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Ron and Clint Howard Pen Farewell to Dad Rance: "We'll Be Forever Grateful"

Ron and Clint Howard Pen Farewell to Dad Rance:
“Having Opie sass back to Andy might get a few laughs but it hurts the father/son relationship,” said Rance Howard.

Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Leonard and Andy Griffith were surprised. Where did this 32-year-old father of child actor Ronny Howard find the nerve to chime in and pitch changes to their new CBS sitcom? Where did this guy come from?

Our dad Rance, born Harold Beckenholdt on November 17, 1928, was an Oklahoma farm boy who caught the acting bug at age 12, performing in a Christmas pageant in the town’s one-room schoolhouse.

A brief stint at the University of Oklahoma was...
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Brothers Ron and Clint Howard Reflect on Their Late Father's Legacy in Heartfelt Obituary

Brothers Ron and Clint Howard Reflect on Their Late Father's Legacy in Heartfelt Obituary
Rance Howard died Nov. 25 at the age of 89. In a statement posted on Twitter, his son, director Ron Howard, announced his father’s death: “Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89,” Ron, 63, tweeted, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. “He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.” In the days following his passing, brothers Ron and Clint reflected on their father’s life in an obituary,
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Ron and Clint Howard Remember Dad Rance’s ‘Enthusiasm, Dignity and Fearlessness’ (Guest Column)

Ron and Clint Howard Remember Dad Rance’s ‘Enthusiasm, Dignity and Fearlessness’ (Guest Column)
“Having Opie sass back to Andy might get a few laughs, but it’s like every other sitcom and it hurts the father/son relationship.”

Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Leonard, and Andy Griffith were surprised. Where did this 32-year-old father of child actor Ronny Howard find the nerve to chime in and pitch changes to their new CBS sitcom? Where did this guy come from?

Our Dad, Rance Howard, born Harold Beckenholdt (11-17-28), was an Oklahoma farm boy who caught the acting bug at age 12, performing in a Christmas pageant in the town’s one-room schoolhouse.

A brief stint at the University of Oklahoma was highlighted when he met his first wife, Jean, at a scene study class. They married in Kentucky while touring as actors in a children’s theater company and ultimately landed in New York. Dad’s big break came when he was cast as Lindstrom in the original Broadway hit “Mister Roberts.”

Dad
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TV Icon Jim Nabors Dead At Age 87; Gained Fame As Gomer Pyle

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Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Jim Nabors, who epitomized the image of a friendly country boy, has died at age 87 at his home in Hawaii. Nabors was plucked from obscurity when Andy Griffith caught his nightclub act in L.A. in the early 1960s and cast him in the role of Gomer Pyle, the affable but simple-minded filling station attendant in "The Andy Griffith Show". The program was always among the top shows in the ratings and Nabors' exposure on the show gained him instant fame. The character of Gomer became as iconic as Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts' deputy Barney Fife. Nabors' popularity extended into a second career as a pop singer. When he first sang on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show", many viewers thought his operatic baritone voice was dubbed. However, they soon
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Jim Nabors, Known for His Role as Gomer Pyle, Dead at 87

Jim Nabors, Known for His Role as Gomer Pyle, Dead at 87
Jim Nabors, the actor best known for playing the character Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s, died at his home Thursday morning in Hawaii. He was 87. 

Nabors' partner, Stan Cadwallader, told CBS News that Nabors' health began to decline rapidly after Thanksgiving. He underwent a series of tests on Wednesday, but the decision was made to bring him home from the hospital. 

The coroner has not yet released Nabors' cause of death, but Cadwallader said it appears to be from natural causes. 

Nabors married Cadwallader in January 2013. The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter. 

Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Nabors played Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. in the spinoff comedy series.

He also made appearances on The Love Boat, Knight Rider and The Carol Burnett Show.  

This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.

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Gomer Pyle Star Jim Nabors Dead at 87

Gomer Pyle Star Jim Nabors Dead at 87
Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., has died. He was 87.

Nabors passed away on Thursday morning, according to Hawaii News Now. A cause of death has not been reported.

Nabors made his first appearance as Gomer Pyle in Andy Griffith‘s Season 3 episode “The Bank Job.” What was initially meant to be a one-off guest spot turned into a recurring role which spanned 23 episodes. In the Season 4 finale, the character enlisted in the Marines, paving the way for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.

“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.

