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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild
The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.”

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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild
The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.
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It Came From The Tube: Ghost Story / Circle Of Fear (1972)

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There’s the usual stockpile when we mention horror anthology TV series. Twilight Zone sits firmly on top for most, and then follows Outer Limits, Thriller, Tales from the Crypt, Masters of Horror, Night Gallery, and on and on. (The rankings are up to you.) And sometimes, way down in the pile of yellowed TV Guides lays one that time forgot (and Nielsen killed). Witness NBC’s Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972), a one season and done series that provided solid stories well told over 23 episodes.

If the title seems confusing, it’s because it was known as Ghost Story for the first 13 episodes (plus pilot), and then Circle of Fear for the last 9. Low ratings prompted the name change, which proceeded when the show returned from the Christmas break. Rotund host Sebastian Cabot also didn’t survive the retooling.

So what sank the show? ABC aired Room 222/The Odd Couple opposite it,
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James Sheldon, Prolific TV Director, Dies at 95

James Sheldon, Prolific TV Director, Dies at 95
TV director James Sheldon, who worked on hundreds of shows including “The Millionaire,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Fugitive,” “Batman” and many more, died March 12. He was 95.

His son, Tony, told the New York Times that Sheldon died of complications from cancer at his Manhattan home.

Sheldon once estimated that he directed about 1,200 episodes of television over his long career. Among them are 44 episodes of “The Millionaire,” an entire season of “The Bing Crosby Show” and several episodes of “Room 222,” “Love, American Style,” “That Girl,” “The Fugitive” and “My Three Sons.” He also directed the pilot of “Family Affair.”

His career also included six episodes in the second and third seasons of “The Twilight Zone,” featuring such classics as “I Sing the Body Electric” and “A Penny for Your Thoughts.” He helmed an episode of “Batman” in 1966, featuring Julie Newmar as Catwoman.

The helmer had a unique role in the career of James Dean,
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James Sheldon, Prolific Director for Television, Dies at 95

Director James Sheldon, who worked on hundreds of television shows, seemingly everything from Mr. Peepers and The Twilight Zone to Sanford and Son and Sledge Hammer!, has died. He was 95. Sheldon, who once estimated that he directed 1,000 episodes ("I never stopped to count," he said a decade ago), died March 12 of complications from cancer at his home in Manhattan, his son Tony told The New York Times. Sheldon directed one season of the sitcom The Bing Crosby Show; 44 episodes of The Millionaire; 10 of Route 66; eight of Room 222, Love, American Style and

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Round-Up: Register to Attend Las Vegas’ Nab Show 2015 & See The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman & Steven Yeun, April Horror Block Details

Want to hang out with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun in Las Vegas? Attendees of Vegas' Nab Show can have that opportunity in the Crave Cave next week, and we have details on how you can register for a free exhibits-only pass to the show. In our latest round-up, we also look at teases for a Bates Motel item and a Ghostbusters goodie in this month's Horror Block.

Nab Show 2015: If you're looking to attend Nab Show and watch the "More of What You Crave: The World of 'The Walking Dead" session with Steven Yeun, Robert Kirkman, and AMC President Charlie Collier on April 14th, then you might be interested in registering for a free exhibits-only pass to the event, an opportunity provided to us by Nab Show. To register, visit:

http://registration.experientevent.com/ShowNAB151/default.aspx?Passcode=AD09

Press release - "Washington, D.
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Interview: 'Your Family or Mine' star Richard Dreyfuss on TV's draw - 'Money'

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Interview: 'Your Family or Mine' star Richard Dreyfuss on TV's draw - 'Money'
Richard Dreyfuss doesn't need to play any reindeer games. An Oscar winner and one of the world's biggest movie stars for two decades, Dreyfuss has only periodically popped up on the big or small screens in recent years because he's been concentrating his efforts on overhauling the way American children are taught civics and serving as Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony's College in Oxford. While his recent credits have been sparse, I've talked to Dreyfuss several times in the past few years and the key is always to find what he wants to discuss, even if it isn't necessarily the project he's promoting.  So with the 2012 A&E adaptation of "Coma," it certainly wasn't "Coma," but it could have been the shift in interactions between actors and directors over the years and whether or not TV is more actor-friendly. With this winter's Sundance debut of "Zipper," it was the political backdrop to the thriller.
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Round-Up: The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman & Steven Yeun Announced as Guests at Las Vegas’ 2015 Nab Show, The Returned, The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Want to hang out with The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun in Las Vegas? Attendees of this year's Nab show in Las Vegas can get that opportunity in the Crave Cave next month. Also included in our latest horror round-up is a look at Netflix's global rights deal with A&E's The Returned and big casting news for The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

The Walking Dead at Nab Show: Press Release - "Washington, D.C. -- Key members of "The Walking Dead" team will appear at Nab Show, which takes place in Las Vegas in April. Cast member Steven Yeun, "The Walking Dead" comic book creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman and AMC President Charlie Collier are confirmed to participate in the general session "More of What You Crave: The World of 'The Walking Dead,'" scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 from 9:00-10:00 a.
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Legendary Pictures announces Electra Woman and Dyna Girl remake

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Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen have partnered with YouTube phenoms Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart in an updated version of Sid & Marty Krofft‘s classic 70’s TV series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, bringing the property to a new generation of viewers. Fullscreen will debut and exhibit Electra Woman and Dyna Girl in the U.S. with Legendary Television Distribution overseeing global distribution. Sid & Marty Krofft will executive produce the project.

