Sidney Poitier Documentary In The Works At Apple With Oprah Winfrey Exec Producing
Following the passing of the Hollywood Icon Sidney Poitier on Friday, Deadline has confirmed that Apple is in the middle of filming a documentary on the Oscar-winning actor with Oprah Winfrey exec producing and Reginald Hudlin directing. Winfrey will produce through her Harpo Productions an and Network Entertainment. The doc had been under wraps and in production for more then a year and is an in-depth documentary about the life of the great Poitier that includes the participation of his family. The doc will be an Apple Original Films release.More from Deadline"To Mr.
Tributes to Sidney Poitier poured in from Hollywood and around the world following the death Thursday of the groundbreaking actor and cultural icon. Poitier, who was the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, was 94.
“For over 80 years, Sidney and I laughed, cried and made as much mischief as we could. He was truly my brother and partner in trying to make this world a little better. He certainly made mine a whole lot better.” — Actor Harry Belafonte, in a statement.
“It was a privilege to call Sidney Poitier my friend. He was a gentle man and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years. God bless him and his family.” — Denzel Washington, in a statement.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Recounts Amazing Childhood Encounter With The Late Sidney Poitier
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is among the many celebrities to pay tribute to late screen legend Sidney Poitier, who died Jan. 6 at age 94. On Saturday, Jan. 8, the “Veep” star shared her recollection of the first time she met Poitier — which didn’t take place on a star-studded red carpet, but in a hotel lobby when she was a young child. "In the middle of the night, when I was 8 years old, I was given a white rose by the most elegant man I would ever meet," she wrote. “I was in Tunisia traveling with my family — my father worked with the '60s equivalent of Doctors Without Borders.
“My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish.” — Oprah Winfrey, on Instagram.
“Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together. He also opened doors for a generation of actors.” — Former President Barack Obama, on Twitter.
“The grace and class that this man has shown throughout his entire life, the example he set for me, not only as a Black man but as a human being will never be forgotten. ... All I can say is thank you for your life, thank you for your example, and thank you for your incredible gift. But most of all, thank you for being willing to share YOU to make us all better.” — Actor and director Tyler Perry, on Facebook.
Party Photos! Stassi Schroeder Hosts 1st Birthday for Daughter Hartford
Hartford is 1! To celebrate her daughter’s birthday, Stassi Schroeder went all-out to decorate for the party. “Happy 1st birthday my darling baby Hartford!!! When I was pregnant & imagining what my baby was like, for some reason, I would picture this quiet, docile, dark-haired brown-eyed little girl inside my belly. Obvs I was way off,” the Vanderpump Rules alum, 33, captioned an Instagram gallery of Hartford on Friday, January 7. She continued in her post: “She’s turned out to be the most spunky, determined, curious, bossy, bright, funny, demanding, friendly, dramatic, confident, independent, thoughtful, sweet blue-eyed baby. Beaut’s got main character energy for days… and she’s given me the best year of my life. I love you, my darling girl. ” One day later, Schroeder enlisted a slew of her fellow Pump Rules alumni (and their own little ones) to help celebrate Hartford’s special day. “Some birthday fun went down today,” the Next Level Basic author shared via her Instagram Story on Saturday, January 8, alongside snaps of Hartford wearing a fancy party dress, next to her parents: Schroeder and husband Beau Clark. In succeeding slides, Hartford is seen posing for snaps with the likes of Lala Kent, Brittany Cartwright and Scheana Shay, and their respective babies. “The birthday girl, all chic AF,” the “Give Them Lala” podcast host, 31, shared via Instagram Story on Saturday, alongside a pic while she was holding the birthday girl.
“Sidney was my inspiration, my guiding light, my friend.” — Actor Morgan Freeman, on Twitter.
“This is a big one. No words can describe how your work radically shifted my life. The dignity, normalcy, strength, excellence and sheer electricity you brought to your roles showed us that we, as Black folks, mattered!!! It was an honor...” — Actor Viola Davis, on Instagram.
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“Sidney was more than just one of the finest actors in our history. ... With unflinching grandeur and poise — his singular warmth, depth, and stature on-screen — Sidney helped open the hearts of millions and changed the way America saw itself.” — President Joe Biden, in a statement.
