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From his breakout turn as mayor Merle Jeeter in Norman Lear’s twisted parody “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” in 1976 Dabney Coleman has built a career on playing the smarmy comedic villain. He earned raves in the 1980 blockbuster “9 to 5” as the sleazy boss on whom, in a pioneering nod to mainstream feminism, a trio of female employees (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) enact revenge; in 1982’s “Tootsie” he played a sexist soap opera director who gets kneed in the cojones by Dustin Hoffman in drag; and in satirical sitcom “Buffalo Bill” — cancelled in 1984 after a critically acclaimed two-season run on NBC — Coleman’s condescending, narcissistic talkshow host insulted everyone from the stage manager to Jesus.
But if Coleman, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 6, had to pick his favorite all-time antagonist, he says that it would most definitely be Jeeter, the character that helped »
- Malina Saval
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is bringing out the big guns for its 11th season, casting Academy Award winner Geena Davis in a recurring role.
Davis has signed on with the long-running medical drama for a major arc, TVLine has learned, playing a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
An Oscar winner for 1988’s The Accidental Tourist (and a nominee for Thelma & Louise), Davis also has a Golden Globe on her mantel, for her turn as Potus on ABC’s Commander in Chief. Her previous TV credits also include Will & Grace, »
It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Mesach Taylor, Emmy-nominated star of the long-running TV series "Designing Women," died Saturday after a year-and-a-half-long struggle with colorectal cancer. He was 67. “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," his family posted on Facebook. "Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens. Those who need to call the family please do. Those who desire to post memories, we are open and graciously accepting all gestures of peace. Love, the Taylor Family." Best known for playing falsely-accused ex-inmate Anthony Bouvier on the '80s and '90s sitcom, Taylor kicked off his acting career in the Chicago theater (his first professional job was on a national tour of the blockbuster musical "Hair »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Emmy-nominated actor passed away surrounded by love ones in his California home.
According to a statement released by Taylor's son to the Los Angeles Times, the actor – who had been in hospice care – passed away surrounded by his loved ones in his Altadena, California home late Saturday night.
Born in Boston in 1947, Taylor's first foray into acting was in a national stage tour of the hippie musical Hair, after which he continued to develop his talents at the legendary Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles where his career in film and television really took off. His screen debut came in the horror film Damien: Omen II, followed by a series of bit parts before landing a recurring role on the sitcom Buffalo Bill in 1983.
He died at his home outside of Los Angeles, surrounded by family.
“It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” Taylor’s family said in a statement on his Facebook page. Taylor died Saturday in Altadena, Calif.; he had been suffering from a terminal illness.
Taylor’s agent Dede Binder confirmed his death to Variety.
“When you think of Meshach it will hopefully bring a smile to your face because he brought a lot of joy in his life,” Binder said.
- Brent Lang
Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67. The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times. His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press. On Friday, the family posted on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook page that his health had started to decline. "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, »
- Anya Leon
Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.
Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder.
Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women" from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, "Dave's World," as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.
- The Associated Press
Meshach Taylor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as eccentric assistant Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women, died Saturday evening after battling a terminal illness, his agent confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 67.
The actor’s family took to Facebook earlier on Saturday to say, “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” the family wrote. “Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens. »
History is littered with the names of amazing people who have achieved phenomenal things in their lifetimes, which is exactly the reason that we still have any idea who any of them were. Figures who invented world changing creations, or wrote ground-breaking novels pretty much guarantee their place in the history books because they changed the course our world was due to take. In some ways, it’s almost as if these people never actually existed, as their status has elevated them to a near godlike plain of legend, and for the large part, that is thoroughly deserved of them.
However, just like everyone else who has or will ever have existed, even the greatest of people have their dark secrets. Whilst we’re not talking about the products of horrendous backgrounds and childhoods going all Buffalo Bill and venturing onto a killing spree, there are people that »
- Stephen Kennedy
Foreign film nominations for Biancanieves, Gravity and Great Beauty.Scroll down for full list of nominations
Guillaume Gallienne’s Me, Myself And Mum (Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!) and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.
The Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.
Actor Gallienne’s debut feature Me, Myself and Mum - a big screen adaptation of his autobiographical, one-man comedy show about his complicated relationship with his mother - secured 10 nominations.
They comprised best film, best first film, best director, best actor, best supporting actress, best adaptation, best editing, best sound, best set design and best costumes.
The film was produced and distributed by Gaumont, which also picked up another four nominations for The Young »
Adele and Me, Myself and Mum lead French Cesar nominations.Scroll down for full list of nominations
Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! (aka Me, Myself And Mum) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.
France’s Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.
The 39th Cesar ceremony, presided by Intouchables star Francois Cluzet, will take place on February 28.
Nominations (so far)Best FILM9 Month-Stretch (Neuf mois ferme)Me, Myself and Mum (Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!)Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du Lac)Jimmy P. (Jimmy P. Psychothérapie d’un Indien des Plaines)The Past (Le Passé)Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la Foururre)Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (La Vie d’Adèle »
12 items from 2014
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