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Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide

Jimmy Edwards. Best known for his radio and television work – Take It from Here in the former medium; Whack-O! in the latter – British comedian Jimmy Edwards was seen, mostly in small parts, in about a dozen features from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. His most notable film role […]

Blake Edwards Movies: 'The Pink Panther' Director Best Handling Polished Comedies & Heavy Dramas

Blake Edwards: Director of the Pink Panther movies – and Julie Andrews' husband for more than four decades – was at his best handling polished comedies and a couple of dead serious dramas. Blake Edwards movies: Best known for slapstick fare, but at his best handling polished comedies and dramas […]

Christian Movies: Religious Propaganda Disguised as Mainstream Entertainment?

Christian movies: Starring Nicolas Cage, the widely panned 2014 apocalyptic thriller Left Behind was a box office bomb – unlike (relatively) recent popular “faith movies” such as Heaven Is for Real, Son of God, and War Room. A thought on the New Christian American Cinema: Tired of the blatant propaganda […]

Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland in 'The Heiress.' Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. (See previous post: “Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Warner Bros. Legal Fight Changed U.S. Labor Law.”) In 1942, Olivia de Havilland reportedly turned down the colorless leading lady role in Raoul Walsh's Gentleman Jim, which would have paired […]

'The Godfather' Actor Abe Vigoda Dead 34 Years After Greatly Exaggerated Obit

Abe Vigoda dead or alive? 'The Godfather' and 'Barney Miller' actor became a pop celebrity in the U.S. following greatly exaggerated reports of his death. 'The Godfather' actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94: Early 1980s death notices were greatly exaggerated Actor Abe Vigoda, little-known internationally despite a supporting role in […]

Critics' Choice Awards: 'Star Wars' Controversy & Nominations for Everyone

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Critics' Choice Awards Best Picture nomination controversy. Critics' Choice Awards: Everybody is a nominee Your U.S.-based awards group, all-encompassingly named the Critics' Choice Awards, wants to compete with the Golden Globes to become the second-rank Academy Awards – itself a second-rank version of its former […]

Marjorie Lord: Actress in TV Hit 'Make Room for Daddy' & Mother of Oscar-Nominated Performer

Marjorie Lord actress ca. early 1950s: Mother of Oscar-nominated performer. Actress Marjorie Lord dead at 97: Best remembered for long-running hit TV series 'Make Room for Daddy' Stage, film, and television actress Marjorie Lord, best remembered as Danny Thomas' second wife in the TV sitcom Make Room for Daddy, died […]

West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far

West End stage actress Constance Cummings also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood and British movies. West End theater star: Constance Cummings in 'Saint Joan,' Shakespeare (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband […]

Coleen Gray: From Stanley Kubrick to 'The Leech Woman,' School Prayer Amendment Fight

Coleen Gray: Actress and film noir good girl went from Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing' to 'The Leech Woman.' Coleen Gray: Actress in early Stanley Kubrick film noir, destroyer of men in cult horror 'classic' Actress Coleen Gray, best known as the leading lady in Stanley Kubrick's film noir The Killing […]

Jackie Collins Movies: Surprisingly Few Film Adaptations of Her Bestselling Sex Novels

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and […]

Cate Blanchett in Lucille Ball Biopic: Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay

Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow RKO contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former RKO and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, […]

'Mr. Robot' Season Finale Postponed After Deadly Live TV Virginia Shootings

'Mr. Robot' with Rami Malek. USA cable network postpones 'Mr. Robot' season finale following deadly Virginia shootings on live TV The day after a gun-toting 14-year-old male held hostage 29 students and a teacher at West Virginia's Philip Barbour high school, on Aug. 26, '15, journalists Alison Parker and Adam […]

Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies: 'Star Trek' Villainess, Elvis Presley Movies

