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Long before The Dick Van Dyke Show signed off in 1966, Carl Reiner knew he had a classic on his hands, so crafting the perfect finale was just as important as producing a series that would hold up over time.
Since this is the time of year when series prepare to sign off for good (and since we recently addressed finales in EW‘s April 11 issue titled “The Art of Saying Goodbye”), EW caught up with Reiner who’s currently promoting the DVD release of The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes. Reiner talked about finale dubbed “The Last Chapter, »
- Lynette Rice
She wasn't expected to attend the annual Doris Day Animal Foundation benefit in honor of her 90th birthday. But at the last minute, the song and screen legend decided to make a surprise entrance. When Doris Day, sporting her trademark pageboy do and a white turtleneck, entered the room at Carmel's Quail Lodge on April 4 (the day after she turned 90), stunned guests cheered her arrival. Some even started to cry. "At first I didn't realize it was for me," says Day, who hadn't made a public appearance in more than two decades. "I couldn't believe it. People kept coming up to me all night, »
- Liz McNeil
Young at heart! Now entering her tenth decade, beloved actress and singer Doris Day made a rare public appearance this weekend, mingling with fans for the first time in more than 20 years. The Oscar-nominated Hollywood legend made the surprise appearance at a celebration in her current residence of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. The bash, held on Friday, April 4, was thrown in honor of the iconic Calamity Jane star's 90th birthday. Day stunned at the event, looking as beautiful as ever in a white ensemble with her hair curled. [...] »
This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On July 16, 1985, Rock Hudson joined his friend and former co-star Doris Day at a press conference announcing her new show on the Christian Broadcast Network. Emaciated and frail, Hudson was almost unrecognizable. That appearance, and the subsequent revelation that Hudson was gay and had AIDS, became a galvanizing moment in how the world perceived the disease. No longer was it an illness that struck only those on society's fringes; it had ravaged a beloved screen star who for decades had represented the American virile
- Seth Abramovitch
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Apparently it's worth thousands of emoticons, too. Three of People's most provocative stories this week, as measured by clicks on the emoticons at the bottom, involved great new photos. Sweet, surprising and funny, they captured stars at their most revealing, enduring and amusing. Check out those stories below, along with two less pleasant stories that left readers feeling angry and sad. And let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom. Time for another family portrait! Little Prince George sat for an adorable »
- Tim Nudd
Doris Day celebrated her 90th birthday Thursday surrounded by friends (some furry) in her beloved home of Carmel By the Sea, California. The animal lover received hundreds of birthday wishes, which was a huge surprise for the very private actress. "My 90th couldn't have been better," she tells People exclusively. "I was flattered by the outpouring of love and especially by how many people generously donated to the animals at Ddaf.org. She says it was one of the biggest days ever for her animal charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation. "I thank everyone for their support of all the four-leggers, »
- Liz McNeil
In surprising news, David Letterman will be retiring next year. I don’t think I remember a time when he wasn’t on TV.
Is this crazy James Franco story a viral campaign for his new movie?
Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO. Cue the conservative outrage.
A Petition To Change The How I Met Your Mother Season Finale Now Exists.
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Happy birthday, Doris Day! Believe it or not, the legendary actress turns 90 years old today and she's more alive now than ever! "Oh, I have my little aches and pains now and then, like everyone," Day revealed in a special interview with Closer celebrating her big 9-0. "But I've truly been blessed with good health." These days, the Calamity Jane actress says she likes spending her time reading the hoards of fan mail she still gets. "I'm still floored by all the beautiful, heartwarming letters from people all over the world, telling me that my work somehow touched their lives," she said. "I love to be outside, walking along the beach or working in my »
David Letterman has announced his retirement. Late Night with David Letterman was the longest running late night television show in history! So binge watching the series from the beginning will take At Least two weeks.
