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We’ve seen lots of celebrities crash and burn in endeavors outside the area where they’ve made their mark; from James Brady Ryan , a look at the top five crossover successes: Zooey Deschanel: Following the acting-to-singing trail blazed by “the mostly bland J.Lo, the horrendous Lindsay Lohan, the dog-howlingly awfulness of Paris Hilton,” Deschanel’s band She & Him “produced an album that was sweet, well-crafted, and flat-out catchy.” Danica McKellar: “An entire generation’s first crush as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years ” was a math major at UCLA and is now the author of books pushing girls to get into »
By Josef Adalian
CBS will use Super Bowl Xliv to launch reality series "Undercover Boss"-- the first time since 1995 the coveted time slot has gone to a new show.
It's a gutsy move, given the poor track record for premiering series after the game. Save for "The Wonder Years" in 1988 and "Homicide: Life on the Street" in 1993, most series which got post-game premieres in the past 20 years went on to fail (R.I.P., "Extreme," "Grand Slam," "Davis Rules," etc.)
But CBS executives believe they've got a winner in "Undercover Boss," »
We've all had that friendship that was cut short for whatever reason — because your family moved, because you switched jobs, because you were a "greaser" and they were a "soc" — and we're left to wonder: what might have been?
The same is true for gays on television. Television programs are canceled for a lot of reasons, and it's definitely not always because of a lack of quality.
But what if these characters had stuck around a little longer? Who knows what kind of adoring or intimate relationship we viewers might have developed with them?
Here are a few of the folks I'd like to rescue from the Island of Lost Gay TV Characters:
Fred Savage as Mitch Crumb with co-star Jane Curtain
Mitch Crumb (from Crumbs)
- Brent Hartinger
Since The Wonder Years doesn’t show up too often in reruns, I love seeing the actors, especially the kids, in other roles. After all, Wonder Years was appointment TV for the six seasons it aired — and I miss it.
Fortunately, one of the actors we get to see from time to time is Danica McKellar, who was Kevin’s dream girl, Winnie Cooper, on the series.
McKellar has grown up to be a beautiful, whip-smart nerd. And I mean that in the best possible sense. She has made it her mission in life to convince middle school girls that math is cool.
Her two books on the subject have made the New York Times children’s bestseller lists, so apparently the girls are listening. And I have to say, if someone like Danica had told Little Linster that math was cool, I would’ve listened — with rapt attention.
Standing 5′5″, the busty blonde is allegedly the seventh woman on Tiger Woods’ ever-lengthening list of flings, according to the New York Daily News. She has starred in such adult films like Omg, Stop Tickling Me and and was featured on HBO’s Best Sex Ever. She even filmed one episode of The Wonder Years with Fred Savage!
Sampon’s lawyer Andrew Contiguglia told The New York Daily News the actress has “no comment.” »
Here's an all new clip from Star Wars: The Clone Wars featuring Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in pursuit of Poggle the Lesser. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 Episode 7, "Legacy of Terror," Luminara disappears while tracking the Geonosian warlord. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a platoon of clone troopers in search of her. Following her trail, the heroes descend deep into the lair of the grotesque Geonosian queen – Karina the Great – where they discover that the hive is alive and teeming with undead defenders. [jambovideo id="163950" /] Luminara is voiced by Olivia d’Abo, perhaps best known for her role as Kevin Arnold’s older sister in TV’s The Wonder Years. d’Abo boasts a career that has included such iconic genre properties as Conan the Destroyer, Green Lantern: First Flight and Ultimate Avengers. “Luminara is a Jedi, so she’s always going to have that ability to focus and »
- Terry Boyden
For those who only knew the Justice League of America as the Super Friends must have been in for a rude awakening when they sat to watch the Justice League animated series with their kids. From 2001 through 2006, the Cartoon Network offered up what has since gone on to be recognized as the greatest comics adaptation of all time.
Super-heroes moving from the printed page to animated film have had a checkered path from Filmation’s 1966 Superman through Ruby-Spears’ 1988 effort with the Man of Steel. In between, there were some highlights such as 1968’s Spider-Man and some really low moments including the 1977 Batman show. The problem is that super-heroes need conflict in which to use their powers and abilities. With every passing year, parents fretted over the amount of violence their children were expose to, coupled with concerns over the kids imitating the exploits in real life and causing themselves harm. »
- Robert Greenberger
The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the Afm will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “Afm Finance Conference” on Friday, Nov. 6; “Pitch Me!” on Saturday, Nov. 7; “No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 8; “Writing for the Genre World” on Monday, Nov. 9; “Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas” on Monday, Nov. 9; and “The New Hollywood Movie Studio, New Media and Social Networking” on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Programming the seminars and conferences will be the American Society of Cinematographers, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, »
If you're into classic toys and cartoons, then for you G.I. Joe probably never left. But for most of us, the arrival of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in theaters has brought the Real American Heroes back into the spotlight, which means one thing -- it's time for a little parody. Fans of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken are used to seeing their Saturday morning heroes get a little postmodern treatment, and over at Funny or Die they've gotten in on the action with The Ballad of G.I. Joe ... and just because it's a joke that's been done before doesn't mean that it isn't still pretty darn funny.
The song was written by Daniel Strange and Kevin Umbricht, and gives you a glimpse of what the Joe team is up to after a hard day of battling for the American way -- and I'll just say that »
- Jessica Barnes
One of the many things going on next week at the San Diego Comic-Con will be a panel for one film in particular, which definitely looks like its worth checking out. Alien Trespass is a film chock-full of known talent from director R.W. Goodwin (X-Files) to Robert Patrick (T2: Judgment Day), and even Eric McCormack (Will and Grace, Trust Me). From the official press release:
Alien Trespass, a delightful homage to the great science-fiction movies of the 1950s, invades our planet’s digital world August 11 on Blu-ray and DVD. Image Entertainment is releasing the Rangeland Production which stars Eric McCormack (Will and Grace, Trust Me), Jenni Baird, Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Robert J. Patrick (The Unit, The Sopranos); Jody Thompson co-stars. The scary-but- fun-for-the-whole-family film will be available for $27.98 Srp (DVD) and $35.98 Srp (Blu-ray).
