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Emmy nominations: Black actors matter; ‘Games of Thrones’ leads with 23 nods

Black performers matter. Nineteen African-American actors received Emmy nominations Thursday morning, a record-breaking tally thanks in large part to the huge response to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and the better-than-expected showing of “Black-ish,” which in addition to being nominated as best comedy series also scored nods for stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Ali and Cosell were an ideal match for TV

In 1974, Muhammad Ali appeared on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with Joe Frazier to talk with Howard Cosell about their upcoming heavyweight rematch. Ali’s frequent taunting prompted Frazier to lunge at him and the boxers wrestled on the floor until being separated by their entourage members.
 

History gets hip with ‘Hamilton’

Everyone’s talking about it. Whether it be a Broadway geek, a diehard hip-hop fan or just someone who listens to good music of any genre, they all have one thing in common: an obsession with “Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical about the forgotten founding father on the $10 bill. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece is so perfect that one song took him an entire year to write. So what’s the big deal? What makes this musical so different from all the other ones?

All the familiar faces are back in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

Back in 2002, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” became a bona fide cultural phenomenon, a romantic comedy that mined the cultural specificities of the Greek heritage of unknown writer and star Nia Vardalos. The film picked up an Oscar nomination for Vardalos’ original screenplay, everyone began adding “My Big Fat” in front of various nouns, and we all learned a thing or two about the versatility of Windex. Fourteen years later, Vardalos and gang are back again for another wedding, but this time, it’s to drastically diminished returns.

Movie review: ‘Allegiant’ is more dull than dazzling

Of all the post-apocalyptic young adult trifles, the “Divergent” series has been the sexiest — thanks to the steamy make outs between stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley — but it’s also strangely the most sanitized. In the third installment, “Allegiant” (or rather “The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1”), there’s an attempt to dirty things up a bit, venturing outside the wall that separates Chicago from everything else. But all the toxic rain and tent cities in the world can’t give this film a true sense of earthy viscera. Despite all the brawling, shooting and kissing that goes on, these films are entirely bloodless.

American Music: Meatloaf still finding paradise

Whether you are a fan of rock, country, hip-hop or pop, at some point in your life you most likely sang a portion of Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” out loud. His legendary 1977 album, “Bat Out of Hell,” is very often part of almost any album collection.

Bounty of material for new Bob Dylan Archive in Oklahoma

A once-secret trove of songwriting diaries, letters and other documents belonging to Bob Dylan, one of the most notoriously private figures in pop music history, has been acquired by a consortium of institutions in Oklahoma, where the new Bob Dylan Archive will reside near that of his musical idol and mentor, Woody Guthrie.