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"Hee-haw: The Collector's Edition", 14 DVD Set Released By Time Life

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Time Life has released the retro TV comedy series "Hee Haw" as a 14-dvd boxed set. Here is the official press release:

Program Description

Pickin’ and grinnin’, singin’ and spinnin’ tall tales and corny jokes, the citizens of Kornfield Kounty landed on television in 1969 with the arrival of Hee Haw as a summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. With a cast of down-to-earth characters including Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones and Archie Campbell, knee-slapping comedic zingers, and jaw-dropping musical performances, the comedy-variety show, co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, captivated the country. In 1971, after two successful years, CBS dropped the show in an effort to “de-countrify” the network’s programming; however, it was quickly picked up and aired for the next 21 years, making Hee Haw the longest-running weekly syndicated original series in television history.

In a new-to-retail set, Hee Haw: The Collector’S Edition offers 14 Hee-larious
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The Most Unlikely Actors in Disney Animated Features

It's a little weird to watch a trailer for an upcoming Disney cartoon like "Planes" and hear among the characters the voice of Dane Cook. What's a typically adults-only comic like Cook doing in the G-rated world of a Disney animated feature?

Well, maybe it's not that weird. After all, the family-friendly studio has a history, going back 60 years, of casting performers from the world of grown-up entertainment in its cartoons, and most have proved they can be fun and kid-safe in fantasy worlds far from smoky nightclubs. In fact, Disney and Pixar's classic cartoons are full of unlikely voice actors -- not just blue comics but also performers cast radically against type, and even people not considered actors at all.

Cook, then, joins a distinguished list of stars you'd never have expected to find in a Disney cartoon feature, as you can see from the gallery below.

Gallery | Unlikely
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The Most Unlikely Actors in Disney Animated Features

It's a little weird to watch a trailer for an upcoming Disney cartoon like "Planes" and hear among the characters the voice of Dane Cook. What's a typically adults-only comic like Cook doing in the G-rated world of a Disney animated feature?

Well, maybe it's not that weird. After all, the family-friendly studio has a history, going back 60 years, of casting performers from the world of grown-up entertainment in its cartoons, and most have proved they can be fun and kid-safe in fantasy worlds far from smoky nightclubs. In fact, Disney and Pixar's classic cartoons are full of unlikely voice actors -- not just blue comics but also performers cast radically against type, and even people not considered actors at all.

Cook, then, joins a distinguished list of stars you'd never have expected to find in a Disney cartoon feature, as you can see from the gallery below.

Gallery | Unlikely
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Whitney Houston, Jennie Rivera and more of 2012's Gone but Not Forgotten

As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.

Andy Griffith: The actor-producer who put Mayberry on the map forever will be remembered as one of television's most genial personalities, also extending to his run as wily lawyer Matlock.

Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.

Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also
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2012 Year In Review: In Memoriam

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Hollywood bid goodbye to several greats in 2012.The most unexpected passing was Whitney Houston, who drowned in her hotel room bathtub in February. The pop superstar was just 48-years-old. “The Green Mile” actor Michael Clarke Duncan never recovered from a heart attack and died in September at age 54.TV lost a number of legends. Dick Clark died of a heart attack in April, and Andy Griffith of the same cause in July. Andy's costar George Lindsey -- who played Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" -- passed in May. Other notable passings included Adam “McA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys and "At Last" singer Etta James.Click “Launch Gallery” above to remember the celebrities that we lost in 2012, but will never forget. Read more
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Rescuers’

The Rescuers

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens

Written by Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, Dave Michener

Starring Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey

One of the most fascinating aspects of our podcast is watching the struggle within the Walt Disney Company to blend reality and fantasy. From the beginning, Disney had stated that he wanted movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be perceived as films for adults, as opposed to films for children or families. I’m always heartened to see that comment brought up in modern conversation, because the stigma that animation is specifically for children hasn’t ever dissipated in popular culture. What frustrates me is the film Disney refers to, and how it became a template of sorts for the animators and filmmakers who work at the Walt Disney Company.
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Ernest Borgnine Dead At 95

