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Comic Lemaire Dies

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Actor/funnyman Jack Lemaire has died at the age of 99.

The stand-up comedian passed away on 18 October in Los Angeles due to natural causes, according to Variety.

LeMaire appeared in a number of TV shows throughout his career including 1958's Mac King and 1959's The Lawless Years, while he also toured with Bob Hope and Johnny Grant performing stand-up comedy at United Service Organizations Inc. (Uso) shows.

He famously played Colonel Sanders in a number of KFC TV adverts and was last year seen in a sketch on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show.

LeMaire is survived by a son and two daughters.

Florence and the Machine leads Mojo noms

Florence and the Machine leads Mojo noms
London -- London act Florence and the Machine has four Mojo music award nominations, ahead of rockers Kasabian who have three and Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley who both have two.

The U.K. awards, organized by Mojo magazine, are decided by readers voting online.

The winners will be announced on June 10 at a ceremony in London.

Florence and the Machine was nominated for best album for "Lungs" (Island/Universal), breakthrough act, best live act and song of the year with "You've Got the Love."

Leicester band Kasabian was shortlisted for best live act, song of the year for "Fire" and best album for "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum." The band is signed to Columbia/Sony Music.

Sheffield act Arctic Monkeys are contesting song of the year for "Crying Lightning" (Domino) and best live act while Richard Hawley is up for song of the year for "Open Up Your Door
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Warner Bros. Celebrates Success

Warner Home Video Canada held its quarterly press event in Toronto on Thursday, January 14. The Oscar-themed event, staged at the Capitol Theatre, was appropriate given that award season is upon us. And because release dates for Warner Home Video titles are the same in Canada as in the U.S., we were more than happy to make the trip.

In the spirit of the event, president John Grant was escorted to the stage by shade-wearing security. He started by saying that "2009 was an amazing year", referencing the record theatrical box office enjoyed by the industry worldwide.

Warner, he continued, pulled in $4 billion in box office, thanks to having nine films hit number 1, and eight earning more than $100 million. "The state of the industry is very healthy."

Manager of publicity Dyan Eaton took over at that point, introducing a series of clips of memorable Oscar moments, including David Niven and the streaker,
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Hollywood's "Mayor" Grant Dies At 84

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Hollywood's honorary mayor nm0004974 autoJohnny Grant[/link] has died at the age of 84.

Grant - one of the movie industry's most enthusiastic supporters for over 50 years - passed away on Wednesday evening in his room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.

According to Los Angeles police department Grant, who was a lifelong bachelor and permanent resident at the hotel, was found dead on his bed. His death is believed to be of natural causes.

Grant started his career in 1939 hosting a local radio show in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He went on to join the army air corp during World War Ii, presenting a radio programme in New York aimed at servicemen, and featuring interviews with entertainment stars of the day.

After his discharge he stayed in the city working as a reporter for radio station Wins - going on to host the first national telethon with nm0001078 autoBing Crosby[/link], nm0001362 autoBob Hope[/link] and nm0000069 autoFrank Sinatra[/link] in 1952.

In 1954 Grant moved to Hollywood, landing a role in White Christmas alongside nm0001078 autoBing Crosby[/link]. He also had a part with nm0000904 autoWilliam Bendix[/link] in The nm0751899 autoBabe Ruth[/link] Story before playing himself in 1966's The Oscar.

Grant expanded into television and was well known for revitalising the Hollywood Christmas Parade after he signed on as a parade producer in 1978.

He also hosted a variety of high profile TV shows and was awarded two coveted Emmy awards for his achievements in the industry - as well as the title of honorary mayor of Hollywood - which he was given in 1980 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Grant was also chairman of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame Committee and oversaw the induction of over 500 stars into the legendary strip.

'Bewitched' Star Montgomery Remembered With Hollywood Star

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Actress Elizabeth Montgomery has been honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Bewitched star, who died of colorectal cancer in 1995, aged 62, was remembered in a special unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday, attended by her widower, actor Robert Foxworth. Revealing the honor, Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant said, "(She) is probably in the heavens laughing at us as we stand in the rain." Foxworth added, "It is a great tribute to her that there are so many of you here."

Montgomery Remembered With Hollywood Star

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Montgomery Remembered With Hollywood Star
Actress nm0000548 autoElizabeth Montgomery[/link] has been honoured posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Bewitched star, who died of colorectal cancer in 1995, aged 62, was remembered in a special unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday, attended by her widower, actor nm0289343 autoRobert Foxworth[/link].

Revealing the honour, Hollywood Mayor nm0004974 autoJohnny Grant[/link] said, "(She) is probably in the heavens laughing at us as we stand in the rain."

Foxworth added, "It is a great tribute to her that there are so many of you here."

Joey Bishop, last of the Rat Pack, dies

Joey Bishop, the comedian and actor who was the last surviving member of the Rat Pack, has died. He was 89.

Bishop had been ill for several months and died Wednesday night of multiple causes at his home in Newport Beach, Calif.

The Rat Packers became a show business sensation in the late 1960s when they appeared together at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in shows that combined music and comedy in a seemingly chaotic manner. Among its members -- Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford -- Bishop had the lowest profile. Yet Sinatra called him "the Hub of the Big Wheel," recognizing that Bishop often was the originator of the group's comic material.

Bishop's role in their boozing/gambling/womanizing antics was that of comic straight man. Belying his Rat Pack notoriety, Bishop was honored with a citation from Pope John XXIII for his assistance with the Boys' Towns of Italy.

"He was the perfect match for the Rat Pack. He fit right in like an old shoe," Hollywood honorary mayor Johnny Grant said Thursday.

Bishop also was a popular regular on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. Known for his dour expression and self-deprecating shtick, Bishop's persona was of a befuddled and overwhelmed average Joe. Mumbling "son of a gun" was his signature response to life's overwhelming circumstances.

Bishop guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 177 times, more than anyone else. From 1967-69, Bishop hosted his own eponymous late-night show, which competed against "Tonight". Featuring an endless parade of Borscht Belt comedians, as well as infrequent visits from his Rat Pack buddies, the show floundered. After two years of struggling in head-to-head competition with Carson, Bishop was succeeded by Dick Cavett, a futile attempt to flank Carson with a "brainy" demographic.

"It was the thrill of my life to be chosen by Joey as the announcer for his talk show on ABC back in the '60s," Regis Philbin said Thursday.

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