13 items from 2012
The actor known for portraying Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on the TV show "Mash" and more recent guest shots on NBC's "30 Rock" is also a visiting professor at New York's Stony Brook University school of journalism and a founder of the school's Center for Communicating Science.
The center is sponsoring an international contest for scientists asking them to explain in terms a sixth-grader could understand: "What is time?"
Alda is well-known for his affinity for science and is the longtime host of PBS' "Scientific American Frontiers." He said it is vital for society to have a better understanding of science, and puts much of the onus on scientists to better explain their work.
"There's hardly an issue we deal with today that isn't affected by science," Alda said. "I've even heard from a »
As the calendar creeps quickly towards Christmas Day on the 25th of December, we’re counting down the days with a special advent calendar of festive films, revealing a set of rare images for each chosen film to surprise and delight film fans.
Today’s offering comes from the warped, genius mind of Dr Seuss, celebrating the family spirit of Christmas in possibly the strangest way possible as the titular anti-hero makes plans to destroy Christmas for the inhabitants of Whoville, before he is touched by the Christmas spirit and eventually rescues it from himself.
Since there are two classic versions of the story – the animated story featured famously in Home Alone, and the live action version starring a heavily disguised Jim Carrey – we’re looking at both versions. Both are equally important, and though there will be much more focus on the Carrey version, the original 1966 animated version is »
- Simon Gallagher
Reinhold Weege, creator of the memorably quirky 1980s sitcom Night Court, has died. Weege was 62 and died of natural causes at his home in La Jolla. Weege also worked on Barney Miller, Mash, Park Place and on Fish, a short-lived spinoff of Barney Miller. He grew up in the Chicago area and worked as a newspaper reporter before breaking into TV on Barney Miller where he got his first Emmy nomination as a member of the production team in 1979. Populated by an assortment of oddballs, Night Court became a staple of NBC’s schedule from 1984 through 1990, part of the network’s powerhouse Thursday primetime lineup that included The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Cheers. The Warner Bros series also launched the careers of Harry Anderson, John Larroquette and Richard Moll. Nominated for multiple production and acting Emmys, the show brought Larroquette four consecutive Emmys for comedy supporting actor from 1985 through »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Things are getting a little loony on this week's Supernatural. With a bizarre, cartoonish hunting trip involving guest star Mike Farrell (Mash), we could be looking at a Supernatural like none we have ever seen before. We had a chance to talk to star Jared Padalecki when visiting the show's set (courtesy of Warner Bros.), and he gave us a bit of scoop.
Lear's sitcom "All In the Family" – and its spinoffs "Maude" and "The Jeffersons" – mixed humor with an honest examination of the key social issues of the day – racism, sexism, even abortion, rape and homosexuality. Decades later, Murphy is following the path blazed by Lear with his shows, "Glee" and "The New Normal."
Murphy and Lear are to receive honorary awards at Monday night's International Emmy Awards Gala. A total of 38 nominees from 15 countries will compete for awards in nine categories. British television productions received a leading seven nominations, including best actor and actress nods for Jason Isaacs, the villainous Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, in the crime mystery "Case Histories" and newcomer Joanna Vanderham in "The Runaway."
Actor, wrestler and American football star whose hardman roles included Mongo in Blazing Saddles
In Mel Brooks's 1974 film Blazing Saddles, the enforcer Mongo rides into town on a Brahma bull, and knocks out a horse with one punch. "Don't shoot him, it will just make him mad," the townspeople advise Sheriff Bart. Later, Bart asks Mongo about the things he's done. Looking up with puppy eyes, the hulking villain says: "Mongo only pawn in game of life."
Alex Karras, who has died aged 77, was a natural to play Mongo, with his larger-than-life body and rubbery face, which he could contort in exaggerated clowning, or soften to suggest his slyly sympathetic wit. Some of those skills he learned as a professional wrestler, and even as a novice actor he stole scenes from comedians as talented as Cleavon Little or Gene Wilder. Karras went on to have a successful career as a character actor, »
- Michael Carlson
There are many things you can say to define Clu Gulager - cowboy, actor, teacher. But spend some time with the man and an overriding sense of humor permeates everything he says and does. His "Aw shucks" delivery coupled with a sense of devilry is impossible to ignore. Add that to a lifetime of stories and some book learnin' smarts, and you are in for the entire conversation. This time around we feature some of the quiet humor of Clu Gualager. Pay attention as the wisdom is sprinkled throughout. That's Clu's way.
One of the last things you did as a performer was in your son’s (John) film series of Feast?
Yeah. Literally I don't act anymore. My son has made four pictures for the Weinsteins, Bob Weinstein in particular. I've been in all of them in more or less minor roles because he wanted me to be. I didn't want to be. »
- Del Howison
Timothy Bottoms became an overnight sensation at the height of the so-called “Easy Riders and Raging Bulls” era, after landing the leading role in The Last Picture Show (1971), Peter Bogdanovich’s film about the social and sexual rites of small town Texans in the early 1950s. Internationally acclaimed for his portrait of Sonny, a sensitive kid struggling to find his way in the harsh landscape of post-war America, the then-twenty year-old Bottoms suddenly found himself not only in-demand as a rising young star, but a major celebrity, as well, with younger brothers Sam (who co-starred in The Last Picture Show), Joseph and Ben following in their older brother’s footsteps, making names for themselves on stage and screen. Bottoms reprised the role of Sonny for Picture Show's 1990 sequel, Texasville.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness.
Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry Rfd," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993.
"America has grown up with me," Lindsey said in an Associated Press interview in 1985. "Goober is every man; everyone finds something to like about ol' Goober."
"At that time, we were the best acting ensemble on TV," Lindsey once told an interviewer. »
George Lindsey, the Alabama native who played Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry Rfd and Hee Haw, died early this morning in Nashville after a brief illness. He was 83. Goober was the cousin of the character Gomer Pyle played by Jim Nabors. Griffith issued a statement: “George Lindsey was my friend … Our last conversation was a few days ago … I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say `I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. `I love you’.” Best known as Goober, Lindsey had a long TV career that included roles in Gunsmoke, Mash, The Wonderful World of Disney, CHIPs, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Real McCoys, The Rifleman, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Twilight Zone. Movie roles included Cannonball Run II, Take This Job and Shove It »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
As we have been telling you, there is a new Treasure Island ahead for us this Saturday on Syfy, who is showing the four-hour miniseries all in one night. More about that below. This version bears little resemblance to any recent pirate movie, other than the ship, ocean, and island involvement. We’ll have a review for you a little later.
For now, check out what star Eddie Izzard (Riches, Oceans 13, Mockingbird Lane), Executive Producer Robert Halmi Sr. of Rhi (Tin Man, Alice, Neverland), and Syfy Executive Vice President of Programming and Movies Thomas Vitale had to say about the production, during a recent Q&A session with the media, including SciFi Mafia. They started the session with a brief statement by Mr. Halmi:
- Erin Willard
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games has topped the Us/Canada box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), the Gary Ross-directed blockbuster scored $21.5 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The dystopic action-drama was down a relatively modest 35% compared to Easter weekend. Prior to The Hunger Games, the most recent movie to achieve the four-weekend-in-a-row feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar remained at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight (2008), Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood »
- Zac Gille
Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games has topped the Us/Canada box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, the Gary Ross-directed blockbuster scored $21.5 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The dystopic action-drama was down a relatively modest 35% compared to Easter weekend. Prior to The Hunger Games, the most recent movie to achieve the four-weekend-in-a-row feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar remained at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight (2008), Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood / Viggo Mortensen's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »
- Zac Gille
13 items from 2012
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