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The 10 Best Celebrity Voiceovers In Disney Films

I saw the delightful Frozen yesterday and noticed something: Idina Menzel‘s singing voice stands out so much that you feel like you’ve been transported to the Hollywood Bowl midway through the movie. For me, this celebrity quotient adds to how great a Disney animated adventure can be. That brings us to today’s topic: the 10 best celebrity voiceovers in Disney films. Draw up your personal list beforehand; this one got hard for me and I needed to switch up my order several times. I only ended up including the bare necessities. Onward!

10. Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo

Dory is exactly who don’t want to meet when you lose track of your spawn. She’s flighty, annoying, chipper and not incredibly helpful thanks to her short-term memory loss. “It runs in my family. Well, at least I think it does.” But Ellen makes that character so lovable thanks to her droll,
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Remembering Marcia Wallace, Lady Gaga Will Host “SNL” and Nico Tortorella is “Eye Candy”

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Tina Fey has sold another comedy, this one starring The Office alum Ellie Kemper as a woman starting over in New York City after leaving a doomsday cult. NBC has already ordered 13 episodes.

Deadline reports that PBS has picked up Vicious, a hit British comedy where Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a bickering couple who are nearing their 50th anniversary. I can’t wait.

I hope this is as good as it sounds on paper.

It would be a big deal if George Romero would be involved in The Walking Dead so, naturally, the show has tried to get him involved for an episode or two. So far, he’s refused because he’s been disappointed in the drama explaining, “… it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism.”

Remember The Skulls, the
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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Director Mark Corwin Dies at 65

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Director Mark Corwin Dies at 65
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.
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R.I.P. Mark Corwin

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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Happy 50th Birthday to "Password", The Most Fabulous Game Show Ever

Every year I find myself searching for ways to cope with awful January grimness, and luckily I've found us a kickass anniversary to celebrate: Password debuted in primetime 50 years ago this week, and it remains one of the definitive entertainments in the wide, mysteriously under-respected world of game shows. Like with most great game shows including To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right, and Pyramid, gaming genius Bob Stewart (who passed away this year at age 91) was a critical part of Password's inception. It's a parlor activity of hints and responses, but somehow the suspense of coming up with just the right clue is telegenic enough to endure decades of relevance.

Let's take a look back at multiple versions of this fine show and mutter in our best monotone narration, "The password is... fabulous."

Forget George Burns and Gracie Allen: I prefer the team of Allen Ludden and Betty White!
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The 13 Bewitching Qualities of Elizabeth Montgomery

The fabulous '60s-'70s sitcom staple Bewitched has moved to the Logo Network, which gives me enough reason to make this announcement: Samantha Stephens could be the coolest sitcom character of all time. On the surface she's a devoted wife, rational suburbanite, and all-around smart cookie, but her subversive awareness and literally wicked powers make her a much deeper character than many critics have acknowledged. The nose-wiggling Samatha owes her gravitas to the actress who played her with such confident gusto, the late Elizabeth Montgomery.

In honor of her renewed presence in our lives, let's point out Montgomery's 13 most classic qualities. Thankfully, I've located a fabulous picture that helps to illustrate each trait.

1. That knowing stare

2. Her domestic realness

3. Stunning pinup

4. Conspiratorial kookiness (with the also-immortal Agnes Moorehead)

5. Her lupine awareness

6. Total vamp (as Serena on Bewitched)

7. Classic Coolness

8. Friend to the Gays (She was great pals with costar
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Remembering Phyllis Diller

By now you’ve probably seen obituaries and tributes to comedienne Phyllis Diller. I want to share a personal memory that speaks to one facet of her personality you may not have read about: her kindness. Many years ago I appeared on a handful of TV game shows, just for a lark. When I taped a week’s worth of Password Plus, Phyllis was the other celebrity guest. Naturally, we changed wardrobe for each day’s show, and by the second or third episode she noticed that I had a different lapel pin on each jacket I wore. She asked me about it and I explained that I collected them. For the next ten to fifteen years, every month or so I would receive an envelope in the mail with...

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Password: The Game Show Phoenix That Keeps Rising

CBS has ordered six episodes of an updated version of the classic game show Password -- but it's certainly not the game's first revival.

Password originally aired in daytime starting on October 2, 1961 and was hosted by Allen Ludden. The game consisted of two teams, each made up of a celebrity and a contestant. A secret word was given to one player from each team and they tried to get their partner to guess the word via single word clues. The first team to reach 25 points won the game and were allowed to move on to a lightning round worth up to $250. The game show ran until 1967 in daytime and had two runs in primetime.

The game was revived in 1979 first as Password '79 and was later renamed Password Plus. The cash prizes got bigger and the game was a little different but it was essentially the same show. Ludden returned
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