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David Huddleston, a noted character actor who was most famously known for the titular role in “The Big Lebowski” died Tuesday at 85. His wife, Sarah Koeppe, told the Los Angeles Times that he died of heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, N.M.
Huddleston’s character in the 1998 “The Big Lebowski” epitomized the types of characters he was known for — big dons or capos and tempestuous men. Although he is in only a few scenes in the film, he crosses paths with Jeff Bridges’ Lebowski character, aka “The Dude,” after a group of gang members attack “The Dude” mistaking him for Huddleston’s millionaire Lebowski. Though the film was not a hit when it first premiered, it has since become a huge cult sensation with a devoted fan base.
Before he was cast as the Big Lebowski, he guest starred on several TV shows, including “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Murder, She »
- Maria Cavassuto
Jasper, a grasshopper with a cane and a top hat, is caught in a plastic box that he sees as an opportunity. "Hop on board this luxurious viewing vehicle," he tells five little bugs staring back at him from the outside, "for the spectacular spectacle of the Magical Mystery Tour!" These tiny creatures — the stars of Beat Bugs, the new animated children's series on Netflix — are intrigued. And off they go.
In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services have put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. Since I'm not doing a summer rewind this year, I thought I would, from time to time, offer up a primer of a show you can stream, whether an older series available in full, or a new arrival to one or more of the services. And since the CW just made official its deal to move all its shows' streaming rights from Hulu to Netflix(*), I wanted to start with what's »
- Alan Sepinwall
James Corden on Sunday reminded America that he’s so more than just that guy who sings in his car with famous people.
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The Late Late Show host kicked off Sunday’s Hamilton Tony Awards ceremony — which handed him a statue just four years prior — with a show-stopping number that truly set the tone for the rest of the evening. Of course, Corden had a little help from a few friends.
The host was introduced (via rap) by several Hamilton cast members, including Tony nominee Leslie Odom Jr., »
On this day in movie related history...
1152 King Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their romance is later fictionalized in the ever popular play/movie The Lion in Winter which we've written about several times
1897 Frank Capra is born in Italy. He'll immigrate to the Us at five years old and become one of the most famous film directors of all time. Across the ocean in London a public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-dead" is staged. Frank Capra never makes a movie influenced by Dracula but everyone else does.
Meredith Wilson writing music1902 There's trouble right here in River City Mason City when Meredith Wilson is born. He'll later write The Music Man but not before accruing Oscar nominations for film scoring (The Little Foxes, The Great Dictator)
1912 The first Indian film Shree Pundalik is released in Mumbai. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of »
- NATHANIEL R
A Broadway farewell to Doris Roberts will be held Monday, May 16. The tribute to the Emmy-winning actress and stage veteran, to be held at the Ambassador Theatre on West 49th Street, will be hosted by Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano. The program, which will be open to the public, will include a special performance by Barbara Cook, best known as the spinster librarian Marian Paroo in the original production of The Music Man. General admission seating is available… »
The Girls scene-stealer appears as himself — well, a “boozier, meaner version” of himself, he tells TVLine — on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) in which he helps Marge and Lisa repair their fractured relationship.
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“They’re having some mother/daughter growing pains,” Rannells explains. “Lisa finds out Marge has never liked jazz, which is devastating to poor Lisa, so they decide to go on a little weekend trip; they end »
Back in the fall, I said that while I admired individual components of the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — particularly the musical parody numbers — the show needed to pull a Cougar Town and start distancing itself from its premise and title before it could truly get good. Instead, the situation has turned out to be, to quote the show's theme song (which got a delightful spoken word treatment a few episodes back), a lot more nuanced than that. If anything, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has doubled down on the crazy ex of it all in its portrayal of sad lawyer Rebecca Bunch (star and co-creator Rachel Bloom) and her fixation on summer camp ex Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) — and it's become a richer, more confident, and more entertaining show than it was at the start. Some of this is that Bloom and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna have, as all smart producers of young shows do, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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