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Bill Cosby's reassuring and familiar voice pauses. They're deliberate pauses, perfectly timed breaks he has down to a science, evident in his first televised comedy special in 30 years, "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished" Saturday, Nov. 23, on Comedy Central.
Taped at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts near Los Angeles, it's more of a sit-down than a stand-up show. Cosby mines subjects he knows well: long-term marriages (he and Camille have been wed for 49 years) and kids (they had five). He tells stories about the differences between pals and wives. Pals are fine when you call at 3 a.m. because your car broke down. Wives, when they have been telling you to get the car fixed for ages, are less so.
Appearing on The Daily Show earlier this week, Bill Cosby gently took Jon Stewart to task for his liberal use of four-letter words at the Stand Up for Heroes event they'd both just entertained. "It wasn't cursing – it was Yiddish!" joked Stewart, who took his scolding in stride, clearly in awe of the elder comedian. In his later years, Cosby, 76, has cast himself as something of a national scold, as he did in his famously rambling "Pound Cake" speech to the NAACP (which prompted a book-length reply from the commentator Michael Eric Dyson, »
No matter how successful an actor becomes, how much money they make or the number of awards they win, they all had to start somewhere. It’s always fun to see established actors at their most desperate, struggling through the early days, taking on terrible roles and reading the worst scripts in an attempt to make it.
Take a look at some of the most embarrassing TV roles that some of Hollywood’s brightest stars willingly agreed to, and decide for yourself if they were really worth taking.
Ever since he was a boy, people have enjoyed the sound of Morgan Freeman’s voice. Especially his singing voice, as displayed in The Electric Company back in the 1970s. No, not a fly on the wall documentary about a utilities provider, but a show created by the Children’s Television Workshop as a sort »
- Simon Spowart
In the era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008’s Iron Man and continues along its merry, lucrative way with this November’s Thor: The Dark World, it can be easy to forget that, to date, the comics purveyor has had an abysmal track record in the realm of live-action television. With last night’s premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still fresh on the brain, let’s look back at the many live-action shows and failed pilots based on Marvel properties and revel in the hammy acting, primitive costuming, and villainous turns by Jessica Walter.The Amazing Spider-Man (1977–1979)Not counting the trippy Spidey segments that ran from 1974 to 1977 on the PBS children's program The Electric Company, Marvel’s first attempt to parlay the success of its web-slinging cash cow into the live-action arena didn’t exactly make a good impression on comic-book fans — or TV critics, for that matter. »
- James Vorel
by Ryan Rigley
With the trailer for the highly-anticipated "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel now officially attached to "Thor: The Dark World," Spidey fans all across the country have been making their own trailers in preparation for the actual thing. On that same note, last week, screenwriter Alex Kurtzman sat down with iamROGUE and talked briefly about the unanswered questions raised by "The Amazing Spider-Man" and how the sequel addresses them.
"It's interesting because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn't answer them," explains Kurtzman. "The villains emerge from a lot of the unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all." Sounds like we've got a lot to be excited for in the "Amazing" sequel. While on the subject of Spider-Man, we thought it best to take a look back »
- Splash Page Team
The two leading recipes for success are
building a better mousetrap and finding a bigger loophole.
Edgar A. Shoaff
For the first few decades of broadcast television, the then three major networks held a near-monopoly on the national audience. More often than not, on any given night it was likely nine out of every ten people watching TV were watching one or another of ABC, CBS, NBC.
But even then, in that small sliver of the audience not watching the nets, there was evidence of a viewer appetite for an alternative to the often formula-dominated programming of the big broadcasters. Statistically, they didn’t amount to more than what would, years later, come to be referred to as a “niche” audience, and you’d be making a hell of an assumption saying they were looking elsewhere for their TV entertainment because they wanted something better. But it was »
- Bill Mesce
This morning the Screen Actors Guild announced Rita Moreno will receive the 2014 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. The Life Achievement Award Recipient is nominated and voted on by the Guild's National Honors and Tributes Committee and Moreno will be the 50th recipient of the award following recent honorees including Ernest Borgnine, Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke last year. Moreno is a member of the Egot family having won her first of two Emmys in 1977 for one of her many guest appearances on The Muppet Show, a Grammy in 1972 for her work on "The Electric Company Album", an Oscar in 1962 for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story and a Tony in 1975 for her performance as Googie Gomez in Broadway's "The Ritz". Her voice will be heard again in 2014 as she voices one of the characters in Fox's upcoming sequel Rio 2. The »
- Brad Brevet
Born in the Bronx in 1930, Laron began her career as a greeting card writer and soon moved into writing lyrics. Her first recorded release was “Those Are The Breaks” by cabaret performer Arthur Siegal in 1954 followed by “Look But Do Not Touch-Cha-Cha” by Isobel Robins featured on the comedy album “The Saint And The Sinner,” also featuring comedian Henry Morgan. Her other recorded works include “The Loving Song” by Nana Mouskouri and the anti-war song “Hell No I Ain’t Gonna Go” by Matt Jones for the song magazine Broadside.
