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Director/ writer/ actor Gary Marshall dies at age 81

22 July 2016 9:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Tuesday July 19, Hollywood lost a giant in the world of comedy with the passing of beloved director/writer/producer/actor Gary Marshall at the age of 81. While most of the news outlets focused in on his considerable work in television (he practically owned Tuesday nights in the 1970’s with his “Happy Days” empire), this site would like to salute Mr. Marshall’s work on both sides of the camera.

After impressive writing credits on many of the classic sitcoms of the 1960’s, it was inevitable that the movie studios would tap him to contribute to several screenplays. The first was produced in 1968, a marriage comedy starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds, How Sweet It Is. A youth-oriented romantic comedy starring Jacqueline Bisset, The Grasshopper, was released in 1970. TV triumphs quickly followed, so Marshall’s movie career was put on hold for more than a dozen years. 1982 was the year »

- Jim Batts

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Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries Director, Dies at 81

20 July 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news for movie fans. Iconic American filmmaker and legendary TV sitcom creator Garry Marshall has passed away. Perhaps best known for turning Julia Roberts into a household name with his classic 1990 romanic comedy Pretty Woman, the man succumbed to complications from pneumonia following a stroke. A Los Angeles resident most of his life, he died Tuesday night in a Burbank, California hospital.

Garry Marshall was 81 years old at the time of his passing. Along with Pretty Woman, he also helped establish actress Anne Hathaway as a true Hollywood star with both 2001's The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. A true legend in both the world of film and television, news of his untimely demise was first announced by Access Hollywood. Cause of death was then later confirmed by TMZ.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Marshall began his career on television writing for Jack Paar's Tonight Show. »

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Garry Marshall, Director/Producer/Actor, Dead At Age 81; "Happy Days" And "Pretty Woman" Among His Hits

20 July 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Garry Marshall, the man who helped create iconic sitcoms such as "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy", has died at age 81. Greatly beloved in the entertainment industry, Marshall helped kick many actors' careers into overdrive including Julia Roberts, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Robin Williams.  He also adapted Neil Simon's stage and screen hit "The Odd Couple" into a long-running TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. He grew up in a modest home in the Bronx and never lost his almost stereotypical "New Yawk" accent. Marshall became a writer on some classic TV series of the 1960s including "The Dick Van Dyke Show", The Lucy Show" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson". He even became a prolific actor graduating from an un-billed role in "Goldfinger" to some juicy character parts in major films. Marshall would go on to direct features himself including »

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

19 July 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

19 July 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall’s first bigscreen blockbuster was 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” starring Julia Roberts as a highly idealized hooker and Richard Gere as her client-cum-Prince Charming. The romantic comedy grossed $463 million worldwide. Roberts was Oscar nominated for best actress, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy/musical — and Marshall scored a Cesar nomination as “Pretty Woman” drew a mention in the French awards’ foreign-film category.

In 1970 Marshall had a substantial hit when he developed and exec produced an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” for ABC. The show drew several Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series and wins for stars Jack Klugman »

- Carmel Dagan

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Terror on TV: Fred and Barney and Murder and Greed in “A Haunted House is Not a Home”

7 July 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Terror on TV revisits the most sadistic The Flintstones episode ever. When Hanna-Barbera launched The Flintstones in 1960, it was an animated answer to pioneering television sitcom The Honeymooners, with Alan Reed’s Fred Flintstone and Mel Blanc’s Barney Rubble serving as prehistoric riffs on Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden and Art Carney’s Ed Norton. And because…

The post Terror on TV: Fred and Barney and Murder and Greed in “A Haunted House is Not a Home” appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Big Stars Love TV So Much, They’re Even Hosting Game Shows Now

2 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Remember when big-name stars didn’t want to do TV? Now they’re even clamoring for jobs as game show hosts.

Alec Baldwin (ABC’s “Match Game”), Taye Diggs (Fox’s “Hypnotize Me”), Jane Lynch (NBC’s “Celebrity Game Night”) and Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “To Tell the Truth”) are just some of the actors who now front major primetime game shows, in addition to their regular scripted work.