Nick Cannon is way too honest. In a recent interview with Howard Stern, he revealed way too much about Mariah Carey. For example, Mariah Carey doesn’t know who Kim Kardashian is, Mariah Carey fires nannies all the time, and Mariah Carey doesn’t like it when he says too much. Maybe Nick should stop talking.
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Did you ever wonder how many tattoos David Beckham has? Well, he just launched a new swimwear line for H&M. So...what are you still doing here? Go and count his tattoos!
Happy Birthday, Doris Day! Wow. She turned 90 yesterday. Doris says she has had an amazing »
- Leslie Nesbit
She lit up movie screens and record charts in the '40s, '50s and '60s, and - as she turns 90 on April 3 - Doris Day remains one of America's Sweethearts. Here is the birthday girl in a recent shot outside her Carmel, Calif., home. Note her companion - the star has been a champion of furry friends for decades, and, in lieu of gifts on her big day, she asks for contributions to the Doris Day Animal Foundation. As Day told People in a rare 2011 interview, "I love life. I have my pets around me and good friends. »
- Stephen M. Silverman and Liz McNeil
It's not that hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the release of "Heathers," on March 31, 1989.
Really, the movie seems like an artifact from a different era, one paradoxically bolder than our own. It's hard to imagine a movie getting made today that makes fun of teen suicide, schoolhouse violence, and the public grieving process that follows both. "Heathers"'s gleefully gruesome satire made stars out of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty, launched the careers of screenwriter Daniel Waters and director Michael Lehmann, and created the mold for subversive schoolgirl comedies to come, from "Clueless" to "Mean Girls."
"Heathers" wasn't a hit at first, but it eventually became such a huge cult success that it made lunchroom polls and lines like "What's your damage?" into pop-culture fixtures. Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's still much you may not know about "Heathers," from which other »
- Gary Susman
Singer, dancer and actor whose Hollywood career was overshadowed by her marriage to Errol Flynn
The gifted singer, dancer and actor Patrice Wymore, who has died aged 87, had the misfortune to be typecast in secondary roles at Warner Bros studios in the 1950s, and to be known as the third wife of the Hollywood star Errol Flynn.
The 23-year-old Wymore and the 41-year-old Flynn got married after co-starring in Rocky Mountain (1950), a minor western in which he played an army officer who rescues her from marauding Indians, though they had no love scenes together on screen. It was Wymore's second film, while Flynn was a veteran of more than three dozen movies. It was the beginning of her film career, while his was on the slide. Both were under contract to Warner Bros.
At the time, MGM musicals reigned supreme, though Warner Bros had Doris Day, a top box-office singing star. »
- Ronald Bergan
Patrice Wymore Flynn, a Hollywood actress and cattle rancher who was the widow of swashbuckling screen legend Errol Flynn, has died at her seaside home in Jamaica. She was 87. On Monday, family spokesman Robb Callahan said Flynn died Saturday at her home in Jamaica's Portland parish after battling pulmonary disease. During her film career, she worked alongside actors such as Doris Day, Kirk Douglas and Randolph Scott. She played Frank Sinatra's girlfriend in the original "Ocean's 11" in 1960. The Kansas-born actress met her future husband when she was cast as the female lead in the 1950 western "Rocky Mountain." They »
- Associated Press
Patrice Wymore, an actress and the third and final wife of the swashbuckling star Errol Flynn, died Saturday in Portland, Jamaica, after a long illness, the Jamaica Observer newspaper reported. She was believed to be 84, though some sources list her age as 87. Wymore made her film debut in a singing role in Tea for Two (1950) opposite Doris Day and Gordon MacRae and then met Flynn, 17 years her senior, during the filming of Rocky Mountain (1950) in New Mexico. They wed in Monaco in October 1950, lived on his yacht for years and then bought a 2,
- Mike Barnes
Bob Thomas, the tireless, longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas died of age-related illnesses at his Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire. He interviewed rising stars (James Dean), middle-aged legends (Humphrey Bogart, Jack Nicholson) and elder institutions (Bob Hope »
- Associated Press
An innocuous romantic comedy, “Shirin in Love” sets its slightly ditzy, definitely perky heroine on a path toward fulfillment that diverges from the expectations of her wealthy Beverly Hills Iranian-American milieu. This setting provides a superficial novelty that writer-helmer Ramin Niami doesn’t explore in any depth, while everything else is strictly formulaic — and tame enough that it might have passed muster for Doris Day and Rock Hudson 50 years ago. Pic opens Friday in 20 U.S. theaters (some screening a dubbed all-Farsi version), but that leap of faith is likely to pay off mostly in improved visibility for the VOD release likelier to locate an audience.
