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Billy Eichner remembers Joan Rivers: 'A friend, and my greatest champion'

16 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Can we talk?

Whenever Joan Rivers asked that question, she wasn’t really seeking permission. Right up until the moment she died on Sept. 4 at age 81 in New York City, following complications during throat surgery, it was clear that she was going to talk, loudly and often, and you were going to listen. And love it. One of the first truly transgressive female comedians, both on the stand-up circuit and in her countless TV appearances (from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to Fashion Police), she was famous for bringing her whip-smart wit to any subject, no matter how taboo. »

- EW staff

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News Nuggets: Red carpet and comedy pioneer Joan Rivers dies at age 81

4 September 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Comedian Joan Rivers dies in New York at age 81. She was known as a comedy pioneer among female comics, especially with her stage act and many appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Starting in 1994, the E! Network hired her to host their celebrity red carpet arrivals shows before the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and other events, launching her into a new career and revolutionizing that type of intense coverage. After over two decades of those live shows, she began hosting "Fashion Police" for E! from 2010 through the Emmy Awards last week. That program featured her rave reviews or pointed barbs about celebrity fashion. Entertainment Weekly -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube  Gary Baum reports on potential problems for the new Oscar museum: "The Los Angeles City Planning Department has released a draft environmental impact report..." »

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Joan Rivers' Most Iconic TV Performances

4 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

To honor Joan Rivers we are remembering some of her most iconic TV appearances.

The world lost legendary comedienne Joan Rivers today.

From early on in her career, Joan Rivers was an immeasurably important figure for women in comedy, and to honor her we are remembering some of her most iconic TV appearances.

News: Joan Rivers Dies at 81

1. Joan Rivers' Performance on The Ed Sullivan Show (1967)

It cannot be said enough how important Joan Rivers' was for giving female comedians a voice in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men. In this set on The Ed Sullivan Show, Joan makes us laugh while brilliantly calling out the struggles women face in everyday life.

2. Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1986)

While their relationship ultimately soured, Johnny Carson was Joan's  mentor, and she would even fill in for him on The Tonight Show while he was on vacation. In this guest »

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Joan Rivers: Most Memorable Moments in Her Career

4 September 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joan Rivers performed for over 50 years, and was never one to shy away from controversy. Some of her best material came from saying exactly what was on her mind, regardless of the storm that might follow. Here are some memorable moments from the gravelly-voiced comedienne’s career.

Rivers would later go on to host her own latenight comedy show, but was performing standup on latenight shows long before, as evident here in her 1967 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” where she took on stereotypes about relations between the sexes.

See Also: Joan Rivers, Comedian and TV Host, Dies at 81

She guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” occasionally in the ’70s and early ’80s before becoming the show’s permanent guest in 1983. Here she is performing a monologue for the show in 1984 where she jokes about her start in comedy performing in low-rent nightspots like “Club Herpes. »

- Kevin Noonan

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Joan Rivers Passes Away at Age 81

4 September 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comedienne Joan Rivers passed away earlier today at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, after going into cardiac arrest following a medical procedure. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, confirmed her mother's death with the following statement.

"She passed peacefully at 1:17 Pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

Last Thursday, Joan Rivers underwent a minor endoscopic procedure to check her vocal chords, when she went »

- MovieWeb

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Joan Rivers Dead -- Legendary Comedian Passes Away at 81

4 September 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Joan Rivers, TV's favorite fashion critic and one of the sharpest tongues in the business, passed away. She was 81. Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City last Thursday, after she stopped breathing during vocal chord surgery.Joan made a career for herself in Hollywood as a comedic writer and actress -- she got her start writing for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and went on to host her own show in 1993, "The Joan Rivers Show." Most recently, the comedienne had two starring spots -- she was the host of E!'s "Fashion Police" and had her own web series, "In Bed with Joan," both of which she filmed new episodes of last week. Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers released the following statement about her mother's tragic passing below: It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, joan rivers. She passed peacefully »

- tooFab Staff

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Joan Rivers Dies At 81; Melissa Rivers Takes Comedian Off Life Support

3 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Joan Rivers, the legendary comedian and fashion critic, passed away on Thursday afternoon more than a week after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine surgery. She was 81.

