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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon interview: Me And Earl, Glee, Scorsese

1 September 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With his new movie Me And Earl And The Dying Girl in cinemas soon, we talk to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon about Glee, Scorsese and more...

The 'overnight success' is a familiar enough narrative in the movie business. Actors are plucked from obscurity and set on the road to stardom. Directors offered major movie deals after one of their shorts goes viral on YouTube.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, has worked his way up through the ranks of the film industry, culminating in his latest movie, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a moving and very funny drama which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Before that, Gomez-Rejon began as an assistant to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu before moving up to the role of second unit director on movies including Babel and Argo. His work on TV »

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Emmys: History Could Be Made in Hotly Contested Races

24 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This could be a record year for Emmy records.

The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.

That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.

“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the show that brought the “Frasier” winning streak to an end was Fox’s zeitgeisty dramedy “Ally McBeal. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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TV's greatest cops

18 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Television has delivered viewers an array of police characters over the years, from Peter Falk’s rumpled but underestimated Lt. Columbo to always fashion-forward Sonny Crockett to the morally questionable Vic Mackey. Ahead of next week’s season premiere of 1960s police drama “Public Morals” on TNT, we look back at 10 of TV’s most memorable cop characters. (Note: We're sticking only with cops, rather than private detectives, federal agents, etc. So no Magnum or Raylan Givens or Dana Scully.) »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 3-7, 2015)

9 August 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fantastic Four

Joining Spider-Man in the annals of dizzyingly rapid reboots, Fox’s second stab at “Fantastic Four” comes just eight years after the first try and its sequel, which didn’t set the bar inordinately high. Yet if this latest version, with a significantly younger cast (one’s tempted to call it “Fantastic Four High”), clears that threshold, it’s just barely, drawing from a different source to reimagine the quartet’s origins without conspicuously improving them. All told, the movie feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up that, depending on whether audiences warm to this relatively low-key approach, might never happen. (Brian Lowry)

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Ricki and the Flash

Like David Bowie joining Bing Crosby for a medley of Christmas carols, “Ricki and the Flash” combines a number of promising elements that don’t seem to have any business being anywhere near each other, »

- Variety Staff

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Film Review: ‘Tap World’

6 August 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran TV crime show producer Dean Hargrove (“Columbo,” “Diagnosis: Murder”) finds a new groove and generously shares his enthusiasm in “Tap World,” an infectiously spirited and pleasingly celebratory documentary about the globe-spanning appeal of American-style tap dance. If the movie has any flaw worth noting, it’s a sin of omission: Although he presents several engaging mini-portraits of tap masters in locales ranging from Taipei to Tokyo, Hell’s Kitchen to Harrisburg, Penn., Hargrove offers only teasing snippets of rehearsals and performances. Even so, this slickly produced and briskly paced doc could find receptive audiences in a variety of platforms, and might even inspire some novices to put on their own dancing shoes.

Early on, historian Constance Valis Hill provides a Cliffs Notes guide to the African and Irish roots of tap, and influential hoofers such as Gregory Hines receive brief yet respectful acknowledgment. But once the zippy prologue is complete, »

- Joe Leydon

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Russian adopted father of the Klingon Worf.

Bikel did his first bigscreen work in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen” and Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” After acting in a series of English films, he did supporting work in two high-profile pics in 1957: historical epic “The Pride and the Passion,” starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, and “The Enemy Below,” a WWII submarine thriller starring Robert Mitchum.

He often played Germans or Russians — in his autobiography, Bikel said that his facility with accents resulted in »

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

In a statement Tuesday, Actors’ Equity Association said it “mourns the passing of our dear friend, our brother and former President Theo Bikel. From the time he joined Equity in 1954, Bikel has been an advocate for the members of our union and his extraordinary achievements paved the way for so many. No one loved theater more, his union better or cherished actors like Theo did. He has left an indelible mark on generation of members past and generations of members to come. We thank you, Theo, for all you have done.”

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation »

- Carmel Dagan

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George Coe, Oscar-Nominated Actor and SAG Activist, Dies at 86

19 July 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Coe, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.

Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.

He served more than a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG’s first low-budget production contract.

Coe was born in Jamaica, Queens. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included performing as M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s “Mame” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century.”

Coe was also an original member of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players, »

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Patrick Macnee, Star of Sydney Newman’s Other Great TV Show, Dies Aged 93

30 June 2015 7:15 PM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

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Patrick Macnee has passed away at the age of 93. The British born actor and star of iconic 60s TV series The Avengers died of natural causes at his home in California with his family around him. His television credits also include The Twilight ZoneColumbo, the original Battlestar Galactica and appearances as Dr. Watson in two Sherlock Holmes TV movies, as well as...

