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Meet the Don Knotts You Didn't Know From 'The Andy Griffith Show'

When you look back at different Classic TV shows featuring comedy duos, you're often left wondering what it is that brings these two characters together. And that's certainly the case with Andy Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts' Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. These two couldn't be more different from each other, yet there's something about that combination that kept people tuning in week after week back when the show originally ran in the 1960s, and even years after in reruns. Andy is the straight man, a folksy fellow serving the good people of Mayberry who pretty much always knows how to handle a situation, and generally keeps his cool. Barney, on the other hand, has tremendous delusions of grandeur, is filled with over-reactions, a false swagger, and often causes many of the comic mishaps that unfold on the show. Yet somehow these two men,
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Canon Of Film: ‘Pleasantville’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look back at Gary Ross‘ directorial debut and instant classic, ‘Plesantville‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Pleasantville (1998)

Director/Screenplay: Gary Ross

As the nation heads towards another election shortly, the national debate has become strikingly philosophical. Phrases like “Family Values” and “The Role of Government” always come up, never has the divide, in my memory, been so drastic. It’s at times like these, that I find myself thinking about Gary Ross’s film ‘Pleasantville‘. Ross has one of the best resumes for someone with so few credits. Ross became known for co-writing the film ‘Big‘, which earned him an Oscar nomination, as did his second screenplay ‘Dave‘. He made the sports biopic, ‘Seabiscuit‘, the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux” and more recently, the ‘The Hunger Games‘ film as well as the Civil
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17 TV Cop Partnerships For the Ages

Joe Friday made television history by focusing on the facts when investigating crimes.

But for most viewers, the facts -- and sometimes even the case of the hour -- are not as entertaining as the relationships between cops.

Whether played for laughs or part of a serious crime drama, cop partnerships are central to almost every crime drama.

Check out our picks for the 17 best partnerships and share your own.

1. The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Taylor and Barney Fife Andy Taylor and Barney Fife were one of the funniest, and best known, cop partnerships of the early 1960s. Andy was the straight-laced, serious sheriff trying to raise his son to be an upstanding citizen, while Barney was goofy, silly, and accident-prone. This duo was so popular that ANdy Griffith and Don Knotts teamed up again seeral times during the course of Griffith's later lawyer-turned-detective show, Matlock. 2. Dragnet 1967: Joe
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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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' Gomer Pyle Had One of the Most Memorable Moments on 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Jim Nabors made Gomer Pyle a household name. The bumbling Mayberry auto mechanic on The Andy Griffith Show was a favorite among fans — so much so that the character got his own spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Nabors died Thursday at 87. The Andy Griffith Show ran on CBS from 1960-68.

Of all the simple-minded character's best moments, the most memorable is likely when he tried to make a citizen's arrest of Barney Fife (Don Knotts) on the season four episode, "Citizen's Arrest," which first aired Dec. 16, 1963. IMDb ranks the episode No. 2 of the series. It was...
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‘The Shape of Water’ Star Doug Jones: Beneath Foam and Latex, a Best Actor Candidate Shines

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‘The Shape of Water’ Star Doug Jones: Beneath Foam and Latex, a Best Actor Candidate Shines
In his seven weeks of shooting “The Shape of Water,” the film’s male lead, Doug Jones, could not grasp a doorknob, send a text message, breathe through his mouth, or go to the bathroom while in costume. His call time to the Toronto set was a “mercifully short” three hours earlier than co-stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer.

Each morning, four people armed with K-y Jelly shoehorned him into a latex, foam, and rubber bodysuit, built from a cast of his six-foot-three, 140-pound frame. Then came webbed-fingered gloves (glued on), following by a neck and fiberglass helmet, which featured built-in buzzing, whirring mechanics to puppeteer his gills off camera. Once dressed, barely able to see or hear, Jones was required at various times to hang from a hip harness, stand on a smoke-bathed teeter-totter to simulate bobbing in water, and employ scuba diving techniques while acting in a flooded,
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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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Emmys: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Breaks Record for Most Wins in the Same Role

