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17 items from 2011

How I Met Your Mother Round Table: Happy Slapsgiving!

24 November 2011 11:38 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

No show knows to to celebrate Slapsgiving like How I Met Your Mother. Sure, there may have been no slaps on this year's Thanksgiving episode, but there was still plenty for our round table to discuss.

So before you sit down for Turkey Day, be sure and join us as we discuss bro parenting, ghost busting, and baby daddies from "The Rebound Girl."

Favorite Himym quote of the night?

Chris: Usually my favorite quote is the one I find the funniest, but this week my favorite line came after Ted told Barney they needed to wait for the real thing no matter  how hard it gets. Barney admitted to Ted, "It's gets pretty tough," and let down his guard so his buddy could see his pain. 

Leigh: Well it was simple but effective. Robin's "I'm pregnant."

Eric: Pretty much every word out of Ted and Barney's mouth during any bro-parents conversation. »

- eric@tvfanatic.com (Eric Hochberger)

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The Top 40 Musicians-Turned-Actors (20-1)

24 August 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

20. Elvis Presley

The King of Rock and Roll's movie career is both the archetype and warning for every single performer on this list. "Love Me Tender," Presley's first of 33 films, made him a even bigger star than he was when it was released in 1956. But through the 1960s, the singer -- more specifically his manager Colonel Tom Parker -- favored quantity over quality, releasing a slew of critically panned films that watered down his once unshakeable sound. The worldwide celebrity continued yet the results were now unpredictable.

19. Janet Jackson

A perennial television star in the 1970s and '80s -- remember Willis' girlfriend Charlene from "Diff'rent Strokes?" -- Jackson made the transition to film in 1993 in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice," a romantic road trip film featuring Tupac Shakur. Singleton's follow-up to "Boyz n the Hood" was a surprise hit, though Jackson chose to focus primarily on her music through the next decade. »

- Jason Newman

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Watch: Jason Statham Makes A Weird 'Diff'rent Strokes' Joke In The Trailer For 'Blitz'

15 July 2011 10:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In case you missed the memo, or if you just can't keep up with the onslaught of Jason Statham movies, he's got one more coming but it's going straight-to-dvd and it's called "Blitz." And yeah, it looks pretty low-rent even for a Statham flick. Ordinarily, we'd just get on with our day not bother with this, but a new trailer for the film has dropped and it's notable for having the most random, out-of-context "'Diff'rent Strokes" joke ever. Why "Diff'rent Strokes"? Is Statham a fan of Gary Coleman? Is that show integral to the inner workings of his complex character?… »

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Nyaff 2011: Buddha Mountain Review

1 July 2011 6:33 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Once again, our thanks to Mark Popham for the following review.]Watching Old Fish for Nyaff, back in 2009, I was struck with how the film had basically the same plot as a standard Hollywood action movie- not a Bourne Identity, but some mid-level modern B-movie like S.W.A.T.- but filmed entirely in a neo-socialist realist style. Without the same amount of calcified genre tropes, a generic storyline got a very new update. The same can be said for Buddha Mountain- after the first thirty minutes, I suddenly realized that it had almost the same plot as the 80s television show Diff'rent Strokes. Whether or not Buddha Mountain improves on the saga of les fils Jackson depends largely on both how interested you are in documentary presentations »

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E Street Band's Clarence Clemons Dead at 69

18 June 2011 6:32 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Boss has lost the Big Man. Clarence Clemons, whose beefy saxophone powered Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in the studio and on the road for nearly 40 years, died today, June 18th, after suffering a stroke. He was 69. "The saxophone is really an extension of me," he said in a 2008 interview. "It's what I'm saying without words." Clemons recorded solo albums, appeared as an actor in everything from The Wire to Diff'rent Strokes and wailed with the likes of the Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr and Roy Orbison. Most recently he accompanied Lady Gaga on her latest single "The Edge of Glory." But it's his work with Springsteen that made him stand even taller »

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Gary Coleman manager 'shocked by NBC snub'

28 May 2011 10:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gary Coleman's former manager has spoken of his shock at NBC's refusal to mark the first anniversary of the actor's death. Coleman, who suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage following a fall at his home on May 28 last year, starred in the network's ratings-winning sitcom Diff'rent Strokes between 1978 and 1986. Speaking to WENN, Coleman's colleague Vic Perillo blasted NBC bosses for rejecting his requests to air a special tribute week in memory of the 42-year-old. Perillo stated: "Gary was exclusive to NBC... He kept NBC in the top ten shows during the 1980s. The late President of (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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TV Network Refuses To Mark Coleman Death Anniversary

27 May 2011 4:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gary Coleman's former manager Vic Perillo has been left disgusted by U.S. TV executives after they refused to mark the anniversary of the tragic actor's death on Saturday.

