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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2017 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Roger Ailes (Founder, FOX News)
Lola Albright (Singer and Actress, TV’s “Peter Gunn” and Film classic “Champion”)
Gregg Allman (Pioneer of Southern Rock Allman Brothers Band)
Richard Anderson (Actor, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”)
Gary Austin (Founder of “The Groundlings”)
John G. Avildsen (Director, “Rocky” and “Karate Kid”)

Peter Baldwin (Actor turned Prolific TV Director)
Chuck Barris (Host, “Gong Show”)
Walter Becker (Guitarist, Bassist and Co-Writer for band Steely Dan)
Buzz Belmondo (Comedian-Actor, “Out of This World” and “Baywatch”)
Chester Bennington (Lead Singer of Linkin Park)
Shelley Berman (Actor, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Stand-Up Comedian)
Chuck Berry (Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer)
Joseph Bologna (Playwright, Director and Actor, “My Favorite Year”)
Powers Boothe (Actor, “Sin City,” “Nashville” and “Deadwood”)
Jimmy Breslin (Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Columnist)
Brad Bufanda (Actor, “Veronica Mars” – played Felix Toombs) [He was only 34]

Glen Campbell (Country Music Legend)
Bernie Casey (Actor, “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”)
David Cassidy (Singer-Actor, “The Partridge Family”)
Darlene Cates (Actress, Housebound Mom in box office film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” film)
Alan Colmes (Fox News Commentator)
Barbara Cook (Broadway Actress, “Cabaret”)
Chris Cornell (Singer, Soundgarden and Audislave) [He was only 52]

Jonathan Demme (Director, “Silence of the Lambs”)
Fats Domino (R&B Singer and Rock Pioneer)
Roy Dotrice (Actor, “Beauty and the Beast”)
Gord Downie (Frontman of Tragically Hip, Canadian band)
John F. Dunsworth (Actor, “Haven”)

Nelsan Ellis (Actor, “True Blood”) [He was only 39]
Dick Enberg (Legendary Sportscaster)

Gloria Fallon (Mother of Comedian and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon)
Miguel Ferrer (Actor, “NCIS: Los Angeles”)
Neil Fingleton (British Actor, “Game of Thrones”) [He was only 36]
June Foray (the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale, “The Bullwinkle Show”)
Bruce Forsyth (Legendary British Entertainer and TV Personality, “The Generation Game”)
Warren Frost (Veteran Actor, “Twin Peaks” and “Seinfeld”)
Stephen Furst (Actor, “Animal House,” “Babylon 5” and “St. Elsewhere”)

Dick Gautier (Actor, Hymie the Robot on 1960’s classic “Get Smart”)
Troy Gentry (Half of the Popular Country Duo Montgomery Gentry)
Cuba Gooding, Sr. (Soul Singer and Father of Cuba Gooding, Jr.)
Robert Guillaume (Actor, “Benson”)
Sue Grafton (Best-Selling Author)
Dick Gregory (Pioneering Stand-Up Comedian and Civil Rights Activist)

Barbara Hale (Veteran Actress, “Perry Mason”)
Monty Hall (Host, “Let’s Make a Deal”)
Roy Halladay (American professional baseball player)
Ty Hardin (Actor, “Cheyenne” and “Bronco”)
Robert Hardy (British Actor, Cornelius Fudge [Minister of Magic] in “Harry Potter” franchise)
Connie Hawkins (Harlem Globetrotters Player)
Glenne Headly (Actress, “Lonesome Dove” and “Dick Tracey”)
John Heard (Actor, “Home Alone”)
Hugh Hefner (Founder, Playboy Magazine)
Blake Heron (Actor, “Tom and Huck” and “Shiloh”) [He was only 35]
Mike Hodge (Actor, “Law & Order” and SAG-AFTRA New York Local President)
John Hillerman (Actor, “Magnum, P.I.”)
Tobe Hooper (Director, “Texas Chain Saw Massacre”)
Lena Horne (Legendary Singer and Actress)
Rance Howard (Veteran Actor and Father of Actor-Director Ron Howard and Actor Clint Howard)
John Hurt (Veteran Actor, “Alien,” “The Elephant Man” and “Doctor Who”)
Earle Hyman (Veteran Actor, “The Cosby Show”)

