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Doris Roberts, 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star, Passes Away at 90

Doris Roberts, 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star, Passes Away at 90
Actress Doris Roberts, best known for playing the title character's mother in the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away last night at the age of 90. The actress' son, Michael Canata, confirmed to Deadline that she died in her sleep last night from natural causes. Here's what the actress' Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Ray Romano had to say in a statement about her passing.

"Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly."

Doris Roberts was born November 4, 1925 to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green in St. Louis, Missouri, whose legendary career spanned over seven decades. She started acting in the early 1950s, appearing
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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90
Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra,
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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90
Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra,
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Sasha Alexander And Clark Gregg Announce Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Dec. 11

Sasha Alexander, star of the TNT original drama “Rizzoli & Isles,” and Clark Gregg, star of the ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will reveal the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The nominations announcement will be telecast live on TNT at 9 a.m. (Et) / 6 a.m. (Pt) and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com. Prior to the announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble nominees will be unveiled during a live webcast at 8:50 a.m. (Et) / 5:50 a.m. (Pt).

Alexander has also been named social media ambassador for this year’s SAG Awards. During the six weeks leading up to the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony – which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt
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Briefs: The Schmemmys, Colton Haynes Looks Good In Green, and Ricky Martin Gives Us “Santiago The Dreamer”

Birthday shoutouts go to Travis Wall (above), who is 26, Molly Shannon is 49, Jennifer Tilly is 55, and Amy Poehler is 42.

Tony Winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle will be joining Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer on NBC’s live The Sound Of Music on December 5th.

Former NFL Quarterback Steve Young Speaks to Conference of Gay Mormons

Here’s the trailer for the new novel from Christopher Rice, The Heavens Rise

Distractingly hot psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey is back, talking about gay shame and vulnerability.

So who’s already shipping him with The Flash? Besides me.

Here’s the official trailer for Nicole Kidman in Grace Of Monaco

As Lyle mentioned this morning, The Creative Arts Emmy Awards (or as Kathy Griffin calls them, The Schmemmys) were given out this weekend, with Behind The Candelabra taking a slew of prizes and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn winning for Outstanding Reality Hosts.
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The Bro/'Mo Effect: Eight Gay Dude/Straight Dude Best Friendships We Adore

This month the highly-anticipated sitcom Partners premiered, with Michael Urie and David Krumholtz playing best friends and business partners inspired by the real-life friendship between Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnik and David Kohan. The big deal is, of course, that these two guys are best friends despite one’s being straight and the other’s being gay. I know – Can You Imagine?!?!

Yes, we can. Though our entertainments tend to like to plop us gay guys at the ladies' table, many of us have wonderfully rich relationships with straight men, sexualities be damned. And while Partners may be the highest-profile project that specifically tackles the topic of "bro/'mos" (Patent Pending), over the years there have been some great movies and shows that have featured best buds who bat for different teams. Here are a few of our faves.

Wallace and Scott – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The relationship between aloof,
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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

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Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the
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Dan Bucatinsky Talks Fatherhood, "Web Therapy" and More

Dan Bucatinsky is the actor and producer behind the Lisa Kudrow TV gems Web Therapy and The Comeback, as well as the cult gay romantic comedy All Over the Guy. His newest endeavor is Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?, a memoir detailing his experience as a father along with his husband and producing partner Don Roos. We spoke with Dan about parenthood, gay representation in the media, and his role in the NBC drama Scandal.

AfterElton: What made you decide to write Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?

Dan Bucatinsky: You know, I'd like to say that it was a decision that I set out to write a book, and the truth is I didn't really, not at the beginning. About five years ago, right around the time that I became a parent, I started performing with other authors and writers and comedians in an evening
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Top 50 Favorite Gay Films

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A few weeks ago we asked readers to submit up to five of their favorite movies in our third annual favorite gay film poll. We wanted to see which older gay films have timeless appeal and which recent gay films you judged important enough to register in the rankings.

After voting closed we sorted through the nearly 15,000 nominations (representing over 500 individual titles) to identify your top fifty favorite gay films.

