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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82

Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82
Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”

Taylor said Bologna had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.” Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

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Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Others Strangers” in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young
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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82

Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82
Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”

Taylor said Bologna had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.” Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Others Strangers” in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young and Bea Arthur. Taylor
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Luke Rockhold: Cormier Will Beat Jones In Crazy Violent War

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_8128is9z"]] Luke Rockhold says his boy, Daniel Cormier, Will Defeat Jon Jones at Ufc 214 this weekend -- but it'll be a war.  "I just think they beat the living crap out of each other for 5 rounds," Rockhold tells TMZ Sports ... "and I think we can come out on top." Yeah, he's a little biased -- the two are extremely close and have been for years. "Me and D.C. have been together from the beginning,
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First Impressions of New AMC Series “Loaded”

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“Loaded” is the new British comedy drama series that premiered on AMC July 17, 2017. The how has filmed eight episodes and will appear weekly on the network. The central plot is similar to “Silicon Valley,” with four entrepreneurs in the tech field who achieve remarkable success, but this is where the similarities end. Here are the first impressions of the brand new show. Rags to riches story From the get-go we understand that “Loaded” begins with a man who is overdrawn in his checking account, nervously checking the balance. We get the gist of the story when his balance

First Impressions of New AMC Series “Loaded”
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The House review: Dir. Andrew Jay Cohen (2017)

The House review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler lead the cast of this surprisingly good studio comedy that have you laughing all the way to the bank.

The House review by Paul Heath, June 2017.

The House review

Warner Bros. Pictures take a big $40 million gamble with another big concept comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as two parents who must find a get-rich-quick scheme to finance their daughter’s incoming college bills.

Scott Johansen is a regular guy with a good house in the suburbs, loyal wife Kate (Amy Schumer), great daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins), and just enough income to keep them all afloat. However, with Alex about take the big leap into university life, they are very much relying on their town’s scholarship scheme to fund her continuing education. At a local council meeting in this very small town, it becomes quickly apparent that the townsfolk have
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Goodfellas: the most compulsively watchable film ever made?

Brogan Morris Feb 8, 2017

Some films earn critical acclaim and you only want to watch them once. Goodfellas? We could watch it on loop...

What is the most compulsively watchable film of all time? Not the greatest film – there are lists dedicated to solving that particular conundrum scattered all over the internet. Rather, the one film that begs you to return again and again, the one you can’t help but see through to the end when you happen to bump into it on a late night channel surf. Citizen Kane, Vertigo, 8 ½: greats, undisputed classics long vaunted by critics, but not necessarily the kinds of movies with the irresistible pull of a truly, compulsively watchable movie.

What could be the best of these? Raiders Of The Lost Ark, with its peak-Spielberg action-adventure stylings? Airplane!, a riotous and unfailingly quotable comedy that spawned a thousand imitators? Could even one as
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Living Out of His Car and Surviving on Bologna Sandwiches: Inside Steve Harvey's Struggle with Homelessness as He Tried to Make It as a Comedian

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Living Out of His Car and Surviving on Bologna Sandwiches: Inside Steve Harvey's Struggle with Homelessness as He Tried to Make It as a Comedian
From homeless to $100 million! Steve Harvey opens up exclusively to People about overcoming homelessness to build an entertainment empire. Subscribe now for an inside look at how he finally found happiness with the love of his life!Before wrangling talented kids on Little Big Shots, Steve Harvey was just trying to make ends meet - by any means possible. Now a millionaire and television regular, Harvey tells People in this week's cover story that he was homeless for three years and once resorted to theft in order to survive. "It was crushing," says the star, 59. "I realized, 'You're on your own.
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Fuller House Review – Back To The Tanner Well?

It’s been 20 years since the Tanners were on television, and Netflix‘ Fuller House is an effort that had a lot of people wondering if the world really wanted to revisit the family. The theory of the show has a lot going for it, but audiences need to see things through a very specific lens.

In a world with more sequels, reboots, and reimaginings than it needs, and with the popularity (or at least Roi) of several film trips to the 80s, it just isn’t that strange to take another ride with a popular show.

That said, it can’t go unmentioned that Fuller House isn’t a good show. It just isn’t. But, it isn’t a terrible show either, and you’ve got to remember that it isn’t a look back to a good show, so you need to accurately set your bar.

