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16 items from 2016


Lily Tomlin to Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

4 August 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lily Tomlin has been named the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Tomlin will be presented the award at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live nationwide on TNT and TBS on Jan. 29 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Tomlin won the 2014 Kennedy Center Honor, the 2003 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two Peabody Awards, multiple Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy, a Writers Guild of America Award, and both the Crystal Award and the Lucy Award from Women in Film.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris said, “Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress, as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles. But it is through her many original characters that Lily’s creative genius fully shines. She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric, and oh so honest — in a way that illuminates life’s »

- Dave McNary

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Muriel, or The Time of Return

29 July 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Alain Resnais' deceptively conventional drama is really about interpersonal dynamics: lives lived in the here and now are really anchored in events and concerns from the past, that bleed into the present. Delphine Seyrig's antique dealer invites an old beau to visit, but instead of clarity and direction finds just more personal confusion. Muriel, ou Le temps d'un retour Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 824 1963 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 116 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein, Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée, Claude Sainval, Laurence Badie, Jean Champion Cinematography Sacha Vierny Production Design Jacques Saulnier Film Editor Claudine Merlin, Kenout Peltier, Eric Pluet Original Music Paul Colline Written by Jean Cayrol Produced by Anatole Dauman Directed by Alain Resnais

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in film school we'd make pronouncements like, why do all movies have to have such structured plots, with organized conflicts and resolutions? »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Nanny Star Ann Morgan Guilbert Dies at 87

15 June 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died on Tuesday in Los Angeles her daughter confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 87. The Dick Van Dyke Show star - who played Millie, the friend and neighbor of Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) - reportedly lost her life to cancer. Guilbert also had a reoccurring role in nineties sitcom The Nanny, and recently appeared on the CBS comedy Life in Pieces. Over her 40 years in Hollywood, Guilbert starred in a number of television shows and films, including Grey's Anatomy, Getting On and Nicole Holofcener's 2010 Sundance selection Please Give. Guilbert also had credits on Broadway, »

- Naja Rayne, @najarane

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Ann Morgan Guilbert, ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘The Nanny’ Actress, Dies at 87

15 June 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ann Morgan Guilbert, a character actress best known for playing the next-door neighbor Millie Helper on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Tuesday of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 87.

Her daughter, Nora Eckstein, confirmed the death to the Associated Press.

Although she appeared on dozens of shows over her four-decades-long career, Guilbert’s defining turn began in 1961 on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and lasted for 61 episodes. Her character, Millie, was best friends with Mary Tyler Moore‘s character, Laura, and appeared in all five seasons of the sitcom.

Recently, Guilbert had several guest TV appearances, including two episodes of the CBS comedy “Life in Pieces” and an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also appeared on all three seasons of HBO’s “Getting On.”

In the ’90s, Guilbert was a regular on the “The Nanny,” playing the forgetful grandmother, Yetta Rosenberg. Her other TV credits include episodes of “The New Andy Griffith Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Not only was she a television star, but Guilbert also dazzled on the stage. In 2005, she acted in the Broadway play “The Naked Girl on the Appian Way,” and also appeared in productions of “The Matchmaker,” ”Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Harvey.”

Guilbert leaves behind two daughters. Her second husband, Guy Raymond, died in 1997.

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- Seth Kelley

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Ann Morgan Guilbert, Star of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘Nanny,’ Dies at 87

15 June 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ann Morgan Guilbert, an actress best known for her role on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at age 87, TheWrap has learned. An individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that Guilbert died at her Los Angeles home on Tuesday, with both of her children by her side, after battling cancer. In the 1960s, Guilbert played Millie Helper, the Petries’ neighbor and Laura’s (Mary Tyler Moore) best friend, on the “Dick Van Dyke Show” for its entire five-season run. Three decades later, she gained fame with a new generation, playing Fran Drescher‘s grandmother on ‘The Nanny. »

- Joe Otterson

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The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Series Finale Aired 50 Years Ago

2 June 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

This year doesn't just mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. Fifty years ago this week, CBS aired the series finale of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Created by Carl Reiner, the classic sitcom starred Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Morey Amsterdam. Between its premiere in 1961 and final season in 1966, the show earned 15 Emmys. The final episode aired on June 1st, 1966.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Let Her Be Horny: Talking Cinema with Amy Heckerling

