Los Angeles, July 11 (AP/UNB) — It will be case closed next season for "How to Get Away with Murder," with the show's upcoming sixth season to be its last.
The series and its star, Viola Davis, are leaving behind history: In 2015, Davis became the first African American to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series.
In a statement Thursday announcing the show's end, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke praised Davis for her unforgettable portrayal of a female antihero.
Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant attorney and professor at a Philadelphia law school, where she teaches her no-holds-barred views of justice and life and enlists her students in her cases and misadventures.
A three-time Academy Award nominee, Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2017 for "Fences."
Series creator and executive producer Pete Nowalk called ending the show a "brutal decision," but said the story demanded it.
"For me, Annalise Keating's journey has always had a clear ending," Nowalk said in a statement. "Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings" is a rare gift.
He advised fans to "buckle up" for the show's final twists when it returns on Sept. 26.
The show's ratings have softened, with viewership dropping from more than 10 million weekly in its early years to about half that last season.
"How to Get Away with Murder" debuted in 2014 as part of ABC's hit Thursday night programming block from prolific writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, including the long-running "Grey's Anatomy" and now-ended "Scandal." Rhimes created multi-dimensional female characters and rare opportunities for actresses of color, including Davis and former "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh, who became the first actress of Asian ethnicity to get an Emmy nod for best drama series actress (for "Killing Eve").
Rhimes' long partnership with ABC Studios ended when she signed a lucrative deal in 2017 to make series for Netflix, which became the new home for her Shondaland production company as part of the streaming service's talent hunt. She retains an executive producer credit for "How to Get Away with Murder."
New York, July 11 (AP/UNB) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she's not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn't directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first full-blown pop project to her latest title.
There was one moment, though, where Swift may have called out Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta on Wednesday night when she headlined Amazon Music's Prime Day Concert in New York City. When singing her final song, the upbeat hit "Shake It Off," she was extra loud as she uttered the words: "Liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world."
Some viewers on social media felt like Swift was throwing shade, but the pop star seemed to shake off the drama with a fun, entertaining performance that came two weeks after she wrote that she was sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun, who she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying.
Swift's die-hard fans were as loud as ever Wednesday, erupting before she hit the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom, chanting her name minutes before opened her set with a colorful performance of the song "ME!"
She sang tunes from all of her albums except her 2006 self-titled debut and 2010's "Speak Now." She strummed her guitar while she sang "Delicate" from "reputation" and "Welcome to New York" from "1989," which won the Grammy for album of the year. She reminded the audience she was a former country singer before performing "Love Story" from "Fearless," which also won the top Grammy prize. And she whipped her head back and forth as she belted "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her "Red" album.
Swift sang her "You Need to Calm Down" live for the first time at the event, which also featured performances by singers SZA, Dua Lipa and Becky G. On the song Swift addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community. It will appear on her new album, "Lover," to be released Aug. 23.
"It's really, sort of, a love letter to love itself. And I think that love is such an inspiring thing to write about," she said of the upcoming album. "Love is complexity. Love is struggle. Love is pain. Love is joy. Love is hope. Love is equality."
Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch hosted the event, which featured clips of Amazon Prime programming between performances, from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" to "Jack Ryan."
Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the iconic 1994 film The Lion King is a story of relationships. For Shah Rukh Khan, who has voiced Mufasa in the Hindi version of The Lion King, the film “reflects it’s nicer to listen to your parents and understand the deeper meaning of what they are saying to you,” reports The Indian Express.
Talking about the significance of The Lion King, Shah Rukh said in a statement, “Many times, when kids are growing with their parents, they don’t realize that what their parents say could actually come handy much later on. It is unfortunate that you remember the teachings of your parents when they are not in your life.
Somewhere down the line, the story reflects that it’s nicer to listen to your parents and understand the deeper meaning of what they are saying to you. It does teach you that our parents always live within us and their teachings never go away.
Personally, I do feel the same. The small things that my father and mother said actually define me now. I realize it now. I didn’t realize it then.”
While SRK voices Mufasa, his son Aryan Khan will lend his voice to Simba.
Disney’s The Lion King releases on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu
Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - Epilepsy was a factor in Cameron Boyce’s death, the family of the Disney star has confirmed, reports The Indian Express.
The actor, best known for his performance in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, died at the age of 20 last week.
In a statement to People magazine on Tuesday, the kin said Boyce had a seizure which led to his death.
“(His) tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy.
“We are still trying to navigate our way through this extremely heart-wrenching time, and continue to ask for privacy so that the family and all who knew and loved him can grieve his loss and make arrangements for his funeral which in and of itself, is agonising,” the family said in a statement.
The news comes after it was revealed that Boyce’s official cause of death had yet to be determined following an autopsy that was performed on Monday.
“An autopsy was performed today and a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation,” the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced on Monday in a press release.
Boyce was “found unresponsive in his home” on Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead on the scene after authorities were called, the coroner confirmed.
He became popular with his role on Disney Channel’s Jessie and in the Descendants movies. The third film in the franchise will release in August.
Boyce also lent his voice to Jake in Jake and the Never Land Pirates series.
Born in LA, Boyce made his acting debut at the age on nine with horror film Mirrors. Two years later, he appeared in Adam Sandler’-fronted Grown Ups, as one of his children.
Jessie was his breakthrough and he soon became one of the biggest Disney Channel stars.
Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - David Fincher will direct Gary Oldman in a biographical drama revolving around Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, reports The Indian Express.
Oldman will play Mankiewicz in the Netflix film titled Mank, according to Variety.
The movie is based on the script by Fincher’s father, Jack, who had written the draft before his death in 2003.
Plot details are vague, but as per the sources the story will follow the troubled development of the Citizen Kane script by Mankiewicz alongside director Orson Welles.
Considered to be one of the best films of all time, the feature managed to win just one Academy Award, which was for Best Original Screenplay.
Production on the biopic, to be shot in black-and-white, is expected to begin in November.
This would be Fincher’s first feature directorial since 2014’s Gone Girl.
Fincher will back the film alongside producing partner Cean Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski.