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Twenty-five years ago this week, kids were finalizing their holiday wish lists, which probably included a Nintendo home gaming system or the company's brand new handheld device, the Game Boy.
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They were also gearing up to see The Wizard, a brand new movie about -- what else? -- Nintendo.
Older generations may not recall The Wizard, but I do, since it was aimed right at my demographic. For one thing, it starred Fred Savage, a kid my age I saw each week on The Wonder Years. For another, it offered our first peek at Nintendo's highly anticipated new game, Super Mario Bros. 3. And even though I wasn't a serious gamer, that still sounded fairly interesting.
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The Wizard follows two runaway brothers, Corey and Jimmy (Savage and Luke Edwards) on a cross-country trip to compete in a Nintendo tournament. Savage is chatty and a quick thinker, but Jimmy hasn't »
This story first appeared in a special Awards Watch issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. September 1985 saw the birth of some of America's most treasured pop-cultural heroes (Super Mario Bros., MacGyver), but arguably no one was more beloved than the four irrepressible stars of The Golden Girls. The sitcom, created by Susan Harris and starring Bea Arthur, then 63, Rue McClanahan, then 51, Betty White, then 63, and Estelle Getty, then 62, followed the antics of four older women living together in Miami. Critically acclaimed right out of the gate (THR called it "the funniest new show of
- Meena Jang
The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
“Makers,” an AOL-backed initiative to chronicle women’s strides in traditionally male-dominated fields, kicks off with a decidedly entertainment-industry flavor, with the first two hours devoted to “Women in Comedy” and “Women in Hollywood.” Those broad topics, admittedly, represent a lot to chew on in just an hour, but this PBS series does a credible job of racing through highlights while enlisting well-placed voices — including, in the premiere, the late Joan Rivers — to address the inroads women have made, and the doors that remain tough to kick open.
While future chapters include “Space,” “Politics,” “Business” and “War,” the first two are closely related, and are probably the most accessible.
“Comedy is masculine,” Rivers explains of the standup field, and the filmmakers (the first two docs are narrated by Leslie Mann and Julia Roberts, respectively) chronicle how Phyllis Diller broke through by lampooning herself, giving way to Rivers and the many who have followed. »
- Brian Lowry
Blanche Sophia just doesn't sound as nice! As previously reported, Scarlett Johansson and her fiance Romain Dauriac recently welcomed their first child together. A source confirms to Us Weekly that the couple named their baby girl Rose Dorothy, which just happens to also be two of the best gals from The Golden Girls! Betty White played free spirited and naive Rose Nylund on the TV classic from 1985 to 1992. The late Bea Arthur took on the role of Dorothy Zbornak, who complimented the cast with her [...] »
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Betty White, 92, found herself the victim of yet another Internet celebrity death hoax after a satirical article wrote that the comedic actress “dyed” in her home.
Rip Betty White
The article, posted to Empire News on Wednesday, Sept. 3, ran with the headline, “Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home.” ‘Dyes’ – spelled with a ‘y’ – here refers to the act of chemically changing one’s hair color, as opposed to ‘d-i-e-s’, which would signify a death. The unfortunate homophone led many to believe that White had actually died in her home.
Rip Betty White, you were one of the most amazing comedians of All time! No one could make me laugh quite as much as you...
— Robin Stone (@robinstone) September 3, 2014
Betty White dies peacefully at 92 years old. What a great woman she was. Rip Betty! http://t.co/WjWj0b9w0q
— Steven Rodriguez (@StevenFL33776) September 3, 2014
Rip Betty White! »
While the actress and singer made her name on the Great White Way — scoring five Tony nominations from 1955 to 2001, including a win for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty — TV fans might best remember her as Colleen Donaghy, irascible mother of Alec Baldwin’s network chief Jack on 30 Rock.
Stritch scored five Emmy nominations as Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 30 Rock role, and took home the statuette »
abstew here. This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the my favorite movies growing up, Troop Beverly Hills. (I mistakenly thought the woman with curly red hair on the VHS cover was my beloved Bette Midler, but when I realized it wasn't, I loved the movie too much to care and made my parents rent it at least once a month.) But all those times I watched those Wilderness Girls singing about the virtues of Cookie Time, I never thought that the actress playing Shelley Long's daughter, Hannah Nefler, would grow up to be my absolute favorite singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis. She writes the songs that make me remember that I have feelings. If you opened my chest it would be in the shape of Jenny Lewis.
After a brief stint as a child star (even appearing on »
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
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. »
Ruby Dee has died at the age of 91.
Dee - an actress, writer and poet and civil rights activist - passed away on Wednesday (June 11) at her home in New Rochelle, New York, with family members at her side.
Ruby Dee dies aged 91 - tributes to the actress and campaigner
Born in Ohio and raised in New York, Dee's acting career began on Broadway.