Al Jarreau (Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer)

Jake LaMotta (Real-Life “Raging Bull” Boxer)
Mark LaMura (Actor, “All My Children”)
Martin Landau (Legendary Actor, “Mission: Impossible” and “Ed Wood”)
Chuck Law (Actor, “Goodfellas”)
Joan Lee (Wife of Legendary Comic Book Creator Stan Lee)
Jerry Lewis (Comedy Legend)

Ralphie May (Comedian)
Rose Marie (Legendary Actress)
Julio Oscar Mechoso (Veteran actor, “The Legend of Zorro”)
Dorothy Mengering (David Letterman’s Mom)
Heather Menzies-Urich (Actress, “Sound of Music”)
Dina Merrill (Actress and Philanthropist)
Roger Moore (Actor, “James Bond” Films)
Erin Moran (Actress, “Happy Days”)
Jeanne Moreau (French Actress, “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid” and the U.S film “Ever After”)
Charlie Murphy (Actor and Comedian and Eddie Murphy’s Brother)

Jim Nabors (Singer-Actor, “Gomer Pyle”)
Michael Nygyist (Swedish Actor, the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

Paul O’Neill (Founder, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Don Ohlmeyer (NBC Producer and Executive)
Robert Osborne (TCM Host and Film Historian)

Tommy Page (90’s Singer and Music Executive [He was only 46]
Michael Parks (Character Actor, “Kill Bill”)
Bill Paxton (Actor, “Titanic” and TV adaptation “Training Day”)
Tom Petty (Rock n Roll Legend)
Gabe Pressman (Legendary New York TV Reporter)

Della Reese (Singer – Actress, “Touched By An Angel”)
Don Rickles (Legendary Comedian)
George Romero (Legendary Director, “Night of the Living Dead”)

Sam Shepard (Playwright and Actor, “The Right Stuff”)
Keely Smith (Legendary Jazz and Pop Singer)
Liz Smith (Gossip Columnist)
Harry Dean Stanton (Veteran Actor, “Big Love” and “Twin Peaks”)
Ward Sylvester (Manager and TV Producer, “The Monkees”)

Jay Thomas (Actor, “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers”)
Mary Tyler Moore (Legendary Actress)
Frank Vincent (Actor, “The Sopranos”)

Robert James Waller (Author, “Bridges of Madison County”)
Judge Joseph Wapner (Judge, “People’s Court”)
Ann Wedgeworth (Actress, “Three’s Company”)
Adam West (Legendary Actor, “Batman”)
John Wetton (Bassist and Singer for Asia)

Francine York (Actress, Classic “Batman” Series, 1960’s)
Malcolm Young (Rock Band AC/DC, Co-Founder and Guitarist)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.


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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:


Best Drama Picture: Moonlight
Best Musical-Comedy Picture: La La Land
Best Musical-Comedy Actor: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Best Musical-Comedy Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best TV Drama: The Crown (Netflix)
Best Drama Actress: Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager


Favorite TV Show: Outlander
Favorite New TV Drama: This Is Us
Favorite Drama TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra, Quantico
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Mark Harmon, NCIS
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural
Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series: Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Sam Heughan, Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Favorite Movie Actor: Ryan Reynolds,
Favorite Action Movie: Deadpool
Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie
Favorite Dramatic Movie: Me Before You
Favorite Family Movie: Finding Dory
Favorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp
Favorite Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

SAG AWARDS (January)

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Denzel Washington, Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Motion Picture): Hidden Figures
Male Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow, The Crown
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Drama Series): Stranger Things


