13 items from 2014
Merv Griffin died in 2007, but he lives on in TV history thanks to having created the remarkably durable game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He even composed the iconic Jeopardy theme song. But for baby boomers, Griffin will always be remembered for his talk show that ran in several incarnations from 1962 to 1986. Thanks to a hilarious impersonation by Sctv's Rick Moranis, Griffin developed a reputation for being an obsequious lightweight who ooh-ed and ahh-ed at every word his guests said.
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- Stephen Battaglio
Joan Quigley passed away at her home in San Francisco.
Joan Quigley, one of history's most influential astrologers, died at the age of 87 on October 21 at her San Francisco home. She is best known for advising former first lady Nancy Reagan.
In 1988, President Reagan denied the role of astrology in his political decisions after it was revealed that he and wife were deeply interested in it. He said at a photo-taking session, "No policy or decision in my mind has ever been influenced by astrology.''
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It was revealed that Nancy began consulting astrologer Joan Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. The ladies first met on the Merv Griffin Show.
In her 1989 memoir, My Turn, Nancy wrote she wanted to help her husband from getting shot again.
A New York Times article from 1988 confirmed the role of astrology in their lives after Ted Koppel reported that he had learned »
Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87. Quigley died Oct. 21 at her San Francisco home after an unspecified illness, the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting Quigley's sister, Ruth, said Friday. Nancy Reagan began consulting Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. She wanted to keep him from getting shot again, Nancy Reagan wrote in her 1989 memoir, My Turn. Entertainer Merv Griffin had told her that Quigley had predicted that the day the
- The Associated Press
It was the eighth - and final - trip she would ever make down the aisle. And now, for the first time, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has released photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky's lavish 1991 wedding at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch exclusively to People. This inside look commemorates People's Oct. 21, 1991, cover story on the biggest and most media-saturated wedding in Hollywood history. (Remember, this was in the days before weddings like George and Amal Clooney's and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's.) In the photos, the blushing, bronzed bride is dressed in a pale yellow »
- K.C. Baker @kcbaker77777
The last person who thought Rosie O’Donnell would ever return to “The View” was Rosie O’Donnell. In the spring of 2007, the talk show host opted not to renew her contract with the gabfest created by Barbara Walters, even though her controversial opinions gave the program a ratings boost. Then, shortly before her departure, she got caught in a spectacular fight on live TV with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck that started over the Iraq War, but quickly turned personal — and went viral.
“The day it happened, I was definitely crying,” O’Donnell recalls. “I got my stuff and walked out.” She phoned her longtime publicist, Cindi Berger, telling her: “‘I’m never going back. You have to call and tell them. Call the lawyer. No matter what they say, I will not go back.”
But this is daytime TV after all. And in a plot twist worthy of “All My Children, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
June 30 marks the 15th anniversary of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut—the movie adaptation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s iconic irreverent TV series—and co-songwriter Marc Shaiman is quick to award quite the superlative to his work on the now beloved animated film.
“It’s just about the most important movie or creative experience that I’ve ever had,” said Shaiman, a respected voice in the theater and film worlds for his musical/lyrical contributions to Broadway hits like Hairspray, TV shows like Smash, and movie scores ranging the scope from Sister Act to Sleepless in Seattle. »
- Marc Snetiker
Presenting “Love Always,” a recurring feature in which we pay tribute to the women who helped shape our views on pop culture.
This time we pay a 49th birthday tribute to one of the great child stars of all time, who overcame the pitfalls of Hollywood to carve out a successful adult career.
Here are ten reasons why I will Love Always … Brooke Shields.
In Blue Lagoon, Brooke and her breast merkin introduced us to the natural wonders of Christopher Atkins, and the two would learn the ways of sex by watching giant sea turtles copulating. The following year, in Endless Love, she would once again come through for us by giving us one of the most underrated bits of 80′s beefcake, Martin Hewitt.
She Gave Catherine O’Hara One Of Her Greatest Roles
Brooke was at her most luscious in this 1984 TV movie, »
This is exciting: Oprah is telling Lindsay Lohan what to do, and we get to watch. This is why we have TV. On the most recent episode of "Lindsay," the Own network docuseries about the actress who once erroneously claimed to know who killed her, Oprah descended on LiLo like the sword of Damocles and -- with the shaky point of her index finger -- asked if Lindsay had been drinking recently. Lindsay shook her head no as several flasks fell out of her hair, but the real highpoint was at the end of the interview when Oprah told the fussy star: "The vultures are waiting to pick your bones. And that shouldn’t frighten you, that should liberate you. That should liberate you. Because if I were you, I wouldn’t let them have me.” Lindsay had tried canceling a shoot earlier that day, but because it cost production money, »
- Louis Virtel
This story first appeared in OscarWrap: Down to the Wire For 25 years, Dency Nelson was the first person every movie star saw when they came into the wings to serve as an Oscar presenter, and the first one every winner saw when they came offstage with their statuette. A veteran stage manager who once handled cue cards for Merv Griffin, Nelson was a steady, unflappable presence in the stage-right wings of the stage beginning with one show in 1985 and then from 1989 until 2013, his long run interrupted only once, when his father died just before the Oscars »
- Steve Pond
George Clooney is currently filming Tomorrowland, but he managed to find time to answer questions at Reddit for the site's popular "Ask Me Anything" series. Here are some of the highlights. 1. George Clooney likes to make shoes.Q: What is a hobby of yours that most people don't know about? A: I'm a cobbler, I like to make shoes … [Asked if he or Daniel Day-Lewis is a better cobbler] When Daniel Day-Lewis was spending all his time playing Lincoln, I was just fixing shoes. He's spending all the time focused on the hat, and the pipe, and getting into character, and I remained focused - with the overalls and the hammer. »
- Alex Heigl
American Idol‘s 13th season premieres tonight with a new(-ish) cast of judges including the irascible Dolphin Tale star Harry Connick Jr., budding U-Turn actress Jennifer Lopez, and grown-up Peppermint Patty Keith Urban. Maybe they’ll do a good job! I don’t know! But I’ll be there watching because American Idol is still, despite sinking (but relatively phenomenal) ratings, the greatest singing cotillion on TV. Here are five reasons why.
5. The Hollywood rounds give you the best highs and most hilarious lows.
Twelve seasons in, the Hollywood rounds of American Idol remain the most underrated part of the show and maybe the entire reality-competition genre. The bustling energy of the second tryout, where attention-starved contestants who’ve passed the city auditions jump to Hollywood and attempt group numbers in a Fanny Brice-on-roller-skates way, is often the best indicator of how truly talented and likable the auditioning contestants are. »
- Louis Virtel
Melbourne, January 13: Some of the biggest scandals that have taken place at the Beverly Hilton, the place where the Golden Globes have been held since 1961 have been revealed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the history of the legendary hotel includes Presidential affairs, celebrity deaths and prostitutes, News.com.au reported.
Prostitutes were also among the regulars at the hotel, which TV host Merv Griffin bought for 100 million dollars in 1987 and were huge contributors to the hotel's profits.
John Edwards, who. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Spoiler alert! The Jan. 5 episode of The Good Wife revealed the “Peter” who’d fathered the child Marilyn (Melissa George) is carrying. We asked co-creator Robert King to explain how that man turned out to be… Peter Bogdanovich. His emailed answer doesn’t disappoint.
We liked the end of the 10th episode because of Eli’s spit-take, but we felt cursed by the end of the 10th episode due to the resulting cliffhanger. The difficulty is that the length of time after a cliffhanger forces the resulting solution to be better and better. There is probably some mathematical algorithm for this: “cliffhanger x time = solution-squared. »
- Mandi Bierly
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