Batgirl Yvonne Craig: Barbara Gordon in cult TV series. Batgirl Yvonne Craig dead at 78: Also featured in 'Star Trek' episode, Elvis Presley movies Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, died of complications from breast cancer on Monday, Aug. 17, '15, at her home […]

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like to remark on the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at […]

'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' Producer Jerry Weintraub Dead at 77

The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio. Producer: Jerry Weintraub. Jerry Weintraub: 'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' producer dead at 77 Former talent agent turned film and television producer Jerry Weintraub, who died of cardiac arrest at age 77 on July 6, '15, in Santa Barbara, California, was best known […]

Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Regret

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs:' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: “Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.”) Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the […]

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' Costar Nicholas Kallsen Dead at 48

Nicholas Kallsen: Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' co-star. Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' co-star Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's […]

'I Want to Live!' Screenwriter Don Mankiewicz Dead at 93: Father Co-Wrote 'Citizen Kane'

Susan Hayward in I Want to Live, co-written by Don Mankiewicz: Best Actress Oscar winner. 'I Want to Live!' screenwriter Don Mankiewicz dead at 93 Veteran television and film screenwriter Don Mankiewicz died of congestive heart failure at age 93 on April 25, '15, at his home in Monrovia, northeast […]

Jayne Meadows dead at 95: Minor Movie Actress Became Emmy-Nominated Television Celebrity

Jayne Meadows. Three-time Emmy nominee Jayne Meadows dead at 95 Jayne Meadows, best known for her show business partnership with husband and television personality Steve Allen, died of “natural causes” on April 26, '15, at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino. Meadows was 95. From minor film […]

Teresa Wright: From Broadway Hit to 'Somewhere in Time' and 'The Rainmaker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,' with Pat Hingle. Teresa Wright Broadway comeback: 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker.'”) In 1952, Teresa Wright was featured alongside fellow Hollywood […]

Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Actress': Jean Simmons' mother and Spencer Tracy's wife. Teresa Wright in the 1950s: From Marlon Brando leading lady to spinsters and mother roles in less than five years (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.”) “I'd rather have luck than brains!” Teresa […]

Greg Plitt Dead at 37: Workout and Diet Motivational Speaker, Fitness Model Was Body of Dr. Manhattan

Greg Plitt: Workout and diet motivational speaker, fitness trainer. Workout and diet motivational speaker Greg Plitt dead at 37: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Actor, fitness model, and workout and diet motivational speaker Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for […]

Golden Globes Winners: Early Technical Glitch Led to Much Ado About Nothing

Golden Globes 2015: Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice.' Golden Globes 2015 winners: Double nominee Julianne Moore tops Best Actress - Drama The 2015 Golden Globes, held on Sunday, Jan. 11, '15, were hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Scroll down for the full list of Golden Globes 2015 nominations […]

'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium

Renée Asherson in Henry V (1944), with Laurence Olivier. 'Henry V' movie (1944) actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed Shakespearean classic Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as […]

Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (See previous post: “Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President.'”) As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise – the United States' first woman president as a palpable reality – Kisses for My […]

'Doctor Who' Actor Bill Kerr Dead at 92

Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who. 'Doctor Who' actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir's 'Gallipoli' and 'The Year of Living Dangerously,' dead at 92 Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting […]

Ellen Selfie, Oscar Show Are Big Hits

Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit 'Ellen selfie Oscars,' featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose “Oscars selfie” became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes […]

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Daring Enough? + Ronan Farrow vs. Woody Allen Tribute: Golden Globes

Golden Globes telecast hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (photo © HFPA) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler funny enough at the 2014 Golden Globes telecast? Acting as a lighter version of Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took a series of (mostly) mild jabs at the rich and famous […]

People's Choice Awards: The People Get It Wrong

Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' People's Choice Awards 2014: Gee, why aren't the Oscars more like them? People are always bitching about the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not representing the tastes of the average moviegoer. The Academy is accused of being […]

Andy Kaufman Alive? Death Hoax?

Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late '70s / early '80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by […]

Emmy Nominations 2013: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Oscar Winners Galore

Al Pacino, Helen Mirren in Phil Spector: Emmy Awards 2013 The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced earlier today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. As usual, there was a whole array of movie people nominated, including many with Academy Award pedigree. Those include Best Actor Oscar winner Al […]

Cory Monteith Movies: 'Glee' Actor Dead at 31

Cory Monteith dead at 31: Glee actor found dead in Vancouver hotel room Cory Monteith, best known as the character Finn Hudson in the television series Glee, was found dead at a Vancouver hotel earlier today, July 13. The Canadian-born Monteith (Calgary, on May 11, 1982) was 31. As reported […]

James Gandolfini Movies

James Gandolfini James Gandolfini movies James Gandolfini died today of a suspected heart attack while in Rome, Italy. Although the 51-year-old actor's fame rests on his role as mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos, which earned him three Emmy Awards, three SAG Awards, and one […]

'Behind the Candelabra': Liberace Movie Near-Record Ratings + Tunisia Islamic Government Congratulates 'Blue' Filmmaker

Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson. 'Behind the Candelabra' HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, […]

Robert Redford: Watergate and 'All the President's Men' Revisited

Robert Redford revisits All the President's Men (image: Robert Redford with Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward) The Washington Post and American journalism in general may be only a shadow of what they once were – and most of the U.S. press was never really all that great (or even […]

Jack Klugman Dead at 90: 'The Odd Couple' Golden Globe, Emmy Winner

Jack Klugman dead at 90: The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E., star Jack Klugman, best known for the television series The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E., died earlier today in Los Angeles. Klugman, born in Philadelphia on April 27, 1922, was 90. (Image: Tony Randall and Jack Klugman The Odd […]

Larry Hagman: 'Dallas,' 'I Dream of Jeannie' Actor Dies

Larry Hagman: Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie star, and son of Broadway legend Mary Martin has died Larry Hagman, best known by some for playing Major Tony Nelson in the '60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, by others for his role as the villainous J.R. Ewing in the '80s soap […]

Osama bin Laden Movies & Japanese-American Concentration Camp + Catherine Deneuve & Harvey Keitel Pairing

Zero Dark Thirty poster: Kathryn Bigelow's mystery movie about the story everyone (sort of) knows The Zero Dark Thirty poster has just come out. Plot details about the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed feature, however, have been scarce – or downright nonexistent. Zero Dark Thirty: Echoes of The Hurt Locker Zero Dark […]

Gary Collins Dies: From 'The Sixth Sense' to Miss America Pageant Host

Gary Collins dead at age 74 Gary Collins – best known in the United States as a television / Miss America Pageant host; elsewhere, as an actor in dozens of TV series – died earlier today of “natural causes” in Biloxi, Mississippi. Collins was 74. Born in Venice, Calif., on […]

'Sons of Anarchy' Johnny Lewis Dead at 28

Johnny Lewis dead at 28: Sons of Anarchy actor falls to his death after allegedly killing 81-year-old landlady Johnny Lewis, best known for playing Kip 'Half Sack' Epps in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, after falling off the roof of a home in the […]

Eddie Murphy NOT Dead & 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series Project

Eddie Murphy dead? Eddie Murphy Dead? Then who's hawking 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV series? If Eddie Murphy were dead – according to online rumors Murphy died (again) in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland – he would not be planning to turn his “classic” (between quotes) 1984 comedy Beverly Hills Cop […]

Chad Everett: 'Medical Center' Actor Dies

Chad Everett Medical Center actor dies. Handsome television and film actor Chad Everett, best remembered as Dr. Gannon in the TV drama series Medical Center, died of lung cancer on Tuesday, July 24, at his home in the Los Angeles area. Everett was 75. A successor to the likes of […]

