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Jack Blessing, Star of ‘Moonlighting’ and ‘The Naked Truth,’ Dies at 66

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Jack Blessing, Star of ‘Moonlighting’ and ‘The Naked Truth,’ Dies at 66
Jack Blessing, an actor best known for his roles on “Moonlighting,” “The Naked Truth” and “George Lopez,” died at his home in Chatsworth, California at age 66. Blessing’s death, which occurred on November 14, was confirmed in a Facebook post by his son, Ian Blessing, who told The Hollywood Reporter that his father had been battling pancreatic cancer. Blessing’s rep confirmed the cause of death in an email to TheWrap. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) Blessing may be best remembered as MacGillicuddy from the 1980s crime dramedy “Moonlighting.” The character worked at the Blue Moon Detective Agency run
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‘Moonlighting’ Creator Glenn Gordon Caron Has Big Ideas For A Reboot, But Isn’t Sure That He Should — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Moonlighting’ Creator Glenn Gordon Caron Has Big Ideas For A Reboot, But Isn’t Sure That He Should — Turn It On Podcast
Glenn Gordon Caron is almost midway through his first season as showrunner of “Bull,” CBS’ Michael Weatherly drama about a high-powered trial consultant loosely based on the real-life work of Dr. Phil McGraw. But, of course, it’s hard not to first ask him about “Moonlighting,” the legendary romantic comedy starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, which broke every television rule back in the 1980s.

And indeed, in this era of remakes and reboots, Caron told IndieWire that he’s often approached about putting “Moonlighting” back on television. He’s torn on whether to do it — but has some great ideas should it go.

“Maybe you do it with Channing Tatum and Emma Stone? Or for a moment I had this idea of doing it [again] with Bruce and Cybill. I can’t tell you all the ideas I’ve had. But at the same time there’s a voice in my head that goes,
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Exclusive: Jane Lynch Brings Gravitas to ‘Manhunt’

Jane Lynch is a comedic force. But even her funniest onscreen performances are rooted in a commitment to the truth of human nature, a quality that carries over into her more recent dramatic work. The three-time Emmy winner has created indelible characters of all sorts -- most notably as Sue Sylvester on Glee -- over the course of nearly three decades in Hollywood. But perhaps none have loomed as large in the popular imagination as U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, whom the actress portrays in Discovery Channel’s latest scripted project, Manhunt: Unabomber.

The eight-episode anthology series, created by Andrew Sodroski, follows the FBI’s pursuit of Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) and his ultimate capture based on breakthrough linguistic evidence assembled by agent Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington). In just a few short scenes, Lynch embodies a key player in the true-crime drama, and perhaps the sole character as recognizable to the American public as the Unabomber
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Martin Scorsese’s Top 7 movies

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There are few filmmakers out there that can boast a filmography that stacks up to Martin Scorsese’s. Argued to be the best director of the Hollywood New Wave generation – not a small feat, considering he’s up against heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Scorsese started his career in 1967 with his debut Who’s That Knocking On My Door, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon at his 74 years of age.

With big news coming out regarding his long gestating return to gangster epics The Irishman, we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Scorsese’s wide spanning and eclectic career.

Gangs of New York

In many ways Gangs of New York belongs to Scorsese’s modern American gangster genre, albeit it as a prequel to the actual gangster world. Telling the violent
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Competition: Win ‘Do You Believe?’ on DVD

To celebrate the release of Do You Believe? – on digital and DVD 4th September – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. An A-list cast team up with the makers of the hit film God’s Not Dead for a multi-layered examination of faith and redemption in the modern world.

The writer and director of the hit film God’s Not Dead (which grossed over $60million) have come up with another fresh and bold examination of faith in the modern world in Do You Believe?, featuring an outstanding, all-star cast including Sean Astin, Mira Sorvino, Delroy Lindo, Brian Bosworth, Cybill Shepherd and even The Fall Guy and The Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors.

