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Considering that Toy Story 3 is now one of the highest grossing movies of all time (#4 to be exact), I think we can safely say that it is by far the biggest DVD / Blu-ray release of the week. But that doesn't mean there aren't some other things worth checking out. The hilarious and touching documentary Winnebago Man is finally out on DVD this week, along with Neil Marshall's gory period epic Centurion and HBO's The Pacific mini-series. On Blu-ray, we've also got the massive 25th Anniversary Edition release of The Goonies, Highlander 1 and 2, The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Bridge on the River Kwai. All this plus complete series sets of The Larry Sanders Show and Beverly Hills 90210! What will you be buying or renting this week? Toy Story 3  (+ Blu-ray ) Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales  (+ Blu-ray ) Centurion  (+ Blu-ray ) The Hungry Ghosts  Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, »
Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.
I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place! We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.
The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees
All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »
- NATHANIEL R
Is it me, or was anyone else quietly sick to their stomach when they heard this week’s dances would be set to TV theme songs? Clearly, someone is feeling some pressure to keep “Dwts” fresh, but really, in the distance I see Fonzie on water skis, people. Sure, many of us have fond memories of goofy old TV theme songs. We may even know the words to some of the really annoying ones. But that doesn’t mean I want to see some D-list celebrity hoofing a foxtrot to “The Facts of Life.” Most theme songs are catchy, yes, but in the »
- Liane Bonin
Item: Lindsay Lohan and Tom Arnold are pals. First reaction: Good for them; everyone can use a pal, especially in rehab. Second reaction: Who knew? Meet five other sets of star friends who make us go, "Huh…Had no idea. At all." 1. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt…and Mindy Cohn?! Was Jolie one of those Eastland girls who got fired after The Facts of Life's first season? No, no, she wasn't. Per Us Weekly's scoop, Cohn, who played newshound Natalie on Tfol, met Jolie via James Haven, Cohn's longtime pal, and, of course, Jolie's brother. Cohn went onto friend Pitt, and per the magazine, become godmother to two of Jolie's and Pitt's six children. 2. George »
Quick, name Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s most trusted confidante. Is it George Clooney? Julia Roberts? Matt Damon? Now, suppose we threw the name Mindy Cohn at you. Yes, that Mindy Cohn, the one who played Natalie on The Facts Of Life. Not someone you’d think would be besties with Brangelina, right? Wrong! According to a report in this week’s Us Magazine, Mindy Cohn has just been revealed as the godmother (!!!) to Brad and Angelina’s two year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne. Apparently she’s tight with James Haven, who you’ll remember as possessing the other pair of lips in The World’s All-Time Most Awkward Kiss Between Siblings™, which is how she got to be in Brangelina’s inner circle. Weirdzies! We’re just going to go ahead and assume that Tootie and Blair were unavailable that day. [Photo Credit: Getty Images, NBC] »
- Mark Graham
The series about a 13-year-old who is the only girl in her family is currently being cast, and is set for 26 half-hours to be shot starting in February 2011.
"Life With Boys" will bow on Canadian cable kids channel Ytv in September 2011, and has already secured pre-sales from Canal J in France, the U.K.-based Nickelodeon and ABC in Australia.
Nelvana Enterprises will distribute the series in Canada, Latin America and Asia.
Helion Pictures will cover distribution in Australia, France and Britain, while kids distributor Classic Media will manage distribution elsewhere internationally. »
- By Etan Vlessing
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: George Clooney has become such a huge movie star, it’s easy to forget that he got his start on television. The actor cut his professional teeth on such shows as “The Facts of Life” and “Roseanne” before “E.R.” turned him into a household name. And now television’s prepared to honor Clooney for his career, and his off-screen accomplishments.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have selected Clooney to receive this year’s Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. It will be presented to the actor during the Emmys, which will be televised on NBC on Aug. 29.
The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award goes to someone whose humanitarian work has brought credit to the industry and has had a lasting impact on society. Other recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and Danny Thomas.
“George was an obvious choice for this honor,” said John Shaffner, the TV Academy’s Chairman and CEO, »
- Sean O'Connell
Though she's still sometimes called Tootie by people on the street, actress Kim Fields doesn't regret her time on NBC's The Facts of Life. The actress recently spoke with Parade and she reflected on her time on the TV show.
