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Ellen Albertini Dow, ‘Wedding Singer’ Rapping Granny, Dead at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, ‘Wedding Singer’ Rapping Granny, Dead at 101
Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for playing the rapping grandmother in Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer,” has died at the age of 101, TheWrap has learned. Dow’s manager Juliet Green confirmed the news. Dow made her feature film debut in “American Drive-In” in 1985, when she was already 72 years old, and she’s remained a prolific actress since. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Her memorable film roles include Disco Dottie in “54,” lewdly homophobic grandmother Mary Cleary in “Wedding Crashers” and of course Rosie, the rapping granny who stole “The Wedding Singer” with a rousing rendition of “Rapper’s.
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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101
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
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Krishna Shah, Director of ‘Hard Rock Zombies,’ Dies at 75

Krishna Shah, Director of ‘Hard Rock Zombies,’ Dies at 75
Indian filmmaker Krishna Shah, a familiar figure at the American Film Market who wrote, directed and produced genre films such as “Hard Rock Zombies,” died Oct. 13 in Mumbai, India. He was 75 and had been ill since suffering a stroke last year.

Besides 1985′s “Hard Rock Zombies,” other horror or comedy films he produced were “Evil Laugh” (1986) and 1991′s “Ted & Venus.” He also directed the comedy “American Drive-In.”

Shah started his career directing Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones and Lou Gossett Jr. in an adaptation of the play “The River Niger” in 1976. He wrote, directed and produced Bollywood pic “Shalimar,” starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman, in 1978 and a documentary on Indian movies, “Cinema Cinema” in 1979.

A graduate of UCLA and Yale, the Indian-born Shah co-wrote with Alan Paton and directed the short-lived South African play “Sponano” on Broadway in 1964. Off Broadway he adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s “The King of the Dark Chamber,
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Ten 80s Horror Movies About Rock Bands

By Erin Lashley, MoreHorror.com

In the 80s, rock music and horror movies went together like acid washed jeans and feathered hair. The trouble is, even though many horror movies had awesome rock soundtracks, the movies that specifically featured rock musician characters as heroes or villains varied wildly in quality. Although the rock horror movie has mostly gone the way of the 80s, I’m not sure any other type of music will ever have such a successful love affair with horror. I can’t picture people turning up for a movie called Pop Divas of the Apocalypse, or Death by Dubstep, or even Bloody Pit of Techno Bastards. But what do I know? I’m still stuck in the 80s. Here are 10 of the movies that are stuck with me.

Rocktober Blood (1984)

Billy (Tray Loren) is a rock star, and also kind of an a-hole, so nobody is real
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Indira Gandhi Biopic Recasts Helen Mirren As The Queen, Taps Tom Hanks For Lbj?

Indira Gandhi Biopic Recasts Helen Mirren As The Queen, Taps Tom Hanks For Lbj?
Indira Gandhi, India's first and only female Prime Minister, is getting a much-deserved biopic, and big name actors are being wooed for star-studded cameos. According to The Daily Telegraph, Helen Mirren is in talks to return to the role of Queen Elizabeth II, who she won an Oscar for playing in 2006's "The Queen." Emily Watson, meanwhile, has been cast as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Other expected -- or at least sought-after -- portrayals include Tom Hanks as Lyndon Johnson, Tommy Lee Jones as Richard Nixon and Albert Finney as British actor Peter Ustinov.

The biopic, titled "Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story," will be released in two parts, a la Steven Soderbergh's "Che" films. Both will be directed by Indian filmmaker Krishna Shah, who last helmed a pair of American B-movies called "Hard Rock Zombies" and "American Drive-In" back in 1985. Since then he seems to have primarily
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