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The Monuments Men, an all new action drama directed by George Clooney is about to hit theaters. Recently, Wamg attended The Monuments Men press day where George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett and co-writer Grant Heslov sat down with press to talk about the film… as well as a prank that George Clooney played on Matt Damon. Check it out below.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by Fdr with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission : with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and wight the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, »
- Melissa Howland
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We were tickled to read yet another instance of George Clooney feigning embarrassment over his Batman nipples during his Reddit Ask Me Anything chat yesterday — but however much he laughs about his superhero costume, the guy has never stooped to talking trash about his days on The Facts of Life. Not everyone has been so gracious about the jobs that made them famous, however. Sometimes, with good reason — Joe Jonas‘ revealing chat with New York magazine last year made the Disney machine seem miserable, for instance. Others just sound petty (lookin’ at you, Sean Connery).
Were we shocked when Robert Pattinson made a snide remark about Twilight bloggers last year? Just a little. But he’s not the only one who, accidentally or on purpose, has been willing to bite the hand that fed his career. Chace Crawford said he lost his dignity after season two of Gossip Girl. »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
"The Dukes of Hazzard" premiered 35 years ago, Jan. 26, 1979 on CBS and for the next seven seasons, John Schneider and Tom Wopat were drivin' and slidin' into our hearts -- plus, Catherine Bach, rowr. To celebrate its illustrious anniversary, here are our 1980s TV theme songs (non-animated, because that's a whole other category).
3. "Perfect Strangers" -- This soaring number makes you feel like you can conquer the world right? Or at least leave your home in Mypos for the big city in America.
4. "Cheers" -- This is like comfort food in song form. They just don't make TV theme songs like they used to. »
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- Justin Vactor
Friends could've been a Facts of Life reunion. Lisa Whelchel, Blair Warner on The Facts of Life, revealed she read for Rachel on Friends, but decided not to go through with it. "There were many opportunities I maybe could have pursued, but I didn't feel comfortable," Whelchel, a devout Christian, said on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? "I remember reading the pilot episode and I said to my husband, 'This is the funniest script I have ever read and this is going to be a huge hit.'" So Whelchel's loss became Jennifer Aniston's gain, as the star went on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her time on the NBC hit series. However, Whelchel said she could tell »
Breaking Bad was, without a doubt, one of the best shows ever made. Dramatic at times, scary at times, and funny at times, it had a bit of everything. A perfect, all-you-can-eat buffet of good TV. The Facts of Life in the 80′s was also a..oh, who am I kidding? It was a typical ’80s [&hellip
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- Remy Carreiro
Ben Starr, who co-created Silver Spoons and helped develop The Facts of Life, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter Carol Starr Schneider told the Los Angeles Times. He was 92. Starr co-created Silver Spoons with Martin Cohan and Howard Leeds. The series, which ran from 1982-86 on NBC before moving to first-run syndication for one more season, starred a young Ricky Schroder and Joel Higgins as his wealthy but irresponsible father. He also served as a writer and producer on Diff'rent Strokes and helped develop Facts of Life, a
- Kimberly Nordyke
You'd have to be Mel Brooks to write a hilarious movie that prominently features Nazis, but George Clooney and his writing partner, Grant Heslov, have penned a poignant but often funny action-thriller in The Monuments Men. The real laughs, however, came at the Los Angeles press junket for the film on Thursday, which featured Clooney's costars - Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Bob Balaban. Despite the somewhat heavy subject matter of the movie - which is about a group of WWII soldiers given the task of rescuing priceless artworks from the Nazis - the press conference »
- Reagan Alexander
Comedy writer Ben Starr, whose career stretched from radio through 1980s sitcoms, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
Starr was a co-creator of NBC comedies “The Facts of Life” and “Silver Spoons.” During his long career, he wrote for TV comedies ranging from “All in the Family” to “Diff’rent Strokes” as well as “Mr. Ed,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Petticoat Junction,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Chico and the Man.”
Starr inadvertently helped create the famous catchphrase from “Diff’rent Strokes” — “Whatchu talking ’bout Willis?” The line as written in an early script for the show was “What are you talking about, Willis?” but after star Gary Coleman gave it his distinctive delivery, Starr knew it was a keeper.
- Variety Staff
Veteran comedy writer Ben Starr died Sunday at the age of 92. Starr began his Hollywood career in radio as a writer for Al Jolson, George Burns, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. He later segued into television, amassing dozens of credits over a nearly 50-year span, most recently as a writer on 2001′s The Facts Of Life TV Reunion. Starr was a writer and co-creator of the Facts Of Life, which first aired in 1979 and ran through 1988. His other writing and/or producing credits include Mr. Ed (1961-1963), The Andy Griffith Show (1966), The Brady Bunch (1971-1973), Maude (1974), Chico And The Man (1977), All In The Family (1975-1978), Diff’rent Strokes (1978-1982) and Silver Spoons (1982-1987). Starr’s film credits include Oliver Twist (1974), Treasure Island (1973), and 1966′s Texas Across The River and Our Man Flint. He also was featured in Lunch, Donna Kanter’s documentary about comedians. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Showtime has ordered two dramas. The Affair follows the effects of an affair on a marriage with Dominic West, Maurra Tierney and Joshua Jackson. Happyish has Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans about a man dealing with new bosses who are half his age.
Deadline reports that Olivier Martinez will be appearing on Revenge as Margaux‘s previously-mentioned father. Once he arrives in the Hamptons, it’ll turn out he has complicated histories with both Conrad and Victoria.
Bravo has ordered another Top chef spin-off. Top Chef Extreme will involve bringing back former past competitors while also being a hilariously ridiculous name. Dig up your vintage impression of Poochie shouting, “To the extreme!”
Melissa & Joey is getting a Sabrina reunion. »
- Lyle Masaki
Remember rich kid Blair Warner on the '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life"? In real life, Lisa Whelchel was far removed from her snobby character -- in fact, shortly after the series ended, she had blown through all of her TV earnings. Whereas Blair probably would have been devastated at the thought of living with less, the mother of three (and, more recently, one time "Survivor" contestant) tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that losing it all was the best thing that could have happened to her. Well, as long as she's happy! Did you watch "Facts of Life"? »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The facts of life as told by mama Kristen Bell! During an appearance on Chelsea Lately Monday, Jan. 6, the House of Lies actress shared her plans on how she'll raise her 10-month-old baby girl Lincoln with husband Dax Shepard. The new mom says she won't be censoring her daughter from watching her more risque movie and TV roles in the future. "She can watch whatever she wants," the Lifeguard actress told host Chelsea Handler. "People ask, 'Oh, well you've done some sexy material. Do you not [...] »
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