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Actor Robert Z'Dar has died at the age of 64.
The cult star passed away from a cardiac arrest on Monday (April 30) in Florida, his long-time manager Jim Decker told local media.
Z'Dar was known for his tall presence and prominent jaw, which was a result of a genetic condition called cherubism.
He starred in over 120 films including the Maniac Cop trilogy, where he played a former NYPD officer on a killing spree.
Z'Dar worked as a police officer for a short period before becoming an actor, soon portraying various villains in the 1980s and 1990s.
Hollywood is just a trash bin full of chiseled bone structure. Aaron Eckardt, Ben Affleck, and of course Michael Douglas and his dad Kirk are all known for their strong jawlines. But cult actor Robert Z’Dar made those guys look like pikers with his mammoth chin, which he exploited to perfection with a string of nasty villain roles that were B-movie heaven. A Chicago native, Z’Dar is probably best know for starring as Matt Cordell in a trio of Maniac Cop films between 1988 and 1993, but his imposing mug graced over 121 films over the past 30 years.
Those credits include such gems as Hellhole, Beastmaster 2, Tango And Cash (he played “Face”), and the amazing Samurai Cop (he was filming the belated sequel to that one when he died). Z’Dar was a staple of the horror convention circuit and was a genuinely nice guy. He was apparently attending one of »
- Tom Stockman
“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
Apparently, Rob Lowe knows something we all don't -- because 32 years later, he still looks exactly the same.
Back in 1983, Et sat down with the then-19 year old actor, who was adjusting to fame and his new status as a teen heartthrob.
"It's something I don't really have that much control over believe it or not," Lowe told Et back then. "I've never had any negative things happen other than people will find the phone number and call and call and I have to get it changed, but that's not that bad we haven't had people running down our driveway."
Heartthrob or not, Lowe was off the market as he was involved with actress Melissa Gilbert, whom he would date on and off for six years.
"It has its ups and downs and offs and ons like everything else," said »
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Sixteen years after the movie came out, Funny or Die has released a parody video starring none other than the "That's What Love Is All About" singer himself.
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The singer did take one very notable liberty from the original 1999 film. Instead of referring to himself as a "no-talent ass clown," he says "extremely talented ass clown."
Also yes, he does destroy a printer.
There you go, Michael Bolton! The Internet thanks you for this random, awesome thing!
We sat down with the famous father-son duo to chat about their new collaboration for the hit show, and young Robin's dreams of eventually making a career from his love of music.
"Robin has been into music in a big way for a couple of years," Alan told Et. "Especially rap music. So we thought we'd try to come up with an idea to give us a chance to work together."
"We wrote a song together which kind of got it all started for me," said Robin. "After a few weeks we had a song. We put down a demo tape and that's what got it all started, and that's what kind of pushed me into wanting to do music."
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It’s hard to believe, but The Sound of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The Julie Andrews musical is one of the most memorable movies of all time. It’s also one of the most famous -- a bonafide classic that won five Oscars and an avalanche of critical acclaim. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the film is still enchanting audiences half a century on from its original release.
So to celebrate its big day – and because trivia really is one of our favourite things – here are ten things you probably didn’t know about The Sound of Music.
1. Christopher Plummer didn’t like the film
The film is beloved by generations of film fans, but one major Sound of Music naysayer? Christopher Plummer, one of the classic's biggest stars. The man who became famous for playing Mr. Von Trapp referred to the film as "The Sound of Mucus" whilst on set. »
- Daniel Bettridge
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
Ahead of the 2015 Oscars, the 35th Annual Razzie Awards were dished out on Saturday for the worst performances and films of 2014, and while Cameron Diaz's romantic comedies landed her an award, it was Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas that took home the most Golden Raspberry awards.
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Diaz won for Best Worst Actress for her leading roles in both The Other Woman and Sex Tape, while Growing Pains star Cameron's Christian family flick -- which made $2 million at the box office -- won four awards, including Worst Picture.
