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Emmys 2018: Show Business as Usual

Emmys 2018: Show Business as Usual
When the 2018 Emmy nominations were announced, it seemed like the comedy categories were far more interesting than the drama ones. And when it came time to guess the winners, I again assumed things would be wilder on the comedy side, while the drama awards would either re-coronate Game of Thrones or continue last year’s Handmaid’s Tale steamroller.

Game of Thrones did win Outstanding Drama Series last night, along with Peter Dinklage’s third Emmy for playing Tyrion Lannister, but for the most part my prognostication was exactly backwards.
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Emmys 2018: Here’s What You Didn’t See on TV

Emmys 2018: Here’s What You Didn’t See on TV
The 70th Primetime Emmys are finished, with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Game of Thrones” taking home the big wins (you can read the full list here).

But the ceremony is a giant production, and TV viewers only get to see a glimpse of the whole shebang. Here are some moments that weren’t featured on TV that TheWrap witnessed firsthand at the Los Angeles ceremony.

1. Besides the Red Carpet, the place to be before the show is the lobby of the J.W. Marriott

While most people were walking the red carpet on a very hot Los Angeles afternoon, the place to relax and cool off before the show was the lobby of the J.W. Marriott, next door to the Microsoft Theater. The room was packed with attendees hanging out in their fancy attire, swinging back drinks and standing in line to take pictures with a giant Emmy statue.
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Tracy Morgan On Emmy Diversity, 70th Anniversary Show & Snakes In Australia – Backstage

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Tracy Morgan On Emmy Diversity, 70th Anniversary Show & Snakes In Australia – Backstage
It’s not common for presenters to come back to the press room during the Primetime Emmys, but Tracy Morgan was certainly welcome this afternoon by the corps.

The last time he was here during Emmys 2015 marked his first public appearance following his June 2014 automobile accident. He was the final presenter at that show and broke down before the press backstage, sharing his uphill battle with his physical comeback.

This year, Morgan was in great spirits.

Asked if this was in fact the most diverse Emmy show ever, the former Saturday Night Live alum and two-time-Emmy nominee answered, “I would say ‘yeah’, I’ve been coming for a while and this is diverse. I’m glad they’re covering everyone now.”

“They’re putting to work all people; it’s all the unsung heroes, the grips and the crafts services,” said Morgan who stars in TBS’ The Last O.G.
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Burt Reynolds (1936-2018) And Deliverance

This past week Burt Reynolds, perhaps the most self-deprecating movie star to ever cruise to box-office domination, died during a hospital stay in Jupiter, Florida, at the age of 82. “I’m pretty passionate about my work,” he once said, “even though I sometimes have this realization on the second day of shooting that I’m doing a piece of shit. So, I can do one of two things: I can just take the money, or I can try to be passionate. But the name of the boat is still the Titanic.” Yes, on top of being effortlessly likable and undeniably sexy, Reynolds was naturally funny too. And yes, there are a lot of confirmed pieces of shit floating around out there in which he received top billing. But even if the bad ones in his oeuvre outnumber the good ones (and I would argue that this is indeed the case
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‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Returning to AMC Theatres as Burt Reynolds Tribute

  • Variety
AMC Theatres is bringing back Burt Reynolds’ 1977 comedy “Smokey and the Bandit” for a nine-day run as a tribute to the late actor, who died on Thursday.

The chain announced Friday that the movie will play at 240 AMC locations from Sept. 12 to Sept. 20 with a $5 ticket price (or lower depending on the theater). Showtimes and tickets should be on sale at participating locations by the end of the weekend.

Reynolds portrayed Bo “Bandit” Darville, who partners with Jerry Reed’s character, Cledus Snow, to haul 400 cases of bootleg Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas, back to Atlanta in 28 hours in order to collect $80,000. “Smokey and the Bandit” also starred Sally Field as a runaway bride picked up by Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. Field’s character complicates matters because she has ditched the son of Texas Sheriff Buford T. Justice, played with gusto by Gleason as
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‘Smokey And The Bandit’ Returns To AMC Theatres As A Burt Reynolds Homage

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Add AMC Theatres to the list of entertainment outlets that are honoring actor Burt Reynolds, who died on Thursday at age 82.

The chain will screen Reynolds’s classic Smokey and the Bandit at 240 AMC locations from Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Sept. 20. Ticket prices will be $5 or lower, depending on the location, in honor of the 40-year-old film. Tickets should be on sale at participating locations by the end of the weekend.

Smokey and the Bandit was a 1977 comedy starring an all-star cast of the era, including Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry, and marked the directorial debut of Reynolds close friend Hal Needham. It went on to inspire two film sequels and several television films. The original movie was the second highest-grossing film of 1977.

The film centers on a plan to bring an illegal shipment of Coors Beer into Georgia. At the time,
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Why ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Was the Ultimate Burt Reynolds Vehicle

Why ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Was the Ultimate Burt Reynolds Vehicle
The first time we lay eyes on Burt Reynolds’ truck-driving legend Bo “Bandit” Darville in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, he’s sprawled out in a zebra-striped hammock, lazily napping when he should be hustling to make a buck by posing for pictures for a discounted 75 cents.

