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Director/ writer/ actor Gary Marshall dies at age 81

On Tuesday July 19, Hollywood lost a giant in the world of comedy with the passing of beloved director/writer/producer/actor Gary Marshall at the age of 81. While most of the news outlets focused in on his considerable work in television (he practically owned Tuesday nights in the 1970’s with his “Happy Days” empire), this site would like to salute Mr. Marshall’s work on both sides of the camera.

After impressive writing credits on many of the classic sitcoms of the 1960’s, it was inevitable that the movie studios would tap him to contribute to several screenplays. The first was produced in 1968, a marriage comedy starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds, How Sweet It Is. A youth-oriented romantic comedy starring Jacqueline Bisset, The Grasshopper, was released in 1970. TV triumphs quickly followed, so Marshall’s movie career was put on hold for more than a dozen years. 1982 was the year
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Garry Marshall, ‘Happy Days’ Creator and ‘Pretty Woman’ Director, Dies at 81

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Garry Marshall, ‘Happy Days’ Creator and ‘Pretty Woman’ Director, Dies at 81
Befitting his legacy as a comedy icon, Garry Marshall was busy working up until the end of his life.

Marshall died Tuesday due to pneumonia complications. He was 81.

Most recently, Marshall proudly served as an executive consultant on CBS’ “The Odd Couple” revival, now heading into its third season. Marshall, who turned the Neil Simon play into a hit ABC sitcom in the early 1970s, spent the past two years giving advice and working with the show’s producers. Earlier this year, he even appeared on camera as Walter Madison, Oscar’s (Matthew Perry) father.

“I keep creating,” Marshall told us in 2015 at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. “I’m still pitching shows, as many people are,” he said, referring to a show he had in the works at the time about triplets. “What’s exciting is when the network gets behind it. Here, CBS is behind [the ‘Odd Couple’ revival].”

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Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81
Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 81. The news was first reported by Access Hollywood.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life.
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Doris Roberts Dead at 90

'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Doris Roberts has died.

The 90-year-old actress, who also featured in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, passed away on Sunday (April 17).

Doris won five Emmy awards.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Roberts spent 20 years on Broadway before making her mark on the big and small screens in the 1960s.

Her credits also included beloved TV series Angie, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Remington Steele, and Soap, but she will be forever remembered as Ray Romano's meddling mum in Everybody Loves Raymond.

She portrayed Marie Barone on the TV comedy from 1996 to 2005. She also portrayed the magical Mrs. Miracle in two holiday TV movies.

Her film credits included Grandma's Boy, Keeping Up With the Steins and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

Doris currently has two movies in post-production - The Red Maple Leaf and Old Soldiers. (Kl/Wn/Td)
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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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Nick Developing Kids “Crime Procedural” Comedy With Garry Marshall & Aaron Kaplan

Exclusive: Garry Marshall, who ruled the sitcom world in the 1970s with hit series Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple, has teamed with prolific producer Aaron Kaplan for a multi-camera comedy project at Nickelodeon. Marshall will co-write the script with his son, director Scott Marshall (Keeping Up With The Steins), and is set to direct. The multi-camera comedy, based on an idea by Kaplan, features all kids (10 to 12 years old) playing grown-up characters in the vein of Alan Parker’s gangster musical Bugsy Malone starring young Scott Baio and Jodie Foster. Framed as a crime procedural, the sitcom centers on a male cop, his Da brother and the female judge they both have a crush on. Also a corrupt mayor and the woman who runs the local “malt shoppe” who is “connected”. Garry Marshall, Scott Marshall and Kaplan executive produce. Kaplan and the Marshalls all have a recent history with Nickelodeon.
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Casting Net: Hugh Jackman keen on Mlk Jr. conspiracy drama. Plus: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Diane Lane

Casting Net: Hugh Jackman keen on Mlk Jr. conspiracy drama. Plus: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Diane Lane
Hugh Jackman is attached to star in Orders to Kill for director Lee Daniels, playing real-life lawyer William Pepper, who has spent his life contending that Martin Luther King, Jr. was not assassinated by James Earl Ray, but by interests keen to silence his opposition to the Vietnam War. The film is based on Pepper’s book of the same name. The historic civil rights leader is a significant figure for both men: Daniels just cast True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis to play King in The Butler, his biopic about Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House for four decades.
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Scott Marshall to Direct Sports Comedy ‘The Million Dollar Man’

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We’re hearing from Variety that Slater Bros. Entertainment and Portofino Pictures are teaming up to produce The Million Dollar Man, a sports comedy from writer Alexander Schrader (one of the principals at Portofino) and director Scott Marshall (All’s Faire in Love, Keeping Up with the Steins). The movie is “the underdog story of a man who finds a magical opportunity to turn his life around when he is chosen to perform at the Super Bowl.” Casting and all the fun stuff that goes with a new movie announcement will be underway soon.

Marshall, the son of director Garry Marshall (New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, my nightmares), has not exactly had the most stellar of a directing career, which you probably already realized once you went “huh?” while reading his director credits in the previous paragraph. In addition that, he also directed Blonde Ambition, starring Jessica Simpson as a businesswoman who…
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'Life Unexpected's' Brittany Robertson joins 'Scream 4'

It's a veritable who's who of young Hollywood starlets who will be getting their horror on in "Scream 4."

We were first to report "90210" star, Shenae Grimes, has already shot her scenes for the film. Now, sources tell us a fellow CW star has just flown to Ann Arbor, Michigan to shoot hers. "Life Unexpected's" Britt Robertson has joined the cast. 

We have no details as to her role in the horror reboot premiering in April 2011, but we expect it to include running and screaming. What fun!

On The CW's "Life Unexpected," which premieres its Season 2 on Tuesday (Sept. 14),  Robertson plays Lux, a teenaged foster child who gets reunited with her parents played by Shiri Appleby and Kristopher Polaha. Before "Lux," Robertson starred in CBS' "Swingtown" and appeared in several films including "Keeping up with the Steins" and "Dan in Real Life."

We've contacted "Scream 4's" studio for a statement,
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Nelson, Miller have 'Ambition'

Nelson, Miller have 'Ambition'
Willie Nelson and Larry Miller have joined the cast of Blonde Ambition, Nu Image/Millennium Films' loose remake of the 1988 film Working Girl. Jessica Simpson is starring, with Scott Marshall directing.

The story follows a young woman (Simpson) who becomes the unwitting pawn of two ruthless business executives in their bid to usurp and replace the head of an international conglomerate. Nelson is playing Simpson's grandfather, and Miller is the CEO.

The casting reunites country legend Nelson with Simpson, with whom he worked on her feature debut, The Dukes of Hazzard. Miller, meanwhile, worked with Marshall on Keeping Up With the Steins.

Also cast in the film are Luke Wilson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Andy Dick and Penelope Ann Miller.

Producing are Joe Simpson, Richard Salvatore, David Ornston and Lati Grobman. Executive producing are Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson and Michael P. Flannigan.

The script was written by Matt Flanagan, Dave McHugh, Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin.

The movie is shooting in New York and Shreveport, La.

USCAF audience feeling 'Lucky'

USCAF audience feeling 'Lucky'
Feature film Lucky 13, which made its world premiere at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., last week, took home the audience award in the festival's film program, organizers said Monday. The movie marks the feature directing debut by Garry Marshall's son Scott and is about a young man who is stressed by his upcoming bar mitzvah. The cast also includes Daryl Hannah and Jeremy Piven.

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