Being a part of "The Facts of Life," the pop-culture phenomenon
"It still, to this day, blows my mind. When you're in it, you don't think about that at all. I mean, my goodness, we were almost canceled once, and the critics and the media never regarded 'The Facts of Life' as any sort of great critical success or an acclaimed show. And we were too big to be a cult-followed show. We still had nine years. Nine years of your life from age 9 to 18; you can't fathom a more-crucial piece of your own time."
More to Kim than just the »
HollywoodNews.com: I’m starting to watch some of the Outfest movies that will be screening at this year’s festival which kicks off July 8.
Last night, after watching back-to-back episodes of Hell’s Kitchen (I just can’t quit that damned show!), I slipped Violet Tendencies into the DVD player and hoped the for the best.
The movie is directed by Casper Andreas from a screenplay by Jesse Archer in what is their third film together. Both have roles in the film but the star, thankfully, is the marvelous Mindy Cohn who shines in just about any scene she’s in.
Mindy is Violet, the self-described “fag hag” who is loved by her circle of gay friends in New York City but lonely for a man of her own.
“I turn 40 this year. 40! I’m the oldest living fag hag,” she says at one point. “All my life »
- Greg Hernandez
Just killing some time tonight I happened to do some channel surfing and came across an episode of Tyler Perry’s sit-com House of Payne that had just begun. Hearing nothing but the absolutely worst things about it, I decided, what the hell, I’ll give it a shot. I’ll try almost anything once.
Turns out I have no clue what all the negative comments were about. Yeah, the premise was absolutely trite, but I found it absolutely no worse than the dozens of other black sit-coms that have come and gone. So where’s all this evidence I’ve read about it being so incredibly awful? I came in after the credits, so I don’t know who directed it, but I do know that Kim Fields (Living Single, and Tootie from The Facts of Life – I know she must hate it when people say that) has been »
Gary Coleman 's TV housekeeper is shocked and deeply saddened by his death -- especially because she got the tragic news shortly after hearing he was in the hospital. Charlotte Rae -- who played Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes " -- said she saw a TV report this morning that Gary was hospitalized. A few hours later she got the news he had passed away. Rae, 84, tells TMZ "I said a prayer for him this morning after hearing about his condition. »
- TMZ Staff
We've got a pretty bland line-up of new releases on DVD this week with such middling films as Leap Year, Tooth Fairy and Nine hitting store shelves, but there are a few other odds and ends that may be of interest to Film Junk readers including Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata and Never Sleep Again, a feature-length documentary on the A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Also out this week is a re-issue of Joe Dante's long out of print Matinee, new editions of Rock 'N' Roll High School, Doctor Zhivago and Dirty Dancing, and on Blu-ray, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Kathryn Bigelow's K-19: The Widowmaker, and John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.. See anything worth picking up? Tooth Fairy  (+ Blu-ray ) Leap Year  (+ Blu-ray ) Nine  (+ Blu-ray ) Tetro  (+ Blu-ray ) Hamlet  (+ Blu-ray ) Tokyo Sonata  Preacher's Kid  (+ Blu-ray ) Rock 'N' Roll High School »
Oh, that Sandra Bullock. So crafty. So discreet. So, what else is she hiding? To be honest, it's hard to top today's twin bombshells that: (1) she filed for divorce five days ago from "Bombshell" expert Jesse James; and (2) she adopted a baby boy three months ago. But we efforted, and came up with some other Bullock tidbits that may have eluded your radar: She Owes It All to The Facts of Life: Or, rather, she owes it all to Jo, aka Nancy McKeon. See, in late 1989, McKeon dropped out of Working Girl, a high-profile TV spinoff of the hit film of the same name. Bullock, who only had a handful of credits at the time, heard about the opening, auditioned—and got her big break. A »
You just can’t keep a good serial killer down, especially when he only exists in our imaginations. Freddy Krueger returns once again this Friday, April 30, but this time without Robert Englund. Jackie Earle Haley slips into the scar makeup and knife-fingered glove this time around, hoping to give new life to an old favorite. Haley has already proven himself is short time to be one of this generation’s great character actors, with a knack for the dark and creepy side of the craft. In light of the new Nightmare On Elm Street film, We Are Movie Geeks has compiled our Top Ten List of the Best Creepy Character Actors.