Full House wasn’t a good show,
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Brian Cox Developing Andrew Carnegie Biopic

Brian Cox Developing Andrew Carnegie Biopic
It clearly wasn’t enough for producer Sonita Gale and her Galeforce Films company to make a documentary (Andrew Carnegie: Rags To Riches, Power To Peace, which screened at the Edinburgh Fest), they’ve now teamed up with Brian Cox to develop either a film or a TV series about the Scots-born American philanthropist.According to Screen International, Cox (who narrated the doc) and the Galeforce team are busy meeting writers to hear their take on the man’s story, having nabbed the rights to David Nasaw’s 2007 biography. Carnegie, who came to the Us from his Scottish home, ended up the second richest man in the world thanks to the steel industry boom at the end of the 19th century. He ended up giving almost all of his massive fortune away to good causes, including funding more than 3000 public libraries around the world. Carnegie Hall in New York is named for him.
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Brian Cox sets sights on Andrew Carnegie biopic

Brian Cox sets sights on Andrew Carnegie biopic
Exclusive: Team behind Carnegie documentary plots film or TV mini-series.

The Bourne Supremacy star Brian Cox has his sights set on a biopic of Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Cox is developing a project about the tycoon with Sonita Gale of Galeforce Films, producer of Edinburgh Film Festival documentary Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace, which was narrated by Cox.

Galeforce have optioned David Nasaw’s 2007 biography of Carnegie and intend to turn the story into a feature or TV series.

A screenwriter has yet to be attached but the production team will meet potential collaborators, including Borgia writer-producer Tom Fontana, in a bid to develop the idea further.

“Our intention was always to first test the waters and make a documentary,” Sonita Gale told Screen Daily.

“We’re now developing a miniseries and a feature film. If we get a strong American co-producer and a good writer this is definitely a story that can be
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Poorly Cast Hoffman as Polemical Stand-Up Comic and Free Speech Advocate in Timorous Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the
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Eiff unveils further Scottish titles

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Eiff unveils further Scottish titles
New additions to programme include Karen Gillan’s directorial short debut Coward, Hector starring Peter Mullan and music documentary Big Gold Dream.

Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has announced a number of Scottish titles for its upcoming edition, running June 17-28.

Alongside the previously announced Opening and Closing Galas of The Legend of Barney Thomson and Iona, this year’s festival will also screen Jake Gavin’s Hector, starring Peter Mullan, Karen Gillan’s directorial short debut Coward and the world premiere of music documentary Big Gold Dream, which will be followed by an exclusive live gig from singer/songwriter Vic Godard and friends.

Other Scottish titles include The Shammasian Brothers’ Pyramid Texts, Colin Kennedy’s directorial debut feature Swung, Martin Radich’s Norfolk, Talulah Riley’s writer/directorial debut feature Scottish Mussel, Karen Guthrie’s The Closer We Get and Vicky Matthews’ documentary Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace.

Joining Gillan
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Dennis O’Neil: Graphic Storytelling… and Excess

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A big black hole –

The galaxy’s bowl?

Captain Power’s goal?

Enough poesy. What we’re dissertating on today is not verse, which I’m pretty sure I don’t quite understand, but goals.

But first, a brief look at what are widely considered the seven basic plots. I’ll be courteous enough to add, under each one, an example of what it is. This I will do in italics.

Here we go:

Overcoming the Monster – Gilgamesh

Rags to Riches – Cinderella

The Quest – Lord of the Rings

Voyage and Return – Wizard of Oz

Comedy – Modern Times

Tragedy – Oedipus Rex

Rebirth – Christmas Carol

Most of what I’ve just tossed at you are narrative germs that involve somebody trying to get or accomplish something – somebody with goals to achieve. (Tragedy and Rebirth are hereby excused. And Comedy can take a nap, if it wants.)

That’s mostly the stuff we
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"Wreck-It-Ralph" Dominates Annie Awards!

Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was the big winner at the 40th Annie Awards held Saturday taking home the Best Animated Feature award. It is now officially the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Animated Film category.

Here's the complete list of winners/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:

Animated Feature

"Brave" . Pixar Animation Studios

"Frankenweenie" . Walt Disney Studios

"Hotel Transylvania" . Sony Pictures Animation

"ParaNorman" . Focus Features

"Rise of the Guardians" . DreamWorks Animation

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" . Aardman Animations

"The Rabbi.s Cat ". Gkids

Winner "Wreck-It Ralph" . Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animated Special Production

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" . Warner Bros. Animation

"Before Orel" . Trust . Starburns Industries, Inc.

