11 items from 2013
Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.
The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.
25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”
- Louis Virtel
Paul Lynde is here and pissed about buses.
Paul Lynde. Is. My main main. He visited last week’s episode of Weeklings!, so you know I’m not faking.
Today would’ve been the Bewitched/Hollywood Squares zingermeister’s 87th birthday. Let’s celebrate by watching this hilarious, red-tinged, informative PSA about L.A. public transportation in the ’60s. Why is Paul’s attitude so leather-hard, you ask? Because chiffon wrinkles.
The post Celebrate Paul Lynde’s Birthday With His Insane PSA About Public Transportation appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
- Louis Virtel
We talked to the legendary funnyman about the stars who’ve wowed him, and whether Adele really deserved that Oscar.
Bruce Vilanch has enjoyed what I’d call the ideal pop cultural existence: He’s written jokes for about two dozen Oscar ceremonies; he’s costarred in glamorous movies and insane Broadway spectacles (Mahogany, Hairspray); he took up Paul Lynde‘s mantle on Hollywood Squares; he’s become an icon himself thanks to his bright blond hair, red glasses, and goofy t-shirts; most fabulously, he’s relished casual and working relationships with everyone from Bette Midler to Lainie Kazan, the latter of whom costarred with him in the cute indie comedy Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay!! Though that movie was released in 2010, director Evgeny Afineevsky has launched an Indiegogo campaign to garner the film some greater distribution. It’s a Bruce Vilanch/Lainie Kazan vehicle, guys. The world »
- Louis Virtel
A new documentary by David Thorpe called Do I Sound Gay?, which is still in production but features interviews with Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Tim Gunn and others, discusses a very important thing in our everyday lives: having a gay-sounding voice. I love, love, love gay voices. I love having one. Something about a voice is totally truthful, and when I hear gayness in the way someone speaks, it hits me, “Gayness. It’s real. People can make it out to be mysterious, strange, or subversive, but it’s none of those things. It just is, and I can hear it in the way we all say, ‘Hell yes, Minnesota!’”
In honor of Do I Sound Gay’s inclusion in the Independent Filmmaker Labs, I pose a a fun question: Who has your favorite gay speaking voice?
Here are a few of my personal favorites.
So glad Tim Gunn »
- Louis Virtel
Frank Bank, who portrayed bully Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford in the classic 1957-1963 sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," passed away on Saturday (April 13), just one day after his 71st birthday, according to several reports.
Jerry Mathers, star of "Beaver," shared his condolences over Bank's passing via a Facebook post on Saturday, writing, "I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on 'Leave it to Beaver.' He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank's family."
The cause of death had not been reported.
Following his run on "Beaver," Bank made sporadic appearances on TV on "The Hollywood Squares," "Family Feud," and "The New Leave It to Beaver," which ran from 1983-'89, but he had mostly left acting behind to embark on a successful career as a bond broker.
Bank is survived »
According to People magazine, no cause of death was reported.
Bank's "Leave It to Beaver" co-star Jerry Mathers took to his Facebook page to share a few words about his pal on Saturday, writing, "I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver. He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank's family."
Bank was born in a Los Angeles hospital corridor during an air raid drill in 1942, according to the NY Daily News. One of his first acting jobs was playing the young Will Rogers in a 1952 film biography titled "The Will Rogers Story. »
- Leigh Blickley
Frank Bank, who played the clumsy bully Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the popular 1957-1963 series Leave It to Beaver, died Saturday, one day after his 71st birthday, say published reports. No cause of death was reported. Beaver star Jerry Mathers, now 64, posted to his Facebook page Saturday: "I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver. He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank's family." Born in Los Angeles, Bank first appeared on screen as the »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Los Angeles – Jonathan Winters, one of the most influential comedians of the past two generations, has died of natural causes on April 11th at his home in Montecito, California. His characteristic schizophrenic comic style inspired modern funnymen like Robin Williams, George Carlin and Jim Carrey. He was 87 years old.
The career of Jonathan Winters spanned from 1948 to the present, during which his freaky, energetic expression of humor had its own unique form. A fixture on such legendary television shows such as “The Tonight Show” (with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson), “The Dean Martin Show” and “Hollywood Squares,” Winters would often appear as his alter ego Maude Frickert, a sharp tongued old lady character. It wasn’t just an act, as during his early career he spent time in mental institutions, and was diagnosed with manic depression.
Jonathan Winters as Lennie Pike in ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In honor of its 50th anniversary, game show Let's Make a Deal is bringing back the dynamic duo that harvested the show's popularity in the very beginning, host Monty Hall and his assistant Carol Merrill.
Hall and Merrill, who made their first appearance on the show in its premiere season in 1963, will make their special guest appearance on the March 1st episode of the show, which is now presented by host Wayne Brady and model Tiffany Coyne.
Pics: Stars Without Makeup!
In addition to bringing back the show's original presenters, Let's Make a Deal will also reinstate the "Super Deal," discontinued in 1976, which will give contestants the opportunity to win $50,000 daily in its two-week return.
The show's special guests won't just be making an appearance on March 1 but will be participating in the show, as Hall and Merrill will both do a deal with a trader in their return to the show they built.
Hall, who is »
The third season of MTV2′s Guy Code premiered on Tuesday night to big numbers for the series and network — the episode was the highest rated and most watched original season premiere in the cable network’s history. In case you’re out of the loop: The reality-documentary mash-up show delves into everything surrounding the mythical special code that exists between bros, with input, quips, and jokes from pop culture entertainers, comics, sports folks, and other experts. (Like Best Week Ever but really dude-ed out.)
So what’s coming up on next week’s new installment? Gay stuff — and you know how EW likes that. »
- Tanner Stransky
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Season 2 of Starz’ Magic City will expand the action to Havana, Cuba and Chicago, and adds to the cast Godfather veteran James Caan as the mob boss overseeing Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Show creator/writer/director Mitch Glazer calls the canvas “bigger and yet more intimate than last season.” And at today’s TCA panel on Starz, Caan talked about why he took the role, at first joking that he was in line to take over a square on Hollywood Squares when Glazer called. More seriously, he said it was the quality of the material. But when asked whether doing another mob role after Godfather represented coming full circle in his career, Caan said: “I’m not Anthony Quinn just yet. The truth is that I care very much about what I do, I try to maintain a little bit of integrity. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
11 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners