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In its final minutes of its second season, "The Comeback" asked us to believe that Valerie Cherish would actually leave the Emmys and what appeared to be an inevitable win for her work on "Seeing Red." Literally walk down the aisle and out the door, into the rain. It was believable. That's mostly because Lisa Kudrow sold the moment and the choice, Valerie's eyes flooding as soon as she learned in the middle of the opening monologue that her friend and stylist of 24 years, Mickey Deane, had been hospitalized. Later, as she, Mickey, and her no-longer-estranged husband, Mark watched from a hospital room as Sean Hayes announced that she had, in fact, won an Emmy, "The Comeback" found its Hollywood ending: Valerie seemed truly, legitimately happy, having won back her husband and having won her Emmy. The moment she left the award show's auditorium, "The Comeback" abandoned its conceit, »
- Andy Dehnart
Even in its funniest moments, The Comeback has never been an easy show to watch. (And no, that’s not just a reference to the flood of fecal matter unleashed midway through tonight’s Season 2 finale.)
Over the last eight weeks, Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King’s Portrait of a Sitcom Actress on the Verge of an Unlikely Career Resurgence has shown us the ugly truth of protagonist Valerie Cherish’s quest for fame, success and a little shred of recognition — and the way her unflinching aura of positivity for her omnipresent reality-show camera crew has exacted an awful price on her personal life. »
“The Comeback” has ended its comeback on HBO, completing what amounted to a victory lap for a show that was ahead of its time, yes, but despite cultish devotion, never really victorious.
Perhaps that’s why the finale came as such a surprise, exhibiting a sentimentality that provided a sense of closure but which simply felt incongruous with much of what transpired within the show’s fictional world, much less the realities of Hollywood that it sought to lampoon.
Several movies came to mind while viewing the final hour (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), in which Lisa Kudrow’s character, Valerie Cherish, completed what amounted to a “Shawshank”-like redemption, crawling through a torrent of excrement (literally, in an unnecessary twist) to come out cleansed on the other side.
Like “The Paper Chase” – in which the protagonist, having chased law-school grades the entire movie, finally decides that »
- Brian Lowry
Two years ago Valerie Harper was given three months to live when she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Today she gives us an update on her survival story.
"I feel wonderful," Valerie says. "What luck! Here I am. The three months didn't prove to be correct. The cancer I have is quite rare and terminal and incurable. I'm the recipient of a great research project that has kept me alive."
News: Valerie Harper on Her Cancer Miracle
Not only is Valerie surviving, she's helping others survive as well. Valerie teamed up with the American Lung Association's Lung Force to help raise awareness of the No. 1 cancer killer in women, lung cancer. She is encouraging people to join Team Valerie on Lungforce.org by donating to help raise funds for research and education.
Jay Leno teases Jimmy Fallon in his "Tonight Show" return Before sitting down with his predecessor, Fallon allowed Leno to do a full standup set. Leno and Fallon then recalled all the photoshoots they did, showing pictures that never saw the light of day. Leno also made fun of Fallon for his lack of knowledge of cars, at one point grabbing Fallon’s “puppy paw” hand, and saying. "This is the hand of a 5-year-old and it's actually pink." Plus: Watch Leno crack up Fallon while joking about NBC. NBC reveals its fall finale dates “The Blacklist’s” fall finale is on Monday. MTV: We have nothing to do with “The Osbournes” reboot Sharon Osbourne said on a British chat show that they’re about to film eight episodes of their old reality show, but she never specified if they had a network home. Click Read Full Post For More »
- Norman Weiss
Sitcoms have given us so much - laughs, convoluted misunderstandings and even life lessons. But on occasion, they also broke from the typical formula and gave us a few scares. Sometimes they did it to celebrate Halloween. Sometimes they just did it to freak out children in the audience who might not be in on the joke. Here, then, are a handful of the oddball episodes of classic sitcoms that you can watch right now online - and that you might not believe actually aired until you see them for yourself. The Facts of Life, "The Seven Little Indians" Aired: »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Ah, family. It’s the cement of civilization, the source of many people’s most reliable love, and the folks who have to take you in when no one else will.
And if families weren’t so serioulsy screwed up, Jason Bateman might not have a career.
The actor, who got his start as a child on such family-oriented series as "Little House on the Prairie," "Silver Spoons" and "Valerie," owes much of his adult success to playing Michael Bluth on the hit TV series "Arrested Development." Bluth was one of the “sane, conservative, everyman, straight men that I always play,” says the 45-year-old actor. Often those straight men of his exist within a family of lunatics.
Since "Arrested Development," Bateman has played similar roles in films as diverse as Hancock, Juno, Couples Retreat, The Change-Up, The Switch and even the slapsticky Identity Thief, all of which placed him in some family-related, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Source: ABC A reboot for Full House is reportedly in the works, '90s kids! Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Several of the show's stars have been sharing the spotlight lately. Candace Cameron Bure competed on Dancing With the Stars, and a few of her former castmates cheered for her from the stands. She also reunited on screen with Scott Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve, for an episode of The Neighbors, and all three of the main Full House guys came together for a Super Bowl commercial earlier this year. To relive all the Full House excitement, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, »
No one was more shocked by the return of Valerie Harper's cancer than Valerie Harper -- so she insists in new legal docs, claiming the Broadway playwright who accused her of keeping her cancer a secret is wrong beyond measure.TMZ broke the story, Matthew Lombardo -- the playwright behind the Broadway production "Looped" -- sued Harper for $2 million, claiming she withheld the truth about her cancer's return in 2012.Matthew claims Valerie's ruse »
- TMZ Staff
Valerie Harper was quoted in Closer magazine as stating that she is "absolutely cancer-free" this week, but in a statement to Access Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon, the actress called the quote "erroneous."