Starring the brilliant, and underrated, Ted McGinley, as the conflicted pastor who sets the multi-layered story into motion, this is a bold and moving film, reminiscent of the classics Crash and Short Cuts,
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Giveaway – Win Do You Believe? on DVD

To celebrate the release of Do You Believe? – on digital and DVD 4th September – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

An A-list cast team up with the makers of the hit film God’s Not Dead for a multi-layered examination of faith and redemption in the modern world.

The writer and director of the hit film God’s Not Dead (which grossed over $60 million) have come up with another fresh and bold examination of faith in the modern world in Do You Believe?, featuring an outstanding, all-star cast including Sean Astin, Mira Sorvino, Delroy Lindo, Brian Bosworth, Cybill Shepherd and even The Fall Guy and The Six Million Dollar Man himself Lee Majors.

Starring the brilliant, and underrated, Ted McGinley, as the conflicted pastor who sets the multi-layered story into motion, this is a bold and moving film, reminiscent of the classics Crash and Short Cuts,
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Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer Wanted to Be Thelma & Louise: Biggest Secrets Behind the Trailblazing Classic

Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer Wanted to Be Thelma & Louise: Biggest Secrets Behind the Trailblazing Classic
A new book about the acclaimed 1991 film Thelma & Louise offers proof that fans weren’t the only ones in awe of its trailblazing characters.

Off The Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge, by Becky Aikman, chronicles how Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer were slated for the lead roles, but had to turn them down after production was delayed. Once the news was out, Hollywood’s top actresses jockeyed for the plum roles.

“It seemed as if every agent who represented anyone with a vagina and a pulse besieged Pathé and Ridley company for a shot,
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My Wild Summer With Tom Cruise: Women, Sean Penn and the Making of 'Risky Business'

My Wild Summer With Tom Cruise: Women, Sean Penn and the Making of 'Risky Business'
You may not know his name, but Curtis Armstrong's hangdog face and gravelly voice are undoubtedly familiar. From playing Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies to helping Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd solve crimes on ABC's Moonlighting to voicing Snot Lonstein on Fox's American Dad!, Armstrong, 63, was all over the pop-culture map in the '80s, '90s and beyond, with a résumé that includes more than 150 film and TV roles. Now he's revealing some of the backstage dramas (and shenanigans) of that long career as one of Hollywood's best-known character actors in a new memoir, <a href="https://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/revenge-of-the-nerd/"...
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Quantico, Psych, Stranger Things, Fear Twd, Fargo, Supernatural and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Quantico, Psych, Stranger Things, Fear Twd, Fargo, Supernatural and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: So, what’s the deal with Quantico Season 3? Is ABC completely overhauling the show? —Justine

Ausiello: I don’t know about a complete overhaul, but it’s certainly going to be a significant one. I’m told the network — in conjunction with the drama’s new, Tbd leadership — is looking to streamline the series in the hopes of making it more accessible to viewers. That means more self-contained storylines (although sources insist Quantico is not becoming a
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How the Brutal Murder of a Playboy Centerfold Sent Shock Waves Through Hollywood

How the Brutal Murder of a Playboy Centerfold Sent Shock Waves Through Hollywood
Dorothy Stratten had the world at her fingertips in 1980.

She had rocketed to fame as the Playboy Playmate of the Year. Now, Hollywood was calling. She landed guest roles on TV shows such as Buck Rodgers and Fantasy Island.

Things got even better for her when she earned a substantial role in the movie They All Laughed, a comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara and John Ritter.

She maintained warm relationships with several Hollywood heavy hitters, including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

But Stratton’s personal life was messy. Her marriage to her controlling small-time manager, Paul Snider, was on the rocks.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Those ‘Cheers’ Jokes May Mean the Marvel Universe Finally Understands On-Screen Romance

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Those ‘Cheers’ Jokes May Mean the Marvel Universe Finally Understands On-Screen Romance
[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (as well as “Cheers.”)]

