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Mayim Bialik & Seth Green Have Adorable "Facts of Life" Reunion!

25 August 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Time flies!   Mayim Bialik and Seth Green just had the cutest "Facts of Life" reunion and the "Big Bang Theory" star took to Instagram on Tuesday to share the sweet moment with Green.  The former child stars both appeared on the comedy, which ran from 1979-1988, for the final two episodes of the show. Green and Bialik's characters were supposed to star in a spinoff and bring the show back to Eastland ... but the pilot was never picked up. "Me and @sethgreen. We worked together 27 years ago on 'the facts of life.' Haven't seen him since. Sweet man!" Mayim captioned the cute candid.  While the spinoff never happened, both Bialik and Green opened up about appearing on the beloved show while chatting with Entertainment Weekly.  "When the audition for 'The Facts of Life' came in, I had just started acting—but I’d watched the show religiously as a child, »

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‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Writer Andy Borowitz on Rappers and Retiring from TV

19 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Andy Borowitz wrote for “Square Pegs” and “The Facts of Life” before writing the pilot for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” His Borowitz Report comedy website was acquired by the New Yorker in 2012, and he now performs on the radio, doing comedy tours and writing books. He talked about the creation of “Fresh Prince” — and he says it’s a myth that the show was nearly canceled after its fourth season, only to be revived due to fan support.

The show was a very easy sell. Quincy Jones and Benny Medina brought Will into NBC. Will had never acted before, but the NBC executives thought he had star quality.

I was in an overall deal at NBC, and Brandon Tartikoff, the chairman of NBC at the time, approached me about writing the pilot. I remember him asking me, “Have you heard of Fresh Prince?” I told him that I had heard of Prince. »

- Pat Saperstein

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Why Nostalgia Rules the Internet and You Can’t Escape ‘Full House’

19 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Check out the Internet, TV and movie screens, and it seems like everyone is wallowing in the past. Viewers 18 to 40, in particular, are obsessed with the Day-Glo, super-fun time that represents their youthful innocence, when endless viewings of “Clueless” and “Full House” were the centerpiece of many a sleepover. Fueled by social media, this interest in the pop-culture trappings of the recent past, particularly the ’90s, has become a fertile area for TV programmers, who are unleashing a flood of shows over the next year to capitalize on the ever-growing appetite for all things retro. Aiding in programmers’ quest to decide what should be revived, rerun or re-exploited: a veritable focus group of Internet obsessives steeped in, and celebrating, the past couple of decades.

That has translated to upcoming TV versions of ’80s and ’90s small- and bigscreen favorites including “Full House,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Powerpuff Girls,” “The X-Files,” “Rush Hour, »

- Pat Saperstein

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Why Nostalgia Rules the Internet and You Can’t Escape ‘Full House’

19 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Check out the Internet, TV and movie screens, and it seems like everyone is wallowing in the past. Viewers 18 to 40, in particular, are obsessed with the Day-Glo, super-fun time that represents their youthful innocence, when endless viewings of “Clueless” and “Full House” were the centerpiece of many a sleepover. Fueled by social media, this interest in the pop-culture trappings of the recent past, particularly the ’90s, has become a fertile area for TV programmers, who are unleashing a flood of shows over the next year to capitalize on the ever-growing appetite for all things retro. Aiding in programmers’ quest to decide what should be revived, rerun or re-exploited: a veritable focus group of Internet obsessives steeped in, and celebrating, the past couple of decades.

That has translated to upcoming TV versions of ’80s and ’90s small- and bigscreen favorites including “Full House,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Powerpuff Girls,” “The X-Files,” “Rush Hour, »

- Pat Saperstein

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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Filming in St. Louis – Wamg Coverage

12 August 2015 8:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s always exciting when there’s a new feature film being shot in St. Louis! We Are Movie Geeks was recently on the set of The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic comedy set in the world of dart throwing where the “competitions play out echoing and mirroring the games that lovers play”. It’s loosely based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance Of Doubting Tom is written and directed by Vanessa Roman, who has been actively working in the local theater and film industry for 15 years. Her first film, Play Dead, won Best Horror Short and Best Juvenile Actress at The St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and her second, The Inheritance won Best Experimental film at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.

