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Stl Pop Culture Con This Weekend! Hollywood Comes to St. Louis!

What do Scott Baio, Eddie Deezen, Michael Pare, Todd Bridges, Didi Conn, Corben Bernsen, Lorenzo Lamas, and Tawny Kitaen have in common? They’re coming to St. Louis This Weekend!

Over 25 Celebrities / Pop Culture stars & icons will be invading the St. Charles Convention Center the weekend of August 17-19th, 2018! Celebrities from the Iconic film “Grease” to “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Growing Pains”, “Happy Days”, “He-Man & the Masters of the Universe” to WWE/WWF stars and Much more to come!

The Con’s site can be found Here

Ticket information can be found Here

Check out this line-up of celebs!

Scott Baio– Best known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days (1977–1984) and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi (1982–1983), as well as the title character on the sitcom Charles in Charge (1984–1990), Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder (1993–1995), and the titular hero of the musical
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Charlotte Rae Remembered By ‘Diff’rent Strokes’, ‘Facts Of Life’ Casts

Charlotte Rae Remembered By ‘Diff’rent Strokes’, ‘Facts Of Life’ Casts
Charlotte Rae’s Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life cast mates have been remembering the beloved actress, who died Sunday in Los Angeles at 92.

Facts of Life‘s Kim Fields rhetorically asked, “…how do I capture 40 yrs of love/admiration/respect/gratitude/joy/laughter in a statement? How can I make them understand the body of ur theater/film/tv wk was amazing, w/an iconic staple at the core?”

Tweeted Diff’rent Strokes‘ Todd Bridges, “My heart is full of pain,” while Facts‘ Whelchel thanked Rae for “40 years of friendship and love.” On Instagram, Facts‘ Mindy Cohn write, “It’s with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it.”

Rae, a longtime stage actress whose theater credits spanned Pickwick to The Vagina Monologues, also
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Todd Bridges on Death of 'Diff'rent Strokes' Co-Star Charlotte Rae: "I'm the Last One Left"

Todd Bridges on Death of 'Diff'rent Strokes' Co-Star Charlotte Rae:
For a generation of latchkey kids growing up in the 1980s, Charlotte Rae was more than just a sitcom actress. Her Edna Garrett was a surrogate maternal figure, raising her teenaged wards — first as a housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes, then as a prep school administrator on its spinoff The Facts of Life — with a firm, if frazzled, hand.

But for Todd Bridges, who played Willis on Strokes, Rae — who died Aug. 5 at 92 — was no surrogate. She was the same nurturing and ebullient woman who appeared on the screen.

"She was always so bright ...
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Charlotte Rae Takes the Good and Takes the Bad As She Remembers 'The Facts of Life'

Despite a career that spanned more than 70 years, from radio acting in the 1940s to various stage, film and TV appearances over the decades, there's no denying that the late Charlotte Rae made the greatest impact on television viewers with her portrayal of Edna Garrett. It was the role she introduced on the series Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86) and, then, in its spin-off The Facts of Life (1979-88), which scored her a 1982 Emmy Award nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress. Charlotte may have died on Aug. 5, 2018, after a battle with bone cancer, but one can imagine the incredible joy she would have gotten from the outpouring of love and memories that were devoted to her, conveying just how much of an impression her portrayal has had on the audience. When asked by the Television Academy Foundation what she hoped her legacy would be, she responded, "If I took people
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Charlotte Rae, Actress Who Played Mrs. Garrett on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dead At 92

Charlotte Rae, Actress Who Played Mrs. Garrett on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dead At 92
Charlotte Rae, the Tony- and Emmy-nominated actress best known for her recurring role as Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, died on Sunday at age 92.

Rae’s son Larry Strauss confirmed her death to CNN and said the actress died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Rae, born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky, was cast as housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Stokes in 1978 and then appeared as the character on spin-off The Facts of Life,
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‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Remembered as ‘Funny, Wise, Lovely’

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‘Facts of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Remembered as ‘Funny, Wise, Lovely’
Charlotte Rae, the actress best known as the matriarch of the NBC boarding school sitcom “The Facts of Life,” was remembered Sunday by colleagues and fans as a warm, funny, and versatile pro.

Rae died Sunday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles. She disclosed last year that she was battling bone cancer.

Rae was hailed for her long career on stage as well as for her signature TV role as boarding school headmistress Edna Garrett on the teen-friendly NBC sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1988.

Former “Facts of Life” co-stars Kim Fields and Mindy Cohn expressed their sadness at Rae’s passing on Twitter. Cohn called Rae “this incredible force of a woman.”

