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Rob Lowe To Receive 2018 Horatio Alger Award

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Rob Lowe, film and television actor, producer, writer and director and New York Times best-selling author, has been selected for membership in this prestigious organization.

Lowe joins 11 other esteemed business, civic and cultural leaders from across North America in receiving 2018 honors. For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, eight-year-old Rob Lowe dreamed of being an actor. Throughout a tumultuous childhood, he focused on his goal despite his young age, appearing in many productions throughout the mid-west. In 1976, following his mother’s second divorce,
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Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors

Film News Roundup: Billy Dee Williams, Omari Hardwick, Tiffany Haddish Receive Honors
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Dee Williams will receive a Hollywood legacy award, the Art Directors Guild taps three for lifetime achievement, and fan-owned Legion M invests in a Nicolas Cage movie.

Honors

The American Black Film Festival will honor Billy Dee Williams with the Hollywood legacy award, actor Omari Hardwick with the distinguished Abff alumni award, and actress Tiffany Haddish with the rising star award.

The awards gala will take place on Feb. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work, and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows.

Williams’ credits include “Brian’s Song,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Batman.” Hardwick stars in the Starz series “Power” with credits on “Tyler Perry’s for Colored Girls” and Bet Network’s “Being Mary Jane.”

Haddish starred
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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 8: Over 100 Horror and Sci-Fi Themed Enamel Pins

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Welcome back, readers, for another installment of Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! For day eight, we are going all in on enamel pins, simply because there are so many amazing designs out there and it was hard to narrow down the list. That being said, here’s a list of over 100 horror and sci-fi themed enamel pins that we discovered online, and we guarantee there’s absolutely something for every genre fan out there, so if you need some stocking stuffer or holiday gift ideas, look no further!

Do keep in mind that in most cases, what you see below is only a partial listing of each site’s inventory, so I recommend digging around each online store for all kinds of goodies, because there are some truly amazing enamel pin designs out there (I could have easily done a list of 200, but my sanity won out).

Also, Daily
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Valerie Harper Reveals Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Her to Divorce Her Ex — and Find Love Again

Valerie Harper Reveals Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Her to Divorce Her Ex — and Find Love Again
Spend a little time with Valerie Harper and the topic of Mary Tyler Moore is bound to come up.

For good reason. The 78-year-old actress made her debut as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1971, playing a character that led to Harper getting her own hit sitcom, Rhoda, which made her a 1970s icon.

“She was such a giving person,” Harper—who has been battling incurable brain cancer for past four and a half years—tells People in an exclusive interview in this week’s magazine.

“She used to sit on the set there on the set
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How Valerie Harper Survived a Fatal Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It’s a Miracle She’s Still Here’

How Valerie Harper Survived a Fatal Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It’s a Miracle She’s Still Here’
On a recent afternoon, Valerie Harper kicks back on a sofa in her Santa Monica, California, condo overlooking the Pacific, happily chewing gum and talking matter-of-factly about the disease that should have killed her four years ago.

“I’m still here,” Harper tells People in an exclusive interview in this week’s issue. “I still have cancer, but I’m okay and most of my days are good.”

Nearly a half century has passed since Harper made her debut as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a character that gave the actress her own hit sitcom, Rhoda, and made her a 1970s icon.
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Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘Two Dead Men’

Liam Hoofe reviews the second episode of Marvel’s The Punisher

The first season of Marvel’s The Punisher dropped yesterday and the first episode got things going with a bang. The show instantly established Frank Castle’s life post Daredevil and also laid out the blueprint for the show thematically for the coming season.

While the first episode introduced us to several characters, a lot of those, it would appear were disposable, ‘Two Dead Men’ introduces what we can safely assume to be some of the season’s key characters, and it does so in an efficient, and highly enjoyable fashion.

The biggest focus this episode is on David Lieberman, also known as ‘Micro’. Micro was the character who we saw watching Frank at the end of the last episode and his intentions towards Frank are still not fully clear by the time the credits roll in this one either.
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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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Sam Smith Gives a Surprise Performance at 1 Couple's Wedding, Proves He's a Actual Angel

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Sam Smith Gives a Surprise Performance at 1 Couple's Wedding, Proves He's a Actual Angel
Sam Smith knows just how to make our hearts skip a beat. He recently charmed us with his Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show With James Corden, and now he's proving to be an actual angel with his latest move. The "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer surprised two brides, Bec Baran and Lisa Best, at their wedding in London on Sept. 30 with a soulful performance of Disclosure's "Latch," which he sang vocals on in 2012. The brides' best woman and niece, Katie, was the only person who knew about the surprise, and she kept it a secret until the very end. Although Sam didn't pop out at the wedding ceremony, he did watch it from a side door. The cutest moment has to be seeing Sam get so nervous right before he's about the take the stage. "Just being a part of someone's day like that means the world to me,
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Honorary Oscars: Donald Sutherland in "Ordinary People"

Lynn Lee reflects on Honorary Oscar winner Donald Sutherland's work in a former Best Picture...

