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‘Glad All Over’ Fortifies Dave Clark Five’s Might at Forefront of British Invasion

7 April 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most people who perceive the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as having led the British Invasion might be surprised to learn that the Dave Clark Five gave both groups a run for their money during their mid-’60s heyday. And that whole Beatles vs. Stones thing? The DC5 vs. the Fab Four constituted its own rivalry, at least according to the documentary “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” — Glad All Over,” airing Tuesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. and Friday, April 11, at 10 p.m. on PBS (Koce in Los Angeles) as part of the “Great Performances” series.

Judging by the milestones, the Tottenham-based DC5 made it their business to one-up their Liverpool counterparts, beginning with the single “Glad All Over,” which supplanted “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at the top of the U.K. singles chart in 1964 and performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 18 times compared to the Beatles’ trio of appearances. »

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David Brenner, Comedian & Frequent Johnny Carson Guest, Dies At 78

16 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Comedian David Brenner, who made frequent appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, died Saturday. He was 78.

David Brenner Dies

Brenner passed away this weekend after a battle with cancer, according to his publicist Jeff Abraham. “Brenner died peacefully at his home in NYC surrounded by his family at his side,” Abraham told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Throughout his career in comedy, Brenner became a favorite of Johnny Carson's. He appeared on The Tonight Show during his tenure an estimated 158 times – more than any other guest in history. He also served as a stand-in host a number of times when Carson took some time off from the late night talk show.

"Everything was perfect. You couldn't write a better scenario," Brenner said, reminiscing about his first time on The Tonight Show, according to THR. "The next day, I had $10,000 worth of job offers. I never thought »

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R.I.P. Comedian David Brenner, Johnny Carson’s Favorite on ‘Tonight Show’

15 March 2014 3:58 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Comedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78. A favorite of Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Brenner made over 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on the NBC latenight show, starting in the ’70s. A contemporary of such stand-up legends as Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze and Gabe Kaplan, Brenner made a name for his observational comedic styling accentuated by his toothy grin, wavy hair and lanky demeanor. Brenner was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, the son of a vaudeville singer and comedian who went under the stage name “Lou Murphy”. Brenner served two years in the Army and after majoring in mass communications at Temple University, he went on to write, direct and produce socially-conscious TV documentaries as the head of the doc department at Westinghouse Broadcasting and Multimedia Broadcasting.  Cutting his teeth on the stand-up circuit in New York, in the late ’60s, »

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Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm Photobomb Tourists

11 March 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Goofy bros photobombing your family's vacation pictures are never fun – unless those two bros are Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm. On Monday, the Tonight Show host and Mad Men star took to the top of Rockefeller Center where they inaugurated the Tonight Show's "Celebrity Photobomb" segment, "ruining" photos visitors were told would appear on NBC's Top of the Rock website ("We were lying," cracked Fallon).

Fallon and Hamm started small with run-of-the-mill goofy faces, but soon upped the ante with chest-bumps, high-fives and piggy back rides, all without attracting »

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Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92

8 March 2014 6:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered. MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s recreation of The Honeymooners, died Thursday. She was 92. The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae's granddaughter Allison Mullavey told the Associated Press on Friday. In the 1950s version of The Honeymooners, Audrey Meadows starred with Gleason as the lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice. »

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R.I.P. Sheila MacRae

7 March 2014 4:32 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Honeymooners actress Sheila MacRae has died. The 93-year-old UK-born MacRae passed away March 6 , at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. She is best known to American audiences for her 4-year stint as Alice Kramden in the mid-’60s revival of The Honeymooners within The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. In addition to her 1966-70 run as Ralph Kramden’s wife, MacRae was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 with her then husband, singer Gordon MacRae, the night the Beatles debuted in America. The actress appeared on General Hospital in the 1960s and on NBC’s Parenthood TV series for the 1990-91 season. MacRae had a career on the stage as well in Guys and Dolls, Absurd Person Singular and other productions. One of her last acting appearance was in the one-women show An Evening With Sheila MacRae. »

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Gail Gerber, Actress in Elvis, Beach Films, Dies at 76

3 March 2014 6:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress-dancer Gail Gerber, a vivacious blonde with a shapely figure and a flair for comedy remembered most for her appearances in a few beach and Elvis films during the mid-’60s, died from complications of lung cancer in Sharon, Conn., on March 2. She was 76.

