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Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.
Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which »
- Variety Staff
We knew Oberyn Martell’s daughters were going to be badasses. The much-missed Dornish prince (sniff!) put forth such a deadly sexy combination of swagger and combat skills, it makes sense that his kids inherited both his hotness (and his hot-headedness). In this week’s Game of Thrones, we get to see exactly how badass Martell’s offspring — known as the Sand Snakes — are.
Elsewhere, Melisandre is still hella shady, two of Daenerys’ closest advisors might not be long for their jobs (or their lives), and the High Sparrow now has an exuberant army.
That last one is no cause for worry at all, »
Hungry for more Leftovers scoop?
The HBO drama continues to flesh out its revamped Season 2 ensemble, adding three more actors — including a Family Matters grad — to the cast, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The fresh blood includes new series regulars Kevin Carroll (Law & Order: Svu) as John Murphy (husband to Erika, played by Regina King), the Garvey’s new neighbor and head of the town’s volunteer fire department, as well as newcomer Jovan Adepo as John and Erika’s son Michael, a teenager actively involved in his church. »
We wouldn.t have expected Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to pair up for a buddy-cop movie. Then again, we didn.t expect the starkly short comedian to co-star with Will Ferrell in that god-awful Get Hard. So, we guess this is a perfect pairing. As the two get ready to star in their joint project, Central Intelligence, the film has nabbed the lead female role and rounding out the core three players. In addition to Hart and Johnson, Danielle Nicolet has been cast in Central Intelligence, Deadline reports. This will be her first major big-screen role in quite some time, having previously kept her career primarily in the TV and video game spheres. Don.t feel inferior if you don.t recognize her from anything, though. She got her small-screen start on the beloved sitcom Family Matters, and some of her more noteworthy roles have been on »
Source: ABC A reboot for Full House is reportedly in the works at Netflix, '90s kids! Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show, not to mention where the cast is now? Several of the show's stars have been sharing the spotlight lately. Candace Cameron Bure competed on Dancing With the Stars, and a few of her former castmates cheered for her from the stands. She also reunited on screen with Scott Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve, for an episode of The Neighbors, and all three of the main Full House guys came together for a Super Bowl commercial last year. To relive all the Full House excitement, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show »
I am a simple man, looking to play a simple tune… which is good because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!
What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.
Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.
Darius McCrary, who is best known for starring on sitcom Family Matters in the 90s, was arrested Wednesday for failing to make child support payments on time. Darius McCrary Arrested McCrary, 38, was apparently behind on his child support payments when he was picked up by Oakland County, Mich., police and jailed, reported TMZ. He […]
- Chelsea Regan
Full House is one of the most beloved sitcoms from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The show continues to build an audience from airing in syndication. I can watch episodes of the classic series with my nieces, and they enjoy the hilarious Tanner clan as much as I did when the show was airing new episodes. Over the course of eight seasons, the cast of Full House had many popular catchphrases that many of its fans still use today. Some of those phrases are even as popular as Family Matters’ Steve Urkel’s “Did I do that?” or The Simpsons’ Bart Simpson’s “Don’t have a cow, man.” We decided to rank all the catchphrases from Full House from worst to best. Enjoy! Joey’s Popeye Impression You know what I am talking about. Joey loved Popeye and would constantly impersonate the cartoon sailor. He would speak such lines as, »
- Tim Gerstenberger
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Family Matters: Hue’s Continued Fascination With Yenish Community
Director Jean-Charles Hue continues with the exploration of the Yenich community, a nomadic group of people that would be referred to as gypsies in passing parlance, with his third feature, Eat Your Bones, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight program. Partially autobiographical due to Hue’s (a growing multimedia artist) distant relations, the film follows his 2010 title The Lord’s Ride, utilizing some of the same non-professional cast members here as well (in reality, most of them are members of the family being depicted). While the previous film was seen as hybrid of narrative and documentary formats, Hue’s latest injects film noir tropes into its examination of familial bonds amongst a vaguely defined colony where values conflict with the staunch grip of Christianity which seems to paralyze the residents whenever they aren’t committing blatant crimes. »
- Nicholas Bell
RelatedPilot News: Carrie Preston Starring in NBC’s Empty-Nester Comedy
Morrow will guest-star in the NBC procedural’s April 1 episode (9/8c) as newsmagazine host Skip Peterson, whose sensationalized reporting about a campus gang rape inhibits Benson and her team from completing their investigation.