The first time I saw Ordinary People, I remember thinking it was very good, very sad, and very WASPy, and that the acting was outstanding across the board. I was most impressed, if also most frustrated, by Mary Tyler Moore for playing so convincingly against type as the chilly, brittle, allergic-to-grief Beth Jarrett; found Timothy Hutton’s guilt-racked Conrad the most relatable; and Judd Hirsch’s warm, no-bs shrink the most appealing. Yet the character I ended up feeling the most sympathy for was Donald Sutherland’s Calvin, who’s forced to accept the disintegration of the family he fought so hard to preserve.
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‘Alias Grace’ Review: Margaret Atwood’s Novel Once Again Gets Beautiful, Brutal, and Feminist Treatment in Netflix Miniseries

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‘Alias Grace’ Review: Margaret Atwood’s Novel Once Again Gets Beautiful, Brutal, and Feminist Treatment in Netflix Miniseries
Brace yourself: You’re going to want to binge “Alias Grace.” The six-episode limited series — streaming now on Netflix following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequent broadcasting in Canada on the CBC — is downright hypnotic, rapturous, and engrossing.

Watching evokes the sense of sinking into a great novel, which seems only fitting, given that it’s based on the 1996 book by Margaret Atwood, one of our greatest living novelists. But everything in the execution is owed to the detail-rich writing of Sarah Polley and direction of Mary Harron, who take this real-life tale of murder and give it rich depths, digging into the harm done to a human soul by a lifetime of oppression.

At the center of “Grace” is Grace Marks (played by Sarah Gadon in a star-making turn), a 19th-century Irish immigrant convicted of a notorious double murder, whose mental state comes
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Film Review: ‘Wait for Your Laugh’

Film Review: ‘Wait for Your Laugh’
The recent death of fabled French star Danielle Darrieux at age 100 prompted speculation that she might have sustained the longest career in showbiz. However, still-alive-and-kicking Rose Marie has the edge — though retired (most reluctantly) at a mere 94 years, she started nine full decades earlier, racking up a career that encompassed practically every popular performance medium in the U.S. As lively and likable as its subject, Jason Wise’s documentary “Wait for Your Laugh” pays fond tribute to a tireless trooper whom generations have known mostly as a wisecracking second banana often funnier than the bigger stars she supported. It should draw out patrons “of a certain age” who likely haven’t journeyed to the multiplex for some while.

Wheelchair-bound now, Rose Marie’s mind remains sharp as a tack, and she happily walks us through one hell of a professional resume. Born Rose Marie Mazetta in 1923 Manhattan, she was taken to shows from an early age by
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Bob Newhart on Returning to 'Big Bang Theory' & the Surprising Item Still Left on His Bucket List! (Exclusive)

Bob Newhart on Returning to 'Big Bang Theory' & the Surprising Item Still Left on His Bucket List! (Exclusive)
Professor Proton returns!

In tonight's all-new episode of The Big Bang Theory, the one and only Bob Newhart returns for his fifth guest appearance on the smash CBS comedy -- and only Et has the behind-the-scenes scoop straight from the 88-year-old legend.

"It's just great coming back," Newhart dished to our cameras when we recently stopped by the set of The Big Bang Theory's 11th season.

We were delighted to see that Newhart was once again dressed as Sheldon's spiritual guide -- a combination of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Professor Proton -- but apparently those robes are not as comfy as they look! "You love it, but I don't love it," Newhart joked.

When asked what it's like to share scenes with Newhart, Big Bang's leading man, Jim Parsons, was quick with his response. "It is really, really unpredictable in a really good way," Parsons said with a smile. "I mean, like, he is solid
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124 days until Oscar...

Just 124 days until Hollywood's High Holy Night, now. Time for a little silly trivia. Only two Best Picture winners have ever been exactly 124 minutes long. Curiously enough, those titles were back-to-back winners: Ordinary People (1980) and Chariots of Fire (1981) both of which beat critically-obsessed-over competition in Raging Bull (1980) and Reds (1981).

Admit it: You heard the Chariots of Fire theme song in your head and visualized Mary Tyler Moore's ice cold mom as soon as you read the titles. 