Joan Rivers Dies

Rivers' tragic passing was confirmed by her daughter Melissa Rivers, who had rushed to her side following the ill-fated outpatient surgery. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” wrote Melissa, who was tasked with deciding to take her mother off of life support after doctors had placed her into a medically induced coma last week.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” Melissa continued. “Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, »

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Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pay Tribute to Robin Williams During Latenight Shows (Video)

13 August 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Latenight hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers paid tribute to comedic legend Robin Williams during their “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” broadcasts on Tuesday, following the actor’s suicide on Monday.

Joining numerous public figures who have expressed their sadness at Williams’ passing, Fallon launched into an imitation of Williams’ manic standup performances before replaying a clip from the star’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” which showcased Williams’ penchant for mischief as he did his best to outwit the show’s cameramen by leaving the stage to interact with the audience.

Fallon ended his tribute by standing on his desk in homage to Williams’ role as English teacher John Keating in “Dead Poets Society,” declaring, “O Captain! My Captain! You will be missed.”

Meyers struck a more sober note in his heartfelt tribute, admitting that when he worked at a video store in his youth, »

- Laura Prudom

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Robin Williams Dead at 63 in Suspected Suicide

11 August 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday at age 63, the result of a suspected suicide.

Update: The actor, who most recently appeared in CBS’ one-season comedy The Crazy Ones and had checked into rehab on July 1, was found in his bedroom, having hanged himself hours earlier with a belt, the Marin County Sheriff reports. He also exhibited cuts on his wrist, with a pocket knife nearby.

The initial report from the Marin County coroner’s office listed the suspected cause of death as suicide via asphyxiation, although “a comprehensive investigation” — including a toxicology report and interviews »

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Movie Review – Life Itself (2014)

21 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Life Itself, 2014

Directed by Steve James.

Featuring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel and Martin Scorsese.

Synopsis:

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

About halfway through Life Itself, a documentary love letter to the life and death of film critic Roger Ebert, a fellow film critic talks about why he never wanted to become friends with film directors as Ebert did. He didn’t want that friendship to affect his film reviews. Even though I never met Roger Ebert I think it’s important for me to reveal that I was (and still am really) a huge Roger Ebert fan. As a young film fan growing up in Montana in the 1980’s, the television show Siskel & Ebert was my film school before I got a Film Studies degree from a real university. So I went into viewing Life Itself with an already great impression of Roger Ebert, »

- Amy Richau

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Interview: We Dream of Barbara Eden at the ‘Hollywood Show’ Chicago

8 July 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1960s sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Unforgettable – for many reasons – was Barbara Eden, who portrayed a genie named Jeannie. Ms. Eden was at the “Hollywood Show” Chicago last year, and was interviewed by HollywoodChicago.com.

Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona. After her family moved to the West Coast, Eden began singing, first in the church choir and eventually in night clubs. This led to acting and performance classes, including the City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After winning the title of Miss San Francisco, Eden moved to Los Angeles, and began a series of appearances on classic TV shows including “I Love Lucy,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “Father Knows Best” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Barbara Eden at the “Hollywood Show Chicago” in 2013

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Ex-wga President Patric Verrone Outpaced in State Senate Race

3 June 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patric Verrone’s three-month campaign for a California State Senate seat has come to an end after gaining  meager support among voters in West Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.

With 18% of ballots counted in Tuesday’s primary, the TV writer and former president of the Writers Guild of America West was a distant seventh among eight candidates in the 26th District  to succeed Democrat State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. Verrone had 2.5% of the vote, or 1,111, as of 11:30 pm Pdt.

Verrone campaigned on a platform of preserving middle-class jobs and attracting new ones. He received endorsements from “Family Guy” showrunner Seth McFarlane, Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells.