'I Love Lucy' Actress Doris Singleton Dies

I Love Lucy actress Doris Singleton, Lucy Ricardo's snooty, class-conscious neighbor in the highly popular '50s sitcom, died Tuesday, June 26. Doris Singleton was 92. Initially, Singleton was a big-band singer and radio actress. In the early '50s, she started appearing on the new medium of (commercial) television. She is […]

Lindsay Lohan Is Elizabeth Taylor + Vanessa Redgrave Is Lesbian Supreme Court Judge

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick. Lohan, 26 next July 2, plays Elizabeth Taylor (apparently) at about the time she met Richard Burton in the early 1960s. (Though the Lohan/Taylor picture above looks like something out Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, […]

Kathryn Joosten Dies: 'Desperate Housewives' Actress

Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten died of lung cancer earlier today in Westlake Village, a community about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Joosten, a two-time Emmy winner for her nosy neighbor in the popular television series, was 72. A former Disney World street performer, Joosten's was best known for […]

'Les Misérables' Trailer: Anne Hathaway Show-Stopper

Les Misérables trailer is out. (Please scroll down.) You can hear Anne Hathaway's miserable Fantine singing “I dreamed that love would never die … I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living.” All the while, dialogue-less bits from the film are shown featuring […]

Tom Cruise 'A Star Is Born' + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Christopher Plummer 'Barrymore' Movie

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Rock of Ages Tom Cruise as Beyoncé 'A Star in Born' Rocker? Tom Cruise to play opposite Beyoncé Knowles in Clint Eastwood's remake of A Star Is Born? That's a possibility, according to, which says Eastwood is in talks with Cruise. Or vice-versa. Cruise, […]

The Monkees' Davy Jones Dies

The Monkees' baby-faced Davy Jones, the only British-born member of the '60s four-man band, died earlier today after suffering a heart attack in Indiantown, Florida. He was 66. Formed in 1965, The Monkees were Jones, Michael Nesmith, 69, Micky Dolenz, who turns 66 next March 8, and Peter Tork, 70. […]

Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw + Sean Young vs. The Academy: The Oscars

Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw attend the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA Feb. 26, 2012. Along with Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg produced Best Picture nominee War Horse, which he also directed, and which features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Tom Hiddleston. (Image: […]

Bella Wedding Dress Behind-the-Scenes Video + 'Twilight' Series on TV?

Bella Wedding Dress: Pomp & circumsntace as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson tie the knot in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' Bella's wedding: Behind the scenes Feb. 1, '12: The The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 video below (please scroll down) shows a couple of brief behind-the-scenes moments […]

Peter Breck

Actor Peter Breck (right, in Shock Corridor), best known for his role as the short-tempered Nick Barkley in the 1960s television series The Big Valley, died Monday, Feb. 6, in Vancouver. Breck, who had been suffering from dementia, was 82. Though mostly a TV actor (Black Saddle, Maverick, The Fall […]

Diane Lane & Husband Josh Brolin + Mary Steenburgen & Husband Ted Danson

Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin: SAG Award nominee and previously shortlisted guest. Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin: SAG Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Cinema Verite Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series nominee Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin on the Red Carpet at the 18th […]

Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick + Amber Heard & Steve Buscemi: SAG Awards

Amber Heard: SAG Awards. 'Zombieland' actress Amber Heard: SAG Awards Actress Amber Heard, whose credits include Zombieland, Patrick Lussier's Nicolas Cage action flick Drive Angry, and the Johnny Depp box office disappointment The Rum Diary, is pictured above on the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards' Red Carpet outside Los Angeles' […]

Patrick Duffy & Linda Gray + Mary Tyler Moore & Dick Van Dyke: SAG Awards

Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin. Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin: SAG Awards Pictured above are Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray with Diane Lane and Josh Brolin on the 2012 SAG Awards' Red Carpet, just outside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on […]

James Farentino Dies: Sandra Dee & Patty Duke Leading Man

James Farentino, best remembered for his roles in the television series The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and Dynasty, died of heart failure earlier today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73. A Brooklyn native (born on Feb. 24, 1938), Farentino made his Broadway debut in the 1961 […]

