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Rosie O’Donnell Recalls Confronting Harvey Weinstein About M. Night Shyamalan Film ‘Wide Awake’

While 1999’s The Sixth Sense is rightly regarded as the film that launched M. Night Shyamalan’s career — his latest, Old, opens July 23 — the India-born, Philadelphia-raised director had made…

Hollywood Flashback: Anthony Bourdain Became a TV Traveler in 2002

Anthony Bourdain was 43 when his journey from anonymous chef to global superstar began. “I think his story of finding himself in middle age is actually very inspiring,” says Morgan…

‘Willy Wonka’ at 50: Child Stars Recall the Making of the Film

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which turns 50 on June 30, got mixed reviews upon its release (THR declared that “a pleasanter, more captivating … musical for children this year is…

Andy Richter Reflects on ‘Conan’ Legacy (and Absurdity) as Conan O’Brien Exits Late Night

When Conan O’Brien — a 30-year-old Harvard-educated writer who’d worked on The Simpsons — was tapped in 1993 to replace David Letterman as host of NBC’s Late Night, the general reaction was…

Hollywood Flashback: Larry Wilmore and Bernie Mac Made History in 2002

Twenty years ago, Larry Wilmore had already earned two Emmy nominations for his work on In Living Color and The PJs, but it was his pilot episode of The Bernie Mac Show that struck gold. In…

Hollywood Flashback: Gillian Anderson Reigned at the Emmys in 1997

Some 25 years before she was earning awards buzz for her portrayal of stoic, uncompromising British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on The Crown, Gillian Anderson won an Emmy for playing…

Hollywood Flashback: ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Juggernaut Started in 2001

Twenty years ago, no one realized just how far living life “a quarter mile at a time” — as Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto so poetically puts it — would take The Fast and the Furious

Hollywood Flashback: Betty Thomas Broke an Emmy Glass Ceiling in 1993

If it weren’t for a scheduling conflict, Betty Thomas might not have won an Emmy in 1993. “I wasn’t supposed to direct that script,” recalls Thomas of “For Peter’s Sake,” the episode of HBO’s…

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Mommie Dearest’ Became an Accidental Classic in 1981

It’s not like she didn’t warn us. In the Dec. 31, 1947, issue of THR, Joan Crawford penned a page-long paean to the wonders of motherhood that began, “I’ve been reading in the newspapers…

Hollywood Flashback: Mike Nichols Broke Records With ‘Angels in America’

It would have been foolish to bet against Mike Nichols’ six-hour adaptation of Angels in America at the 2004 Emmys. The $60 million production had everything going for it: Nichols at the helm…

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Bring the Pain’ Made Chris Rock a Superstar in 1997

Chris Rock’s first Emmy — or make that Emmys, as he won two for this particular project — came in 1997, when he won outstanding variety, music or comedy special and outstanding writing for a…

Hollywood Flashback: Bob Mackie Won His First Emmy for 1966’s ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

The first Emmy ever awarded for costume design went to Bob Mackie and his late partner (creatively and, later, romantically), Ray Aghayan, for their fanciful designs on NBC’s 1966 TV movie Alice Throu…