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Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.
Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015
Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.
1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.
Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs, »
- Alex Stedman
Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.
Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.
"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."
In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout, »
- Katie Roberts
A hallmark of a great TV series, whether it's a drama, comedy, soap or even sci-fi, is an epic romantic journey between two characters.
We at Digital Spy HQ are die-hard romantics, and so we've compiled a definitive Top 25 of the best TV kisses of all time (it included a whole voting process and spreadsheet and everything).
Check out the first part below, and make sure to come back tomorrow (June 13) for the final Top 10.
There's nothing quite like being locked up in jail with your ex-lover to build up sexual tension, but this climactic make-out session in Litchfield's chapel pays off more than just Piper and Alex's relationship.
Piper's just returned from a terrifying spell in solitary confinement, where she was sent by Healy in a fit of homophobic rage after he saw her dancing with Alex, so Piper »
The revenge thriller Bound To Vengeance will be hitting the theater and VOD on June 25, 2015.
Dig on the kick ass poster and details below.
From The Press Release
An Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival - Park City at Midnight, IFC Midnight is proud to announce the theatrical and VOD release of Bound To Vengeance on June 26, 2015.
Bound To Vengeance will open in theaters in NYC and La on June 26th
Bound To Vengeance is a gritty revenge thriller about a young woman, Eve (Tina Ivlev), who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. However, after discovering she may not be the only victim, Eve unravels a darker truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor.
If you have yet to watch Monday’s Season 3 finale of Bates Motel, stop the car and turn around because spoilers await. Everyone else, you are permitted to enter the post mortem zone…
It’s official: Bates Motel has gone completely Psycho.
In Monday’s Season 3 finale, Norman Bates — in full-tilt Norma mode — brutally murdered fellow lost soul Bradley before Marion Crane-ing her at sea in a car coffin.
Below, showrunner Kerry Ehrin and castmembers Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thierot and Nestor Carbonell answer burning questions about that killer cliffhanger, as well as Dylan and Emma’s big moment, »
Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.
Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which »
- Variety Staff
Veteran actress Ellen Albertini Dow has died at the age of 101.
Her longtime agent Juliet Green confirmed Dow's passing on Monday (May 4) to Deadline.
Dow did not begin her movie career until she was in her 70s, having previously studied acting in New York and working with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCog in Paris.
She later went on to teach drama at Los Angeles City College, before moving to Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley and teaching theatre with her husband Eugene.
Her first role was in the 1986 version of The Twilight Zone, and soon landed parts in various films and TV shows, including My Blue Heaven, Sister Act, Moonlighting, The Golden Girls, The Wonder Years and Seinfeld.
Her most memorable role »
Albertini Dow's incredible life began in Pennsylvania in 1913, and she studied acting and mime alongside industry legends including Martha Graham and Marcel Marceau. She and her husband, Eugene Dow, started the theater program at Pierce College in California, where she taught until she retired in 1985.
But Albertini Dow didn't stop there. She started taking acting classes at the American Film Institute and began a career in her 70s, scoring roles in television series including the 1980s reboot of "The Twilight Zone." She went on to appear on television numerous times throughout the next few decades of her life, including guest spots on series such as "Moonlighting," "Murphy Brown," "The Golden Girls," "The Wonder Years," "Star Trek: The Next Generation, »
- Katie Roberts
Consider this a formal Apb for Nashville‘s Connie Britton.
Because although the musical ABC series’ second On the Record special — which aired Wednesday — is great, it could be so much greater if our favorite redhead took part in the live music goodies in some fashion.*
In short: I want Rayna’s real-life counterpart on stage, y’all.
Related Nashville Spring Concert Tour Performers and Dates Announced
Aside from the lack of the fabulous Ms. Britton, the hour-long concert, filmed at Music City’s Grand Ole Opry, is a solid, satisfying treat for fans. And just like the first installment, »
RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?
In the sixth-year sitcom’s April 22 episode, “Two of a Kind,” the Hecks get caught in the middle of a long-standing family feud when Frankie’s Uncle Dutch (played by Dick Van Dyke, 89) contacts her dad, Tag (Jerry Van Dyke, 83), in a bid to bury the hatchet with his estranged younger brother.
As seen in the photo above, »
CBS’ 2 Broke Girls (with 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating), Mike & Molly (7.8 mil/1.8) and NCIS: La (9.3 mil/1.6) all dipped in audience this Monday night while slipping two tenths in the demo.
