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Stage and screen actress Carol Ann Susi passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a brief battle with terminal cancer. She was 62.
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The news was confirmed by Susi's reps, who released their own statement regarding the actress' passing. It reads in part:
"A spunky Italian gal from Brooklyn whose passionate interests included Doctor Who, Halloween horror mazes, cooking and the Magic Castle, Carol Ann drew fervent circles of followers. She was a force of nature who didn’t suffer fools and was fiercely loyal to her friends. Known only to a very lucky few, she was a world-class culinary genius who frequently scored blue ribbons at the very competitive cooking competitions at the Los Angeles County Fair…. Carol Ann used to »
Character actress Carol Ann Susi, known as the voice of the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer, according to Warner Bros. Television. Susi was 62 and had appeared in numerous TV shows since the 1970s.
“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz. Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance,” said a statement from Warner Bros. Television, CBS and “Big Bang Theory” exec producers Chuck Lorre, »
- Pat Saperstein
Die Hard may always take all the action-movie attention around Christmas, but this year, Chuck Norris is stepping in to challenge John McClane's holiday throne. Encore has announced a marathon of classic Chuck Norris films, beginning at 1 a.m. on Dec. 24 and lasting into early Christmas morning, when Hero and Terror airs at 1:35 a.m. on Dec. 25. The marathon will air on Encore Action and include four Norris films repeated three times each. So fear not—if you happen to flip into the last half-hour of Code of Silence, Norris as cop Eddie Cusack will return later in your Christmas Eve festivities. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
November 14 will mark 26 years since the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown hit the airwaves. The series, which ran for 10 seasons and won 18 Emmy Awards (including a record-breaking five Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series wins for star Candice Bergen), also happened to be at the forefront of a political firestorm in its heyday. A show about a 40-something single mother and career woman (!) touched such a nerve that the Vice President of the United States singled out the show as an example of the decay of family values in America.
During a campaign speech on May 19, 1992, then-vp Dan Quayle stated, “Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone »
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of A Delicate Balance who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86. She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy Seldes said. "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died," he said in a statement. "She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family. »
- Associated Press
Candice Bergen is heading to Battle Creek. Murphy Brown herself will play Constance a con artist, E! News has learned. Bergen's character is described as charming, quick-witted and clever and she comes in to help Milt (Josh Duhamel) and Russ (Dean Winters) on a case. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, she's also Russ' mother! Bergen will appear in the seventh episode of the new CBS series. Battle Creek hails from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and follows two mismatched law enforcement officers—Milt Chamberlain of the FBI and Russ Agnew of the Battle Creek Police Department—who couldn't be more different. The midseason drama also stars Damages »
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Twenty years ago, Tom Hanks inspired movie audiences around the world to reflect on the parallels between life and chocolate in the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. In honor of its anniversary, the film is screening in IMAX theaters for one week, starting Sept. 5. For Gump superfans out there, it's a chance to relive some movie magic - just think how intense that floating feather will look on an IMAX screen! To some observers, since its 1994 theatrical run, Forrest Gump has permeated pop culture, leaving a legacy that has inspired further creative efforts and manages to still make news today. 1. Tom Hanks »
- Drew Mackie
When the recent news broke that Alexa Vega will play a recurring character on the upcoming season of country music soap Nashville, now seemed like a perfect time to revisit the original Spy Kids. I tend to picture Vega as she appeared in the Robert Rodriguez film, but she has grown much since then. She's even married... twice.
In 2001, she and co-star Daryl Sabara (whose first role was as Murphy's baby on '90s cultural touchstone, Murphy Brown) played Carmen and Juni Cortez, troubled private-school kids. Their parents Ingrid (Carla Gugino, Karen Sisco, Sucker Punch) and Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) are consultants who have not yet admitted to the children that they used to be secret agents (who met cute at the Hotel Belen, better known as the Omni Hotel downtown).
- Elizabeth Stoddard
With her fourth victory Monday night as Best Comedy Actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is another step closer to Emmy immortality. She is now tied with Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") in this category and just one behind the all-time record holders Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Mary Tyler Moore ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). -Break- Louis-Dreyfus has now won three straight times for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series "Veep. She previously won as the lead on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" in 2006. Her first Emmy was as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Seinfeld" in 1996. She has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brought the total to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the seco..."' »
Why are so many female characters depicted as successful in their professional lives but “broken” in every other way? “Madam Secretary” is Hall’s effort to bust out of what has become a TV cliche.
Tea Leoni stars as a former CIA analyst who is reluctantly recruited as Secretary of State after her predecessor dies mysteriously. The conflict for Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord comes as she grapples with her high-pressure, 24/7 job where national security is in fact on the line every day. But she has a solid marriage with her religion professor husband, played by Tim Daly, and healthy relationships with her two kids.
“The challenge of trying to create a woman in a strong position of leadership is to not show her life being broken everywhere else, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is starting to dominate her Emmys category of Best Comedy Actress. If she wins a third consecutive time in August for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on "Veep," she will be moving into the same territory of control that Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") had decades ago. We will ask her about those Emmy chances when she joins us for a live chat this Monday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. Pt; 5:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- No matter what happens at the next ceremony, Louis-Dreyfus has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brings her to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the second person to ever win Emmys for three different regular series roles ("Seinfeld, »
Rob Lowe is heading back to Lifetime. Again. The former “Parks and Recreation” star, who previously starred in Lifetime's ripped-from-the-headlines offerings “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” and “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” is once again teaming with the network for “Beautiful and Twisted,” about convicted murderer Narcy Novack, who was found guilty of killing her husband, Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel heir Ben Novack Jr. See video: Rob Lowe Flashes Ellen DeGeneres His Tattoo The cast also includes “Murphy Brown” alum Candice Bergen and Paz Vega (“Sex and Lucia”). Lowe will play the ill-fated hotel heir, while Vega will play Narcy. Bergen will play Ben Novack's mother Bernice. »
- Tim Kenneally
Rob Lowe is heading to Lifetime, but his character’s lifetime is literally going to be cut short.
The network announced Monday that Lowe will star in its latest based-on-a-true-story movie, Beautiful and Twisted. Set in the ritzy world of Miami excess, the film from Sony Picture Televisionwill feature Lowe as Ben Novack Jr., a millionaire heir to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune. When he’s found brutally murdered, police work their way through the tangle of intrigue surrounding his marriage to Narcy (Spanish actress Paz Vega), whom they identify as a prime suspect. Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) will portray Ben’s mother, »
- Jackson McHenry
The question built into “The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?” — National Geographic Channel’s three-night, six-hour documentary undertaking — is an inherently interesting one, hung on the simple idea that the prosperous decade fell between the end of the Cold War and the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Yet if that made the ’90s an era where fluff seemed to hold inordinate sway, such material also largely dominates this fast-moving production, which tilts toward pop culture and the salacious (O.J.! Monica!) at every turn. That said, it’s still a fun trip down memory lane and, with the Clintons in the headlines, perhaps a timely one.
Obviously, even over three nights there’s a staggering amount of material to cover, requiring tough choices. So while “Roseanne” gets its share of time — reflecting the economic struggles that helped sink President George H.W. Bush — “Murphy Brown’s” skirmish with Vice President Dan Quayle over single motherhood goes unnoticed. »
- Brian Lowry
"Meet Olivia Benson." Taylor Swift got a brand-new kitten, and continuing in her grand tradition of Strong Female Protagonist Cats, she named it after Mariska Hargitay's Law & Order: Svu character. (Her other cat is Dr. Meredith Grey, of Grey's Anatomy, and has been well documented as adorable.) Since Swift will likely keep acquiring these adorable felines, can we suggest Buffy Summers, Daenerys Targaryen, Peggy Olson, and Murphy Brown as future names? It'll be good to really commit. »
- Lindsey Weber
Like cheese on toast, Mel B and TV talent competitions seem destined to belong together.
Not content with currently being a judge on America's Got Talent or coaching on The Voice Kids Australia, the multi-talented popstar's globetrotting ends back in the UK after being confirmed as the fourth judge on this year's X Factor, joining Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell.
To celebrate, Digital Spy has decided to spice up your life by digging out ten facts about Scary Spice.
1. Melanie Janine Brown was born in Harehills, Leeds on May 29, 1975. Melanie was raised on a council estate by her English mother Andrea, and her Nevisian father Martin, who both encouraged the budding singer to follow her dreams.
Those dreams, however, didn't involve school, as Melanie explained: "I didn't do that well in school, let's put it that way. I was more focused on singing or wanting to go out »
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-a review: “The film takes off from formula elements – it’s yet another variation on Die Hard – but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that »
- Mandi Bierly
2015 is now set to welcome Proof, a newly commissioned ten-part drama about a brilliant surgeon tasked with investigating supernatural phenomena surrounding death.
A similar pilot of the same name, written by M. Night Shyamalan and Marti Noxon, was in development at Syfy a couple of years ago, but failed to make it to series. TNT has picked up this version written by Rob Bragin (Greek, Murphy Brown) and starring Jennifer Beals as Dr Carolyn Tyler, a surgeon charged by a cancer-stricken millionaire to find out what happens when we die.
Dr Tyler, as you might expect, has her own reasons for investigating the possibility of life after death, and the series will see her tackle concepts of reincarnation, hauntings, out-of-body experiences and the like. More news as it arrives.
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