Record of the Year: Adele, Hello
Album of the Year: Adele, 25
Song of the Year: Adele, Hello
Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele, 25
Best Rock Album: Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty
Best Country Song: Tim McGraw, Humble and Kind
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pentatonix, “Jolene (feat. Dolly Parton)
Best Dance Recording: The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Daya)


Best Film: La La Land
Supporting Actor: Dev Patel, Lion
Documentary: 13th, Ava DuVernay
Sound: Arrival
The EE Rising Star Award: Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming


Outstanding Drama Series: Queen Sugar (OWN)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama: Jussie Smollett, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama: Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)
Outstanding Actress in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)


Worst Picture: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Actress: Becky Turner (as Hillary Clinton), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Actor: Dinesh D’Souza (as himself), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig, Zoolander No. 2
Worst Supporting Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Worst Screenplay: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Best Picture: Moonlight
Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Original Song: City of Stars, La La Land
Makeup and Hair: Suicide Squad


Show of the Year: Stranger Things
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Hero: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures
Best Villain: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Tearjerker: This Is Us: Jack and Randall at Karate
Best Duo: Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen, Logan


Choice Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Choice Action Movie Actor: Chris Pine, Wonder Woman
Choice Action Movie Actress: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Choice Sci-Fi Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor: Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress: Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Fantasy Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Choice Fantasy Movie Actor: Dwayne Johnson, Moana
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress: Emma Watson,Beauty and the Beast
Choice Drama Movie: Everything, Everything
Choice Summer Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Choice Breakout Movie Star: Auli’i Cravalho – Moana

Choice Drama TV Show: Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actor: Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actress: Lucy Hale,Pretty Little Liars
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Choice Action TV Show: The Flash
Choice Action TV Actor: Grant Gustin, The Flash
Choice Action TV Actress: Melissa Benoist, Supergirl
Choice Breakout TV Star: Lili Reinhart, Riverdale


Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars
New Artist of the Year: Niall Horan
Tour of the Year: Coldplay
Fave Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Fave Pop/Rock Duo or Group: Imagine Dragons
Fave Male Country Artist: Keith Urban
Fave Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Fave Alternative Rock Artist: Linkin Park
Fave Adult Contemporary Artist: Shawn Mendes
Top Soundtrack: Moana


Best Feature: Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Breakthrough Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: In Memorium

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As I’ve always said, in my world I couldn’t live without music.

Every day I wake up to music rather than an alarm. Every night I go to bed with music playing. The first thing I do after I start my car is turn on the radio. Whenever I leave my house, my music is playing as I don’t like to have a quiet house – even when I’m not around.

Music may not be for everyone, but I couldn’t function without it.

Since music plays a crucial role in my life, I wanted to take the time to highlight just some of the songs, performers and video moments from this past year:

Best New Female Singer – Alice Merton

Here is the video for her single “No Roots”:

Best New Male Singer – Rag’n’Bone Man

Here is the video for “Human”:

They Are Still Going Strong [TIE]– Kelly Clarkson and Pink

Here is Kelly’s video for “Love So Soft”:

Here is Pink’s video for “What About Us”:

And check out the two powerhouse singers performing at the 2017 American Music Awards:

Best New Group – Haim

Here is the video for “Want You Back”:

Most Moving Song of the Year – “Praying” by Kesha

Here is the video of Kesha performing the song live:

Best Hit of the Year – “Feel It Still” by Portugal.The Man

Here is the video:

Best Pop Rock Song of the Year – “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons

Here is the video:

She’s Not Kidding Around Anymore – “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift

Here is the video:

Best Dance Tune – “Don’t Lay Me Down” by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

Here is the video:

Best Song from a Sophomore Album [Three-Way TIE] – “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith; “Attention” by Charlie Puth and “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes

Here is the video by Sam:

Here is the video from Charlie

Here is the video from Shawn

How the Hell Did They Film That (and Have Insurance to Cover It All) – “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Best Rock Song and Look at Life in America – “Walk on Water” by Thirty Seconds to Mars:

Here is the video:

Oh What a Great Cover – “Beauty and the Beast” by Leroy Sanchez & Lorea Turner

Which artists stood out for you over this past year? What was your favorite song? Which songs did you get sick of hearing on the radio? What song could you listen to over and over again? What was the top album in your opinion? Please share your thoughts on the music of 2016 below.


