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Lily Tomlin Returns to Oscar Race in ‘Grandma’

20 August 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thirty years ago, Lily Tomlin made her film debut in Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” surprising those who knew her only from her array of wacky characters in “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” As Linnea Reese, a gospel singer and mother to two deaf children, Tomlin gave a performance that was layered and fascinating. “At that time, actors weren’t really crossing over from television,” says Tomlin. “Goldie (Hawn) had done it, but that was a rarity.”

But the role almost never happened for her; Louise Fletcher, the daughter of deaf parents, had to bow out. In the end, it put Tomlin on the map, launching a film career that would include such classics as “All of Me,” “9 to 5” and “Big Business.” It also earned Tomlin her first Oscar nomination.

I specify “first” because Tomlin is back in the mix this year for her raw, funny, furious portrayal of the title character in Paul Weitz’s “Grandma. »

- Jenelle Riley

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‘Grandma’ Star Lily Tomlin on Feminism, Gay Rights, Stardom at 75 … and Donald Trump

20 August 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

At the age of 75, Lily Tomlin is enjoying the kind of career resurgence that you could describe as surprising – except that Tomlin spent five decades as a distinctive, often groundbreaking comic voice who never seemed dependent on waves of popularity. Even when she was part of hits like the ’60s TV series “Laugh-In,” the smash movie “Nine to Five” or the Tony-winning Broadway hit “Appearing Nitely,” she was an actor and a comedian trying to bring distinctive characters to life, not a star looking for the next big paycheck. Three years after winning the Mark Twain Award for »

- Steve Pond

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Lily Tomlin on 'Grandma,' 'Grace and Frankie' and That Time Robert Altman Punched an Executive

18 August 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Almost 76, Lily Tomlin seems to be busting out all over these days. She is the star attraction in Sundance breakout “Grandma,” opening this week, as a spiky lesbian intellectual named Elle (French for “she” or “her”) who shoots from the lip and takes no prisoners during a long day’s journey to help her granddaughter scrounge up the cash for an abortion. Her character’s motto in her first film lead since 1988’s twins caper “Big Business”? “You need to be able to say ‘screw you’ sometimes.” Tomlin also just earned her 22nd Primetime Emmy nomination as a septuagenarian neo-hippie opposite "9 to 5" cohort Jane Fonda as her uptight roomie in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” now shooting its second season. From the early ‘70s, when she brought to life such comical creations as Ernestine the phone operator and raspberry-blowing moppet Edith Ann on the trend-setting TV show “Laugh-In” to her Tony-winning one-woman shows, »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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Lily Tomlin on Coming-Out Press Conferences & Kicking Nat Wolff's Ass

18 August 2015 6:08 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In 2014, Michelle Obama and Tom Hanks toasted Lily Tomlin's lifetime achievement at the Kennedy Center — an honor that didn't mark the end of her career so much as kick off a comeback. Nearly five decades after her debut on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, the 75 year-old is hot: Her Netflix show Grace and Frankie, costarring Jane Fonda, was just renewed for a second season and helped Tomlin earn her 22nd Emmy nomination. And the comedienne's new film Grandma — about a cranky lesbian septuagenarian who helps her granddaughter get an abortion, »

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New TV Series, New Movie: Just Another Day at the Office With Lily Tomlin

12 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“These are llamas,” says Lily Tomlin, holding up two furry toy replicas for inspection. “Or they might be alpacas. I can’t tell the difference.” It’s a hot August morning, and Tomlin is giving me a tour of her office — a cozy, cluttered, ground-level apartment on a sleepy street in Studio City. “I don’t put much stock in memorabilia,” she warns. Not even the oversize rocking chair, official domain of Edith Ann, Tomlin’s famous, philosophizing 5-year-old from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In? “Oh, that’s at home,” she assures me. Tomlin decides the little figurines are alpacas, most likely a keepsake from her desk on The West Wing, where her character, a former alpaca farmer, served as executive assistant to Martin Sheen’s President Bartlet for four and a half seasons. We’re in the ad hoc conference room, the same one where Tomlin and the director Paul Weitz »

- Phoebe Reilly

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How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV

6 August 2015 6:18 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's safe to say that, 17 years ago, The Daily Show was a fledgling show. "Daily satiric news anchor" was not a job. And Jon Stewart was just a stand-up comic and occasional actor, not yet the comedy nerd/political junkie's lord and savior.