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Emmys: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Breaks Record for Most Wins in the Same Role
Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her eighth Emmy award on Sunday, taking home her sixth straight trophy for her performance on “Veep.” The actress breaks the record for most primetime Emmy awards won by an actor for the same role, besting “Murphy Brown’s” Candice Bergen and “The Andy Griffith Show’s” Don Knotts. She also ties “Mary Tyler Moore Show” star Cloris Leachman for most acting trophies overall, with eight total (Louis-Dreyfus has two other wins for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”) The win came late in a show full of political statements, and Louis-Dreyfus kept it going by.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmy History as Performer With Most Awards for Same Role

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmy History as Performer With Most Awards for Same Role
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the comedy lead actress trophy for her role on “Veep” at the 69th Annual Emmys in Los Angeles, Calif.

Louis-Dreyfus began her acceptance speech by thanking the “fine, powerful, and funny ladies” in her category. “You are superb and I love you,” she said.

From the stage, she also took a jab at President Donald Trump. “We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment,” she said of the next season of “Veep,” “but we abandoned that because we were afraid someone else might get to it first.”

And with this win, it’s official that history has been made. This is Louis-Dreyfus’ sixth win for portraying former-Veep-turned-former-potus Selina Meyer on the HBO political comedy, which makes her the performer with the most Emmy awards for the same role. Last year she was tied for that title with Don Knotts and Candice Bergen, who had five Emmys for their roles on “The Andy Griffith Show
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The Number of Emmys Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has Won May Surprise You

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If awards were handed out for best worst dancing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus would have an extra Emmy to add to her mantle. But even without the bonus statuette for Elaine Benes's epic moves, the former Seinfeld star has plenty of statuettes to her name. Last September, Louis-Dreyfus actually broke a record by earning her sixth Emmy for lead actress in a comedy and her eighth overall (including one for producing). Prior to that win, the actress had maintained a three-way tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore for most lead actress wins. Louis-Dreyfus starting racking up Emmys in 1996, when she won outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for Seinfeld (she'd been nominated each year since 1992). Surprisingly, that was her only solo win for the sitcom; she was nominated seven times between 1992 and 1998. Her next win would be a full decade later for The New Adventures of Old Christine. That
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Freddy Krueger, Jason and Leatherface Join Halloween Horror Nights 2017

It's almost that time of year again. Fall is quickly creeping onto our back doorstep, and it will soon be time to celebrate Halloween. And there is never a better way to do that than visiting Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Studios. Especially this year, because they have the ultimate scare planned. The titans of terror are gathering for an experience that will turn your spine to mush, and leave you quacking in your boots like Don Knotts.

Yes, for the first time, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Chucky will be uniting for two all-new horrifying attractions. And it promises to be one of the greatest things ever unleashed at any Halloween Horror Nights event yet. Universal Studios Hollywood is uniting these four slasher film legends for their "Titans of Terror" experiences. And it all gets a little too real starting Friday, September 15, 2017.

The all-new "Titans of Terror" maze
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Review: "Ghost World" (2001); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

High school friends Enid Coleslaw (Thora Birch) and Rebecca Doppelmeyer (Scarlett Johansson) absolutely cannot wait to be free of the prison of school, defiantly flipping the bird and squashing their mortarboards following their graduation. Enid isn’t off the hook just yet: her “diploma” is instead a note informing her that she must “take some stupid art class” (her words) if she hopes to graduate. Their fellow classmates are caricatures of everyone we all knew during our adolescence. Melora (Debra Azar) is inhumanly happy all the time and oblivious to Enid and Rebecca’s sense of ennui and contempt. Todd (T.J. Thyne) is ultra-nervous to talk with the insouciant Rebecca at the punchbowl. Another bespectacled student sits off by himself. Enid and Rebecca are at both an intellectual and emotional crossroads. They want to share an apartment; however, they seem unaware of the amount of money they
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Emmys Facts and Figures: ‘SNL’ Sets Record, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Eyes Performer Mark

Emmys Facts and Figures: ‘SNL’ Sets Record, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Eyes Performer Mark
Saturday Night Live” capped a banner Season 42 with a boodle of Emmy nominations.

