9 items from 2013
Think of Marvin Hamlisch, and it's impossible not to think of many of the most memorable film and stage melodies of the past 40-plus years.
The late, hugely personable talent and very rare Pegot -- winner of a Pulitzer Prize, four Emmy Awards, four Grammys, three Oscars and a Tony -- composed some artists' biggest hits, such as Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" (from the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me"), and refitted Scott Joplin's ragtime sounds for "The Sting."
Hamlisch also gave Broadway the hits "A Chorus Line" and "They're Playing Our Song" and kept at his craft to the end, scoring the HBO drama "Behind the Candelabra" just before his passing in August 2012.
Tom Laughlin: ‘Billy Jack’ movie franchise comes to an end; U.S. government, Hollywood studios blamed (See previous post: “‘Billy Jack’: Tom Laughlin Revolutionized Film Distribution Sytem.”) In 1975, Tom Laughlin’s self-produced Western The Master Gunfighter — a remake of Hideo Gosha’s samurai actioner Goyokin, co-starring Ron O’Neal and Barbara Carrera — bombed at the box office after opening at more than 1,000 locations. Laughlin reportedly had spent $3.5 million to market the $3.5 million production, having hired John Rubel, assistant secretary of defense under Robert McNamara, to plan the film’s distribution tactics. Financially depleted and embroiled in more lawsuits against Warner Bros., Laughlin embarked on the Billy Jack series’ fourth — and, as it turned out — final film, Billy Jack Goes to Washington. A 1977 Frank Capra Jr.-produced reboot of Frank Capra’s 1939 classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Laughlin’s final directing effort was barely seen even in its drastically edited form. »
- Andre Soares
Another week of TV has gone by and while there weren't a lot of new shows out there this week, Zap2it has still collected the best dialogue from the week of Nov. 24-30.
Red: "Allies today, enemies tomorrow. The world is a complicated place."
Liz: "This'll be faster if we split up."
Aram: "And scarier."
Red: "Have you ever sailed across an ocean, Donald? On a sail boat surrounded by sea with no land in sight. Without even the possibility of sighting land for days to come. To stand at the helm of your destiny. I want that, one more time. I want to be in the Piazza Del Campo in Sienna. To feel the surge as ten race horses go thundering by. I want another meal in Paris, at L'Ambroisie in the Place Des Vosges. I want another bottle of wine. And then another. I »
One of comedy's top honors is now among Carol Burnett's rewards for making countless fans glad they've had such time together with her.
The iconic TV variety veteran became the 16th talent to receive the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last month, joining a list of honorees ranging from Steve Martin, Bill Cosby and Bob Newhart to Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin. PBS televises the event Sunday, Nov. 24 (check local listings), soon after Burnett's guest appearance as McGarrett's aunt on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and the home video release of a "Christmas With Carol" compilation from her classic "Carol Burnett Show."
The six-time Emmy winner clearly is still going strong, and among those saluting her at the Twain Prize ceremony were 2010 recipient Tina Fey, Burnett's former weekly TV cohorts Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence, longtime friend Julie Andrews, music legend Tony Bennett, Amy Poehler, Martin Short »
Not that there was really any doubt, but Lucie Arnaz is still getting visible proof of how many people still love her parents.
"I Love Lucy" - the iconic 1950s sitcom that starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz -- continues in weekday repeats on Me-tv, and CBS' "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" will combine two newly colorized episodes of the show Friday, Dec. 20. Thanks to an online sale Arnaz is conducting this week, before she and her family relocate from the East Coast to California, fans also can own some of her mom and dad's history.
"I had already done this with a lot of their stuff a couple of years ago," she tells Zap2it. "You go, 'I found another box! What's in this?' I went through the hope chest that was up in our closet and thought, 'Oh! I forgot I saved this.' The hatbox that »
Tina Fey opened the proceedings by declaring that her love for Burnett “is just shy of creepy,” adding her own ambitions in sketch comedy were kindled by “The Burnett Show,” which ran on CBS from 1967-78.
The affair, taped for broadcast on PBS Nov. 24, followed its time-honored format of tributes from a gaggle of comics and other prominent admirers, interspersed with vintage video clips. The event raised a record $1.8 million for the D.C. center’s artistic and educational programs, said chairman David M. Rubenstein. »
- Paul Harris
Washington (AP) — Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation's top humor prize in Washington. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Nov. 24. The lineup of entertainers who will salute Burnett on stage also includes Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Burnett became famous playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines for 11 years on TV's "The »
- Brett Zongker (AP)
Though it's typically the faces in front of the camera that fans associate with a hit TV series, many of your favorite shows had some very famous people behind the scenes as well. From "Star Trek" to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," legendary Emmy, Grammy and even Oscar winners helped create the shows that have become integral parts of TV history.
The tradition of big names producing signature shows continues this season with Rebel Wilson's "Super Fun Night" on ABC. Wilson is producing her American TV debut along with comedian Jeff Ross and Conan O'Brien and his Conaco Productions, who was behind "Andy Barker, P.I." and the short-lived NBC drama "Outlaw," starring Jimmy Smits.
O'Brien also co-created "Super Fun Night" with Wilson and had only the highest praises for her at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour earlier this month, comparing Wilson's character Kimmie to Lucille Ball and Tina Fey's iconic characters. »
- The Huffington Post
You may have guessed that I'm a fan of game shows, but if you're a decent, totally American human being, you love game shows too. Thus, it's only right that you know today is the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Pyramid, the beloved franchise that eventually spawned the Dick Clark-hosted $20,000, $25,000 and $100,000 versions, as well as two recent incarnations starring Donny Osmond and Price is Right producer Mike Richards, respectively. The classic game of verbal clues and Egyptian iconography is just so addicting, and we're lucky that Game Show Network still airs it all the damn time.
To celebrate the show's incredible run, I thought we'd rank the 10 greatest celebrities ever to lend their clue-giving skills to Dick Clark's game. My list includes mainly »
9 items from 2013
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