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Other Former Child Actors Reportedly Reached Out to Try to Help Erin Moran Before Her Tragic Death

Other Former Child Actors Reportedly Reached Out to Try to Help Erin Moran Before Her Tragic Death
Paul Petersen, who appeared on The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s and 1960s before becoming an advocate for child actors, said many had reached out to help Erin Moran before her shocking death on Saturday at age 56.

The actor posted on the Facebook page for the non-profit organization A Minor Consideration Sunday, addressing Moran’s passing with a message titled “We Pulled Our Weight With Erin.”

“I am proud of our efforts over the years to help Erin Moran whose troubles were many and complex,” he wrote. “Don’t doubt for a moment that we tried…sincerely tried through time and treasure…
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Jeffrey Hayden Dies: ‘Peyton Place’, ‘Donna Reed Show’ Director Was 90

Prolific TV and theater director Jeffrey Hayden, whose credits include Peyton Place and The Donna Reed Show, among many others, died December 24. Hayden passed away following a year-long battle with cancer at his Los Angeles home surrounded by his family, including his wife, Eva Marie Saint. He was 90. Hayden began his decades-long career at NBC New York after graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He joined ABC Television as an associate director…
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Vamp

Richard Wenk's 1986 horror comedy is even better than we remember -- funny, reasonably scary, and stylish. Grace Jones' vampire queen is intimidatingly strange, and great makeup effects and polished direction insure that the jokes and chills get equal attention. Vamp Blu-ray Arrow Video 1986 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date October 4, 2016 / Available from 29.95 Starring Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe, Grace Jones, Billy Drago, Brad Logan, Lisa Lyon. Cinematography Elliot Davis, Douglas F. O'Neons Makeup Effects Greg Cannom Editor Marc Grossman Original Music Jonathan Elias Written by Richard Wenk story by Wenk, Donald P. Borchers Produced by Donald P. Borchers Directed by Richard Wenk

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's a lot of love for '80s pictures out there, mainly because the kids who went to see them back in the day are now in their forties and are beginning to feel pangs of nostalgia,
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Wild in the Streets

Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones and Diane Varsi star in American-International's most successful 'youth rebellion' epic -- a political sci-fi satire about a rock star whose opportunistic political movement overthrows the government and puts everyone over 35 into concentration camps... to be force-fed LSD. Wild in the Streets Blu-ray Olive Films 1968 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie Perkins, Richard Pryor, Bert Freed, Kevin Coughlin, Larry Bishop, Michael Margotta, Ed Begley, May Ishihara. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Fred Feitshans Jr., Eve Newman Original Music Les Baxter Written by Robert Thom from his short story "The Day it All Happened, Baby" Produced by Burt Topper Directed by Barry Shear

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back around 1965 - 1966 we endured this stupid buzzword concept called The Generation Gap, a notion that there was a natural divide between old people and their kids.
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Gilmore Girls’ Pop-Culture References, by the Numbers

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Gilmore Girls’ Pop-Culture References, by the Numbers
Much like Lorelai and Rory once opined about The Donna Reed Show, Gilmore Girls isn’t just a show. It’s a lifestyle, a religion for fans who worship Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel’s mother-daughter duo as both zeitgeisty deities in their own right and fast-talking filters sifting through the whole of popular culture. Through seven seasons (pause for momentary, internal sigh over that last one, though apparently some people like it), Gilmore Girls’ whiz-bang, screwball dialogue reveled in intertextual references both old (Brooks and Reiner’s “2000-Year-Old Man” sketch) and new (a pre–Neon Bible Arcade Fire mention!), highbrow (La Boheme) and lowbrow (Deuce Bigalow). Consuming entertainment may have been its own raison d’être for Lorelai II and Lorelai III, but their expansive Weltanschauung also made plenty of space for parsing boyfriends, pounding coffee, and participating in all the kooky goings-on around Stars Hollow. So with the
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1 Support System for Struggling Child Actors

Hollywood has seen many child actors crash and burn after finding stardom early in their lives on a television network or in films; you can probably list five off the top of your head. But for those who intimately understand their plight, it’s an uphill battle needing constant consideration. Enter A Minor Consideration, the nonprofit organization and advocacy group based in Gardena, Calif., that’s dedicated to supporting present, former, and future kid actors. “The fundamental element of our group, which now numbers about 800 former kid stars, is taking care of our own,” said president and former Mouseketeer Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show”). “We intervene when necessary. We provide emotional support if necessary. We’ll find a lawyer or a veterinarian, but most of all, we cling to each other because it’s like a brotherhood, a sisterhood.” In addition to providing myriad support over the years, AMC
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Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100
Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement,
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The Week in Spandex – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Daredevil, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, Suicide Squad, Shazam, The Crow, Heroes Reborn and more