Of all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe properties, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has proven itself to the master of the unexpected pop culture reference. But when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) brings up the classic 1982 – 1993 sitcom “Cheers” to describe his relationship with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), it serves as a reminder that so few people genuinely understand one of pop culture’s most popular tropes: The “Will They/Won’t They” romance.

Read More: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Pulls Off the Impossible: Solving Marvel’s Villain Problem

Not that the McU has a proven track record for a sophisticated understanding of adult relationships — especially among the Avengers, romance is clearly a tricky notion. Captain America has managed a few stolen kisses in between battles, but no sustained relationship beyond his timeless affection for Peggy. Bruce Banner has a connection with Black Widow, but suffers from Hulkus interruptus (and Widow has
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A-List TV Titans' Best & Worst: Every Chuck Lorre Series Ranked

A-List TV Titans' Best & Worst: Every Chuck Lorre Series Ranked
Sick of run-of-the-mill best-and-worst lists? We were, too. So in this new series of features, TVLine is singling out the small screen’s biggest behind-the-scenes titans, then ranking their output from their least to most impressive creations.

Funny is Chuck Lorre’s business, and to put it mildly, business is good.

RelatedMay Sweeps Scorecard 2017: Deaths, Breakups, Weddings, Firings, Sex, Resurrections, Time Jumps and More!

Since the Roseanne survivor birthed his first sitcom 25 years ago, he has gone on to create one monster smash (The Big Bang Theory) after another (Two and a Half Men), along the way working with
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Bull to Switch Showrunners as CBS Nears a Season 2 Renewal

Bull to Switch Showrunners as CBS Nears a Season 2 Renewal
CBS’ Bull has a new man in charge… which sets the stage for a possible Season 2.

TV veteran Glenn Gordon Caron is taking over as showrunner of the freshman legal drama, according to a report from our sister site Deadline — but only if the series, starring NCIS alum Michael Weatherly as a high-priced jury consultant, returns for a second season. Caron will join Bull for the remainder of Season 1 as a consultant, with current showrunner Mark Goffman transitioning to a development role at season’s end.

RelatedMichael Weatherly Shares Hopes for Bull (Including That It Dodges a Dark Angel
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Al Jarreau Dies: Grammy-Winning ‘Moonlighting’ Singer Was 76

Al Jarreau, the buttery-voiced, seven-time Grammy-winning pop and jazz singer, has died, just days after announcing his retirement. The 76-year-old vocalist, whose opening for the Bruce Willis-Cybill Shepherd series Moonlighting was among the 1980s’ most popular and best remembered TV theme songs, was hospitalized in Los Angeles two weeks ago for exhaustion. His death was confirmed via his official Twitter page. “He was in the hospital,” the announcement stated, “kept…
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Taxi Driver review – Scorsese's sleaze is still the bee's knees

The rereleased 1976 shocker in which Robert De Niro roams night-time New York is fixed firmly in the past – but its visceral horror remains undimmed

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 neon-lit ordeal shocker Taxi Driver is back once again to deliver another punch to the solar plexus, with screenplay by Paul Schrader, superlative jazz score by Bernard Herrmann, cinematography by Michael Chapman – revived in UK cinemas as part of the Scorsese retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank. It was last rereleased here six years ago for its 35th anniversary and five years before that for the 30th.

It has become a critical tradition to muse on how much has changed in New York since Travis Bickle, unforgettably played by the livewire Robert De Niro, roamed the night-time streets in his checker cab. He’s the insomniac ex-marine, traumatised by Vietnam, so hardened he doesn’t mind going to scary rough places such as … Brooklyn.
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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Trailer Recut To Feature Grim ‘Taxi Driver’ Narration — Watch

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Trailer Recut To Feature Grim ‘Taxi Driver’ Narration — Watch
This March, Nintendo will release their brand-new video game console The Switch, a hybrid console that allows portable and home play. Though Nintendo will release plenty of games to play on the release date, gamers will have to wait to play the latest entry from the Super Mario series until later this year.