Santa Monica-Malibu school board member Ben Allen was leading the field with  22.8%, followed by Independent Seth »

- Dave McNary

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Seth MacFarlane Endorses Ex-wga President Patric Verrone’s State Senate Run

28 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and comedian Richard Lewis have endorsed Patric Verrone’s campaign for State Senate.

Both have worked with Verrone during his career as a TV writer and producer. The former WGA West president announced last month that he was running for the 26th district seat; he is one of eight candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

“I’m fortunate to have the support of my friends Seth and Richard, who are not only very funny guys, but are also passionate about building stronger communities and a stronger foundation for middle class families,” Verrone said. “We all have a sense of humor, but what’s been happening to California families is no joke. It’s time to get serious about the problems we face and move forward with concrete solutions. »

- Dave McNary

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Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dies at 93

6 April 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized actor who was one of MGM’s giant box office attractions in the late ’30s and early ’40s, has died, sources confirm. He was 93.

As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades (“I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer,” he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and one in 1983 for his body of work.

He also appeared on series and TV and in made for television movies, one of which, “Bill,” the touching story of a mentally challenged man, won him an Emmy. He was Emmy nominated three other times. And for “Sugar Babies,” a musical revue in which he starred with Ann Miller, »

- Carmel Dagan

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David Letterman Announces Retirement Plans

2 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

David Letterman announced that he will retire from his late night talk show in 2015.

Letterman, 66, made his announcement while taping Thursday night’s Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, reported TMZ. He informed the audience that he will tape his last show in the studio sometime in 2015.

Musician Mike Mills, who will be featured on Thursday night's airing, confirmed Letterman’s retirement on Twitter.

Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave

Mike Mills (@m_millsey) April 3, 2014

Letterman is the longest-running late-night talk show host in TV history. After gaining steam as a stand-up comedian in the 70s, in which he often appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he eventually landed his own late-night show in 1982 – Late Night with David Letterman.

When Letterman lost out to Jay Leno to replace Johnny Carson as the Tonight Show host, he moved over to CBS, where he began hosting his »

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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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Fallon Bids Farewell to ‘Late Night’ as ‘Tonight Show’ Awaits

7 February 2014 10:33 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

New York (AP) — It’s not so much “goodbye” as “on break.”

With Jimmy Fallon’s departure from “Late Night” on Friday after five years in the host chair, he will be off the NBC airwaves a scant 10 days before coming back as host of “The Tonight Show,” which was vacated Thursday by Jay Leno after 22 years.

“I’m really going to miss being on TV at 12:37,” Fallon joked in his farewell monologue, noting that his “fierce rivals” have been CBS host Craig Ferguson “and a Veggie-Chopper infomercial.”

But if he was overjoyed at his promotion to a slot one hour earlier — and he radiated joy all through the finale (taped Friday afternoon) — at the same time he could hardly keep his tear ducts in check.

“I’m not gonna cry,” he vowed early on, “but I’m gonna get really close.”

“You got to pull it together,” teased his guest, »

- Associated Press

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Jay Leno Exits ‘The Tonight Show’: 5 Reasons We’ll Miss Him

7 February 2014 9:07 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Were you sad to see Jay’s final episode last night? Drop a comment with your thoughts on his departure.

Jay Leno hosted his final episode of The Tonight Show on Feb. 6, and even though it’s only been a few hours since the farewell aired, we miss him already. We’re eager to see what Jimmy Fallon will bring to the table, but for now, let’s reflect on all the reasons we’ve loved Jay since he first took over for Johnny Carson in 1992.

Jay Leno: 5 Reasons We’ll Miss The ‘Tonight Show’ Host

1. He’s the king of “Headlines”: I’m not saying Jay Leno is the original BuzzFeed, but the late-night host was known for bringing hilarious oddities to light way before the birth of the web’s most addictive time-sucker. And as a news people ourselves, we always laughed at the ridiculous headlines »

- Andy Swift

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