“Looks like a legend and an out-of-work bum look a lot alike, Daddy,” quips Paul Williams’ Little Enos Burdette to his father, Big Enos Burdette, who’s dressed in the same outlandish suit, ascot and cowboy hat as his diminutive offspring. Reynolds, owning the moment,
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Burt Reynolds Dies: Iconic Star Of ‘Deliverance’, ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ & ‘Boogie Nights’ Was 82

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Burt Reynolds Dies: Iconic Star Of ‘Deliverance’, ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ & ‘Boogie Nights’ Was 82
Burt Reynolds, a top Hollywood star of the 1970s whose hits ranged from such classic, easy-going drive-in fare as Smokey and the Bandit to the intense, hunted-men drama Deliverance, died today at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. He was 82.

“It is with a broken heart that I said goodbye to my uncle today,” Reynolds’ niece Nancy Lee Hess said in a statement (read it in full below).

With a sly, knowing grin, signature moustache and a unique blend of charm and machismo, Reynolds was a bona fide cultural phenomenon. He became a frequent guest of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, was the first major celebrity nude male centerfold and off-screen romantic partner of such stars as frequent co-star Sally Field and Dinah Shore. Reyrolds would achieve a newfound respect among critics and fans alike for the late-career peak in 1997’s Boogie Nights, for which he earned his only Oscar nomination.
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Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82

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Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82
Burt Reynolds, one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men during the ’70s and early ’80s in such films as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit, “The Longest Yard” and “Semi-Tough,” has died. His rep confirmed that he died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. He was 82.

He later earned an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to skin flicks, “Boogie Nights.” He had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Hollywood.”

Reynolds’ appeal lay in his post-modern macho posture undercut by a wry self-awareness, which he used to good effect in comedies as well as action films. For a period during the ’70s he was the nation’s top box office draw. But after one too many bad movies, his popularity waned. He returned to television, where he’d gotten his start, mostly in Westerns, and produced his own sitcom, “Evening Shade,” which brought him an Emmy.
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Neil Simon, King of Comedy Playwrights, Dies at 91

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Neil Simon, King of Comedy Playwrights, Dies at 91
Neil Simon, one of the rare late-20th century playwrights who was a brand name for plays such as “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park,” died Sunday. He was 91.

A statement from his reps said, “Neil Simon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, died last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The cause was complications from pneumonia.”

“His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.”

In addition to his four Oscar nominations and 17 Tony nominations, Simon’s works brought an unsurpassed 50 Tony nominations for their actors. His competitive Tony wins came for “The Odd Couple” (best playwright) and for best play for “Lost in Yonkers” and “Biloxi Blues.”

Beginning in the 1960s, Simon could guarantee good Broadway advance sales, a rare feat for a writer. He had more than 30 plays mounted on Broadway, including
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Jim Carrey Reveals His Acting Idols and How His Late Father Inspired His Acting Career (Exclusive)

Before he found fame, Jim Carrey had a number of idols, including Dick Van Dyke, Jimmy Stewart, and The HoneymoonersJackie Gleason and Art Carney. But his greatest role model was his late father, musician and accountant Percy Carrey. "He was an amazing, incredible character," Jim, 56, said. "I'm always drawing on my father to play characters. He was the kind of guy who if you talked to him for five minutes, you felt like you knew him for 50 years." When Jim was starting out as a stand-up comic in Canada, Percy helped him develop an act and drove him to his debut gig in Toronto. In a way, he may have been living out his father’s dream. "I would watch him hold court in the living room," Jim recalled. "People invariably left holding their bellies and going, 'Percy, you missed your calling.'" (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Percy died
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Carol Burnett Is Still Taking on New Projects at Age 85: "It Doesn't Feel Like Work!"

Comedy legend Carol Burnett doesn’t like to hear no, especially when it comes from a TV studio telling her not to be funny. “When I got my own show, CBS didn’t want me to do [a comedy review],” she recalled on May 19 as she received a Peabody Award in NYC. “They said, ‘No, no, no, Carol, no. Comedy is a man’s game! It’s Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin. It’s just not for you gals.’” But as Carol explained with an explosive “Ha!” she had a contract that let her “push that button” and choose the type of show she wanted todo. “Well, all I can say is, I am so happy I pushed that button!” So are her legions of fans. And since The Carol Burnett Show premiered in 1967, she’s proven to be unstoppable. “I still go on the road and do my one-woman Q&A show,
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Alex Borstein on the Origin of Her Scene-Stealing ‘Bulldog’

A version of this story first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

There’s no other show on TV quite like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and there’s no other character quite like Rachel Borstein’s acerbic Susie Myerson. Myerson is a tough-as-nails manager to diamond-in-the-rough standup comic and 1950s Upper West Side Jewish housewife Midge Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan.

With a caustic wit and neo-feminist bent, Susie’s the lovechild of a Fran Lebowitz-Jackie Gleason hookup.