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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in June:

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Opens: July 7

The film is set several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Peter Parker (Tom Holland), with the help of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges. Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May and other cast members include Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeen Woodbine, Hannibal Buress and Garcelle Beauvais.

Opens: July 14

A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott.

Lady MacBeth
Opens: July 14

Set in 19th century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. The cast includes newcomers Florence Pugh and Cosmo Jarvis.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Opens: July 14

Two years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes have been embroiled in a war against humans. As the ape population decreases, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts in order to avenge his fallen companions. The encounter with the apes and humans puts them into the ultimate confrontation, to determine the fate of the Earth. Other actors playing apes include Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Ty Olsson, Alessandro Juliani and Sara Canning; among the humans includes Woody Harrelson.

Opens: July 21

Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France are surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk and evacuated in Operation Dynamo between May 26 and June 4, 1940, during the early stages of the Second World War. The cast includes newcomers Fionn Whitehead and Tom Glynn-Carney, former One Direction member Harry Styles as well as established actors Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Opens: July 21

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and culture. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. The film also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman and Elizabeth Debicki.

Atomic Blonde
Opens: July 28

In 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the shifting of superpower alliances, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy), and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation. The cast also includes John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones and Bill Skarsgard.

Strange Weather
Opens: July 28

A poignant, lyrical drama about a mother (Holly Hunter), who, in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son, travels the back roads of the deep south to settle a score. The film also stars Carrie Coon (Fargo), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and the late Glenn Headly.

The Emoji Movie
Opens: July 28

This animated film centers on Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a phone when he sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents after causing a misconception emoji. Other voices will be provided by James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Coolidge, Steven Wright and Rob Riggle.

Movies coming out in August will be posted at the end of July.

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year. They appear in no particular order:


1. Brie Larson – Brie has been acting since she was a young girl eventually appearing in episodes of Raising Dad, United States of Tara and Community. But it was her Oscar-winning role in the independent film Room that put her on the map. Since then she has landed the role of Captain Marvel in the latest upcoming Avengers franchise film as well as the stand-alone Captain Marvel film. She will be seen in next year’s Kong: Skull Island movie alongside Tom Hiddleston along with the films The Glass Castle, Unicorn Store and Basmati Blues.


2. Connor Jessup – TV viewers will recognize him from his stand-out role as middle son Ben Mason on the long-running alien apocalypse series Falling Skies on TNT, but he really turned heads in the ABC anthology series American Crime.


3. Margot Robbie – She made a name for herself in Australian on the long-running soap opera Neighbours and then landed on the short-lived US series Pan Am. But it was her role in The Wolf of Wall Street that got her attention. She had a big year in 2016, appearing Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey, The Legend of Tarzan alongside Alexander Skarsgard and stealing the show as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. She has four films in the works for 2017, including a stand-alone Harley Quinn film.


4. Katy Mixon – Katy is well known to viewers of the CBS comedy Mike & Molly for her role of Victoria Flynn and she was one of the voice actors in the 2015 animated movie Minions; but she made a big move this year by landed the lead role in the new ABC comedy American Housewife, which was given a full season order in November by the network.


5. Gal Gadot – The Israeli born actress was not only a model and former Miss Israel, but she also served in the IDF, the military force of the State of Israel before landed the role of Gisele in the Fast and Furious franchise before landing the coveted role of Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman in the 2016 Batman vs. Superman movie as well as the long-awaited Wonder Woman film set to hit the big screen next year. She is also set to don the golden lasso and bullet-proof bracelets in two upcoming Justice League flicks.