Read More: ‘Taxi Driver’ Exclusive Clip: Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster Talk Final Bloody Scene In 40th Anniversary Q&A

The new game “Super Mario Odyssey” puts players in the role of Mario as he travels across worlds outside of the Mushroom Kingdom, including several levels inspired by real-world locations such as “New Donk City”, i.e. New York City. The trailer for the game provides consumers with a glimpse of New Donk City, complete with skyscrapers, taxi cabs and pedestrians. Now, video editor Dominick Nero has recut the trailer to give it more of a “New York” feel,
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‘Taxi Driver’ Exclusive Clip: Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster Talk Final Bloody Scene In 40th Anniversary Q&A

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‘Taxi Driver’ Exclusive Clip: Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster Talk Final Bloody Scene In 40th Anniversary Q&A
As director Martin Scorsese preps his 24th feature film “Silence” for official release, it’s natural to look back at the many films he’s made over the past fifty years — “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” etc. But one film of his in particular looms large in the culture: “Taxi Driver,” Scorsese’ 1976 vigilante film starring Robert De Niro as a disturbed Vietnam vet who works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City. As he slowly loses his grip on reality, he attempts to save a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) from a life of sleaze and degradation.

Read More: Robert De Niro Celebrates ’40 F*cking Years’ of ‘Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver” was nominated for four Oscars, drew controversy for its graphic violence and inspired an enduring catchphrase. In honor of its 40th anniversary, the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Afterwards, the
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Giveaway: Win Taxi Driver 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and Digital (2 Winners)

Director Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Can you believe it? Makes you feel a little bit old if you saw the film theatrically four decades ago.

To celebrate the anniversary, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Taxi Driver on Blu-ray and Digital combo co-starring Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd in a new 40th anniversary package. It arrives in stores on November 8th, otherwise known as Election Day.

Sony has graciously given us two copies of the new affordably-priced Taxi Driver Blu-ray and Digital combo to give away in this contest. You can take a shot at winning one by filling out and submitting the short entry form below.

The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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Get Cast in Disney's ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and 4 More Feature Films

This week’s casting roundup is all about feature films—potentially starring you! These are five feature film opportunities you don’t want to miss, including Disney’s Ava DuVernay-directed “A Wrinkle in Time” and the dramatic comedy “Rose” starring Cybill Shepherd and James Brolin. Check them out below! “A Wrinkle In Time”Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” starring Reese Witherspoon and the one and only Oprah Winfrey, is casting two young actors for leading roles. The film, based on the 1963 children's book, seeks one male actor, aged 5–9, to play Charles Wallace who is “extremely intelligent and very articulate,” and another male actor, 14–17, to play Calvin, “handsome, athletic, genuinely sweet and caring.” The project is shooting this fall at an undisclosed location. “Rose”Dramatic comedy “Rose,” starring Cybill Shepherd, James Brolin and Pam Grier, is casting background talent. The film seeks a female, aged 50–70, to serve as a stand-in for Shepherd,
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Rolling Stone's Top 100 TV show: Three mistakes and three oversights

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Rolling Stone's Top 100 TV show: Three mistakes and three oversights
Rolling Stone just issued their list of the 'Top 100 Television Shows of All Time.' The rankings, which came from a survey of actors, writers, critics, and producers, includes all the shows you’d expect like Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Sopranos. And a bunch of other programs that don’t start with the letter “S.” It’s a pretty comprehensive list and a reminder of how many great shows there have been even before what we’re now calling the Golden Age of television. Like any “top” anything list, there’s controversy. And we’re more than happy to dive into that topic. One thing we didn’t do is re-rank everything. If we did that, we’d be here forever and you wouldn’t want to read any further. So rather than that, we’ve just picked three shows that made the list that shouldn’t have and three replacements to fill those gaps.
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