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Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif., his publicist confirmed to Variety.
The Grammy winner and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and ’60s. His 1959 live record, “Inside Shelley Berman,” was the first comedy album to be certified gold (with more than 500,000 sales) and was the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Two other albums, “Outside Shelley Berman” and “The Edge of Shelley Berman,” also went gold.
Berman was the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. He appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.
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Stand-up comedian and actor Shelley Berman died this morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 92. Berman played Larry David’s dad on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2008. Berman’s most recent acting credit was a guest spot on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-o,” per IMDb. He appeared as himself in 2005’s “The Aristocrats,” and played scripted roles in comedies like “Meet the Fockers” and “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. Also Read: Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian, Dies at 91 Here’s a post announcing the news on Berman’s official Facebook fan page: »
- Tony Maglio
With this deal, Stage 29 will exclusively develop programming for new scripted dramas and comedies for broadcast and streaming platforms. The McGraws currently serve as executive producers of the hit CBS drama series “Bull,” which is based on Dr. Phil’s earlier career as a world-renowned trial sciences expert.
“I’m pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with our CBS family even further with this development deal,” Dr. Phil said.
In addition, Julia Eisenman will be joining Stage 29 as head of scripted television. She most recently served as senior vice president of development for EveryWhere Studios, where she oversaw development for the Lifetime Television movie “Who Killed Jon Benet?” and the Up Network TV series “Date My Dad.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Phil and »
- Joe Otterson
Alanna Ubach is a mom!
The 41-year-old actress — known for her roles in Legally Blonde, Meet the Fockers and Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce — and her husband Thomas Russo Jr. have welcomed their first child, a rep confirms exclusively to People.
Thomas Rudolfo Russo III was born on Tuesday, July 25, in Los Angeles at 9:56 a.m. The newborn boy weighed in at 7 lbs., 4 oz., and measured 21 inches long. He joins the couple’s dog, Stewart.
“Our little man is named after both our late fathers,” Ubach and Russo tell People exclusively. “We can’t get through the second verse »
- Dave Quinn
No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.
Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:
The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History
25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.
But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten »
- Tom Brueggemann
Last seen on screen in Bajrangi Bhaijaan as the qawwal in a dargah, Adnan Sami is all set to make his silver screen debut with the romantic musical, Afghan- In Search Of A Home Radhika Rao & Vinay Sapru’s next film. The singer now turned actor will be playing the role of an Afghan musician displaced from his country who then seeks solace in India and finds love in many forms. Directed by Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao, the films goes on floors in August and is looking at an early 2018 release.
Adnan is looking forward to acting in the film which is very different from shooting music videos. He will be living a character that he can empathize with well owing to his Afghan roots. The character has been inspired from the stories of his forefathers. “We belong to the royal family of King Amanullah and still have palaces in Herat, »
- Stacey Yount
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A second trailer has now landed for upcoming comedy Daddy's Home 2. And it's right here...
From June 2017
What do you do when you want to make a sequel to your hit comedy about domestic, family-time awkwardness? Well, as according to Meet the Fockers, doing one about the in-laws isn’t a bad idea. And hey, if it ain’t broke… thus enter Daddy’s Home 2, another Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy that's adding in John Lithgow and Mel Gibson as their respective fathers. This isn’t going to end well for them, but it might still be quite funny for us.
In the new film, Brad (Ferrell) and Dusty (Wahlberg) have put away their differences to becoming a dynamic duo of awesomeness for their kids. »
Disney and Pixar's next venture shows the difference between the land of the living and the land of the dead leading up to Dia de los Muertos! The film, entitled Coco, includes an All-Latino voiced cast of who's-who!
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. This is the synopsis for Disney-Pixar's Coco, a beautiful adventure set around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Today, Disney proudly unveiled the »
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Diversity is kind of a hot topic nowadays. As citizens of a melting pot of a culture, it’s nice to be represented in mainstream entertainment. And if we’re being honest, it’s not just about diversity, but authenticity. It always rings a bit false when you have a white person portraying a person of color. It’s especially easy to get away with this in animation, where you don’t even see the voice actors.
Studios have gotten away with this practice for years, but in today’s world, they’re making a conscious effort to create films that respect the culture it’s portraying, and part of that has to do with the voice cast. This newer approach is expanding to Coco, the latest film from Pixar inspired by Día de Muertos, a celebration of the dearly departed.
This is obviously a story that’s steeped in Mexican culture, »
- Joseph Medina
Disney·Pixar's Coco, a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who've moved on to the Land of the Dead. Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life. Here's what director Lee Unkrich had to say about the story.
"These parallel worlds couldn't be more different. One is the Rivera family's charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they've passed. 'Coco' introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos, one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel »
Disney·Pixar’s “Coco,” a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who’ve moved on to the Land of the Dead.
Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life.
“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different,” said Unkrich. “One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. ‘Coco’ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos—one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.”
Added Molina, »
- Melissa Thompson
Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have officially announced that they are separating after 17 years of marriage. Ben Stiller is popularly known for his works in films like Meet The Fockers, Night At The Museum series and Zoolander series.
Ben and Taylor have jointly released a statement on Friday announcing their split. They were married 17 years back in May 2000 and the couple have two children. There statement is as follows:
“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate. Our »
Author: Amanda Carnac
Our good friends at Fox were nice enough to invite HeyUGuys to a private screening of Why Him? – a comedy starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco. As a self-proclaimed, former Malcolm in the Middle addict, watching Bryan Cranston act in a Meet the Fockers style movie was not an invitation that that I was likely to ever turn down.
The film is a classic case of a doting father (Cranston) meeting his daughter’s boyfriend (Franco); a hipster, tech billionaire with zero self-awareness. Considering the scriptwriter also wrote Meet the Parents and the aforementioned sequel, I can’t help but wonder what traumatising experiences he must have had with his in-laws. He uses the same formula of parents meeting potential son-in-law and clashing to the complete extreme, however this time it’s the son-in-law who takes things way too far, and that seemed to be our ethos for the screening. »
- Amanda Carnac
Strait-laced parents meet their daughter’s hipster boyfriend in an enjoyable romp with whiplash comic timing
A writer on both Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers, director and co-writer John Hamburg is already well versed in the comic possibilities of that excruciating first encounter between potential in-laws and prospective son-in-law. Here he approaches the uproarious culture clash between the strait-laced Fleming family from Michigan and their daughter’s tattooed hipster tech billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco) with a relish that shows in a wealth of perceptive sight gags, and a whiplash comic timing that only flags at the end of the final act.
Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston), the well-loved boss of a printing company in Grand Rapids, is celebrating his 55th birthday when a Skype call from his Stanford student daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) reveals a little more about her life than he had bargained for. Specifically, »
- Wendy Ide
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