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Heroes Reborn, Powers, The Crow and more…

There’s less than five weeks to go before Marvel kicks off the 2015 superhero season with the UK release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and to whet our appetites even further the studio has debuted a couple of TV spots this week which offer up some brand new footage from the hotly-anticipated sequel, including the first dialogue from Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver [watch them here]. Meanwhile, the titular villain also got his own character poster (which you can see to the right), Joss Whedon spoke about the new roster additions to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes including Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and
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Sally Field talks the Aunt May movie rumours and The Amazing Spider-Man

In one of the more bizarre rumours last year, it was speculated that Sony were planning on doing a spin-off movie in their Spider-Man franchise that would focus on Sally Field’s Aunt May. It was quickly debunked and nothing further was ever said of it, but with the news of Spider-Man getting another reboot treatment and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is no completely out of the question.

It also means we have to say goodbye to Sally Field as Aunt May, who spoke with E! Online about working on The Amazing Spider-Man.

“It was fun because it was just a great group”, she said, adding that Andrew Garfield was the “most perfect fellow to work with, so I will miss him, but I’ll find him.”

The Huffington Post on the other hand asked her about the spin-off rumours, which she dismisses quite emphatically. “Aunt May spin off?
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Sally Field on Spider-Man and the Aunt May spin-off

The Spider-Man reboot means it's farewell to Sally Field's Aunt May. Not that she thought the spin-off movie was going to happen either

One of the oddest rumours to spring up last year was that of a proposed spin-off for the Aunt May character. As part of Sony's then-planned Spider-Man universe, we were told, we were getting Aunt May: Origins (or whatever it would have been called).

The rumour was debunked in about the time it took for most of us to stop chuckling at it, but then the story was indicative of where the Spider-Man movie series had ended up towards the end of 2014. A little bit lost, with any rumour feeling plausible.

Since then, of course, Marvel and Sony have got together to chart a firmer course for the Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel cinematic universe, is expected to appear in next year's Captain America: Civil War,
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'Spider-Man': Sally Field Laughs Off Aunt May Spinoff Idea

'Spider-Man': Sally Field Laughs Off Aunt May Spinoff Idea
Way back in November, a report surfaced that Sony Pictures was developing a Spider-Man spinoff based on Sally Field's Aunt May character from The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The project was never confirmed by Sony, but even if it were, Sony decided just a few months later to scrap all of its Spider-Man projects (including The Sinister Six and Venom) to reboot Spidey once again. The new Spider-Man will first appear in an unspecified Marvel movie, most likely Captain America: Civil War, before a new Spider-Man saga hits theaters in 2017. As it turns out, not even Sally Field was aware of the Aunt May spinoff, as she revealed during an interview at SXSW with The Huffington Post.

"Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home.
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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82
James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun
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Mother's Day: Celebs choose Tami Taylor, Clair Huxtable, and Lucille Bluth (?!) as their fave TV mom -- Video

Mother's Day: Celebs choose Tami Taylor, Clair Huxtable, and Lucille Bluth (?!) as their fave TV mom -- Video
In honor of Mother’s Day, EW asked celebs visiting our video studio to name their favorite TV mom. The answers ranged from the wonderfully predictable to the hilariously unexpected.

To give you a chance to guess who went traditional and who went subversive, we’ll list the names of the celebs who played along and all their picks. How many can you match correctly? [Helpful hint: Dallas' Linda Gray selected two mothers.]

The celebs:

Surviving Jack’s Christopher Meloni

CrisisGillian Anderson

Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison

NCISRocky Carroll

Ghetto Klown’s John Leguizamo

Chicago Pd’s Sophia Bush

Dallas’ Josh Henderson and Linda Gray
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Paul Walker: How ‘Fast and the Furious’ Changed His Career from Hunk to Action Star

Paul Walker: How ‘Fast and the Furious’ Changed His Career from Hunk to Action Star
The first time audiences really set their eyes on Paul Walker was in the 1998 dramedy “Pleasantville,” about two siblings (Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire) transported inside a 1950s sitcom. The world they encounter is a cookie-cutter, black-and-white suburb straight out of “The Donna Reed Show,” and Walker played the handsome high school love interest for Witherspoon. With his hair slicked back and Ken doll dimples, Walker, 24 at the time, brought to mind a young Tab Hunter. His character was meant to be a squeaky-clean boy next door, but he didn’t stay that way. On a drive-in movie theater date, Witherspoon lunges at him and he experiences a sexual awakening.

