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William Hoyland obituary

The actor William Hoyland, who has died aged 73, was a stalwart of the plays edited from public inquiries or trials that Nicolas Kent directed at the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn, north-west London. The texts were realised by the great band of Tribunal Players, as we came to call them. For those that I provided, Bill played John Major in Half the Picture (1994, about the Scott inquiry), Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel in Nuremberg (1996), the confrontational detective John Davidson in The Colour of Justice (1999, about the murder of Stephen Lawrence), and Colonel Derek Wilford, the unapologetic Paras commander in Bloody Sunday (2005).

In Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (2004), compiled by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo, he “spookily” donned “the mantle and manner” of Donald Rumsfeld, the Us defense secretary, wrote Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard. After a West End transfer, the play was later read in the Us Congress.

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The Girl with Something Extra: Sally Field Comedy Coming to getTV in January

GetTV is getting you a little something extra to ring in the New Year. The first and only season of The Girl with Something Extra TV show is coming to getTV, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7:20am Et. NBC premiered the series in 1973 and cancelled it after only one season of 22 episodes.The Girl with Something Extra starred Sally Field as Sally Burton, a newlywed with Esp. John Davidson played her husband John Burton. When he learns about his wife's abilities, wackiness ensues. Zohra Lampert and Jack Sheldon also starred. Guest stars included: Henry Jones, Teri Garr, Farrah Fawcett, Pat Harrington Jr., Don Knotts, Dick Van Patten, and Merv Griffin. Read More…
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Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV

Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV
Jimmy Kimmel got his start while in high school, with a cheeky radio show on Kunv in Las Vegas. After that, he worked as a radio-show sidekick in various cities before landing his debut solo show in Palm Springs, Calif. He was first mentioned in Variety on May 8, 1997, when he was the sports reporter on the “Kevin & Bean” show on L.A.’s Kroq. His big (and surprising) TV break came when he was hired as co-host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” — a gig that resulted in a Daytime Emmy.

Since then, he has received multiple Emmy nominations for his late-night ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” now in its 13th season. He hosted the Emmys in 2012, the last time the awards show was on ABC, and will host the 68th annual awards on Sept. 18.

What was your first showbiz job?

I was in high school and a kid I knew at Miller’s Outpost said, “You
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'Game of Thrones' Creator George R.R. Martin Responds to Death Rumors

'Game of Thrones' Creator George R.R. Martin Responds to Death Rumors
George R.R. Martin, the man who created the Game of Thrones universe, is alive and well amidst rumors of his untimely demise. Many believed the author of the Ice and Fire novel series, upon which the hit HBO fantasy series is based, passed away this morning. But those fans are confusing the writer with another highly prolific artistic presence. It was actually George Martin, famed Beatles producer, who died. But that hasn't stopped some news stations from getting the two mixed up.

George R.R. Martin took the news of his death in stride. And he was actually quite touched by the outpouring of love that flooded social media in the wake of this erroneous news. He even penned a tongue-in-cheek reassurance to his legion of fans that he was not buried yet. So please, don't waste your money on a wreath. He states the following.

"While it is strangely moving
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Grimmfest 2015 Preview

Grimmfest, the North Of England’s premier horror, cult and fantastic film festival opens its pre-Halloween doors for the 7th time on Thursday 1st October with a gala screening of The Hallow, starring Oxford born Joseph Mawle (Game Of Thrones). It promises to be a packed four days with more than 20 feature length presentations to choose from. The annual Grimmfest event was born out of the Grimm Up North monthly film screenings and events that scare, astound and entertain Manchester audiences all year round. So, here’s what the Grimmfest team, told us you can specifically look forward to in 2015:

Simeon Halligan

Landmine Goes Click is a real surprise to me. I thought I knew what I was getting from the title and the trailer but this turned out to be a complex and very dark study of the effects of retribution and revenge on the human psyche. The third act blew me away!
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The 10 Hottest Men of "Dancing With the Stars"

Dancing With the Stars has never been my bag, but the reality juggernaut boasts three big perks: 1) Tom Bergeron is and always has been an exceptional host, and it's nice to see the veteran of Hollywood Squares and the cult FX talk show Breakfast Time helm a hit series with Emmy-winning flair; 2) Carrie Ann Inaba is a great judge; 3) Excepting So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars has given us the hottest men in reality TV history. The constant shirtlessness is a big help.