The NBC late-night institution set an Emmy record for most nominations in a single year for a variety show, and it tied “30 Rock’s” record of 22 nominations in a single year for a comedy series (yes, it competes in a different category, but funny is funny). The Emmy windfall comes on the heels of the show delivering its most-watched season in 22 years.

The haul includes taking half of the slots in the supporting comedy actress field — with noms for Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon — and a bid for Alec Baldwin’s public service effort in playing candidate and then President Donald Trump. Thanks to its 42 years and counting run, “SNL” also ranks as the most-nominated series in Emmy history, with 231 bids to date.

Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is angling for Emmy record territory this year. Her
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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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Slideshow: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ‘Three’s Company’

Previous | Image 1 of 6 | NextREUNION: Priscilla Barnes, Joyce DeWitt, Richard Kline and Jenilee Harrison of ‘Three’s Company.’

Chicago – The first invitation to “c’mon knock on our door…” happened 40 years ago Today as “Three’s Company” premiered on ABC-tv on March 15th, 1977. The misadventures of three roommates – two girls and a guy – featured John Ritter as Jack Tripper, Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood and Suzanne Somers as Chrissy Snow. Joining them was wacky best friend Richard Kline as Larry Dallas, and when Suzanne Somers left the show after Season 5, her role in the threesome was taken by Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow and then Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden. DeWitt, Kline, Harrison and Barnes reunited last September at “The Hollywood Show,” and photographer Joe Arce captured their reunion Exclusively for

“Three’s Company” was a silly-but-popular show, and escalated the careers of John Ritter and Suzanne Somers initially,
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Fist Fight – Review

A showdown’s a’ comin’! Not on the main street of Dodge City, but at the multiplex once again. The final throw down between the hero and villain has been a staple of cinema since its earliest days, mainly in action films and primarily the western. There have been countless screen versions of that infamous incident , the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (the most famous being the Kirk Douglas/Burt Lancaster 1950’s classic) . This most likely inspired many other “oaters”, the most celebrated being the iconic 1952 High Noon (which garnered an Oscar for star Gary Cooper). It’s set in real-time as the clock ticks to 12, while Will Kane readies himself for the arrival of the Miller gang. We’ve seen this plot used in many other genres, providing extra excitement to the final acts of every movie hero’s exploits from Rocky to Bond to Batman. But it
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‘The Librarians’ Star Noah Wyle: What’s Driving Him to Save Family Friendly TV

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‘The Librarians’ Star Noah Wyle: What’s Driving Him to Save Family Friendly TV
Noah Wyle knows “The Librarians” is one of television’s most unique shows— especially on TNT.

The show, which airs its season finale this Sunday, isn’t a dark drama like the network’s latest original series, “Animal Kingdom” and “Good Behavior.” But Wyle, who executive produces the show, appeared in seven episodes this season, directed two and even wrote one, believes “The Librarians” serves a purpose, as one of the few shows on TV crafted to serve as true family programming.

“There’s certain shows that have a big audience but don’t necessarily fit the edgier brand that I think TNT is trying to be. Yet, they bring an audience that’s a pretty good demographic,” he said to IndieWire. “They have been supportive, they have been marketing the show well this year, and the numbers speak to that. I’m hoping that they figure out that it’s not an either/or.
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Monster Trucks – Review

Even though its several months till the temps rise to signal the start of blockbuster kid-friendly entertainment time, the multiplex chefs are ready to whip up something that will satisfy the appetites of the pre-teen crowds. Here’s a tasty mash-up, much in the vein of other blended concoctions. Several years ago some far-sighted studio marketing exec thought, “Hey, kids love their doggies and they love sports, so how about a pooch that plays basketball?”. Air Bud proved to be quite the franchise, so this new flick should be another “slam dunk”. The tots love their weird creatures (as long as they’re not too scary) and they adore those big-wheeled behemoths that flattened everything in their path. Have some animation veterans sprinkle a bit of magic and slapstick, and you’ve got a candy coated respite from those somber award season contenders. Clear the way for the Monster Trucks.
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