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Warwick Davis to present revamped 'Celebrity Squares' on ITV?

1 November 2013 2:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Warwick Davis has reportedly signed up to host a new edition of Celebrity Squares.

The Life's Too Short actor is said to have agreed a deal to host a revamped version of the classic game show on ITV, according to The Sun.

If he were to join the project, it will be Davis's first ever presenting role, and will see the return of the series after over 15 years.

Celebrity Squares is based on the American comedy game show Hollywood Squares, and originally ran from 1975 to 1979 with Bob Monkhouse as host.

Monkhouse returned to front a new series from 1993 to 1996.

The game features nine celebrities sitting in boxes around a giant board, and is based around the game of noughts and crosses.

A pilot will reportedly be recorded later this month, with a full series arriving on ITV next year if it proves successful.

ITV has recently brought back revamped versions »

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'The Simpsons' voiceover star Marcia Wallace passes away at 70

26 October 2013 11:03 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Marcia Wallace -- who provided the voice of Bart's teacher Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" for two decades -- passed away Friday in Los Angeles. Wallace joined Fox's long-running animated hit "The Simpsons" in 1990, and appeared as Krabappel in over 100 episodes. She won an Emmy for the role in 1992.  According to a "Simpsons" spokesperson, she was caught up on her recordings and will be heard in several upcoming episodes. The show is reportedly planning to retire the character. Wallace was also a gameshow regular in the 1970s, including frequent appearances on "Hollywood Squares", "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "Match Game." »

- Dave Lewis

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Marcia Wallace, Simpsons Voice Actress, Dies at 70

26 October 2013 9:55 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Marcia Wallace, a comedic actress best known to current TV fans as the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, passed away last night at the age of 70.

Wallace’s close friend Cathryn Michon - who directed the star's final film - confirmed the news via statement:

“She passed at 9 Pm last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing. Ironically it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I’m devastated.”

Wallace won an Emmy for the role of Krabappel and also starred years ago as Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show.

“Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her leave from us," The Simpsosns co-star Yeardley Smith blogged this morning. “Heaven is now a much funnier place because of you. »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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Marcia Wallace, actress from 'The Simpsons' and 'The Bob Newhart Show', dies at 70

26 October 2013 8:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.

Wallace, who was a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. »

- Anthony Breznican

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Marcia Wallace Dead -- 'Simpsons' Star Dies at 70

26 October 2013 8:13 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

1:45 Pt -- Marcia's son Mikey tells us the actress passed away due to pneumonia complications ... and that reports saying breast cancer played a role are completely false.Marcia Wallace -- who voiced Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" -- died last night in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.Marcia's caregiver tells us ... the actress passed away at home with her family by her side.  We're told she had been sick for the past few months »

- TMZ Staff

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The Very Best Films of Vincent Price

24 October 2013 8:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Far too often we throw around the phrase "horror icon" or "horror legend"; however, there is no disputing the fact that Vincent Price absolutely deserves to be described with both of those handles. And today, to celebrate Scream Factory's launch of The Vincent Price Collection (review), we count down our Top 10 Vincent Price Films.

Well known to mainstream, non-horror fans as the voice in the legendary Michael Jackson song "Thriller," Vincent Price was indeed the face of horror for quite some time. He was incredibly chilling with a voice that simply oozed horror. And it's for those enviable traits, and the fact that he spent so much of his life dedicated to the horror genre, that we honor Vincent Price with his own personal Top 10 list!

He has just under 200 acting credits to his name, then over 175 more instances where he appeared as himself. Price's credits read like a »

- Scott Hallam

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“Survivor” Recap: Biggest Mistake Ever? Yes.

24 October 2013 8:23 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

At the moment, Survivor: Blood Vs. Water should be called Survivor: Non-Heroes Vs. Non-Villains. Every remaining competitor is playing a low-key game (with the exception of Caleb, whose last-minute blitz on Brad Culpepper during that Tadhana tribal council is still the season’s most shocking move), and so far no one is even planning on anything nefarious or insane (with the exception of Colton, who left the game preemptively on a magic carpet made out of an oversize pink polo shirt).

Sure, Tyson is shoring up some propaganda against Aras, using backhanded remarks to make him look like an unfit teammate in front of his fellow tribesman, but that’s not exactly psychological warfare. We’re at a point where teammates who twitch too suddenly or utter anything suspicious get sent packing, and that was certainly the case on Wednesday’s episode. I hope some loudmouths start commandeering this game soon, »

- Louis Virtel

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Bill Nye the Science Guy on 'Dancing With the Stars': What he's been up to for the past 15 years

4 September 2013 10:45 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

When Bill Nye was announced as a new contestant for "Dancing With the Stars" in Season 17, many people hadn't heard of the scientist since his PBS show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" went off the air in 1998. But though he's never had quite as catchy a show title since, Nye has remained active in our pop culture for the past 15 years.

The "Dancing With the Stars" connection shouldn't have come out of left field, as Nye has a history of appearing on Hollywood reality competitions. He appeared on "Hollywood Squares" in 1999, "America's Most Smartest Model" in 2007 and was a guest expert on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" in 2008 and 2009. In addition, he returned to his television scientist roots several times in the shows "The Eyes of Nye," "The Climate Code" and "Stuff Happens." Nye even made appearances on fictional television shows like "Numb3rs" and "Stargate Atlantis."

