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Hollywood Flashback: Ed Asner’s Lou Grant Won for Both Comedy and Drama

At 91, Ed Asner has fully earned the right to the cranky-old-man archetype he’s been mining most of his career. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Eastern European Jewish immigrants…

Fred Savage Looks Back on Landing ‘Wonder Years’ Role

The Wonder Years which returns to ABC on Sept. 22 in a version that follows a Black family in the late 1960s living in Montgomery, Alabama — was nominated for 28 Emmy Awards during its 1988-92…

‘The Truman Show’ Star Ed Harris Looks Back on His “Pretty Twisted” Character

Free Guy, the Ryan Reynolds comedy out Aug. 13 about a video game character that develops sentience, has drawn comparisons to another high-concept comedy, 1998’s The Truman Show. That film…

Jurnee Smollett Reflects on Landing ‘Full House’ Role at Age 4 and Finding Her “Janet Jackson Moment”

Long before she battled monsters both human and otherworldly as Letitia Lewis on HBO’s Lovecraft Country — a turn that earned her an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama this year…

Hollywood Flashback: David Attenborough’s Extraordinary BBC Run Began in 1952

At 95, Sir David Attenborough is nominated this year for an eighth and ninth Emmy for his narration on two BBC nature series, A Perfect Planet and The Year Earth Changed. Perhaps second only…

Hollywood Flashback: James Gunn’s ‘Slither’ Oozed Onto Screens in 2006

The journey to The Suicide Squad, the latest blockbuster from director James Gunn, out Aug. 6, can be traced to a much more modestly budgeted, and surely disgusting, film from 2006. An…

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…