July 5, 2012 |
Books may not exactly be the final frontier, but how we read is certainly in transition. So when "Reading Rainbow" host and "Star Trek" actor LeVar Burton saw a need and opportunity for reconnecting today's youth with a love of reading, he decided to make it so. "It is no longer appropriate for me as an American to sit by and expect my government to get it done," Burton said in a casual conversation with The Times. Reading Rainbow is starting a new chapter as an iPad app, bringing with it the engaging storytelling that was the essence of the TV show that encouraged generations of children to love reading.
September 22, 2000
Actor-director LeVar Burton will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Literacy in Media Awards 2000, taking place Thursday at the Universal City Hilton. Actor Gerald McRaney, a longtime literacy advocate, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which honors television, film and radio programs that promote literacy.
January 18, 2002 |
A USC theater department student sits alone in a friend's apartment, engrossed in the premiere of the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Saga of an American Family." The 19-year-old is excited that the TV adaptation of Alex Haley's epic bestseller is finally on the air. He hopes others are watching but isn't sure if they are.
December 5, 2012 |
Butterfly in the sky I can fly twice as high ... Children of the '80s, this one is for you: The beloved kids' show "Reading Rainbow" and its host LeVar Burton are the latest PBS icons to get the remix treatment, thanks to the efforts of PBS Digital Studios and the Auto-Tune song maker John D. Boswell, a.k.a. Melody Sheep. PBS Digital Studios started its remixing project in June with its most popular (and I'd argue best) video, "Garden of Your Mind," featuring Fred Rogers (i.e., Mister Rogers)
July 16, 2010 |
"What's to keep you from rebooting the nanobot once I've given you the assembler?" You have to hand it to Walmart; when it does a thing, it does it big. "The Jensen Project," a two-hour, self-described family-friendly movie produced by Walmart and P&G and airing Friday night on NBC, is not just bad, it's super bad. So bad, in fact, that it's almost worth watching for its "Mystery Science Theater 3000" potential. Nothing bonds a family more than the opportunity to predict cheesy dialogue — "all the systems have been shut down!"
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January 5, 2010 |
Joseph M. Wilcots, a trailblazing African American cinematographer whose credits include the landmark 1970s TV miniseries "Roots" and "Roots: The Next Generations," has died. He was 70. Wilcots died Dec. 30 at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2008, said his manager, Phyllis Larrymore Kelly. The first African American to join the International Cinematographers Guild -- in 1967 -- Wilcots initially worked on camera crews for TV series such as "The F.B.I."