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Chicago – One of the great events in Chicago to interact with celebrity favorites is at the “Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show.” In 2011, the autumn event took place on October 1st and 2nd, and featured the “Happy Days” TV gang Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, plus Barry Bostwick and Patricia Quinn from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
The latest Hollywood Celebrities and Memorabilia Show was the last such event for founders Ray and Sharon McCourt, as they headed for retirement. The show will go on, however, as new ownership will bring “The Hollywood Show” to Chicago in March, 2012.
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce was at the October show, and recorded the following slideshow of celebrities that participated. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
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New mum Connie Britton was inspired to kickstart the adoption process to become a parent after losing her father in 2008.
The former Spin City star had long harboured a desire to have a family of her own, but it wasn't until her dad's death that the single actress realised there was no point in delaying her plans any longer.
She got in touch with an adoption agency and, earlier this month, became a first-time mother to nine-month-old Ethiopian boy Yoby.
But that doesn't mean Britton, 44, has given up hope of finding love.
She tells People magazine, "I've always hoped to find a man that will be a great husband and father. I have faith that I'll find that. It's just in a different order." »
Sony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick & David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new Popeye animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame. Popeye is the second project for Scherick and Ronn with Sony Pictures Animation following their success with this summer’s blockbuster The Smurfs, which has grossed more than $550 million worldwide since its July 29 opening. Sony Pictures Animation and Arad Productions are producing the stereoscopic 3D animated feature. “Scherick & Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters,” says Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. “As they demonstrated with The Smurfs, they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today.” “We're thrilled that Jay and Dave are helping us reintroduce Popeye to a new generation,” comments Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation. "Their take on »
An animated feature film version of Popeye has been in the works for a while, but now the project finally has screenwriters (an integral part of every major motion picture). Jay Scherick and David Ronn, who wrote this summer’s feature film take on The Smurfs, have been tapped to pen the script for Popeye, per Heat Vision. Sony Pictures Animation and producer Avi Arad are behind the adaptation, which will be released in 3D. While it’s possible to make a kooky and fun cartoony version of Popeye for modern audiences, Scherick and Ronn’s resume gives me some pause. The duo wrote for the smart sitcom Spin City back in the day, but their recent output includes the Kevin James “comedy” Zookeeper and the infamous Norbit. Basically what this means is we’re in for something more along the lines of The Smurfs than Rango. While that’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick & David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new Popeye animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame. Popeye is the second project for Scherick & Ronn with Sony Pictures Animation following their success with this summer's blockbuster The Smurfs, which has grossed more than $550 million worldwide since its July 29 opening. Sony Pictures Animation and Arad Productions are producing the stereoscopic 3D animated feature.
"Scherick & Ronn have a remarkable talent in re-energizing beloved characters," says Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. "As they demonstrated with The Smurfs, they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today."
What happens when Hangover franchise helmer Todd Phillips, blockbuster powerhouse producer Joel Silver, and a (pretty much) entirely unknown cast of young actors/actresses join forces to create an “ultra-secret” Hard R-Rated comedy? You get a film simply titled, Project X.
An official teaser trailer has been unveiled for Project X, which was produced by Phillips, directed by first-timer Nima Nourizadeh, and co-scripted by Matt Drake (whose sole writing credit is on an episode of Spin City) – along with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World co-scriber Michael Bacall. So, when all is said and done, what exactly does it look like Phillips and Co. have cooked up for moviegoers this time around?
Judging by this early footage, Project X will basically amount to… rowdy teenagers re-enacting the “crazy night” portion of the first two Hangover movies (a.k.a. ...
- Sandy Schaefer
A source is revealing to RadarOnline that the two have seen each other over the years but not necessarily for the public eye to witness. That is, until Sunday night when the two went for dinner at the Tatsuki sushi restaurant in Woodland Hills, California. The couple had the whole place to themselves toward the end of their visit. "It is serious but they are trying to keep it low key."
It became somewhat of a bad you stole my man spectacle when Denise first got with Richie in April 2006 because he was technically still Heather Locklear's husband. The divorce papers weren't even signed yet being that the two only had split a few months before in February. Heather was a »
- Stephanie Webber
Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.
FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin L. Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg's production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions.
In success, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple »
When Bill Lawrence was running "Scrubs," he had a bunch of actors from his previous show, "Spin City," appear as guest stars. Now that he's moved on to "Cougar Town," he's continued the cycle by having several former "Scrubs" stars do guest roles.
That list is about to grow: "Scrubs" star Zach Braff and semi-regular Robert Maschio, aka The Todd, are set to appear on "Cougar Town" this season. But that's not all: The episode in which they're guest-starring, TVLine reports, will be a full-blown "Scrubs" reunion that also features Sarah Chalke, Ken Jenkins and Sam Lloyd, in addition to "Ct" regular Christa Miller.
As previously reported, Chalke will have a recurring part on the show as Bobby's (Brian Van Holt) new girlfriend. Jenkins is reprising his role as Jules' (Courteney Cox) father, and Lloyd will continue his "Scrubs"-world crossover as Ted. Just who Braff and Maschio will be »
 As with film, not every television project that enters development actually makes it to the screen -- but sighing over what could've been is a task for some other day. Today, our curiosity is piqued by some of the more interesting-sounding series in the works, including shows by Transformers helmer Michael Bay (how's he gonna fit all those explosions on a tiny screen?) and Dark Knight writer David Goyer. I don't know that I'd actually want to follow all of these series if they actually made it to air, but I'll be keeping an eye on them to see how they pan out. After the jump: Starz orders Da Vinci's Demons, by Dark Knight writer David Goyer Michael Bay will exec produce Outsiders for The CW NBC buys a new comedy by Scrubs writer Tim Hobert and the guy who played intern Lonnie on same Showtime buys a new comedy from the Farrelly Bros. »
- Angie Han
Things just got even hotter in Harlan County.
Carla Gugino, whose resume includes the big screen’s Sin City and Watchmen and TV’s Entourage and Californication, is saddling up for a recurring run on FX’s Justified, TVLine has learned exclusively.
In Season 3 of the acclaimed drama, Gugino will play Karen Goodall, a Washington, D.C.-based assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service who used to work with Raylan back in Miami — and as such shares a history with our favorite trigger-happy lawman.
Matt’s Inside Line: Who’s Behind Bars When Justified Season 3 Starts?
Goodall, who is twice-divorced and described as “tough, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
It should always be counted a massive tragedy that Michael J Fox was robbed of the opportunity to make more films by his health, because he made some of the best family films of his generation, in the Back to the Future Trilogy, as well as other classics like Teen Wolf, The Secret of My Suce$s and Doc Hollywood. Okay, so not everything he touched was gold, but the actor who rescued Marty McFly from the evils of being ginger and unfunny (from Eric Stoltz of course) has such an easy charisma that even now when he appears in cameos and brief guest runs on TV (where his career trajectory has found comfort since 1996 and Spin City) it’s hard not to love him.
- Simon Gallagher
Exclusive: Espn may have put the scripted plans for its own primetime on hold following the demise of short-lived dramas Tilt and Playmakers, but its production unit is looking to become a supplier of scripted series to other networks. Espn has sold its first scripted project, an untitled Boston sports fan comedy from former Scrubs executive producer Bill Callahan, to ABC. The project is described as a look at the relationship between four longtime guy friends, still living in their hometown outside of Boston, who gather once a week to watch one of their beloved teams play. Callahan is writing and executive producing, with Espn Content Development’s executive producers Vinnie Malhotra, who is shepherding the company’s current scripted efforts, and Joan Lynch also expected to produce. UTA-repped Callahan, who worked with Bill Lawrence on 2 of his series, Scrubs and Spin City, most recently served as an executive producer on USA’s Psych. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Pittsburgh — Dr. Ravi Godse is on call nearly 24/7 as a top internal medicine specialist in Pittsburgh, but he so loves writing, directing and starring in movies that he wants other people to love them, too.
And he is so convinced you'll love his third independent film being released on DVD on Tuesday, "Help Me Help You," that he's offering a money-back guarantee and a personal, e-mailed apology if you don't.