“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”

The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s
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FCC Censorship Rules Vary for Broadcast, Cable, and Streaming

FCC Censorship Rules Vary for Broadcast, Cable, and Streaming
It’s about halfway through the fifth season of “Orange Is the New Black” when Elizabeth Rodriguez’s recently un-incarcerated, always opinionated Aleida sums up the plight of female-forward broadcast television writers everywhere with one simple, well-crafted exchange.

“Can I say ‘bitches?’” she asks a local newscaster and then, when she gets the green light, immediately and involuntarily exclaims, “s—.” The journalist, played by Thea McCartan, responds she can’t say that, to which Aleida replies, “What kind of f—ing bulls— rule is that?”

Although the writers may have simply been trying to show that Aleida was not as media savvy as she was street smart in this episode, which was written by co-exec producer Lauren Morelli, “in a lot of ways, we’re all like Aleida,” says writer-producer Carolina Paiz.

After years of working on broadcast TV, Paiz understands Aleida’s frustrations. On network shows, she notes, “We’re constantly censoring or told to self-censor
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Donald Trump’s Pop-Culture Presidency Enters Its Thriller Phase (Opinion)

Donald Trump’s Pop-Culture Presidency Enters Its Thriller Phase (Opinion)
Ever since Donald Trump appeared on the horizon of presidential politics, he has mirrored the pop culture of the past. That’s because Trump, in one way or another, has always been an actor — a man whose image precedes his reality. For 35 years, he has been a genius at one thing: stroking and manipulating the image machine of modern media. Trump went on the campaign trail as an insult-comedian/talk-radio-host/pompadoured-Elvis/reality-tv-mogul/badass-in-chief, and whenever I read now about how Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush blew it, I always think: None of those mere mortals ever stood a chance. They were fighting a superhero of populist sleaze who didn’t need facts and figures — he just needed the best lines. Trump remains one of the only people you could name who is not primarily in the entertainment business yet created himself as a character, a figment of larger-than-life fantasy. That’s what autocrats do: They don’t
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Emmys 2017 Trivia: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Moves One Step Closer to History & 18 More Wild Things About This Year’s Noms

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Emmys 2017 Trivia: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Moves One Step Closer to History & 18 More Wild Things About This Year’s Noms
This could be the year that Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes Emmy history.

Nominated once again for playing Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus is the favorite to win her sixth consecutive Emmy as outstanding comedy actress. In doing so, she would beat the record for most Emmys won by a performer in the same role for the same series.

Right now, Louis-Dreyfus is in a three-way tie with Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Don Knotts (“Andy Griffith Show”). All three thesps won five Emmys for their roles on those shows. Now, Louis-Dreyfus is poised to leap ahead.

What’s more, she’s also in line this year to tie Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys ever won by a female performer. Leachman has eight; Louis-Dreyfus has seven – tied with Mary Tyler Moore and Allison Janney. (Janney, of course, is competing with Louis-Dreyfus in the comedy
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Warren Frost, Character Actor Known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 91

Warren Frost, Character Actor Known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 91
Warren Frost, the character actor best known for his role as Dr. Will Hayward on “Twin Peaks,” died Friday after a long illness at his home in Middlebury, Vt. He was 91.

Frost had recently come out of retirement to reprise his “Twin Peaks” role for the sequel to the ABC series that is set to debut on Showtime in May. Frost was the father of Mark Frost, the co-creator with filmmaker David Lynch of the revered mystery-fantasy franchise.

Warren Frost had a long career before and after the original “Twin Peaks.” He logged a memorable guest role on “Seinfeld,” playing the father of George Constanza’s fiancee in five episodes. He also limned a recurring character on the Andy Griffith legal drama “Matlock” and had guest shots on series including “The Larry Sanders Show,” “L.A. Law” and “Murphy Brown.”

“We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad, Warren Frost
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Super-Agent Norman Brokaw Remembered Warmly at Celebration of Life

Super-Agent Norman Brokaw Remembered Warmly at Celebration of Life
Iconic agent Norman Brokaw was warmly remembered by more than 400 friends and family Monday in a celebration of life at the Hillcrest Country Club.

Tony Orlando emceed with heartfelt tributes delivered by Sam Haskell, Kim Novak, Marlo Thomas, Berry Gordy, Mary Hart, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis and Regis Philbin along with family members Joel Brokaw and Wendy Brokaw Kretchmer.

Brokaw, who rose from the mailroom of William Morris to become chairman-ceo in a career that spanned seven decades, died on Oct. 29 at 89.

Brokaw was remembered for his pioneering efforts to package talent for the agency in television and helped start Wma’s television division, luring major film stars to TV. Speakers at Monday’s event — which included 19,000 of Brokaw’s trademark red roses — stressed that Brokaw stood apart for his ability to give talent a sense of family.

