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From classic character roles to Mary Tyler Moore to the bridge of The Love Boat, Gavin MacLeod has entertained TV audiences for decades and his stint as Captain Stubbing is one he is especially proud of. Gavin talks about his favorite moments on the show and why it is so beloved even today. Plus we wind up our look at The League by talking with the brainy couple who started it all, Jeff and Jackie Schaffer.
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- Mike Raub
Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »
- Andre Soares
"Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. »
- EW staff
From Mvd, Sneak Peek footage from "The Best Of The Danny Kaye Show", available on DVD October 7, 2014, including six uncut episodes of the Emmy-winning 1963-1967 variety series:
"...Danny Kaye was at the height of his popularity when 'The Danny Kaye Show' debuted on CBS in the fall of 1963. A pair of Broadway hits 'Lady In the Dark' and 'Let's Face It' plus a succession of popular feature films including 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', 'The Inspector General', 'Knock On Wood', 'Up In Arms', 'The Court Jester', 'Hans Christian Andersen' and 'White Christmas' made Danny Kaye one of the most beloved stars of his day..."
In this collection Danny sings with Ella Fitzgerald, Nana Mouskouri and Harry Belafonte. He sings and dances with Liza Minnelli and Gene Kelly, and deftly clowns his way through comedy sketches with Art Carney, Rod Serling, »
- Michael Stevens
What is there to say about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For other than it was a massive failure, notching only $6.31 million over the course of its opening weekend, well shy of the expected $20 million and almost $4 million less than the lowest reader prediction on the board (kudos J T). It flopped and this is probably the last we'll write about it until it hits DVD and Blu-ray in three months or so. Then there's If I Stay, which did well considering its $11 million budget, but even it was expected to do much more after opening with $6.8 million on Friday only to eventually bring in $3.2 million on Sunday as it ended the three-day with $15.6 million. Good considering the budget, yes, bad considering the start. When the Game Stands Tall eeked out $8.3 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is now the highest grossing domestic release of the summer and in just »
- Brad Brevet
You may not know it, but a futuristic thriller that opened overseas last year to glowing reviews and hefty box office business snuck into Us theatres less than a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I said snuck. Oh, and two of the actresses in it are recent Oscar winners. And the main star was a major part of the third highest grossing film of all time. Speaking of grosses, the director helmed South Korea’s biggest grossing movie…of all time. So, where are the billboards, when did the TV spots air? Most importantly, why didn’t they show the film to the press, so we can generate a little word-of-mouth buzz before opening day? Perhaps it’s because this is not a sequel or a reboot, and it’s not about a popular superhero (it is based on a graphic novel, though a fairly obscure French work). This is »
- Jim Batts
The first man who brought Pinocchio to life on the big screen has died -- Richard Percy Jones passed away at home in Northridge, CA.Jones died Monday night ... apparently of natural causes.As a kid, he was chosen by Walt Disney to provide the voice of the boy puppet for the 1940 animated flick, "Pinocchio." Jones was also a skilled rodeo rider -- appearing in a bunch of B-movies and TV shows. He also had »
- TMZ Staff
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Like Father, Like Son"
What's It About? Two families are thrown into upheaval when it's discovered there was a mistake at the hospital where their respective sons were born. Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) has to decide what's more important to him, the relationship he's developed with the six-year-old child he thought was his biological son or his "real" son. Hirokazu Kore-eda explores what it means to be a family and a father in this intimate drama.
Why We're In: Kore-eda's a critically acclaimed filmmaker and beloved arthouse auteur whose work deserves to be seen on a wider scale. Don't let the subtitles scare you -- check it out!
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
Well, 22 Jump Street still did excellent business over its opening weekend, but estimates were off by three million as the new R-rated comedy finished with $57 million instead of the estimated $60m. The film holds the record for the sixth largest opening ever for an R-rated movie and second highest opening for an R-rated comedy behind The Hangover Part II ($85.9m). Next weekend the drop will likely be significant, but with an opening like that on a film budgeted at $65 million things are looking just fine. In second is the disappointment of the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon 2, opening with a mere $49.4 million, less than six million more than the 2010 original. It was reported this morning DreamWorks Animation stock dropped as a result of the poor performance, which makes me wonder about those planned sequels considering the $145 million budget. So far, only $24.8 million has come in from 26 international territories. »
- Brad Brevet
The Fault in Our Stars couldn't quite make it to $50 million, finishing the weekend with $48 million on a $12 million budget, but I don't think the studio will be complaining about a film that hits a four-times multiplier in its first three days. Not to mention one that added an additional $17 million from overseas for a global opening weekend of $65 million. The news wasn't quite so chipper for Edge of Tomorrow as the Tom Cruise starrer stumbled domestically to the total of $28.7 million, though it did manage an additional $111 million overseas for a total that is now at $139.7 million. For a film budgeted at $175 million this is a terrible start and something we're talking about right over here if you're interested. As for the holdovers, Maleficent held on very well, dropping only 50.6% for a second weekend of $34.3 million and a global cume of $336.2 million. With a $180 million budget, however, this one »
- Brad Brevet
‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie: Batsuit, Batmobile revealed — Will the world ever be the same again?? (photo: Brooding Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’) Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder has used his Twitter account to post a couple of monochrome shots taken on the set of his upcoming DC Comics flick, ahem, epic. One, posted yesterday (May 12, 2014), shows a half-covered Batmobile, featuring the accompanying tweet: "Could be time to pull the tarp … Tomorrow?" Oh, the suspense! The Internet is on fire. Comic book nerds are having Twitter orgasms. Since yesterday morning, Snyder’s Batmobile tweet has been retweeted 16,150 times and favorited another 9,733 times. For comparison’s sake: In the last four hours, the New York Times‘ tweet linking to a report about the Syrian government using chlorine gas in attacks has been retweeted all of 47 times. Even more pressing news such as "Alec Baldwin Arrested After Biking the »
- Andre Soares
Source: Getty / Gilbert Carrasquillo Jada Pinkett-Smith said there is "nothing sexual" about the recent controversial photo of her daughter, Willow Smith, and shirtless actor Moises Arias. Miley Cyrus gave a bizarre speech at her London show, urging kids to smoke weed, get laid, and take Vitamin B. Oprah's long-lost audition tape is amazing. Watch to see her in action, and find out the origins of her name: The Fault in Our Stars trailer is the most "liked" in YouTube's history. It probably also holds the record for most tears shed while watching. Scandal is not recasting Columbus Short's character, Harrison, with Eric West. Shonda Rhimes handled that rumor perfectly: I've never heard of Eric West. Harrison is not being recast Ever. How about reporters Check Their Sources before running with a story? — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 7, 2014 What's old is new again, as Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are »
- Alyse Whitney
Jackie Lynn Taylor, who played one of the Little Rascals in the beloved Our Gang films in the 1930s before becoming a TV anchor and, later, a church minister, has died at 88. She passed away Monday and had been battling Alzheimer's disease, her husband, Jack Fries, told the Sacramento Bee. Born Jacqueline Devon Taylor in the summer of 1925, she won a child beauty pageant in Long Beach, Calif., before her mother, a nurse, took her to a Hollywood casting call. When she was 9, Taylor played the female lead in five Our Gang movies released in 1934. She memorably played Jane, the »
- Tim Nudd
Jackie Lynn Taylor, who played one of The Little Rascals in five Our Gang comedy shorts released in 1934, died Monday in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights, Calif. She was 88. Jack Fries, a former CBS journalist and TV anchor/producer, said his wife had Alzheimer’s disease, The Sacramento Bee reported. Taylor debuted as Jane, the “girlfriend” of gang leader Wally (Wally Albright), in Hi-Neighbor, an episode in which the youngsters decide to build their own fire engine. When she grew too tall, she was replaced by Darla Hood. “We didn’t have scripts,” she told The Bee in
- Mike Barnes
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Some remarkable child performers have very brief moments in the spotlight -- Carrie Henn in Aliens is a great example. Others fizzle around the time they reach adulthood, often through unfortunate circumstances like drug addiction. Then there are people like Ron Howard, Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Sidney Lumet, Jackie Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor ... The list can go on and on and on (especially if we're counting those who switched roles in Hollywood like Howard and Lumet). We should also include the ones who had missteps during the transition to adulthood but made comebacks, like Drew Barrymore and Jason Bateman. But nobody today, certainly not the younger generation of talents like Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, can be...
- Christopher Campbell
Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.
Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said it was not their case because Rooney died a natural death.
There were no further immediate details on the cause of death, but Rooney did attend an Oscar party last month.
Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking »
- The Associated Press
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An overwhelming majority of entertainers seem less important in retrospect. As the years pass, the shade of their shadows fades and fades until their individual effect on the horizon is barely noticeable at all. With Sid Caesar, however, the opposite is true. Following years in the military in which he contributed to various shows and revues, Caesar began working on movies and television shows in the late 1940s. In 1949, NBC handed him a variety hour called The Admiral Broadway Revue. That led into Your Show Of Shows, widely considered one of the greatest variety programs in TV history, as well as Caesar.s Hour and a ton of subsequent specials. Brilliant writers and actors like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca, Howard Morris, Bea Arthur, Jackie Cooper, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen were all given a microphone or a typewriter to prove their talent thanks to Caesar. Collectively, »
Abandoning the debilitating hunt for Hollywood funding, Alexandre Rockwell gleefully returns to his freeform indie roots in “Little Feet.” Loading a 16mm camera with black-and-white “short ends,” he casts his two young kids as leads and sends them roaming little-shown byways of Los Angeles in search of a replacement for their goldfish’s dead mate. With nods to the cinematic anarchy of John Cassavetes and Jean Vigo, and a screenplay by Rockwell and his 7-year-old daughter, Lana, “Feet” plunges directly into the wildly unpredictable logic of childhood. Slated for exclusive Vimeo release in March, this hourlong gem promises to have a long artistic afterlife.
No grownups intrude upon the children’s self-contained universe. Their father (played by Alexandre Rockwell himself) comes home at night, still clad in the panda costume he wears at work, only to fall into an exhausted drunken sleep, whereupon 7-year-old Lana (Lana Rockwell) solemnly tucks him in with a kiss. »
- Ronnie Scheib
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