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David Cassidy, Dead at 67: A Look Back on His Teen Idol Days

David Cassidy, Dead at 67: A Look Back on His Teen Idol Days
The world has lost a teen idol... Partridge Family alum David Cassidy died on Tuesday after being hospitalized for organ failure. He was 67. His rep told E! News in a statement, "On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years." The singer/actor played Keith Partridge, opposite Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, and real-life stepmother Shirley Jones, from 1970-1974. While on the family...
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From VHS to VOD #3

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Flashback: Emma Stone Sings 'Bitch' on VH1's 'Partridge Family' Reality Competition

Flashback: Emma Stone Sings 'Bitch' on VH1's 'Partridge Family' Reality Competition
Before she was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in Birdman or kissing Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man, Emma Stone was just a young actress trying to make it big in Hollywood. As she tells Jonah Weiner in Rolling Stone's cover story about her time as a struggling ingenue: "I did an episode of Malcolm in the Middle. And an episode of Medium. ... I was the voice of a dog on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody."

But Stone's first credited role was due to her
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La Law: The NBC Legal Series Debuted 30 Years Ago (9/15/86)

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Hop into TV Series Finale's time machine and travel back to Monday, September 15, 1986. When L.A. Law first premiered on NBC, thirty years ago, today, viewers met the Los Angeles-based lawyers and staff of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. The legal drama series threaded its oddball humor throughout storylines featuring hot topics of the 1980s and '90s, including sexual harassment, gay rights, HIV, capital punishment, and abortion.L.A. Law's large ensemble cast included: Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Michele Greene, Blair Underwood, Larry Drake, and Sheila Kelly. Read More…
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‘The Partridge Family’ Actress Suzanne Crough Dies at 52

‘The Partridge Family’ Actress Suzanne Crough Dies at 52
Suzanne Crough Condray, who played the youngest daughter on 1970s series “The Partridge Family,” has died. She was 52.

The former actress died Monday at her home in Laughlin, Nev. The cause of death is unknown at this time, but the AP reports an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Crough is best known for playing tambourine-shaking daughter Tracy in “The Partridge Family” from 1970-74. She also had roles in ’70s TV shows including “Mulligan’s Stew” and “Wonder Woman.” Most recently, she and several “Partridge Family” co-stars reunited on the “Today” show in 2010.

See More: Dave Madden of ‘The Partridge Family’ Dies at 82

Crough co-starred alongside Brian Forster, Danny Bonaduce, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Shirley Jones in the popular show about a performing family who traveled in a brightly painted bus. Dave Madden, who played Reuben Kincaid, died in 2014.

She is survived by two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra.
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Suzanne Crough, ‘Partridge Family’ Star, Dead at 52

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Suzanne Crough, ‘Partridge Family’ Star, Dead at 52
Suzanne Crough, who played younger daughter Tracy Partridge on the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” died Monday. She was 52. According to TMZ, Crough died suddenly at her Nevada home. A cause of death is not yet known. “The Partridge Family,” which aired on ABC from 1970 to 1974, followed a family, led by a widowed mother, that embarks on a music career. Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce also starred on the series. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 Crough left acting behind decades ago, with her last credit on IMDb being the 1980 television movie “Children...
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Film Review: ‘The Cult of Jt LeRoy’

Film Review: ‘The Cult of Jt LeRoy’
A literary hoax that picked up extraordinary steam before imploding is charted in “The Cult of Jt LeRoy.” Having begun filming the subject in 2002, and with a background in social work uniquely congruent with “his” background claims, Marjorie Sturm draws on a rich array of material to assemble a first documentary feature that’s fascinating on numerous levels. The topic’s residual infamy (plus the onscreen presence of many duped celebrities) should make this a viable specialty item as it expands beyond its home-turf theatrical launch March 13 at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater.

San Francisco was where Jt (aka Jeremiah “Terminator”) LeRoy claimed to have been abandoned by his “truckstop prostitute” mother after a cross-country road trip. After years purportedly on the street, involved in drugs and prostitution, he was encouraged at age 15 by a therapist to write “as a form of therapy.” As early as 1994, he began soliciting long-distance
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Leonard Hirshan, Longtime Manager of Clint Eastwood, Dies at 86

Leonard Hirshan, the longtime manager of Clint Eastwood who also counted Edward G. Robinson, Greer Garson, Sophia Loren, Angela Lansbury, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bruce Beresford among his clients over the course of his six-decade career as an agent and manager, died January 31 in Beverly Hills of Merkel cell carcinoma. He was 86.

Hirshan had repped Eastwood since the 1960s, continuing to do so even after leaving Wme in 2004 to form his own eponymous management firm.

Among other notable accomplishments for the longtime former William Morris agent was negotiating Elvis Presley’s first Wma contract.

The native New Yorker got his start in the New York Wma mailroom in 1951, and quickly rose through the ranks when he pushed his first client, Eva Marie Saint, for the film “On the Waterfront,” for which she won a supporting actress Oscar.