You all already know my heart is heavy yet…. sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears… and yeah, smiles…. #charlotterae #ripcharlotterae

— Kim Fields (@KimVFields) August 6, 2018

it’s with a heavy heart and tears (but
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Charlotte Rae, Housemother on ‘The Facts of Life,’ Dies at 92

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Charlotte Rae, Housemother on ‘The Facts of Life,’ Dies at 92
Charlotte Rae, who had a six decade career as an actress and was best known as the wise housemother on “The Facts of Life,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

The Tony and Emmy nominated actress appeared on the popular 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life” for nearly 10 years, sharing her personal struggles with the writers for the show to keep things realistic.

In the early 1960s, she created the role of Sylvia Schnauzer on TV series “Car 54 Where Are You?” She also worked extensively on Broadway, in Shakespeare in the Park and in summer stock.

Rae’s other television work included a year on “Sesame Street,” and a recurring role on “Hot L Baltimore,” then a season on “Diff’rent Strokes,” where her character Mrs. Garrett was born before spinning off on “The Facts of Life,” for which she earned an Emmy nomination.

Todd Bridges, who played Willis
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The Facts of Life's Charlotte Rae Dead at 92, Remembered by Costars

The Facts of Life's Charlotte Rae Dead at 92, Remembered by Costars
Charlotte Rae, best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett on both Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92. Rae was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years ago, and in April 2017, she revealed that she had bone cancer.

Rae’s first major TV role came when she was cast in the recurring role of Sylvia Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You? back in 1962. She later appeared in episodes of All in the Family, Barney Miller, Good Times, The Partridge Family, The Defenders, Sesame Street and Love, American Style. She also had
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2064: Read Only Memories coming to the Nintendo Switch this August

MidBoss’s cyberpunk narrative adventure 2064: Read Only Memories has sold more than 200,000 copies on Xbox One, PS4 and PC and now the excitement is coming to the Nintendo Switch on 14th August. Not only will the Switch edition contain everything from other formats but will also exclusively feature a Jukebox mode. You can see more of the game in the trailer below….

In 2064: Read Only Memories players travel to Neo-San Francisco on a cyberpunk adventure alongside the world’s first sapient machine, a Rom (Relationship and Organizational Manager) named Turing. This retro-futuristic point and click adventure will see players solving puzzles and exploring the mysterious world of Neo-San Francisco to discover more about the life of their missing friend.

2064: Read Only Memories features:

Dynamic narrative defined by player choices.Over 10 hours of gameplay with multiple solutions, paths and endings.The voice talents of Austin Creed, Todd Bridges,
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Stl Pop Culture Con August 17th – 18th. Hollywood Comes to St. Louis!

What do Scott Baio, Eddie Deezen, Michael Pare, Todd Bridges, Didi Conn, Kathy “Cissy” Garver, Corben Bernsen, Lorenzo Lamas, and Tawny Kitaen have in common? They’re coming to St. Louis This Summer!

Over 25 Celebrities / Pop Culture stars & icons will be invading the St. Charles Convention Center the weekend of August 17-19th, 2018! Celebrities from the Iconic film “Grease” to “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Growing Pains”, “Happy Days”, “He-Man & the Masters of the Universe” to WWE/WWF stars and Much more to come!

The Con’s site can be found Here

Ticket information can be found Here

Check out this line-up of celebs!

Scott Baio– Best known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days (1977–1984) and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi (1982–1983), as well as the title character on the sitcom Charles in Charge (1984–1990), Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder (1993–1995), and the titular hero
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Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down

Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:

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Not to Sound Condescending, But I’m Really Proud of Todd Bridges

Last night my wife and I were talking about the episode of Growing Pains that featured Dana Plato. It was one where she was pressuring Mike (Kirk Cameron) to “do it” with her. We then looked her up and read about her tragic downfall to eventually drug/suicide death. We also remarked on Gary Coleman’s death. My wife than asked me about Willis and I said, “you mean Todd Bridges?” While I knew that Bridges was alive I hadn’t researched him in quite some time. My only recollection of him is a hilarious cameo he did in That’s My Boy

Not to Sound Condescending, But I’m Really Proud of Todd Bridges
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Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers

Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers
Alan Thicke had quite the career in front of the camera, most recently popping up on This Is Us and Fuller House, but the beloved sitcom dad also had a hand in things behind the camera, namely writing some of TV's most beloved theme songs. In the 1980s, Thicke, who passed away from a heart attack at 69 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, helped create a number of iconic TV theme songs, most notably the opening numbers for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes. "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes," the theme song for Diff'rent Strokes, the 1980s comedy starring Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain was composed by Thicke, his then-wife Gloria Loring and Al Burton. Thicke sang on the opening...
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Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks

Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks
Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. But the actor also had a successful side gig as a composer to some of television’s most memorable theme songs.

Here are 11 of his biggest hits:

Diff’rent Strokes

The NBC sitcom, about a rich white New York businessman who adopts two black boys from Harlem after their mother’s death, made stars out of Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The show premiered in Nov. 1978 and aired on the peacock network for seven seasons before moving
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Dustin Diamond Publicly Apologizes to His Saved By the Bell Cast Mates: ‘I’m Still Loving You Guys’

Dustin Diamond Publicly Apologizes to His Saved By the Bell Cast Mates: ‘I’m Still Loving You Guys’
Dustin Diamond is publicly apologizing to his Saved By the Bell cast mates.

