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Bill & Susan Hayes to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Daytime Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today proudly announced that Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of television, film and stage and Sid and Marty Krofft, two legendary television producers, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year during the Daytime Emmy® Awards. The Krofft Brothers will be celebrated at the 45th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards which will take place on Friday, April 27th, 2018, while Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes will be celebrated on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“I’ve been star-struck by the dynamic duo of Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes for decades,” said David Michaels, Svp, Daytime Emmy Awards, NATAS. “The scope of their work across the television, film and stage landscape is amazing. Their continuing roles of almost 50 years on Days of our Lives,
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Robert Arthur, Music Director for ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ Dies at 89

Robert Arthur, Music Director for ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ Dies at 89
Robert Arthur, the music director for “The Ed Sullivan Show” from the 1950s through the ’70s, died on Jan. 21. He was 89.

A Long Island native, Arthur graduated from Colgate University with degrees in economics and Spanish, and began a career as an accompanist, conductor, and arranger. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, where he served for two years as a bayonet instructor.

After returning from the war in 1952, Ray Bloch hired Arthur to be an assistant on “The Ed Sullivan Show” — then called “Toast of the Town” — and “The Jackie Gleason Show.” Arthur worked his way up until he was hired full-time as the musical director for “The Ed Sullivan Show,” arranging, supervising, composing, and working with guests.

One of Arthur’s most famous fixes was in the 1967 when the Rolling Stones guested on the show. CBS censors would not allow the lyrics to the Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night
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Robert Arthur, Man Behind the Music on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' Dies at 89

Robert Arthur, Man Behind the Music on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' Dies at 89
Robert Arthur, the longtime music coordinator on The Ed Sullivan Show who famously tweaked the lyrics to "Let's Spend the Night Together" so The Rolling Stones could perform in 1967 on the iconic CBS variety show, has died. He was 89.

Arthur died Jan. 21 at his Topanga Canyon home in Los Angeles, his wife, Jeanne, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A songwriter and composer, Arthur worked with newspaper columnist-turned-tv host Ed Sullivan from 1952, when he was hired to assist the Toast of the Town music director, until The Ed Sullivan Show (thus renamed...
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Something Only He Can Give: A Few Thoughts on Jerry Lewis and Television

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython.Jerry Lewis's rise to stardom almost perfectly coincides with the rise of television as the dominant entertainment medium of the post-war era. 1946, the first year a somewhat consistent network schedule emerged in the U.S., with several hours of daily programming, Lewis teamed up with Dean Martin, and they almost immediately started gaining success as a nightclub comedy double act. Two years later, Martin and Lewis started appearing on television and quickly established themselves as a steady presence there, too. To skip through the patchy archive of Lewis's early television appearances on YouTube and elsewhere means encountering a comedian, who entered the limelight almost fully formed (and often much more fully formed than the medium he appeared in), but who also seemed to feel constrained by the opportunities given to him almost from the start. Lewis and television were not a perfect match,
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Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' Actor and Comedian, Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' Actor and Comedian, Dead at 86
Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke and longtime sitcom actor who starred on Coach and The Middle, died Friday at the age of 86.

Van Dyke's wife Shirley told TMZ that the comedian died Friday at their Hot Springs, Arkansas ranch, adding that his health had steadily deteriorated following a car accident two years ago. The Van Dyke family also confirmed the actor's death to Wcai, a CBS affiliate in Illinois; Jerry and Dick Van Dyke were both natives of Danville, Illinois.

After starting his career as
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10 Magical Facts to Celebrate 25 Years of Aladdin

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10 Magical Facts to Celebrate 25 Years of Aladdin10 Magical Facts to Celebrate 25 Years of AladdinKurt Anthony11/24/2017 11:01:00 Am

Ah, Salaam and good evening to you, worthy friend. Please, please, come closer!

Released in theatres on November 25, 1992, today marks the 25th anniversary of Aladdin. Considered one of the founding films of the Disney Renaissance, Aladdin was Walt Disney Studio’s 31st animated feature film and ushered in a new era of classics.

Directed by famous Disney duo Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Moana) and featuring music by Disney Legends Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Howard Ashman, you couldn’t have wished for a better team! Of course, we can’t forget the late Robin Williams as the voice of the eternally hilarious Genie; a role he was awarded a special honour for at the 1993 Golden Globes.

The film was an instant success. With a budget of $28M and
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‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance
Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh.

And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance.

“They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry because the audience won’t laugh, because a Japanese audience doesn’t laugh,”’ noted Clements. “They just sit respectfully.”

But they did laugh at Genie, who turns into everybody from Ed Sullivan to William F. Buckley to former talk show host Arsenio Hall.

