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It was the first color film to win the Best Picture Oscar and is ranked as one of the greatest movie of all time by the American Film Institute. In its first four years of release the film sold 59.5 million tickets, a number equal to half the population of the United States in 1939 and according to Box Office Mojo it’s the highest grossing film of all time when adjusted for ticket price inflation.
Today, Gone with the Wind celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary as “the most iconic film of all time.”
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the story of Southern Belle Scarlett O’Hara and her torrid affair with blockade runner Rhett Butler remains so popular it has motivated legions of fans, called Windies, to gather in period costume in author Margaret Mitchell’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
It even inspired one of the most famous television parodies of all time. »
- Richard Crouse
Believe it or not, Jim Carrey has graced the big screen for over 30 years.
Carrey started off as a stand-up comic in Canada, but veered towards TV and film a few years after his move to Hollywood. The actor landed a variety of roles in no time, and Carrey's big break came in the early '90s on the popular sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990-1994). After becoming a featured player on the show, Carrey was offered the lead roles in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Mask," and "Dumb and Dumber" -- all in 1994. Yeah, he did all right. This fall, Carrey returns to one of his landmark roles, playing the affable goof Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber To."
1. James Eugene Carrey was born January 17, 1962 in Ontario, Canada to Kathleen Oram and Percy Carrey. »
- Jonny Black
Terry Crews is everywhere. In addition to regular television gigs as Sergeant Jeffords on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and host of the syndicated "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," he maintains a thriving movie career with recent roles in "Draft Day," "Blended," and "Expendables 3." And then there are the Old Spice commercials. And the book with Random House. Crews took a break from his busy schedule to talk with S&A about his career and what's coming up next. Where he gets his sense of humor: My mom. One of my best memories is of me and my mother and my brothers watching "The Carol Burnett Show," and »
- Jai Tiggett
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Due Out: October 7, 2014
Who’S It For? “The Wonder Years” is timeless. Thankfully it doesn’t feel dated simply because I was a child of the ’80s trying to understand life in the late ’60s. “The Wonder Years” was my gateway drug to a nostalgia I didn’t even know. Like many of you, I grew up with Kevin. I hoped for Winnie, I had friends like Paul (and probably was Paul more than I realized).
I can’t wait to show “The Wonder Years” to my son. I’ll have to wait, because he hasn’t even turned two yet, but now I have six episodes to show him, and hopefully that will just be the beginning.
TV Score: 10/10
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Named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s, »
- Jeff Bayer
NBC announced the Jennifer Lopez drama "Shades of Blue" back in February, revealing that the police procedural had received a 13-episode direct-to-series order for the 2015-16 season. That was an impressive piece of longterm planning from the network, which was months from ending the 2013-14 season and only in the early phases of plotting its schedule for the 2014-15 season. Given the foresight of the announcement, it's not surprising that nobody has really said much about "Shades of Blue" for the past eight months, which made it a pleasant surprise to get Monday's (October 6) release saying that not only does NBC remember that "Shades of Blue" exists, but a director has been hired, an Oscar and Emmy winner at that. Per NBC, Barry Levinson will direct the "Shades of Blue" pilot and will serve as executive producer. Levinson will also "be hands-on and participate in the development process," which is »
- Daniel Fienberg
New York City – There are legends, and then there is Joan Rivers. The comedian and show business survivor had a life journey as an influential star from the 1960s all the way to the end of her life. Joan Rivers died on September 4th, 2014, in New York City after suffering respiratory failure last weekend.
Photo credit: E! Entertainment Network
Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Barnard College. As she developed her comic act, her agent at the time – Tony Rivers – suggested a name change, so Joan took his last name as hers. She was fired by Rivers as a result. Her training in comedy included a seven-month stint at The Second City in Chicago, but she got her feet wet in the comedy clubs in New York City in the 1960s, which included fellow comedy performers like George Carlin, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
American comedian, actress, writer, producer and TV host Joan Rivers has passed away today aged 81, her daughter Melissa has revealed. She had been on life support since August 28th, having suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers began her career as a stand-up comic in New York City in the early 1960s, which led to regular appearances and guest hosting duties on The Tonight Show as well as various variety and entertainment shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show and Hollywood Squares.
In the 1980s, Rivers became the first female comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall, and also the first female to front her own talk show, signing a bumper contract to host The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. She would subsequently win a Daytime Emmy for The Joan Rivers Show, which she hosted for five years, picking up another six nominations as host and writer. »
- Gary Collinson
Joan Rivers, the acerbic comedian, Emmy-winning TV host, red-carpet fashion critic and “celebreality” star, died Thursday in New York City following complications from surgery last week.
Related Joan Rivers: 15 Memorable (and Hilarious) Career Moments
Rivers, 81, had been in a medically induced coma at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital since her heart stopped beating during a doctor’s office procedure on her vocal cords. She had been moved to a private room on Wednesday, and was reportedly taken off life support this afternoon.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers, »
Joan Rivers, the Emmy-winning comedian and television host who enjoyed a decades-long career, has died. She was 81.
