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Howard Stern’s ‘Private Parts’ at 20: How It Went From a Raunchy Memoir to a Crossover Hit

Howard Stern’s ‘Private Parts’ at 20: How It Went From a Raunchy Memoir to a Crossover Hit
Turning a memoir into a film is never simple. Internal monologues need to be translated cinematically and the scope of an entire life has to be narrowed down to a three-act structure. Not surprisingly, the task becomes even trickier when the author spends as much time discussing his penis as Howard Stern did in his bestselling book “Private Parts.”

Released 20 years ago on March 7, 1997, the film adaptation of Stern’s memoir took the No. 1 spot at the box office the weekend it opened, eclipsing Disney’s PG-rated family film “Jungle 2 Jungle,” which debuted at the same time. The total box office gross only ended up at $41 million, but it went on to become a cult favorite on TV and video.

The culmination of a challenging development process that originally saw Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen (“Rocky”) attached, the film’s early delays were primarily centered on story issues. Stern,
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The 1991 memo that predicted Hollywood's future

In 1991, Jeffrey Katzenberg penned a legendary memo that called the future of Hollywood - and inspired Jerry Maguire. But what did it say?

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On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.

If parts of this sound familiar, then it should: Cameron Crowe used Katzenberg's memo, entitled 'The World Is Changing: Some Thoughts On Our Business' as the basis for his 1996 hit, Jerry Maguire.

But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it,
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Remembering James Avery, Pete Seeger, Saul Zaentz and Other Reel-Important People We Lost This Month

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Luis Avalos (1954-2014) - Character actor best known for TV's The Electric Company. He also appears in the movies Stir CrazyThe Ringer and Jungle 2 Jungle. He died on January 22. (THR) James Avery (1945-2013) - Actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and voicing Shredder on the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. His movie work includes The Blues BrothersFletch, Arlington...

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‘The Electric Company’ Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

‘The Electric Company’ Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67
Cuban-born actor Luis Avalos, known for his work on the PBS kids show “The Electric Company,” died Wednesday following a recent heart attack. He was 67.

Avalos joined “Electric Company” during its second season and played multiple characters, most notably Doctor Doolots, making him one of the first Latino actors featured prominently in mainstream media. He remained a cast member on the series, acting alongside stars including Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby, until the series ended in 1977.

Avalos then went on to appear in 21 episodes of the CBS hospital-based sitcom “E/R” as Dr. Thomas Esquivel and as Principal Rivas on ABC’s “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” Some of his other TV credits include “Jack & Bobby,” “Full House,” “Resurrection Blvd.” and “NYPD Blue.”

The Havana native was also featured in several films, including “Jungle 2 Jungle” with Tim Allen and “The Ringer” with Johnny Knoxville. His final film project,
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They Deserve Better: Ten Actors Who Should Be Superstars!

Some of us here at Thn often get our panties in a pickle when we see some of the talentless goons gracing our small and silver screens. We don’t want to name and shame (perhaps that could be a follow-up feature), but for now we’re taking a look at some of our favourite unsung heroes and heroines – those who perhaps have been unlucky with high-profile projects, and a few supporting actors who may not have had the chance to shine as a major lead in a big-budget blockbuster or dramatic epic.

Now before we start, we want to state that all these actors make a steady living working in television and/or film still, and some have for many years. We are not saying they’re deadbeats living on the streets unable to find work – they’re a successful bunch in there own niche way. But these are
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Burton’s “Frankenweenie” One Sheet and Trailer

Burton’s “Frankenweenie” One Sheet and Trailer
For some die hard fans of Tim Burton, Dark Shadows was not their highly most anticipated Burton film out this year. That honor goes to the stop motion, 3-D tale Frankenweenie, which is set to come out early in the spookiest month of the year, October 5th, 2012. It’s a return to the eerie animation style that delighted audiences with Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, only this time it’ll be in 3-D. With a cast that features Burton faves like Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Martin Short (Arrested Development, Jungle 2 Jungle) and Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice), the story about the reanimated pup named Sparky and his “maker,” Victor is one of the more fun concepts of the year. Dread Central has found a one sheet and a trailer for the upcoming film, which we now share with you.

Burton originally made a short film
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Channel Guide: ‘Being Human’ Offers a Less-Campy Spin on Multi-Species Mysticism

Sy-Fy‘s Being Human made its second season debut last week, recussetating the nerd tv quotient in my life exponentially. Yes, I watch True Blood, and as you now know all-too-well, if it’s on PBS or BBC America, I’m on board. But there isn’t much I watch that I’m wholeheartedly embarassed to admit to, with the exception of Being Human. Well, Fsr readers, I’m coming clean. Yep, I’m a SyFy watcher, and semi-proud. Being Human, for those of you not in the know, is the story of three unlikely roommates, a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost. I mean, totally believable, right? Of course not, but if you’re looking for believable TV, then stick to the Law and Order franchise. It’s across-the-pond counterpart appealed to me after popping up in my “recommended for you” Netflix queue so often that I finally succumbed, plowing
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Michael Sucsy Signs On To Direct Rosaline