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‘Avengers’ TV Show Star Patrick Macnee Dies at 93

25 June 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patrick Macnee, famous for his role on “The Avengers” British TV series, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 93.

Macnee, who played John Steed in the spy-fi show, died with his family at his bedside.

“Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories,” a statement on the actor’s website read. “Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry. He was at home wherever in the world he found himself. He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them.”

The Avengers” initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant (Macnee), but Macnee’s famously bowler hat wearing, umbrella-wielding intelligence officer (he never used a gun) became the protagonist when Hendry exited the series. Macnee played the part alongside a succession of strong, female partners, including Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley. The show ran »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Patrick Macnee dies by Jennie Kermode - 2015-06-25 19:29:22

25 June 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Patrick Macnee as John Steed

Patrick Macnee, who was much loved for his role as John Steed in The Avengers and also enjoyed a successful film career, has died at his home in California at the age of 93.

Born into a wealthy English family, Macnee studied at Eton until he was expelled for selling pornography, went on to serve in the Royal Navy and then travelled to Canada to try his hand at acting, launching a career that would last until his retirement 12 years ago.

Following an early appearance in The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, he went on to deliver notable performances in films including The Howling, Waxwork, A View To A Kill and This Is Spinal Tap. He lent his vocal talents to Battlestar Galactica and challenged Columbo. Alongside the Avengers, he appeared in other classic TV series like Rawhide and Magnum Pi. He played both Sherlock Holmes and Doctor. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Patrick Macnee, Star of 'The Avengers' TV Series, Dies at 93

25 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Patrick Macnee, star of popular 1960s British TV series "The Avengers," died Thursday of natural causes at his home in California, surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Macnee starred on hit spy show "The Avengers," which ran on British television -- and was eventually rebroadcast around the globe -- from 1961 to 1969. The series also staged a short revival in the '70s.

Macnee was cast as assistant John Steed, second billing to Ian Hendry's Dr. David Keel character, but as the show continued, Macnee's quirky, bowler-wearing Steed became more popular, and he took over as the series lead after Hendry departed in 1961. Macnee played across from actresses such as Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson, and Joanna Lumley on the progressively feminist series, which was also notable for Macnee's insistence that his character never use a gun.

In addition to his work on that seminal show, Macnee was also a World War II veteran, »

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Celebrating Columbo's best star turns

16 June 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Shatner, Nimoy, Dunaway, Johnny Cash and more. We take a look at some of TV detective show Columbo’s killer cameos...

Schlubby working class hero, Crime And Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich for primetime, fatherly fighter of crime... I was introduced to the rumple-coated and rumple-faced one back in 1987, following an off-hand attempt from my mother to get five-year-old me to sit down and shut up for a few minutes. Desperately looking for something to grab my attention, and zeroing in on what ITV happened to be repeating that Sunday, her “Oh, look! Columbo! You like him, don’t you?” – “Huh?” – “He’s the one with the cigar and coat, you know him!” got me to sit down, be quiet, and puzzle over whether or not I did like him. She turned out to be right – I liked him a lot.

By then in the late 80s, Lieutenant Columbo had been »

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Betsy Palmer, Who Played Mrs. Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th,’ Dies at 88

31 May 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Betsy Palmer, who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees’ mother in “Friday the 13th” and appeared in dozens of other films, plays and TV shows, died Friday in Connecticut of natural causes. She was 88.

The character actress had a six decade career, but her most indelible role was as Mrs. Voorhees, the murderous camp cook whose deformed son Jason drowned in the waters of Crystal Lake. Palmer carved her way into horror film history in the 1980 classic, and appeared in flashbacks throughout the next few entries in the slasher series.

Born Pamela Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Ind., she started out in classic TV shows of the 1950s such as “Playhouse 90″ and “Studio One.” She went on to appear in numerous TV shows including “As the World Turns,” “The Love Boat,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Newhart,” “Columbo” and “CHiPs.”

On the bigscreen, she had character roles »

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Betsy Palmer, Who Played Mrs. Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th,’ Dies at 88

31 May 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Betsy Palmer, who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees’ mother in “Friday the 13th” and appeared in dozens of other films, plays and TV shows, died Friday in Connecticut of natural causes. She was 88.

The character actress had a six decade career, but her most indelible role was as Mrs. Voorhees, the murderous camp cook whose deformed son Jason drowned in the waters of Crystal Lake. Palmer carved her way into horror film history in the 1980 classic, and appeared in flashbacks throughout the next few entries in the slasher series.

Born Pamela Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Ind., she started out in classic TV shows of the 1950s such as “Playhouse 90″ and “Studio One.” She went on to appear in numerous TV shows including “As the World Turns,” “The Love Boat,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Newhart,” “Columbo” and “CHiPs.”

On the bigscreen, she had character roles »

- Variety Staff

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Gwyneth Paltrow Is the Spitting Image of Mom Blythe Danner: See the Throwback Pic!

29 May 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

You know that horrifying moment when you suddenly realize you are actually becoming your mother? Well, Gwyneth Paltrow just did and we are kind of freaking out right alongside her.  The actress took to Instagram to share the utterly freaky Friday shot of mom Blythe Danner in a 1970s episode of Columbo captioning it, "#repost. Okay. This is weird. #isthatmeormymom."  The photo shows a 29-year-old Danner looking effortlessly retro in oversize shades, a tousled low ponytail and preppy cream sweater draped around her shoulders. Between Paltrow and Danner's perfect pout, pointed chin and arched brows, you'd almost assume they were twins.  The mother-daughter duo share more than just »

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Whoa! Gwyneth Paltrow's Mom Looks Like Her Twin in Crazy Throwback Photo

29 May 2015 6:27 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on May 28, 2015 at 10:47pm Pdt Gwyneth Paltrow was thrown for a loop on Friday when a fan posted an image of her mom, Blythe Danner, looking nearly identical to her in an old episode of Columbo. Instagram user doncohb initially hashtagged the photo as Gwyneth but corrected his mistake in the comments when he realized it was actually her mother. The resemblance was so uncanny that it caught the attention of the Oscar-winning actress, and she reposted the photo to her own Instagram, with the caption, "#repost Okay. This is weird. #isthatmeormymom." See the eerie photo of Blythe above, then check out the other celebrities who are nearly identical to their kids. »

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Mom Blythe Danner Could Be Her Twin in Old Columbo Picture: "This is Weird"

29 May 2015 12:47 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

  #repost Okay. This is weird. #isthatmeormymom A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on May 28, 2015 at 10:47pm Pdt   Who's that? Gwyneth Paltrow was freaked out when an eagle-eyed TV watcher grabbed an image of her mom, Blythe Danner looking just like her, from an old Columbo episode. Sharing his finding via Instagram, doncohb tagged Paltrow in the picture, and the similarity between the mother-daughter duo was so surprising, it blew the Oscar-winning actress's mind too! "#repost Okay. This is weird. #isthatmeormymom," the mom-of-two captioned the screen grab as [...] »

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'Mad Men' poll: Which episode should Jon Hamm submit to Emmy judges?

18 May 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Jon Hamm deserves a drink. At the Emmys, he's gone 0 for 7 as Best Drama Actor, losing every single bid for his iconic "Mad Men" character Don Draper. He's also lost three times apiece for producing "Mad Men" and for guesting on "30 Rock," bringing his career total to 13 misfires. Will AMC's final batch of episodes (Part 2 of Season 7) finally seal the deal for this mad man, or is he destined to remain an Emmy also-ran? Vote in our poll below. Spoilers Ahead -Break- Will 'Mad Men' finale break Emmys curse? (Vote now in our poll) First, a bit of Emmy trivia: If Hamm is nominated again for this role, he'll be tied with three other gents -- Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason," "Ironside"), Peter Falk ("Columbo"), Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue") -- for the most bids ever (8) in the Best Drama Actor category. And those three, it should be noted, are all winners. »

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Entertainment News: Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

27 February 2015 12:16 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Los Angeles – The actor who created one of the greatest pop-culture characters in TV and film history has passed away. Leonard Nimoy will always be known for the role of Mr. Spock, science officer for the USS Enterprise of the “Star Trek” TV and film series. He died of pulmonary disease on Feb. 27, 2015, according to his wife Susan. He was 83.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in ‘Star Trek’ (2009)

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

The legacy of “Star Trek” had much to do with Nimoy’s approach to the character of Spock. The backstory of the half-human, half-Vulcan character was one of logic over conflict, yet his character could always be relied on when situations got confrontational. For three seasons in the 1960s and in rerun heaven, the voyage of the Starship Enterprise captivated viewers and was resurrected in a highly popular film series. Nimoy also was a photographer, director, writer and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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