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Cindy Williams At "American Graffiti Screening, Omaha, November 2

  • CinemaRetro
Actress Cindy Williams to Open 40th Anniversary Screening

of American Graffiti in Omaha

On Friday, November 2, 2012 Bruce Crawford will present a special 40th anniversary screening of George Lucas' American Graffiti at the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Hall, 2200 Dodge Street in Omaha. The event, which starts at 7:00 Pm, will feature special guests, co star and television icon, Cindy Williams and actor Eddie Mekka, “Carmine” from Laverne and Shirley.

Prior to the screening, Williams will address the audience on her experiences working with George Lucas and the many now legendary stars from the film.

Tickets for the event are $20.00 and available at all Omaha Hy-Vee customer service counters. Proceeds benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association.

For more information call 402-932-7200 and www.omahafilmevent.com

American Graffiti was released to universal critical acclaim and financial success, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Produced on a $775,000 budget, the
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Slideshow: 29 Exclusive Portraits From ‘Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – One of the great events in Chicago to interact with celebrity favorites is at the “Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show.” In 2011, the autumn event took place on October 1st and 2nd, and featured the “Happy Days” TV gang Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, plus Barry Bostwick and Patricia Quinn from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The latest Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show was the last such event for founders Ray and Sharon McCourt, as they headed for retirement. The show will go on, however, as new ownership will bring “The Hollywood Show” to Chicago in March, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce was at the October show, and recorded the following slideshow of celebrities that participated. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

Celebrities1: Dominique Swain,
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Laverne & Shirley: Is Jamie Foxx Writing the Movie or Not?

Garry Marshall recently got some press after talking about a Laverne & Shirley movie, based on his popular sitcom. After hearing that Marshall wanted Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel as stars, we then heard Jamie Foxx was writing the script. Now we hear there's no truth to Foxx's involvement at all.

Laverne & Shirley, a spin-off of Marshall's Happy Days, stars Marshall's sister, Penny Marshall, and Cindy Williams in the iconic roles as two brewery bottle cappers. Each episode begins with one of the most famous opening sequences of all time, with the stars walking down the street reciting, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" Alongside them are David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster, Betty Garrett, and Leslie Easterbrook.

The series ended the season Williams left, although they tried to keep it going without her.
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Laverne & Shirley: Garry Marshall Wants Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel

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At last night's premiere of his new film, Valentine's Day, director Garry Marshall said that he wants to do a Laverne & Shirley movie starring Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Jessica Biel (7th Heaven).

The Laverne & Shirley sitcom ran for eight seasons on ABC, from 1976 until 1983. The show revolves around a pair of best friends and roommates who work at a local brewery in 1960s Milwaukee. The series stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster, Betty Garrett, and Leslie Easterbrook.

A spin-off of the very popular Happy Days series, Laverne & Shirley set a record as being the only series to debut as the most-watched program of the week. It also has the dubious distinction of running a bit too long. Williams abruptly left the show in 1982 so almost 20 episodes of Laverne &
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Slideshow: Hollywood Collectors Show Chicago Portraits of Tia Carrere, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Frakes, More

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – This 14-image slideshow contains our exclusive portraits from the Oct. 2009 Hollywood Collectors Show in Chicago.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited to Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto and HollywoodChicago.com. All rights reserved.

We also have the following celebrity portraits on file from their appearances at the Oct. 2009 Hollywood Collectors Show in Chicago: Ernest Borgnine, Charles Martin Smith, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Tippi Hedren, Sally Kellerman, Candy Clark, Eddie Mekka, Barbara Luna, Bo Hopkins, Joan Severance, Elliott Gould and Sally Kellerman.

hollywoodcollectors1: Tia Carrere of “True Lies

hollywoodcollectors2: Tia Carrere

hollywoodcollectors3: Tia Carrere (left) and HollywoodChicago.com’s Patrick McDonald

hollywoodcollectors4: Julie McCullough of “Breast Men

hollywoodcollectors5: Julie McCullough

hollywoodcollectors6: Genie Francis of TV’s “General Hospital

hollywoodcollectors7: Gregory Harrison of “Razorback

hollywoodcollectors8: HollywoodChicago.
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Laverne & Shirley Star Arrested After 'Drunken' Crash

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Laverne & Shirley Star Arrested After 'Drunken' Crash
Laverne And Shirley actor Eddie Mekka was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday on suspicion of drink driving.

Mekka, who played Carmine 'The Big Ragu' Ragusa in the 1970s Happy Days spin-off, reportedly collided with another car.

According to TMZ.com, police rushed to the scene after receiving a tip-off and administered sobriety tests on the actor.

Mekka was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

There were no reported injuries stemming from the incident.

Laverne & Shirley: Roommates Once Again?

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Schlemiel! Schlemazl! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" It's been almost 25 years since the end of the classic ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley. The partnership of the wacky ladies ended abruptly in 1982 but now it looks like they're going to be roommates again.

Laverne & Shirley debuted on ABC on January 27, 1976. It was a spin-off of the very popular Happy Days sitcom and both were created by Garry Marshall. The series followed the crazy exploits of Milwaukee brewery employees Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney played by Penny Marshall (Garry's sister) and Cindy Williams. The show also starred Michael McKean, David Lander, Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster and Betty Garrett.

The incredibly popular series ran for seven seasons and even inspired an animated spin-off entitled Laverne and Shirley in the Army (later renamed Laverne and Shirley with the Fonz). In 1982, due to backstage tensions and a real life pregnancy,
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