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Harry Gittes, Producer and Longtime Friend of Jack Nicholson, Dies at 81

Harry Gittes, Producer and Longtime Friend of Jack Nicholson, Dies at 81
Harry Gittes, who produced multiple movies starring Jack Nicholson, died of natural causes on Sept. 2. He was 81.

Gittes attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before starting his career as an advertising copywriter and photographer in New York. In the ’60s, he began shooting album covers for the likes of Woody Allen and Cass Elliot at the Bitter End, New York’s oldest rock club. Gittes also photographed then-up-and-comers including Nicholson, Elliott Gould, and Liza Minnelli.

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He became friends with producer Roy Silver, who eventually sparked Gittes’ future as a film producer. Together, they produced the 1969 pilot of the animated special “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert.”

Gittes also cultivated a friendship with Nicholson, and produced several projects with the actor-director, including “Goin’ South,” “Drive, He Said,” and “About Schmidt.” Nicholson’s character in 1974 classic “Chinatown,” private investigator J.J. Gittes, was named after the producer.

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TV Review: ‘I’m Sorry,’ From Andrea Savage

Andrea Warren (Andrea Savage) is a happily married mom with intermittent work and chronic verbal diarrhea. That’s it, that’s the show. Savage — who created, executive produces, writes, and stars in the show — is a delightful, energetic screen presence, with a brand of humor that somehow delivers butt jokes with charm. But there’s otherwise very little to distinguish this sweet little show from other Los Angeles-based autobiographical single-camera comedies about the unfunny business of parenting, marriage, and being in your 40s: In betweenBetter Things,” “St. George,” “Maron,” “Nobodies,” “Lady Dynamite,” “Take My Wife,” and significant chunks of “One Mississippi” — the list goes on and on and on — a show would have to be particularly entrancing to stand out from the crowd. But while the show is lightweight and enjoyable in all the right ways, it’s more of this same well-trodden genre.

The highlight of the series are Andrea’s relationships — such as the
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Bill Cosby Filed for New Fat Albert and 'Hey Hey Hey' Trademarks Before Sexual Assault Trial

  • TMZ
Bill Cosby could still find himself locked up for the rest of his life ... but that's not going to stop him from making bank on the show that helped his rise to fame. The comedian and creator of "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" filed paperwork in May -- about a month before his sexual assault trial began -- to renew the rights to the title of his animated series ... and the terms "Fat Albert" and "Hey hey hey" specifically.
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Bill Cosby Thanks the Jury and His Supporters as His Sex Assault Trial Remains Deadlocked

  • PEOPLE.com
Bill Cosby Thanks the Jury and His Supporters as His Sex Assault Trial Remains Deadlocked
Bill Cosby seemed in good spirits Friday night as he left the courthouse where his sex assault trial remained deadlocked.

Cosby, who faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with allegations brought by Andrea Constand, addressed people gathered outside and wished them a happy early Father’s Day.

Breaking News!! Cosby speaks! Thanks supporters pic.twitter.com/mHrHnmefHW

— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) June 17, 2017

“Wishing all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day,” Cosby, 79, said in a Twitter video taken by a CBS News correspondent. “And I want to thank the jury for their long days and their honest work,
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Bill Cosby, the Downfall of a Pop Culture Icon

Bill Cosby, the Downfall of a Pop Culture Icon
To many he was Dr. Cliff Huxtable, America’s dad and neighbor. There was nothing he could do wrong -- or at least seemingly so -- and so it came as a surprise to many (and probably to him), when in 2014, a comedian cracked, “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby.” Three years later, he’s standing trial for sexual assault.

Broad City star Hannibal Buress’ 2014 comedy set in the veteran entertainer’s hometown of Philadelphia reignited a firestorm of sexual assault allegations that had largely been suppressed thanks to Cosby’s overwhelming star power. During an Entertainment Tonight interview, former supermodel Janice Dickinson accused Cosby of raping her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982. Cosby’s then-lawyer Marty Singer, high-powered attorney to stars like Kim Kardashian, dismissed her claims as a “lie,” and she responded with a defamation lawsuit.

However Cosby’s attempts to move past the accusations weren’t as useful this time. In
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Riverdale: the long, strange history of Archie Comics on TV

Chris Cummins Jan 24, 2017

A look-back at the previous attempts to bring Archie to TV before they got it right with Riverdale...

When Riverdale premieres on the CW on January 26th, it will mark a milestone for Archie Comics - the first time in the company's 75-year history that its characters will truly shine on television. A mix of gleefully ridiculous kitsch with standout performances and some truly smart writing, the series is poised to be 2017's breakout TV hit.

