American spin on Modern Family, Black-ish, Kenya Barris. Deadline reports that the feature adaptation of the show, which ran on CBS between 1974 to 1979, is being set up at Sony and will be a period piece set in the ’60s.

Good Times was a spin-off of Maude, itself a spin-off of All in the Family, and was the story of a family of African Americans living in a poor, black neighborhood and housing project and how they still managed to have “good times
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Oscar-nominated actress Juanita Moore dies at 99

Oscar-nominated actress Juanita Moore dies at 99
Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner’s black friend in the classic weeper Imitation of Life, has died.

Actor Kirk Kelleykahn, her grandson, said that Moore collapsed and died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn. Accounts of her age have differed over the years.

Moore was only the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Oscar, receiving the nod for the glossy Douglas Sirk film that became a big hit and later gained a cult following. The 1959 tearjerker, based on a Fannie Hurst
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'Wreck-It Ralph' writer to adapt '70s sitcom 'Good Times' as film

'Wreck-It Ralph' writer to adapt '70s sitcom 'Good Times' as film
1970s Us sitcom Good Times is to be remade as a feature film.

The CBS family comedy originally aired six seasons between 1974 and 1979.

Good Times focused on working-class couple James (John Amos) and Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) as they raised three children in a Chicago housing project.

The show is perhaps best remembered for breakout character Jj (Jimmie Walker), who became notorious for his use of the catchphrase, "Dy-no-mite!"

Sony Pictures is developing the new big-screen adaptation with producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network), Deadline reports.

Wreck-It Ralph scribe Phil Johnston has been hired to pen the film, which will be a period piece set in the 1960s.

> Scott Rudin and HBO 'end television deal'

> Little House on the Prairie movie to be directed by David Gordon Green

Watch a classic Good Times clip below:
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Movie News: Drew Barrymore Confirmed as Adam Sandler’s Costar; '70s Sitcom 'Good Times' Moving from TV to Big Screen

Drew Barrymore: Adam Sandler will reteam with Drew Barrymore for an upcoming “blended family” comedy. Sandler and Barrymore were previously paired in the romantic comedies The Wedding Singer (pictured above) and 50 First Dates. In the upcoming, still untitled movie, they will play single parents who share a disastrous first date at a theme park and then must spend the day together with their children in tow. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Here Comes the Boom) will direct. [Variety] Good Times: The hit '70s television sitcom Good Times is being refashioned into a movie. The original series ran for six seasons, and featured John Amos and Esther Rolle as parents of a rambunctious African-American family that included their son Jimmie Walker, whose catchphrase...

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Movie News: Drew Barrymore Confirmed as Adam Sandler’s Co-Star; 70s Sitcom ‘Good Times’ Moving From TV to Big Screen

Drew Barrymore: Adam Sandler will reteam with Drew Barrymore for an upcoming “blended family” comedy. Sandler and Barrymore were previously paired in the romantic comedies The Wedding Singer (pictured above) and 50 First Dates. In the upcoming, still untitled movie, they will play single parents who share a disastrous first date at a theme park and then must spend the day together with their children in tow. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Here Comes the Boom) will direct. [Variety] Good Times: The hit 70s television sitcom Good Times is being refashioned into a movie. The original series ran for six seasons, and featured John Amos and Esther Rolle as parents of a rambunctious African-American family that included their son Jimmie Walker, whose catchphrase...

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“Good Times” Movie For Sony

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is currently developing a film based on ”Good Times”, the popular Sitcom that ran on CBS from 1974-1979. Sony has enlisted Scott Rudin and Eli Bush as producers. Phil Johnston (Wreck-It-Ralph, Cedar Rapids) will write.

The original show starred Ja’net DuBois, John Amos, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, BernNadette Stanis and Esther Rolle.

Good Times synopsis from Tvland:

Good Times follows the challenges and joys of the close-knit Evans family — patriarch James, mother Florida, eldest son and accomplished amateur painter J.J. (James Evans, Jr.), brainy and beautiful daughter Thelma, and youngest son Michael, a political and social activist — who live together in a high-rise housing project on the South Side of Chicago.

The show took an honest look at the reality of life in the urban Projects, and tackled social and political issues around race, poverty, unemployment, inflation, crime and addiction — hot button
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Good Times Movie Being Developed by Scott Rudin and Sony

Good Times Movie Being Developed by Scott Rudin and Sony
After the success of last year's remake 21 Jump Street, Sony Pictures is bringing another classic TV show to the big screen, with a remake of Good Times.

Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) is writing the screenplay based on the CBS series, which ran for six seasons between 1974 and 1979. The show centered on the Evans family, who lived in a poor, urban area of Chicago. The series was among the first to feature a working-class African-American family, and gave birth to the popular catch-phrase "Dy-no-mite," which was often said by Jimmie Walker's J.J. Evans Jr. John Amos, Esther Rolle, Ja'net DuBois, BernNadette Stanis, and a young Janet Jackson also starred in the series.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing for Sony and Columbia Pictures. The studio also has remakes of classic shows such as I Dream of Jeannie and Fantasy Island in the works.
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Sony and Scott Rudin Developing Feature Film Adaptation of Good Times

Good Times is headed to the big screen.  Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) are developing a feature film adaptation of the popular 1970s CBS sitcom Good Times, and Deadline reports that Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph) has been tapped to pen the script.  Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, Good Times took place in Chicago and centered on a working classic couple played by Esther Rolle and John Amos struggling to raise their three children in a poor inner-city neighborhood.  The series was hailed for tackling serious social issues at the time while also mixing light-hearted comedy. The feature film iteration of Good Times will take place in the 1960s, which should make for some interesting story dynamics.  Hit the jump to watch the intro for the show.
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'Good Times' Heading To The Big Screen

'Good Times' Heading To The Big Screen
A "Good Times" movie is in the works. According to Deadline.com, Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures will revive the classic 1970s CBS sitcom as a feature film.

Phil Johnston, who recently penned "Wreck-It Ralph," has been tapped to write the "Good Times" movie.

The series, which aired from 1974-79 on CBS, was a spinoff from "Maude." "Good Times" followed the Evans family in the Chicago projects and starred Esther Rolle as Florida Evans, John Amos as James Evans, Sr. and Jimmie Walker as James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.

"Good Times" is far from the first classic TV series to get the big screen remake treatment. Nicole Kidman starred in a "Bewitched" movie, Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway starred in a "Get Smart" film and Jonah Hill's "21 Jump Street" movie was a success.

On the small screen, there have also been plenty of reboots: Vince Vaughn was working
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We Got This Covered’s Blu-Ray Picks For Jan. 6 – Jan. 12

Holiday break is officially over, but hopefully some of this week’s Blu-Ray releases can take away some of the pain you’re feeling from your inflated credit card bill. This week’s featured Blu-Ray, Dredd, is making a solid showing on the Blu-Ray sales charts, followed closely by last week’s featured Blu-Ray Looper. If you’re hesitant about adding the latter to your Blu-Ray collection, you can check out our Looper Blu-Ray review.

This week, Karl Urban takes over for Sylvester Stallone as Dredd, Tim Burton’s latest venture Frankenweenie gets a home release, and a classic Academy Award-winning-film finally arrives on Blu-Ray.

Ready for this week’s picks? Then read on.

Dredd

Release Date: January 8th, 2013

Starring: Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, and Warrick Grier.

Director: Pete Travis

A British-South African science fiction action film based on the British comic 2000 Ad and its strip Judge Dredd.
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