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The flashiest parts of Leah Remini's book Troublemaker thus far have been her weird stories about Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and her involvement in the Church of Scientology. Understandable! There are a lot of creepy hard-to-look-away-from stories in Remini's 234-page memoir involving Xenu's most esteemed (former) couple. And while Troublemaker is first and foremost a book about Scientology, it's also a book by a working actor. Remini got her first acting gig at 18 on the set of Head of the Class and has worked steadily in the business for years, and she became best known for her role on The King of Queens. As a memoirist, Remini is funny and brash, and as quick to take a hit as she's willing to give it, whether it's about CBS head honcho Les Moonves telling her her last show was "shitty" or that time she confused her wedding photographer for a paparazzo. »
- E. Alex Jung
Happy 77th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!
The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.
Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."
In honor of his 77th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.
1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.
2. He stands an impressive 6'1."
3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future »
- Sharon Knolle
Having issued definitive collector’s editions of a number of high-profile horror classics of the ’80s and ’90s, Scream Factory often turns to smaller and more obscure titles to remind fans of some of the gems that once lined video store shelves. Lately they’ve been killing it with HD releases of Charles Band’s old Empire Pictures titles, several of which are appearing on home video for the first time since VHS (like their recent release of Ghost Town, for example). While both Cellar Dweller and Catacombs got a DVD release in 2013 as part of an “All Night Horror Marathon” four-film collection (the DVD debut of both movies), this new double feature Blu-ray is the first time either can be seen in high-def.
After a mostly unnecessary prologue that features Jeffrey Combs (presumably so that the movie can prominently bill a genre star as part of its cast »
- Patrick Bromley
Jessel worked as a story editor for 60 episodes of “The Love Boat” between 1977 and 1980 and had a writing credit on 34 episodes during the eight seasons of the series.
Jessel was also a writer and executive story consultant on “Head of Class” between 1986 and 1991. He was a writing partner with his wife Cynthia Thompson on several episodes of “The Love Boat” and “Head of the Class.”
He is survived by his widow.
- Dave McNary
The Goonies celebrates its 30th birthday today, and even after all these years we still adore this '80s classic.
Rumours have been swirling for some time about a Goonies 2 (make it happen, Hollywood!) with all the original cast returning, so with this in mind we take a trip down memory lane to find out what the stars of the cult classic are doing now.
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 44-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Mitchell Altieri, one half of The Butcher Brothers (The Violent Kind and The Hamiltons) and director of Holy Ghost People, has started on his next film, a horror comedy called The Night Watchmen. The story and screenplay were written by Ken Arnold and Dan DeLuca, who both have parts in the film, and Jamie Nash. The cast is being led by James Remar (Dexter), which also includes the aforementioned Ken Arnold (House of Cards) and Dan DeLuca (Veep). They are joined by Kevin Jiggetts (Castle), Max Gray Wilbur (How to Get Away With Murder), Kara Luiz (MTV's Jerks With Cameras), Diona Reasonover (the upcoming Buzzy's), Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2), Rain Pryor (Head of the Class) and Matt Servitto (Banshee).In the film, written by DeLuca and Jamie...
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Short film is part of network’s “Fright Night Files” anthology
“Fright Night Files,” which first aired as part of TV One’s Halloween movie offering last year, returns in March with three new short films that will offer “tales of horror, betrayal and love gone wrong,” according to the network. »
- Tim Kenneally
7 items from 2015
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