Vanessa has assembled a first-rate cast and crew for The Importance Of Doubting Tom.

Director of Photography Chris Benson has shot many commercials, »

- Tom Stockman

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Alex Rocco, Emmy-winning Actor, Dead At Age 79

23 July 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Alex Rocco, whose hard scrabble life on the streets of Boston prepared him to successfully play crime figures in films and on television, has died from pancreatic cancer at age 79. During his youth, Rocco ran with the notorious Winter Hill Gang, which was founded by the infamous Whitey Bulger. His association with the gang led him to be incarcerated as well as being suspected of having driven a getaway car used in a murder. At one point, his first wife was almost killed when a bomb exploded in a car she was driving. Rocco, who was born Alexander Petricone Jr, took the stage name of "Rocco" on a whim when he saw a bakery truck bearing the Rocco name on it. Fearing that his associations of the Boston mob would lead to his demise, he spontaneously decided to move to Hollywood. He took an acting class that was taught by Leonard Nimoy, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Godfather Actor Alex Rocco Dead at 79

21 July 2015 4:56 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Alex Rocco, a character actor who has acted for fifty years and is most famous for starring in "The Godfather," has died after long battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. In "The Godfather," Rocco played casino owner Moe Green. In a 2012 interview, the actor said that the role was "without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere. I mean that literally." Rocco has appeared in "Magic City," "Episodes," "The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life," "Batman," "Get Shorty," "A Bug's Life," "The Wedding Planner," "Smokin' Aces" and countless other projects. He won an Emmy in 1990 for best supporting actor in a comedy series for "The Famous Teddy Z." »

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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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Alex Rocco, Star of 'The Godfather,' Dies at 79

20 July 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Alex Rocco, a veteran character actor most famous for starring in Hollywood classic "The Godfather," has died. He was 79.

Rocco's daughter, Jennifer Rocco, revealed the actor's passing in a series of Facebook posts, writing that her father passed away on July 18 after a long, private battle with cancer. Jennifer Rocco thanked his fans for their support, writing, "I know he is watching over us."

Alex Rocco's prolific career spanned decades, but the actor became synonymous with "The Godfather," the 1972 Oscar-winning film in which he played casino owner Moe Greene. In a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, Rocco said that that role was "without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere. I mean that literally."

Rocco parlayed that fame into a lengthy, eclectic resume in both film and television. He starred most recently on Starz series "Magic City," "Episodes," and "Maron," and also appeared on shows including "The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life, »

- Katie Roberts

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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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The Real Housewives of Atlanta: NeNe Leakes Returning? Kim Fields Joining the Show?

1 July 2015 6:19 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Goodbye NeNe, hello Tootie? NeNe Leakes sent shockwaves through the Real Housewives world when she announced she would not be returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta after seven seasons. But! And this is a big but, all hope of seeing NeNe mixing it up with peaches is not lost. And what's The Facts of Life star Kim Fields have to do with it? Read on! A source told E! News NeNe may still appear on Rhoa in some capacity. "It's very possible she will continue to make appearances and pop up here and there," a show source said. We know Claudia Jordan is not returning to Real Housewives of Atlanta and with NeNe's full-time vacancy there are some spots of fill. Enter Kim Fields?! A source told us the »

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Atlanta News Roundup: June 29, 2015