Shawn Levy via his production company 21 Laps optioned the forthcoming teen lit novel Rosaline, by Rebecca Serle. Serle tweaked William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with the 16th-century-set tale of 17-year-old Rosaline Caplet who’s in love with her friend Rob Monteg until her beautiful cousin Juliet steals him away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Sucsy, who worked as a production assistant on various big-budget movies like The Siege, Deep Inmpact and Jungle 2 Jungle, boarded the Fox 2000 project as director. Sucsy made his reputation as the writer and director of the acclaimed TV movie Grey Gardens.
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Michael Sucsy Signs On To Direct Rosaline

Shawn Levy via his production company 21 Laps optioned the forthcoming teen lit novel Rosaline, by Rebecca Serle. Serle tweaked William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with the 16th-century-set tale of 17-year-old Rosaline Caplet who’s in love with her friend Rob Monteg until her beautiful cousin Juliet steals him away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Sucsy, who worked as a production assistant on various big-budget movies like The Siege, Deep Inmpact and Jungle 2 Jungle, boarded the Fox 2000 project as director. Sucsy made his reputation as the writer and director of the acclaimed TV movie Grey Gardens.
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Michael Sucsy Signs On To Direct Rosaline

Shawn Levy via his production company 21 Laps optioned the forthcoming teen lit novel Rosaline, by Rebecca Serle. Serle tweaked William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with the 16th-century-set tale of 17-year-old Rosaline Caplet who’s in love with her friend Rob Monteg until her beautiful cousin Juliet steals him away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Sucsy, who worked as a production assistant on various big-budget movies like The Siege, Deep Inmpact and Jungle 2 Jungle, boarded the Fox 2000 project as director. Sucsy made his reputation as the writer and director of the acclaimed TV movie Grey Gardens.
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Disney Sets Tom Hanks and Tim Allen On ‘Jungle Cruise’

Have you ever wanted to see Woody and Buzz team up for a live-action film? Disney is in the business of making your dreams come true, and their latest project is looking to fulfill just that. Deadline reports that the studio is in negotiations with stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to team for Jungle Cruise. Based on, of course, the Magic Kingdom theme park ride, the script will be written by Roger S.H. Schulman (Shrek, sequels to The Jungle Book, Mulan, Fox and the Hound, and Bambi).

There are little details, including no director yet. We know The Fighter producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are also attached. With Pirates Of The Caribbean being a huge cashcow for the studio, it is no surprise they are going after similar territory. Based on Schulman’s credits this will likely be much more family friendly that the Jack Sparrow teen-oriented adventures.
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Lr's Rabbit Ears: A Look At SyFy's Being Human

I'm just as sick of the current Vampire craze as anyone. Seems like every magazine cover features the bloodsuckers of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. Though the latter is a show that actually works for me because it features good ole sex and violence, fully realized characters and intriguing stories that often take bizarre turns. Did I mention it features good ole sex and violence? Another decent show is the supernatural comedy-drama Being Human, a BBC import with a unique premise involving the supernaturally cursed trying to lead normal lives while sharing a house together. Nothing's changed much for the American reboot except the setting has been shifted to Boston. Sam Witwer, known for his work in Stephen King's The Mist and as Ems worker David Bloome, aka the monstrous Doomsday on TV's Smallville stars as Aidan, a Vampire who has been coping with his condition for over
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Stuntman Danny Aiello, III is Dead

By Harris Lentz, III

Danny Aiello, III was the son of character actor Danny Aiello II, and a leading stuntman in films and television for over 30 years.

He was born in Bronx, New York, on January 27, 1957, and began his career in films in the late 1970s, appearing in the small role of Baldie in the 1979 cult classic The Wanderers. He worked on numerous films as a stuntman and stunt coordinator over the next 30 years.

His many credits include the films Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Splash (1984), The Natural (1984), Return to Salem’s Lot (1987), Deadly Illusion (1987),Last Rites (1988), The January Man (1989), The Dream Team (1989), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) as his father’s stunt double, Blue Steel (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Tune in Tomorrow (1990), Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Hudson Hawk(1991), The Pickle (1993), Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Diabolique (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), Kate & Leopold (2001), Stuart Little 2
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Pasquin takes 'Congeniality'

Pasquin takes 'Congeniality'
Joe Somebody helmer John Pasquin has closed a deal to direct Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality 2 for Warner Bros. Pictures. Shooting is scheduled to start in the spring in Los Angeles. The project-- a Castle Rock Entertainment presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures -- will find Bullock reprising her role as Special Agent Gracie Hart. There is no other talent attached to the project, according to the studio. Bullock will again produce from a script by Marc Lawrence, who also penned the original Donald Petrie-directed film. Released in 2000, the first installment cleared $100 million at the boxoffice from a budget in the $45 million range. Pasquin's deal to direct Bullock likely stems from their previous relationship: Pasquin helmed several episodes of ABC's George Lopez, which is produced by Bullock's production company, Fortis Films. His other credits include Payne, Soul Man, Jungle 2 Jungle, The Santa Clause and Home Improvement.

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