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Jerry Lewis, Legendary Entertainer and Host of Mda Telethon, Dead at 91

Jerry Lewis, Legendary Entertainer and Host of Mda Telethon, Dead at 91
Jerry Lewis, who became a household name as one-half of legendary duo Martin & Lewis, has died at the age of 91.

In a statement attributed to Lewis’ family, the Las Vegas Review-Journal‘s John Katsilometes reports that Lewis died of natural causes on Sunday morning, surrounded by loved ones at his Las Vegas, Nev. home.

Lewis, an iconic comedian in his own right, first teamed with Dean Martin in 1946, becoming one of the most successful acts in the country before their highly publicized split in 1956. They appeared together in such films as My Friend Irma, The Caddy, The Stooge, Artists and Models and Pardners.
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. His legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who has been the best guest star on a scripted show?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

Wayne Brady showing up in body armor and riding a horse on Syfy’s post-apocalyptic disaster disaster “Aftermath” needs to be mentioned somewhere in this critics’ roundup, so here it is. But I’ll point out two from intentional comedies that come to mind. Timothy Olyphant’s short run on “The Grinder” as himself was fantastic and if I didn’t mention this my coworker Kaitlin would kill me. But my pick goes to David Duchovny, also as himself, on “The Larry Sanders Show.” We’d largely known Duchovny for
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The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who has been the best guest star on a scripted show?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

Wayne Brady showing up in body armor and riding a horse on Syfy’s post-apocalyptic disaster disaster “Aftermath” needs to be mentioned somewhere in this critics’ roundup, so here it is. But I’ll point out two from intentional comedies that come to mind. Timothy Olyphant’s short run on “The Grinder” as himself was fantastic and if I didn’t mention this my coworker Kaitlin would kill me. But my pick goes to David Duchovny, also as himself, on “The Larry Sanders Show.” We’d largely known Duchovny for
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American Crime Story: Annette Bening Joins FX Anthology for Katrina Season

American Crime Story: Annette Bening Joins FX Anthology for Katrina Season
She’s put in time with The American President, and now Annette Bening is turning her attention to state-level government.

The Oscar-nominated actress has joined the Hurricane Katrina-focused Season 2 of FX’s American Crime Story, TVLine has learned. She will play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led the state during and after the devastating 2005 storm.

RelatedLady Gaga Isn’t American Crime Story‘s Donatella Versace, Ryan Murphy Says

Bening recently was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 20th Century Women; other notable films include American Beauty, The Kids Are Alright, Bugsy and The Grifters. Early in her career,
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American Cinematheque Unveils Three-Day Tribute to Iconic Filmmaker Irwin Winkler

American Cinematheque Unveils Three-Day Tribute to Iconic Filmmaker Irwin Winkler
Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque has announced it will host “A Tribute to Irwin Winkler,” celebrating the legendary filmmaker whose frequent collaborations with Martin Scorsese have led to several critically acclaimed and iconic films over nearly four decades spent together. The pair have worked together frequently — and quite successfully — over the years, and their shared credits include “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The three-day event will feature showings of their past films, capped off by a rare, in-person conversation between the two Oscar winners. On Saturday, December 3, Winkler and Scorsese will be on hand at the Egyptian for an 80-minute conversation about their past work together, along with discussion about their latest project, “Silence,” which arrives on December 23 after a twenty-eight-year development period.

Read More: Awards Roundup: Jeff Nichols Honored by Austin Film Society, Iwrin Winkler to Receive PGA Achievement Award and More
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Emmy-Nominated Actor James Stacy Dies at 80

Emmy-Nominated Actor James Stacy Dies at 80
James Stacy, who was Emmy-nominated for his role as a wheelchair-bound amputee in TV movie “Just a Little Inconvenience” and starred in Western series “Lancer,” died Thursday in Ventura, Calif. He was 80.

His turbulent life included being married to actresses Connie Stevens and Kim Darby, becoming a double amputee after a motorcycle accident, and serving prison time for child molestation.

His partner Antigoni Tsamparlis confirmed his death and said he had possibly suffered an allergic reaction after being admitted to the hospital.

Born Maurice W. Elias in Los Angeles, Stacy appeared on “The Donna Reed Show” (1958) and “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” (1952), and had a recurring role in “Wiseguy” (1990). He also appeared in numerous episodes of “Bonanza” (1973), “Gunsmoke” (1964-73) and received a producing credit for the film “My Kidnapper, My Love” (1980).

Appearing as a wounded Vietnam vet in “Just a Little Inconvenience” opposite Barbara Hershey, he hoped to encourage other amputees and persons with disabilities to fulfill
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Emmys Poll 2016: Who Should Win Supporting Actor in a Drama?