Scorpion meanwhile did 9.6 mil/2.0, down 9 percent in audience while steady in the demo.
RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? On the Bubble?
Fox | The Following averaged 3.8 mil and a 1.2 across its double-pump, up 9 percent »
Ever since finding fame in the '80s thanks to sitcom Moonlighting and explosive action movie Die Hard, Bruce has been a regular on our screens, appearing in films great, good, not-so-good and Cop Out.
With John McClane himself celebrating the big 6-0, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite Bruce Willis movies, while you can vote for your personal favourite in the poll below...
Die Hard - Morgan Jeffery (TV Editor)
There's a million reasons to love 1988's Die Hard - the colourful supporting characters like Al (Reginald VelJohnson), Ellis (Hart Bochner) and Argyle (De'voreaux White), action cinema's greatest ever villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Michael Kamen's brilliantly '80s score...
But the big reason is Bruce. Sure, New York cop John McClane was a tough guy, but what Willis brought to the part »
Cybill Shepherd says she's always been a believer.
The Do You Believe actress opened up to Et about how her faith got her through tough times.
In 2012, Cybill was engaged to psychologist Andrei Nikolajevic, but they never made it to the alter.
"I think I had a bit of a broken heart, and there was a part of it that wasn't going to heal, and that's when I turned to Jesus and then I got the offer to do this film," she said.
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In the new Christian drama, Do You Believe, Cybill plays a grieving mother. "It's really kind of a heavy part, but you get to see her come around and get her faith back," she explains. "And that's the journey. It was thrilling to play that."
A&E's "Bates Motel" begins what should be a pivotal third season on Monday (March 9) night. Series creators Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have always approached the "Psycho" prequel as a finite piece of storytelling and Ehrin tells me that the plan is still for "Bates Motel" to be a five-season arc. Presumably -- but not necessarily, since Ehrin and Cuse retain a cone of spoiler silence -- that's a five-season arc from Norma and Norman Bates' arrival in White Pine Bay through to the events that are implied took place before Marion Crane hit the road with $40,000 of somebody else's money and sought refuge from the rain in Bates Motel. "Bates Motel" started off in a dark place, ended the first season with a murder and the second season only added torque to the twisty dynamic between Norman and Norma. In Season 2, we had unearthed secrets of incest, »
- Daniel Fienberg
"Obviously talent is in her veins," Val told Et's Kevin Frazier, pointing out that Rumer's parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have both had famous dance scenes throughout their careers. Bruce's came on the TV show Moonlighting, while Demi dazzled fans in Striptease.
Aside from taking home a mirrorball trophy, Val's primary focus is pleasing Rumer's parents.
"They're her parents and I want to make them proud because they're her parents," Val said. "Not what their names are or what their personal accomplishments are but more about what parents are to their children."
News: Complete List of Dancing with the Stars Winners
The DWTS couple are off to a good start. They've already »
Cheers are in order for James L. Burrows and Robert Butler, joint recipients of the inaugural Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in Television. The honor will be presented to both directors at the 67th annual DGA Awards.
For Burrows, whose directing credits in television include landmark series such as “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Will & Grace,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers,” the award is a culmination of an illustrious career marked by myriad professional high points, the first of which was his very first created by credit on the 1982 “Cheers” pilot.
“To get a ‘created by’ credit on that show — the Charles brothers were gracious enough to give me that — was so memorable,” says Burrows, eight episodes shy of directing 1,000 over the course of his career. “To see these characters that were thought up by the three of us first appear in front of a live audience and for the audience »
- Malina Saval
A quick review of tonight's "Gotham" — and thoughts on future reviewing plans for the show — coming up just as soon as I believe a giant bullfrog lives in my abdomen, controlling my thoughts... "Rogues' Gallery"(*) was relatively streamlined as "Gotham" episodes go, with a bunch of characters (Bruce, Alfred, Nygma, Falcone) absent, and with the Crime of the Week taking up so much focus that the appearances by everyone save Gordon and Bullock felt like cameos. Too often, the show suffers from trying to do too many things at once, which wasn't really the case here. (*) "Gotham" continues to make weird choices with episode titles, whether naming them after characters who barely appear or, here, naming it after a group that won't exist until long after the show ends. (Technically, Penguin and Catwoman are in this one, but only one of them going by their supervillain alias.) The problem with keeping things simple, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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