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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
In Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters," we are introduced to a young woman who is poised, talented and determined to succeed as a college debater against a field of men, but who knows that to accomplish that goal she will have to overcome not only prejudice based on race, but also based on gender. Her name is Samantha Booke and in the film, which is set at Wiley College in eastern Texas during the Great Depression, she becomes the first woman selected by debate coach Melvin B.
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December 27, 2009
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE MSNBC ANCHOR Five years ago, Savannah Guthrie rolled the dice and walked away from a promising legal career to try to make it in television news. After a little more than a year at NBC, she landed the plum job of covering the White House. And in two weeks, Guthrie will add new duties to her plate: She'll be anchoring a daily morning show on MSNBC with Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd. "It's beyond any reporter's dream," the 38-year-old said of her current assignment, for which she rises by 4:30 a.m. to cram information about toxic assets, Afghanistan and healthcare reform.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009
'Friday Night Lights': In last Sunday's The Monitor column about the season premiere of "Friday Night Lights," the character Becky, played by Madison Burge, was incorrectly identified as Jess, played by Jurnee Smollett. Also, the name of actress Aimee Teegarden was misspelled as Teagarden.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009
'Friday Night Lights': In last Sunday's The Monitor column about the season premiere of "Friday Night Lights," the character Becky, played by Madison Burge, was incorrectly identified as Jess, played by Jurnee Smollett. Also, the name of actress Aimee Teegarden was misspelled as Teagarden.
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December 27, 2009
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE MSNBC ANCHOR Five years ago, Savannah Guthrie rolled the dice and walked away from a promising legal career to try to make it in television news. After a little more than a year at NBC, she landed the plum job of covering the White House. And in two weeks, Guthrie will add new duties to her plate: She'll be anchoring a daily morning show on MSNBC with Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd. "It's beyond any reporter's dream," the 38-year-old said of her current assignment, for which she rises by 4:30 a.m. to cram information about toxic assets, Afghanistan and healthcare reform.
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October 14, 1997
Actor Samuel L. Jackson will host a benefit premiere of his new Trimark Pictures movie, "Eve's Bayou," on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mann's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. A party and mini-concert will follow at the House of Blues (8430 Sunset Blvd.), featuring a performance by Erykah Badu, who contributed a new song to the movie's soundtrack.
NEWS
December 19, 2007
1 Tom Hanks, star of "Charlie Wilson's War," arrives at the film's world premiere at Universal CityWalk. Though the picture is about political intrigue in Washington, D.C., and covert operations in Afghanistan, it must have some funny business: The Golden Globes pegged it as a comedy. 2 Cleanshaven "Into the Wild" star Emile Hirsch, left, and Jonah Hill at the 7th Annual Hollywood Life Breakthrough of the Year Awards at Hollywood's Music Box @ Fonda.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"The Great Debaters" was named best film of 2007 at the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards on Thursday evening. The inspiring film about an African American debate team in the 1930s also earned best actor and actress honors for director Denzel Washington and co-star Jurnee Smollett, respectively. The awards, which honor projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts, literature, motion pictures, recording and television, were telecast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. D.L.
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October 25, 1998 | Kevin Thomas
There has never been a film quite like Kasi Lemmons' shimmering 1996 debut film. "Eve's Bayou" is virtually unique as a fable about an old Louisiana Creole family that happens to be black, living in an antique-filled manor house. As a memory piece of acute psychological insight it is as evocative of time and place as a work by Truman Capote or Tennessee Williams. "Eve's Bayou" is an inspired achievement.
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January 9, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Denzel Washington was a force to be reckoned with at the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards nominations announced Tuesday. His civil rights drama "The Great Debaters" scored eight nominations, including best film, director and actor for Washington. The film was also nominated for actress for Jurnee Smollett, supporting actor for Denzel Whitaker, Forest Whitaker and Nate Parker, and writing for Robert Eisele.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
In Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters," we are introduced to a young woman who is poised, talented and determined to succeed as a college debater against a field of men, but who knows that to accomplish that goal she will have to overcome not only prejudice based on race, but also based on gender. Her name is Samantha Booke and in the film, which is set at Wiley College in eastern Texas during the Great Depression, she becomes the first woman selected by debate coach Melvin B.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2010
Undercovers : A pair of CIA agents turned caterers (Boris Kodjoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are pulled back into covert activities in this new series (8 p.m. NBC). The Middle: The comedy returns for a new season (8 p.m. ABC). Hell's Kitchen: Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes 16 new contestants — one of whom is rushed to the emergency room — in the season premiere (8 p.m. Fox). Better With You: This new comedy follows three couples at various stages of their relationships (8:30 p.m. ABC)
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September 11, 2005 | Susan King
JURNEE SMOLLETT has been a working actress for the last 15 years, which isn't a bad accomplishment for someone a month shy of her 19th birthday. "Before that I was doing modeling," says the effusive Smollett. Though she began her career on such sitcoms as "On Our Own," which also featured her five siblings, it was her award-winning performance as a young girl who uncovers family secrets in the 1997 indie hit "Eve's Bayou" that put her on the map as a dramatic actress.
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