Honorable Mention: Rondo Hatton
Of all the actors on this list, none has had a more tragic personal story as Rondo Hatton. As a young man Hatton was diagnosed with a rare pituitary disorder known as acromegalia (the studios »
- Movie Geeks
Workin' at the carwash, Michael Urie takes a punch, NBC shows Mercy some mercy, and meet The Fargonator.
Them’s fightin’ words! The cast of Party Down proclaims “We’re better than Glee.” Naturally that just some good natured ribbing towards their former castmate Jane Lynch, who’s riding a career high thanks to Fox’s juggernaut.
The Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Constance McMillen’s graduation in a desperate attempt at relevancy. I need to ask – where do they get money for travel? It seems like they’re always on the road.
Now that they’ve been on every single talk show making me feel bad about what I eat, Food, Inc. has been made available to watch online in its entirety by PBS. Warning – video autoplays.
Rosie O’Donnell had Mike “Puppies” Huckabee on her Sirius-xm radio show, and naturally gay parenting came up. He pressed ahead »
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Running Time: 1 hr 27 mins
Release Date: April 9, 2010
Read Calhoun Kersten’s Top 7 Movie Married Couples (that kick ass)
Plot: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban New Jersey couple simply walking through their marriage like it’s a routine. Phil decides to take Claire out in the city to rekindle the marriage. When they’re mistaken for another couple, suddenly their lives are at stake, involving cops, mobsters and a shirtless man.
Who’S It For? Without a doubt, this one is obvious, you’re going to see it coming … this one is for married couples. The other audience will simply consist of people looking to see Carell and Fey at the top of their game.
Expectations: This is one of those films I was hoping for. I wasn’t hoping it would be good. »
- Jeff Bayer
It’s easy for the role of screenwriters to be trivialized in among the star worshippers and auteur theorists that populate Hollywood, but as the saying goes, there ain’t no film without a script. The Dialogue looks to shine a spotlight on these creative types, and has amassed an impressive collection 80-90 minute interviews with some of film’s most notable scribes over the last couple years. You’ll find a review of the editions devoted to Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale) and the writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek) after the break.
Between Haggis, Orci, and Kurtzman, you have about six decades of experience across film and television, so there’s plenty of material for conversation. And while Haggis–with three Oscar nominations and one win–is associated with more personal dramatic fare, Kurtzman/Orci are the »
- Brendan Bettinger
And since by making the Top 12 Andrew will get to start having themed performance weeks, we asked him what his dream theme would be.
Andrew gave us the best answer of the night by going with "TV show songs." (Which would be the most amazing night of "American Idol," forever and ever, amen.)
When asked which TV show theme he would do, without missing a beat Andrew replies, "'Family Matters.' That would be tight, that would be dope." And then he sings a snippet for us!
Andrew goes on to discuss "Straight Up" and whether he peaked too soon. His advice? "'Straight Up' get over it. That's what I do to music ... They can't get over it."
And just for the record, our pick for TV show song »
I've never really thought of a PSA as art - important, corny, funny, dumb, sure. Art, no. Then this seatbelt PSA shows up and rocks my world. CNN reports.
RuPaul was due on The Bonnie Hunt Show, and Bonnie thought she'd show her appreciation by trotting out how many times her male staff ended up in dresses. I have to highlight Halloween, where the male staff came as Mrs. Garrett and Tootie, Blair, Natalie and Jo from The Facts of Life.
The interview with RuPaul was in two parts, and both are available on Bonnie's web site, but for whatever reason only part two was embeddable. Still, we can't underestimate just how incredible it was having RuPaul sit down with the Middle America Bonnie Hunt and show childhood photos, clips from Drag Race, and talk about being true to yourself.
I've gone from snow to rain locally, so I »
Earlier this month, Spe said it will lay off 450 staffers, or nearly 7% of the Culver City studio's worldwide work force of 6,800 employees.
Bradley is said to be the highest-profile name from Sony Pictures TV to be cut as most of Spe's layoffs will be in the home video and I.T. departments. Her exit follows the recent departure of another Sony TV veteran, Sony Pictures TV International president Michael Grindon.
As executive vp U.S. current programming, Bradley oversaw the studio's scripted on-air series, including "Community" for NBC, "Rules of Engagement" for CBS, "'Til Death" and "Brothers" for Fox, "Lawman" and "Damages" for FX, "Breaking Bad" for AMC, "Drop Dead Diva" for Lifetime, "Hawthorne" for TNT and "My Boys »
- By Nellie Andreeva
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