Also Read: Evan Rachel Wood and Rachel Brosnahan Prove They Are Not the Same Person (Photos)

Borstein, who was born in Illinois but now lives in Barcelona, Spain, said her chemistry with Brosnahan came quickly and unexpectedly. “The first time Rachel and I ever met was when I was auditioning,” she said. “They had us read together, and it kind of just happened off the bat.
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Beyond 'The Honeymooners': Jackie Gleason Remembered By His Stepson (Exclusive)

Back in 1955, Jackie Gleason turned his popular "The Honeymooners" sketch, which originated on his variety show, into a regular 30-minute sitcom called, you guessed it, The Honeymooners. The idea was that he and co-stars Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph would shoot 78 episodes in the first two seasons, with an option for a third season of 39 more. But following that first year, Jackie took the unexpected — and pretty much unprecedented at the time — move to cancel his own show. Believing that those episodes, collectively known now as "The Classic 39," was as good as the show could be, he decided to return to his variety show format, folding Ralph Kramden, Ed Norton and their wives back into it. "Jackie really marched to his own beat," offers his stepson, Craig Horwich, who serves as the head of Jackie Gleason Enterprises in an exclusive interview. "Not in any sense of ignorance or
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The Journey of 'The Honeymooners' — How It Went From TV Sketch to Beloved Sitcom

Back in 1950s and '60s television, you really never saw a family struggling to get by. But then came The Honeymooners. Think about it: I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, My Three Sons — usually there was domestic bliss for the most part. But that wasn't the case with the Classic TV series that starred Jackie Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden, Audrey Meadows as his long-suffering wife, Alice; Art Carney as dim-witted but lovable best friend and sidekick, Ed Norton; and the last living member of The Honeymooners Joyce Randolph as his wife, Trixie. The two couples lived in a Bensonhurst apartment in Brooklyn, New York, struggling to get by. And it was exactly that struggle, and wanting to break free of it, that propelled much of the comedy. Ralph was the get-rich-quick scheming, short-tempered, soft-hearted guy who was always striving for greatness, but
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Buzz Aldrin Goes Off On Delta After Missing Flight

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[[tmz:video id="0_jmp5wxsv"]] Buzz Aldrin went ballistic on Delta Airlines after missing his flight. We got the second man to step foot on the moon Tuesday at Lax, and Buzz was furious that the plane had pulled away from the gate. He blamed it on a Delta employee, but the agents were unmoved. The Delta employees offered Buzz the next flight, which got him so angry he rose from his wheelchair in a rage. We don't know if
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From Tim Allen to Tom Hanks: The 15 Most Memorable Cinematic Santas

From Tim Allen to Tom Hanks: The 15 Most Memorable Cinematic Santas
Who rocks the best bowl-full-of-jelly belly in movie history? Father Christmas has shown up in enough movies that he has his own subgenre: the Santa Claus movie, a whole category of family friendly fantasy films dedicated to exploring the magic of St. Nick.

Here are some of the most memorable movie portrayals of Santa Claus.

1. Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The gold standard for cinematic Santa Clauses, Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who insists he’s the real thing. Gwenn’s performance as Kringle was so convincing that he won the Oscar for Best Supporting
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Smokey Is the Bandit

Also known as Smokey and the Bandit Part 3, the third entry into the Burt Reynolds/Jackie Gleason good-old-boy car comedies has everything but Burt Reynolds. A beleaguered production from the get go, the plan was for Gleason to take over the Reynolds role in a dual role alongside his bumptious character, Sheriff Buford T. Justice. That didn’t pan out and Jerry Reed stepped in to save the day. He didn’t.
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Top Five Highlights From the 2017 Bet Hip Hop Awards

The annual Bet Hip Hop Awards 2017 show was taped October 6 at the Jackie Gleason Theater at The Fillmore in Miami Beach and aired October 10. It was the first time in the decade that the ceremony was held outside of Atlanta. The Bet Hip Hop Awards were created by comedian Katt Williams who hosted the first show in 2006. The Awards showcases hip hop performers, producers and video music directors. This year’s host in the new location was Miami’s DJ Khaled. He opened the show with his hit “I’m So Hood” kicking off an exciting night for Hip

Top Five Highlights From the 2017 Bet Hip Hop Awards
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Review: "The Honeymooners" Musical Production, Papermill Playhouse

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Since my all-time favorite TV series is  "The Honeymooners", the legendary sitcom that was originally broadcast in 1950s, one might think I would have been overjoyed at the prospect of seeing the show's new incarnation as a big-budget musical production that just premiered at the prestigious Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, a venue so revered that it was honored with a special Tony award. In reality, I had considerable trepidation about seeing the show. The characters in the TV series- bus driver Ralph Kramden, his devoted but long-suffering wife Alice and their best friends, sewer worker Ed Norton and his wife Trixie- have been ingrained in the minds of every American baby boomer. In fact, the re-runs have rarely left the New York airwaves even sixty years after their original airings and the four main cast members- Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph
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