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Martha Selleck, Mother of Tom Selleck, Dies at 96

Martha Selleck, Mother of Tom Selleck, Dies at 96
Martha Selleck, the mother of Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck, died Feb. 19 in Oak Park, Calif., the actor's publicist announced. She was 96.

"She's always been there and always been very fair — even when she said, 'Wait till your father gets home,' which usually was for good reason," her son noted when he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986. "And she made great cherry pie."

From 1998-2016, Mrs. Selleck served as president of the Motion Picture Mothers organization, which donates to the Motion Picture & Television Fund,...
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Martha Selleck, Mother of Tom Selleck, Dies at 96

Martha Selleck, the mother of Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck, died Feb. 19 in Oak Park, Calif., the actor's publicist announced. She was 96.

"She's always been there and always been very fair — even when she said, 'Wait till your father gets home,' which usually was for good reason," her son noted when he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986. "And she made great cherry pie."

From 1998-2016, Mrs. Selleck served as president of the Motion Picture Mothers organization, which donates to the Motion Picture & Television Fund,...
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Harry Shearer webchat – your questions answered on the Simpsons, Spinal Tap and getting political

The actor and podcaster discussed everything from satirising Trump, cucumbers v courgettes, and the day Michael Jackson didn’t sing

2.23pm GMT

Thanks to Harry for taking questions on everything from Simpsons to Spinal Tap to Trump. As he mentions, he’ll be at King’s Place on 8 December for the charity event Christmas Without Tears.

The Guardian's lease on this office has run out, so I must gather my things and scram. Please, if you're in LOndon or thereabouts, consider coming over to King's Place Dec 8 for "Christmas Without Tears", an annual comedy-music variety show Judith Owen and I put on for charity, thjis year benefitting Shelter. Guests include Chris Difford from Squeeze, Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood, two great nonexistent people (Barry from Watford and Tina C) and lots of surprise guests. See you there, or elsewhere. Thanks.

2.20pm GMT

George White asks

Is it true, Harry you did voiceovers for Monty Python?
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Watch The Best Episode of 'Roseanne' In Honor of The Show's Silver Anniversary

Watch The Best Episode of 'Roseanne' In Honor of The Show's Silver Anniversary
Twenty-five years ago, "Roseanne" made its debut on ABC, instantly become a huge ratings hit (it averaged a 23.8 Neilsen rating in its first season -- which these days is essentially unheard of). And somehow America was then capable of having a ratings juggernaut that developed into one of the most hilarious, poignant and challenging comedy series to ever grace network television, all from the still rare perspective of a working class woman. In honor of the series' silver anniversary, posted below is what is in my opinion its very best episode. A highlight of the series' fifth season (its best), "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" depicted the death of Roseanne and Jackie Conner's abusive father. It's perhaps the best example of the remarkable way in which the series blended comedy and drama, somehow offering dozens of laugh out loud moments amidst a nuanced portrayal of death, infidelity, the damaging effects of child abuse,
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CBS hires a bunch of Canadians to reboot Love, American Style

After sending the nation into its moral tailspin with all its cavalier joking about birth control, the early-'70s series Love, American Style is getting a reboot at CBS, which can—much like loose women on the pill—just do whatever it wants, regardless of the consequence. Deadline reports that this new, contemporary version will not have the same anthology structure as the original, where unconnected vignettes about modern romance commingled in the swingin’, free love spirit of the era, giving birth to numerous illegitimate children (like Happy Days and Wait Till Your Father Gets Home) and spreading God knows ...
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R.I.P. Jack Elinson

TV comedy writer Jack Elinson, whose career stretched over 50 years, died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 89. His numerous credits as writer during the 1950s included the series All-Star Revue, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Duke, The Jimmy Durante Show, Hey, Jeannie!, The Johnny Carson Show, and The Real McCoys. During the 1960s, The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy), The Andy Griffith Show, Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (producer), Run, Buddy, Run (producer), and That Girl (producer). He wrote and served as producer on many series in the ’70s, such as Good Times (producer), and One Day at Time (executive producer), as well as The Doris Day Show (producer), Arnie and the animated sitcom Wait Till Your Father Gets Home. During the ’80s, his work included The Facts of Life (executive producer) and 227, the Marla Gibbs-starring comedy series which
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Maureen Lipman: My family values

The actor talks about her family

My mother, Zelma, was an influence on my career. When I was six or seven I started singing, imitating people like Eartha Kitt, and putting on my own Sunday Night at the London Palladium. My mother encouraged me to perform for her friends. I still have in my mind's eye that circle of smartly dressed, approving – and occasionally disapproving – women.

I used to get my children to do tricks too. Amy would pout with her top lip when she was teething and so I taught her to say Marlon Brando's speech from On the Waterfront: "I could have been a contender … now all I've got is a one-way ticket to Palookaville." She was two. It was hysterically funny.

I adored my father because he was dry and witty and funny. He would stand in the door of his shop greeting everybody and
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Mark Gatiss: My family values

The actor and writer talks about his family

My older brother and I only stopped hating each other recently. We never had anything in common. He was painfully shy and found his expression in lashing out at people. I was quite shy myself, but I was all right on stage, being a performer. My brother, however, wasn't forthcoming at all. He was a fierce defender of me in the playground, but at home he would hit me. We have become closer over the years.

My dad was quite a forbidding figure. I realise now that that was mainly because he worked so hard. He wasn't unkind, but he was a presence. When our mum said "Wait till your father gets home", it definitely worked. Now I'm older I can understand that children need some fear. Otherwise they behave abominably. They need parameters.

Dad's entire family were miners. He was the
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'Happy Days' Star Tom Bosley Passes Away

Actor Tom Bosley, known for his role as Mr. Cunningham on "Happy Days," died today, October 19, in Palm Springs, Calif. Oscar-winning producer Ron Howard said of the passing of his former TV dad, "I'm so saddened by the loss of our wonderful Tom Bosley. Remarkable on so many levels, Tom's insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the 'Happy Days' experience. A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom lead by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it. My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life. I miss him already." Henry Winkler, who played Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on "Happy Days," said of his costar, "He played our TV dad and was very much like our dad on the set.
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Before He Was Freddy: A Look At 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' Actor Jackie Earle Haley

This weekend, Freddy Krueger returns to AMC Theatres, and for the first time in 26 years he won't be played by Robert Englund.  Instead, actor Jackie Earle Haley picks up the mantle of the bladed glove to give nightmares to a new generation.

Haley's career has been an interesting one that can really be viewed as 2 seperate eras.  The 1993 and earlier era... and the 2006 to present day era.

Era #1 1971-1993

At the age of 11, Haley had a regular role on the animated TV show "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" which also featured the voice of Tom Bosley.  A few years later he landed a role in two original "Bad News Bears" films and began landing guest spots on a lot of shows (for example, "The Partridge Family", "Planet of the Apes", "The Waltons", "The Love Boat").

In 1984, Haley went to audition for the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie and
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Rorschach Is Ready For Freddy

Jackie Earle Haley, who played Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen film, has signed on to play the evil Freddy Krueger in a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, according to Variety. The film will be helmed by music video director Samuel Bayer and is being produced by New Line and Platinum Dunes.

Haley's other credits include a recurring role on the series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home and the films Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, Semi-Pro and Shutter Island.  He was nominated for the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for the 2006 film Little Children.

The character of Freddy Krueger, a scarred murderer who kills children in their dreams, was played by Robert Englund in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. That film was directed by Wes Craven and released in 1984.

Platinum Dunes is run by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
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