In 1955 he moved to Hollywood, where he began representing actors including Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
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Briefs: Damian Lewis Vs. Sir Ian McKellen, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally Reunite, and “Happy Endings” Returns To TV!

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Birthday shoutouts go to Sir Kenneth Branagh (above), who is 53, Bobby Flay is 49, Raven Symone is 28, Susan Dey is 61, and Gloria Loring is 67. In addition to siring Robin Thicke and singing The Facts of Life theme song, she also gave us one of the greatest duets of the 80′s, which peaked at #2 in 1986.

Happy Endings is returning to TV! Calm down … not with new episodes. Vh-1 has announced that they’ve acquired all three seasons of the late, lamented series, and will air them starting with “a marathon of every episode beginning December 31 at 8 Pm running through New Year’s Day before settling into its new home on Wednesday nights from 7-9 Pm, beginning January 8.”

Agnieszka Holland will direct NBC’s four-hour miniseries remake of Rosemary’s Baby. No word on casting yet.

Megan Mullaly and Sean Hayes will reunite on Sean Saves The World next year. Megan will play Sean’s … sister.
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Beautiful, Lighthearted Fox Star Suffered Many Real-Life Tragedies

Jeanne Crain: Lighthearted movies vs. real life tragedies (photo: Madeleine Carroll and Jeanne Crain in ‘The Fan’) (See also: "Jeanne Crain: From ‘Pinky’ Inanity to ‘MargieMagic.") Unlike her characters in Margie, Home in Indiana, State Fair, Centennial Summer, The Fan, and Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel, Belles on Their Toes), or even in the more complex A Letter to Three Wives and People Will Talk, Jeanne Crain didn’t find a romantic Happy Ending in real life. In the mid-’50s, Crain accused her husband, former minor actor Paul Brooks aka Paul Brinkman, of infidelity, of living off her earnings, and of brutally beating her. The couple reportedly were never divorced because of their Catholic faith. (And at least in the ’60s, unlike the humanistic, progressive-thinking Margie, Crain was a “conservative” Republican who supported Richard Nixon.) In the early ’90s, she lost two of her
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Emma Stone Flashback: See Star Sing on Partridge Family Reality Competition in Pre-Fame Days

Emma Stone Flashback: See Star Sing on Partridge Family Reality Competition in Pre-Fame Days
Before she hit it big in such films as The Help and The Amazing Spider-Man, Emma Stone was just your typical aspiring Hollywood actress trying to make a name for herself. And what better way to do that then going out for The Partridge Family! A clip recently surfaced online showing footage of the actress giving it her all singing Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" for the 2004 VH1 reality competition In Search of The Partridge Family—back when she went by her given name Emily. Stone's performance ended up besting all rivals to help her land her first credited gig—playing Susan Dey's part of Laurie Partridge in a syndicated version of the classic '70s TV show. While The New...
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7 Dream Roles for Birthday Boy Zac Efron

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Give it up from crown prince of Mattel hotness Mr. Zac Efron, who turns 25 today. Wow! Yay! Except, woah: This means Zac Efron is getting too old to play some of the roles he was born to fill. Before it's too late and Zac dies of old age with Kevin Jonas, here are seven roles we'd love to see the High School Musical alum play.

David Cassidy

The Partridge Family comprised a fascinating bunch of actors: You had the divine Shirley Jones, the aloof, carrot-addicted Susan Dey, the not-yet-broken Bonaduce, and the flippy-haired teen icon to end all flippy-haired teen icons, David Cassidy. Their physical resemblance says it all, but Zac Efron's pouty angst is built for a spirited rendition of "I Think I Love You." Hell, if he grew out his mane, he could play Susan too.

Rocky (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Whether you're obsessed with
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Better Stick With Ryder and Bale's "Little Women"

Little Women is a collection of stories about the March family women and how they live, love, and survive during the Civil War. Marmee (Dorothy McGuire) is the kind but firm matriarch who is left to raise her daughters Meg (Meredith Baxter), Jo (Susan Dey), Beth (Eve Plumb), and Amy (Ann Dusenberry) when her husband Jon leaves home to serve as a military chaplain. Meg has reached the age where she very aware of her family's poverty, and she wants to keep up in fashion with her wealthier friends. Jo is completely unconcerned with fashion or marriage. Her dream is to become a famous adventure writer with stories full of suspense, intrigue, and plenty of sword fights. Beth has medical conditions that keep her close to home, but she loves to play her family's old piano. Amy (Ann Dusenberry) is an aspiring artist, but as the youngest of the sisters,
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Bardy Bunch Comes to New York International Fringe Festival

Bardy Bunch Comes to New York International Fringe Festival
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At the New York International Fringe Festival, where advertising budgets are basically nonexistent, it helps to have a hook. In the case of the Shakespearean-themed spoof, “The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady,” the show’s name didn’t hurt.