The Diff'rent Strokes star died on 28 May, 2010 and Perillo has been urging network bosses at NBC, the channel which aired the hit 1980s sitcom, to remember Coleman by running a special tribute this week (begs23May11).

But his request was ignored by NBC heads and Perillo is astonished by their apparent disregard for Coleman, one of the most beloved child stars of his generation.

In a statement issued to WENN, Perillo says, "Gary was exclusive to NBC... He kept NBC in the top ten shows during the 1980's. The late President of Entertainment Brandon Tartikoff personally heralded Gary as responsible for keeping the network in the top ten.

"Network producers and chief executive officers at NBC have responded with, 'We don't have time. We don't want to set a precedent,' and 'We are not interested'.

"I have asked that a simple 10 second picture flashed on the screen of the Today show be shown with an inscription, 'In memoriam to one of NBC's Family'... They could care less." »

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Coleman's Manager: 'Burial Plans Still Not Concluded A Year After Death'

9 May 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tragic actor Gary Coleman's former manager Vic Perillo has sensationally revealed his late client's remains have still yet to be buried or cremated as the first anniversary of the star's death looms.

Coleman died on 28 May, 2010, and, according to Perillo, his burial plans are still on hold because of a legal wrangle between his parents and his estranged wife.

In an essay obtained by WENN, in which Perillo urges the news networks who covered all the negatives of Coleman's life after he passed away to pay tribute to the former child star, he writes, "This was not the proper and dignified manner to show respect for the magnificent talent the world TV and film audience knew in Gary Coleman. This was not the send off he deserved."

He adds, "Unfortunately we learn of the great works and noble deeds of a person upon their death and at their memorial. Gary's deeds and contributions to the entertainment industry and other endeavours were overshadowed by the desire of the media to stay focused on the misfortunes of his life and all the negatives.

"Gary's downfall was not entirely of his own doing. He had help. There exist within the film and television industry those who make up the body of the Peripheral Industry. The new age life coaches to the stars, the managers and consultants, who have categorically destroyed the lives and careers of many performers. Gary Coleman was a victim of the Peripheral Industry, not of his parents.

"On this, the first anniversary of his death, I have contacted the three major (U.S. TV) networks, asking them to honour Gary, his eight years on Diff'rent Strokes, his seven movies of the week, his work as a spokesman with the National Kidney foundation and the many charitable endeavours he gave of his time and effort to.

"The answer from the networks were, 'Not interested,' 'We don't have any time' and 'We pass...' To praise his work, talent and his person is of little interest to them. And yet, should his ex-wife, Shannon Price, or (Diff'rent Strokes co-star) Todd Bridges make a statement condemning his parents, they are given Carte Blanch time in the press. Have we lost our theatrical moral conscience?" »

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Win Season Six on DVD!

9 May 2011 5:25 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

After six seasons on the air, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended its run in 1996. In the final episode, Uncle Phil and his family decide it's time to sell the house. In a nod to sitcoms that helped pave the way for Will and company, characters from Diff'rent Strokes (Conrad Bain and Gary Coleman) and The Jeffersons (Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, and Marla Gibbs) consider buying the mansion.

By the end, after 148 episodes, Will (Will Smith), the Banks family (James Avery, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, and Tatyana M. Ali), and Geoffrey the butler (Joseph Marcell) have left their Bel-Air home for the last time.

The complete sixth season has now been released on DVD in a three-disc set. You can purchaseThe Fresh Prince of Bel Air: The Complete Sixth Season for $21.99 or you can also try to »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Jason Schwartzman puts the slack into sleuthing

25 March 2011 5:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Bored To Death star studied Humphrey Bogart for his role as a private detective, so how did he end up on stakeout in Brooklyn with Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis?

Jason Schwartzman pulls his woolly hat down right down against his head and puts a bunch of flu remedies on the table. It's not that he's ill, he explains softly, it's just that he might get ill. And what with the baby and all he just wants to be safe, and now he's got himself a coffee but maybe he should have had green tea. But how does green tea actually get the toxins out exactly? And am I quite sure that I'm Ok sitting in the sun because we could go inside, and wait, what was the question again?

The star of HBO's new comedy Bored To Death says funny things with such a straight face that it's »

- Sophie Heawood

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Janet Jackson Becomes A Film Producer

16 March 2011 1:53 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

We're all part of a Cinema Nation.

44-year-old singer-actress Janet Jackson has signed a production deal with Lionsgate to develop big screen projects which she will produce.

