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It's been 30 years, but we all still remember the three rules: Don't expose them to bright light, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight.
"Gremlins," which opened on June 8, 1984, has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, playing often on TV, launching a number of careers, influencing countless other tongue-in-cheek horror movies, and even changing the way movies are rated.
Still, as familiar as you are with adorable Gizmo and demonic Stripe, there may be many things you don't know about "Gremlins" -- like the famous voices behind the gremlins, the in-jokes, and the film's role in the creation of the PG-13 rating. Read on for more secrets of the mogwai.
1. "Gremlins" marked the screenwriting debut of Chris Columbus, who would later go on to direct "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and the first two Harry Potter movies. He wrote the script as a calling card just to get noticed in Hollywood, »
- Gary Susman
NBC led the field Tuesday with six wins at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Gotham.
The Peacock’s “Sunday Night Football” (pictured) extended its streak in the live sports series category to a sixth consecutive year. NBC’s other wins included Bob Costas for sports personality in studio, Michele Tafoya for sports reporter and Cris Collinsworth for sports event analyst.
NBC sibling Telemundo also nabbed two trophies, including Andres Cantor’s win for on-air personality in Spanish.
Fox Sports ran a close second to NBC with five nods, including the prize for live sports special for last year’s World Series coverage.
Turner Broadcasting pioneer and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was feted with the org’s life achievement award.
Here is a complete list of winners:
Outstanding Live Sports Special
The 109th World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals Fox
John Entz, »
- Variety Staff
The original Police Academy film series was a big hit in the ’80s and ’90s. The comedy franchise follows the exploits of a group of academy misfits and recruits, centering around Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg). Other stars include Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Key and Peele have been making audiences laugh on Us station Comedy Central since 2012, and their self-titled show Key and Peele has been renewed for a fourth season. We don’t know yet whether the pair will be acting in the reboot or just behind the camera. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
New Line has been attempting to reboot the “Police Academy” franchise in recent years. ”Tosh.O’s” Scott Zabielski was attached to direct at one point, and Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”) has written the most recent script.
The duo is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.
News was first reported by The Tracking Board.
- Dave McNary
How beloved was "Police Academy"? The cop comedy, which opened 30 years ago this month (March 23, 1984), didn't just make stars out of Steve Guttenberg and Michael Winslow and launch a franchise that lasted through seven movies and two TV series. It also became such a pop cultural touchstone that it earned a mention in a 1995 "Simpsons" episode, where Homer, angry at Bart for stealing, bellows, "We live in a society of laws. Why do you think I took you to see all those 'Police Academy' movies? For fun? Well I didn't hear anybody laughing. Did you? Except at that guy who made sound effects." At which point Homer gets lost doing a Winslow impression....
Where was I? Oh yeah, how beloved was "Police Academy"? So much so that, even though there's been no new product since the 1997 live-action series, there have been reports for a decade that an eighth »
- Gary Susman
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