“You look at game shows from the 1970s and 1980s, they were somewhat cheesy,” Anderson said. “It’s different now. It’s a lot classier. It’s cool.”

Wayne Brady, who has hosted a “Let’s Make a Deal” revival for CBS since 2009, joked that “being a game show host was very much akin to being a local affiliate weatherman – and no offense to local affiliate weathermen, but there’s a stereotype.”

Read More: Common Joins the Game Show Circus

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- Michael Schneider

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Big Stars Love TV So Much, They’re Even Hosting Game Shows Now

2 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Remember when big-name stars didn’t want to do TV? Now they’re even clamoring for jobs as game show hosts.

Alec Baldwin (ABC’s “Match Game”), Taye Diggs (Fox’s “Hypnotize Me”), Jane Lynch (NBC’s “Celebrity Game Night”) and Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “To Tell the Truth”) are just some of the actors who now front major primetime game shows, in addition to their regular scripted work.

“You look at game shows from the 1970s and 1980s, they were somewhat cheesy,” Anderson said. “It’s different now. It’s a lot classier. It’s cool.”

Wayne Brady, who has hosted a “Let’s Make a Deal” revival for CBS since 2009, joked that “being a game show host was very much akin to being a local affiliate weatherman – and no offense to local affiliate weathermen, but there’s a stereotype.”

Read More: Common Joins the Game Show Circus

Indeed, »

- Michael Schneider

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60 Minutes: Morley Safer Dies at 84; Retired Last Week

19 May 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49406" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Morley Safer, image via CBS News.[/caption]

Veteran CBS newsman and longtime 60 Minutes TV show correspondent Morley Safer has died at the age of 84. Mr. Safer's retirement from 60 Minutes was announced one week ago. Reportedly, he was in declining health at that time, but a cause of death has not been reported.

This past Sunday, May 15, after 60 Minutes, CBS aired a special: Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life. It included his profiles of Jackie Gleason, Katharine Hepburn, and Anna Wintour. The special also featured interviews with Tom Brokaw, David McCullough, and retired U.S. Brig. Gen. Joe Stringham.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Morley Safer, Iconic '60 Minutes' Correspondent, Dead at 84

19 May 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Longtime 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer has died just days after he formally retired from the CBS news program, The New York Times reports. Details regarding Safer's death were not immediately available. He was 84.

Safer was with 60 Minutes for 46 seasons, during which time he covered an array of subjects: He interviewed Jackie Gleason in a bar, became one of the first to report on the health benefits of red wine and helped overturn the life sentence of Lenell Geter, an engineer wrongly convicted for a robbery. Over the course of his career, »

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Morley Safer, Iconic 60 Minutes Newsman, Is Dead at 84

19 May 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Legendary 60 Minutes host Morley Safer has died. CBS released a statement confirming that the longtime news anchor had died Thursday in his Manhattan home at the age of 84.The news of his death comes just one week after Safer announced that he was retiring after 46 seasons with the program. He released a statement at the time saying: "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air." "He was an extraordinary writer and reporter, and a true gentleman," said »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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60 Minutes: CBS News Series Correspondent Morley Safer Retires

12 May 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48865" align="aligncenter" width="522"] Morley Safer retires from 60 Minutes. Image courtesy of CBS.[/caption]

And the clock winds down. Morley Safer is retiring from the 60 Minutes TV show on CBS, after 46 years. The veteran news correspondent, who has been with the CBS News division for more than 50 years, will not be with 60 Minutes for season 49.

Immediately following Safer's last 60 Minutes broadcast, CBS will air Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life, on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 8:00pm. The special will include Safer's profiles of Jackie Gleason, Katharine Hepburn, and Anna Wintour. Also to be featured are interviews with former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, historian David McCullough, and retired U.S. Brig. Gen. Joe Stringham.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The Top 25 Funniest Actors of All Time

16 April 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.

 

The top 25 laugh-getters…

 

 #25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.