A Canadian, Gerber moved to Hollywood after in 1963 and quickly snagged the lead role in the play “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” She also appeared on TV series including “My Three Sons,” “Perry Mason” and “Wagon Train.” She made her film debut in “The Girls on the Beach” (1965), co-starring the Beach Boys, before her agent suggested she change her name and, as Gail Gilmore, she went on to appear opposite Elvis Presley in “Girl Happy” (1965) and “Harum Scarum” (1965). She then returned to the sands of Malibu to co-star with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in “Beach Ball” (1965) before growing to gigantic proportions along with five other delinquent teenagers, »

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Gail Gerber, Actress in Elvis, Beach Films, Dies at 76

3 March 2014 6:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress-dancer Gail Gerber, a vivacious blonde with a shapely figure and a flair for comedy remembered most for her appearances in a few beach and Elvis films during the mid-’60s, died from complications of lung cancer in Sharon, Conn., on March 2. She was 76.

A Canadian, Gerber moved to Hollywood after in 1963 and quickly snagged the lead role in the play “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” She also appeared on TV series including “My Three Sons,” “Perry Mason” and “Wagon Train.” She made her film debut in “The Girls on the Beach” (1965), co-starring the Beach Boys, before her agent suggested she change her name and, as Gail Gilmore, she went on to appear opposite Elvis Presley in “Girl Happy” (1965) and “Harum Scarum” (1965). She then returned to the sands of Malibu to co-star with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in “Beach Ball” (1965) before growing to gigantic proportions along with five other delinquent teenagers, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Gail Gerber, ‘60s Elvis And Beach Movie Starlet, Dead At Age 76

3 March 2014 6:24 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Gail Gerber passed away on March 2, 2014 due to complications from lung cancer. Gerber was born on October 4, 1937 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began studying ballet at age seven. Extremely talented, at fifteen she became the youngest member of Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes in Montreal. Quitting the ballet troupe in the late 1950s and abandoning a husband who was a jazz musician, she moved to Toronto to work as an actress. She appeared on stage and in many live CBC television dramas. As part of the act of legendary vaudeville entertainers Smith and Dale (who were the basis for The Sunshine Boys), she appeared on The Wayne and Schuster Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving to Hollywood in 1963, the talented blonde with a flair for comedy quickly snagged the lead role in the play Under the Yum Yum Tree »

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Jimmy Fallon introduces The Beatles to social media (and selfie Sunday!) -- Video

25 February 2014 6:50 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There are two things we know for sure in this world: We’re in the golden age of social media, and Beatlemania was the height of rabid fandom. So can you imagine if John, Paul, Ringo, and George had participated in #selfiesunday?!

Jimmy Fallon can. On The Tonight Show, Fallon recruited Late Night bandleader Fred Armisen to help him show what 1964 would’ve looked like if Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Vine had existed.

In his sketch, we travel back to the band’s first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, just after they finish singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand. »

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Jimmy Fallon's Beatles Play With Social Media on 'Tonight Show' (Video)

24 February 2014 9:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jimmy Fallon asked the age-old question: What if the Beatles used social media? On Monday's Tonight Show, that question was answered, and Fallon recruited Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers' new Late Night bandleader, to help out. In what Fallon said was "never-before-seen footage" of the Fab Four's iconic first television appearance on Feb. 9, 1964, on The Ed Sullivan Show following their performance of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," Fallon (as John Lennon) and Armisen (as Ringo Starr) -- complete with bowl cuts -- showed just why the Beatles "were ahead of their time." Video: Justin Timberlake,

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New York Hair Salon Criticizes Paul McCartney's Hair Color

17 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Paul McCartney has come under attack, not over his music, but his hair, with Guy Thomas of Guy Thomas’s salon publicly swearing he is no longer the superstar’s hairstylist.

Former McCartney Hairstylists Distance Themselves From Pop Star

In a story reported by the New York Daily News, Thomas and his daughter, Janelle Mercadante, claim that they worked for McCartney beginning in 2004, when McCartney’s then-wife Heather Mills contacted them after McCartney attempted to dye his hair with color from a drug store.

“She called the salon in a very agitated way,” Thomas alleged in an interview with Confidenti@al.

According to Thomas and Mercadante, the duo would regularly travel to the Hamptons to do McCartney’s hair over the years, even after McCartney divorced Mills. It wasn’t until 2012 that the partnership fell apart. Thomas claims McCartney was simply too cheap to continue paying their fees.

“He [McCartney] never wanted to pay the money. »

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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Road Signs

13 February 2014 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20) Road Signs

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.

Peter Drucker

Home Box Office has dodged more bullets than Wyatt Earp at the Ok Corral. Going on the satellite in 1975 turned the company from a regional possibility into a national success; then came “hitting the wall” and the challenge of VCRs in the 1980s; and then there was the late 1990s course correction which turned the service into an original series king; and then there was the struggle of the Chris Albrecht years and the WGA strike.