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt + Meryl Streep & Lea Michele: Golden Globes

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Brad Pitt was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role in Bennett Miller's Moneyball. Angelina Jolie […]

Chris Colfer Rare Openly Gay (Young) Actor + Katharine McPhee & Nicole Richie: Golden Globes

Chris Colfer: One of Hollywood's few openly gay actors on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. 'Glee' actor Chris Colfer at Golden Globes Chris Colfer, who became known as one of stars of the television series Glee – he won a Golden Globe last year for his performance as Kurt Hummel […]

Matt LeBlanc & Sofia Vergara + Madonna vs. Ricky Gervais: Golden Globes

Matt LeBlanc: Golden Globe winner for 'Episodes.' Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc Matt LeBlanc poses backstage in the press room with his Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, '12. LeBlanc topped the Best […]

Calista Flockhart & Husband Harrison Ford + Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet: Golden Globes

Calista Flockhart and husband Harrison Ford: Golden Globes Red Carpet. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford: Golden Globes Calista Flockhart and husband Harrison Ford are seen above as they arrive at the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15. Ford was the […]

Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?

Clint Eastwood on the J. Edgar set with star Leonardo DiCaprio (as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover) and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. One of the great cinematic hopes of 2011, J. Edgar has turned out to be a dud with both critics and U.S. audiences. Oscar chances are slim, […]

Hal Kanter Dies: 'Julia' Creator & Elvis Presley Director

Hal Kanter (see photo), creator of the groundbreaking television series Julia, starring Diahann Carroll (photo) as a nurse, died Sunday, Nov. 6, of complications from pneumonia at Encino Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino. Kanter was 92. Julia (1968-71) marked the first time a black actress had an […]

MILLENNIUM Series Gets Three Nods: International Emmys 2011 Nominations

Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Julie Walters, MILLENNIUM Series: International Emmys 2011 Nominations Arts programming: All My Life: Adoniran Barbosa (TV Globo/Brazil). Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne (Twenty Twenty Television/U.K.). In der Werkstatt Beethovens — Die Neunte, Thielemann und die Wiener Philharmoniker (Unitel GmbH & Co. KG/ZDF/3sat/Germany). Memories of Origin — Hiroshi Sugimoto the […]

Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Julie Walters Nominated: International Emmys 2011

Julie Walters as Mo Mowlam, MO British and Brazilian television productions topped the 2011 International Emmy Award nominations, announced Monday, Sept. 3, at the international film and television market and convention MIPCOM in Cannes. UK programs received seven nods; Brazilian shows were right behind with six nods. Among the International […]

'What Is the Tea Party?' Racist Says Morgan Freeman + Warren Beatty & Paramount Part Ways

'What Is the Tea Party?'Morgan Freeman accuses far-right Republican group of racism: 'Dolphin Tale' Box Office Affected? Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner for Million Dollar Baby, accused the Tea Party of being racist while interviewed on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight this past Friday. Freeman also denied he […]

Maggie Smith, 'Downtown Abbey': Emmy Winners

Maggie Smith, 'Downton Abbey,' Kate Winslet: Emmy Awards 2011 winners (image: Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in 'Downton Abbey') Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Cinema Verite * Downton Abbey The Kennedys Mildred Pierce The Pillars of the Earth Too Big To Fail Outstanding Leading Actress in […]

Watch the Emmys Online Livestream Behind the Scenes

Glee's Jane Lynch, golden guys in very tight golden shorts Jane Lynch will be hosting the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this evening at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The Emmy telecast will be aired live on Fox at 8 ET/5 PT. You […]

Mary Tyler Moore: SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient

Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore has been named the recipient of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” The star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Ordinary […]

