8 items from 2015
Roger L. Mayer, best known as a strong advocate of film preservation, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 89.
Mayer received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2005, presented by Martin Scorsese. He was also chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Scorsese said Wednesday in a statement that “the film preservation community has lost a beloved friend.
“I met him early on when he was working for Ted Turner, and though we disagreed at that time about colorization, we shared the core belief that film libraries were of vital importance to our culture. Throughout his successful career in the industry, Roger consistently put the care and preservation of collections at the forefront. He was absolutely key in helping the Library of Congress establish the National Film Preservation Foundation in 1996, and over the years, he gave tirelessly of his time and expertise.
Because of his leadership and guidance, »
- Dave McNary
With the premiere of Will Forte‘s new show Last Man on Earth debuting to surprisingly good numbers, we are once again blessed with this comedic force in our lives. Let’s look back at some of his best characters on Saturday Night Live and beyond.
Tim Calhoun, SNL
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With a weak voice and strong opinions on very particular and interesting things, Tim Calhoun isn’t the political hero we deserve, and he’s definitely not the one we need either. Though even we can get behind his “I miss dinosaurs; let’s do something about that” campaign.
Paul L’astnamé, 30 Rock
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Jenna Maroney would be a difficult person to date. And that’s why the only man worthy of her was a man who made it his life to be her — a drag impersonation version of her, at least. Paul and Jenna’s relationship was unconventional, but their love »
- Courtney Enlow
Deadline says that Cartoon Network juggernaut Adventure Time is headed to the big screen. It's not the first series from the network for do so, but has the studio learned from the harsh lessons of 13 years ago? Despite a lowly start as a mere broadcast outlet for the hundreds of Hanna-Barbera shows that Ted Turner had acquired, Cartoon Network successfully managed to establish itself with innovative and exciting original content. Their first big hit was Craig McCracken's Powerpuff Girls, and it became the network's first bone fide phenomenon. Unfortunately the network was unprepared by the success they were suddenly saddled with, and they struggled to capitalise on the show's runaway fame. In the true spirit of a fad, the show's mainstream popularity came and went relatively quickly; but not before a feature film (The Powerpuff Girls Movie) was produced and released in 2002. By then the show was definitely on »
- Charles Kenny
1997 is widely viewed as one of the most entertaining years in Monday Night Raw history. Not only was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin catapulted into superstardom that year, but the entire Shawn Michaels Vs Bret Hart feud had gotten really heated and personal, eventually giving us the birth of the Mr. McMahon character. The Attitude Era was definitely in full swing, and even though they weren’t winning in the television ratings (Raw only beat Nitro five times in all of 1997), WWF was absolutely on fire, and the product was really rounding into shape.
The show’s fifth year on the air saw a drastic and dramatic shift in mature content, as the aforementioned Attitude Era really began to change the way pro wrestling was presented. More characters, gimmicks and stories that pushed the envelope and helped to finally turn the tide for the WWF and helped them to “win” the “war”. You have to remember, »
- Aaron Hyden
At age 77, Jane Fonda still doesn't have all the answers—and that's a good thing. In fact, pondering life's biggest questions is what's kept the actress feeling young. "I have a strong belief that older people have a greater sense of well being," the star of Netflix's sitcom Grace and Frankie says in DuJour's Spring 2015 issue. "Older women in particular, it's like, 'What the hell do we have to lose?'" It wasn't until she left her third husband, CNN founder Ted Turner, in 2001, that she came to that realization. Fonda recalls her then-husband telling her, "People aren't supposed to change after 60." "I think about that all the »
At the dawn of television news, a foreign correspondent had to file reports on film, which was then jetted to a laboratory back home for processing, ready to appear on air several days later. This meant that actual breaking news from abroad had to be read as copy by the anchor, and that the foreign correspondent's role was to provide non-time-specific background features. The second phase saw a conversion from film to video, and transmission by satellite rather than jetliner. This phase allowed Ted Turner to assemble his global CNN brand. It allowed ABC World News Tonight to
- Andrew Tyndall
Longtime fans of professional wrestling understand the effect that renegade promotion Ecw, owned and operated by the evil genius Paul Heyman, had on the sport. It introduced elements of sexuality and extreme violence to the industry and motivated Vince McMahon to inject his company with a certain attitude that eventually led to WWE overcoming WCW in the Monday Night Wars and, ultimately, putting Ted Turner’s empire out of business.
Unfortunately, Extreme Championship Wrestling closed its doors days before WCW, meaning today’s generation of young fans have no real idea what the legacy of the most revolutionary promotion of all-time really is. Thankfully, the launch of the WWE Network has created the opportunity for fans of all ages to relive the matches, moments and angles that captivated fans for nearly a decade. More importantly, it gives the men and women who performed for the company a new »
- Erik Beaston
Global Force Wrestling’s first pay-per-view event — New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 airs on Jan. 4 from the Tokyo Dome. Remember the pro wrestling boom of the 1990s? For several years, millions tuned in every week to watch Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling, or Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling. The competition between these major brands resulted in huge pop culture permeation … arenas were always sold out, T-shirts were everywhere, and some jabroni named “The Rock” even used his popularity to create a nice little movie career. Fifteen years later, times have changed. … Continue reading →
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- Gerry Strauss
8 items from 2015
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