Since the show just wrapped its all-star season with an all-female Final 3, let's reorient ourselves with a look back at the movers and shakers we care most about: the sweaty, sweaty dudes.

10. Evan Lysacek

Figure skater Lysacek jumped from his gold medal-winning streak in Vancouver to Dancing With the Stars in record speed, and thank God: He was a sexy mover! He also
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Vanna Men: A Brief History of Male Models on Game Shows

We rejoiced when Boston model/actor Rob Wilson was announced as the The Price is Right's first male model. Hooray for bare chests adorned with price-tag stickers! Wilson will begin straddling jetskis and wielding Plinko chips for a one-week stint beginning October 15, and hopefully he'll do well enough that men become a permanent addition to the modeling staff. In the meantime, we have a few decades of game show brawn to remember:

$ale of the Century's beaming hunks Gregorio Gaviati and David Gibbs want to strike a deal with you.

$ale of the Century: It's the thinking man's Let's Make a Deal! When contestants correctly answered enough questions on this Jim Perry-hosted jam, they became eligible to win prizes for giving up points. If you're shocked to find this 1980s U.S. game show featured male models, consider that $ale of the Century's main gimmick is tempting contestants into buying personal luxury gifts,
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The 5 Forgotten TV Genres We Miss Most

In this YouTube age, a time when I can find any episode of Peyton Place or Herman's Head with a few simple clicks, it's hard to tell what kinds of old TV shows I genuinely miss and which I just like to revisit for kitsch value. Every year I feel like I'm slipping away from regular TV viewing and losing myself more and more in ancient YouTube footage, which is both edifying and horrifying. I think it's time that TV programmers start minding my departure and adjust TV schedules to accommodate more of the stuff I miss.

Thus, I'm counting down five old -- and perhaps outdated -- genres of television series that I still miss. I'd personally love if some wild TVLand exec could exhume them promptly. Let's begin.

1. Variety specials

Every Thanksgiving someone like Carrie Underwood will land a primetime special and sing a few standards, but I'm
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Interview, Portrait: Lesley Ann Warren ‘In Plain Sight’

Chicago – Lesley Ann Warren is familiar to TV viewers for her recurring role on “Desperate Housewives” as Sophie Bremmer and her portrayal of Jinx Shannon on “In Plain Sight.” She also has a rich career spanning five decades, with classic film and television characters along the way.

Born in New York City, Warren studied under Lee Strasberg at the famed Actors Studio, the youngest student to ever be accepted at 17 years of age. A year later she made a huge debut in the television remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” musical. This led to a contract with Walt Disney Studios, in such films as “The Happiest Millionaire” (1967). After leaving Disney, she did one season on the TV show “Mission: Impossible” and several roles in the mini-series era in the 1970s. She was nominated for an Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Victor Victoria” (1982) and went on to
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40 Years of "Airport": "The Concorde... Airport '79" (1979)

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In 1970, one movie invented the modern disaster film. After grossing more than $100 million at the domestic box office (adjusted for inflation, it made more than any of the "Lord of the Rings"), it spawned three sequels that stretched through the entire decade. But this landmark series is now almost totally forgotten, long eclipsed by the film that so brilliantly spoofed the genre tropes it helped define. In honor of its 40th anniversary, we're looking back at the "Airport" franchise this week, one film at a time. Today, "The Concorde... Airport '79," the rare movie with an ellipsis in the title.

The Concorde... Airport '79

Directed by David Lowell Rich

Nature of Air Emergency: A journalist (Susan Blakely) boards Federation World Airlines' new Concorde plane with documents implicating weapons manufacturer Kevin Harrison (Robert Wagner) in illegal arms deals with America's enemies. He tries to shoot down the Concorde and fails.
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