6. Mahershala Ali – Avid TV viewers will recognize this talented actor from his role on the USA Network series The 4400 – when he used his screen name Mahershalalhashbaz Ali – but it has been his work in House of Cards, the movies Free State of Jones and Moonlight as well as the streaming series Marvel’s Luke Cage. He will also be seen in the December film Hidden Figures; and he has three films set to debut next year.


7. Haley Bennett – In 2007, Haley appeared as ditzy pop star Cora Corman in the film Music and Lyrics, but while she continued to appear in a number of movies over the years, it has been her roles in this year’s The Girl on the Train and The Magnificent Seven that put her on the map. She also has a role in the Warren Beatty-led film Rules Don’t Apply and has two big movies coming out next year.


8. Aja Naomi King – Aja has been a series regular on the much-buzzed about ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder for the past three TV seasons and then she landed the plum leading role of Cherry in the much-talked about feature film The Birth of a Nation. Before that she appeared in the short-lived shows Emily Owens M.D. and Black Box.


9. Felicity Jones – Felicity has been an actress since 1996, appearing in roles on the small and big screen, but it was her role in 2014 of The Theory of Everything that really got her attention. This year alone she has appeared alongside Tom Hanks in the film Inferno from Dan Brown, she has the lead role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and she will appear in January’s film A Monster Calls.


10. Adele – She has been a powerful force – and voice – in the music world since her debut album hit shelves in 2008. She has won countless awards for her first two albums 19 and 21, but it was the release of her latest album 25 that really put her over the top. She had a huge tour during 2016 and four years after her last album, she has added even more awards to growing collection.


11. Tatiana Maslany – Tat, as she is known to her cast members, has been in the public eye since the BBC America series Orphan Black debuted in March of 2013 although she had quite a long resume before that. But it was in 2016 where she finally got her just reward: winning an Emmy Award for her complicated, multiple roles in the show.


12. Bridget Regan – She is the most ubiquitous actress of the year, appearing as deadly assassin Dottie Underwood in Marvel’s Agent Carter, tough as nails fighter Sasha Cooper on The Last Ship, criminal mastermind Sin Rostro on Jane the Virgin and most recently as Megan Hunt on Grey’s Anatomy.


13. Tobias Menzies – He is the most ubiquitous actor of the year, appearing in the fan favorite Starz series Outlander in the dual role of Frank Randall and 18th Century villain Black Jack Randall, he returned as Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones and he starred as Geoffrey Dromgoole alongside Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in the AMC mini-series The Night Manager. He will next star with Kate Beckinsale in January’s box office flick Underworld: Blood Wars.

Who are some of the faces from this year who caught your attention either on television, in music or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2017

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2016 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Mohammad Ali (Boxing Legend)
René Angélil (Music Impresario and Céline Dion’s husband)

Kenny Baker (The Man Behind R2-D2 in “Star Wars”)
David Bowie (Legendary Singer)
Dave Brubeck (Legendary Jazz Musician)

Charmain Carr (Actress, “Liesl” from The Sound of Music)
Fidel Castro (Revolutionary leader and Cuba’s former President)
William Christopher (Actor, “Father Mulcahy” on M*A*S*H*)
Chyna (Former WWE Wrestler)
Leonard Cohen (Singer-Songwriter, Poet and Novelist)
Natalie Cole (Singer)
Pat Conroy (Author, “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini”)

Gloria DeHaven (Actress from Golden Age of Hollywood)
Daniel Dion (Celine Dion’s brother)
Jerry Doyle (Actor, “Babylon 5”)
Larry Drake (Actor, “L.A. Law”)
Patty Duke (Legendary Actress)

Ronnie Claire Edwards (Actress, “The Waltons”)

Joey Feek (Country Singer from Duo Joey + Rory)
Fyvush Finkel (Actor, “Picket Fences” and “Boston Public”)
Carrie Fisher (Actress, Princess Leia in Star Wars franchise)
Tommy Ford (Actor “Martin” and “The Parkers”)
Bernard Fox (Veteran Actor)
Glenn Fry (Guitarist and Singer “The Eagles”)