Lionsgate president Mike Paseornek tells femalefirst.co.uk that "She has a powerful onscreen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes. We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion and immense talent"

Jackson started out as an actress before she became a singer, serving as a regular on three TV shows in the late 70's and early 80's - "Good Times," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Fame". Then her singing career took off and she has popped up sporadically ever since in the likes of "Poetic Justice", "The Klumps" and more recently three Tyler Perry movies. »

- Garth Franklin

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Janet Jackson 'signs film production deal'

15 March 2011 10:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Janet Jackson has signed a production deal with Lionsgate Films. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the singer - who made her acting debut as a child with roles on Good Times and Diff'rent Strokes - will aid the company in developing "diverse" projects for the big screen. "Many people forget I started out as an actor," Jackson said. "I have been fortunate to work in the film industry, though not as much as I would like. I have a passion for storytelling, (more) »

- By Jennifer Still

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Celebrity Real Estate - Gary Coleman's Home Unsold

13 March 2011 3:15 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Celebrity Real Estate - Gary Coleman's home and belongings remain unsold. The asking price for the property belonging to the 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor, who passed away after suffering a serious head injury last year, has been reduced to $225,000 in a bid to sell his assets.Former child star Gary was at the house, located in Utah, when he fell and suffered the injury, which later led to his death in hospital aged 42. Gary had bought the house for $320,000 in 2006 and lived in it with ex-wife Shannon Price. It is said to still contain his belongings. A spokesperson for Shannon told website Radaronline.com: "She can't afford to pay for it.  She left it up to the third party attorney. It's a big house. She can only do so much." "She's paying everything she has to attorneys. And she's very cautious about spending wisely and saving every penny. »

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Where in the World Are Gary Coleman's Ashes?

10 March 2011 9:17 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Gary Coleman is resting in peace, all right...on an office desk in Utah. A spokeswoman for the late Diff'rent Strokes star's ex-wife, Shannon Price, tells E! News that a third-party lawyer charged with overseeing Coleman's estate still has his ashes. But Shannon hopes a court will approve her request to be named Coleman's common-law wife, which would pave the way for her to gain control of his assets and fulfill what she believed were the late actor and train enthusiast's final wishes. And those are? "Shannon wants to do a road trip and honor Gary's wishes to spread some of his ashes on the Golden Spikes, and she wants to put some in a necklace around her neck, so she »

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Nobody Bought Gary Coleman's Mansion

9 March 2011 10:34 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Gary Coleman's home and belongings remain unsold. The asking price for the property belonging to the "Diff'rent Strokes" actor, who passed away after suffering a serious head injury in 2010, has been reduced to $225,000 in a bid to sell his assets.

Former child star Gary was at the house, located in Utah, U.S., when he fell and suffered the injury, which later led to his death in hospital aged 42.

Gary had bought the house for $320,000 in 2006 and lived in it with ex-wife Shannon Price. It is said to still contain his belongings. A spokesperson for Shannon told website Radar Online, "She can't afford to pay for it."

"She left it up to the third party attorney. It's a big house. She can only do so much. She's paying everything she has to attorneys. And she's very cautious about spending wisely and saving every penny."

Gary had struggled with money »

- celebrity-mania.com

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No Todd Bridges, Cast Revealed for 11-11-11

13 January 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Don't believe what the IMDb says. No, Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges will not star in Darren Lynn Bousman's 11-11-11 , but we've got the scoop on who will appear in the film. Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes ( Possession ), Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price ( Dagon ), Salomé Jimenez and Benjamin Cook round out the cast. Bousman is presently in Spain preparing to shoot his thriller. Keep tabs on his progress via his blog . Probe our film database for the film's full synopsis. »

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Paul Haggis: 'You have to question your beliefs'

6 January 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It took time, but Paul Haggis is now one of the Us's most respected directors. He talks to Cath Clarke about being serious, being stupid, and being a Scientologist

Paul Haggis is sitting ramrod straight, like a retired boxer or an ex-soldier: at ease but unslouchy, hands resting on his knees. He looks the part, too – starched not scruffy. Maybe he's braced for the inevitable Scientology questions, which, over this last year, he has swatted away as often as not. To recap the particulars: last August he wrote an angry, eloquent letter resigning from the church, slamming its leadership for not rebuking "gay-bashing" members. In October a blogger got hold of the letter; not exactly up there with WikiLeaks, perhaps, but it did make headlines around the world. Some admirers were surprised, too: a sincere and serious-minded director such as Haggis was a Scientologist? Who would have thought it?

In Hollywood, »

- Cath Clarke

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