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Stars Attend 2017 Last Chance For Animals Benefit Gala

Last Chance for Animals (Lca) hosted its star-studded 2017 Benefit Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Scott and Renee Baio

The event brought together more than 300 animal lovers, philanthropists and celebrities for an evening of vegan hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live entertainment and dancing. Actress Katie Cleary and radio personality Mark Thompson emceed the evening.

Celebrity guests included actors Joanna Krupa, Priscilla Presley and Scott Baio, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, broadcast personality Jane Velez-Mitchell and Congo anti-poaching pilot Anthony Caere

This year’s celebration honored five visionaries who share Lca’s mission to eliminate animal exploitation worldwide. Outspoken animal rights activist and philanthropist, Philip Wollen received the Albert Schweitzer Award for his animal welfare work in over 40 countries. Jane Velez-Mitchell, one of America’s most prominent spokespersons for animal rights, received the prestigious Sam Simon Award, named in honor of Lca’s devoted supporter and The Simpsons co-creator,
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Entertainment News: Hugh O’Brian of ‘Wyatt Earp’ TV Fame Dies at 91

Los Angeles – Old time, 1950s television had its share of break out stars as the medium found its footing as new entertainment. Hugh O’Brian, who starred in the ABC-tv series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” was one of those stars. The actor, who was also known for his Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation – nicknamed Hoby – died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on September 5th, 2016. He was 91.

Born Hugh Krampe in Rochester, New York, O’Brian followed his Marine Corp father officer into the service, becoming the youngest drill instructor in Marine history at age 17. When he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s to attend UCLA, he was “discovered” by actress/director Ida Lupino, and landed his most well-known role as Wyatt Earp in 1955. After that series ended in 1961, O’Brian took a series of character roles in movies and television.
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Doc Corner: A Conversation with Gregory Peck on His 100th Birthday

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand. This week we’re looking at a documentary about Gregory Peck for what would have been his centennial birthday.

“It takes ten pictures to make a star”, says the subject of A Conversation with Gregory Peck quoting Carole Lombard. It’s a statement worth reiterating today for any number of reasons, not least of all because there are few actors these days who epitomise the word ‘star’ better than Peck. It happens several times throughout this 1999 documentary where people refer to the Oscar-winning actor as a shining example of humanity and a beacon for what people ought to strive for. He was, and still is, a star.

This career overview and remembrance by Barbara Kopple offers Peck the same sort of dignity and respect that the director has afforded all of her
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Justine Bateman Talks Backstage Antics on ‘Family Ties’

Justine Bateman Talks Backstage Antics on ‘Family Ties’
Justine Bateman was Emmy-nominated twice for best supporting actress for her role as Mallory Keaton on NBC’s “Family Ties,” which ran from 1982-1989. She has appeared on several series including “Desperate Housewives,” and is currently a senior at UCLA getting a BA in Digital Media Management and Computer Science. She talked about how her character was shaped.

(Dumbing down Mallory) actually came out of working with Mike (Fox), because initially she was not written like that. She was just kind of a normal sister. And they would write these digs that Alex had on Mallory — just regular brother-sister digs — and the number of reactions you can play to that; you can be annoyed, you can roll your eyes, and then I’d get to a point where I’d just pretend it was a compliment. And the writers saw that and went, ‘Oh, s–t, if she thinks that’s funny,
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Taylor Mead Times Six: A Warhol Knight Rises

Taylor Mead, the love child of Bette Davis and Peter Lorre, is one of the truly great comic geniuses of underground films, theater, poetry, cabaret, and cable TV of the Sixties and beyond. He was and is still quite hilarious, even if just stumbling down an East Village Street by himself, his traipse being a sort of Danse Macabre as envisioned by Pee Wee Herman.

An Andy Warhol Superstar, possibly best known for his hysterical “gunslinger” in Lonesome Cowboys, Mead’s brilliance never shined brighter than when he took on the title role in Michael McClure’s outrageous off-off-Broadway play, Spider Rabbit, in which he essayed a bunny who adored eating human brains.