Laron collaborated with composers including Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”), Charles Strouse (“All In The Family”), Joe Raposo (“Sesame Street”), Ron Dante (“Sugar Sugar”) and Vic Mizzy (“Green Acres,” “The Addams Family »
- Pat Saperstein
Elaine Laron, a witty writer and lyricist who participated in the classic children’s TV projects The Electric Company and Free to Be … You and Me, died of pneumonia June 6 in Los Angeles, her nephew William Funt said. She was 83. Laron's recorded works also include the anti-Vietnam War anthem "Hell No, I Ain’t Gonna Go" from 1960s activist Matthew Jones and "The Loving Song" by Greek international star Nana Mouskouri. During her career, Laron -- at one time the sister-in-law of Candid Camera founder Allen Funt -- collaborated with such celebrated composers as Stephen Schwartz (Godspell), Charles Strouse (the All in the Family opening theme “Those Were
- Mike Barnes
Christian Jacobs started out as a child actor playing the slightly older Joey Stivic in the All in the Family spin-off Gloria. Since then, he’s not only triumphed as the creator of kid show juggernaut Yo Gabba Gabba, but as The Mc Bat Commander, has been the charismatic leader of superhero ska band The Aquabats. After a long career in the clubs of the world (coming up on their twentieth anniversary) the band broke into television last year with The Aquabats Super Show on Hub Network. Lauded by critics and attracting kids in droves, the show’s second season premieres this Saturday on the network (check local listings).
Christian took the time to speak to ComicMix about the series and the long strange trip it took to the screen. He’s proud to get the show on the air, and even more happy for it to make a second season. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Bold and the Beautiful producer Ron Weaver has died today at the age of 75. After working on several children's shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, Weaver turned his attention to the well-known soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, where he was the associate producer before [...]
Soap Opera Producer Ron Weaver Dies »
- Nick Dimengo
Emmy Award-winning producer Ron Weaver died Thursday (May 9) at 75 years old. Early in his career, Weaver worked with the Children's Television Workshop as part of the team that created shows like "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company" and "3-2-1 Contact." He was also instrumental in launching international versions of "Sesame Street" in Latin America, according to THR.
After spending 13 years with Ctw, Weaver moved on to become an associate producer of "The Bold and the Beautiful" in 1986, before the soap opera's launch. He stayed with the show, eventually becoming senior producer and then taking the role of vice president of the show's distribution company, until he left this past April.
During his time with "The Bold and the Beautiful" he shared three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. He was also a writer, releasing his first novel, "Soul Mate," in 2010.
Before making his way into show business, Weaver attended Michigan State University, »
The Beach Boys deserve their own biopic, a la The Doors, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles or Jerry Lee Lewis. Years ago, the California pop-music pioneers were progressing on a deal that would have brought their story to the silver screen . but plans stalled. Now, a new screenwriter has been hired, getting the Beach Boys biopic bouncing once again. WGA nominee Deirdre O.Connor has been hired by Fox 2000 to pen a fresh treatment on the Beach Boys. story, according to Deadline. The screenwriter, who worked on Lifetime.s Five project as well as the TV series The Electric Company, will work in conjunction with Beach Boys biopic director Michael Sucsy to refine their approach to the project and keep it on track. The trade site says that O.Connor will take a different approach from the one Susannah Grant pitched to Fox 2000 back in 2010 . a pitch that earned Grant a »
Ron Weaver, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV producer who worked on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and who was part of the original team that created “Sesame Street,” died in his Los Angeles-area home on May 11. He was 75.
Renowned for his work on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver joined the skein as associate producer in 1986 and served as a member of the team, which included co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, that launched the series. Weaver climbed the ladder to senior producer and veep of Bbl, Inc., staying aboard the daytime drama ship for 27 years.
Prior to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver served as director of operations and production services for Children’s Television Workshop, where he worked on “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “3-2-1 Contact,” “Feeling Good” and “The Best of Families.” He also played a pivotal role in the international launch of »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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