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Friday (Nov. 8) was a big day for "Law & Order: Svu" star Mariska Hargitay.
After 14 years playing Detective Olivia Benson on the long-running NBC procedural, Hargitay received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right next to the one belonging to her mother, Hollywood legend Jayne Mansfield. Appearing on "The Tonight Show" shortly after the big event, the actress gushed to host Jay Leno about how special the day was for her.
"It was a deeply profound, meaningful day and a huge marker in my life," Hargitay said. "I felt so connected to her." After Leno showed a photo from Mansfield's ceremony, the actress revealed just what made the day extra-special. "My big brother and my sister, who were in that picture, were here today."
Leno took Hargitay for a walk down memory lane during her visit, showing viewers a clip from her mother's visit to the Merv Griffin Show »
Us film and TV producer to receive lifetime award at TV festival.
Jerry Bruckheimer is to receive the Honorary Golden Nymph Award at the 54th Annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival recognizing his lifetime achievements in film and television.
The presentation will be made by Prince Albert of Monaco at the Opening Ceremony of festival, which runs June 7-11, 2014.
In the 2005-06 season, Bruckheimer had a record-breaking 10 series on network television.
His projects have collectively received 41 Academy Award nominations (six wins), 118 Emmy Award nominations (22 wins), 23 Golden Globe nominations (four wins) and 30 People’s Choice Awards nominations (15 wins) among others.
Others to receive the Honorary Golden Nymph Award includ Dick Wolf, Anne Sweeney »
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Jerry Bruckheimer will receive the Honorary Golden Nymph Award in 2014.
The prolific TV and film producer will be honoured with the prestigious prize at the 54th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival next summer.
Prince Albert of Monaco will hand the award to the filmmaker at the festival, which is held from June 7 to 11.
Festival CEO Laurent Puons said in a statement: "If it is possible for a producer to become a worldwide brand, Jerry Bruckheimer is that producer.
"His work is seen throughout the world and has captured the imagination of multiple generations who have experienced the very best in filmed entertainment that he has produced. We are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to honour him. He will receive an award from Hsh Prince Albert that he richly deserves."
It was the 80s. Clothes were tighter, hair was bigger, and the most important things in life were to kick-ass and just f’n rock, man. The heavy metal way of life leaked into our horror films as well. Trick or Treat, Shock ‘ em Dead, The Gate, and Lone Wolf are prime examples of this strange marriage of metal and monsters. But one of the finest (and cheesiest) films of this lot is Rock’n’Roll Nightmare aka Edge of Hell. So grab your lycra tube top and hairspray. We are taking a trip to the great white north for the ultimate in horror metal.
Aspiring metal group, Tritonz (the “z” made it kick-ass), and their scantily clad girlfriends descend on an isolated farmhouse with the intention of recording some jams in the oddly well-stocked-with-sound-equipment barn. Little does the band know, the house has a history of demonic activity, and »
- Rebekah McKendry
With a repertoire including Merv Griffin, Steve McQueen, the Monkees and the Brady Bunch, Gene Trindl holds the record for shooting TV Guide Magazine covers — more than 200 of them! We went behind the lens with the late photographer's grandson, Skylar Schofield, who calls Trindl's impressive roster of cover images his "ultimate résumé."
"He never really watched too much television, because it was weird for him to see his subjects [as stars], even though that's what he was trying to capture," says Schofield of legendary Hollywood macho man Steve McQueen (posing on our cover for his hit Western Wanted: Dead or Alive). "He really respected people who were true craftsmen."
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- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s no more Mr. Nice Guy for the founder of hedge fund Third Point, a major investor in Sony. In a letter to his investors today, Daniel Loeb says he’s fed up with the performance of the electronic giant’s movie, TV, and music businesses — which he wants Sony to package in a separate stock, with a minority stake sold to the public. “We were surprised that after Entertainment’s highly touted big budget summer releases — After Earth and White House Down — bombed spectacularly at the box office, CEO [Kazuo] Hirai, speaking at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley conferences a few weeks ago, brushed off these failures saying: ‘I don’t worry about the Entertainment business, it’s doing just fine’,” Loeb says. Calling the films “2013′s versions of Waterworld and Ishtar,” Loeb says it’s “perplexing” that Hirai gave “free passes” to Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-CEOs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Mark Corwin, the Emmy-winning director of Wheel of Fortune who helmed more that 2,000 episodes of the game show since 1999, died Thursday of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 65. The L.A. native worked as associate director on Sony Pictures Television’s syndicated Wheel before taking over the top duties when Dick Carson, the younger brother of Johnny Carson, retired. The show, created by Merv Griffin and hosted by Pat Sajak, debuted in 1975 and has had only three regular directors. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 "The game constantly changes. You never know what’s about to happen -- it
- Mike Barnes
Let’s go beyond the candelabra: Name 5 Best Actor Oscar winners and the gay biopic roles you want them to play.