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That said, it took a while for Archie to get to this point. There have been many attempts to bring Archie and his friends to TV before, but these all suffered for either being shoddily animated (the various 1960s cartoons), misguided (1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again), or just plain, um, weird (the X-Files cash-in Archie's Weird Mysteries
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24 years ago today: Uncle Jesse and Becky’s twins were born on ‘Full House’

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24 years ago today: Uncle Jesse and Becky’s twins were born on ‘Full House’
24 years ago today, Uncle Jesse took a new step as a dad when his and Becky’s twins were born in a season 5 episode of “Full House.” With two back-to-back episodes penned by series creator Jeff Franklin, the November 12, 1991 hour of “Full House” started with Michelle’s fifth birthday party, featuring a series of flashbacks about the character played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Michelle, afraid of losing her status as the baby of the family since Becky’s pregnant, declares she’s going to stay four years old. But another series of flashbacks changes her mind. When Becky’s babies come earlier than expected, Michelle ends up sharing her birthday with the twins, and she wonders whether that will be a good thing. When Jesse — who has spent the episode dealing with sympathy pains — tells Michelle that this will mean three birthday cakes, she says, “That’s a very good thing.
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Kenan Thompson: Bill Cosby Once Gave Me Weird Advice About Women

  • Us Weekly
Kenan Thompson: Bill Cosby Once Gave Me Weird Advice About Women
Say what? Kenan Thompson made an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and dropped a doozy of an anecdote about some odd advice he once received from Bill Cosby. “There are little indicators of things that happened that make you go hmm,” Thompson prefaced his story, adding that he was completely floored by the words that came out of his Fat Albert costar’s mouth back in 2004. “He was like, ‘You know, life is good in the movies or whatever, but you just [...]
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Kenan Thompson Shares Creepy Bill Cosby Story

  • Vulture
Kenan Thompson Shares Creepy Bill Cosby Story
Like many others, Kenan Thompson's warm and fuzzy memories of Bill Cosby were shattered by the dozens of sexual-assault allegations that have emerged against the comedian. But then he thought back to an interaction he'd had with Cosby on the set of 2004's Fat Albert. "That weird stuff just goes in the back of your [mind]," he told Seth Meyers last night. Like Chazz Palminteri, he'd put the pieces together too late.
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25 Years In La Part 4: 'Masters Of Horror,' Revolution, and getting Foxed

  • Hitfix
Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and
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Kenan Thompson Calls Bill Cosby a ''Monster'' If He's Guilty, Addresses Rape Allegations at Comedy Show

Kenan Thompson Calls Bill Cosby a ''Monster'' If He's Guilty, Addresses Rape Allegations at Comedy Show
Bill Cosby is making headlines yet again. At Kenan Thompson's stand-up show at the University of Pittsburgh last night, the Saturday Night Live star brought up Cosby and the many rape allegations against the TV star during his routine. "Kenan was on for about an hour and the Bill Cosby stuff happened halfway through, I would say," Jesse Irwin, the social media editor for the Pitt News, tells E! News. "He talked about how, growing up, Bill Cosby had been his hero. He was the first or one of the first clean black comedians. So as a kid, Kenan looked up to him." Some of that admiration changed for Thompson when he and Cosby worked together on the 2004 film Fat Albert. "When he...
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Bill Cosby Channels Fat Albert While Ignoring Sexual Assault Claims (Video)

  • The Wrap
Bill Cosby Channels Fat Albert While Ignoring Sexual Assault Claims (Video)
Bill Cosby channeled Fat Albert in a new video to let fans know, “Hey, hey, hey, I’m far from finished.” While Cosby was happy to reference the character he voiced for six seasons on the “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” animated TV series, the scandal-plagued comedian avoided addressing the multitude of sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against him. Also Read: Bill Cosby Accuser Pens Powerful Piece: %u2018I Didn%u2019t Want to Let Black America Down%u2019 In the clip, Cosby is seen on the phone saying, “And you know I’ll be hilarious; can’t wait.
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Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation in Denver After Protests

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Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation in Denver After Protests
After a day of protests against Bill Cosby the comedian performed two shows Saturday at the Buell Theatre in Denver, before an audience which showed him their full support. When Cosby walked out for his 5 p.m. show uttering "Hey, Hey, Hey" - his traditional Fat Albert opening - wearing a grey hoodie with the words "hello friend," the audience, estimated at 1,800 people in a 2,900-seat auditorium, cheered in response. For the next hour and nearly 40 minutes, Cosby regaled the crowd with stories of being a husband, a father and a son. He talked about not having six-pack abs anymore
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Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation in Denver After Protests

  • PEOPLE.com
Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation in Denver After Protests
After a day of protests against Bill Cosby the comedian performed two shows Saturday at the Buell Theatre in Denver, before an audience which showed him their full support. When Cosby walked out for his 5 p.m. show uttering "Hey, Hey, Hey" - his traditional Fat Albert opening - wearing a grey hoodie with the words "hello friend," the audience, estimated at 1,800 people in a 2,900-seat auditorium, cheered in response. For the next hour and nearly 40 minutes, Cosby regaled the crowd with stories of being a husband, a father and a son. He talked about not having six-pack abs anymore
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Bill Cosby Takes Stage Amid Protests Over Sexual Assault Claims

  • The Wrap
Bill Cosby Takes Stage Amid Protests Over Sexual Assault Claims
Protesters chanted “Rape is not a joke!” and “No means no!” outside a Denver theater

About 100 protesters chanted “Rape is not a joke!” and “No means no!” outside a Denver theater right before Bill Cosby took the stage on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The demonstration came shortly after another woman, a former model named Beth Ferrier, came forward claiming the embattled comedian sexually assaulted her in 1986.