Winner "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" . Illumination Entertainment

"Disney Tron: Uprising . Beck.s Beginning" . Disney TV Animation

"Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" . DreamWorks Animation

"Justice League: Doom" . Warner Bros. Animation

Animated Short Subject

"Brad and Gary" . Illumination
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Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan: Five Things to Know

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The new Miss America is an Alabama-bred blonde beauty who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and loves '80s pop music. But Mallory Hytes Hagan is more than just a pretty face who tap-danced her way into the judges' hearts on Saturday. Here are five things to know about the new Miss America: 1. Modern Day Rags to Riches? At 18, Hagan moved to New York with only $1,000 in her pocket. "I just didn't know that $1,000 wasn't enough money," she told People. "I look back at my parents now for letting me do it and I think, 'Are you crazy?'
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Lily Allen Welcomes Daughter Marnie Rose

Lily Allen Welcomes Daughter Marnie Rose
Lily Allen, 27, is a mom again! The British singer welcomed daughter Marnie Rose on Tuesday, January 8, People is reporting.

This is Allen's second child with her husband Sam Cooper. Marnie Rose will join older sister Ethel Mary, 1.

Related: Lily Allen is Pregnant

"Quite overwhelmed by all the well wishing going on. Thankyou everybody x x x," she tweeted Thursday morning.

Allen has been previously open about the two miscarriages she suffered prior to giving birth to Ethel Mary on November 25, 2011.

"It was a really long battle, and I think that kind of thing changes a person," Allen said in her documentary Lily Allen: Rags to Riches.

Related: Lily Allen Welcomes a Baby Girl

The Smile singer again made headlines in June with rumors of her return to music after announcing in 2010 that she was taking a break to focus on her fashion store and personal life.

"You will be pleased to know that i am currently
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Walt Disney Pictures Dominates Annie Awards Nominees

The International Animated Film Society (Asifa-Hollywood) has announced the nominees for the 40th Annie Awards also known as Animation's Highest Honor. Disney/Pixar led the nominees with "Brave," "Frankenweenie," and "Wreck-It-Ralph" getting Best Picture nods. The 40th Annual Annie Awards will take place on February 2, 2013 at UCLA.s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California.

And the nominees for the 40th Annual Annie Awards are:

Best Picture nominees:

Brave - Disney/Pixar)

Frankenweenie -The Walt Disney Studios

Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Animation

ParaNorman - Focus Features

Rise of the Guardians - DreamWorks Animation

The Pirates! Band of Misfits - Aardman Animations

The Rabbi.s Cat - Gkids

Wreck-It Ralph - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 . Warner Bros. Animation

Best General Audience Animated Television Production

Archer .Space Race, Part 1. . Weissman Markovitz Communications for FX

Bob.S Burgers .Earsy Rider
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Richard Adler dies at 90: Composer's Tony wins include 'Damn Yankees' and 'The Pajama Game'

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Richard Alder, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist behind "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees" and Marilyn Monroe's seductive "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" song during President John F. Kennedy's 1962 birthday celebration, has died. He was 90.

The Songwriters Hall of Famer's biggest hits include "You Gotta Have Heart," "Hey, There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Whatever Lola Wants," "Steam Heat," "Rags to Riches" and "Everybody Loves a Lover."

Among his other credits, Adler co-wrote the music and lyrics for Doris Day's "Pajama Game," the film adapted from his Tony-winning play, and composed symphonies and ballets for the Chicago City ballet.

In addition to JFK's birthday celebration featuring Monroe's iconic performance, Adler also staged and produced several other shows for U.S. presidents.

According to his widow, Susan A. Ivory, he passed away Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He is also survived by his three children, Andrew Adler, Katherine Adler and Charles Shipman,
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Tony-Winning Broadway Composer Richard Adler Dies at 90

Tony-Winning Broadway Composer Richard Adler Dies at 90
New York -- Composer-lyricist Richard Adler, whose evergreen pop standards include "Heart," "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Steam Heat," died June 21 at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 90. Fresh out of the U.S. Naval Reserve after World War II, Adler partnered with co-composer and lyricist Jerry Ross, receiving the mentorship of Broadway great Frank Loesser. Their first notable collaboration was on the song "Rags to Riches," which became a No. 1 hit for Tony Bennett in 1953. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012  After getting their

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