“Probably the biggest laugh in the whole screening was when he turned into Arsenio Hall and did his ‘Woof, woof, woof’ with his arm,” said Clements. “I was asking somebody afterward about that and why it got such a big laugh. They said ‘Oh, we loved it when the Genie turned into Julia Roberts
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Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' Touring History in 8 Concerts

Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' Touring History in 8 Concerts
For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert in the 1960s, Ron Howard’s Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary traces the band’s rise from a cramped and dank cellar in Liverpool to record breaking television appearances, jam packed stadiums, and—ultimately—rock immortality. Lovingly assembled through rare and often unseen fan home movie footage, Howard’s film also draws on more familiar material—restored to the highest echelons of HD— and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. All told, it’s a joyous
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Watch The New Ronettes-Inspired ‘Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All’ Video — Exclusive

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Watch The New Ronettes-Inspired ‘Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All’ Video — Exclusive
Watch the “Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All” on mute, and it looks like one of the happiest things “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has ever done. But as with the rest of the musical sequences on the show, there’s always more behind what Rebecca Bunch tells herself.

There’s Rebecca (Rachel Bloom), just off one of the lowest points in her life, finally being Ok with moving back home and living with her mom Naomi (Tovah Feldshuh). As she starts to accept Naomi’s sudden change in attitude, complete with homemade milkshakes and TV-watching cuddle sessions, her thoughts take the form of a Ronettes-style, Wall of Sound tribute. Singing the song takes her from Naomi’s living room, straight through to a black-and-white TV performance, with a pair of backup singers for good measure.

IndieWire was on set for the filming of “Maybe She’s Not Such
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Pierce Brosnan and Longtime Wife Keely Shaye Smith Hold Hands on Way to The Late Show

Pierce Brosnan and Longtime Wife Keely Shaye Smith Hold Hands on Way to The Late Show
Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith have been together for over 20 years, but the couple looked like newlyweds on Monday — walking hand-in-hand as they headed into a filming of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at New York City’s famed Ed Sullivan Theatre.

The former James Bond actor, 64, was dressed to kill in a royal blue suit and matching tie, which he paired with a crisp white shirt and black shoes.

Smith, 54, was all smiles by his side wearing a fitting little black dress. She paired the look with yellow flats, a silvery tassel necklace, and a black sequin clutch.
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As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans

As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans
President Trump’s itchy trigger finger has many Americans worried. But for a group of staffers clustered in a narrow office building attached to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the fear is his antics may trigger another type of fallout: a “live show situation.”

No matter how much work goes into the jokes crafted for the monologue and other comedy bits for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the staff knows much of it could be scrapped just before its host tapes the program before the audience. “Many’s the night when we have to throw the whole thing out after rehearsal,” explains Colbert. “There’s never a point when the show is so locked that we won’t change it — literally minutes before I go onstage.” In May, when FBI director James Comey was fired, for example, Colbert had already delivered his monologue, only to be told of the breaking news after he was
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Martha Thomases: “If You Have A Message…”

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The events of the last several weeks, while horrible, raise several issues that affect us not only as citizens, but as creative people and fans of the popular arts.

How do we respond to racism and other forms of bigotry in our government. Do we cooperate and try to change the minds of the people in power? Do we quit and make a statement? Do we resist? Do we perform non-violent acts of civil disobedience and fill the jails?

In my life, I’ve advocated (and disagreed with) all of these things. Different times in my life, different circumstances, different perspectives. Therefore, I hesitate to call out people who make different choices than I do, as long as we share the goals of a fair and just, egalitarian, non-hateful non-violent society.

When the artists who were chosen for the Kennedy Center honors refused to attend a White House celebration hosted
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Film News: Jerry Lewis, The King of Comedy, Dies at 91

Las Vegas – For Jerry Lewis, the “King of Comedy” wasn’t just a mere nickname, but an apt description for his long career and influence. He went from being the most popular entertainer of an era, to notable and studied filmmaker, to charity spokesperson and finally to comic legend. Jerry Lewis died in Las Vegas on August 20th, 2017. He was 91.

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. They eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, all I see is a dollar sign.” The second phase of Lewis’s career would be about his prolific filmmaking,
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‘Elvis Has Left the Building!’ The True Story Behind the Popular Phrase

‘Elvis Has Left the Building!’ The True Story Behind the Popular Phrase
From music to movies, fashion to food, Elvis Presley’s influence on culture has been pored over in exhaustive detail since he emerged as an entertainment titan more than six decades ago. Even his fit-for-a-king exit line, uttered by many a concert promoter, has become absorbed into the popular lexicon: “Elvis has left the building!” Summing up his status as more than a man but a force of nature, the colloquialism has taken on a life of its own in the 40 years since Presley left the building for good. Remarkably, the origin of the popular catchphrase can be traced back
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The Loved One / Broken Arrow

The Loved One


Warner Archives

1965 / B&W / 1:85 / / 122 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017

Starring: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer.