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DVD Review: "Sincerely Yours" (1955) Starring Liberace And Joanne Dru

11 August 2013 3:08 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Bill Duelly 

The Warner Archive Collection has finally released the elusive Liberace feature ‘Sincerely Yours’. Originally released to theaters in 1955, this film is a curio of the times, the studio system and most importantly a snapshot, (in color no less; more on that later) of the early stages of the musician’s career.

To be fair to the movie, we need to turn our mental clocks back to the mid- 50s (so lines such as ‘They’ll love him in San Francisco’ wouldn’t bring immediate chuckles). That upstart- television- had been keeping audiences away from theaters in droves. Various new processes were employed to give audiences an experience they couldn’t get at home, such as Cinemascope and 3-D. So what was one of Warner Brother’s great ideas ? To make a movie with the TV’s first idol, the charming pianist from Wisconsin, Wladziu Valentino Liberace or as he was known professionally, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Director Mark Corwin Dies at 65

25 July 2013 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Corwin, who directed more than 2,000 episodes of “Wheel of Fortune,” died of cancer Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 65.

Corwin won a Daytime Emmy in 2011 for his work on the syndicated game show during the past 14 years.

“Wheel” exec producer Harry Friedman remember Corwin for his professionalism, devotedness and sense of humor.

“Mark made directing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ look easy and it’s no simple task,” Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a  special bond with ‘Wheel,’ which he never took for granted.”

A native of Los Angeles, Corwin began his career as a stage manager before moving into the position of associate director on several NBC network shows, including “Hollywood Squares.” Other credits include “Password Plus,” “The New High Rollers,” “Card Sharks” and “Jeopardy!”.

Corwin is survived by his wife Robin, who he met while they were both working on “Wheel,” and two children. »

- Allegra Tepper

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R.I.P. Mark Corwin

25 July 2013 12:47 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mark Corwin, Emmy Award-winning director of Wheel Of Fortune, died this morning in Los Angeles. He was 65. Corwin directed more than 2,000 episodes of the top-rated game show, and was beloved by staff and crew. “Mark made directing Wheel of Fortune look easy, and it’s no simple task,” Executive Producer Harry Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with Wheel, which he never took for granted.” Corwin began his career as a stage manager, then worked his way up to associate director on various NBC network shows, including Hollywood Squares. His other credits include Password Plus, The New High Rollers, Card Sharks and Jeopardy! Photo Credit: Carol Kaelson »


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Jane Lynch Talks Hollywood Game Night: Cocktails, 'Doo Doo' and Cash Prizes

7 July 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A warning from Jane Lynch about NBC’s upcoming Hollywood Game Night (premiering Thursday, July 11, 10/9c): “There are cocktails, and some people get a little glassy-eyed during the show.”

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Fret not, though, the pre-competition drinks — served on the poolside patio where a live band is playing — actually enhance the game instead of hindering it. “[Alcohol] increases everyone’s ability to particpate — and to do so joyfully. We haven’t had it turn bad on us yet,” Lynch says with a laugh.

As emcee for the »

- Michael Slezak

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Jane Lynch Brings Old-School Hosting Vibe to NBC's 'Hollywood Game Night'

5 July 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jane Lynch knows her TV game shows. The Glee star, currently starring in Annie on Broadway, will look to the game show hosts of yesteryear as she hosts NBC's Hollywood Game Night, a competition series featuring teams of celebrities and contestants competing for prizes and bragging rights. Whether it was the wit with which Bert Convy hosted game shows including The Match Game, Password or even Win, Lose or Draw or the snark that made Hollywood Squares' Paul Lynde so amusing, Lynch remembers watching her predecessors walk the fine line between letting the players shine and maintaining order. Here, the former

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Happy 40th Anniversary To “Match Game”! Who’s The Greatest Panelist Of All?

3 July 2013 2:06 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Dumb Dora was so dumb that she didn’t realize this week marks the 40th anniversary of Match Game‘s ’70s incarnation. That’s right: The game show that brought you Gene Rayburn’s Neanderthal posture, that funky think music, and the exploits of Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson and many more is 40 years old. It’s an irreplaceable treasure. There is no show like it, and I’m including other celebrity-dappled games like Hollywood Squares and Tattletales in that estimation.

Let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned countdown: the 10 best celebrities in Match Game

10. Gary Burghoff

Always the most cherished understudy in the ever-important Top Right chair, Burghoff was pleasant and game without being histrionic. Always on my Radar.

9. Elaine Joyce

Once and for all, the only Bottom Left-seated celebrity who could be both the ditzy blonde and a self-aware, naughty player too. She married Neil Simon, guys. »

- Louis Virtel

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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

14 June 2013 1:47 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the CenturyJim Perry »

- Louis Virtel

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Celebrate Paul Lynde’s Birthday With His Insane PSA About Public Transportation

13 June 2013 1:16 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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

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Interview: Bruce Vilanch on His Movie “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!,” Oscars, and Cute Boy Neighbors

11 June 2013 11:31 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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

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Who Has Your Favorite Gay Speaking Voice?

13 May 2013 3:44 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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.

Tim Gunn

So glad Tim Gunn »

- Louis Virtel

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'Leave It to Beaver' actor dead: Frank Bank dies at 71

15 April 2013 12:23 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

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 »

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Leave It to Beaver's Lumpy, Frank Bank, Dies

15 April 2013 8:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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