29 June 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Tootie joins “Rhoa”; Peter Parker joins the Breakfast Club; and Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios makes its debut with “Ant-Man.” It's this week’s Atlanta News Roundup. Tootie the HousewifeBravo has confirmed the latest cast member to join “Rhoa” is Kim Fields, best known as the rollerskating Tootie from “The Facts of Life” and Regine from “Living Single.” Fields replaces Claudia Jordan, who was let go after one season. Fields is married to actor Christopher Morgan and has two sons.Spider-Man Meets Ferris BuellerLast week it was reported and British actor Tom Holland has been cast as the newest Spider-Man. Much has been made of Holland’s youthful looks, but this is all part of the new direction for the franchise—bringing it back to high school. Producer Kevin Feige said, “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time. »

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Dick Van Patten, Eight Is Enough Patriarch, Dead at 86

23 June 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Dick Van Patten, best known to TV audiences as the man who lorded over the abundant Eight Is Enough brood, died on Tuesday due to complications from diabetes. He was 86.

Having started out on Broadway at age 7, Van Patten began his TV acting career in 1949, on the Maxwell House and Post Cereal-sponsored CBS dramedy Mama. From there, his credits included (but by no means were limited to) the NBC sitcom The Partners (as Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom), multiple installments of Love, American Style, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, the Mel Brooks-produced spoof When Things Were Rotten (as Friar Tuck »

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ and ‘Love Boat’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman Program »

- Carmel Dagan

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time on stage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman »

- Carmel Dagan

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George Clooney's Onscreen Evolution From Mullet to Movie Star

5 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

George Clooney is turning 54 on Wednesday, and though he's a megastar now, I'm not sure he could predict his success in his early days guest-starring on The Facts of Life and Roseanne. To celebrate the Oscar winner's birthday, we rounded up pics of him throughout his career, from his appearance on the short-lived 1985 series Street Hawk all the way up to his most recent role as an art-loving soldier in The Monuments Men. Enjoy, and happy birthday George! »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Mad Men Recap: Sister Strife

3 May 2015 9:06 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Ugh, moving. Am I right?

First there’s the making sure all of your stuff gets boxed up and relocated to the proper destination. Then there’s the unpacking and realizing that you’ve accidentally opened a crate of ennui, a realization that makes it tough to continue doing the work you’ve done for years, so pointless does the endeavor seem when the great, wide world is out there for the taking and/or a sad waitress might need saving.

Finally, there’s the removing the bubble wrap from the pesky awareness that it’s a man’s, man’s, »

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Lena Dunham and Her Awful Wig Read Olivia Pope on ‘Scandal’

20 March 2015 5:15 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

-Michael Arceneaux

On last night’s Scandal, Lena Dunham played Hannah Horvath, only a version of Hannah Horvath that lived in Washington D.C., had sex with the most powerful men in the U.S. government and wrote a memoir about it. She had a really bad wig, but she fit right in with the cast — particularly when it comes to reciting one of Shonda Rhimes’ trademark monologues. Salute to you, Lena, for making it do what it do.

Ok, now for the rest of the people on this show.

1. Aren’t we glad that Abby and Olivia are friends again so we can watch Liv judge Abby’s dating tastes like the good ole days?

It was nice to see Oliva fight off making a face upon discovering that Abby and Leo have been boning for months now. Granted, Olivia is in no position to judge anyone’s taste in men or sexual activity, »

- VH1

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‘The Facts of Life’ gets the oral history treatment

19 March 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take the rest, and then you get”…That is right. The Facts of Life, the sitcom that ran on NBC for over 200 episodes in the 1980s, will have the complete series released by the Shout Factory on DVD. The Facts of Life revolved around a group of girls named Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn), Jo (Nancy McKean), and Blair (Lisa Welchel) in a boarding school, and their housemother Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae). Many episodes dealt with very special issues, such as adoption, losing one’s virginity, suicide, and drug abuse.

In celebration, Entertainment Weekly published an oral history on the beloved series in a neat microsite that can be found here. Interviews of the cast and crew reveal the beginning of the show, its evolution and struggles, and why it remains popular today. Included are the writers, directors, the then-president and CEO of NBC, »

- Michelle Leibowitz

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