Dee won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, SAG and Drama Desk awards during a career which spanned eight decades, and was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild in the year 2000 along with her second husband Ossie Davis. »
Ruby Dee, who co-starred in the 1961 film “A Raisin in the Sun” and earned an Oscar nomination for her work in 2007's “American Gangster,” died Wednesday night, her representative told TheWrap on Thursday. She was 91. Dee died in New Rochelle, N.Y. According to her representative, she died peacefully of age-related causes. Born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, Dee was raised in Harlem, New York and made a number of appearances on Broadway before co-starring in the 1950 biopic “The Jackie Robinson Story.” See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Dee's television work included appearances on “Police Woman,” “The Golden Girls” »
- Tim Kenneally
Actress and pioneer of the civil rights movement Ruby Dee died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.
Ruby Dee Dies
Dee began her lengthy career on the stage, working steadily on Broadway during the 40s. She appeared in 12 shows during the decade, including South Pacific (1943), Walk Hard (1944), Arsenic and Old Lace (1946) and John Loves Mary (1946).
The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950 was Dee’s breakout film, in which she played Rae Robinson. She went on to play Ruth Younger in the A Raisin in the Sun movie, and appear in a number of other films, including Edge of the City, Gone Are the Days , The Incident and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. She received an Oscar nomination for her work in 2007’s American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington.
Dee was also a constant presence on the small screen, making appearances on a number of TV series. »
George Clooney, Oscar winner. George Clooney, The Facts of Life star. They are the same person. Your favorite A-List actors weren't always on the top of the heap. Let's explore the (not so) secret TV past of your favorite stars. Clooney's first film appearance was in 1982 as an extra in And They're Off. Following his big screen debut, he hit TV with roles Riptide and Street Hawk. In 1984 he booked E/R, not to be confused with the breakout drama ER, and continued his guest starring spree, hopping around everywhere from The Golden Girls to Murder, She Wrote. Series regular and recurring roles came around, Bodies of Evidence, Sisters and Roseanne being a few of them, but everybody recalls Clooney's defining TV »
Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.
Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…
Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:
1.) Doc Galen Adams, »
- Frank Ochieng
Why do all of the top comedians past and present want to talk with David Steinberg? That's one topic we'll cover when the actor, comedian, director, writer, and host of Showtime's "Inside Comedy" joins us for a live chat this Monday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m. Pt/ 2:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Just during this past third season alone, Steinberg has discussed comedy with Alan Arkin, Jimmy Fallon, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Key and Peele, Dick Van Dyke and Fred Willard. Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel His accomplished 45-year career has included a controversial stint with the Smothers Brothers, many stand-up appearances, and as one of Johnny Carson's favorite comedians on "The Tonight Show." Steinberg has directed dozens of television shows including "Designing Women," "The Golden Girls," "Mad About You," and "Newhart," e »
Scream Factory will give Lake Placid a high definition upgrade in July as part of their “Summer of Fear”. We’ve given you a look at the cover art, but now Scream Factory has officially announced the upcoming Blu-ray release and provided the list of bonus features:
“You’ll never know what bit you… It has existed prehistoric times and was worshipped by ancient cultures. It can kill a man with one crushing bite! This summer, one of the world’s oldest creatures has found a new home. Written by David E. Kelley (Ally Mcbeal, Boston Legal) and directed by Steve Miner (Halloween H20, Friday The 13th Part 2), Lake Placid stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown, Point of No Return), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, TV’s Fargo) and Brendan Gleeson (Troy, The Village). Brimming with heart-racing suspense and thrills, this bloody terrifying tale of man vs. »
- Jonathan James
"If I had a dick, this is where I'd tell you to suck it!". That's right, kids! The great Betty White spoke those words way back in 1999 when Lake Placid took a bite out of theatres. The scene still brings a smile to my face, and given the Scream Factory's history, this Blu-ray will, too!
From the Press Release
You’ll never know what bit you… It has existed since prehistoric times and was worshiped by ancient cultures. It can kill a man with one crushing bite! This summer, one of the world’s oldest creatures has found a new home.
Written by David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal") and directed by Steve Miner (Halloween H20, Friday the 13th Part 2), Lake Placid stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown, Point of No Return), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, TV’s "Fargo"), and Brendan Gleeson (Troy, »
- Steve Barton
When Mitch Hurwitz and Netflix first hooked up in 2013 – for new episodes of his award-winning show, Arrested Development – it seemed like the perfect match. Though he started out working for regular TV networks, on series such as The Golden Girls and The John Larroquette Show, those standard broadcasting channels – with all their restrictive regulations – were never able to provide him with the platform he needed to really let his flag fly. Even Arrested Development – the creation for which he is most famous – had to fight to remain seated at the Fox table. Thankfully, those days are gone now that Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal with the streaming market leader - giving the writer/producer/director the space he needs to fully unfurl his creative wings.
- Sarah Myles
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