Walker, who died on Saturday at 40 in a car crash in Valencia, Calif., was the dreamboat of choice for a generation of girls (and some boys) raised on “Saved by the Bell” and the WB Network. It’s no coincidence
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'Simon & Simon' star Mary Carver dies, aged 89

'Simon & Simon' star Mary Carver dies, aged 89
Simon & Simon star Mary Carver has died, aged 89.

The actress was perhaps best known for playing the mother of the private detective brothers in the 1980s show.

She also had leading roles in such films as Protocol and Arachnophobia.

Carver died on October 18, following a short illness, according to the Los Angeles Times.

She starred as Cecilia Simon in 153 episodes of Simon & Simon from 1981 to 1989, opposite Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker.

Her acting career spanned over 60 years. She also played the mothers of Goldie Hawn in Protocol in 1984 and James Woods in Best Seller in 1987.

Her other film roles included From Here to Eternity, Pay or Die, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and Safe in 1995.

Carver's TV appearances included The Donna Reed Show, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, The Man From Uncle, Quincy, ER and Star Trek: Enterprise.

She is survived by her daughters Lia and Athena.
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'Simon & Simon' star Mary Carver dies at 89

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Veteran actor Mary Carver died Oct. 18 following a brief illness, The Hollywood Reporter reports. She was 89, and is survived by her daughters Lia and Athena.

Best known for playing the mother of the two private-detective brothers on the long-running CBS series "Simon & Simon," Carver was in over 150 episodes of the series from 1981-1989.

Carver's acting career spanned more than 60 years. She played the mother of Goldie Hawn in "Protocol" in 1984, and the mother of James Woods in "Best Seller" in 1987. In 1990's "Arachnophobia," her character was one of many who died from a spider bite.

Carver's other TV roles included: "The Donna Reed Show," "The Twilight Zone," "Gunsmoke," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Mannix," "McCloud," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "Lou Grant," "Quincy, M.E.," "E.R.," and "Star Trek: Enterprise."
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium,
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Murder, She Wrote: William Windom Dies; Farewell Dr. Seth Hazlitt

A very familiar face to television viewers, actor William Windom, has died from congestive heart failure at the age of 88. He passed away on August 16th at his home in Woodacre, California.

Windom was born in New York City in 1923 and was the great-grandson of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury of the same name. He later served in the Army during World War II.

His first movie role was as Mister Gilmer, the prosecutor of Tom Robinson in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird but he had been appearing on television for years before that.

Windom's TV work spanned six decades and it's hard to name a classic TV show that he didn't appear on at least once. They include roles on Ben Casey, The Donna Reed Show, The Lucy Show, Twilight Zone, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Bonanza, That
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Ann Rutherford Bio: Titanic Old Rose Invitation

Gone With The Wind Actress Ann Rutherford Dies. [Photo: Ann Rutherford as Carreen O'Hara, Evelyn Keyes as Suellen O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.]

Ann Rutherford‘s most notable screen roles were in films made away from both MGM and Wallace Beery. She was a young woman who falls for trumpeter George Montgomery in Archie Mayo’s 20th Century Fox musical Orchestra Wives (1942), and became enmeshed with (possibly) amnesiac Tom Conway in Anthony Mann’s Rko thriller Two O’Clock Courage (1945).

Following a couple of minor supporting roles — in the Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) at Goldwyn and the Errol Flynn costumer The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) at Warner Bros. — and the female lead in the independently made cattle drama Operation Haylift (1950), opposite Bill Williams, Ann Rutherford retired from the screen. (Rutherford would later say that her Operation Haylift experience was anything but pleasant.)

She then turned to television, making regular television appearances in the ’50s (The Donna Reed Show, Playhouse 90,
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Ten Things About... Joss Whedon

Ten Things About... Joss Whedon
With his film The Cabin In The Woods finally released after years of delays, fans of the multi-talented Joss Whedon are being spoiled at the moment. After Cabin, the director/writer/executive producer/sometimes composer and actor directs the eagerly-awaited The Avengers/Avengers Assemble. Here are ten timely facts about the cult hero. 1. Born Joseph Hill Whedon on June 23, 1964 in New York City, Joss's writing abilities have been passed down the generations. His father Tom wrote The Electric Company in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s and his grandfather John wrote The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s. What's more, Whedon is the middle child of five brothers; the two youngest Jed and Zack, are, guess what? Writers.

2. Whedon was educated at Riverdale Country School, where his mother Lee taught history, (more)
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