Emmy Awards: Will Arnett & Amy Poehler, Ashton Kutcher Presenters

Emmy nominees Amy Poehler, Will Arnett (right), Sofia Vergara and Julianna Margulies will be presenters at the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards ceremony. Also presenting will be Ashton Kutcher and Zooey Deschanel. Amy Poehler (Wild Girls Gone, Baby Mama) is up for two Emmys, as Lead Actress and producer of the […]

Peter Falk Dead at 83: 'Columbo' Actor

Peter Falk Peter Falk, the two-time Oscar nominee best known for playing television police detective Columbo, died Thursday, June 23, at his Beverly Hills home. Falk, who had been suffering from dementia (apparently a consequence of Alzheimer's disease), was 83. Falk's two Oscar nods, both in the Best Supporting Actor […]

Long-Lost Ian McKellen Footage Found: 'The Tomb of His Ancestors'

Footage of two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) in his first television role has been found in the US decades after it was thought lost, reports the BBC. McKellen had a supporting role in the 1964 BBC period […]

Sada Thompson Dies: Tony & Emmy Winner

Stage and television actress Sada Thompson died in Danbury, Conn., on Wednesday, May 3. Thompson, best known for her portrayal of the matriarch in the 1970s television series Family, was 83. The cause of death was lung disease. [Right: Family cast members Meredith Baxter, Gary Frank, Thompson, James Broderick, Kristy […]

Gay Rights & Sperm Donor + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Catherine Deneuve Closing Cannes

Controversial 'I Am' Topics: From Anti-Gay Discrimination & Child Abuse to Abusive Cops & Sperm Donor Search "Why can't the guy get AIDS from a popular Bollywood actress?" According to 41-year-old Indian filmmaker Onir (right), that's what one potential backer asked him when he tried to raise funds for his […]

Charlie Sheen's $100m Lawsuit Against Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre

Charlie Sheen in Oliver Stone's Wall Street (top); Sheen with Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Two and a Half Men (bottom) By now, the whole world knows that Charlie Sheen, son of veteran actor Martin Sheen, and the star of Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning Platoon and Wall Street, has filed a […]

DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' Sweeps Controversial Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation 'How to Train Your Dragon' with Chief Stoick (Gerard Butler): Annie Awards controversy. DreamWorks Animation feature 'How to Train Your Dragon' sweeps controversial Annie Awards The Annie Awards-DreamWorks Animation marriage has been unofficially consummated. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the DreamWorks / Paramount animated feature How […]

Al Pacino, Chris Colfer: Golden Globe Winners on Assisted Suicide, Bullies

Al Pacino: Golden Globe winner for playing assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Golden Globe winner Al Pacino Al Pacino was the 2011 Golden Globe winner in the Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance in Barry Levinson's HBO drama You Don't […]

David Nelson Dies: 'Peyton Place' & 'Cry-Baby' Actor

David Nelson, best known as the older brother in the television show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952-66), died of colon cancer on Jan. 11 in Los Angeles. He was 74. David Nelson was the last surviving member of the Ozzie & Harriet cast: Ricky Nelson, who battled drug […]

Neva Patterson: 'An Affair to Remember' Actress & 'V' Miniseries Alien Collaborator Has Died

Neva Patterson ca. mid-1950s. Stage, television and film actress Neva Patterson is best remembered for playing Cary Grant's elegant ex-fiancée-to-be in Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember. Later in life, Patterson was seen in a key role in the sci-fi TV miniseries V. Neva Patterson: 'An Affair […]

Actors Guild: SAG Awards Offers Second Annette Bening vs. Hilary Swank Rematch

Screen Actors Guild nominations: The King's Speech received four SAG Award nods, including Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Although not a fool-proof Academy Award bellwether, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are a solid indicator of which way Oscar voters will lean – […]

'Fade Out Fade In': Racial Tensions & Hollywood Mansions + Right-Wing Pro-War Propaganda

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Set in the transitional 1960s, “Fade Out, Fade In” is the next episode of the TCM miniseries Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. Directed by Stanley Kramer, whose career took off in the post-World War II years, […]