But Taylor didn’t need a lead role to be unforgettable. In Rosa von Praunheim’s documentary Tally Brown New York, the constantly morphing star stole his scenes from Ms. Brown, who was no slouch herself when it came to commanding attention.
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Troma Celebrates 40 Years of Boobs, Blood, and Biohazards with Free Streaming Movies

Lloyd Kaufman is the Rodney Dangerfield of low-budget, B-level horror movies. He gets no respect. Even Roger Corman, who is notorious for cranking out genre films for profit since the 1950s, has respect of his Hollywood peers. But in Corman’s shadow is Kaufman’s exploitation studio Troma, which has been generating marginal and low-quality entertainment for years…almost 40 years, to be exact. Troma began in 1974 as a joint venture between Kaufman and his buddy from Yale, Michael Hertz. Over the years, the studio has pulled their own fair share of Cormans by featuring would-be stars in their earliest roles, including Kevin Costner in Sizzle Beach U.S.A., Billy Bob Thornton in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, and the comedy team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Cannibal: The Musical. In 1985, Troma broke out with their tongue-in-cheek success The Toxic Avenger, a low-budget hit that spawned three sequels and gave Troma its poster boy for its
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Richard's Wedding or Who's Got the Ring, the Minister, and the Methadone?

You haven't heard of Richard's Wedding? Don't feel too uninformed. There's been absolutely no advance buzz on writer/director/actor Onur Tukel's deliriously droll walk in the park -- Central Park, that is. With no stars in it, no major studio behind it, and no budget to promote it, this at times combustibly funny look at New York's aging children (mostly in the 30-to-40-year-old range) will be screening at Brooklyn's pioneering reRun Gastropub Theater until June 7. After that, who knows?

"This is a shande!" my Yiddish grandmother would have kvetched. "A great shame!"

Being one of the few films of the summer to rely totally on wit while not starring Taylor KitschRichard's Wedding overwhelms at first, possibly because we're expecting so little. After all, this is an eensy-weensy American indie. But minute by minute, the jokes get funnier, the neuroses more elaborate, and the penetration into modern
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Interviews: Classic TV Stars Hugh O’Brian, Sherry Jackson

Chicago – In the days when there were only three networks and less remote controls, TV stars were fewer and fame was rarer. Both Hugh O’Brian on “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” (1955) and Sherry Jackson on “Make Room for Daddy“ (1953) achieved some notoriety in those early days of television.

O’Brian and Jackson appeared at the Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show (now called “The Hollywood Show”) in 2011, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to interview them, along with photographer Joe Arce, who captured both stars in Exclusive Portraits.

Hugh O’Brian, “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

Hugh O’Brian, next to James Arness of “Gunsmoke,” was one of the biggest western TV stars in an era when the networks were flooded with horse operas. “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” debuted in 1955 on ABC-tv, and ran for seven seasons as a top rated show. O’Brian also made movies,
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The Charles Dickens bicentennial is quite enough, already | Jenny Diski

Dickens novels should be savoured slowly, not overhyped by our anniversary-obsessed media

By two o'clock on New Year's Day in this Dickens bicentennial year, I already found myself wishing that either he or I had never been born. I'd accidentally caught the end of Charles Dickens' iPod on Radio 4, in which the presenter "re-imagined" the author's favourite tunes (who had imagined them before?) and notable Dickens heads vied anecdotally with each other to make us love the old curiosity writer even and ever more. I got to the off switch before the post-colonial reworking of Martin Chuzzlewit in Mumbai began.

Even before the year started, BBC TV's Songs of Praise was on the case with A Dickensian Christmas (at least no Dickens Christmas Carols from King's College Chapel). I've sat through three episodes of an eviscerated Great Expectations (great dress decay, even though I much preferred Martita Hunt's
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