Zsa Zsa Gabor (Veteran Actress)
Michael Galeota (Disney Star) [he was only 31]
George Gaynes (Character Actor, “Punky Brewster,” “Tootsie” and “Police Academy”)
David Gest (Music Producer)
Gary Glasberg (NCIS Showrunner)
Ron Glass (Actor, “Barney Miller” and “Firefly”)
John Glenn (Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator)
Christina Grimmie (“The Voice” Competitor) [She was only 22]
Reg Grundy (Australian Media Mogul)

Merle Haggard (Country Music Legend)
Dan Haggerty (Actor, “Grizzly Adams”)
Earl Hamner (Creator of “The Waltons”)
Curtis Hanson (Director, “L.A. Confidential”)
Pat Harrington (Actor, “One Day at a Time”)
Florence Henderson (Actress, “The Brady Bunch”)
Steven Hill (Actor, “Law & Order” and original TV series “Mission: Impossible”)
Arthur Hiller (Director, “Love Story)
Robert Horton (Actor, “Wagon Train”)
Ken Howard (SAG-AFTRA President and Former Actor “White Shadow”)
Gordie Howe (Hockey Legend)
Beth Howland (Actress, “Alice”)
David Huddleston (Veteran Character Actor, “The Big Lebowski”)

Barry Jenner (Actor, “Family Matters” and “Dallas”)

Paul Kantner (Founding Member of Jefferson Airplane)
George Kennedy (Veteran Actor, “Airport”)

Harper Lee (Author, “To Kill a Mockingbird”)
Ron Lester (Actor, “Popular” and “Varsity Blues”)

Jerry Maren (Actor, “Wizard of Oz”) [the last of the Munchkins]
David Margulies (Actor, “Ghostbusters”]
Garry Marshall (Legendary Director)
George Martin (Beatles Producer)
Joseph Mascolo (Veteran Actor, “Days of Our Lives”)
Michael Massee (Actor, “The Crow” and “24”)
John McLaughlin (Host, “The McLaughlin Group”)
George Michael (Singer)

Noel Neill (Actress, the original Lois Lane from the 1950’s “Superman” TV series)
Agnes Nixon (Creator of All My Children and One Life to Live)
Marni Nixon (“Ghost Singer” for Deborah Kerr in The King and I; Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in Fair Lady)
James Noble (Actor, “Benson”)
Bill Nunn (Character Actor, “Do the Right Thing”)

Hugh O’Brian (Veteran Actor, “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp”)

Arnold Palmer (Golf Legend)
Jon Polito (Character Actor “The Big Lebowski” and “Miller’s Crossing”)
Prince (Legendary Musician, Singer and Songwriter)

Nancy Reagan (Former First Lady)
Janet Reno (First Female U.S. Attorney General)
Debbie Reynolds (Legendary Actress)
Alan Rickman (Veteran Actor)
Jack Riley (Actor, “The Bob Newhart Show”)
Doris Roberts (Veteran Actress)

Morley Safer (Legendary “60 Minutes” Reporter)
Theresa Saldana (Actress, “Raging Bull”)
Joe Santos (Actor, “Rockford Files”)
John Saunders (ESPN Commentator)
Antonin Scalia (Supreme Court Justice)
William Schallert (Veteran Actor and Former SAG President)
Garry Shandling (Actor and Comedian)
Jim Simpson (Sportscaster)
Frank Sinatra, Jr.
David Smyrl (Actor, “Sesame Street”)

Alan Thicke (Actor, “Growing Pains”)
Grant Tinker (Former NBC Chairman-CEO and Founder of MTM Enterprises)

Vanity (aka Denise Katrina Matthews) (Lead singer of 80’s girl group Vanity 6)
Peter Vaughan (Veteran Actor, “Game of Thrones”)
Robert Vaughn (Actor, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”)
Abe Vigoda (Actor, “Barney Miller”)