Well, I’ll be the millionth to say it: Behind the Candelabra was a worthy two hours of television! It was an appropriately decadent affair with eye-popping star turns and sweet production value. That line about Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte? So funny and fantastic.
To celebrate the movie’s goodness, let’s play a parlor game: Pick a Best Actor Oscar winner (like Michael Douglas) and pick the a great gay biopic role for him to play (like Liberace). I’ve come up with five options, and I’m psyched to hear yours. I threw in a bonus Best Actress scenario for the hell of it.
Yes, I’m requesting that the man who perfectly portrayed Truman Capote revive his penchant »
- Louis Virtel
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
In films like Last Action Hero and Jurassic Park: The Lost World, we've been given alternate realities of movies including Sylvester Stallone in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and King Lear starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. But some of these faux realities may not be as ridiculous as initially thought. One such case is country musician Garth Brooks almost starring in Twister and Saving Private Ryan. Why are we just now hearing about this? Well, Lisa Sanderson, who’s worked with both Brooks and Merv Griffin, has filed a lawsuit against Brooks, saying that she lost out on money and opportunities because the famed singer is a “paranoid, angry, deceitful, and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime.” Brooks' efforts stretch as far back as 1994 when he started his own production company called Red Strokes, and they initially had a development deal with Disney that never »
- Ethan Anderton
Garth Brooks might be a little crazy if claims filed against him by a former partner are to be believed. Lisa Sanderson, who’s worked with both Brooks and Merv Griffin, has filed a lawsuit against Brooks, saying that she lost out on money and opportunities because the “Thunder Rolls” singer is a “paranoid, angry, deceitful, and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime.” The actual complaint Sanderson filed is a doozy, with a number of shocking revelations that may or may not be true. Included among them is an accusation that Brooks turned »
You thought all the action happened at the Empire Polo Field? Think again. For a select few "influencers" and "tastemakers," the Palm Springs region turns into a wonderland of pre- and post-parties where lucky guests get to rub elbows with celebrities and other festival VIP.
One such event at the nearby Merv Griffin estate Saturday treated party-goers to acts like Santigold, The Dough Rollers and DJs Shorty Stump and Michelle Pesce at the first-ever H&M Loves Music Coachella pool party. Famous faces in the crowd included actress Diane Kruger of "Inglourious Basterds" with her boyfriend Joshua Jackson ("Fringe"), as well as Julianne Hough ("Save Haven"), Darren Criss ("Glee") and Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill").
Santigold performs at the H&M Loves Music Coachella 2013 Kick Off Event.
(Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for H&M/AP Images)
Rough life, huh? As Los Angeles Times reporter Jessica Gelt put it: "First-world »
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Today's H&M Loves Music pool party was held at the expansive Merv Griffin Estate just outside of Palm Springs. The bash was the first such event the global fashion brand has thrown in conjunction with Coachella. The festivities featured paddleboat rides and ping-pong tables, carnival snacks including popcorn, cotton candy, and churros, and a live poolside performance by Santigold. Santigold hit the stage late in the afternoon and played some of her biggest hits, including "L.E.S. Artistes," for the crowd. During the soiree, we caught up with Sophia Bush, who was lounging under an umbrella with a group, and spotted Darren Criss taking a turn on the paddleboats. Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson also arrived with friend and designer Jason Wu and relaxed by the pool. Later on, Diane and Joshua transitioned to the Coachella festival itself, where they shared a few kisses in the VIP sections as bands played. »
- Lindsay Miller
Is anyone really surprised?
Viewers are still reeling over last week's Dallas cliffhanger, which found Pam opening her shower door to see the supposedly dead Bobby lathering up with Sue Ellen's boy toy Peter. Producers are keeping mum, but admit that this will take Bobby in a "new direction" next season.
Not to be outdone, Remington Steele will have a surprise for viewers when the show comes back next season: The title character will come out of the closet! Tptb explain, "It will be done very naturally and matter-of-factly. All these years, viewers thought Remington was British, but it turns out ... he's just gay."
Trouble seems to be brewing on the set of Growing Pains, as a potentially historic plot twist may be quashed. Producers were planning on having teen idol Kirk Cameron 's character Mike Seaver question his sexuality, leading to sexual experimentation with best friend Boner, and »
The 61st Academy Awards was a huge disaster. Organizers played musical chairs with several traditional aspects of the ceremony, but the biggest change in plans concerned the host. This awards show didn't have a host. Instead, it had a bizarre opening performance featuring Merv Griffin, Eileen Bowman (as Snow White) and Rob Lowe, which ended up being a total mistake. Audiences everywhere cringed as Lowe and Bowman sang an ultra-showbiz version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary." There was also dancing and a whole slew of embarrassing things that prompted major industry stars — including Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Julie Andrews and Billy Wilder — to sign an open letter expressing their disgust for the telecast. ...
- Alison Nastasi
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