“The title has probably been our best marketing tool,” says Stephen Garvey, a 44-year-old sitcom fan from Huntington, N.Y., who wrote and produced the musical comedy.

Pop culture, more than avant-garde fare,
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AfterElton's Trending Topics: First TV Crushes

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Here at AfterElton.com, people aren't shy about naming their TV crushes, whether it's a sometimes-brooding, sometimes-happy-go-lucky roguish time traveler, a gruff, strong-willed police officer or a cable TV decorator stud. But there had to be someone who started it all for each of us. The one who first made our young selves one day notice that there was more to these TV shows than just the spaceships, cartoons, and things blowing up. Someone who made our pulse race and previously non-tingly parts go all tingly.

That was the hot topic of conversations at the AfterElton break room this week: Who was your first TV crush?

The responses we got varied quite a bit. Some people remembered the teen idols of their youth, some people remembered a character who didn't make the wardrobe department work very hard, while others remembered someone who ... surprised us.

But we don't want to just hear from Ae writers.
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From ‘Tron’ to ‘Tron: Legacy’: A Brief History of CGI in the Movies

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Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been playing a role in films for over 30 years. It began merely as the ability to draw lines on TV screens but has evolved into nothing short of the power to create worlds.

Beginning with 1981′s “Looker,” in which a naked image of Susan Dey was generated on a computer, and continuing on through “Avatar” (2009) in which a blue, naked, CGI lady flies around on a dragon, determined computer nerds FX pioneers have tirelessly pushed the boundaries of this technology.

With the much anticipated “Tron: Legacy” landing in theaters, we thought it would be a good time to look back on the history of the digital revolution that the original “Tron” helped launch.

Tron’ (1982)

Disney’s “Tron” put CGI in the public eye. In 1976, after encountering the old, old, old-school video game “Pong,” director/animator Steven Lisberger became obsessed with incorporating CGI into films. The graphics
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Stars in Rewind: Emma Stone, VH1 Reality Star

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She may squeeze laughs out of compulsively crooning Natasha Bedingfield's irritatingly catchy "Pocketful of Sunshine" in this week's 'Easy A,' but once upon a time Emma Stone sang those kinds of easy listening ditties in earnest.

On national television.

Competing for the chance to play ... Laurie Partridge?

The year was 2004, and Stone (then going by her given name, Emily) was a competitor on the VH1 reality show 'In Search of the New Partridge Family.' The 'American Idol'-esque competition had audiences call in to vote on who they wanted cast in VH1's planned 'Partridge Family' reboot, but of course that was a terrible idea -- except for the fact that Stone won, beating out seven other wannabe Laurie Partridges for the role on the quickly-cancelled 'The New Partridge Family' series, and in doing so earned her first credited screen role.

Reviews
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Stars in Rewind: Emma Stone, VH1 Reality Star

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Stars in Rewind: Emma Stone, VH1 Reality Star
Filed under: Cinematical

She may squeeze laughs out of compulsively crooning Natasha Bedingfield's irritatingly catchy "Pocketful of Sunshine" in this week's 'Easy A,' but once upon a time Emma Stone sang those kinds of easy listening ditties in earnest.

On national television.

Competing for the chance to play ... Laurie Partridge?

The year was 2004, and Stone (then going by her given name, Emily) was a competitor on the VH1 reality show 'In Search of the New Partridge Family.' The 'American Idol'-esque competition had audiences call in to vote on who they wanted cast in VH1's planned 'Partridge Family' reboot, but of course that was a terrible idea -- except for the fact that Stone won, beating out seven other wannabe Laurie Partridges for the role on the quickly-cancelled 'The New Partridge Family' series, and in doing so earned her first credited screen role.

Reviews
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Want to Know How to Get Your Script Noticed? Then Join Some Horror Talent for a Tell All Panel in La!

So you wrote this killer script but you have no friggin' clue what to do with it, whon to show it to, or even if you should show anyone at all. Everyone working in this biz has been in your shoes at one time or another, and now some of them are ready to tell you all about it!

Scriptwriters Network is excited to take a look at the television and film industry and discuss what it takes to turn a story into a “hot” property in Hollywood.

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This intimate discussion will cover the latest trends in popular films and television shows: from teen comedies to popular vampire franchises to over-the-top action and everything in between.

Featured speakers are industry professionals — writers, directors, producers — from both sides of the independent and studio spectrum.

This event will be moderated by TheRichard.

Sheri Bryant worked for The Walt Disney
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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Robots vs. Wrestlers': Get it on, bang a gong

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A review of "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I repeat the name "Willem Defoe"... Once upon a time in the early '90s, there was a sitcom called "Love & War," writer Diane English's follow-up to her Emmy-winning smash hit "Murphy Brown," which starred Jay Thomas as a sportswriter and Susan Dey as the chef he fell for. Dey's character was said to be based on English herself, and legend has it that English was so surprised and mortified when critics, viewers and everyone outside her immediate family failed to find Dey-as-English funny that she fired...
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