"That was a mistake - a bit of a misnomer," she said, regarding her use of the words "cancer-free." "I was speaking about the scan on my entire body, saying the cancer had not spread. I still have cancer, I have Lepto, but we're controlling it. I'm ...
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Valerie Harper Is 'Cancer-Free'
"I'm absolutely cancer-free!" Harper told Closer Weekly. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy. [The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging!' "
While her doctor is wary of telling the legendary comedic actress that she’s in remission, he’s more than happy with what the scans are showing. "My doctor doesn't use that term [remission],” said Harper. “He likes to say, 'I give you a treatment, and it's either responsive or non-responsive — and you are having a phenomenal response.'"
As part of her treatment regiment, Harper takes several pills in a “pulse does” – at one sitting, once per week.
Harper's Terminal Diagnosis
Valerie Harper's inspiring battle against terminal brain cancer is looking up. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy," the Rhoda star, 74, told Closer Weekly. "[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh, my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging.' " Harper, who defied initial predictions that she only had months to live and inspired millions of viewers by appearing on Dancing with the Stars, says her doctor still doesn't use the term "in remission." "He likes to say, 'I give you a treatment, and it's either responsive or nonresponsive, and you are having a phenomenal response. »
- Wade Rouse and Dahvi Shira
Valerie Harper has revealed she is "absolutely cancer-free." The actress, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on the '70s TV classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show, shared the good news with Closer Weekly. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy," the 74-year-old star told the magazine. "[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh my god, Valerie, this is very encouraging!'" When asked if she is in remission, Harper said, "My doctor doesn't use that term. He likes to say, 'I give you treatment, and it's either responsive or nonresponsive — and you are having a phenomenal response.'" In March 2013, »
That pretty much spells out Jason Bateman’s savagely sinister directorial debut, Bad Words, which features him as a man determined to destroy a national children’s spelling bee by exploiting a loophole that will allow him to compete against the little geniuses.
The film opens nationwide today, and Bateman talked to Entertainment Weekly about his decades-long desire to direct a movie, being very nasty to smarty-pants little kids, and the little boy who got it the worst.
Entertainment Weekly: You play a brilliant but angry guy in this. Despite being incredibly intelligent, he’s also kind of a loser. »
- Anthony Breznican
Despite becoming the youngest member to be inducted into the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) at 18, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) makes his long awaited feature directorial debut in the dark comedy Bad Words in which he also stars. The former child actor who had only directed a handful of episodes of the 1989 sit-com, The Hogan family, wanted to wait for the perfect script to tickle his funny bone.
Bad Words is an R-rated comedy written by Andrew Hodge. Jason plays Guy Trilby, an arrogant, heartless 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill, a national Spelling Bee and has a personal desire to hijack the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame.
The story finds Bateman’s character forging an ...
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- Tiffany Rose
Since making his acting debut at age 12 on Little House on the Prairie, Jason Bateman has been primarily known as a TV star. He followed that show with main roles on Silver Spoons, Valerie (aka Valerie's Family and The Hogan Family) and a number of less successful series before resurrecting his career with Arrested Development. But he's tried a few times to make the leap to the big screen. In the 1980s it was with the disappointing sequel Teen Wolf Too. In the 1990s there was the mediocre football comedy Necessary Roughness. And in the 2000s, he went for supporting roles in stuff as varied as Starsky & Hutch, Hancock, The Break-Up, The Kingdom and Juno. Now, with the new comedy Bad Words, Bateman is on track to finally become a true leading man at the...
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F....inally the Bad Words official poster is here! Jason Bateman goes no holds barred in the new one-sheet for this comedy, which marks his feature directorial debut after becoming the DGA's youngest-ever director when he helmed three episodes of Valerie (1986) at age 18. What took so long to make the leap from TV to film? This poster only begins to hint at the f...rustration the Arrested Development star must feel.
Guy Trilby is a 40-year old man who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya, who is completely »
Kelly Kapowski is all grown up! Tiffani Thiessen, who's celebrating her 40th birthday today, is still the spitting image of the bubbly cheerleader from "Saved By the Bell." The brunette beauty caught her big break at the age of 15, landing the life-changing role on the hit NBC series. After starring on the high school sitcom from 1989-1994, Tiffani went on to play Valerie Malone on "90210" from 1994-2000 and currently stars on "White Collar" as Elizabeth Burke. In 2005, she started her own production company, Tit 4 Tat Productions. The company's first project was also Thiessen's directorial debut: a short film called, "Just Pray."The actress is now happily married to Brady Smith and has a beautiful 3-year-old daughter named Harper.Tiffani wasn't the only star to steal the hearts of teenage boys in the '90s -- click "Launch Gallery" above to see her "Saved By the Bell" costar Elizabeth Berkley, along with Jessica Biel, »
- tooFab Staff
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