Directed and produced by three-time Golden Globe® winner and five-time Emmy Award®-nominee »
- Joe Gillis
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
One minute you’re a pimple covered teen railing at the injustice of adults, the next you are an adult! Welcome to the improbable world of body switching comedies. Kirk Cameron and Fred Savage failed to launch film careers from such auspicious beginnings, but that hasn’t deterred Zac Efron from taking his shot in 17 Again. He’s not totally copying his illustrious predecessors, 17 Again is more of a body getting a second chance than parent-and-child-switching-places type film, but the principle’s the same. Who doesn’t wish they were an adult as a teen? What adult doesn’t consider what he or she would do differently if given the chance to be a teen again? And who doesn’t love the total wackiness that ensues? That’s what I thought. Here are 7 of the best.
- Megan Lehar
Danica McKellar's sister starred on The Wonder Years with her sibling, but Crystal McKellar's latest role - as her sis's maid of honor - made her feel like a true star. "I am so thrilled that my sister Danica has met and married the love of her life, composer Mike Verta," Crystal, 32, tells People. "I spoke to Danica today - they are on their honeymoon and having the time of their lives." Danica, 34, and Verta, 36, got married in a sunset ceremony over the weekend in La Jolla, Calif. "Everything about the day was magical," adds Crystal, who played »
- Marla Lehner
When The Wonder Years's Danica McKellar first started planning her wedding to composer Mike Verta, she had one wish: "I didn't want a huge event," she tells People. "I wanted to be able to talk to everyone and I wanted it to be intimate." At her recent wedding in La Jolla, Calif., McKellar's wish came true. The couple, who have dated for 7 ½ years, tied the knot in an ocean side church in front of 150 family members and friends, including her maid of honor, the bride's sister, Crystal McKellar, who played Becky Slater on The Wonder Years. At the black tie reception, »
- Ulrica Wihlborg
The Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar has wed composer Mike Verta. McKellar, 34, who played Winnie Cooper on the ABC comedy drama, tied the knot on Sunday, according to People. She exchanged vows with the 36-year-old at an ocean-side church in California. Former Wonder Years cast members at the ceremony included her sister Crystal McKellar, Dan Lauria and Allie Mills. The pair have been dating (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
The couple first started dating in 2001. »
Danica McKellar the actress who played Winnie Cooper, Kevin's (Fred Savage) dream girl on "The Wonder Years", married her composer boyfriend Mike Verta this weekend -- read on for more wedding details! The couple was married at a church near the ocean in La Jolla, California in front of family and friends including "The Wonder Years" co-stars Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, and Danica's sister Crystal McKellar, People.com reports. The couple who started dating in 2001 danced their first dance as husband and wife to a song written by Verta and performed by the bride's uncle Kim McKellar, People says.
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The Wonder Years's Winnie Cooper is all grown up. Danica McKellar, a mathematician and actress who played the beloved character on the hit TV show, tied the knot on Sunday with composer Mike Verta, her rep tells People exclusively. McKellar, 34, and Verta, 36, exchanged vows in an ocean-side church at sunset in La Jolla, Calif., in front of 150 guests, including the bride's sister and maid of honor, Crystal McKellar, who played Becky Slater on The Wonder Years.Also present were actors Dan Lauria and Allie Mills, who portrayed Kevin's (played by Fred Savage) parents on the show. The bride wore »
- Ulrica Wihlborg
The Wonder Years was a special show set in a special time that showed us the life of one special boy, Kevin Arnold. The world was truly blessed to grow up with Kevin and his all American family as he innocently explored love, happiness, and puberty; his first kiss, nocturnal emissions, peer pressure, social awkwardness, confusion about homosexual feelings towards his best friend Paul and the like. Unfortunately all things must come to an end, and the award winning show did just that in 1993. How we’ve all been coping since then, without the soothing sounds of Daniel Stern’s narration I’ve no idea. But now, for the love all things pure and holy and Kevin and Winnie, we no longer have to. Making Mistakes, the Wonder Year’s spiritual successor has arrived and much joy and celebration can again be shared by all. Of course in this web series, »
- Jake Weaver
The former child star, who played Fred Savage's sweetheart Winnie Cooper on the hit 1980s/early '90s TV show, will wed film and TV composer/visual effects artist Mike Verta on 22 March at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in California.
And according to the National Enquirer, the couple is keen to have babies as soon as possible.
A source says, "Danica and Mike want to start a family immediately.
"They've been living together long enough and feel they're ready to take their relationship to the next level. They both would love to have a child soon."
McKellar, 34, and Verta, 36, have been dating since 2001 after being introduced by mutual friends. »
Today's collection of items may not be worth a post of their own, but may be of interest:
An online Heath Ledger fan club has put up an online petition calling for Warner Brothers to withdraw the role of the Joker from Batman movies once and for all. They already have over 2,000 supporters "freaks." They're also on YouTube, Facebook and Flickr. The Battlestar Galactica prequel spinoff Caprica will be available on DVD and as a digital download on April 21 of this year but will not air until the show is ready to launch on SciFi-- a full year later. Caprica, which will lay the groundwork for a 22-episode series scheduled to launch in 2010, is executive produced by BSG's Ronald D. Moore and David Eick and Remi Aubuchon (24) and stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales and Polly Walker. Blambot presents the grammar of comic book lettering. Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, »
- Glenn Hauman
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