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The stories behind TV production company closing logos

10 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?

Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.

A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.

As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »

- louisamellor

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Al Checco, Actor Who Teamed With Don Knotts, Dies at 93

23 July 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Al Checco, actor and comedy partner of Don Knotts in entertaining U.S. troops overseas during World War II, died at his home in Studio City on July 19. He was 93.

He began his acting and singing career on stage on Broadway in New York City, where he performed in musicals including “Crazy for You,” “Damn Yankees,” “South Pacific,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Showboat” and stage plays including “An Inspector Calls.”

Checco’s films include “Pete’s Dragon” (1977), “Bullitt” (1968), “Hotel” (1967) and “The Party” (1968). His TV credits included guest appearances on “Batman,” “The Rockford Files,” “Adam 12,” “Bonanza,” “Medical Center,” “Love Boat” and “Dallas.”

Earlier he guested several times on “The Andy Griffith Show,” including playing Mort, the bank robber in the episode “The Bank Job.”

Born in Pittsburgh, Checco graduated from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and later provided the funding for the Al Checco Rehearsal

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- Carmel Dagan

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'Godfather' Star Alex Rocco Passes Away at Age 79

20 July 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing mobster Moe Green in the 1972 classic The Godfather, passed away on Saturday in his Studio City, California home at the age of 79. The actor's stepson, Sean Doyle, confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that the actor passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor's long career spanned 50 years, with over 150 TV and film credits.

Alex Rocco was born Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Boston, who caught the acting bug at the age of 30, when he took an acting class to meet women. After moving to Los Angeles, he took a class taught by Leonard Nimoy, who promptly kicked him out because he couldn't understand his thick Boston accent. He then enrolled in a speech class which transformed his Boston accent with a New York accent, which Leonard Nimoy said he could work with. He made his acting debut with the 1965 Russ Meyer film Motorpsycho! »

- MovieWeb

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'Godfather' Actor Alex Rocco Dead -- Dies at 79

19 July 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in the first "Godfather" film, has died. Rocco was the voice of Itchy & Scratchy Studio boss Roger Myers, Jr. on "The Simpsons."  And he has a slew of other TV credits, including "The Rockford Files," "Starsky & Hutch" and "Facts of Life." He won an Emmy for his role on Jon Cryer's "Famous Teddy Z." Rocco was 79. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Alex Rocco, of The Famous Teddy Z and Facts of Life, Dead at 79

19 July 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Alex Rocco, an Emmy Award winner for his turn as seasoned colleague to Jon Cryer’s Famous Teddy Z in the 1989 CBS sitcom, died on Saturday at the age of 79.

The veteran actor’s daughter Jennifer shared the news via her Facebook page, saying, “Rip Dad, be with Mom and [their son] Marc….I will see you but not for a while….” A cause of death was not given.

Perhaps best known as casino owner Moe Greene in the original Godfather film, Rocco’s myriad TV credits included the 1975 CBS drama Three for the Road, episodes of Police Story, The Rockford Files and Starsky & Hutch, »

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Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

19 July 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif. He was 79.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’s “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.” His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy in 1990. He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons,” for which he voiced the executive who made Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, and “Family Guy.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

19 July 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif. He was 79.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’s “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.” His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy in 1990. He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons,” for which he voiced the executive who made Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, and “Family Guy.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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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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Round-Up: Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn, Funko Comic-Con Exclusives, The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays

23 June 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Made entirely with CG, Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn will premiere at Walker Stalker Fan Fest in July. Also in this round-up: release details for Wave 7 of Funko's Comic-Con 2015 exclusive figures and The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays.

Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn: "Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn is a new fully CG take on the 1968 classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” This is the story of a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead on New York City. Barricaded in an abandoned apartment building, the characters from the original film face new terror and question each other’s compassion and sense of humanity as they fight to stay alive against the army of the walking dead...It was directed by Krisztian Majdik, Zebediah Y. Desoto, and written by David Schwartz, Zebediah Y. De Soto, Jib Polhemus, »

- Tamika Jones

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'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 1: 'The Sopranos'

3 June 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the first installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the first episode — which is also known as "The Sopranos" — coming up just as soon as I finish unscrewing my belly button... "It's good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that, I know. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that I came in at the end. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Vince Vaughn on Moving Into Adult Storytelling with ‘True Detective’

4 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vince Vaughn moved to Hollywood at age 18, straight out of high school. And, like many starry-eyed aspiring actors, one of his first stops was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see where famous stars like Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe had encased their hands and feet in cement.

More than 25 years later, much has changed. It’s now called the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Many other actors have been added from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise. And Vaughn has gone from struggling actor to bonafide movie star, with hits like “The Lost World,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Old School” on his resume. His latest comedy, “Unfinished Business,” hits theaters March 6.

So when Vaughn was told the theater wanted to encase his hands and feet in cement in the forecourt on March 4, he was thrilled.

“Getting the letter asking me, I thought about growing up and being a fan of all those folks,” he says. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Vince Vaughn Talks 'True Detective' Season 2; More Photos

13 February 2015 11:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the first photos that emerged earlier this week, new images from the True Detective Season 2 set in Los Angeles offer another look at Taylor Kitsch as he engages a gunfight alongside Colin Farrell. We also have more images of Rachel McAdams. Though, the one star we haven't seen yet is Vince Vaughn. Thankfully, the actor recently spoke with Playboy, where he offered some insight into this season. The actor reveals that he was initially cast as career criminal Frank Semyon when he approached True Detective series creator Nic Pizzolatto about writing The Rockford Files movie that the actor was developing.