Janet Waldo (Voice actress for Judy Jetson from “The Jetsons”)
Tom Whedon (Father of Joss Whedon)
Maurice White (Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire)
Elie Wiesel (Nobel Prize-Winning Author)
Gene Wilder (Veteran Actor, “Willy Wonka” and “Young Frankenstein”)
Van Williams (Actor, “The Green Hornet”)

Anton Yelchin (Actor, “Star Trek”) [He was only 27]
Alan Young (Veteran Actor, “Mister Ed” Star)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.


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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:


Favorite Premium Cable Show: Homeland (Showtime)
Favorite TV Crime Drama: Person of Interest (CBS)
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion, Castle (ABC)
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress: Stana Katic, Castle (ABC)
Favorite Network TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Beauty and the Beast (The CW)
Favorite Cable TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Outlander (Starz)
Favorite TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor: Jensen Ackles, Supernatural (The CW)
Favorite TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander (Starz)
Favorite New TV Drama: Supergirl (CBS)
Favorite Cable TV Drama: Pretty Little Liars (Freeform)
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Priyanka Chopra, Quantico (ABC)
Favorite Cable TV Actress: Sasha Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
Favorite Breakout Artist: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Album: Meghan Trainor
Favorite Action Movie: Furious 7
Favorite Action Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth
Favorite Dramatic Movie: The Martian
Favorite Family Movie: Minions

GOLDEN GLOBES (January 2016):

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Martian
Best TV Series – Drama: Mr. Robot
Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Brie Larson in Room
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Matt Damon in The Martian
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone in Creed
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama: Taraji P. Henson in Empire
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie: Christian Slater in Mr. Robot
Best Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” by Sam Smith


Actress: Brie Larson in Room
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone in Creed
Young Actor: Jacob Tremblay in Room
Animated Feature: Inside Out
Drama TV Series: Mr. Robot
Actor in TV or Limited Series: Idris Elba in Luther
Supporting Actress in Drama TV Series: Constance Zimmer in UnREAL

SAG AWARDS (January 2016):

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Spotlight
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Brie Larson, “Room”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Idris Elba, “Luther”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Life Achievement Award: Carol Burnett

GRAMMY AWARDS (February 2016):

Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton
Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones
MusiCares Person of the Year: Lionel Richie

OSCARS (February 2016):

Best Picture: Spotlight
Animated Feature Film: Inside Out
Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Music (Original Song): “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre

SATURN AWARDS (June 2016):

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Nichelle Nichols
The President’s Award: Haven [the TV show]
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Eric Kripke
The Breakthrough Performance Award: Melissa Benoist
Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture: Ant-Man
Best Fantasy Film: Cinderella
Best Action / Adventure Film: Furious 7
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World)
Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Best Independent Film Release: Room
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Science Fiction Television Series: Continuum
Best Fantasy Television Series: Outlander
Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series: The Flash
Best New Media Television Series: Marvel’s Daredevil
Best Television Presentation: Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song
Best Actress on Television: Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)

EMMY AWARDS (September 2016):

Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Outstanding Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Outstanding Drama Guest Actress: Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)


Action/Adventure Film: Deadpool
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Captain America: Civil War
Drama Film: Miracles from Heaven
Breakout Star Movie: Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)
Summer Movie: Finding Dory
TV Show Drama: Pretty Little Liars
TV Actor Drama: Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars)
TV Actress Drama: Ashley Benson, (Pretty Little Liars)
TV Show Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Once Upon a Time
TV Actor Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Grant Gustin (The Flash)
TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Lana Parrilla, (Once Upon a Time)
TV Villain: Janel Parrish, (Pretty Little Liars)
TV: Scene Stealer: Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars)
TV: Breakout Star: Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments_
TV: Breakout Show: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Summer TV Show: Teen Wolf


Favorite Duo or Rock – Pop/Rock: Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: Condolences

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