Rivers had been hospitalized since she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords on August 28. She was rushed to a New York City hospital, where she remained until her death Thursday.
Rivers's daughter, Melissa, released a statement about her mother's passing through her publicist Thursday afternoon:
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. 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.
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. »
- Katie Roberts
In the fourth season of the somewhat tumultuous sitcom Mama’s Family (a spinoff from one of the successful recurring sketches on The Carol Burnett Show), Mama Harper (Vicki Lawrence) and her makeshift family endure more comedic ups and downs. At home in the Harper household are Vinton Harper (Ken Berry), Mama’s youngest son who’s too buffoonish to move out of the house; his wife Naomi (Dorothy Lyman), a flirtatious bimbo; and Bubba Higgins (Allan Kayser), Mama’s grandson (through Eunice and Ed Higgins—portrayed by Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show and the first iteration of Mama’s Family).
- John Keith
When a film franchise lasts for more than four decades, it’s bound to collect a few odd moments along the way, and the “Planet of the Apes” series is no exception. As the eighth film in the popular saga arrives in theaters July 11, here’s a look at some of the strangest riffs on simian cinema.
Animal acts were a staple of Johnny Carson’s 32 years on The Tonight Show, and none were more memorable than when singer Paul Williams took the stage in full orangutan makeup and crooned a bluesy ballad to promote his role as Virgil in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes.” The lit cigarette in his hairy hand helped add to the surrealism.
During the second season of this CBS variety show, Cher dressed in a loincloth and appeared with a group »
- Matthew Chernov
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
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.
Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…
Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:
1.) Doc Galen Adams, »
- Frank Ochieng
Song. Dance. Sketch. These are three things that Maya Rudolph is planning to bring back to prime time — along with a good time. The Maya Rudolph Show, a variety special that airs May 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC, will take the Saturday Night Live vet to familiar places with familiar faces: SNL alums Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, and Chris Parnell, along with Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, and Craig Robinson, are among the featured guests. (SNL overlord Lorne Michaels is serving as executive producer.) It’s a chance to reunite with some old pals but also bring back a piece of a different past. »
- Dan Snierson
Elliot R. Wax, a former television agent at William Morris and the leader of his own agency, died on May 4 from complications of kidney disease at his home in Lake Sherwood, Calif. He was 84.
Wax packaged many hit variety and comedy shows while at Wma and found success running his own firm, Elliot Wax & Associates, as well.
While in the television variety show department at William Morris, he was involved in the packaging and selling of numerous variety specials with stars including Danny Thomas, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Andy Williams, the Osmonds and Dionne Warwick. While representing writers and producers, Wax packaged variety series that included “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Sonny & Cher Show,” “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” “The Redd Foxx Show” and “The Glen Campbell Show.”
While a VP at William Morris, Wax made the move into the business of packaging half-hour television. »
- Carmel Dagan
There's a new crowdfunding platform exclusively for indie films and, as of today, it's open for business. indieFilmFunding.com (iFF) officially launched to the public today, along with its first theatrical film campaign, and it's a big one. The comedy "The Big Finish" comes from director Martin Guigui ("The Bronx Bull") and will be written by Guigui and Rudy De Luca ("The Carol Burnett Show"). The film will star Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway, Garrett Morris, Debbie Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore and other legendary Hollywood actors of a certain age. In fact, De Luca joked, "We gotta hurry up and shoot this film, cause we're droppin' like flies." "The Big Finish" has set an ambitious $3 million goal for the production. Read More: 8 Things I Learned from My (Failed) Kickstarter Campaign iFF's platform is open for submissions from any producer, director, or filmmaker seeking funding for a film project. »
- Paula Bernstein
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
Former Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet has booked her first gig since leaving the show. Burke-Charvet, let go from the ABC celebrity dance competition series in February and replaced by Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, will stay in the Disney/ABC family with a recurring role on ABC Family comedy Melissa & Joey, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Appearing in two episodes airing in June, Burke-Charvet will play Felicia, Joe's (Joey Lawrence) ex-girlfriend who stirs up trouble for him and Mel (Melissa Joan Hart). Meanwhile, The Carol Burnett Show star Tim Conway will appear
- Philiana Ng
It's not every 78-year-old who releases a new album for Valentine's Day - or has his friends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood backing him up. But, where showbiz is concerned, Steve Lawrence isn't just any 78-year-old. "To my knowledge, it's over 50-something, and my first in 10 years, at least," the familiar voice, calculating the number of albums he's released since his first in 1953, tells People from the home in Las Vegas he and his late wife Eydie Gorme shared since 1980. Titled When You Come Back to Me Again, after the Garth Brooks song on the lead track, the new album contains 10 songs and, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
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