 #24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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‘Bandit,’ Documentary on Iconic Burt Reynolds Film, Gets Nashville Spotlight

14 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jesse Moss’ “The Bandit,” which will screen at the Nashville Film Festival in partnership with Country Music Television (Cmt) and Variety magazine, combines two themes: the making of the enormously successful film, “Smokey and the Bandit,” and the long-time relationship of its two principals, director Hal Needham and star Burt Reynolds, who played one of the two title roles opposite Jackie Gleason.

The filmmaking tandem were longtime acquaintances and collaborators, with Needham standing in for Reynolds on many of the hair-raising stunts that were emblematic of Reynolds’ films. When Needham came to Reynolds with a script he had written about beer smugglers, the actor had his doubts but eventually agreed to take the lead in his best friend’s film, resulting in one of the top-grossing releases of 1977, hauling in approximately $127 million, and bested only by “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“Bandit” is one of two »

- Michael Kosser

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Bandit’

18 March 2016 6:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You don’t have to dig too deep beneath its fan-pleasing veneer of nostalgic celebration to discern an intriguingly serious subtext in “The Bandit,” Jesse Moss’ behind-the-scenes account of the making of “Smokey and the Bandit,” the improbably successful and enduringly popular action-comedy that was the No. 2 box office smash (surpassed only by “Star Wars”) of 1977. Indeed, even those who remain immune to the yee-haw appeal of the earlier film — which, it should be noted, still commands a loyal following of repeat viewers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line — may be drawn to this gently probing documentary by Moss’ perceptive examination of the relationship between the two prime movers behind the ’77 project: Burt Reynolds, then a superstar with enough muscle to get pet projects greenlit, and his longtime friend Hal Needham, a daredevil stuntman who relied on his buddy’s help to make his feature-film directorial debut. After a »

- Joe Leydon

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Great Double Features I’Ve Seen #1: Smokey And The Bandit (1977) And Convoy (1978)

12 March 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)

The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Piper Laurie At Screening Of "The Hustler" March 16, L.A.

8 March 2016 7:55 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Rossen’s The Hustler. The 134-minute film, which stars Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, and both Jake Lamotta and Vincent Gardenia as bartenders, will be screened on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Actress Piper Laurie, who appears in the film as Sarah Packard, is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session after the film to discuss her role and career.

From the press release:

The Hustler

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

The Hustler (1961)

55th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Three-Time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie in person for Q&A after the screening

Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, one of the most incisive character dramas of the 1960s, earned nine Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Piper Laurie At Screening Of "The Hustler" March 16, L.A.

8 March 2016 7:54 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Rossen’s The Hustler. The 134-minute film, which stars Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, and both Jake Lamotta and Vincent Gardenia as bartenders, will be screened on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Actress Piper Laurie, who appears in the film as Sarah Packard, is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session after the film to discuss her role and career.

From the press release:

The Hustler

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

The Hustler (1961)

55th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Three-Time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie in person for Q&A after the screening

Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, one of the most incisive character dramas of the 1960s, earned nine Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Piper Laurie At Screening Of "The Hustler"

8 March 2016 7:54 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Rossen’s The Hustler. The 134-minute film, which stars Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, and both Jake Lamotta and Vincent Gardenia as bartenders, will be screened on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Actress Piper Laurie, who appears in the film as Sarah Packard, is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session after the film to discuss her role and career.

From the press release:

The Hustler

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

The Hustler (1961)

55th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Three-Time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie in person for Q&A after the screening

Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, one of the most incisive character dramas of the 1960s, earned nine Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Piper Laurie At Screening Of "The Hustler"

8 March 2016 7:53 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Rossen’s The Hustler. The 134-minute film, which stars Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, and both Jake Lamotta and Vincent Gardenia as bartenders, will be screened on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Actress Piper Laurie, who appears in the film as Sarah Packard, is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session after the film to discuss her role and career.

From the press release:

The Hustler

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

The Hustler (1961)

55th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Three-Time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie in person for Q&A after the screening

Robert Rossen’s The Hustler, one of the most incisive character dramas of the 1960s, earned nine Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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