Orlando explained that Brokaw stood by him when he had drug problems, when
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Super-Agent Norman Brokaw Remembered Warmly at Celebration of Life

Super-Agent Norman Brokaw Remembered Warmly at Celebration of Life
Iconic agent Norman Brokaw was warmly remembered by more than 400 friends and family Monday in a celebration of life at the Hillcrest Country Club.

Tony Orlando emceed with heartfelt tributes delivered by Sam Haskell, Kim Novak, Marlo Thomas, Berry Gordy, Mary Hart, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis and Regis Philbin along with family members Joel Brokaw and Wendy Brokaw Kretchmer.

Brokaw, who rose from the mailroom of William Morris to become chairman-ceo in a career that spanned seven decades, died on Oct. 29 at 89.

Brokaw was remembered for his pioneering efforts to package talent for the agency in television and helped start Wma’s television division, luring major film stars to TV. Speakers at Monday’s event — which included 19,000 of Brokaw’s trademark red roses — stressed that Brokaw stood apart for his ability to give talent a sense of family.

Orlando explained that Brokaw stood by him when he had drug problems,
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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Wral Says It Will ‘Review’ Obscenity Policy in Wake of ‘SNL’ Censorship

Wral Says It Will ‘Review’ Obscenity Policy in Wake of ‘SNL’ Censorship
The North Carolina TV station that cut the audio nine different times during last night’s broadcast of “Saturday Night Live” is reconsidering its policies on obscenity and decency.

In a post made to its website Sunday afternoon, the general manager of the NBC affiliate said the station would review its policies and procedures, and seek viewer input as it did so.

“We apologize for impeding the full flow and message of Dave Chappelle’s monologue,” said Steve Hammel, vice president and general manager of the station, which is owned by independent Capitol Broadcasting. “It was not our intention to censor his message. We followed policies and procedures that have been in place for many years for programming of any kind.This is an opportunity for us to review those policies and procedures. We will, and will consider viewer input as we do that.” Local viewers reported that Wral also cut audio at other points in the
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North Carolina’s Wral Censors Parts of Post-Election ‘Saturday Night Live’

North Carolina’s Wral Censors Parts of Post-Election ‘Saturday Night Live’
The Raleigh, N.C. affiliate of NBC censored “Saturday Night Live” in nine different parts of last night’s broadcast, citing language used by comedian and host Dave Chappelle and raising concerns on social media of whether broadcasters could become more wary of edgy content under an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump.

Wral in February swapped its affiliation with CBS for one with NBC. At the time, NBC touted the move as one that gave the network access to “one of the most powerful and highly rated affiliates in the nation.” The station is owned by the independent Capitol Broadcasting.

During an emotional, post-election broadcast of the venerable “SNL,” however, some of Chappelle’s language proved too much for station executives. “Wral-tv has a station obscenity, decency and profanity policy that outlines 10 specific words that will not be broadcast on our air. This policy is based on our own standards in combination with FCC guidelines. Our
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Veteran’s Day Tribute: The Ten Best Navy Movies

Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.

Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.

The author
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Election Movies To Watch

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness,
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Sliff 2016 – Jerry Lewis Double Feature November 12th

“Here y’are, baby. Take this, wipe the lipstick off, slide over here next to me, and let’s get started.”

The Nutty Professor will screen double feature with Jerry Lewis, The Man Behind The Clown will screen Saturday Nov 12th at 1pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. This event is Free

Since his earliest days, Sliff Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jerry Lewis had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches, and signature slapstick humor. But Lewis was far more than just a funny performer. After his breakup with partner Dean Martin, he moved behind the camera, writing, producing, and directing many of the adored classics in which he starred. In this double bill, Gregory Monro’s brisk, informative documentary reveals the man behind the clown, and The Nutty Professor provides the proof of Lewis’ comic genius.
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A Face in the Crowd

A celebrity sociopath fools all of the people some of the time on his way to political office. Sound familiar? Elia Kazan's lacerating portrait of a down home demagogue has never lost its disturbing relevance. Anchored by a ferocious performance by Andy Griffith, Budd Schulberg's media-savvy satire, based on his story "The Arkansas Traveler", has survived countless attempts to remake it over the years, largely because its 50s-centric setting is the perfect background to expose the pernicious effect television has had on the Us political system. Vita-pig says, "Is it election day yet?" Lee Remick is memorably lubricious in her film debut.
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