The actor best known for his role in the 1955 film 'Marty' died on July 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife and children by his side. Ernest Borgnine died on July 8 after suffering from renal failure. The actor who became famous for his role in McHale's Navy, and the film From Here to Eternity died at 95-years-old. Later, Ernest played a 34-year-old, who thought he would never fall in love in the film Marty. He won the Oscar for his role in the film. From 1962 to 1966, Ernest played a Navy vet in McHale's Navy. Ernest is survived by his fifth wife, Tova Traesnaes — whom he married in 1973 —his children Christofer, Nancee and Sharon Borgnine; a stepson, David Johnson; six grandchildren; and his sister, Evelyn Verlardi. — Chloe Melas More Sad Deaths Of TV Legends: ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Star George Lindsey Dead At 83 Dick Clark Dead - Legendary TV Host
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Andy Griffith

American actor whose career was defined by his role as the folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor

It may seem unfair that the nine seasons (1960-68) during which the actor Andy Griffith, who has died aged 86, distributed folksy wisdom as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show should define his career, but that is partly because the television programme has lived on in syndication for the past 44 years, and also because Griffith brought such verisimilitude to the character. The shrewd country bumpkin is a staple of American myth, and Griffith was its finest practitioner since Will Rogers. His finest roles allowed him to explore multiple facets of that character, which he reprised as the defence attorney Ben Matlock (1986-95). He claimed modestly that "any time I try to play anything that doesn't come natural, I'm just plain bad".

And it did come natural. Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina,
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'Andy Griffith Show' Marathon Headed To TV Land

The beloved small screen icon Andy Griffith, who died at 86 on Tuesday, will be honored with multiple marathons of "The Andy Griffith Show" on TV Land.

On Wednesday, July 4, TV Land will air the best of "The Andy Griffith Show" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Et and again on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Et.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Andy Griffith," TV Land President Larry W. Jones said in a statement. "His contributions to the entertainment industry and his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor will live forever in the minds and hearts of generations of television viewers past, present and yet to come. The entire TV Land staff will miss him and our thoughts go out to his family."

"The Andy Griffith Show" marathons come after a long line of honors TV Land bestowed upon the American television legend.
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Andy Griffith Dies

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Andy Griffith Dies
Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV's iconic The Andy Griffith Show and dramatic defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86. Andy's close friend, former Unc President Bill Friday, broke the news to North Carolina's Witn News, saying Griffith died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m. A native of Mount Airy, N.C., Griffith originally wanted to be an opera singer, then a preacher, before turning to acting in college. In the late '40s, he and his new bride, the former Barbara Edwards, set out with song-and-dance
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Andy Griffith Dies at 86

The sheriff of Mayberry has passed away. Legendary actor Andy Griffith died Tuesday morning at his home in Dare County, N.C. at the age of 86. Griffith had a remarkable life-long television career starting with playing the lovable sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show, which aired from 1960-1968. Of course, the show launched the career of Ron Howard, who played Griffith's son Opie. Howard took to Twitter to pay tribute to Griffith. "His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life. I'm forever grateful. Rip Andy," Howard tweeted.

Griffith found success later in life on the legal drama Matlock, which was on air for 11 years.

In addition to acting, Griffith was a director, producer, and Grammy-award winning Southern-gospel singer. He received a Grammy Award for 1997's "I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns." Griffith also had a career on Broadway. He earned
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Late George Lindsey Honoured At Memorial Service

Late George Lindsey Honoured At Memorial Service
Late actor George Lindsey was honoured by friends and family during a public memorial service in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday.

The Andy Griffith Show funnyman passed away on 6 May at the age of 83 following a brief illness and fans turned out in their droves at the Westminster Presbyterian Church to pay their last respects.

Veteran actor Griffith sent along a touching statement that was read aloud for his former co-star, who played Goober Pyle on the long-running U.S. sitcom during the 1960s.

The tribute read, "George told me his fondest memories in show business were the years he spent working on The Andy Griffith Show and (spin-off series) Mayberry Rfd. They were for me, too."