"These days, we are too busy and the money's too tight," said Dr. Ravi, as he likes to be called in person and as the recurring character in his films. "That's why I thought the apology was heartfelt. It's like, `I'm sorry, guys, that I couldn't entertain you.'"
Godse began making movies in 2004 and "Help Me Help You" is the first to see a limited release in theaters. It's being released on DVD by Monarch Home Entertainment and sold through Amazon and elsewhere, »
Monday's ninth season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" with new leading man Ashton Kutcher drew a staggering 27.7 million viewers. Those record numbers coupled with good notices for Kutcher could signal an awards comeback for television's number-one comedy. Replacing a main character on a long-running show is tricky business. Charlie Sheen, fired earlier in the year from "Men" following a feud with showrunner Chuck Lorre, has himself been a substitute player. When Michael J. Fox left "Spin City" in 2000, Sheen took his place and won a Golden Globe for his efforts. Emmy voters, however, snubbed him after honoring Fox for his final season. "Two and a Half Men" used to be in Emmys' good graces. From 2006 to 2008, it reaped three Best Comedy Series nods. While Sheen was nominated four times for Comedy Actor, he never won. So far, Conchata Ferrell and Holland Taylor have managed six supporting bids between th. »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2011 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Comedy Series Actor race. Steve Carell, The Office NBC Why He Was Nominated: It’s Carell’s sixth consecutive nomination for his role as the dunderheaded Michael Scott on The Office, and his departure from the NBC comedy this past spring spawned a big-time farewell. Credit network marketing as well as the fact Carell has wide popularity throughout the industry. You get the feeling that he could have stayed on this show for 15 years and been nominated every time. Why He Has To Win: It literally is now or never, and Carell’s submission for the Emmy (his swan song, “Goodbye, Michael”) was a potent blend of pathos, tears and mirth that also generated a nod for writer/exec producer Greg Daniels’ teleplay. If that isn’t enough, there’s the feeling that »
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Charlie Sheen has revealed that his public meltdown, which culminated in him being sacked from the CBS sitcom Two And A Half Men, was “like being shot out of a cannon”. The 45-year-old actor says he is now sober and enjoying a simpler life in an interview set to air in the Us on Friday. "It was like being shot out of a cannon into another cannon, and then being just shot out of that one," Sheen tells NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer. He adds: "It was like from one moment to the next I did not know what was going to happen. It was pretty exciting. "It was one of those things where the planets were aligned, perfectly or imperfectly. I said some stuff and then it caught such traction globally and instantly that I couldn't really put out the fire. I had to keep fuelling it." The »
“There’s gonna be some vicious s— said on stage tonight,” promised a staffer on Comedy Central’s roast of Charlie Sheen. And he was right. Celebrity roasters took the dais for the much-buzzed-about special and open fired, mocking Sheen’s history of drug use and employing prostitutes, as well as allegations of the actor abusing women. Here’s EW’s slightly Nsfw live blog from the Culver City event (and if you just want to read the eight meanest jokes, go here):
– Comedian Jeffrey Ross throws some tough punches: “Charlie’s meltdown was so bad Al Gore is making a documentary about it. »
- James Hibberd
The attendees of Charlie Sheen’s roast on Saturday are firming up and EW exclusively has the list. Is it a warlock’s brew of celebrities? Certainly. Are there names from Sheen’s past? Oh yes.
In fact, one frequent question about the Comedy Central event has been, “Where are Sheen’s former co-stars?” Well, some are planning to be there. Sheen’s former Spin City co-stars Michael Boatman and Richard Kind will be on hand. So will Major League co-star Corbin Bernsen. And The Chase co-star Kristy Swanson.
- James Hibberd
It's good that Michael J. Fox wasn't tapped to participate in Comedy Central's upcoming roast of Charlie Sheen -- he doesn't seem to have anything negative to say about the guy. Fox sang the praises of the former "Two and a Half Men" star on Thursday night's "Late Show," telling David Letterman that Sheen "did a great job" replacing him on "Spin City." "It was especially good because he worked and I got paid," said Fox, who remained a producer on the show after he left due to his Parkinson's disease. Asked by »
- Tim Kenneally
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