The reboot will start internet superstars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart as the seventies icons (shut up, this is my article). The series, comes on the heels of Helbig’s crossover from YouTube fame to television as the host of a late night talk show for E! which premieres in April. Both Helbig and Hart have large social media followings with a combined total of over 10 million subscribers and followers over all of their YouTube and social media platforms.
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Actress Patsy Garrett Dies at 93

Actress Patsy Garrett Dies at 93
Virginia “Patsy” Garrett, a well-known character actress best known as the “chow-chow-chow” lady on the Purina Cat Chow commercials, her recurring roles on TV’s “Nanny and the Professor” and “Room 222” and in the “Benji” movie series, died Jan. 8 after a brief illness in Indio, Calif. She was 93.

Garrett played nosy neighbor Florence Fowler on “Nanny and the Professor” (1970-71), school secretary Miss Hogarth on “Room 222” (1972-73) and Mary Gruber in the “Benji” series of family films beginning in 1974. Her numerous TV appearances from the 1960s through the ’80s included “Family,” “Kojak,” “Medical Center,” “The Waltons,” “Medical Center” and her final TV role as a bigoted mother on Redd Foxx’s “Sanford” in 1981.

U.S. TV audiences of the 1960s and 1970s will remember Garrett for her role in a series of commercial messages as the Purina Cat Chow Lady. A post-production trick involving the controlled forward motion
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Interview: Director Rob Reiner on Latest Film ‘And So it Goes’

Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”

The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”

Michael Douglas (left) and Rob Reiner
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Bob Hastings, Lt. Carpenter on ‘McHale’s Navy,’ Dies at 89

Bob Hastings, Lt. Carpenter on ‘McHale’s Navy,’ Dies at 89
Bob Hastings, a character actor best known for his role on 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy” as Lt. Elroy Carpenter, the bumbling, sycophantic aide to Captain Binghampton, died June 30 in Burbank, Calif., of pancreatic cancer. He was 89.

Hastings also recurred on “All in the Family” as Tommy Kelsey, the owner of the bar that Archie frequents and later buys.

The actor worked in television from its very earliest years, with a role as Hal on the DuMont network’s “Captain Video and His Video Rangers” in 1949.

Hastings recurred on “The Phil Silvers Show” in various roles in the late 1950s and guested on “Gunsmoke,” “Ben Casey,” “Dennis the Menace” and “Twilight Zone.”

He was a series regular on “McHale’s Navy” from 1962-66 and appeared in the two features spun off from the series in 1964 and 1965.

Hastings got his start in radio as the voice of the title character in
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The Student Teachers

Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Exploitable potpourri of sex, comedy, action with high school setting has enough funny stuff to draw and amuse youth trade in ballyhoo markets and drive‑ins. Rating: R.

Although The Student Teachers follows the New World "student nurse" formula almost slavishly (pretty girls, lotsa nudity, low‑comedy plotting, violent black subplot dragged in by the heels), it stacks up as a nifty little programmer by virtue of fast pacing and an engagingly breezy comic style. Where aggressively promoted, it holds strong lures for the general youth trade and should prove an especially appealing drive‑in item.

The makers of last year's Night Call Nurses have simply lifted the gags and situations from that film and transplanted them to a high school setting,
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Link o' the Morning To You

Film Society NYC's annual Asian Film Festival starts at the end of the month and will pay tribute to Jimmy Wong Yu (Taiwanese director), Lee Jung-jae (Korean actor), and Sandra Ng (Hong Kong actress) among others. Lots of interesting sounding films as usual

TMZ a few dozen images from the set of Star Wars Episode VII - mostly it's just charactor actors mulling about Tattooine sets with dark sunglasses in those earth colors heavy robes. Don't get too excited.

Mnpp Good morning Jamie Dornan. This new photoshoot seems to be taking over the web (but I am willing to predict that 50 Shades of Gray won't do justice to Dornan's smolder.

La Times Ann B Davis, "Alice" the housekeeper from The Brady Bunch has passed away. She was already a two-time Emmy winner when she started that show in 1969 but can you believe The Brady Bunch was never nominated for a single Emmy?
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The Flash & Aquaman Cameo In Unaired Electra Woman & Dyna Girl Pilot (2001)

In 1976, Sid and Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf") created Electra Woman and Dyna Girl for their series The Krofft Supershow. There were sixteen 12-minute segments, that featured Deidre Hall ("Days of Our Lives") as Electra Woman (played by ) and Judy Strangis ("Room 222") as her sidekick Dyna Girl. For whatever reason, Warner Bros. commissioned a new version in 2001 with Markie Post ("Night Court") as Electra Woman and Anne Stedman ("That '70s Show") as Dyna Girl. Where the original version was a spoof on the 60's Batman & Robin television series, this new version was a cynical take on superheroes. Markie Post's Electra Woman is portrayed as former superhero who has become trailer park trash. She's hooked on booze, and has a mighty chip on her shoulder because her original Dyna Girl stole her husband. Watch the pilot above and be on the lookout for brief appearances by The Flash
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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page,
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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page,
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Mad Monster Hosts Blacula Screening and Q&A with Special Guests on February 13th

If you're going to be near the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood this week, be sure to pop in on Wednesday to enjoy Mad Monster's screening of Blacula featuring a Q&A with cast members Denise Nicholas and Bob Minor. Sounds like a blast!

You can purchase tickets for Blacula at the Chinese Theaters here, and once you do, RSVP at the official Blacula event Facebook page for a free gift. Read on for all the details.

From the Press Release

Celebrate Black History Month with Mad Monster and Blacula, Dracula's 70’s Soul Brotha’, at the Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, Wednesday, February 13th at 9:00pm! The event will include a special Q&A with cast members Denise Nicholas who played "Michelle" and Blacula's stuntman, Bob Minor, moderated by author and film historian, Pat Jankiewicz, the last person to interview Blacula himself, William Marshall!

As always, there will be prize giveaways,
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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille.
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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille.
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