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A true iconoclast and a real original, Jonathan Winters was considered one of the great improv comics of all and was a key inspiration of Jim Carry and Robin Williams, among others. His more famous films included It’S A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Viva Max, and The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming. He was the master of ad lib. His ‘The Jonathan Winters Show’ was just him and a few props, no script. He also delivered an admirable dramatic performance as ‘fats’ Brown in The Twilight Zone episode “A Game Of Pool”, in which he co-stars with Jack Klugman. Winters recorded ten Grammy-nominated comedy albums, winning once, and he won an Emmy for best-supporting actor playing Randy Quaid’s father in the 1991 sitcom “Davis Rules”. Jonathan Winters died today at age 87 of natural causes.
In July, Wamg’s Michelle McCue attended a special screening of It »
- Tom Stockman
Gifted comedian Jonathan Winters has died of natural causes at age 87, reports Variety. My fondest memories of him are Stanley Kramer's antic road comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and Norman Jewison’s "The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming," but of course this under-appreciated comic artist did much more. See clips below. Winters released several popular comedy albums and was a regular guest through the 50s, 60s and 70s on TV variety and talk shows from Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and Garry Moore to Jack Paar, who called Winters “pound for pound, the funniest man alive.” The radio dj, stand-up comedian and gifted mimic inspired the improvisational comedy of comics ranging from Steve Martin to Robin Williams, whose son he played on the last season of ABC’s "Mork and Mindy." He starred in several of own variety shows in the 60s and 70s, and »
- Anne Thompson
Jonathan Winters, once described by “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar as “pound for pound, the funniest man alive” and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural causes Thursday in Montecito, Calif. at 87.
A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy, he was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien and his earthling wife in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.” He appeared in numerous films including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and did extensive voice work on toons including “The Smurfs.”
Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III in Dayton, Ohio, Winters was raised mostly by his divorced mother, a radio personality in Springfield, Ohio, and showed an early gift for mimicry. »
- Carmel Dagan
An update on this TV pairing first announced in January, which is now on its way to becoming a reality... Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence will be co-starring in and co-producing a comedy backed by Lionsgate, which has been described as a buddy series with an Odd Couple feel - the 1970s ABC series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as 2 men with different lifestyles who share a Manhattan apartment, and all the conflict and laughs between them. THR is now reporting that the project is indeed moving forward, with Bob Boyett and Robert Horn writing and executive producing. Previous credits for Boyett and Horn include hits »
- Tambay A. Obenson
An update on this TV pairing first announced in January, which is now on its way to becoming a reality... Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence will be co-starring in and co-producing a comedy backed by Lionsgate, which has been described as a buddy series with an Odd Couple feel - the 1970s ABC series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as 2 men with different lifestyles who share a Manhattan apartment, and all the conflict and laughs between them. THR is now reporting that the project is indeed moving forward, with Bob Boyett and Robert Horn writing and executive producing. Previous credits for Boyett and Horn include hits like Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Full House, Living Single and Designing Women. Development on the project will begin effective immediately. As I said before, I think Martin and Grammer are an intriguing, if unlikely pairing. Both are apparently free since Kelsey...
- Tambay A. Obenson
In the United Kingdom there are some shows that are just repeated to within an inch of their television life but still keep on an weaving their magic on the audience. Three of the best are arguable Columbo, Murder She Wrote and Quincy, M.E. Quincy was a show that was fairly unique, it could almost be called the CSI of its time. Jack Klugman created a character and made it his own, it was a sad loss when he died in December of 2012, the small screen (and big) lost a true legend. In a celebration of just how good he was in the role it could be said to be somewhat of a fitting tribute that the third series is being released for us to enjoy.
For its time Quincy, M.E looked at quite a few controversial subjects, especially in the third season when one of the strongest episodes was about abusive relationships. »
She died Friday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatic cancer, family members said. She was 69. Her family had announced she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September.
Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before One Day At a Time made her a star.
- Associated Press
HoYay—short for "Homoeroticism, Yay!"—celebrates the sexual potential of male-male relationships. Proponents and auteurs of HoYay in contemporary television series—including such shows as Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Suits, Hawaii Five-0, Sherlock, Community, and Merlin—argue that the intimate relationships highlighted between key male protagonists both mirror and suggest male-male romantic relationships—in short, duos like Derek and Stiles and Merlin and Arthur are gay without being gay. In order to ably name these relationships, they use the term homoerotic, describing not only what is present onscreen but also what becomes present in a culture that extends beyond what is depicted—in fan fiction, slash, ‘shipping blogs, and in the imaginations of both the viewer and possibly the creator of the shows as well.
Homoeroticism has a long history. The earliest surviving fictions, the ancient Sumerian epics of Gilgamesh, feature what has been described as a homoerotic relationship between the »
Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the »
Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were among the big winners during the star-studded telecast of the 85th Oscars, host by Seth MacFarlane live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Read on for the recap...
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The Best Picture
Fulfilling its promise of incredible momentum this awards season, Argo was named Best Picture over Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. Producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov and producer/director Ben Affleck took the stage for an emotional acceptance, with Ben talking a mile a minute. In addition to acknowledging Steven Spielberg, "our friends in Iran" and the "eight great films that have as much a right to be up here as we do," he reflected on his first Oscar win for Good Will Hunting back in 1998: "I was really just a kid, and I went »
The well-respected former mayor of New York City died on Feb. 1. So sad.
Edward Irving “Ed” Koch, the former three-term mayor of the Big Apple, passed away on Feb. 1 in New York City. He spent most of his life living in and building up a city that he loved. He was 88 years old.
The History Of Ed Koch
Ed grew up in New Jersey, and later attended the City College of New York. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, where he earned two battle stars as a Combat Infantryman. In 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant and returned to New York City to pursue a law degree from Nyu School of Law.
After practicing law for a number of years, Ed became active in politics. He served as a congressman for nine years in New York, and for two years as a member of the New York City Council. »
- HL Intern
The ensemble casts of Argo and Downton Abbey upset the competition at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In the ceremony honoring the year's best performances in film and television, other unexpected and/or well-deserved wins went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes. Read on for the recap…
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The Best Ensembles
The night's top award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, went to the 13 actors of Argo, with a stunned Ben Affleck excitedly making sure he thanked his wife Jennifer Garner and studio, Warner Bros. in the middle of lauding the many speaking roles required for his film: "They wanted to kill it to make the movie better," he said, declaring of the win, "I am really amazed and stunned." The true-life Iran hostage tale beat out Lincoln »
Robert, best known for playing Proposition Joe on HBO’s ‘The Wire,’ died in Baltimore on Jan. 17 of apparent heart failure.
Robert F. Chew spent five incredible seasons with acclaimed HBO show The Wire, and lost his life in the same city the show took place on Jan. 17. He died while sleeping of apparent heart failure. Tragic news.
The talented actor, who also taught and mentored young actors at the Baltimore Arena Players, was remembered by The Wire‘s creator David Simon. He told The Baltimore Sun, “Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore,” adding, “He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working.”
Though he was best known for playing Proposition Joe on The Wire, »
- Russ Weakland
So sad. Conrad Bain, who played the father on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ died on Jan. 14 surrounded by his family in Livermore, CA.
“He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father,” Conrad’s daughter Jennifer told TMZ, comparing her father to his Diff’rent Strokes character Philip Drummond.
The actor, who would have turned 90 on Feb. 4, last made his mark in television on the series Unforgettable — he starred in one episode in 2011. Before that, it was an appearance on an episode of The French Prince of Bel-Air in 1996.
