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Carmen Zapata was an Emmy-nominated actress who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. "She was an inspiration for me," said Luis Vela of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her film credits included Sister Act.

Microsoft announces first exclusive Xbox One content: a documentary on the worst video game ever

The doucmentary is the first exclusive content for Xbox Entertainment Studios, and will be released in 2014 for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360

Sopranos actor James Gandolfini died in June

Sopranos star James Gandolfini to be remembered with US tribute show

Friends and colleagues will gather on Sunday to honour the actor

Buzzfeed's founder Jonah Peretti previously signalled more serious intent by making the political journalist Ben Smith his editor-in-chief

BuzzFeed, Vice and next generation in serious news

One built its reputation by exposing fashion faux pas, the other by listing pictures of strangely-behaving pets. But two youth-oriented media brands, Vice and BuzzFeed, are fast becoming challengers to the traditional news industry.

The cast of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey series 5 confirmed

The hit Sunday night drama will return after attracting record ratings

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody return for the third season of ‘Homeland’

Homeland pulls in lowest ever ratings on Channel 4

The second episode attracted 200,000 fewer viewers than last week's season three premiere

TV review: Homeland, season three, episode two - Even Claire Danes can't save this disaster

Channel 4's Homeland used to be brilliant. What happened?

Air New Zealand teams up with US actress Betty White in latest hit in-flight safety video

Past successes include films featuring Hobbit characters taking a flight to Mordor, and an adventurer's take on in-flight safety from TV star Bear Grylls

The late Glee star Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith died from cocktail of heroin and champagne, says coroner

Final coroner's report confirms the Glee star's death was accidental

Kevin Spacey in a scene from 'House of Cards'. The 13-episode series was made available on Netflix earlier this year.

Bafta opens TV awards to Netflix and online broadcasters

Britain's most prestigious television awards ceremony changes its rules to reflect the way we now watch TV

Abi Morgan clutches her Emmy award for writing BBC Two series The Hour

Emmy-winning creator of The Hour to pen new BBC drama series despite Corporation snub

Abi Morgan's River will be screened on BBC One in 2015

5 Best Gifs from the Emmys

The five best moments from the Emmy Awards - in GIFs

Emmy Awards 2013: Breaking Bad takes Best Drama gong ahead of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones

The small screen? Not any more. Television is as big as cinema nowadays – as shown by the quality of programmes honoured at the Emmys

Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul! Breaking Bad spin-off revealing Saul Goodman's past

Breaking Bad addicts can cheer up. The series might be coming to an end this month, but its makers have given the go ahead to a one-off prequel episode revealing Saul Goodman’s past.

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That really sucks! Audiences told to kiss goodbye to HBO vampire series True Blood

The days of True Blood are officially numbered. HBO has confirmed it is cancelling the violent, highly sexual vampire television drama after the next season.

Eileen Brennan: Actress best known as the sandpaper-voiced captain in ‘Private Benjamin’

She shone in ‘The Sting’ as a weather-beaten brothel-keeper and confidante to Paul Newman

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