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Musical-Comedy Actress Betty Garrett Dead at 91

Musical-Comedy Actress Betty Garrett Dead at 91
Versatile sage and screen actress Betty Garrett has died at the age of 91.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Garrett died early Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of an aortic aneurysm, her son Garret Parks said.

Garrett starred in MGM musicals including "On the Town" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and was later a regular on TV shows including "All in the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley."

She also appeared in numerous Broadway productions.
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Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel May Resurrect Laverne & Shirley

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel May Resurrect Laverne & Shirley
Earlier in the week we reported that the fast approaching Valentine’s Day may inspire a franchise of holiday-themed romantic comedies, but that may not be the only lasting effect the film has on cinema. Valentine’s director Garry Marshall created the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which starred Cindy Williams and Garry’s sister Penny Marshall (reprising their characters from Happy Days) as Milwaukee brewery workers. Mario Lopez of Extra talked to Marshall at the premiere for his new movie, who claimed that a film adaptation may be in the works. More after the jump:

Because Valentine’s Day stars everyone ever, the cast includes Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner, who are just the ladies Marhsall has in mind to bring the show to the big screen. When asked about the possibility of the project, Garner replied, “Are you kidding? We’re dying to do it!” Prodded further, Garner promised
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Burrows anchors Fox's 'Back' staff

Burrows anchors Fox's 'Back' staff
Veteran comedy director James Burrows, who helmed the pilot for Fox's upcoming comedy series Back to You, has come aboard the show as an executive producer and house director.

Back to You, from 20th Century Fox Television and Levitan/Lloyd Prods., stars Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as co-anchors who reunite at a Buffalo, N.Y., television station. Fred Willard and Aimee Garcia co-star.

Burrows joins Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd as executive producers on the series. He will direct most of this season's episodes.

Burrows is an Emmy- and DGA-winning director-producer whose numerous credits include Will & Grace, Frasier, Cheers, Laverne & Shirley and Mary Tyler Moore.

More recently, he was director and executive producer on CBS' The Class. He also directed the comedy pilots Traveling in Packs for ABC and The Mastersons of Manhattan for NBC, both of which were in contention for the 2007-08 season.

He is repped by ICM.

TV Land developing 'Penny and Cindy'

TV Land is reuniting Laverne & Shirley stars and real-life friends Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. The cable network is set to announce during its upfront presentation Friday in New York that it is developing a scripted pilot titled Penny and Cindy, which is described as a buddy comedy. Gay Rosenthal Prods. is producing the project. Jim Vallely (Golden Girls, Arrested Development) is the writer and executive producer.

WB Net Happy with comic duo

WB Net Happy with comic duo
Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Prods. has teamed with the stand-up duo of Dana Goodman and Julia Lea Wolov for a comedy series project for the WB Network starring the two Chicago-based comics. The network is close to giving a pilot order to the untitled project from Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's Happy Madison and Sony Pictures Television. The series is described as a modern-day Laverne & Shirley set in Chicago with an Absolutely Fabulous sensibility to it. Tom Brady, who worked with Happy Madison on the Rob Schneider starrers The Animal and The Hot Chick, has penned the script for the buddy comedy and will executive produce.

Kate Male

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Kate Male
Kate Hudson's dad has called for his young actress daughter to stop blasting him in the press. Bill Hudson, former husband of Kate's mother Goldie Hawn and current husband of "Laverne & Shirley" (1976) star Cindy Williams, says he's had enough of opening magazines only to be greeted by hurtful comments from his own offspring. He says, "It's infuriating. I'm so upset. I'm not going to take this on the chin from my daughter anymore." Bill, who found fame in 1970s pop duo The Hudson Brothers, is particularly upset over the Almost Famous (2000) star's insistence on pitting him against Goldie's longtime lover, Kurt Russell. Speaking in Vanity Fair magazine, Kate, 20, said, "He doesn't know me from a hole in the wall. But I don't care. I have a dad [Russell]. The bottom line is, you call your kids on their birthday. I'm glad I had a dad who was there on my birthday." But Hudson hits back, "I've been silent for 20 years, but I'm not going be vilified anymore. I have to stop the bleeding. Kate and Goldie are doing this for the press. Kate is very talented and sweet and I love her dearly. She's had a life of privilege from both parents. And the only thing that she has to really talk about is emotional devastation, that she's exaggerating."

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