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He is probably best known from his role as Black Vulcan in “Super Friends” (the 1980-2 version, which was the fifth incarnation of the series).
The actor also played Blaster in “The Transformers,” Doc in “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” and Winston Zeddemore in “The Real Ghostbusters” (subbing in for Arsenio Hall) and later in “Extreme Ghostbusters.”
While “Super Friends” featured the superheroes of the DC comicbook world, Jones’ character Black Vulcan was a creation of Hanna-Barbera.
Edward L. “Buster” Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee. “I got out of Paris by playing music,” he told Marc Tyler Nobleman in a 2011 interview.
Jones went to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, then played in a series of bands, including in London. »
- Carmel Dagan
Rip Joan Rivers
Legendary comedian Joan Rivers passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the age of 81.
"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends," her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
Below, read a few celeb reactions to the passing of the comedy legend.
"[She was] obviously a hugely influential gal," Robert Downey Jr said at the Toronto Film Festival. "Our thoughts are with her family."
"I was just simply fond of her," Sarah Jessica Parker told Et at Gareth Pugh featured at Lexus Design Disrupted, which kicked off fashion week on Thursday. "And though she had experienced more years than some of us, I still felt »
This afternoon, news broke of Joan Rivers’ death. Celebrities, media outlets, and friends have been offering their condolences on Twitter and social media and sharing their best memories of the late comedienne:
.@Joan_Rivers was a dear & wonderful friend who I've known for 45yrs. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 04, 2014
#RIPJoanRivers #Legend instagram.com/p/siPD5iOc7o/— Ken Baker (@kenbakernow) September 04, 2014
Joan was a classic New Yorker. Her wit, style, moxie, feminist trailblazing, and quiet philanthropy made her a legend. #RIPJoanRivers— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 04, 2014
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- Teresa Jue
Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace have officially joined moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell on the upcoming 18th season of “The View.” The two women join returning co-host Rosie O'Donnell and Season 17's sole-surviving moderator Whoopi Goldberg, taking over the seats vacated by Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy in early August. While McCarthy and Shepherd's departures were confirmed in June, ABC refused to speculate about potential replacements. However, TheWrap learned the network actually tested a shortlist of replacement candidates in August. Wallace was among those women who tested with the network, but Perez was not. See video: Sherri Shepherd's Final ‘View’ Episode: Tears, »
- Travis Reilly and Linda Ge
Even though the ladies of Total Divas are famous across the world for their WWE fame, that doesn't mean they never get star-struck from time to time! The Divas come across celebrities and rub shoulders with A-listers in various settings; Brie Bella and Nikki Bella starred in Trey Songz' music video "Na Na" while Summer Rae recently made her debut in Hollywood by being the first WWE Diva to star in a movie—The Marine 4: Moving Target! Nattie hung out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and Summer Rae posed for a picture with Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell), while Eva Marie and Ariane got cozy with talk show host Arsenio Hall. The Bella twins have also been seen »
Prince is back in prolific mode: The purple one announced Monday that he will release two new albums on Sept. 29, one of them by his new band, 3rd Eye Girl. The Prince album, “Art Official Age,” and the 3rd Eye Girl album, “Plectrumelectrum,” will both be released on Sept 29. The albums will also be accompanied by a series of “very special events taking place globally,” according to a news release. Also read: ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Gets Big Ratings Boost From Prince The albums mark Prince's return after 18 years to Warner Bros. Records, which released the classics “Dirty Mind,” “1999,” »
- Tim Molloy
If you haven’t yet caught a movie outdoors this summer, then you’re missing out! On a nice night, pack your bag with a picnic blanket, snacks, and bug spray, and head out to one of these flicks under the night sky! New York City August 20What: “The Way We Were”Who: Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, the classic Sydney Pollack-directed romantic drama won two Oscars at the 1974 ceremony.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”Who: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, and others. Where: South Street Seaport What: “Captain Phillips”Who: Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi star in the 2013 dramatic thriller that earned six Oscar noms and had everyone saying, “I’m the captain now.”Where: Pier 63 Lawn August 21What: “Coming to America”Who: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and others.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “The Birds »
Craig Ferguson is in final negotiations with Tribune Media to host a daily syndicated half-hour talkshow that would air in the 7 p.m. hour across Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 stations.
The show is targeted to bow in fall 2015. It’s expected that Michael Naidus, exec producer of CBS’ “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” will be on board as showrunner of the show, which will blend comedy and talkshow elements. The intent is to rev up the hour leading into primetime with the Ferguson yakker paired at 7:30 p.m. with a prime sitcom rerun, a la “Two and a Half Men” or “The Big Bang Theory.”
Reps for Tribune Media and Ferguson declined to comment.
Tribune is in talks with distributors to handle national distribution of the show beyond its stations, which reach some 42% of U.S. TV households and cover key top markets including New York (Wpix), L. »
- Cynthia Littleton
It’s different today with kayfabe dead, but before the last 10-15 years, wrestlers were almost always in character when they went on talk shows. The results were mixed. Some wrestlers didn’t know where the line was, but the ones who did were able to get their characters over with some really awesome promotional appearances. Later on, when they were less likely to appear in-character, the wrestlers with the most engaging real-life personalities were the ones who excelled.