"I was developing a movie version of The Rockford Files and met with Nic about writing it. He was really enthusiastic but was already working on a crime drama set in Los Angeles, and he gracefully said it was best for him to focus on True Detective. Then he »

- MovieWeb

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Better Call Saul Borrows From Breaking Bad, But It’s Already Coming Into Its Own

6 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Better Call Saul is a slightly gentler prequel to Breaking Bad; it evokes a more laid-back, boozy sort of crime story, epitomized on the page by Carl Hiaasen, George V. Higgins, and Elmore Leonard and on TV by the likes of The Rockford Files and FX’s late lamented Terriers. Written and overseen by Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan and set many years before Walter White’s cancer diagnosis, it has a sad-sack charm. The cast of thieves, hustlers, drug dealers, and other margin dwellers features several repeat players from Gilligan’s acclaimed predecessor; they include the title character, known as Jimmy McGill here and still played by Bob Odenkirk, and Mike Ehrmantraut, who’s introduced working the booth at the county courthouse’s parking lot. (He’s a stickler for validation.)The show wastes no time establishing parallels between Walter White’s journey and Jimmy’s. If Breaking Bad was about Mr. »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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‘Boyhood’, ‘Grand Budapest’, ‘Lego Movie’ Score Big At 65th Ace Eddie Awards — Complete Winners List

30 January 2015 8:59 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took the respective top prizes for drama and comedy tonight at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards. Oscar snubee The Lego Movie continued to rack up awards-season wins, scoring the trophy for Best Edited Animated Feature Film, while Citizenfour added the Ace Eddie to its winning streak for documentary feature.

The ceremony, hosted by 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Beverly Hilton, saw Grand Budapest check in with the upset win over Birdman, which was edited to look like it was shot in a single take and came into the Ace Eddies with strong momentum, having won top honors at both the PGAs and the SAG Awards last weekend. The category had the usual five nominees, but this year’s dramatic feature field was notable for a tie that resulted in six nominees — only the second time the American Cinema Editors has had to »

- Ross A. Lincoln and Erik Pedersen

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Legendary Actress Rita Moreno Joins CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’

28 January 2015 11:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

West Side Story” star Rita Moreno has joined The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap.

The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe winning actress-singer will play Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) paternal grandmother, making her mother to charismatic soap star Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil). The character, lovingly called “Glam-ma,” debuts on Episode 18.

Also Read: The CW Diversity Scorecard: From ‘Arrow’ to ‘Vampire Diaries’ (Photos)

Moreno, a bonafide Hollywood legend, has been nominated for six Emmys over the course of her career, winning as lead actress on NBC’s “The Rockford Files” in »

- Travis Reilly

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American Cinema Editors to honour trio

21 January 2015 1:58 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The  American Cinema Editors (Ace) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.

Greenberg and Adler will receive the Lifetime Career Achievement Awards while Giardina will receive the 50th annual Robert Wise Award.

Adler is best known for her editing work on the television series The Rockford Files and Spenser: For Hire and Kojak and served as an assistant editor at Warner Bros. She is currently on the board of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and is actively involved in Ace.   

As for Greenberg, the three-time Oscar nominee is known for his work with directors such as Arthur Penn, Francis Ford Coppola and Sidney Lumet. He won the editing Oscar for The French Connection in 1972 and was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer and Apocalypse Now.

Specialising in editing and post-production, Giardina is an award-winning »

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Review: 'Better Call Saul!' a 'Breaking Bad' prequel with promise

20 January 2015 9:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Early in the second episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul!," our hero Jimmy McGill — who will one day go by Saul Goodman — is taken out into the desert and threatened by someone who in the future will tangle with the man called Heisenberg. "Saul" creators Vince Gilligan (the man responsible for "Breaking Bad" in the first place) and Peter Gould (who wrote the episode that introduced Saul Goodman) have been very candid about how long it took them to figure out exactly what this new show would be. Sequel or prequel? Comedy or drama? Half-hour or hour? Everything seemed a possibility, and watching Saul cower in the New Mexico sun before a familiar "Breaking Bad" villain, I wondered if Gilligan and Gould had simply taken the path of least resistance and decided to wedge actor Bob Odenkirk into a kind of "Young Walter White Chronicles," simply giving »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Better Call Saul': Bob Odenkirk and Vince Gilligan on Bringing the ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff to Life

14 January 2015 9:13 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cover Story: It’s late August in Albuquerque, and the “Better Call Saul” crew is relieved to have an indoor shoot day. All summer, the production has been plagued by freak lightning storms, causing unpredictable scheduling setbacks.

The high-altitude desert climate is hard enough to handle, with soaring temperatures that lead to dehydration; there’s also the occasional determined paparazzo. Aside from series star Bob Odenkirk, who’s in nearly every scene, the production’s medic might be the busiest guy on set, constantly reminding everyone to drink water and apply sunscreen.

So today’s location shoot, though a bit cramped, has everyone smiling — as, likely, will be “Breaking Bad” fans when they get to see it. It’s Loyola’s Diner — yes, that diner, where we see Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and the ever-so-charming Lydia (Laura Fraser) first meet.

Chris Buck for Variety  

But there’s no Stevia in sight. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Inherent Vice – The Review

8 January 2015 8:11 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paul Thomas Anderson returns to the swingin’ 1970’s once more. Nearly eighteen years (zoinks!) after the saga of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights, he’s back in the era of wacky fashions and grooming choices. But this time Pt pushes the clock back a tad from the disco dancing later part of the decade to the time just after the psychedelic 60’s came to a close, 1970, a year still recovering from a massive hangover of the previous decade. And this is first adaptation since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, the first film version of a novel by the celebrated, reclusive author Thomas Pynchon. Check your inhibitions at the door, as we indulge in some cinematic Inherent Vice.

The film’s groovy narrator Sortilege (Joanna Newsom) introduces us to a most mellow fellow, hippie private eye (?!) Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he gets a big surprise at his Gordita Beach »

- Jim Batts

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