Television Journalists Acknowledge the Best and Brightest

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Although the official awards season is several months down the line, some of the best and brightest are being honored by television journalists.

The list of nominees for the 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards was announced recently by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

Thumbs up to Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Regina King (“Southland”), Angela Bassett (“Betty & Coretta”), Alfre Woodard (“Steel Magnolias”), and RuPaul (RuPaul’s “Drag Race”), who are all nominees this year for work in their respective categories.

Cable TV wins again—no surprise—with HBO and FX leading all nominations with 21 and 19, respectively.

The winners will be revealed at the Monday, June 10, event in Beverly Hills, hosted by “Parks and Recreation” star Retta, aka Marietta Sirleaf (and yes, she is related to Liberia’s first woman president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf).

Danny Glover stars in a Norman Rockwell painting. Well, not exactly, but the Hallmark Channel presents Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop.”

The Hallmark Movie Channel Original World Premiere is Saturday, June 1, (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C) and also stars Austin Stowell, Kayla Ewell and Dash Pledger-Levine.

Inspired by one of 20th-century painter Norman Rockwell’s iconic images depicting 1950s Americana, “Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop” begins at the center of a small town barbershop where friends gather, gossip flows and age-old memories are kept. When a famous musician returns to his hometown after abandoning it many years ago, he is eager to reconnect with the barber who took him under his wing as a young boy. But upon his arrival, he must learn to make amends with his own estranged dad, while paying tribute to the man who taught him the importance and value of family.

The film serves as a celebration of Norman Rockwell’s 50-year relationship with Hallmark Cards.
Talk about an oldie but goodie, Philip Michael Thomas is back in the news.

Just days before his 64th birthday celebration, Thomas returns, and better than ever, with a renewed commitment to making music and a new duet with Jazz/Soul/Gospel artist Kathy Yolanda Rice. Their single, “Flesh of My Flesh,” recently released on Rice’s Paintbrush Records label, is a testimony to the talent of both artists, and is available at major online retailers Amazon.com, iTunes, and CD Baby.

“Flesh of My Flesh,” from a musical that Thomas wrote with the Archbishop Abuna Nathaniel Salem of the Ethiopian Coptic Church of North and South America, is a Gospel love song that depicts the relationship and devotion between Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, and Joseph, his earthly father.

While Thomas is most widely recognized for his roles as Ricardo Tubbs in “Miami Vice” and Stix in the movie “Sparkle” (Irene Cara), he is also a talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. The star of television, film, and Broadway, says “Music has always been and will always be my first love.”

In theaters Friday, “After Earth,” starring father-and-son duo Will Smith and Jaden Smith and directed and co-written by M. Night Shyamalan hits the silver screen Friday.

“After Earth” is a sci-fi tale about a crash landing that leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

To learn more about the film, visit the official website at www.aftermath.com.

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