Tabulating this data is actually a bit harder than it sounds. For instance, do you know how many different ways our readers can type/abbreviate "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?" We counted about a dozen!

But we're not complaining, because the list that resulted this year is actually rather interesting.

Nine new films made their way into the rankings, and five of these are of very recent vintage. This represents a strong showing for current queer cinema.
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Writer-Director Julie Davis Exclusive Interview Finding Bliss

Finally an entertaining romantic comedy about the adult film industry told from a woman’s point of view. Move over Kevin Smith. Julie Davis’s new movie, Finding Bliss, has an intriguing storyline and more heart and soul than Smith’s big studio Zack & Miri Make a Porno and it was made on one tenth of the budget. The irony is amusing because back in 1998, Davis was one of several up-and-coming film directors including Smith that sat down together for a famous portrait by photographer Annie Leibowitz for Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue on promising New Wave directors.

Written and directed by Davis, Finding Bliss is a hilarious exploration of the adult film industry through the eyes of an idealistic 25-year-old award-winning film school grad, Jody Balaban (Leelee Sobieski), who’s faced with the hard decision of taking the only well-paying industry job she has yet been offered – editing porn at Grind Productions.
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Qualities for Casting Comedies

What qualities do you look for in an actor when casting a comedy?Daniel TalbottNew York; founding artistic director, Rising Phoenix RepI know it's often one of the hardest things to do, especially when you're auditioning for a comedy, but I love when an actor focuses on the action and truth of the scene instead of trying to be funny. If possible, let the play do the work, and if it's funny and you're able to embody the character honestly and are making strong, bold, and high-stakes choices, usually the play will carry you. You'll be funny in the context of the story instead of just trying to get laughs.I think in most plays, comedy is about action and the extremity of the situation. We laugh because there's something so human about what's happening onstage that it touches the clownish humanity in all of us.There are definitely comedies that require a certain style,
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The 50 Best Gay Movies (2009)

Why aren’t there more good gay movies? We hear this complaint at AfterElton.com a lot, and we’ve even made it a few times ourselves (although we think the results of this poll prove that there are more good movies than many of us think!).

There are surely many reasons why more “mainstream” movies don’t include gay or bisexual themes, but no doubt one of them is heterosexual discomfort – not just discomfort on the part of audiences and network executives, but also discomfort on the part of critics and others to champion these films.

This is where our poll of AfterElton.com readers on the 50 Greatest Gay Movies comes in. We can think of no better way to encourage the creation of more good gay movies than to praise and support the existence of past good gay movies!

How does this list compare to our previous poll?
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ABC Family 'Picking' up Kudrow film

NEW YORK -- Lisa Kudrow has signed on as executive producer of an original film for ABC Family. The romantic comedy Picking Up and Dropping Off will be the first project out of Is or Isn't Entertainment, the Friends star's joint shingle with writer-producer Dan Bucatinsky (All Over the Guy). The pair also have been working on television pilots as part of a development deal they signed with Warner Bros. Television in June. Picking will star Scott Wolf (Party of Five) and Amanda Detmer (Saving Silverman) as single parents who come together as they struggle with their own children and separating from their former spouses. The film will begin shooting in Calgary, Alberta, at the end of the month.

'Navy' recruits Alexander for CBS spinoff

'Navy' recruits Alexander for CBS spinoff
Sasha Alexander has been tapped to star in CBS' new drama Navy CIS, a spinoff of the network's veteran military legal drama JAG. Alexander will play a tough, competitive Secret Service agent who joins the Naval Criminal Investigative Service team in the center of the show and butts heads with the team's leader, played by Mark Harmon. The series, from Paramount Network Television, is slated to air in JAG's Tuesday 8 p.m. slot and extends the actress' relationship with CBS. This spring, she starred in the network's drama pilot Expert Witness. She also co-starred on CBS' medical drama Presidio Med this past season. Her credits also include the WB Network's Dawson's Creek and the feature All Over the Guy. Alexander is repped by WMA, Thruline's Brad Schenck and attorney David Weber.

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