Perpetually running afoul of aspiring-novelist traffic cop Henderson (George Wallace) by running stop signs in her vintage Vw, Shirin (Nazanin Boniadi) is an improbable former human-rights attorney who bowed to her family’s wishes, giving up that calling to work as book editor at »
- Dennis Harvey
The late, great screenwriter Jay Presson Allen (“Cabaret”) once described the premise for all those Doris Day romantic comedies. She called it the Df, as in Delayed F***. With “Outside Mullingar,” which opened Thursday at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, John Patrick Shanley gives us the Dk, as in Delayed Kiss. Shanley, an Oscar winner for his 1987 hit “Moonstruck,” is back in romantic comedy land with his new play, and if the boisterous laughter coming from the Friedman is any indication, he has struck gold again. Substitute the streets of Brooklyn with the farmland of Ireland, as well as much. »
- Robert Hofler
Director: Rose McGowan
Synopsis: 1961, and fifteen year old Dawn is on the cusp of womanhood. However an encounter with a local boy Charlie, when her overprotective parents are out of town, takes her a long way from home, and into a very dark place indeed
Scream queen, Rose McGowan may be best known for her performances in films such as Grindhouse, Scream and supernatural TV show Charmed, but she’s just unveiled her directorial debut at Sundance 2014 with short feature, Dawn. And, as you might expect from McGowan, it’s a disturbing and sinister ride.
Tara Lynn Barr is excellent as Dawn. She captures the awkwardness and excitement of teenage love and budding sexuality through a stick of bubble gum and a copy of Tattler (gifts from Charlie). She’s completely convincing as she juggles her newly found desires with her parents’ rules. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The Coen brothers' new film about a 1960s folk singer in Greenwich Village is a reminder of how authenticity became the rod that folk music made for its own back
The new film by the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, evokes Greenwich Village at the beginning of the American folk boom. The date is February 1961. Metropolitan young Americans sit in smoky clubs listening reverently to music that they believe is purer, more honest and more heartfelt and therefore more elevating than the commercial mainstream of Sinatra, Buddy Holly and Doris Day. Folk music is still mainly a process of discovery and renewal rather than invention; singers tend to see themselves as curators of tradition. Lines such as: "Here's a song I first heard Leadbelly sing," remain the staple fare of introductions in a form that awaits the great singer-songwriter. Bob Dylan has just arrived in town but is still a »
- Ian Jack
Woody Allen Golden Globes 2014 tribute: Diane Keaton remembers ‘friend’ (photo: Woody Allen directing Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) Accepting from presenter Emma Stone the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award for absentee Woody Allen, Diane Keaton (Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Interiors, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery) was a likable presence at the January 12, 2014, Golden Globes ceremony, but her reminiscences about Allen were clearly PG-rated, going on about their "friendship" as if the two had always been just pals. Was that lullaby she sang moving or would Woody Allen have been right in yelling, "get the hook and get her off the god damn stage"? You decide. Now, in all fairness, Diane Keaton’s Woody Allen tribute wasn’t all PG-rated treacle, as she was twice bleeped by the censors. Apparently, NBC — and the ludicrous FCC — believe television audiences should be treated as if we were all three-year-olds. (See also: “Golden Globes »
- Andre Soares
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