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Carole Shelley Dead at 79

Carole Shelley, the Tony Award-winning actress who portrayed one of the Pigeon sisters in the stage, film and television versions of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, has died. She was 79. Shelley passed away following a battle with cancer at her home in Manhattan on August 31.

The actress also was known for originating the role of Crage Hall headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway sensation "Wicked" in 2003.

Shelley won her Tony in 1979 for playing Mrs. Kendal, the gracious real-life English actress who befriends John Merrick, in the best play winner "The Elephant Man."

"I've learned a lot in playing her," Shelley, who started out as a comic actress, said in a 1979 interview with The New York Times. "So much of what I've been working toward in the past few years — the effort to achieve stillness, spareness, clarity in my acting — seems to have come together in Mrs. Kendal. She's been
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Neil Simon Dies: Popular Playwright Of Numerous Broadway Hits Was 91

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Neil Simon Dies: Popular Playwright Of Numerous Broadway Hits Was 91
Neil Simon, the creator of such Pulitzer and Tony award-winning plays as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and Lost in Yonkers, has died at 91. He died last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City from complications from pneumonia.

Simon was a giant of popular content creation, the playwright behind works that were performed worldwide by high schools, local theater groups and Broadway, where he was dominant in the last half of the 20th century. Simon’s unparalleled career in the theater included more than thirty plays and musicals that opened on Broadway over a span of four decades.

He made his playwriting debut in 1961, with Come Blow Your Horn and concluded his Broadway run with 45 Seconds From Broadway in 2001.

“No playwright in Broadway’s long and raucous history has so dominated the boulevard as the softly astringent Simon,” wrote John Lahr in The New Yorker in 2010. “For almost half a century,
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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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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]
Some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history won their Oscars in the 1970s. The Best Actor category of this decade was stacked with some of the biggest stars of the time, many of which have lived on for generations. But which Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1970s is your absolute favorite? Take a trip down memory lane and vote in our poll below.

George C. Scott, “Patton” (1970) — Scott took home the Best Actor prize for “Patton,” which also won Best Picture. In the film he plays the titular George S. Patton, the famous hot-tempered U.S. army general who led troops during World War II. He had previously been nominated for “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959), “The Hustler” (1961), and later for “The Hospital” (1971). Scott notably declined his nomination and win for “Patton.”

SEERobert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Gene Hackman,
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Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development’) could be second Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy winner for two shows

Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development’) could be second Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy winner for two shows
Tony Hale won’t win a third Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy for “Veep” this year, since the series is sitting out the season, but he could take home a third career statuette for his other Emmy-winning comedy, “Arrested Development.” If Hale does manage to pull it off, he’d join Art Carney as the only multiple winners of the category for two different shows.

While the early years of the Emmys didn’t have genre-specific acting categories, Carney won the first three supporting actor awards: two for “The Jackie Gleason Show” and one for “The Honeymooners.” Since the latter sitcom was based on the popular recurring sketch of the same name on “The Jackie Gleason Show” and Carney played Gleason’s sidekick Ed Norton on both, along with other sketch characters on the variety show, Hale would be the first multiple winner for playing two different characters on two different,
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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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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Last Year’s Winner: John Lithgow, “The Crown

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Peter Dinklage is the only “Game of Thrones” actor to be nominated for every season.

Fun Fact: With one more win, Peter Dinklage would tie the record for most wins in the Supporting Actor category. Art Carney, Don Knotts, and Aaron Paul have three wins each.

If anyone is a lock to be nominated in this category, it’s Peter Dinklage. Though ineligible last year due to “Game of Thrones'” late release, he’s a two-time winner with a strong season behind him. That being said, Kit Harrington (a nominee in 2016) is moving to the lead race, so can another member of Westeros take his spot? Look to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to sneak in if the series can keep its momentum after an off-year.

So that’s Westeros, but what about “Westworld”? Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris are moving to lead,
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Will the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival earn Tyne Daly a seventh Emmy?

Will the ‘Murphy Brown’ revival earn Tyne Daly a seventh Emmy?
Is a seventh Emmy in the cards for Tyne Daly? The six-time champ has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming “Murphy Brown” revival, putting her in the running to move up on the all-time performance winners list.