Today, HBO has its big hits – Game of Thrones and True Blood, and its second tier, buzz-making winners like Girls, The Newsroom, Veep and Treme. Medical dramedy Getting On, and Looking – often described as a gay Sex and the City – show the service hasn’t gotten any shyer about trying to tackle provocative subject matter in risky ways. »

- Bill Mesce

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Apple Launches Beatles iTunes Channel

10 February 2014 6:22 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Apple's iTunes store now has a channel dedicated to the Liverpool legends. The exclusive channel features a 14-minute clip (available for a limited time) of the landmark television appearance that marked the band’s American debut Feb. 9, 1964. Story: The Beatles to Receive Historical Marker at New York City Airport All of the Beatles' U.S. albums are also accessible for the first time as digital collections available for purchase and download on iTunes. The 13-record collection is currently being promoted at a total cost

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‘Grammy Salute to the Beatles’: Adam Levine, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons Explain Song Selections (Video)

10 February 2014 10:23 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The key to a great cover is picking a great song, and the artists that stuck around after the Grammy Awards last month to perform in front of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for CBS’ “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute” had no shortage to choose from. Adam Levine with Maroon 5, Keith Urban and John Mayer, Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams, and Imagine Dragons were among the various acts that paid tribute to the band that changed music forever 50 years ago with just one performance on ”The Ed Sullivan Show.” See video: Paul McCartney: Ed Sullivan. »

- Greg Gilman

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Lauryn Hill Covers the Beatles’ ‘Something’

10 February 2014 9:20 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As you probably know if you've consumed any sort of media this weekend, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. There have been all sorts of tributes — including a full two-hour special last night, with performances from Maroon 5, Pharrell, Katy Perry, plus Paul and Ringo themselves — but we would like to highlight this semi-rare appearance from one Lauryn Hill on Letterman. Happy Beatles Month! Call your parents. »

- Amanda Dobbins

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Paul McCartney & More Celebrate Beatles’ 50th Anniversary

10 February 2014 5:10 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

50 years ago The Beatles took the United States by storm with their appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ so on Feb. 9 a massive amount of stars — from Katy Perry to Ed Sheeran to Sir Paul himself — took the stage to honor the legendary band.

It was 50 years to the day on Feb. 9 that The Beatles made their first appearance in the U.S. on The Ed Sullivan Show, and CBS did not skimp on the anniversary celebration. With the group’s remaining members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, on hand as guests of honor, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute” was an unbelievable tribute concert.

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran & More Celebrate Beatles 50th Anniversary

It seemed like everyone was there to honor The Beatles — which is probably in part because the concert was held on Jan. 27, the night after the Grammys. But among all of the »

- Andrew Gruttadaro

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The Beatles: The Night That Changed America: Katy Perry, John Mayer, Maroon 5 and More Celebrate the Band's 50th Anniversary

9 February 2014 9:02 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's one of the biggest milestones in musical history. On Feb. 9, 1964, a group of relatively unknown musicians, called the Beatles, took the stage for their very first live U.S. television performance—and instantaneously sparked an unprecedented craze with our nation's youth. Although it's been 50 years since that fateful night on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles are still one of the most influential and iconic bands every to grace our airwaves. More than 74 million people tuned in to watch the group perform five songs during the popular variety hour making it one of the most-watched television events ever. To honor the seven-time Grammy award-winning group, CBS hosted a special live »

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'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute' celebrates 50 years with Katy Perry, Keith Urban

9 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

On Feb. 9, 1964, the British invaded America in a way that made pop-culture history.

Four lads from Liverpool gave their first U.S. television performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and exactly 50 years later -- same hour, same night, same network -- the event will be recalled in the CBS special "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute" Sunday, Feb. 9. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform on the show, and also are interviewed by David Letterman, but renderings of the ultra-iconic group's music largely fall to others.

The roster includes teamings of Keith Urban and John Mayer, and Alicia Keys and John Legend, plus Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, Pharrell Williams, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, and a reunion of former Eurythmics partners Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.

The Beatles themselves will be represented by clips from the Sullivan show, on which they also »

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The Beatles 50th anniversary of American debut: Videos from then and now

9 February 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

It was 50 years ago today that a British rock band called The Beatles gave its first American TV performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

That introduction on Feb. 9, 1964 kicked off a worldwide phenomenon that has never really ended. Even after 50 years and the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, The Beatles remain the biggest thing in rock and roll.

CBS is celebrating the anniversary with "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute" on Sunday, Feb. 9 (8-10:30 p.m.). In anticipation of this, here are videos from the 1964 debut through to previews for the 50th anniversary special.

First up, here's the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, talking to David Letterman about being back in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Not familiar with what happened 50 years ago? The Beatles, while popular over in their native England, were a new phenomenon in North America in 1964. Still, »

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