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Laurence Fishburne Is Starring as Author Alex Haley in A&E’s ‘Roots’ Remake

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Deadline reports that Laurence Fishburne will be playing the role of author Alex Haley in A&E’s upcoming remake of Roots. The original eight-episode miniseries adaption, which debuted in 1977, is based off Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of An American Family — a narrative of American slavery and the life of the character Kunta Kinte, who’s captured in the Gambia and sold into slavery once on American soil.
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‘Community’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “Geothermal Escapism”

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There are two types of episodes that Community does particularly well, though they seem direct contradictions of each other. The first is tightly focused, character-and-dialogue driven stories—bottle episodes, a bit of television terminology that the show itself made common knowledge in season two’s “Collective Calligraphy.” For all their narrative complexity, “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” and “Paradigms of Human Memory” would also fall into that category, as would last week’s excellent “Cooperative Polygraphy.” And at the other end of the spectrum are the big, high concept, gimmick episodes, wherein character and emotion are smuggled in underneath spoofs of genre tropes. The multiple paintball episodes are the most obvious examples; the Ken Burns-influenced “Pillows and Blankets” and Law & Order-styled “Basic Lupine Urology” also leap to mind. But no stunt episode had as heavy an emotional burden as last night’s farewell to Troy Barnes, “Geothermal Escapism,” which makes the show’s dual success as comedy and drama all the more remarkable.
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Video of the Day: ‘Reading Rainbow’ Remixed

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We’ve already professed our overwhelming love for LeVar Burton to you guys before, so you can only imagine how excited we were to see that the Reading Rainbow host is the latest PBS personality to get the “Icons Remixed” treatment courtesy of John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep). Click through to watch the fantastic video, and let us know how you think it compares to the previous installments of the series. Personally, we wish that he’d found a way to work in the original theme song. Sure the lyrics were a bit nonsensical (“Butterfly in the sky / I can go twice as high / Take a look / It’s in a book / A Reading Rainbow”), but that tune still gets stuck in our head for days.
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Video of the Day: If ‘Reading Rainbow’ Did ‘Naked Lunch’

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If we had one complaint about LeVar Burton’s wonderful Reading Rainbow, it would be that the show never took full advantage of its potentially tripped-out rainbow motif. Well, except in that one episode where Burton, apparently on some substance or another, chases butterflies, teaches us about insects, and introduces the kiddies to the weird world of William S. Burroughs’ heroin opus Naked Lunch. OK, so it’s not a real Reading Rainbow episode — but it is a rather clever mash-up of the show and David Cronenberg’s 1991 film adaptation of the novel. Watch Andre Perkowski’s video below, and never hear the words “I can go twice as high” the same way again.
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