13 May 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Amy HeckerlingThe films of Amy Heckerling reveal a heart guarded and tender, a penchant for the past without a whiff of the maudlin. Who could forget her debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Directed from Cameron Crowe's script, the 1982 film gave us frank portrayals of sexuality and the detailed minutiae of growing up, suspended in the hazy tedium of high school, all without condescension or patronizing. Totally righteous. Heckerling proved attuned to the particulars of comedy with her next feature Johnny Dangerously (1984), a waggish send-up of the 1930s gangster comedy. In its cheeky beginning, a 1935 title card reveals itself to be a real material object that crumbles when car crash obliterates its façade. With a darkened lash line, a young Michael Keaton puts forth his best James Cagney as the titular mobster whose identity and status are known to all but his ailing ma and brother, a rising assistant Da. »

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Tatiana Maslany Says Orphan Black 'Hits the Ground Running' in Season 4

14 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Orphan Black is digging up the past - literally. In an exclusive teaser for Thursday's season 4 premiere, Allison Hendrix (Tatiana Maslany) and husband Donnie (Kristian Bruun) are getting down and dirty to disintern the body of Dr. Aldous Leekie (Matt Frewer), whom they had to bury in their garage after Donnie accidentally shot him back in season 2 (whoopsy daisies!). For now, it's unclear why the Hendrixes are digging up Dr. Leekie, but one thing is certain (per Donnie): "It smells like hot garbage juice!" But the late Neolutionist is not all that will be unearthed in season 4 - Maslany, »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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James Burrows Shares His Secrets From Four Decades of TV Directing

17 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s often said in television that nobody knows what makes a hit. But that’s not entirely true. James Burrows has a test that has rarely failed him in his 40-plus years of directing multicamera comedy series.

When working on pilots, Burrows likes to bring in an audience to watch a bare-bones run-through after a few days of rehearsal. No amount of focus-group testing of the finished product can tell him more than the first impression of an impartial crowd.

“For most of my hits, those run-throughs have been through the roof,” Burrows says. “That’s how I gauge the show. I see if they like the characters and the actors they don’t know. That’s how you know what you have.”

Burrows’ track record speaks for itself — from his start as a director in 1974 on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Cheers,” “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

6 February 2016 6:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »

- Andre Soares

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Veteran Actor Edward Asner on His Career with Directors, His Trademark Grumpiness and His Howling Ability

5 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Edward Asner enjoys playing the curmudgeon. He was memorably acerbic as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and as the elderly balloon adventurer in “Up.” In TV movie “Love Finds You in Valentine,” bowing Feb. 14 on Up TV, he plays a crotchety grandfather. But for his first mention in Variety, in an Off Broadway play, it was his howling that gained notice.

What drew you to “Venice Preserv’d”?

They made me one of the conspirators. As a kid, I’d developed a good wolf howl, so I suggested I use it as a means of gathering conspirators. That’s about the extent of my performance.

How did you develop the howl?

I’m slightly autistic, and I had a long walk to school. I had to fill the aloneness, and I practiced howling like a wolf. I still do it. I’m probably not as good as I was in my childhood, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Watch: ‘Friends’ Cast Members Reunite in James Burrows Tribute Teaser

3 February 2016 5:43 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The “Friends” cast may be there for all of us one more time. NBC’s tribute to director James Burrows will bring together stars of some of America’s most memorable comedies.

The network’s latest promo for the special released Wednesday shows Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer together again for the two-hour show dedicated to the career of comedy director Burrows, who directed 15 “Friends” episodes, including “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break.”

This almost-reunion is missing one key player, though — Matthew Perry is currently in London for “The End of Longing,” which marks his playwriting debut.

Matthew may tape something for the tribute,” Perry’s spokeswoman Lisa Kasteler said. “In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for.”

While Burrows was part of one of the most quoted “Friends” episodes in the history of the ten seasons, »

- Margaret Lenker

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‘Friends’ Cast Reunion Heading to NBC in February

13 January 2016 10:41 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Your favorite “Friends” will reunite one more time on NBC this February, network president Bob Greenblatt announced during his executive session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Wednesday morning.

All six members of the “Friends” cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — will return for a two-hour special dedicated to the career of veteran comedy director James Burrows, which will air Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Burrows directed fifteen episodes of the iconic sitcom, including “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break,” which launched one of the show’s most memorable quotes.

Greenblatt admitted that the details were still being ironed out for the cast reunion. “I’m hoping all six will be in same room at same time,” he said, but cautioned, “I’m not sure we can logistically can pull it off. »

- Laura Prudom

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Little Ritchie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show': 'Memba Him?!

6 January 2016 12:20 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Larry Mathews (real name Larry Mazzeo) is best known for playing the adorable Ritchie Petrie -- photographed here with his onscreen parents Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore -- in the '60s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Guess what he looks like now! Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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