20 items from 2014
Project, from the showrunner who steered “Newhart” and “Coach” through prosperous runs in the 1980s and ’90s, revolves around an aging football player on his way out of the game who becomes friends with a 20-something fan.
Kemp is writing the script and exec producing the multi-camera project. He’s fielded pilots for ABC, FX and Starz in recent years and remains a sought-after showrunner given his long sitcom resume. His most recent series effort was Norm Macdonald’s “A Minute with Stan Hooper” in 2003.
Kemp is repped by ICM Partners.
- Cynthia Littleton
Michael Sam's second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team," Garrett said. "That's where our attention is [football]. What people say outside the organization is up to them." "As a young man growing up in Texas I have always loved the Dallas Cowboys, so to be able to join this incredible organization is really a dream come true," Sam says in a statement. "I want to »
- Associated Press
Michael Sam's second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team," Garrett said. "That's where our attention is [football]. What people say outside the organization is up to them." The Cowboys, who are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware, added Sam four days after he was released by St. Louis when teams had to cut rosters to 53 players. »
- Associated Press
University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari is known for being a top-notch recruiter and a master motivator of young hardcourt talent. What he's not particularly known for is his in-game coaching, a point that legendary New York sportstalk radio host Mike Francesa hammered home on Wednesday's show. Coach Cal, who was in-studio with Francesa earlier Wednesday, called into the program as listener “John from Kentucky,” complete with a comically bad accent. He quickly gave up the gag to argue with Francesa as himself. What followed was a classic Francesa bitch-fest. Also read: NFL Great Mike Ditka on ‘Stupid’ Washington Redskins Debate:. »
- Tony Maglio
Summer means two things for most Americans: A family trip and a lack of decent TV. However, if you're currently stuck at home, wishing you could find something better to watch, we've got an easy, free solution. You can just ride along with your favorite sitcom of choice! Remember when sitcoms regularly had group vacations, played out over a series of episodes or even over two-hour movie events? Sure, Modern Family still does an "away" adventure about once per season, but there was a time when a vacation episode was a full-fledged TV event. Shows you loved would ditch the »
- Drew Mackie
Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.
Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…
Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:
1.) Doc Galen Adams, »
- Frank Ochieng
Here's the latest casting news from Hollywood: Javier Bardem joins The Last Face, Sean Penn's directorial effort starring Charlize Theron and Adele Exarchopoulos. Terrence Howard has joined Peter Billingsley's crime thriller,Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bill Paxton. Ken Marino has signed on to Rob Letterman's Goosebumps adaptation that stars Jack Black, Amy Ryan, and Dylan Minnette. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from Variety is word that Javier Bardem joins The Last Face, which we previously reported as being titled The Last Space. In that write-up, Theron was in talks to join the African-set romantic drama, but now it looks like the trio of principal cast members are set. Penn directs from an Erin Dignam script that sees Theron playing a relief worker, Bardem as a doctor in Africa who is forced to choose between romance and dedication to his work, »
- Dave Trumbore
Former Us Presidents and political opposites Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had a game date on Monday, sitting together for the Ncaa men's basketball championship game in Arlington, TX. The presidential pair took in the Final Four Championship excitement, watching the game from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones's luxury box. They were joined by not only Bush's wife, Laura, but also Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who sat in front of them with his wife, Candice - Chace Crawford's sister. During the game, the group laughed when they made their way on to the Jumbotron, and Clinton tweeted a picture following the Connecticut Huskies' victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, saying, "Great night watching #NCAAFinals with @JeffLongUA, Coach Richardson, Coach Sutton, Jerry Jones & 43" - a nod to the 43rd president, Bush. Source: Getty / Tom Pennington View Slideshow › »
- Laura Marie Meyers
A round-up of the best TV line for the week of March 23-29.
"You don't need a picture of me. You never will again." -- Maggie to Glenn
"My legs could potentially fly off when I'm dancing." -- Amy Purdy
"I'm only comfortable when I'm in front of a big group of people." -- Drew Carey
"I wanted to cry." -- Billy Dee Williams, about his first-week scores
"Blackmail never sours." -- Sue Ellen
"This is about you wanting to punish J.R. for the way he treated you. I'm not J.R." -- John Ross to Sue Ellen
"Whatcha writing?" -- Marshall
"It's my wedding day -- what do you think I'm writing? »
A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I take the thing that looks like a meth lab and put it in the thing that looks like a pipe bomb... Back when "New Girl" did its post-Super Bowl episode with Prince, I did one of my periodic rants about how happy couples don't ruin sitcoms and that Jess and Nick getting together weren't the root cause of the problems plaguing season 2. And I still feel that way, even after an episode where the two of them broke up because they realized they enjoyed being themselves as friends more than pretending to be other people so they could stay a couple. A whole lot of things went awry all at once this season — Schmidt turning evil, the adjustment period when Coach returned, Winston became completely crazy except when he wasn't, etc. — so that you can't point to »
- Alan Sepinwall
The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.