Diamond, 39, who played the beloved Samuel “Screech” Powers on the 90s sitcom, is opening up about the destructive habits that made their way into his life after the series ended — and is attempting to make things right with his five fellow cast members.

“Oddly enough, it’s doing interviews like this and getting the word out there. This is my best weapon for repairing the damage that was caused by things that were done by people who took advantage of me and the situation I was in at the time,
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2064: Read Only Memories Release Date, Voice Cast Revealed

Late last year, developer MidBoss announced that they would be bringing their debut effort Read Only Memories to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2016. After months of waiting, the studio finally revealed that their cyberpunk adventure will launch on Sony consoles on August 16.

Newly rechristened as 2064: Read Only Memories, the title transports players to Neo-San Francisco, 2064 A.D. You play as a struggling journalist whose life is interrupted by the arrival of a Rom (Relationship and Organizational Manager) named Turing. Soon enough, the two of you are thrown into a deep mystery that begins as a missing persons case, but develops into something much more complicated.

Back when the title was originally released on PC, there was no voice acting for any of the numerous denizens of Neo-San Francisco. MidBoss was able to make due with enthralling written text and animation. For this pseudo-Director’s Cut edition of Read Only Memories,
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Amy Berg's Hollywood child sex-abuse doc 'An Open Secret' is destined to provoke

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Amy Berg's Hollywood child sex-abuse doc 'An Open Secret' is destined to provoke
If HBO's Scientology documentary "Going Clear" is any indication, the American public is hungry for damning exposés on the Hollywood establishment. Enter "An Open Secret," a new documentary by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg ("Deliver Us from Evil," "West of Memphis") that shines a light on the sexual exploitation of young boys in the entertainment industry. The film features interviews with such former child stars as Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges as well as Michael Egan III, the man who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and several other high-ranking Hollywood figures of drugging and raping him when he was a teenager in the late 1990s (Egan's lawsuits were later dropped due to inconsistencies in his story). Coinciding with the trailer's release, the film's producers -- clearly anticipating that Egan's recent conviction for fraud and the withdrawal of his numerous lawsuits could potentially damage the film's credibility -- have released a statement
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Film Review: ‘An Open Secret’

Film Review: ‘An Open Secret’
An Open Secret,” Amy Berg’s nonsensationalist expose of the sexual abuse of young male actors by those with the power to make or break them, recasts an old Hollywood story, substituting boys for starlets and hot tubs for casting couches. Though clearly championing the cause of the ex-child thesps who candidly recount their ordeals, Berg’s crusade advances on eggshells, dodging the potential lawsuits looming at every name named. This caution somewhat fudges the film’s throughline, but if Berg can find a distrib willing to brave the forces that have silenced this open secret for decades, the documentary should find avid auds worldwide.

The film incorporates the testimony of several ex-child performers, interpolating their interviews throughout, sometimes merely as quick corroboration of another’s story and sometimes in great detail, complete with clips from commercials and TV shows in which they appeared. Segments with several parents, expressing their
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Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘Not Likely’ to Get Distribution, Says Director

Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘Not Likely’ to Get Distribution, Says Director
“Thank you for telling this story!” an audience member cried out just before the first — and possibly final — screening of Amy Berg’s Hollywood sex abuse documentary “An Open Secret.”

The film premiered Nov. 14 as part of the Doc NYC festival, playing to a supportive crowd that looked like it filled Manhattan’s 475-seat Sva Theater to around three-quarters full. The controversial film faces significant hurdles in securing a release, a fact that Berg, who attended the screening along with some of the film’s subjects, acknowledged up front.

“We get one screening,” the director (pictured above with Evan Henzi, one of the film’s subjects) told the audience after the credits rolled. “Maybe we’ll get distribution. It’s not very likely.”

The film centers on the rise and demise of Den, an early digital network that’s alleged to have been the center of a Hollywood sex-abuse ring.
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Michael Davis: The Milestone Contract

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As luck would have it I now know why I’m not mentioned as a co-creator of Static, although I created the Static universe from my own life story. I’ve just found the original Static Shock TV deal Milestone did with Warner Bros. and it explains everything.

Here, in its entirety, is the 1993 Milestone television deal for Static:

In the unlikely event that someone here in Hollywood decides it’s a good idea to develop a live action Static show, said show can Only be broadcasted on B.E.T.

The show must air after Sanford & Son but before Good Times. It is to be broadcasted at 2am every Mlk Day, but only during leap year.

The role of Arnold Hawkins Aka Static must go to Gary Coleman and the role of Willis (formally Richie) must go to Todd Bridges. If one of those fine actors is dead or in
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