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Eight is enough? Not for Jenny McClendon! The mom from Raising Sextuplets and her new husband, Levi McClendon, who are already raising eight kids - six of hers, two of his - are now preparing to add a ninth little one to the mix. "I'm writing this as I'm approaching my 28th week [of pregnancy] and I really still feel somewhat speechless," McClendon writes in a guest post on imperfectwomen.com. "I'm so excited for the sextuplets that they get to experience being the 'big' brother or sister." McClendon, who went by Jenny Masche before her split with ex-husband Bryan Masche - »
- Tim Nudd
Imagine being locked in a bathroom with a horny, septuagenarian columnist and a young female journalism student in her early twenties, both nude, for over an hour. Seldom has a great film accomplished so much with so little. Well, that's if you consider an insanely quotable screenplay so little.
Director/writer David Trueba's phenomenally witty Madrid, 1987 is an expertly constructed exploration of politics, gender roles, the art of writing, fame, and aging randiness set against a Spain that has moved from fascism to communism to unrepentant capitalism: "Overstepping human rights in the fight against terrorism was never an issue."
Miguel (Jose Sacristan) has survived and commented on all of these changes for the past 25 years, and not without risk to his body and soul, but today all he wants to do is seduce Angela (Maria Valverde). And Angela? Is she as naïve as Miguel thinks and hopes she is? »
- Brandon Judell
Adam Lambert performs at Matinee in West Hollywood.
Birthday shoutouts go to Rose McGowan, who is 39, and Freddie Mercury would have been 66.Tony nominee Colman Domingo on coming out and Eight Is Enough. Gay moments from the first day of the DNC.Comic shop web series The Variants is back for a new season! Below you can see the premiere, which has the gang filming a commercial for the store, and hot gay ginger Richard ... in a red cowboy hat.
Alan Ball explains why Sookie and Alcide didn't hook up on the last season of True Blood.Five more NFL players tell Outsports they would welcome a gay teammate. Congrats to Ellen Degeneres, who received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame yesterday.
With Emmy nominations right around the corner, Revenge executive producer Mike Kelley indulges our nosiest TV questions, including where he’d really like to see Emily Thorne and Victoria Grayson duke it out. Read the latest in Vulture's Showrunner Survey series to hear his thoughts on the cardinal sin most teen dramas commit, and which dead soap opera character he misses most.What's the first TV show you remember being obsessed with?That’s a tough one. The Six Million Dollar Man? Charlie’s Angels? Fantasy Island? Eight Is Enough? Think it’s too close to call in the nighttime drama category, so l’ll go with the 1970s Saturday morning classic Sid and Marty Krofft’s H.R. Pufnstuf. Years ago, I actually had a chance to meet Puff co-creator Sid Krofft. He’s as delightfully oddball, spacey and brilliant as the kooky masterpiece he and his brother dreamed up. »
- Josef Adalian,Denise Martin
The TV mogul behind legendary series Dallas and The Waltons has died at the age of 93.
Lee Rich, the co-founder of the Lorimar production company, passed away on Thursday.
He earned five Emmy Award nominations for his work and won Best Drama Series for The Waltons in 1973.
Rich produced films such as Peter Sellers' Being There in 1979 and Richard Gere's An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982, and continued to score hits with A Fish Called Wanda and Rain Man in 1988, when he served as chairman and CEO of MGM and United Artists studios. »
Lee Rich, the Emmy-winning TV and film executive who produced such shows as "The Waltons," "Eight Is Enough" and "Dallas," has died. He was 93. Rich, who was also the former chairman and chief executive of MGM/UA Communications, said he considered his greatest accomplishment to be co-founding Lorimar, which produced the shows. It went on to produce "Family Matters," "Full House" and "Perfect Strangers," among other series. Rich started in television at the advertising agency Benton & Bowles, where he helped package and sell both "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The »
- Tim Molloy
He was 85 at the time of his death.
According to People magazine, Rich attended Ohio University and then started out at the Benton & Bowles advertising agency, where he sold sitcoms like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Danny Thomas Show." Benton & Bowles and the rest of the New York ad agencies on Madison Avenue controlled much of TV at the time, so Rich largely served as an additional producer on shows. He left the agency as senior vice president in 1965 to form his own production company, Mirisch-Rich Productions.
Rich eventually formed Lorimar Productions and served as executive producer of the company's successful series like "The Waltons," "Eight Is Enough," "Dallas" and its spinoff "Knots Landing." In 1980, he told People magazine, "I know exactly what 'Dallas' is. »
- Jaimie Etkin
2Nd Update: Lee Rich, the powerful TV mogul responsible for some of the medium’s most popular programming like The Waltons, Dallas, and Eight Is Enough, died on Thursday. He was 93, according to Warner Bros. (Even though the birthdate on his official biography would make him only 85). Recognized inside and outside the television industry for his extrardinarily successful career spanning six decades, he helped found and became chairman of Lorimar in its heyday (where he was nominated for 5 Emmys and won Best Drama Series for The Waltons) and later took over MGM-ua. His death comes just as Warner Bros Television next month unveils its next generation Dallasdrama series on TNT. “Lee’s passion for television, his business acumen, and his love of the creative process made him an extraordinary mentor for all of us who had the good fortune to work for him,” said Bruce Rosenblum, President Warner Bros. Television Group and Chairman & CEO, »
- NIKKI FINKE
8 items from 2012
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