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After the shocking twist at the end of “Arrow’s” Feb. 25 episode, we have a lot of questions — and with the show in repeats until March 18, onscreen answers won’t be forthcoming any time soon. Luckily, Variety was among a number of outlets to talk with executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg following a screening of “Nanda Parbat,” and the duo — along with stars Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul) and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) — had plenty to tease about what’s coming up for Oliver and company when the show returns in three weeks.
Below, we ponder the implications of “Nanda Parbat” and offer the producers’ insights on what’s ahead for Team Arrow.
How will Oliver react to Ra’s al Ghul’s offer?
Needless to say, neither viewers nor Oliver were expecting Ra’s al Ghul to offer our hero the opportunity to take his place as »
- Laura Prudom
It’s time you meet your new favorite actress, How To Get Away with Murder star Aja Naomi King. You’ll get along great because she loves Shonda Rhimes, Beyoncé, and Empire‘s Cookie Lyon as much as you do.
VH1 caught up with the up-and-coming star, who dished on the behind-the-scenes action of Murder (Shonda!) and how she feels about diversity being at the forefront of TV’s current lineup. Did we mention she supports Fifty Shades of Grey? Yes, she rocks.
How are you feeling about season 1 coming to an end?
It’s kind of sad, we’ve had so much fun shooting it and spending all this time together. I don’t want it to end, I enjoy people watching it and telling me what they think about it.
What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?
Before it was the woods scene because it »
- Taylor Ferber
Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnne Heline
Produced by Blackie and Blondie productions, NBC Television
Aired on NBC for 1 season (13 episodes) from Jan 4 – March 15, 2005
Josh Cooke as Nate Solomon
Jennifer Finnegan as Marni Fliss
Darius McCrary as Bowie James
Tammy Lynne Michaels as Tess
Tom Poston as Dying Clown
RonReaco Lee as Todd
Meet Nate and Marni, two complete opposites that have one thing in common: they are both eccentrically unable to find someone that they believe is “The One.” That is, until they mistakenly meet on a blind date that they go on together instead of with the dates they were set up with. After establishing a connection with each other that neither has felt before, they defy logic and reason to date one another even after sharing quirks that would normally send any sane person running for the hills. Now, together they »
- Jean Pierre Diez
If you are like me and grew up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, you probably watched many family sitcoms like Growing Pains, Full House, and Family Matters. Then there was the sitcom Roseanne. It was a very true take of the average family living in America that had not often been depicted on television before. Not everyone had a doctor for a father and a lawyer for a mother like Cliff and Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. The Conner family had problems many Americans were facing like paying the mortgage or trying to find a job. Roseanne debuted on ABC in October of 1988 and remained on the air for nine seasons,concluding in May of 1997. Over the years, we saw a cast change (Lecy Goranson to Sarah Chalke and then back to Goranson and one last time back to Chalke), and the early departure of patriarch…
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- Tim Gerstenberger
Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to »
As Princess Kate turns 33 today, we can't ignore the significance of this milestone. Sure, a birthday is always reason to celebrate, but when your two digits are both your lucky numbers, there's more than one reason to be excited that this is going to be the best year yet. While the pregnant princess is reportedly keeping things low-key for the day, we have a feeling something big will be happening soon. Need proof? Just take a look at all of these huge milestones in her life that involved the number three: The birth of the future kingThat's right - the »
- Laura Lane, @lauralanenyc
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