History Channel to remake 'Roots' miniseries

History Channel to remake 'Roots' miniseries

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- History Channel is planning to make an 8-hour miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," EW.com reported Tuesday.

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Celeb breakups, weddings and babies

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Despite the staggering number of media outlets dogging their every move, some celebrities still managed to shock the world with their marriage, divorce and birth announcements in 2012.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Ben Vereen divorcing wife Nancy

Ben Vereen divorcing wife Nancy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Broadway icon Ben Vereen has filed for divorce from Nancy Bruner, his wife of 36 years, documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court show.

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New show pairs dancers with their parents

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Lifetime is set to debut a competition reality series that pairs professional dancers with one of their parents, the U.S. cable television network said Tuesday.

Damon Dash among New York tax deadbeats

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Diamond wearing hip-hop mogul Damon Dash and photographer Annie Leibovitz are on the list of celebrities owing back taxes in New York.

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Closing time at Atlantic City's Copa Room

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Copa Room in Atlantic City, N.J., is in the home stretch of its 26-year run as one of shore resort's premier entertainment venues.

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Black plays Herod in 'Superstar' benefit

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Actor Jack Black, lead singer of the Tenacious D band, will play King Herod alongside original stars of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in a Hollywood benefit.

Outkast album and film to hit in August

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winners Outkast finally have a U.S. release date for their long delayed soundtrack for their film "Idlewild," it was reported Monday.

Slave museum founder wants corporate funds

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The founder and supporters of the yet-to-be-built U.S. National Slavery Museum are taking a frank tone with corporations in the search for funding.
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Ben Vereen
Tony-award singer Ben Vereen sings the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the US Open at the National Tennis Center on August 29, 2005. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946, in Laurinburg, North Carolina) is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.

He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972 and won a Tony for his appearance in Pippin in 1973. Vereen appeared in the Broadway musical Wicked as the Wizard of Oz in 2005. Vereen has also performed in one-man shows and actively lectures on black history and inspirational topics.

He has also starred in numerous television programs and films. Notable film roles include song-and-dance men in Funny Lady and All That Jazz. He appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse", in which he played Will Smith's biological father. He starred in the television series, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, but is probably best known for his role as "Chicken" George Moore in Roots. He also appeared as Mayor Ben ( a leopard ) on Zoobile Zoo.

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