“Dearest Sidney, you were a gentle giant in life, in politics, and in the movies. You will remain in our hearts and on our screens forever. May you rest in peace.” — Singer and actor Barbra Streisand, on Twitter.
Suzanne Somers Learns Of Bob Saget’s Death On Air, ‘I Can’t Believe It’
Suzanne Somers learned of the death of Bob Saget while on air with the Australian morning show “Studio 10”. Being thrown into the news, Somers was asked to speak about Saget who she once starred on an episode of “Full House” with. “I would appear on his show from time to time because right next door at Warner Brothers was my set for 'Step by Step," Somers recalled. "We would go next door to 'Full House' which was this wonderful thing." "I can't believe it, he is so young," she said in shock. "I'm so, so sorry. He was a great guy, really nice." Saget was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on Sunday. He was 65.
"If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high.: To Sir… with Love. Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P. He showed us how to reach for the stars. — Actor and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg, on Twitter.
“Sidney Poitier, your last sunset with us is the dawn of many generations rising in the path of light you blazed. We will always hold you in our hearts and forever speak your name.” — Director and actor Debbie Allen, on Twitter.
“The last time I saw Sidney was at a golf course in LA. I saw him across the room and walked toward him with my hand out to shake his. Ignoring my hand, he opened both of his arms wide and embraced me warmly. Then he let me go and held me at arm’s length staring me in my eyes and said in his signature cadence, ‘I dig what you do, my man.’ I almost fainted.” — Actor Don Cheadle, in a statement.
“Sidney Poitier was a pioneer for artists of color everywhere. At 9, I read he imitated broadcasters since he was ridiculed for his accent. For the next 10 yrs I did the same to overcome my own speech impediment. I owe my voice to him. Never EVER doubt that representation matters. Rest in power titan.” — Poet Amanda Gorman, on Facebook.
Sidney Poitier's Daughter Anika Says She Will Miss Seeing Her Dad's 'Happy Dance' After His Death
Sidney Poitier's daughter remembered her late father in a touching tribute after the actor died at age 94Sidney Poitier's daughter, Anika, is sharing some of her fondest memories with her late father, who died at age 94 on Thursday.
“Today, the world has lost an icon, and I have lost one of my dearest friends, the great Sidney Poitier. He was a man of grace, integrity and someone I long admired. He is in a class by himself.” — Berry Gordy, Motown founder, in a statement.
“One of the greatest actors of his generation. We all have our Poitier era. Growing up in the ’70s I’d have to say that maybe ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ was the first movie I ever watched. ... Rest in peace. And thank you.” — Musician Questlove, on Instagram.
“Few artists have contributed more to the Civil Rights Movement than Sidney Poitier. As an actor, he was determined not to be defined by his race, but he pointedly refused roles that perpetuated negative stereotypes. His charm and grace, both onscreen and off, helped to open hearts and minds as the nation challenged segregation and discrimination.” — Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, in a statement.
"He single-handedly changed the face of the Leading Man. I had the honor to thank him in person and, in his kindness and grace, he said, “You’re a leading man, Lou, because you’re a good actor.” — Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, on Twitter.
“Sir #SidneyPoitier, your brilliant light will never dim. The doors you opened and paths you created will continue to make way for those with a dream. You showed the world that with vision and grace, all is possible.” — Musician Lenny Kravitz, on Twitter.
“Sidney Poitier is quite literally the reason why I wanted to become an artist. ... There are very few people that I quake in the presence of. Rest easy, GOAT. ” — TV actor Keith Powell, on Twitter.
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Sidney Crosby delivers supernatural, no-look nutmeg pass for absurd assist .
Sidney Crosby wants his name to remain firmly in the "best in the world" conversation. On Tuesday night against the Coyotes, the Penguins star dished up an absolutely absurd pass to teammate Bryan Rust to convert for one of the easiest goals of his career. no-look through the wickets, sheeshpic.twitter.com/alxA5aRLJ4 — Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) January 26, 2022 Rust, schmust. This opening goal for the Penguins is all about Sid. It isn’t just enough for him to have the awareness to make a split-second decision and connect with a pass between his legs, but to not even have a twitch in his neck, or even need to take a glance to the other side of the ice to see w