Which isn't to say that Stewart and the team behind Comedy Central's late-night staple invented their own genre of topical tomfoolery. Shows like That Was the Week That Was experimented with the satirical news format as early as the Sixties. Everything from Bob & Ray to HBO's »

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Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93

29 June 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.

In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the »

- Variety Staff

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Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93

29 June 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.

In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the »

- Variety Staff

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Lily Tomlin on David O. Russell: "I Was Stoic in My Suffering"

10 June 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It has been 45 years since Lily Tomlin introduced signature characters like Ernestine on TV's Laugh-In, but she's hardly begun to slow down. Grace and Frankie, her new Netflix series in which she and Jane Fonda co-star as two very different 70-something women forced together by circumstance, recently has been renewed for a second season. Paul Weitz's Grandma, in which she plays an acerbic poet on a road trip with her granddaughter, is

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- Gregg Kilday

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10 awesome feminist comedy sketches

27 April 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Every time Amy Schumer comes out with a new sketch, it's impossible not to think about how necessary it is that a female standup comic has the platform on Comedy Central to be as irreverent, truthful, and damning as she wants. It wasn't so long ago that females in sketch comedy were reduced to one-note roles. (Check out "Laugh-In" sometime and note how many times the point of a bit is "Oh, Goldie. Such a space cadet.") We picked ten examples of feminism in sketch comedy dating all the way back to the heyday of Carol Burnett. Comb the hair on your Asian-American doll and enjoy. 1. Carol Burnett is "movie star crazy" One of the enduring treats of "The Carol Burnett Show" is the feminist undertones in many of her sketches. The fact that she's so outlandish and having so much fun is a triumph in itself, but in this sketch, »

- Louis Virtel

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Trailers From Hell on 1976's Politically Incorrect 'Norman... Is That You?'

6 April 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Laugh-In" director George Schlatter based this 1976 farce on a failed stage play about two stereotypically Jewish parents and their frazzled reactions to the fact that their son has a boyfriend. For the film Schlatter cast Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey as the parents, thereby ensuring a comedy even more rife with politically-incorrect possibilities. Look for Mad cartoonist Sergio Aragones in a small part. »

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‘Grace And Frankie': First Photos From Netflix Comedy Starring Jane Fonda And Lily Tomlin

31 March 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

It’s a long journey from Barbarella and Laugh-In to Grace And Frankie, and now we get our first look at Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the upcoming Netflix comedy. The two acting titans and friends square off as longtime nemeses whose husbands announce that they’re gay and hit the bricks. From there the aging rivals are forced to bond amid a wide-open future that includes challenges “from joint pain to joint rolling and blind dates to night blindness” (well played, Netflix… »

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Will Slaaaaay You in Season 7

3 March 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It has come to my attention that you might not watch "RuPaul's Drag Race." Hear this: "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality competition that feels fresh, fun, and outrageous every single week. The only one! All other reality shows are tired. They are weak and loveless, like the smile lines on Ryan Seacrest's face. You must watch "RuPaul's Drag Race" if you want to love reality TV again, and last night's season seven premiere proved we're going to get plenty to adore again. Here's the entire premiere episode. Watch and consider the following five reasons for sticking around this year.  Get More:  RuPaul's Drag Race Full Episodes, RuPaul, Logo TV   1. Ginger Minj will be serving up delectable one-liners. One fact of life is that not all drag queens are hilarious. Sometimes they prefer to be just pretty or fashionable or glamorous. That's fine and all, but comedy »

