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6 items from 2017


Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius

6 April 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, we reportedly the sad news that Hollywood has lost another legend, with comedian Don Rickles passing away at the age of 90. His publicist confirmed that the iconic insult comic passed in his Los Angeles home, from kidney failure. As word of his passing spread, Hollywood icons left and right paid tribute to the late comedian through social media, to honor this late legend.

While most sent out their tributes through Twitter, others released lengthier tributes elsewhere. Rolling Stone caught up with Gilbert Gottfried, who summed up the the late comedian's legacy with a heartfelt statement that explained why Rickles will go down in history as one of the best comedians ever. Here's what Gilbert Gottfried had to say.

"Don Rickles was never politically correct, and he would never apologize for any of it. He was totally unapologetic about his comedy. So I admired that and looked at him »

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Mourning Don Rickles: Bob Newhart, Billy Crystal & More Celebrate the ‘Merchant of Venom’ — with a Heart of Gold

6 April 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Don Rickles’ many famous friends and fans are taking to social media in the wake of his death to mourn and share memories of the beloved comedian.

The legendary insult comic died on Thursday, with his longtime representative Paul Shefrin telling People in a statement: “Emmy-Award winning iconic comedian Don Rickles passed away at his home Los Angeles this morning (Thursday) as a result of kidney failure.”

Rickles would have turned 91 on May 8. Rickles also had great success as an actor and best-selling author,” he continued. “He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter »

- Mike Miller

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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Reboot in the Works at ABC (Exclusive)

2 March 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC is preparing to add “Battle of the Network Stars” to its roster of primetime game-show revivals.

The network is developing a rebooted version of the ’70s and ’80s television classic, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions. ABC has begun a casting search for what would be a new event series airing this summer. According to a casting announcement obtained by Variety, the series will shoot in May.

The revival hails from ABC and Img, which owns the program and will produce with Glassman Media. It will feature stars from across multiple television genres competing to raise money for charity.

The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC from 1976 to 1985 and featured teams representing ABC, CBS, and NBC competing in events such as kayaking, golf, three-on-three footbal, and tug of war. The show was hosted for most of its run by Howard Cosell. Among »

- Daniel Holloway

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Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76 Following Hospitalization for Exhaustion

12 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

According to a statement from his manager Joe Gordon published by Ebony magazine, the singer was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

His loved ones asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, an organization that supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

Last week, updates on Jarreau’s Twitter account announced he had entered a hospital for exhaustion and was forced to retire from touring “with complete sorrow. »

- Stephanie Petit

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Star Trek: Tng: Jonathan Frakes on the Series' Family, His New Directing Jobs

3 February 2017 5:48 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Are you a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Recently, Jonathan Frakes spoke about his time filming the classic TV series, CBC reports.Frakes played Commander William Riker on the sci-fi show, which also starred Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, and Brent Spiner. Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for seven seasons before ending in 1994.Read More… »

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LeVar Burton Cool with Black College Band Playing Trump Inauguration (Video)

4 January 2017 4:36 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_ybr6cz1m"]] LeVar Burton knows a lot of people -- including his own wife -- are protesting Donald Trump's inauguration, but he's still backing a black college's decision to participate. The "Reading Rainbow" host says the Talladega College Marching Band would be passing up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if it backed out amid all the backlash it's getting for taking the gig. In fact, LeVar explained why it would almost be un-American of the band Not to perform. »

- TMZ Staff

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