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Jonathan Winters, once described by “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar as “pound for pound, the funniest man alive” and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural causes Thursday in Montecito, Calif. at 87.
A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy, he was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien and his earthling wife in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.” He appeared in numerous films including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and did extensive voice work on toons including “The Smurfs.”
Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III in Dayton, Ohio, Winters was raised mostly by his divorced mother, a radio personality in Springfield, Ohio, and showed an early gift for mimicry. »
- Carmel Dagan
Jonathan Winters, comedian and television and film actor, best remembered for his roles in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and as the voice of Papa Smurf in The Smurfs, has died. He was 87. Winters’ show biz career began after he won a talent show in his native Dayton, Ohio. He went on to appear in dozens of television shows throughout his decades-long career, winning a supporting actor Emmy in 1991 for Davis Rules. His other TV credits include The Jonathan Winters Show, The Twilight Zone, Hee Haw, Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In and Mork And Mindy. He was a veteran of the late night talk show circuit guesting frequently on The Jack Paar Show and later The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His late night appearances continued into the ’90s with Jay Leno and David Letterman. His other film credits include Viva Max, The Loved One, Oh Dad Poor Dad, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Over the weekend, Dave Shelton — an award winning writer, cartoonist, and voice actor, with a varied resume that includes Everybody Loves Raymond, National Lampoon, Tweety And Sylvester and Against Type — and Tami Zorge hosted the world premiere of his pilot Professor Creepy’S Scream Party at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
The “Garage TV” pilot, which was shot in only one day and edited in one more, is a live action variety show that is billed as a retro mash up of sixties kids shows, horror hosts, and dance shows. Picture the Hilarious House Of Frankenstein meets Vampira meets American Bandstand, with a Vincent Price-esque mad scientist as host. How does that not pique one’s interest?
The event is a testament to how hard work can pay off. The pilot process was described to me as a Living In Oblivion-esque experience, with financiers backing out, the lead actor »
- Andy Greene
Our selected star to be included in our “Hollywood Actress of the Week Photo Gallery” is Halle Berry. Halle Maria Berry born August 14, 1966 is an American actress and former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel. Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant (1986), and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant »
- Josh Abraham
Yes, it’s another new Thn new feature, a weekly Sunday movie quiz which will have something to do with the weekend’s big film releases, this week based around Sam Raimi and Oz, The Great And Powerful. It’s nothing too taxing, so don’t worry, and although we say The Big Sunday Movie Quiz, it’s only ten questions long, so while it will test your ‘skillz’, it won’t test your patience.
You can read my review of the film here. Kick off the quiz using the console below!
The Sam Raimi Ten Question Quiz
The Sam Raimi Ten Question Quiz
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- Paul Heath
Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 81 today.
And in honor of her birthday, we're taking a look back at the legendary star's timeless beauty, from 1944 until her death in 2011.
Through her acting, charity work and fashion, Taylor touched the lives of many, starring in some of the most iconic films while championing HIV and AIDS programs, as well as humanitarian efforts. And the violet-eyed beauty still managed to look stunning through it all, flaunting her untouched style and luxurious diamonds for all to see.
Appearing in her first motion picture at the age of nine, Taylor eventually catapulted into success, nabbing Oscar-nominated roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Suddenly, Last Summer" before finally winning an Academy Award for "Butterfield8" in 1960. She was awarded her second Oscar for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1966.
Her last theatrical film was 1994's "The Flintstones."
But let's not forget, »
- Leigh Blickley
This interview with Halle appeared originally back in the February 2002 edition of Venice Magazine. It was on the eve of her Best Actress win at the 2002 Oscars.
by Terry Keefe
Halle Berry wasn't looking to take the easy path to fame and fortune when she went in to read for her first movie role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991). Originally called in for the fairly conventional role of Lee's wife, Berry pushed Lee to cast her in another part - that of Vivian the young crack addict. It was a telling move as to the type of acting career Berry was seeking. This totally unglamorous role was not what most people would have expected from the young and beautiful Ms. Berry, but it presented a challenge for the »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The 80s were a defining decade for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator, Predator and Conan all helped to launch his career and make him one of the most recognisable stars in the world. However, there’s one film, one which wasn't anywhere near as ground-breaking as the aforementioned, that is held in the hearts of many Schwarzenegger fans, and for very good reason.
Commando isn’t his best film (Terminator 2: Judgement Day probably gets that accolade), but it’s his most unashamedly entertaining. The ‘plot’, for lack of a better word, begins with John Matrix (yes that is his name) enjoying the wildlife up in his mountain-based home with his daughter. A particular highlight sees them petting a deer. »
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