Daly will play Phyllis, the sister of departed bar owner Phil from the sitcom’s original run. Pat Corley, who played Phil, passed away in 2006 at 76. Phyllis has taken over the bar and, as CBS describes, “it’s evident that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

An Emmy favorite, Daly has won six trophies — four for her lead role on “Cagney & Lacey,” one each for her supporting turns on “Christy” and “Judging Amy” — tying her for third place for winningest performers alongside Art Carney, Carl Reiner and Tim Conway. A seventh win would tie her for second place with Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore and Allison Janney. Cloris Leachman
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Garry Marshall Reflects on 'The Odd Couple' in a Recovered Interview (Exclusive)

The loss of writer/producer/occasional actor Garry Marshall in 2016 was something felt by anyone who is or ever has been a fan of Classic TV. Think about it: He got his start as a writer for Tonight Starring Jack Parr, but made the shift to writing sitcoms like Make Room for Daddy, Gomer Pyle: Usmc, The Lucy Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Love, American Style. Then he began creating or co-creating his own shows, some of which didn’t work (Hey, Landlord; Me and the Chimp, Blansky’s Beauties, Joanie Loves Chachi), and a lot that did. In terms of the latter, there was Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and, of course, The Odd Couple. In their time, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirely, and Mork & Mindy were huge, while The Odd Couple — based on Neil Simon’s play of the same name — struggled to
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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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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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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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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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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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A Batman Falls: R.I.P. Adam West

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Adam West, who was beloved for generations as the man under the crimefighting cowl in the 1960s Batman TV series, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West had an acting career going back to the 1950s. Today, Cinelinx pays homage to a gentleman who loved his fans, as we say goodbye to Adam West

Adam West loved playing Batman. Beginning with the Batman Tv show (1966-1969), he continued being involved with DC Batman projects, including Batman: the Movie (1966), The Super Friends (or Super Powers Team), the New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super Seven, The Legends of the Super heroes, Batman: the Animated Series, the Batman: New Times video game, The 2004-2006 Batman cartoon, Batman: the Brave & the Bold, Robot Chicken, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Through all these projects, for over five decades, West voiced either the Batman or one of his supporting cast.
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New 'Firestarter' Movie on Its Way

Over the past 40 years, Stephen King has proven to be an irresistible source of material for a wide variety of filmmakers. In the 1980s alone, more than a dozen movies were drawn from his short stories or novels, including Firestarter. Released in May 1984, Firestarter revolved around young Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore in her first movie after E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial), who has the ability to start fires with her mind because of an experiment performed upon her parents Andy and Vicky (David Keith and Heather Locklear) years before by a mysterious government agency known as The Shop. Charlie and her father must go on the run because The Shop will now stop at nothing to capture and study them. The movie, which also featured Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise...

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Firestarter Remake Coming from Blumhouse and Akiva Goldsman

Firestarter Remake Coming from Blumhouse and Akiva Goldsman
The Stanley Film Festival kicked off at the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon last night, with producer Jason Blum and director Akiva Goldsman debuting their new thriller Stephanie as the opening night screening. The producer and director also used the event to break some news, announcing that they are both collaborating on a new remake of Firestarter, the 1984 horror classic starring Drew Barrymore. Universal Pictures is also involved in the development, but it hasn't been said when production may begin.

Deadline reports that Scott Teems (Rectify) has come aboard to write the screenplay, with Akiva Goldsman set to direct and Jason Blum producing. Universal previously tried to put together a Firestarter reboot back in 2010, with the studio bringing on Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) to write the screenplay, but that incarnation never moved forward. Martha de Laurentiis, who made her producing debut as an associate producer on the original movie,
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Akiva Goldsman to direct Firestarter remake for Blumhouse

Author: Scott Davis

Another Stephen King novel is getting the remake treatment with news that Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures are readying a new version of Firestarter (via The Daily Dead).

The original novel, published in 1981, was made into a feature film in 1984 by Mark Lester (Commando) and starred Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet, The Wedding Singer) in the lead role. Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, David Kieth and Heather Locklear co-starred and grossed over $17million domestically.

For the remake, Blumhouse have secured Akiva Goldsman (A New York Winters Tale) to direct the film after recently helming Stephanie for the production company and which debuted this week at the Overlook Film Festival. Goldsman is an Academy Award Winning writer for his work on A Beautiful Mind and has also scribed a wide range of films including the upcoming The Dark Tower, Angels & Demons, Batman and Robin, and A Time To Kill.
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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M

The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M
After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed,
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Going In Style Review

If Hollywood is really so keen on remaking 1979 crime comedy/drama Going in Style, then it’s easy to consider this new version to be something of a best-case scenario, at least in terms of its casting. While the original united George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three senior citizens who decide to stage a bank robbery, the 2017 edition brings out three Academy Award-winning legends in Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. But a film cannot live or die solely by the stars leading the charge, can it?

Going in Style certainly puts that question to the test. The three leading men bring their decades of experience to the screen with little effort, elevating the material with every second that each of them appears onscreen. Caine is essentially our protagonist here as Joe, the character who’s inspired to recoup his lost pension by robbing the bank where his money is held.
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