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Fusion has partnered with “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon for a documentary project that will follow the writer-producer in his final months as he both battles against cancer and fights for animal rights.
Simon, a winner of nine Emmys as well as a Peabody Award, was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in late 2012, and has since donated much of his wealth to rescue animals from harmful situations worldwide.
“Sam Simon is a singular figure. Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said.
In addition to television credits that include “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “The Simpsons,” Simon created the Sam Simon Foundation, with the mission “to save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people. »
- Kevin Noonan
Diedrich Bader -- from "Napoleon Dynamite" and "The Drew Carey Show" -- has a solution for dealing with cell phone-using pedestrians who don't look where they're going ... and it ain't pretty.We asked Bader about Washington, D.C. installing special sidewalk lanes for cell phone users -- a social experiment he thinks is bound to fail.However, Db's got his own plan to handle the situation. Watch the video ... we'd like to think he's kidding. »
- TMZ Staff
Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67. The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times. His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press. On Friday, the family posted on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook page that his health had started to decline. "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, »
- Anya Leon
Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.
Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder.
Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women" from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, "Dave's World," as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.
- The Associated Press
As I announced last week, instead of picking one classic drama season to revisit over the summer, I'm trying an experiment, highlighting different classic sitcom episodes from the past. First up for this summer sitcom rewind: "The Public Domain" and "Super Karate Monkey Death Car," a pair of "NewsRadio" episodes from early in the show's fourth season, coming up just as soon as I have fancy plans, and pants to match... In terms of their status at the time they aired, "NewsRadio" is among the more obscure shows I expect I'll be dealing with this summer. The mid-'90s was a pretty great period for TV comedy: "Seinfeld" at its peak, "The Simpsons" at its peak or close to it, "Frasier" presenting classical excellence each week and each season, "Friends" being a phenomenon, etc., plus other series like "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "The Drew Carey Show" that had »
- Alan Sepinwall
As an immediate source of comedy for non-wrestling fans, professional wrestlers have always been an easy source of talent for sitcoms and movies looking for easily recognizable celebrities willing to poke fun at themselves. Adding to that the television trope of “Sitcom star accidentally ends up in wrestling match and finds out it’s not fake,” their cameo appearances are as frequent as they are entertaining. In movies, they’re a quick cameo to connect the fictional world of the movie with the real world, or they’re part of a biopic playing themselves in the past.
The world of acting always seems to beckon the stars of the squared circle, and often they’ll be brought in to play a generic wrestler – such as Triple H’s appearance as “The Disciplinarian” on The Drew Carey Show - or a wrestler from the past- such as The Rock playing »
- The 'House
The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Drew Carey Show) and Etan Cohen's (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (College Road Trip). Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Into the Storm) and Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, Race to Witch Mountain) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (Blended), Sean Robins (Into the Storm) and Samson Mucke (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) serving as executive producers.
Tye Sheridan (Mud, Dark Places), Logan Miller (I'm in the Band, Night Moves), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. »
We’ve been keeping Daily Dead readers posted on Scouts vs. Zombies’ journey to the big screen and, with the main cast locked in, it has been announced that filming has started:
Press Release via Coming Soon: “Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography on “Scouts Vs. Zombies” has commenced in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Christopher Landon (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”).
The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “The Drew Carey Show”) and Etan Cohen’s (“Men In Black 3,” “Tropic Thunder”) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (“College Road Trip”). Todd Garner (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Into The Storm”) and Andy Fickman (“Parental Guidance,” “Race To Witch Mountain”) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (“Blended”), Sean Robins (“Into The Storm”) and Samson Mucke (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”) serving as executive producers.
- Jonathan James
Walter Roy Beery, an actor who appeared in numerous television shows but whose first love was the theater, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on April 6 from complications of lymphoma. He was 75.
Beery supported himself by working as a film broker at MGM until beginning his acting career in summer stock. He caught his first break when cast in the original Broadway and national tour of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” During the staging at the Ahmanson Theatre, he took to the Los Angeles lifestyle and sought to return, which he did after a stint as guest artist and acting teacher at Portland State U.
Through the years Beery appeared in television shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Remington Steele,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Numbers” as well as movies and television commercial. He worked as a senior model in the last several years of his life. »
- Carmel Dagan
Drew Carey isn't lacking for television jobs these days, but he's taking on an additional one anyway.
It's only for one night, though, and for a very specific occasion: April Fools' Day. The host of CBS' weekday game show staple "The Price Is Right" and Season 18 contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" trades places with the host of CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" as the former "The Drew Carey Show" co-stars preside over each other's programs Tuesday (April 1).
The stunt is one that broadcast networks attempt every so often. A memorable instance was in 2003, when Katie Couric and Jay Leno swapped time periods on NBC for a day. Leno filled in for Couric in the co-anchor role she had then on "Today," while she assumed his place on "Tonight," opening monologue and all.
In the case of Carey and Ferguson, their skills might be a bit more evenly matched, »
“Veep” is back, but will Selina’s staff make the cut for future seasons? HBO just debuted the trailer for Season 3, and in it we see “The Drew Carey Show” alum Diedrich Bader dissecting the many faults of Selina Meyer’s staff. Last season ended with the sitting, but never seen, president deciding not to run for a second term. In the trailer for this new season we see Bader’s character plotting over dinner with Meyer over how to make her “the most powerful person on Earth.” Who will last into season 4? Will we be watching “Pres.” in 2015? Because we know Meyer’s thoughts on a second run as the Veep: “I'd rather be shot in the face than serve as vice president again. Seriously, in the fucking face." Tune in to HBO Sunday, April 6 at 10:30 pm to discover the fate of our nation.
- Joshua Encinias
“Veep” is back, but will Selina’s staff make the cut for future seasons? HBO just debuted the trailer for Season 3, and in it we see “The Drew Carey Show” alum Diedrich Bader dissecting the many faults of Selina Meyer’s staff. Last season ended with the sitting, but never seen, president deciding not to run for a second term. In the trailer for this new season we see Bader’s character plotting over dinner with Meyer over how to make her “the most powerful person on Earth.” Who will last into season 4? Will we be watching “Pres.” in 2015? Because we know Meyer’s thoughts on a second run as the Veep: “I'd rather be shot in the face than serve as vice president again. Seriously, in the fucking face." Tune in to HBO Sunday, April 6 at 10:30 pm to discover the fate of our nation. »
- Joshua Encinias
They haven't danced yet -- except during the cast reveal -- but it's never too early to start ranking the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 18 celebrities. All of them have something that could lead to victory. But only one will win.
Interestingly, the professional partners aren't going to be as much of a factor as usual -- the pros will all switch their celebs partway through the season. Thus, all rankings are based solely on the stars.
Heartwarming hero types
Diana Nyad -- She swam from Cuba to Florida. Nyad is ridiculously charming and cheerful. If her dancing skills match, beating her would just be sad.
Amy Purdy -- Let's just say this: If a double amputee can keep up on the dance floor, there is literally no way she can't win.
Possibly canceling-each-other-out ringers
Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Pauley Perrette, and Jeremy Renner are confirmed to present at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing list of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey.
- Michelle McCue
The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2013. Winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.
- Michelle McCue
15 items from 2014
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