Emmys Poll 2016: Who Should Win Supporting Actor in a Drama?
Forget winter. Fall is coming, and it’s bringing with it an epic Emmy showdown between Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister.

Kit Harington — a first time nominee in the race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series — will face off against Game of Thrones co-star Peter Dinklage, a six-time contender who won in both 2011 and 2015.

RelatedEmmys 2016: Who Should Win Best Lead Actress in a Drama? Take Our Poll!

Harington, of course, is one of two new additions to the field. With neither The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming nor Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter acknowledged for the final seasons of their respective programs,
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Exclusive interview with actor Vladimir Kulich

david j. moore chats with actor Vladimir Kulich about The 13th Warrior, Ironclad, The Equalizer and his new projects Grave Walkers and Savage Dog

Perhaps best known for playing Buliwyf in The 13th Warrior, the big budget epic sword and sorcery-type film from director John McTiernan and writer Michael Crichton from 1999, actor Vladimir Kulich towers above his co-stars in most of the projects he’s been in. Imbued with a distinct look and voice, Kulich also co-starred in films such as Decoy with Peter Weller, Red Scorpion 2 with Matt McColm, Crackerjack with Thomas Ian Griffith, and Firestorm with Howie Long. Over the years he’s specialized in playing Nordic heroes or stalwart warriors in projects like Ironclad and the TV series Vikings, but he’s also versatile, appearing in key roles in Smokin’ Aces and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. His latest projects are the independent horror film Grave Walkers
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Flashback: Glenn Frey Makes Acting Debut on 'Miami Vice'

Flashback: Glenn Frey Makes Acting Debut on 'Miami Vice'
Miami Vice had only been on the air for a few months when show creator Michael Mann heard Glenn Frey's song "Smuggler's Blues" on the radio. The tune, like the show, dealt with the seedy world of drug smuggling in Florida; Mann quickly commissioned an episode with the same title. Writer Miguel Piñero worked lines from the song straight into the dialogue, and Frey himself was cast as Jimmy Cole, a pilot who helps Crockett and Tubbs track their man into Colombia.

Frey never appeared on the program again,
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Glenn Frey, Legendary Eagles Founder and Miami Vice Muse, Dead at 67

Glenn Frey, Legendary Eagles Founder and Miami Vice Muse, Dead at 67
Eagles co-founder and guitarist Glenn Frey, a six-time Grammy winner whose hits included “Hotel California” and “The Heat Is On,” died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.

Frey’s 1984 hit single “Smuggler’s Blues” inspired a Season 1 episode of Miami Vice, and even featured a guest appearance by the musician (he played a pilot; see photo, above). It marked his acting debut.

Frey would go on to appear in episodes of Wiseguy, Nash Bridges and Arli$$.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us,
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'GoldenEye': 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the James Bond Classic

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20 years later, Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie is still his best.

After a six-year absence from the big screen, 007 returned with the very-90s, but very action-packed, "GoldenEye." Despite headlines in the press asking if the world needed James Bond anymore, audiences seemed to think it did -- they helped the film become a huge hit at the box office, spawning three more films for Brosnan and a popular Nintendo game.

In honor of the film's 20th (?!) anniversary on November 17, here are 20 things you may not know about one of 007's most popular missions.

1. Legal issues prevented MGM from getting a new Bond movie out after the tepid reaction to 1989's "License to Kill," grounding 007 for six years -- the longest wait in-between films in the franchise's history.

2. In 1990, before the title and plot were locked down, producer Michael G. Wilson contributed a treatment and "Wiseguy" writer Alphonse Ruggerio
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'A-Team' TV Show Reboot Planned with 'Furious 7' Writer

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'A-Team' TV Show Reboot Planned with 'Furious 7' Writer
20th Century Fox Television is developing a remake of the 1980s classic TV show The A-Team, with Furious 7 screenwriter Chris Morgan coming aboard to produce the new series, according to a report from Deadline. The news comes five years after 20th Century Fox released their big-screen adaptation of The A-Team, which starred Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson. This rebooted TV series will have a contemporary setting, with a twist on the team itself.