Some would just play their characters to the hilt as the host reacted. Someone like Arsenio Hall was especially good at doing that when he had wrestlers on. Others would tone it down, depending on what exactly their gimmicks were. Eventually, as the ’90s went on, more wrestlers went in that direction since there was not much of a point to appearing in character when it insulted viewers’ intelligence more than anything. »
- David Bixenspan
Those were just some of the impressions that Robin Williams performed in the guise of the almighty blue Genie in Aladdin. Perhaps another comedian could’ve supplied similarly outrageous voices, but no one could’ve infused that dynamic, shape-shifting character with so much heart and humor. For many fans of a certain age, Genie was the Robin Williams character that immediately popped into their heads when the sad news broke yesterday that the Oscar-winning actor had died tragically in California »
- Jeff Labrecque
Robin Williams was found dead in California today (Aug. 11) at the age 63. Friends, entertainers, the rest of Hollywood and beyond have take to Twitter to celebrate the comedian's life, to grieve, and to react to his unexpected death. Steven Spielberg's public statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Garry Marshall's public statement: “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity… He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.” Bob Iger, »
- HitFix Staff
The hour kicked off with Arsenio Hall joining the ladies' table and the audience chanting "Sher-ri." She then tearfully talked about being "profoundly grateful" for the opportunity.
"This has been one of the best seven years of my life. I tell people, step out of the fear, because I didn't want to take this job, because I'm not a prosecutor, I don't know anything," she said. "I have to say my boss, Barbara Walters, pushed me. I cried in my dressing room for three years saying, 'What am I doing on this table?'"
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- Robyn Ross
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth stopped by Fashion Police to celebrate the style flashbacks of 2000. The two starlets each picked the other's worst outfit from the year of 2000 and Joan Rivers loves every second of it. She exclaims, "Let the backstabbing begin!" Tori tries to defend her look, "I think this was the year I made my hair dark, I was trying to be taken seriously." Find out why Joan compares Tori to Arsenio Hall and why she says Jennie looks like a "prostitute on a safari!" Watch the hilarious clip above! Tune-in to an all-new Fashion Police this Friday at 9/8c on E! »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? That's a very good question. Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who drives around the Scottish countryside looking for male hitchhikers. To reveal more would be a disservice to the movie... and difficult, since this atmospheric science-fiction film is open to interpretation.
Why We're In: Director Jonathan Glazer's very, very loose adaptation of the Michel Faber novel is disturbing and sexy. Plus, they used hidden cameras to film Johansson luring clueless hitchhikers into her big white van.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? "Scanners" are humans with special telepathic gifts, and the giant corporation ConSec wants to use them for their own nefarious purposes. It becomes a gruesome war of the scanners when one gang decides to go rogue.
Why We're In: David Cronenberg's most famous head-popping horror movie finally gets the Criterion treatment. »
- Jenni Miller
Hey, here's something that will make you feel old! The Lion King is turning 20 on Sunday. The Disney masterpiece roared (shh, let us have that one) into theaters on June 15, 1994, where it would "Hakuna Matata" its way to becoming the second highest-grossing film of the year, earning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and two Grammys in the process. Although The Lion King is now seen as a centerpiece of Disney's so-called Renaissance period, it had modest origins, and even those involved on the project believed it would be a tough sell. "The pitch for the story was a lion »
- Jelisa Castrodale
Trish Bendix isn’t happy with how Faking It ended its first season. Bendix writes in The Hollywood Reporter that the ending destroys Faking It‘s credibility in handling lesbian characters. (Spoilers await you at the link.)
Just hours before debuting the fifth season, ABC Family ordered two more seasons of Pretty Little Liars. That will keep the campy horror soap on the air until 2016. With seven seasons, I believe that should make it ABC Family’s longest-running series.
I’m still hoping it turns out they really are getting texts from Hillary.
Does the timing of the Game of Thrones finale hint at a major spoiler from the books? (Again, it’s a major spoiler, so click at your own risk.)
Why does a premium channel like HBO put up so much of one of its shows, Last Week Tonight, for free on the web? Hitfix‘s Alan »
- Lyle Masaki
Arsenio Hall was supposed to spend the week of June 2 in New York City, touting the upcoming second season of his late-night talk show on The View, Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show and Late Show with David Letterman. Instead, he was in Los Angeles, packing up boxes, bidding adieu to his staff and sharing via social media his disappointment over his show's cancellation. "I dreamed that they...
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- Michael Schneider
Although his new talk show was cancelled last week by CBS Television Distribution, after just one season, Arsenio Hall is not down for the count just, as, according to The Wrap (Here), he is currently planning yet another return to late night. His manager John Ferriter said that they have been fielding several offers from interested parties,since the news of his show's cancellation was announced, and that they’re in early talks to reboot the talk show, but on another network. According to an another insider, E!, Own and Bet have all reached out to Hall about the possibility of hosting a show on their networks. However, The Wrap states that two of the networks deny that they have »
Buzzfeed declares that Faking It is “changing the nature of queer representation” as it avoids assigning a sexuality to its two lead characters , even as the sexual tension builds between them.
How did an inappropriate reference to Kelis‘ “Milkshake” make it into the Scripps Spelling Bee? The event hires comedy writers to keep things lively by writing jokes and pop culture references for the clues. Multiple possibilities are written and, while the “Milkshake” reference was rejected, it ended in the announcers’ cards by mistake.
I need to start stocking up on rage in case this Walking Dead spoiler turns out to be true. I’m positive I can »
- Lyle Masaki
Is there a chance Arsenio Hall could pull off a third return to television? His manager, John Ferriter, tells TheWrap a three-peat is possible. “There's been an outpouring of support,” Ferriter says. “We started getting calls over the weekend.” CBS Television Distribution announced it was pulling the plug on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Friday. Ferriter said other outlets didn't waste any time reaching out and Hall's camp is already in “early talks” to reboot the series. Also read: ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Cancelled After One Season Unfortunately, TheWrap couldn't find anyone willing to cop to those early talks. An individual close »
- Jethro Nededog
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