- Jeff Labrecque
Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the NBA over the weekend when he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and played in Sunday night’s game against the La Lakers.
Collins, 35, came out in May 2013, after a previously established 12-year career in the NBA. As a free agent, Collins decided that he wanted to come out following the 2011 NBA lockout.
“I’ll lead by example and show that gay players are no different from straight ones,” Collins wrote in his Sports Illustrated column announcing his sexuality.
At the time, Collins had just finished playing a season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. Sunday was his first time back on the professional court since last April. Now, almost one year later, Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, where he spent his first six NBA seasons, »
Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)
Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.
What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.
Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft. Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »
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Los Angeles – It’s a pioneering TV show practically lost to history. Sid Caesar hosted and performed in “Your Show of Shows,” a 90 minute live 1950s sketch comedy program, and also helped to launch a who’s who of 20th Century comedy. Coming out of his writer’s rooms were such comic greats as Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen. Sid Caesar died February 12th at his home near Los Angeles, according to a newsfeed from Larry King on Twitter.
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Sid Caesar emerged as one of televisions first big stars – along with his show partner Imogene Coca – after he was launched in “Your Show of Shows” in 1950, and the series lasted four legendary seasons with a mix of vaudeville style comedy and TV/movie satires. Brooks, Simon (and his brother Danny »
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One of the first-ever television stars, Sid Caesar, died Wednesday (Feb. 12) at age 91. Caesar's longtime friend Carl Reiner confirmed the death to Reuters, saying that the comedian had been ill for a year.
The show's name later changed to "Caesar's Hour," and ran until the late 1950s, winning Caesar two Emmys in the process. He then worked on Broadway, in comedy clubs and in films -- including "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Grease" (Coach Calhoun!) and "Silent Movie," Variety recounts.
Caesar's friend Larry King was one of the first to report the news, tweeting his condolences. "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him, »
Contributed by Melissa Thompson and Michelle McCue
While he was a TV pioneer with Your Show Of Shows (1950–1954) and Caesar’s Hour (1954–1957), most of us came to know him as ‘Melville Crump’ from director Stanley Kramer’s It’S A Mad Mad Mad Mad World co-staring Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney and Jonathan Winters, ‘Barney’ in the ensemble disaster movie Airport 1975 and as ‘Coach Calhoun’ in Grease alongside Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.
“I don’t take myself too seriously,” he told People in 1989. “I just laugh at myself a lot and call myself a dummy.”
Read the full report at Variety Here.
Here are two examples of what it meant to be funny. »
- Movie Geeks
Sid Caesar, the legendary comedian, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Sid Caesar Dies
Caesar’s death was confirmed by a number of his close friends, including TV and radio host Larry King, who took to Twitter to share the sad news.
Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him
— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 12, 2014
During the 1950s, Caesar made a name for himself in TV sketch comedy shows, including Your Show of Shows and Ceasar’s Hour, after working on his act while serving in World War II. In Your Show of Shows, Caesar clowned around alongside Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and Imogene Coca. The show won two Emmy’s during his tenure.
Throughout his comedic career, he had the good fortune of working with material written by the likes of Reiner, »
Since the days of Walter Payton, Franco Harris, and Barry Sanders, the Running Back has evolved into one of the best if not the best athlete on the field today. A combination of speed, power, and agility are characteristics of the best running backs on the professional and college level today. Some of the most prolific players in football history excelled as Heisman Trophy winners and NFL MVPs, without them, football would be a much different sport than we know it as today.
Here are five of the best Running Backs in College Football who will leave defenses in the dust in 2014:
-The former Wide Receiver found his calling in the backfield for the Falcons in 2013, rushing for 1,594 yards, good for 11th nationally and 2nd in the Mid American Conference this year. »
- Chris Turner
NYPD rocked Super Bowl week with a huge bust of a drug and hooker ring. Are thousands of tourists looking to party gonna have to change their plans? You gotta hear what NFL stars are saying.Plus, Coach Mike Ditka knows a lot about football ... and, as it turns out, love! Or so he thinks. Would you take dating tips from the Bears legend?And Adam Vinatieri's been one of the most clutch kickers »
- TMZ Staff
After a hefty hiatus from our screens and without even the faintest sniff of fanfare or promotion, the King of Daytime Reality TV returns for series nine this evening. 14 tourists are heading out on a journey around Europe, kicking off in Belgium, before heading on to the likes of Luxembourg and the Mediterranean coast with only a chubby fellow from Yorkshire to keep them out of mischief.
Channel 4 have tried to get rid of Coach Trip before. It's the little reality show that just won't die. The commissioners and schedules don't get it. The show's fans - and there are more than you think - can't get enough of it.
Between 2006 and 2009, the show disappeared from view. But after years of fans demanding its return, Brendan jumped on his tour bus once more. »
20 items from 2014
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