Dorothy Malone: Oscar Winner Inexplicably Never Top Movie Star

Dorothy Malone ca. late 1940s. After years playing bits and supporting roles at RKO and Warner Bros., Dorothy Malone became a “leading lady” – sometimes co-leading lady – in the mid-1950s, appearing in an eclectic array of movies, ranging from Douglas Sirk's melodrama Written on the Wind to Lesley Selander's […]

MGM Files for Bankruptcy + the History of Hollywood & 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Marion Davies in King Vidor's Show People Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which decades ago was the most financially stable of the Hollywood studios, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. MGM – initially Metro-Goldwyn – was formed through the amalgamation of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924. Goldwyn, […]

Margerethe von Trotta-Barbara Sukowa Collaboration + Piper Laurie & Ernest Borgnine Are Back

Barbara Sukowa as Hildegard von Bingen in Vision Margerethe von Trotta-Barbara Sukowa 'Vision': Hildegard von Bingen in L.A. Margarethe von Trotta's Vision, Official Selection at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, will open (via Zeitgeist Films) in Los Angeles at the Laemmle theaters on Nov. 12. A national release will […]

James MacArthur Dies: 'Hawaii Five-O' Actor

James MacArthur, best known for playing blue-eyed Detective Danno Williams in the original version of Hawaii Five-0 and for being the adopted son of Broadway and Hollywood star Helen Hayes and playwright/screenwriter Charles MacArthur, died today, October 28, 2010, in Florida of unspecified “natural causes.” He was 72. Jack Lord, […]

Rue McClanahan Dies

Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, The Golden Girls Rue McClanahan, who won an Emmy for her hilarious Blanche Devereaux in the television sitcom The Golden Girls, died today following a massive stroke. McClanahan's son reportedly took her off life support. She was 76. The Golden Girls, which […]

Bisexual Anna Paquin Gives a Damn + Daniel Radcliffe 'Succeeds' on Broadway

Anna Paquin, Cindy Lauper, Whoopi Goldberg, are some of those featured in a new PSA for the Give a Damn campaign, started by Lauper's True Colors Fund which fights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. [Note: the video above will pop up and start playing on its own out […]

John Forsythe Dies: 'Dynasty,' Alfred Hitchcock Actor

Joan Collins, John Forsythe, Linda Evans Dynasty John Forsythe, best known as the oil tycoon Blake Carrington on the television series Dynasty, died from complications of pneumonia on Thursday, April 1, at his home in Santa Ynez, a couple of hours northwest of Los Angeles. Forsythe, who was 92, had […]

Fess Parker Dies: Davy Crockett & Daniel Boone Actor

Fess Parker, who died earlier today of natural causes at age 85, was mostly known for his television work. “Davy Crockett,” which aired as part of the Disneyland anthology series, was a major hit in the '50s, and Daniel Boone was quite successful in the '60s. Parker, however, also appeared […]

June Lockhart & Lauren Hutton + Malcolm McDowell & Mickey Rooney: Classic Oscar Movie Posters

June Lockhart and Malcolm McDowell at Academy exhibition of Best Picture Oscar nominees posters: 'Lost in Space' meets 'A Clockwork Orange.' Veterans June Lockhart and Malcolm McDowell: Academy's exhibition of Best Picture Oscar nominees posters Pictured above are actress June Lockhart and actor Malcolm McDowell at the opening of the […]

Betty White + Drew Barrymore: SAG Awards Highlights of Sorts

Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore in Grey Gardens (HBO) In addition to Betty White's and Sandra Bullock's speeches, another highlight at the SAG Awards ceremony was much less polished though quite memorable nevertheless. That was when a breathless Drew Barrymore stuttered her way while trying to come up with something […]

Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, (False) Lesbian Rumors, and an Unpublished Autobiography