Singer Ray Stevens performed Everything Is Beautiful in Lindsey's honour, telling the crowd, "He warmed a lot of hearts with his brand of humour - wholesome, American humour," and actor Ernest Borgnine, 92, who was unable to attend the event, sent in an emotional video tribute recalling the best moments he shared with his pal.

The Hee-Haw star is to be buried in his native Jasper, Alabama, according to the Associated Press.

George Lindsey, TV's 'Goober Pyle,' Remembered At Funeral Service

George Lindsey, TV's 'Goober Pyle,' Remembered At Funeral Service
Nashville, Tenn. -- Actor George Lindsey was remembered Friday as the grinning Goober who made television viewers laugh for three decades on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw."

A public memorial service drew an estimated 400 people who paid last respects to Lindsey, 83, who died Sunday.

He was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry Rfd," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character, a mechanic, on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993. Reruns of those shows are still seen on TV.

Griffith did not attend, but sent a statement that was read by country music broadcaster Keith Bilbrey at the service at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

"George was a better joke teller than me, and I will say here that I `borrowed' jokes from George that he may have `borrowed' from Minnie Pearl," Griffith confessed. "George told me his
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George Lindsey, TV's 'Goober Pyle,' Remembered At Funeral Service

George Lindsey, TV's 'Goober Pyle,' Remembered At Funeral Service
Nashville, Tenn. -- Actor George Lindsey was remembered Friday as the grinning Goober who made television viewers laugh for three decades on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw."

A public memorial service drew an estimated 400 people who paid last respects to Lindsey, 83, who died Sunday.

He was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry Rfd," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character, a mechanic, on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993. Reruns of those shows are still seen on TV.

Griffith did not attend, but sent a statement that was read by country music broadcaster Keith Bilbrey at the service at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

"George was a better joke teller than me, and I will say here that I `borrowed' jokes from George that he may have `borrowed' from Minnie Pearl," Griffith confessed. "George told me his
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Vidal Sassoon: Dead At 84

The superstar was a fashion icon who revolutionized haircare -- so sad. Vidal Sassoon has died at age 84. Vidal was a world-famous stylist who is credited with inventing the 'bob' hairstyle, among many other modern beauty innovations. He died from an unspecified illness at his Hollywood home, surrounded by family, TMZ reports. He is survived by his fourth wife, Rhonda Sassoon, and three children. We wish his loved ones the best during this difficult time. [TMZ] -- William Earl More Celeb Passings: Maurice Sendak Dead At 83 — So Sad ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Star George Lindsey Dead At 83 Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch: Dead At 47
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'Andy Griffith Show' Co-star Dies

'Andy Griffith Show' Co-star Dies
George Lindsey -- who played Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show -- died on Sunday morning, according to CNN. He was 83.

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The actor's family told the news source that he passed away after a brief illness.

"George Lindsey was my friend," said Andy Griffith, 85, in a statement that accompanied the Lindsey family's announcement. "I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit."

George joined The Andy Griffith Show, playing Gomer Pyle's country-bumpkin cousin in 1964, four years before the end of the show's eight-year run.

"George Lindsey -- warm intelligent lovable," Ron Howard tweeted on Sunday. "He generated lots of laughs & raised a lot of money for Special Olympics Rip George."
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George 'Goober' Lindsey dies at 83

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George "Goober" Lindsey, best known for playing Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," died Sunday (May 6) in Nashville at the age of 83 after a long hospitalization. The Alabama native was also known for his work on "Gunsmoke," "Herbie the Love Bug" and as a 20-year cast member of the country music sketch comedy show "Hee Haw."

Actor Andy Griffith released a statement following the announcement by Lindsey's family of his passing:

"George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny. I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was
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George Lindsey, Known as Goober Pyle, Dies

George Lindsey, Known as Goober Pyle, Dies
Nashville, Tenn. — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw, has died. He was 83. A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made. Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on The Andy Griffith Show from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, Mayberry Rfd, from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character — a service station attendant — on Hee Haw from 1971 until it went out of

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Actor who played Goober on 'Andy Griffith' dies

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Actor who played Goober on 'Andy Griffith' dies
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who made a TV career as a grinning service station attendant named Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83. The Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry Rfd," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993. "America has grown up with me," Lindsey said in an Associated...
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