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The '90s were a good time to be a teen -- especially if you were itching for more than just the mainstream. Nestled between the John Hughes '80s and the bubbly Disney '00s, the '90s were a time when teen films thrived in tunes-led rebellion. It wasn't all about spunky mainstream music marketing and bubbly personalities. Scores and strangeness got to go a little wild, and Gregg Araki ran with that idea when he made The Doom Generation.
Dubbed Araki's "heterosexual movie," the film starred then-newcomer Rose McGowan as Amy Blue, a tough-as-nails, filthy-mouthed, self-proclaimed virgin in love with one Jordan White (James Duval). Their rather mundane lives are thrown through the ringer when they help out a strange boy named Xavier (Johnathan Schaech), who leads them through an insane road trip of unintended violence. A trip, mind you, that showcases a slew of names from »
- Monika Bartyzel
Dennis Cole, a stuntman who rose to TV stardom in the 1966 series "Felony Squad" and went on to dozens of guest-starring appearances throughout the 1970s and '80s, died Sunday at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 69.
The cause of death was not released.
Although born in Detroit, Cole had the blond, athletic look of a quintessential California surfer, which earned him the attention of physique magazines and led to his casting as rookie detective Jim Briggs on "Felony." After that show's 2 1/2 year-run, Cole followed with the series "Bracken's World" and "Bearcats!" and a stint on the daytime soap "The Young and the Restless" that began in 1981.
He encountered tragedy in 1991 when his son Joe, from »
- By Gregg Kilday
Chicago – Maybe you’ve heard of a little show called “30 Rock”? It doesn’t set the ratings on fire but critics and award-giving bodies go crazy for it like kids with pixie sticks. Personally, I think the third season of “30 Rock” was a slight step down from the second, but there’s no denying that this is one of the best comedies on television, as its recent major wins at the Emmys proved yet again.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
Sitcom television is always about the ensemble. Think about your favorite comedies. Shows like “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Arrested Development” - they were all amazing group efforts. “30 Rock” is no different. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski may be the five faces peering out the front of the DVD box for the recently released third season, but even they regularly have their scenes stolen by the extended cast, one of the best on television. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Gavin MacLeod is known for piloting 'The Love Boat' to a loyal fan base and strong ratings for more than a decade -- but if you ask the iconic TV star who's behind the wheel these days, he's not likely to mention his beloved alter-ego Captain Merrill ... Read more
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- Thomas DiChiara
This week, EW University takes a look at the people who helped shape the modern TV landscape. Our first class on TV Auteurs takes a look at the illustrious, often licentious oeuvre of Aaron Spelling. Class is now in session! Yes, kids, the late Aaron Spelling gave television more than the future star of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Far, far more, in fact. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Spelling holds the record for the most executive producer credits: 218. That alone, of course, does not an auteur make, but from The Mod Squad to Charlie’s Angels, from Beverly Hills, 90210, to Charmed, a distinct and almost incomprehensibly influential vision emerged. Spelling practically invented the modern TV guilty indulgence, a formula tougher to execute than it looks. When you're watching Burn Notice or Gossip Girl or Desperate Housewives and that "zap" hits the pleasure center of your brain, »
- Jennifer Armstrong
Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-ray.
- Joe Gillis
Blood isn't only thicker than water, it's harder to clean up. Witness the latest round of fire between long-feuding mother Candy Spelling and daughter Tori Spelling, in which the matriarch unleashes a verbal attack on her offspring, expressing the fact she has no intention of becoming a bit player on the younger Spelling's Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood Oxygen reality series. In an open letter from Candy, 63, to Tori, 36, published Sunday by TMZ.com, the elder Spelling reacts to the two-part season finale in which Tori makes the "agonizing decision" (Candy's words) to invite her mother to Tori and Dean's »
- Stephen M. Silverman
The latest in the mother-daughter feud between Candy and Tori Spelling is like something only the late family patriarch Aaron Spelling could have scripted. Though, to be fair, the TV mastermind behind The Love Boat and Charlie's Angels would certainly have made this much sexier, a lot less tedious and probably found a way to include a guest shot for Charo. But here goes. In an open letter to TMZ addressed to "Middle-aged Reality Show Stars (Like My Daughter)," Candy offers her explanation as to why she declined to come to her granddaughter's first birthday party. In short, Candy says she didn't want to become part of a reality show storyline. Fine, though it's not clear »
Try to imagine this DVD release roundup in 3-D for maximum enjoyment.
What's new on DVD Tuesday? We'll bookend this roundup with the two best releases. Links to add them to your queues provided because I'm sweet and helpful like that.
Coraline - I loved the use of 3D in Coraline so I'm wondering how it will transfer to the flatter world of home entertainment: Will that tunnel into Other Mother be as beckoning? Would the transformative acrobatic sister act pay off quite so well? Even if they won't, the film's imaginative visuals and fun character play will pull you into its rewarding tale of a bored little girl suddenly fighting for her soul and her parent's lives in a fantasy world that's not quite like her own. Coraline's journey is often compared to Alice's trip through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole. Miyazaki's Spirited Away was also described that way. »
- NATHANIEL R
Fred Travalena, the man of 1,000 voices and faces, and known as one of the top impressionists in the world has passed away after a seven year battle with cancer. "The Insider" has confirmed that the comedian and entertainer passed away Sunday due to a recurrence of an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Travalnea was a regular on various talk shows including "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," and "Larry King Live," in addition to guest starring roles on popular TV shows such as "The Love Boat," and "Murphy Brown" -- but he was most well-known for his impressions of celebs such as Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson and many other stars.
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Before there was the Fred Dekker Monster Squad movie that took forever to come to DVD there was the short-lived 1970's Saturday morning live action "Monster Squad" that most of you reading have probably never even heard of. Having also taken forever, it too is finally coming to DVD this June.
Airing as part of NBC's 1976-1977 Saturday morning line-up, "The Monster Squad" starred Fred Grandy (who would go on to best be known as Gopher on "The Love Boat" before embarking on a career in politics) as a criminology college student working as a nightwatchman in a wax museum with statues of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and Bruce W. Wolf. The crime computer he built somehow brings the monsters to life. Mucho wacky antics ensue as they band together to fight evildoers "The Monster Squad" before the monsters have to get back on their pedestals before the museum opens.
11 items from 2009
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