Cinematography: Haskell Wexler

Film Editor: Hal Ashby, Brian Smedley-Aston

Written by Terry Southern, Christopher Isherwood

Produced by Martin Ransohoff (uncredited), John Calley, Haskell Wexler

Directed by Tony Richardson

Funeral Director: Before you go, I was just wondering… would you be interested in some extras for the loved one?

Next Of Kin: What kind of extras?

Funeral Director: Well, how about a casket?

Mike Nichols and Elaine May – The $65 Dollar Funeral

That routine, a classic example of what was known in the early 60’s as “sick humor”, was nevertheless ubiquitous across mainstream variety shows like Ed Sullivan and Jack Paar. It also popularized the notion of a new boutique industry, the vanity funeral. The novelist Evelyn Waugh, decidedly less mainstream, documented the beginning of that phenomenon over a decade earlier with The Loved One,
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‘CinemAbility’ Documentary Shines Light on Disability in Film

‘CinemAbility’ Documentary Shines Light on Disability in Film
Wednesday’s SAG-aftra-sponsored screening of Jenni Gold’s documentary “CinemAbility” drew several hundred viewers to the Arclight Hollywood — with the director expressing plenty of affection for film industry.

“I love Hollywood,” Gold told the audience. “I love this art form and it’s powerful. The true American art form has stories that have not been told.”

CinemAbility” explores the portrayals of disability story lines in film and TV dating back to the silent film era and covering such landmark films as “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” “Children of a Lesser God,” “Ray,” and “Door to Door.” Jane Seymour provides the narration.


This Is Us,’ ‘Speechless,’ ‘Last Week Tonight’ Nab Television Academy Honors

The event drew an impressive lineup of speakers: DGA President Paris Barclay, SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris, “Speechless” star Cedric Yarbrough, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” director James Keach and disabled actor Kurt Yaeger,
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TCM Film Festival: Day Two

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Come on and check Collin's second (and final) day at the TCM Film Festival!

My second day at the TCM Film Festival started off with a healthy dose of frustration. Apparently, Saturday morning in Hollywood wasn’t only home to the TCM Film Festival, but also to the Hollywood Half Marathon. I drove my normal route from the Valley and when I noticed Hollywood Boulevard was closed, I assumed it was for filming or some red carpet set-up so I drove east on Franklin hoping to make my way to Sunset and double-back to the parking garage within a block or two. Boy, what a bad move. I spend half an hour driving east, past Los Feliz waiting for the roads to open, and ended up driving all the way back to where I was before, going one block west—where, what do you know, folks? Hollywood was open for business.
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Pop Icon Barry Manilow Looks Back on His 50-Year Legacy: ‘I’ll Keep Going Until They Stop Me!’

Pop Icon Barry Manilow Looks Back on His 50-Year Legacy: ‘I’ll Keep Going Until They Stop Me!’
Pop legend Barry Manilow opens up for the first time about coming out, finding love, and surviving showbiz for 50 years. Subscribe now for his exclusive untold story — only in People.

Looks like he made it!

After 50 years in showbiz, Barry Manilow sat down exclusively with People in his home recording studio at his Palm Springs estate to reminisce on his career, enduring legacy and private world ahead of the April 21 release of his latest album, This Is My Town: Songs of New York.

From his humble beginnings in Brooklyn and collaborating with Bette Midler to becoming one of the bestselling artists of all time,
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Dennis O’Neil: Channels

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We switched ’round and ’round ’til half-past dawn

There was fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on

Bruce Springsteen, 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)

Only 57? Well, we were all younger when Bruce Springsteen wrote those lines. Now? I actually don’t know how many television channels I can summon to the flat screen that dominates our living room and no, I’m not going to count them. Leave it at this: a lot.

An upside to tv’s heterogeneity is that we have spread before our eager eyes a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment and some of it is good and some of it is very good – and yes, I’m aware that you and I might define “good” differently. There’s no way I know of to verify my hunch that there is more good stuff on the home screen than at the multiplex where it sometimes seems that film makers sacrifice drama
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The Timelessness of Loneliness: Billy Wilder's The Apartment

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From the factory-like offices of the 1960s to the endlessness of the internet in the 21st century, The Apartment is an evergreen classic that endures to remind us that a little companionship can go a long way.

Billy Wilder made a career out of making timeless classics. From the noir groundbreaker Double Indemnity to the boundary-pushing comedy Some Like It Hot, his run cemented him as an all-time great. But it's his five-time Oscar winning film The Apartment that unsentimentally tackled love, sex, and loneliness in modern America without knowing it would stay modern for at least fifty more years.

The Apartment was released in the summer of 1960. And with the new decade brought a new shift in the United States in the way we approached sex in film and culture. The Motion Picture Production Code (sometimes referred to as “The Hays Code”) was loosening its grip, and the cultural
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