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FIRST LOOK: Meet the Powerful New Cast of History's Roots

Originally posted 04/19/2016 03:30PM

[YOUTUBE "3-MI9ur3ZmA"] Roots established its place in 1977 as one of the most influential miniseries in history, now the History Channel is introducing Alex Haley's epic tale to a new generation.

Following suit with ABC's original multi-part TV event, which attracted nearly 130 million people during its original airing and remains to this day the most-watched miniseries in U.S. history, History's Roots' revival once again tells the story of the African teen Kunta Kinte – who is sold into slavery in America – and of the generations of Americans the follow in Kunta Kinte's legacy.

In addition to an exclusive First Look clip that gives insight the hardships that Kunta Kinte endures as he adjusts to his new life, PEOPLE can reveal seven characters who will play central roles in Roots' four-night run, starting this Memorial Day.

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The Epic First Teaser for Star Wars: Rogue One Has Arrived

Originally posted 04/07/2016 07:55AM

The dark side just got a whole lot darker.

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Forest Whitaker Uses His Star Power to Fight for Civil Rights in Uganda | Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker Uses His Star Power to Fight for Civil Rights in Uganda

Originally posted 02/28/2014 09:45AM

He's a world-class actor and film star. But Forest Whitaker says he finds great inspiration in giving back, leading his own foundation as he works to empower youth around the world.

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American Hustle & 12 Years a Slave Lead Golden Globes Race

Golden Globes Nominations 2014 Revealed

Originally posted 12/12/2013 09:10AM

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, start warming up!

Thursday morning brought the Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in anticipation of when the two women will host the freewheeling ceremony come next month.

As expected, there were major showings for the movies 12 Years a Slave, which led Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild nominations, and American Hustle, already winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best film.

Those two films received seven nominations each, including those for 12 Years's Chiwetel Ejiofor and Hustle's supporting actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Completely shut out, to the surprise of many, were SAG nominees Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker – in fact, everything and everybody with anything to do with Lee Daniels' The Butler.

The 71st annual Golden Globes will air live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 12. For a complete list of nominations, click here.

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Does Inside Llewyn Davis Make Sweet Music? PEOPLE's Review

See This/Skip That: From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace

Originally posted 12/06/2013 04:00PM

From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace, here's what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies.

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Will You Warm to Frozen? PEOPLE's Review

See This/Skip That: From Frozen to Mandela

Originally posted 11/27/2013 04:15PM

Send the kids to Frozen and the adults to Homefront for a satisfying holiday weekend, says PEOPLE's critic.

Here's what to see and what to skip in movie theaters this Thanksgiving.

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Lee Daniels' The Butler vs. Paranoia: What to See (and Skip) This Weekend | Forest Whitaker

See This, Skip That: From Lee Daniels' The Butler to Paranoia

Originally posted 08/16/2013 02:00PM

Lee Daniels' The Butler enters the Oscar conversation early, but PEOPLE's critics say the tech-heavy JOBS and Paranoia feel like outdated programs.

Here's what to see and what to skip this weekend:

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What's It Like Being Married to Oprah? | Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

Forest Whitaker on Being Oprah Winfrey's Husband in The Butler

Originally posted 08/07/2013 06:00PM

Marriage is a beautiful thing, especially when you're married to Oprah Winfrey.

"It was an amazing experience for me," says Forest Whitaker, who plays Winfrey's onscreen husband in Lee Daniels' The Butler, opening Aug. 16.

The movie, based on the real-life story of a man who worked at the White House for 34 years under eight consecutive presidents, juxtaposes the couple's home life against the turbulent times of the 1950s and '60s.

"[Oprah] was so committed to our relationship," said Whitaker as he was promoting the film in New York City on Monday.

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Oprah Winfrey Returns to the Silver Screen in The Butler

Originally posted 05/09/2013 02:35PM

Oprah's back – on the big screen, that is – in The Butler.

Based on the life of Eugene Allen, the White House head butler who served eight presidents during a 34-year career, the film stars Forest Whitaker playing a character called Cecil Gaines. Oprah plays his wife, Gloria Gaines.

As shown in the intriguing two-minute, thirty-second trailer, the OWN network mogul, 59, shows off the acting chops that once earned her an Oscar nomination, for 1985's The Color Purple.

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Cannes Film Festival Opens May 15: See What's Premiering Now | Emma Watson, Matt Damon

Cannes Film Festival Opens May 15: See What's Premiering Now

Originally posted 04/19/2013 12:45PM

Hollywood aime Cannes.

With the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival kicking off May 15 (and running through May 26) – and with The Great Gatsby opening the festival – stars will flock to the French Riviera to promote their latest films.

But before the festival starts, create your own must-see list after checking out what will be premiering by watching these clips.

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