- Louis Virtel

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Laugh-In Announcer Gary Owens Dies at 80

14 February 2015 9:53 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

One of the great voices of television and radio, Gary Owens died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home. Owens is best known for his work as the announcer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and coining the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank." He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Arleta Lee Markell, and their two sons, Scott and Chris. He was 80. His was an iconic voice alongside Casey Kasem. Owens got his start working in radio stations throughout the Midwest and the South. He became a disc jockey in Los Angeles at Kfwb-am in 1961 and moved to Kmpc-am, where he worked for two decades. In addition to Laugh-In, he appeared on animated shows from Space Ghost to The Ren & Stimpy Show, narrated Sesame Street segments, and did commercials and intros for television shows like Bewitched. Here is a pretty delightful one that he did for »

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Gary Owens, ‘Laugh-In’ Announcer, Dies At 80

14 February 2015 8:59 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Gary Owens, the radio and TV performer best known for serving as the announcer for Laugh-In, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 80. Gary Owens Dies Owens’ son Chris Owens confirmed his passing, saying that his father, who had been battling diabetes since age eight, was surrounded by family when he died. […]

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Gary Owens, ‘Laugh-In’ Announcer and Voice Actor, Dead at 80

13 February 2015 4:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Gary Owens, the famous voice of “Laugh-In,” died on Thursday at his Encino, California, home after succumbing to diabetes-related complications. He was 80. The veteran talent, who enjoyed a long career as a radio DJ, voice performer and TV announcer, served as the announcer for NBC’s “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” from 1968 to 1973. His trademarks included the catchphrase “beautiful downtown Burbank” — said in a deep, booming voice — and holding his hand over his ear while he announced. See Photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 Owens was the first radio star to be inducted into the Hollywood HaIl of Fame presented by the Hollywood. »

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How Gary Owens Became an Iconic Announcer on 'Laugh-In'

13 February 2015 3:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a career that spanned seven decades, Gary Owens' role as the off-the-wall announcer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was a highlight that has become part of broadcasting history. Owens, who died Thursday at 80, will always be remembered as he cupped his hand over his ear and provided the voice of the comedy show that reinvented comedy. When he got the job just before the series launched in 1968 — and made comedy history — Owen's "audition" was anything but standard, recalls George Schlatter, now 82, who was the hit show's creator and executive producer. Schlatter's

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Laugh-In's Gary Owens Dead at 80

13 February 2015 2:33 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Gary Owens, best known as the announcer for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, died Thursday at the age of 80, the Associated Press reports.

Owens appeared on many TV shows during his seven-decade career, including Lucille Ball and Bob Hope specials.

He also lent his voice to hundreds of programs, such as Sesame Street and Yogi’s Treasure Hunt and, more recently, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wizards of Waverly Place, Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory.

Owens passed away at his Los Angeles-area home and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and their two sons.

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'Laugh-In' Announcer Gary Owens Dies at 80

13 February 2015 2:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gary Owens, a radio and TV announcer and voiceover artist who will always be remembered as the voice of the seminal NBC comedy series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, died on Thursday at 80. Owens died due to complications from diabetes, which he had suffered from since the age of 8. His son, Chris Dane Owens, a producer and musician, told The Hollywood Reporter that his father died peacefully at his home in Encino, surrounded by family. His son said Owens continued to work until he was 79, furthering a career that began when he was 16 years old. Read

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Gary Owens, Laugh-In Announcer and Voice of Space Ghost, Dead at 80

13 February 2015 2:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Though best known as the announcer for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Gary Owens enjoyed a long and varied career up until his death on Thursday. He was 80. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, his rep said in a statement to People. The veteran announcer, whose career spanned seven decades, worked until the end; a month before his death, he had voiced TV promos.Owens began his career as a voice-over artist in 1949, but his big break came in 1966 as the voice of cartoon superhero Space Ghost. He went on to provide voices for The Green Hornet, Batman and »

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