- Christopher Rogers
The obituary of the actor Jack Klugman mentioned the role he saw for his series Quincy, M.E. in addressing social issues. Since it appeared I've been interested to read Us reports – including one by Joshua Green on the Washington Post website – recalling how he helped ensure the passing of a piece of critical healthcare legislation, the Orphan Drug Act of 1983.
This aimed at pushing pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for diseases that don't affect enough people to prove profitable. In 1982, Jack and his writer/producer brother Maurice Klugman wrote two Quincy episodes, the second of which focused on the blocking of the actual bill. In the pivotal scene, Quincy confronts a senator and demands that he look out of the window. Peering down, he sees a huge crowd gathered with signs reading "We Want the Orphan Drug Act" and relents. The show's producers hired 500 extras who really did suffer from rare diseases. »
Jack Klugman's cause of death was prostate cancer according to the actor's death certificate ... TMZ has learned.The document also states Klugman died at his home in the San Fernando Valley. His wife Peggy was by his side.Klugman -- who died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve -- was most famous for playing Oscar Madison on the legendary TV show "The Odd Couple" ... followed by the title role on "Quincy, M.E." in the 70s and 80s. »
- TMZ Staff
Interesting news has emerged that could either turn out to be comedy gold or one of the biggest mistakes in TV history. According to Deadline, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, Boss) and Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys, Big Momma’s House) are in talks to star in a new TV comedy together. Whilst this seems like a rather peculiar pairing, that is indeed the whole point.
The TV series is to thought to be in a similar vein to the 1970’s The Odd Couple show starring Tony Randall (The Tony Randall Show) and Jack Klugman (Quincy) as two very different men who shared an apartment. The show relied on the obvious comedic conflicts that arose between the two men and was very popular, running between 1970 and 1975 on ABC.
If this show is to go ahead it would mark a welcomed return to comedy for Kelsey Grammer who up until recently starred in TV »
Interesting pairing. Both are apparently free since Kelsey Grammer's Starz drama Boss was canceled last fall after 2 seasons, and Martin Lawrence's CBS pilot wasn't picked up. But if anyone had told me they'd be getting together to star in a comedy series together, I might have rejected the idea. Deadline is reporting that Grammer and Lawrence might be co-starring in and co-producing a comedy for Lionsgate TV, describing it as a buddy series with an Odd Couple feel - the 1970s ABC series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as 2 men with different lifestyles who share a Manhattan apartment, and all the conflict and laughs between them. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Interesting pairing. Both are apparently free since Kelsey Grammer's Starz drama Boss was canceled last fall after 2 seasons, and Martin Lawrence's CBS pilot wasn't picked up. But if anyone had told me they'd be getting together to star in a comedy series together, I might have rejected the idea. Deadline is reporting that Grammer and Lawrence might be co-starring in and co-producing a comedy for Lionsgate TV, describing it as a buddy series with an Odd Couple feel - the 1970s ABC series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as 2 men with different lifestyles who share a Manhattan apartment, and all the conflict and laughs between them. Although the Grammer/Lawrence series may not necessarily follow that exact character and story structure. Talks are said to have been going on since November, with the project now put on fast track, and Lionsgate hunting for writers, and potential showrunners. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
One of the best selling artists of all time died in Encinitas, Cali. on Jan. 1. She was 85 years old — so sad.
Singer Patti Page, best known for her song “Tennessee Waltz,” died on Tuesday, Jan. 1 7 at her home at the Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas, Cali.
Patti emerged just after World War II and was critiqued as being “bland” and “plastic,” but her fans disagreed, and helped her sell over 100 million records.
In 1950, Patti sold 10 million copies of her most famous song “Tennessee Waltz.” The song was a hit for all genres — topping the pop, country and R&B charts.
In 1952, Patti released her song “Doggie In The Window,” but it did not have the same commercial success.
Although the Grammy Awards were not introduced until 1959, Patti won a Grammy nearly 50 years into her career — in 1999 — for Live at Carnegie Hall.
Patti also had a Broadway musical based on her life called, »
- Dory Larrabee
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