Where else did your mind's eye take you?
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Sam Smith Confirms He's in a Relationship After Kissing 13 Reasons Why Star Brandon Flynn

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Sam Smith Confirms He's in a Relationship After Kissing 13 Reasons Why Star Brandon Flynn
Sam Smith is officially off the market! On Tuesday, the "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer confirmed he is in a relationship during a fun appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I'm not [single], which is crazy," Sam said. "It's weird bringing out an album and not being single." While Sam didn't name his boyfriend directly, the singer was spotted kissing 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn in NYC earlier this month, and the two later attended a performance of Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen together. Hopefully this means we'll get to see more of the couple very soon!
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Horror Highlights: Screambox’s “13 Screams of Halloween”, Slasher: Guilty Party, Scream Factory Blu-rays, Sightings, Grimmwood, Apartment 213, Party Bus To Hell

Get your scream on with these new frightful stories from today's Horror Highlights! Screambox's "13 Screams of Halloween" kicked off this past Friday the 13th and will continue until the big day. Also: Netflix's Slasher Season 2 details, Scream Factory's latest Blu-ray releases, a trailer for Sightings, details for the immersive experience Apartment 213, Grimmwood, and Party Bus From Hell.

Details on "13 Screams of Halloween" from Screambox: Press Release: "Los Angeles, Calif. (October 12, 2017) Screambox, the leading streaming service for hardcore horror fans, is celebrating the Halloween season with a fun treat: 13 new fan-favorite films will be released completely free for streaming on any device from Friday the 13th of October through Halloween, October 31st. Even more thrilling, these top-rated, terrifying titles are exclusive to Screambox -- true horror lovers won’t find these films on any other major streaming service, including Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

“It’s been a great year for Screambox,
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Supergirl Recap: Mind Over Matter (Plus, Who Returned to Earth?)

Supergirl Recap: Mind Over Matter (Plus, Who Returned to Earth?)
Monday’s Supergirl was a real mindscrew.

This week’s episode introduced us to Psi (Jane the Virgin‘s Yael Grobglas), a master of mental manipulation with a penchant for robbing banks. “More money, more happiness,” she told Kara during their first encounter, to which I say someone needs to brush up on her Notorious B.I.G.

RelatedSupergirl‘s Katie McGrath on Lena and Kara’s ‘Difficult’ New Dynamic

Psi’s secret weapon is her ability to exploit her enemies’ fears, which prompted her to send Kara back to the day she fled Krypton. This obviously sucked for Supergirl, but
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Performer of the Week: Ted Danson

Performer of the Week: Ted Danson
The Performer | Ted Danson

The Show | The Good Place

The Episode | “Existential Crisis” (Oct. 12, 2017)

The Performance | Playing an immortal demon doesn’t really lend itself to a ton of emotional range. But the equally immortal Danson found a way to add a few layers of depth to The Good Place‘s afterlife architect Michael this week, via a crushing existential crisis.

Danson’s performance split in two very different halves: First, during an ethics lesson with Chidi, Michael began to comprehend the meaninglessness of existence and fell into a deep “existential coma,” with Danson hilariously letting out an agonized wail
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Did Arrow Defy Too Many Deaths? Was Outlander Tease Clever or Cruel? Did Supergirl Need Aquaman? And More Qs

Did Arrow Defy Too Many Deaths? Was Outlander Tease Clever or Cruel? Did Supergirl Need Aquaman? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, NCIS, Empire and Arrow!

1 | How is Once Upon a Time‘s Henry keeping his motorcycle fueled after years in the Enchanted Forest? (Seems like a throwaway line about Regina “enchanting” his gas tank would have sufficed.) And is Roni’s bar situated on a hill… or not?

2 | Has Inhumans elicited a bigger groan than when Medusa commanded an Atm to give money to “the queen of Attilan”?

3 | Was Outlander
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Ben Affleck and Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus Get Artsy During N.Y.C. Shopping Date

Ben Affleck and Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus Get Artsy During N.Y.C. Shopping Date
Ben Affleck and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus browsed for some new artwork while out and about in New York City this week, taking in some local galleries.

The Saturday Night Live producer kept it casual in denim and a long-sleeved striped shirt, and showed her pride for the sketch show with white Converse sneakers emblazoned with the series’ title. Affleck similarly went for comfort, wearing a navy sweater and khakis with sneakers.

Just a few days prior, Affleck supported Shookus at the SNL studios on Saturday night for the live taping of season 43’s second episode, hosted by guest Gal Gadot.
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