At the San Francisco Chronicle's blog/column The Collective Mind, Bob Bragman talks about the unearthing of Vivian Vance's unpublished memoirs, which the I Love Lucy actress wanted to be out before her death in 1979. According to the piece, excerpts have showed up in the National Enquirer, but the rest […]

Meredith Baxter Lesbian Announcement: 'Family' & 'Family Ties' Actress + Another Gay Movie Seized in Canada

Meredith Baxter. Family and Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter (a.k.a. Meredith Baxter Birney) has come out as a lesbian after learning that tabloids were about to out her. The three-time Primetime Emmy nominee has been featured in only a handful of movies, most notably in a couple of 1976 releases: […]

Farrah Fawcett

Unlike Michael Jackson's sudden death, Farrah Fawcett's didn't come as a surprise. For quite some time, Fawcett had been suffering from a rare form of cancer that had recently spread to her liver. The former television star and sex symbol (born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 2, 1947) was […]

'Land of the Lost' Movie: Chaka & Will Ferrell + Arthur Conan Doyle

Will Ferrell in 'Land of the Lost' movie. Anna Friel and Will Ferrell in 'Last of the Lost' movie Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, and Danny McBride star as, respectively, has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, research assistant Holly, and redneck survivalist Will in the big-screen reboot of the 1970s television series […]

Bea Arthur

Beatrice Arthur, the witty television star in the hit shows Maude and The Golden Girls, and a Tony winner, died today at her Los Angeles home. Arthur, who was suffering from cancer, was 86. Born Bernice Frankel on May 16, 1922, (1923 according to some sources) in New York City, […]

Pat Hingle: 'Gunsmoke' & 'Batman' Actor Dies

Pat Hingle: 'Gunsmoke,' 'Batman' actor dead at 84 (image: Pat Hingle and Anjelica Huston in 'The Grifters') Pat Hingle, best remembered for his recurring role as police commissioner Gordon in the Batman movies of the late 20th century, died January 3, 2009, at his home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. […]

Estelle Getty Dead at 84: 'The Golden Girls' Actress & Sylvester Stallone Movie Mom

Estelle Getty: 'The Golden Girl's actress, Sylvester Stallone movie mom dead at 84 (image: Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty in 'The Golden Girls') Estelle Getty, best known for her role as the acid-tongued octogenarian Sophia Petrillo on the 1980s television series The Golden Girls, died today, […]

'Batman' TV Series vs. Movies: Lorenzo Semple Jr. Remembers

Batman TV series vs. Batman movies: Co-creator Lorenzo Semple Jr. has his say (image: The '60s TV series' Batman and Robin: Adam West and Burt Ward) Lorenzo Semple Jr., co-creator of the 1966 TV series Batman, discusses his bat-writing days in Variety. “When I first heard, some time ago, that […]

'The Naked City' (1948) Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Malvin Wald Dies

The Naked City (1948) screenwriter Malvin Wald dies (image: Barry Fitzgerald, Dorothy Hart in The Naked City) Screenwriter Malvin Wald, who received an Academy Award nomination for The Naked City, Jules Dassin's 1948 mix of neo-realism, film noir, and crime melodrama, died Thursday, March 6, of “natural causes” at a […]

'The Irony of Fate': Iconic Russian Romantic Comedy Gets 21st-Century Sequel

The Irony of Fate with Andrey Myagkov and Barbara Brylska. Directed by veteran Eldar Ryazanov (Office Romance, A Cruel Romance), the 1976 romantic comedy-drama The Irony of Fate is one of the most successful Soviet/Russian television/film productions ever, still getting aired on Russian TV every holiday season. A sequel, The […]

What Are the Golden Globes? 'Prestige' International Awards Embracing 'Diversity'?

What are the Golden Globes? Babel set with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Gael García Bernal. What are the Golden Globes? One possible answer: An awards season ceremony that, at least in 2007, opted to embrace (admittedly, mostly English-language) multinational and multiethnic nominees. Case in point: surprise Best Motion Picture Drama Babel, directed and […]