“I cannot tell you how horrific of a feeling that is,” Ferrier told reporters.

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Ferrier made the claim during a Denver news conference,
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Woody Allen's Amazon Series: Six Burning Questions

  • Moviefone
Woody Allen used to joke that television was the result of how Los Angeles disposes of its trash, but now he's in the business himself. There's a lot that's fascinating, surprising, confusing, even shocking about the news that he'll be creating a TV series for Amazon. For one thing, he's maintaining the same secrecy about plot and title that he does for his movies. Still, Moviefone can try to answer your burning questions about the Allen project.

Does Allen know how to write for TV? Yes, he does. Surprisingly, no one seems to remember that one of his first jobs in showbiz was as a TV comedy writer for the great 1950s sketch comic Sid Caesar, whose legendary writer's room launched not just Allen's career but also those of Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks. He wrote for some other golden-age comedy series as well. Concurrent with his movie career over the last 45 years,
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New 'Ask Drew’: What can we take away from the 'Star Wars’ trailer?

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New 'Ask Drew’: What can we take away from the 'Star Wars’ trailer?
We're coming down to it. We'll probably only have one more "Ask Drew" before the end of 2014, but it's been fun to see how well it's gone so far. The video team tells me there are always way more questions than we can use, and they love the breadth of stuff you guys ask about. I'll admit that I may have stammered my way through one of my answers this week a little more than normal. I've always tried to stick to a couple of simple broad rules in what kind of material I'll publish about film: no gossip, no numbers, no Oscars. I'm sure I've broken all of those rules at some point, but for the most part, I stick to them. When I was asked what my feelings are about dealing with the art of someone who has a public scandal about their personal lives, I'm not sure
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Bill Cosby Thanks His Celebrity Defenders on Twitter

  • VH1.com
-Tara Aquino

Bill Cosby has broken his silence. This morning, the comedian took to Twitter to publicly thank Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott for countering the rape allegations against him.

Cosby had this to say:

Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg.

Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) December 3, 2014

Thank you @MissJillScott, from the Cosby Family. — Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) December 3, 2014

Scott tweeted earlier this month:

@JasBaileyTweets sides with Mr. Cosby? No. I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014

@KristensWay I’m respecting a man who has done more for the image of Brown people that almost anyone Ever. From Fat Albert to the Huxtables — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014

Rape is a despicable, cowardly crime. If you’ve been raped- plz do Not shower, go to police Immediately, have a rap kit done. Get Evidence. — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014

As for Goldberg, she
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Bill Cosby Tweets Thanks to Whoopi Goldberg, Jill Scott for Their Support

Bill Cosby Tweets Thanks to Whoopi Goldberg, Jill Scott for Their Support
Bill Cosby is tweeting out his thanks to those who've had his back amid multiple sexual assault allegations.

Singer Jill Scott and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg have stood up for Cosby as women continue to come forward claiming the comedian drugged and raped them.

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On Wednesday morning, The Cosby Show star tweeted: "Thank you @MissJillScott, from the Cosby Family."

Thank you @MissJillScott, from the Cosby Family.

Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) December 3, 2014

He also extended a shout out to Goldberg, tweeting: "Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg."

Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg.

Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) December 3, 2014

Video: 20th Bill Cosby Accuser Comes Forward

Earlier this year, Scott, 42, received an honorary degree from Cosby at Temple University, the comedian's alma mater in Philadelphia -- of which he recently resigned from their board. The singer defended Cosby on Sunday when responding to a tweet, writing: "U know Bill Cosby? I do child
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Jill Scott Gets Involved in the Bill Cosby Controversy

  • Popsugar
Singer Jill Scott has spoken out on Twitter to address the continuing sexual assault allegations against comic Bill Cosby. When asked by a follower if she supported Bill, Jill said, "I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent legacy." Jill faced immediate backlash from her followers for her comments and later posted a tweet referring to rape as a "despicable, cowardly crime." @KristensWay I'm respecting a man who has done more for the image of Brown people that almost anyone Ever. From Fat Albert to the Huxtables — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014 @JasBaileyTweets sides with Mr. Cosby? No. I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014 Rape is a despicable, cowardly crime. If you've been raped- plz do Not shower, go to police Immediately, have a rap kit done. Get Evidence. — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1,
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