Emmys 2015: Opportunity Has No Age Limit

Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” On Twitter, her fellow nominee Kerry Washington joined in: “AMEN!!!” Yes, it was a good Emmy ceremony for black women; other winners included Regina King as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (for American Crime) and Uzo Aduba as Outstanding Supporting Actress …

Jim Lange: Host of ‘The Dating Game’

A newspaper feature writer gushed in 1969 that Jim Lange, the host of The Dating Game, personified “the swinging, nattily dressed bachelor.” The description might seem amusingly quaint today, but then again, so would the show itself. During its original run from 1965 to 1973, The Dating Game – in which a “bachelorette” picked one of three prospective bachelors hidden behind a screen, or vice-versa, by asking provocative questions – was an awkward artifact of society’s evolving attitudes about sexual freedom …

‘Breaking Bad’: The End Is Near

The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing one week from today on AMC – a pop culture event preceded by 13 Emmy nominations for the bloody and brilliant show, a Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame star ceremony for actor Bryan Cranston, numerous appearances before media and fans, and endless speculation about the final fate of his high school teacher-turned-drug lord character, Walter White.  Will Walt  go down in a hail of bullets?  Get captured by his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank …

Mel Shaw: The Disney Artist Who Remade Howdy Doody

In a remarkable career that spanned more than a half-century, Disney design artist Mel Shaw earned a spot in animation’s pantheon for his work on a slew of classic films, ranging from Fantasia and Bambi in the early 1940s to The Lion King in the 1990s. The Brooklyn-born artist, who earned his first accolades at age 12 when a mule and rider that he carved from a bar of soap won second prize in a Procter & Gamble contest, had …