The original series centered on four highly-trained special forces soldiers, John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), Templeton "Faceman" Peck (Dirk Benedict), H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus (Mr. T), who escaped from a military prison after being detained for a crime they didn't commit. They fled to Los Angeles and began working as "soldiers of fortune," using their immense skills to help people in need, while trying to clear their name.
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'The A-Team' Becomes Latest TV Reboot

'The A-Team' Becomes Latest TV Reboot
TV reboots show no signs of slowing down this development season. 20th Century Fox Television is teaming with Fast & Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan to create a contemporary take on The A-Team, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The new take hails from Morgan, with Sleepy Hollow executive producer Albert Kim set to pen the script and original The A-Team creator Stephen J. Cannell's TV-director daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, also attached. Twentieth TV owns the rights to Cannell's catalog, with the studio previously taking on Wiseguy. The new A-Team would, like the original, revolve around a diverse team

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Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones') upsets with second Emmy win as Drama Supporting Actor

Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones') upsets with second Emmy win as Drama Supporting Actor
Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") made a come-from-behind effort in recent days to win his second Emmy as Best Drama Supporting Actor on Sunday. He had trailed a good bit in our exclusive Gold Derby odds but had worked his way into second place with 3/1 odds by the time of the ceremony. He beat out frontrunner Jonathan Banks, who had earned three Emmy nominations in this category, all for different shows. The latest was for "Better Call Saul," the prequel series to Emmy kingpin "Breaking Bad," which gave him outstanding 2/5 odds. -Break- Watch our Emmy webchats with Jonathan Banks, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Kelly and Alan Cumming Banks first competed for this award in 1989 for playing Frank McPike in "Wiseguy," but lost to Larry Drake ("L.A. Law"). It took almost a quarter century for him to return: he was next nominated in 2013 for playing Mike Ehrmantraut in "Breaking Bad," but that time the award we.
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Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox

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Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox
TV shows have found many different ways over the years to work around the pregnancy of their actresses. Sometimes, they do lots of episodes where their characters are always sitting behind a desk, or holding a giant purse, or (in a memorable "Cheers" episode when Shelley Long was pregnant) trapped in an air conditioning duct. "The X-Files" had Scully get abducted, while "Frasier" simply suggested that Daphne had just put on a lot of weight. "New Girl" is taking a multi-pronged approach for its next season. The first five episodes were filmed at the end of production for last season, and to allow the show to resume production while Zoey Deschanel is on maternity leave, Jess will be sequestered on jury duty for a few episodes. And on top of that, the loft will temporarily get a new roommate, played by... ... Megan Fox? Per the press release, "Fox will play 'Reagan,
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Emmy predictions: Jonathan Banks ('Better Call Saul') leads with 8-to-15 odds

Emmy predictions: Jonathan Banks ('Better Call Saul') leads with 8-to-15 odds
Jonathan Banks has earned three Emmy nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actor, all for different shows, but this year he's forecast to win for the first time. Our exclusive Gold Derby odds have him out front at 8/15 to prevail for the first season of AMC's "Better Call Saul." -Break- Watch our Emmy webchats with Jonathan Banks, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Kelly and Alan Cumming Banks first competed for this award in 1989 for playing Frank McPike in "Wiseguy," but lost to Larry Drake ("L.A. Law"). It took almost a quarter century for him to return: he was next nominated in 2013 for playing Mike Ehrmantraut in "Breaking Bad," but that time the award went to Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"). Banks is back as Mike in "Saul," which was spun off from "Breaking Bad" earlier this year. He submitted the episode "Five-o," which is also nominated for Best Drama Writi...
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Jonathan Banks ('Better Call Saul') on Emmy nomination and missing Aaron Paul [Exclusive Video]

Jonathan Banks ('Better Call Saul') on Emmy nomination and missing Aaron Paul [Exclusive Video]
At Monday's cocktail reception for Emmy nominees hosted by the Performers Peer Group of the TV academy, we chatted with Best Drama Supporting Actor frontrunner Jonathan Banks ("Better Call Saul") on the red carpet about his record-setting nomination and his old "Breaking Bad" co-star Aaron Paul. Watch our fun interview below. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions When we inform Banks he set a record by being nominated in this category for three different series, he chimes in, "You tell me if I'm right, but nobody had had it for two different shows." He's right, of course. Banks was nominated for Drama Supporting Actor for "Wiseguy" (1989), "Breaking Bad" (2013) and "Better Call Saul" (2015) while no other nominee in this category's history has ever been cited for more than one series. "I get such a kick out of that. ..."
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Emmys Poll 2015: Who Should Win Supporting Actor in a Drama?

Emmys Poll 2015: Who Should Win Supporting Actor in a Drama?
As Stefon might say, the 2015 Emmy race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series has everything: previous winners, first-timers, comebacks from Snubs-ville, even former nominees recognized for new series.

The one thing it doesn’t have? Last year’s champ, Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who’s not eligible for this year’s shindig.

RelatedEmmys 2015: Who Should Win Best Lead Actress in a Drama? Take Our Poll!

Hoping to one-up Paul by winning on their first-ever Emmy nominations will be Bloodline‘s Ben Mendelsohn and House of CardsMichael Kelly. (Paul, for the record, snagged the trophy on his second attempt.
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