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Who else took home an unwanted 2015 Razzie award? Check out the full list of "winners," below.
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A night before Hollywood celebrates the best in film at the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards dole out their own anti-Oscars to the year's worst movies and acting performances. Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas were the big winners at the 35th annual Razzies, held last night at Los Angeles' Ricardo Montalban Theater, picking up the evening's most unwanted awards.
“Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas” was the biggest winner at Saturday night’s Golden Raspberry Awards, if you can call it “winning” to be named the worst film achievement of the year in four different categories. The faith-based film from the former “Growing Pains” child star “won” in the Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Cameron), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Combo categories, with the last award going to Cameron “and his ego.” The awards meant that Razzie voters considered Cameron’s film a lesser achievement than “The Legend of Hercules,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Left Behind” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction, »
- Steve Pond
Oh yes, Mindy Project fans, it’s on.
Following the bombshell that ended last week’s episode — Mindy is pregnant! — our histrionic heroine spends this week’s installment trying to tell Danny he’s her baby daddy.
But when Dr. Castellano finally finds out, the news comes from an unexpected source. Grab some ice cream and pickles, and read on for how it all shakes out.
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Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
While Tom Brady was busy fielding literal soft-ball questions at one of the more uncomfortable NFL press conferences in recent memory (and that's saying a lot), Julian Edelman was busy doing nothing of the sort. Whether he purposefully meant to or not, the star wide receiver effectively managed to distract the Internet from Deflategate for a bit when he posted one of the best #Tbt-spirited videos we've seen in a long time. "This is how you #Tbt #GoPats," Edelman tweeted along with a video called "Growing Pats," set to the opening theme song of classic 1980s sitcom Growing Pains and, just like the show, featuring childhood photos of himself, Brady, running back Shane Vereen, tight end Rob »
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There is nothing like an awareness of the passage of time to make us feel old. Like, the fact that the movie Clueless, the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and French Toast Crunch cereal are all 20 years old as of this year. You know what else is 20 years old? Your crush on these 1995 teen heartthrobs. Some aged like fine wine, some maintained success, and some we lost along the way. But nothing fills you with girlish glee quite like looking back at these former teen angels, the prettiest pinups Bop, Tiger Beat, and Teen Beat magazines had to offer.
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If you are like me and grew up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, you probably watched many family sitcoms like Growing Pains, Full House, and Family Matters. Then there was the sitcom Roseanne. It was a very true take of the average family living in America that had not often been depicted on television before. Not everyone had a doctor for a father and a lawyer for a mother like Cliff and Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. The Conner family had problems many Americans were facing like paying the mortgage or trying to find a job. Roseanne debuted on ABC in October of 1988 and remained on the air for nine seasons,concluding in May of 1997. Over the years, we saw a cast change (Lecy Goranson to Sarah Chalke and then back to Goranson and one last time back to Chalke), and the early departure of patriarch…
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- Tim Gerstenberger
“Growing Pains” dad condemns scandal-plagued comedian as a “bad boy”
Alan Thicke, who played small-screen patriarch Jason Seaver on “Growing Pains,” has taken scandal-plagued “The Cosby Show” veteran Bill Cosby to task over the numerous sexual assault accusations that have hovered above the comedian like a Pudding Pop of doom in recent months.
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Of course, being a polite Canadian and a gentlemanly composer of top-notch sitcom theme songs, Thicke did so »
- Tim Kenneally
Omg, pull out the posters from Bop! Magazine and Tiger Beat, Growing Pains reruns have returned to TV! Up TV has acquired all 166 episodes of the classic 1980’s series and will air the family favorite weekdays 5-7pm Et. I can’t wait to bathe my eyes in The Kirkster’s curly-haired glory! Growing Pains premiered September 1985, aired on ABC for seven seasons and stared Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller. The series centers on Dr. Jason Seaver (Thicke), who moved his psychiatry practice into his home so that his wife, Maggie (Kerns), can resume her … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
19 items from 2015
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